Teaching Faculty

Lyndzi Barnes

Executive Artistic Director

Lyndzi has over 20 years of dance experience between growing up as a competition dancer, assisting, apprenticing, teaching and now owning a dance studio. She took over the studio she grew up dancing with at the age of 19 and built it back up to one of the top studios in the state. While under her direction, the studio has been nationally recognized for Entertainment, Choreography, Top 10% of studios in The Midwest Region, Top Choreography in Colorado Springs, Top Studio in Colorado Springs, and many more accomplishments. Lyndzi is constantly traveling and continuing her education in how to run her business better, impact more students in a positive manner, and continue to grow to be a top dance studio in the nation. She was a sought after adjudicator for 6 different competitions over the last 8 years including Starquest National Talent, Tribute Talent Competition, Bravo Talent Competition, Kids Artistic Revue, Rainbow Dance Competition, and Starpower Talent. Throughout 7 years of adjudicating for Starquest, she was honored to be head judge at their national finals a total of 3 times. She was one of the first Regional Ambassadors for The Circle of Hope Dance Foundation and since has begun her own Colorado Dance Community event known as The Meraki Project. Through the Meraki Project the studio has donated over $40,000.00 to different charitable organizations.

Alyssa Marks

Program Manager

Alyssa grew up dancing in Colorado Springs, Colorado and began dance at the age of 5. Alyssa participated in competitive dance for twelve years and began teaching at the age of 17. Alyssa’s passion to teach began at a very young age and has continued throughout the years. In addition to dance she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Colorado. Her specialties are in Tap, Acro and Jazz but she has experience in Musical Theatre and Lyrical as well. Her choreography has won numerous overall high scores, special awards, fusion awards both locally and nationally. During her time at Summit Dance Works she developed the acro program from the beginning stages into the advanced program it is today. Alyssa also has experience coaching gymnastics and has an appreciation for both the gymnastics approach as well as the acrobatic. Over the past several years students young and old have gained strength and enthusiasm for acro, tap, and jazz through her passion and dedication to perfection. Alyssa’s ambition is to help all kids gain confidence, enthusiasm, and to benefit from what they do beyond the classroom and competition setting.

Jessica Pastorello

Jessie grew up dancing in Colorado Springs from the age of two through high school. After graduation she continued her education in dance at Colorado Mesa University, graduating with her BFA in Dance December 2020. She then went on to complete a professional dance contract with a Modern dance company called Reverent Rhythms, where she went on tour throughout the midwest summer of 2021. Jessie moved back to teach in her hometown, and is loving every moment and every student at SDW.

Sean Lockhart

Sean Lockhart is a senior instructor here at Summit Dance Works. They have been a dancer here for 10 years.

I'm proud to say the studio has given me enough confidence in my skills to pursue a career in dance at the college level. In addition to dance, I will be pursing a career in linguistics with an emphasis in Eastern Asia and a concentration in Korean !! My philosophy as a teacher is helping kids find expression and creativity through conceptualized artistic variety, I thank you for trusting me with your child's dance education .

Administrative Faculty

What We Believe


All of Summit Dance Works' classes are taught by qualified instructors to encompass all ages, levels, and abilities. With a focus on friendship, community, passion, technique, and fun, your dancer will definitely find a place to call home. Our professional dance instructors are experts in their genres, continue their education annually, and work hard to remain cutting edge and innovative in the dance industry. Our instructors are in the works of becoming YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) certified, because we believe that your children deserve a better, and safer classroom experience. Summit Dance Works is a More than Just Great Dancing "Safer Studio".

SDW has created multiple pathways for your child to find what they love in the performing arts. With the different genres, performance opportunities, and programs - your child will absolutely be able to find what they excel in at Summit Dance Works!

