Rez Dance teachers, assistants, and helpers are held to a high standard of excellence in their classes as well as personally. Each one of our staff has a heart and passion for using dance to bring glory and honor to Jesus through excellence in technique, morality, and creativity. It is our mission to bring freedom and life to our students while showing and teaching them the pure joy of dancing unashamedly before our God.
Dance Director / Teacher
Dana has been with Rez Dance since Fall of 2011 and has a huge love for worshiping our Lord with dance. In 2008, when she learned that “dance ministry” existed, she knew beyond any doubt, this was what she was made to do.
She began dancing at the age of five, focusing on ballet and then took gymnastics for four and a half years. Starting at the age of 11, she concentrated on dance, specializing in ballet and lyrical, with modern, jazz, and hip hop. She studied dance at the Greeley Conservatory of Dance and also danced with UNC and the Colorado Dance Theater. Later on, at the age of twenty, she focused on hip hop and danced with an adult performing troupe in Boulder for two years.
In high school, she worked with Life Choices Pregnancy Center in Longmont as a Teen Advisor, encouraging peers to choose abstinence until marriage. Being a teacher with Rez Dance has enabled Dana to continue to encourage and mentor girls for Christ in using their bodies to bring Him glory. Today she finds great fulfillment in leading Rez Dance, teaching all ages, instilling a love for dance, and more than anything, helping others step into the realm King David lived in – unashamed dance worshiping our Lord and bringing glory to Him.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop
Dance Administrator/ Teacher
Kaci began dancing at the age of 15 after having participated in a variety of sports. She started with ballet and jazz at Dancer’s Unlimited dance studio in Mooresville, North Carolina, and slowly added lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and competition over the next four years. She continued to take classes at UNC-Asheville and was a member of their dance team for 3 1/2 years.
After graduating, Kaci moved to Colorado and joined Rez Dance in the Fall of 2011. Since then, she has gone to Israel, Lake Providence and India on dance mission trips. She has taught with Rez Dance since 2012. Seeing dancers of all ages unashamedly praise Jesus and glorify Him with their dancing brings her the greatest joy!
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, special needs
Outreach Coordinator/ Teacher
Miss Sara became a member of Rez Dance in 2016, but her dance journey began long before that at the age of 3 with Moving for the Lord Dance Company in Greeley, CO. Since then, she has also danced with the Dance Factory, the Conservatory, and gained most of her technical training with Northern Colorado Academy of Dance Arts. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, tap and jazz. Sara has performed in 5 performances of “The Nutcracker” with Colorado Dance Theater and numerous other stage performances in Northern Colorado. One of her most favorite musical theater roles was dancing in the tap chorus of “Anything Goes.” She resides in Johnstown, CO with her husband Adam and their lovable, rambunctious German Shepherd, Bella. Sara is passionate about serving the dancers and families of Rez Dance and ministering to hearts to share the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ through dance.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, dramatic/prophetic, contemporary, and hip hop
Adzélè first started dancing when she was a little girl back home in Togo, West Africa. She danced every chance she got. She performed at school events and choreographed and organized dances and shows with her friends.
In the States, she was part of the theater group in High School and at College she joined a hip-hop dance troupe that performed at a number of campus events. After college, she eventually moved to South Jersey where she started teaching African and worship dance to the kids at her homeschool group co-op. She also taught a christian music exercise dance class at a local studio and started doing worship dance at her church before moving to Colorado.
This is Adzélè’s 3rd year dancing with Rez Dance and she feels like she has found a home with a wonderful group of ladies who love the Lord and love others.
Adzèlé is married to Edward and they both enjoy serving at their church. Other than dancing, Adzélè spends her time on Precept Inductive Bible Studies and homeschooling her 3 wonderful, crazy kids.
Catherine first started dancing in San Antonio, Texas, when she was three years old. She continued her training in ballet, jazz, pom and drill team kick line through multiple studios and communities, including Jan Moore School of Dance in Victoria, Texas.
