Karen Cassel, DirectorKaren 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!
Caitlin (Cassel) OrmsCaitlin 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).
Andrew CasselAndrew 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.
Julia MusserJulia 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.
Kelsey BonarOriginally from South Dakota, Kelsey began her dance training in Rapid City at the Academy of Dance. She then studied in Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in the BFA program on scholarship where she focused on ballet and modern dance under the direction of Toni Pierce-Sands, Abdo Sayegh, Karla Grotting, and Erin Thompson. She found her true passion when she began teaching in 2010 and has been teaching ever since. Kelsey’s teaching style promotes creativity, team work and positivity.
Theresa BergerTheresa, is originally from Iowa, has been dancing since the age of seven. Theresa has attended many dance programs and intensives including the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Giordano Dance Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in dance performance from the University of Iowa, and has danced professionally with Kim Robards Dance and Moraporvida Contemporary dance. She is currently in her third season dancing with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.