Rise Dance Co. Staff

Karen Cassel
Karen Cassel

Karen grew up in a musical family and has danced since 1968. She grew up performing, teaching and choreographing and continues to do so today. Karen is a graduate of Wheat Ridge High School and Metropolitan State University and the proud mother of Caitlin and Andrew, who both inherited their love of dance from their mother. Karen has been choreographing musicals in the community for the last 25 years. She is very excited to be able to do what she loves - educating and inspiring young dancers!

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Andrew Cassel
Andrew Cassel

Andrew is a graduate of University of Northern Colorado with a Physical Education major with a minor in dance. Andrew received the Outstanding Dance Award at UNC while studying under Monte and Christy Black. Since graduating, he continues to choreograph for "Miranda's Nightmare" at UNC and has also been traveling and assisting Manhattan Dance Project working with choreographers and dancers across the nation. Andrew couldn't be more excited to take on year four at RISE Dance Co.

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Caitlin (Cassel) Orms
Caitlin (Cassel) Orms

Caitlin has been dancing and performing since the age of three. In high school, she danced for the Varsity Poms at Wheat Ridge High School. She went on to dance in college, for the Colorado State University Dance Team. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Vocal Music Education, and currently teaches the preschool class at Child Priority Preschool. Caitlin has been coaching high school varsity poms for seven years (currently at Wheat Ridge High School).

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Julia Musser
Julia Musser

Julia has been dancing and performing since age three and teaching for the last eight years. At present, she dances with Dream Project Dance Company, a professional, non-profit company based out of Broomfield. Julia is a graduate of Lakewood High School and Metropolitan State University with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics. Julia teaches our wonderful little kids and lyrical classes, in addition to Barre Fitness classes.

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Brianna Stephens
Brianna Stephens

Brianna started dancing at the age of 3 and is a RISE alumni. She is a graduate from Golden High School and has received her associates of the arts degree from Red Rocks Community College. Currently, Brianna is studying at Metropolitan State University Denver to receive her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in dance, all while being the smiling face to greet you everyday at the front desk at RISE.

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Zoe Widder
Zoe Widder

Zoe has been dancing and performing in the arts since the age of three. In high school, she danced for the nationally ranked Varsity Poms at Arvada West High School, and then went on to dance and graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business. Since graduating, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in TV and Film Production as a Producer in the field and in post. Even from LA, she is happy to be a part of RISE!

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