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.

Kayleigh McDonald

Originally from Illinois, Ms. Kayleigh started her training at a young age in the Chicagoland area and fell in love with the performing arts. Her background includes: ballet, jazz, tap, dance team, and musical theatre to name a few. Ms. Kayleigh started teaching in 2010, both in studio classes and as a choreographer for stage productions, working with dancers of all ages and abilities. She attended Millikin University to major in Athletic Training before graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2019. Ms. Kayleigh joined the Summit Dance Works faculty in the winter of 2019 shortly after moving to Colorado Springs with her husband.

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!