Dance Instructors

Lyndzi Barnes | Executive Artistic Director

Lyndzi has over 17 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, Danceworks of Colorado Springs was voted into the top 50 studios in the nation with the Federation of Dance Competitions, nominated for a People’s Choice Award with The Industry Dance Awards, and recognized nationally for choreography, entertainment, sportsmanship and multiple overall winners. The studio held the title of BEST STUDIO in Colorado Springs nominated by the Gazette from 2009-2014. She has traveled from Los Angeles to New York to continue her education with some of the top choreographers in the country. Lyndzi’s choreography specialties include jazz, lyrical, jazz funk, and contemporary however she was trained in all styles of dance growing up (tap, hip hop, lyrical, pom pom, ballet, and jazz). She was the choreographer for the Dave Solon Kia Hamsters in Colorado and one of the first Regional Ambassadors for The Circle of Hope Charity Campaign. She is going on her 7th year adjudicating for Starquest National Talent, 2nd year for Tribute Talent Competition, and 3rd year with Bravo Talent competition. She has also judged for Starpower, Rainbow, and Kids Artistic Revue in the past.

Debi Spencer

Debi has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer for more than 20 years. In her professional career, she toured with the Broadway musical 42nd street, appeared in many musical theatre productions including West Side Story, Annie, Anything Goes, Sugar Babies, and Camelot to name a few. She has also danced at Walt Disney World in Beauty and the Beast, Hollywood Hollywood, and the Dick Tracy Show and many other productions in Japan and Europe. She has a Bachelor’s in Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Education. Most recently, she has taught and choreographed at Wake Forest University, Pine Creek High School, Danceworks of Colorado Springs and Summit Dance Works. While at Danceworks, Debi’s choreography won many awards, including Apogee awards, entertainment awards and choreography awards. Aside from dancing, Debi has appeared in numerous national and regional television commercials, has been the spokes model for the Anthony’s stores and lent her voice to numerous radio spots. She is excited to begin her tenth year teaching at Summit and is truly blessed to work with such amazing dancers and their families.

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.

Brenda Zeman

Brenda performed and studied dance with Ballet Theatre, the Civic ballet of Pueblo and the Arts Center in Pueblo. She received a teaching degree from UCCS, and has been teaching dance for 30 years.Brenda has taught at Dance Arts In Olean N.Y. as the Ballet Director, Randolph School Of Dance as the Ballet Director, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet as a Ballet Teacher, Encore of Colorado Springs as a Ballet Director, Rocky Mountain Dance Academy of Colorado Springs as a Ballet Director, and School of Music and Dance as a Ballet Director. Brenda enjoyed being part of the Danceworks team and is excited to continue with us to Summit Dance Works. Brenda has choreographed for children’s theatre and has won many regional and national choreography awards. Brenda is also proud to have helped 5 dancers get accepted into major dance schools and companies.

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.

Myah Manuel

Myah Manuel has been dancing since she was 10 years old. After making her local competition team, Manuel decided to further in dance as a career. She graduated top of her class at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC with her BA in dance performance and a Minor in coaching. While in college, Manuel’s contemporary choreography won dance of the year in 2015, and was selected to present her choreography at Amarican College Dance Association. While in CO, Manuel has worked with the big brothers/big sisters program teaching children, free hip-hop classes.  She has taught a range of classes and choreography for multiply shows in CO springs  Including advanced ballet, advanced hip hop, musical theater, company training, tap, jazz, preschool technique, and contemporary. At Summit, she is looking forward to further be inspired by the amazing art form and working with children next year!

Jazmine Shaffer

Dance instructor, bio and information coming soon!

Grace Pierson

Grace Pierson was raised in a small town in Chapman, Kansas. She is a recent graduate from Kansas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Dance, with a dual minor in Hospitality Management and Business. Grace took dance and tumbling classes at her hometown studio since age 8 and was part of her high school dance team for 4 years. She was the captain of her dance team for 2 years and an UDA All American. She also got the opportunity to perform as a dancer at the 2010 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN with Eddie Money. While at Kansas State, Grace was fortunate to take master calsses from Thodo's Dance Chicago, Diavolo Architecture in Mortion, Quixotic, and more. Grace studied jazz, ballet, and tap at Kansas State but also enjoes pointe, contemporary, and hip-hop styles. During her time as KSU she was also an active member in her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and was the Vice President of KanDance for 2 years. She is also a proud supporter of Big Brother Big Sisters and CASA.

Rachel Shafer

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Storrey Aligaen

Hi everyone, I’m Storrey. Many of you will recognize me as a former dancer with the studio for the past 10 years. Last year, I was a part of the first graduating class from Summit Danceworks. Now, I’m studying Elementary and Special Education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and I recently finished my first year there. Dance has been a part of me for a majority of my life and my first year away from it was a bit challenging and very different. Debi, Alyssa, Lyndzi, Corrine, and Brenda have been my teachers in the past and now I am currently teaching with them. I joined the staff with the last three weeks of the season and I am so glad that I am able to help the staff and the young students I have been teaching. It has been a great experience so far and I am looking forward to continuing throughout the summer. Thank you to all the parents and students of my classes for being so understanding and kind throughout the changes in the season and I hope you all enjoy another amazing recital from Summit Danceworks.

Aja Lee

Dance instructor, bio and information coming soon!

Jade Lee

Dance instructor, bio and information coming soon!