Catherine has been teaching and dancing at Rez Dance since its founding in 2010. She enjoys teaching all levels, and loves seeing the little ones discover ways they can worship Jesus through dance.
When not dancing, Catherine enjoys spending time with her family: her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Shannon and Daniella. She also enjoys a good book and watching her favorite sports teams.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical
Eliza began dancing at the age of 5 doing ballet and worship dance with Celebration Ministry of Arts. It was there where her passion for dance and worship was ignited. She continued her training with Celebration Ministry of Arts along with The Studio, until 2015. She began taking classes at Rez Dance in the Fall of 2016 and continues to do so as long as she is able. Her favorite styles are lyrical and ballet.
Besides dancing, Eliza is passionate about her faith, traveling, her family, and writing. She is currently pursing her BA in psychology and dreams of working full time on the mission Field.
Teaches: ballet, special needs
Jessica’s love for dance began at age three and she continued to study dance throughout college. She also trained with a ballroom world champion and began assisting with Casino Rueda (circle salsa) in Portland, OR. She collaborated with her lead dance instructor to bring Salsa to Western Oregon University. Her college dance highlights include participating as a teaching assistant, a performer, and a student choreographer.
Jessica taught adult Ballroom, Lyrical, Social Dance and Salsa at Front Range Community College for eight years. She also co-lead youth dance recreational programs, where she taught ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and ballroom for ten years. She gained so much joy watching her students grow and develop in their dancing.
At one point, Jessica’s beloved mother mentioned to her, that she saw her being part of a praise and worship dance group someday. Jessica didn’t think much of it, as she didn’t realize that such a group existed. Then, she found out about Rez Dance. What an amazing opportunity to grow one’s relationship with Christ and to praise Him from the dance floor!
Jessica and her husband enjoy playing in the great outdoors with their three young children.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, and ballroom
Dance has always been in Kelsey’s life in one form or another, from making up dance routines in the living room as a child and performing them for her parents to competing with a dance team in high school to taking dance fitness classes throughout college. After an eight year hiatus, Kelsey discovered Rez Dance in 2015 and knew she had to be a part of it! She loves that Rez Dance offers dancers a loving community, dance training, as well as worship and intimate connection to Jesus…all in one! Her favorite dance style is lyrical for the powerful stories that can be told through the movements.
Kelsey works full time as an editor in children’s ministry and in her free time loves reading British literature, making homemade pizzas, visiting her family across the country, drinking coffee, and hopping on a plane to explore new destinations.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, jazz
Kristi has loved to dance ever since she can remember. From twirling around the house as a little girl to performing onstage in recitals, plays, and musicals, she has found so much joy and fulfillment through dance. Her favorite type of dance is dramatic/prophetic where she expresses God’s love for others through vibrant emotion and movement. She has a variety of dance experience including ballet, modern, lyrical, prophetic, and worship, and has been a part of Rez Dance since 2011.
Since the age of eight, it has been her dream to minister to others through dance, especially children and young women. She has thoroughly enjoyed spreading love and hope through dance camps in Lake Providence, LA, dance outreaches at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO, nursing homes, festivals, and more. She loves a good book, sewing costumes, and spending time with her wonderful husband.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, dramatic/prophetic, contemporary, special needs
LynnCheri has been dancing ever since she could walk! She started dancing with the Israeli Celebration Dancers at the age of nine and traveled all over the U.S. and oversees dancing and spreading the love of Christ with them. She started her technical training with Celebration Ministry of Arts the fall of 2005 and later furthered her training at Mary Constantine-Nelson and The Studio. She trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, a little hip-hop and a little Broadway dancing for four years. She danced with their performance and competition team for two years. By 2011, she was on staff for CMA and continues to teach in their Fort Collins and Littleton locations.
