Teaching Faculty

Lyndzi Barnes

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

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. She appeared in musical theater producitons including ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’, ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, which she also helped stage and choreograph for. 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, and costume 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.

Corinne Kuhl Reed

Corinne was a soloist with Colorado Ballet’s founding company and principal ballerina of the Denver Ballet Theatre. She has danced the leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Firebird and Sylvia among others as well as the Dying Swan, Magdalene in Messiah and numerous neo-classical and contemporary works. Corinne’s teaching experience spans 3 decades and includes training schools for several professional companies in Colorado. Her former students have gone on to dance with major companies including Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and the Rockettes. Corinne also worked with skaters for many years, including ice dancers: Maia and Alex Shibutani, members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.

Taylor Jenkins

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.

Beau Smith

Beau studied Sport and Exercise Science and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Norther Colorado.He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Certified Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. Beau previously spent 3 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Consultant for NCAA Dill Varsity Sports at Colorado College. He then joined 365 Performance in Monument, CO as facility manager and Head Strength Coach for the Colorado Rampage Hockey Club. This has also led to working with many figure skaters, including numerous Team USA Figure Skaters. He currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence where he is the Director of Sports Performance. Beau has a passion for working with youth athletes and provides age appropriate training for all levels. He has worked with several collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes.

Briana Weeden

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.

Kacy Norton

Born in New Jersey and raised in Pennsylvania Kacy has been moving and grooving since the
age of 3! Her dance roots were established from her local studio in PA in which she was
classically trained for over 16 years in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. During
this time frame Kacy also attended multiple conventions such as New York Dance Academy
(NYCDA) and Broadwar Dance Center, to local competitions and organizations such as her high
school varsity dance team! Her love and passion for dance continued throughout her college
years in which she came captain and choreographer for the Kutztown University varsity and
junior varsity dance teams! Currently, Kacy holds a masters in mental health counseling with
background and experience in behavioral therapy and neuropsychology! She is beyond thrilled
to continue her passion and growth for dance in her new home studio at Colorado Springs! Her
optimistic and emerging energy flows through her classes in which she encourages kids to
pursue their passion by embracing their true authentic self with soaring confidence and
consistent smiles!

Kayleigh McDonald

Kayleigh grew up in Rockford, Illinois and began dancing at an early age in ballet, tap, and jazz before transitioning to Irish step dancing. After competing for 10 years she began involvement with a local theater company and resumed studio classes with an emphasis on ballet and musical theater, and has been a part of multiple dance teams. Kayleigh began assistant teaching at an early age and has experience working with dancers of all ages and abilities. She attended Millikin University where she majored in Athletic Training before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic and earning her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Kayleigh works with a team of dancers in Chicago for their summer intensive with a focus on injury prevention and treatment. She is excited to be a part of Summit and help encourage students to express themselves through the arts.

Ashton Neal

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.

Administrative Faculty

Kristen Dusbabek

First Impressions & Relationship Operations (FIRO)

Kasey Taylor

Key Systems Controller (KSC)

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.

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 Dance Works is THE BEST dance studio in Colorado Springs! My daughter has been taking dance classes there for the past 5 years and has loved every class! All the teachers at Summit are extraordinarily talented and have an amazing way to nurture and teach dancers not only good techniques, but how to dance with all their hearts!
    Heidi Lopez Heidi Lopez
  • 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

Summit Danceworks
5958 Stetson Hills
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
(719) 231-4318
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