Happy Parents and Dancers

  • We have been part of this studio for almost 6 years. We now have 2 daughters who dance there (9 and 6) and we will soon add our 3 daughter into the mommy and me class! My daughters absolutely love everything about it. The teachers instill hard work, fundamentals and inspire each kiddo to be the best they can be. The other dancers make the studio so much fun to be a part of! I would recommend it to anyone with kids of any age!
    Ashlynn Smith Ashlynn Smith
  • My daughter is 5 and has been at Summit Dance Works for 2 years. I love seeing her excitement every time she goes to dance. Summit Dance has been a great way for my energetic little one to release her energy in a positive constructive way while making great friends. I’m so thankful for the wonderful teachers and staff that have helped her grow and channel her energy into something she loves.
    Mikel Bailey Franks Mikel Bailey Franks
  • My daughter loves dancing at Summit Dance Works! She loves all of the teachers and dancers. They offer a wide variety of classes for beginners and for those who have danced for years! I would absolutely recommend this dance studio to those looking for a fun place for their child to dance, you won’t be disappointed!
    Sarah Greene Sarah Greene
  • Summit is an Amazing Place! I have been dancing here for 7 years and 6 years on a  Competition Team. The teachers here are the best, all of them are so nice! Summit is also a friendly environment and I have made so many lifelong friendships 🙂 Every year we go to multiple competitions and conventions as well as perform in Recitals, Holiday Shows Etc. I love summit and I have definitely found my second home!!


    Araina Araina
  • Summit dance works has become that special place for me and my daughter. It is so great being able to watch her do something she loves so much. So happy we found such a great dance studio with such amazing teachers and staff. It really does feel like a second family.
    Kelly Krc Holum Kelly Krc Holum
  • I took my dancer from CBS because she just wasn't happy. She loves ballet but felt like a commodity instead of an individual. She wanted to be instructed on a more personal level. I think CBS was a beautiful facility and the staff are very friendly, it's just a bit superficial. My dancer was one of hundreds. That's all and oh my the money pit. So, we decided to try somewhere else. Some nicer than others. Then Summit. My dancer was immediately ready to commit. The teachers were giving her direct instruction on day one, corrections needed to improve her abilities. The other dancers were welcoming and the smaller class sizes and facility just made her feel at home. I'll admit, I'm no dancer. I'm just a Mom. A Mom who sees a happy girl, developing in a healthy environment, making friends, perfecting an art and developing confidence. If you're a Mom like me and this is what you want for your dancer then Summit is the place for you.
    C. Phi C. Phi
  • We spent 15 years in this studio. My daughter graduated and decided for her to go into dance professionally. While not every kid will choose this path I do know that had it not been for the leadership and skills at this studio she wouldn’t have had as much of a chance. Not only did she have multiple opportunities coming out of summit she went to Los Angeles and still shined in a room of professionals. Was offered multiple contracts with different agencies and has been living her dream since. I love the no drama approach the studio has. If problems arise in the studio they are asked to deal with it directly, honestly and immediately. When my daughter excelled the director went out of her way to help research and find choreographers and teachers to help push my daughter harder to achieve all of her goals. When she graduated the studio cried with me when we said goodbye. Summit is a family. I expect they will always be a part of my daughters family going forward in life and I know she looks back on her years there as some Of the best memories from her childhood. Thank you summit for being the environment that helped build a strong leader with a stable ground. Summit isn’t just about great dance technique, it was about building a well rounded, responsible individual with many life skills.
    Mychele Blakeley Mychele Blakeley
  • My daughter has been going to Summit Dance Works for 2 years. She is 5 now. We started at Summit cause my daughter is very energetic and we needed to find a outlet for all her energy. Summit made it easy to get started . We took trial classes and got to explore different types of dance to see what my daughter may be more interested in. They even let us borrow tap and ballet shoes while we explored classes. The recitals are fun in the winter they have a laid back holiday show then in the late spring a big red carpet Recital. Office staff is amazing. I’ve never had a question or concern that hasn’t been addressed. They are willing to work with you and try to help in anyway they can.
    MB Franks MB Franks