She started assisting with Rez Dance in 2014 and is now lead-teaching throughout the week. She is a company member of Illuminate. She loves teaching because she finds joy in watching her students grow in their technique as well as their freedom of expression. She encourages her students to not only strengthen their body through class, but also their spirit as they worship even while doing plié’s!
LynnCheri enjoys dancing, singing, playing piano, reading the Bible, writing poetry, practicing calligraphy, and spending time with her big family! She loves to go out of the country on mission trips and has been blessed to go to Israel in 2004, and to Jamaica in 2008 and is looking forward to the other places the Lord will lead her and her husband. She is currently taking online classes with Grand Canyon University and will graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Christians Studies with an emphasis in Youth Ministry.
Teaches: ballet, lyrical, contemporary
Margaret Willingham, though primarily retired from teaching dance, thoroughly enjoys sharing her experience and passion for God, dance and worship, teaching at Resurrection Fellowship. She is “a strong, honest talent…an experienced dance professional” , coming to Resurrection Dance with 40+ years choreographing, training dancers and performing.
Her choreography, which critics have said, “has depth and subtlety”, has been selected by adjudication for performance in Colorado and New York, and she has been a guest choreographer in classical and contemporary Ballet. “It is the directness of feeling and exaltation of the joy of movement that is most impressive about Willingham’s work”. Margaret was guest artistic director at Canyon Concert Ballet in 2013 where she created “Cinderella”, and was guest choreographer at UNC for Contemporary Ballet in 2007 where she premiered “Moonlight” to Beethoven’s full length Moonlight Sonata.
In 2004, while at The Conservatory as Ballet Director, Margaret established and was Artistic Director of The Conservatory Ballet Company for 8 years, taking dance into schools and the community.
Over her career Margaret has choreographed many musicals, including the original “Rockwell”(VT) and several equity productions(NH). In addition she has created sacred dances for worship and the stage as Artistic Director of Judah Co.(CO), Rejoicing! (NH) and as a guest at Christian conferences and at Resurrection Fellowship.
She has performed with Jose Limon Modern Dance Company(NY), Margaret Wagner & Dancers, Ltd.(NY), a company she founded and was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, and with 8th St. Contemporary(CO).
As the founder and creative force behind Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design, Margaret now choreographs original quilts, shares her passion for creativity and God, and inspires others, through quilting workshops and trunk shows/ lectures.
Teaches: ballet, modern
Mireille has loved dancing since she was a little girl and took her first ballet class at age four. Along with ballet, she has also taken contemporary, jazz, and worship dance classes. She is currently a part of Rez Dance at Resurrection Fellowship and studying under Ixchel Levendosky at Front Range Classical Ballet Academy. Mireille loves working with children and is excited to share her passion for dance!
Teaches: hip hop, contemporary
Renee started dancing with Rez Dance in 2012 and has loved it ever since. This will be her first year as a teacher with Rez Dance and she is beyond excited! She loves to worship Jesus and she feels that dance is a great way to do this. Her favorite style of dance is hip hop, but contemporary is a close second.
Renee loves Jesus and her family more than anything else in this world! Other than dance, she likes to sing, make music, eat good food, go on adventures, and she is currently learning guitar. Renee also works part time at a gelato cafe (ice-cream is her weakness!)
Teaches: hip hop
Teaches: prophetic flagging
April began dancing at the age of 6 doing baton twirling and jazz. When her family moved to Colorado, she picked up dance right where she left off and joined the Longmont Dance Theater. As she got older, she gradually added in more dance styles including ballet, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, pointe, and even folklorico and flamenco. She was also a founding member of the Longmont High School Dance team as a sophomore and danced with the team for 3 years. After graduating high school, she continued to dance at UNC-Greeley minoring in Dance and teaching Hip-Hop at the UNC Recreation Center.
