Myah Manuel has been dancing since she was 10 years old. After making her local competition team, Manuel decided to further in dance as a career. She graduated top of her class at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC with her BA in dance performance and a Minor in coaching. While in college, Manuel’s contemporary choreography won dance of the year in 2015, and was selected to present her choreography at Amarican College Dance Association. While in CO, Manuel has worked with the big brothers/big sisters program teaching children, free hip-hop classes. She has taught a range of classes and choreography for multiply shows in CO springs Including advanced ballet, advanced hip hop, musical theater, company training, tap, jazz, preschool technique, and contemporary. At Summit, she is looking forward to further be inspired by the amazing art form and working with children next year!
Jazmine Shaffer grew up dancing in Colorado Springs since the age of 4. Studying styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and acro. As her love for dance continued to grow she started competing at age 8. Jazmine Started apprenticing and choreographing at age 17 while traveling to places such as Arizona and Chicago to learn from Master Choreographers and teachers. In her endeavors she realized how much she loved to share what she calls her “escape from reality.” Her passion for dance continues to grow as she teaches. Jazmine believes dance should be fun and accessible to all and wants all of her students to remember to never stop following their dreams.
Taylor grew up in San Diego California, and has 20 years of dance experience. She started dancing at the age of 3 and began competing at the age of 9 with Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance, which led to her passion of hard work and dedication. She has experience in Acro, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pointe, Pom, Rhythm Tap and Tap. Graduating from Ramona High School, Taylor was captain of the Varsity Song Team, which took first place at NDA Nationals in 2012, while on the team she also received recognition of National Dance Alliance Top All American Dancer. Taylor was also President and Head Choreographer for Ramona High Schools Dance Productions Class, all while teaching at her home studio. After Graduating, Taylor pursued competitive collegiate dance at Idaho State University as apart of the nationally ranked “ISU Bengal Dancers” which placed in the top 5 at both USA and NDA Nationals. Taylor met her husband while in attendance at the University and soon moved to Hawaii, where she taught for four years at Pas De Deux Hawaii, achieving many awards and recognitions for her choreography such as, Best of jump, Spotlight overall, and Youth American Grand Prix top 12. While on the Island she was a member of Dance Couture – Adult Jazz Company, and Balance Forward Contemporary Ballet Theatre- Adult Contemporary Ballet Company. After leaving Hawaii, Taylor moved to Georgia, where she spent most of her time at Performance Dance Centre for a brief half year. Now settling down in Colorado Springs with her family she is eager to continue her journey with Summit Dance Works.
Briana completed her early training in Colorado Springs, CO at Robin’s Danceworks alongside Ms. Lyndzi and Ms. Alyssa. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2014 with a BFA in Theatre and Dance with a performance concentration. Briana worked with various faculty members and guest artists such as Lawrence Jackson, Jennifer Deckert, Marsha Knight, Bill T. Jones, Andre Mergerdichian, and Catherine Cabeen. After performing in various roles at UW, she performed with Balance Forward Contemporary Ballet Theatre in Hawaii. She taught dance and choreographed for Pas De Deux Hawaii while on the island of Oahu. Briana aspires to teach those around her to embrace dance.
Aja grew up dancing in Colorado Springs, Colorado and started dancing
when she was 7 years old. Aja danced under the direction of Ms. Lyndzi
Barnes, Ms. Debi Spencer, Ms. Corinne Kuhl Reed, and Ms. Alyssa
Marks. Aja continued her passion of dance after high school and became
a Golden Poms dancer at Colorado State University. In addition to
dance, Aja has experience working with children and adults with
disabilities and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is also
currently completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has been
teaching and choreographing for Summit Dance Works for three years
and she loves teaching students of all ages and styles. Aja currently
teaches lyrical, jazz, tap, and acro classes at Summit Dance Works.
Ashton is a professionally trained dancer who has been dancing for over
20 years and teaching for 6. Ashton grew up in Owensboro Kentucky
where she began dancing at the age of 3. Furthering her dance education,
Ashton auditioned and made it into Owensboro Dance Theatre’s pre-
professional company. With Owensboro Dance Theatre Ashton
travelled, performed, and trained all over the United States in cities such
as Chicago, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh taking classes from well known
instructors such as Nan Giordano, Jon Lehrer, Homer Bryant, Liz
Imperio, and Joe Tremaine, just to name a few. Ashton pursued dance in
college by attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
(AMDA) in New York City and graduated in October 2015 with a
professional certification in Dance Theatre. Ashton recently completed
her Group Fitness Certification with the American Council on Exercise.