After graduating college, April pursued a career in Health/Counseling, met her husband and began a family. She never lost her passion and interest in dance and was so excited to learn that Rez Dance existed and offered class for adults. She began taking classes at Rez Dance in the Fall of 2015 and continues to do so as long as she is able. Her favorite styles are lyrical and hip-hop.
Besides dancing, April is passionate about her faith, her family, and loves spending time outside on warm days. She also just recently began a home-business as an Independent Consultant for a pampering company called, Perfectly Posh that she enjoys doing in her spare time.
Assists: hip hop
Bethany started dancing ballet when she was three and danced on a competitive team throughout high school. She always saw herself dancing for Jesus in her mind when she worshipped Him, but thought that dance was something in her past and would no longer do. She came as a new Rez member to watch the “Red” concert and just knew that this was the kind of dancing she always saw in her head when she sang to Jesus. Now Rez Dance is a huge part of her life and her relationship with God.
Bethany loves to have dance parties in the morning with her two children, and she homeschools them both. She also loves to hike, bike, and do anything outside.
Helps assist: ballet, lyrical
Megan started dancing when she was seven years old, starting with a couple of ballet classes. A few years later, she joined a competition dance team for a year. She started at Rez Dance in 2010. Her favorite dance styles are Jazz and Contemporary. Through the dance ministry she found a passion and love for dance and using it to ministering to others. Dance has helped her with confidence and believing in herself. This is her first year helping out as a teacher, and she is very excited to teach, minister, and mentor.
Juliana started dancing at Rez in 2011 when she was 8 years old, and has since grown tremendously in her ability and passion for dance. Juliana’s favorite style of dance is lyrical/contemporary. She loves the idea of reaching people and spreading the love of Jesus through dance.
Outside of dance, Juliana enjoys playing the flute, reading, taking photos, hanging out with friends, and attending her small group. She also loves working with kids, and has the wonderful opportunity of working in the nursery.
In the future, Juliana would love to go on missions trips to Central and South America.
Helps assist: ballet, lyrical
Kara has been dancing with Rez for 5 years. She loves the idea of praising the Lord through dance. Her favorite styles are Ballet and Jazz. When Kara is not at dance she enjoys running, singing, and school. She also loves shopping and babysitting. Kara has a heart for the Lord and is always ready to learn or teach anything new!
Helps assist: ballet
Lauryn has enjoyed dancing since she was a little girl and started dancing at Rez in 2010. In addition to dancing, she has participated in multiple other activities including horseback riding, reading, basketball, and ice skating. She also really enjoys eating ice cream, watching The Sound of Music, and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite styles of dance are definitely Jazz and Lyrical. She is really excited to share her love for God and dance with all those she may meet.
Helps assist: ballet
Maggie has been with Rez Dance since 2014 but she has been dancing since she was 4 years old. After dancing at other traditional studios, she found dance ministry and realized what she has been missing all these years… worshiping God and spreading His love through dance.
After Maggie fell off her horse in 5th grade, she broke her back and could no longer do the things they expected her to do at other studios. She was devastated. That’s when she walked into her first class at Rez Dance and felt as if she was finally home. Being in a new environment relaxed her and allowed her back to heal, and with prayer she is currently almost completely healed.
Maggie is currently a freshman attending Resurrection Christian School and learning more about who she is in Christ every day. Her number one goal is to make every dancer feel loved and welcomed and to help each and every one of them to more understand who THEY are in Christ as well.
Helps assist: jazz, ballet, special needs
Helps assist: ballet, lyrical
Taylor began dancing at the Northern Colorado Academy of Dance Arts when she was six years old. In 2011, she joined Rez dance and discovered how her passion for dance brought her closer to God. She enjoys expressing her love of God through dance. Her favorite dance styles are ballet, jazz, and contemporary.
When she is not dancing, Taylor loves spending time camping, reading, and scrap-booking. She loves hanging out with her family and friends. She has a heart for serving others and cannot wait to share her love of dance.
Helps assist: ballet, lyrical