Valerie Gunnels-Meredith - Owner/Director/Teacher
Miss Valerie has been dancing since the age of 4. She began student teaching at the age of 16 and knew from that time that she wanted to make teaching her career. She has trained with numerous master teachers at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and at various dance conventions around the country. Valerie holds a BA in Dance, with a minor in Psychology from California State University Fullerton as well as an Elementary Teaching Credential from Cal State Teach. Since graduating she has attended Dance/Movement Therapy workshops across the United States, the 2011 and 2013 Dance Life Teacher Conferences, as well as Creative Dance Workshops in Washington State at the Creative Dance Center, under the direction of Anne Green Gilbert. It is there that Miss Valerie learned The Brain Dance which is incorporated into all of her classes for dancers ages 6 months to 6 years. In 2018 Miss Valerie became a Level 2 Certified Teacher of The Paula Morgan Technique, a very prestigious training that is a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet and structures the dancers to help avoid injury, while teaching a solid foundation and strong work ethic. In 2018 she also became Acrobatic Arts Certified up to Level 6.
Miss Valerie's goal is to reduce injury in young dancers by training them properly, focusing on alignment, strength and flexibility without hyper mobility and also to make dance available to children who may not have the means to afford a dance education. Valerie has 4 years of experience as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer and was awarded the CASA Philanthropist of the year award in 2011. Under Valerie's direction Live Love Dance began offering two dance scholarships to CASA youth in 2011. Since that time the program has expanded through the Live Love Dance Performing Company's annual fundraiser. The Gift of Dance raises money for dance costumes, clothing and shoes for children in our community who are in foster care and on scholarship at Live Love Dance.
Chad Meredith - Owner/Studio Manager
Chad has many years of operations management experience and has recently decided to use this experience in customer and employee relations and dedicate his career to dance education and fine arts. Mr. Chad has a musical background and has worked in the dance education industry for over 10 years. He enjoys creating a positive impact for the students and their families throughout the year and specifically at our annual dance performances. Chad is always working the front desk as well as working behind the scenes at Live Love Dance, editing music, creating backdrops, and helping to plan each show.
When he is not at the studio, Chad is real estate agent with Ion Real Estate and also has several years of experience as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a nationwide program dedicated to improving and monitoring the well-being of children involved in the foster care system. He also enjoys spending time with his family. Chad is proud to be part of the team at Live Love Dance.
Mary Martin - Teacher
Mary Martin began dancing at the age of three in her home state, Maryland. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary extensively and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. Mary has danced with several dance companies, including the Chicago Honey Bears, traveling across the USA and abroad. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Mary loves to pass on her passion for dance to students of all ages and levels. Mary also holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Movement Therapy and practices therapy here in Broomfield, CO.
Dana Green - Teacher
Dana started dancing at the age of 3 at Belliston Academy of Ballet in Littleton, CO. She pursued rigorous ballet training programs including the Cecchetti Method and the Royal Academy of Dance program in addition to studying pointe and pointe conditioning. She also participated in the Denver Ballet Guild twice as well as her studio's annual production of the Nutcracker with various roles over the years. While ballet is her primary style, she is also trained in tap, jazz, modern, and tumbling. This will be her third year teaching dance. Out of the studio, Dana enjoys studying languages and playing the violin, and she received her BA in Linguistics from CU Boulder in 2016. She brings a structured schedule and detailed eye to the dance space and is so excited to be a part of the Live Love Dance team!
Cara West - Teacher
Miss Cara has been dancing for 29 years, and has been a teacher/choreographer for 14 years. She holds a BFA in Dance from George Mason University and has experience teaching all ages from three to professional level dancers in modern, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, jazz and hip hop. Miss Cara danced professionally with NYC based companies; CorbinDances, Keigwin and Co., TrioDance Collective (Barbie Diewald), Perceptions Contemporary Dance Co., Mari Meade Dance Collective as well as a dancer for the Inn Series Opera Co. in Washington, DC. Miss Cara also has experience in the competition world with her nationally ranked high school team, as a teacher of the competition team at New York Dance as well as a Universal Dance Association (UDA) Instructor along the East Coast. Though her love for dance started with her love for performing, that love grew into a passion that was carefully crafted and taught in the classroom. Miss Cara believes that it is an honor and great responsibility to have the privilege to shape that passion for her students.
Aside from the education, knowledge, experience that she has for dance, she also has experience in conditioning and fitness from her experience as a personal trainer, certified Pilates instructor and rehabilitation specialist. Miss Cara has recently moved to Colorado from New York and is excited to share her passion for dance with her students at Live Love Dance!
Marquette Carrington - Teacher
Marquette has trained in all styles of dance from ballet to hip-hop to jazz, however, Marquette is best known for her street jazz style of choreography. A combination of hip-hop and jazz with an edge of sassiness. She has trained all over and most notably at Broadway Dance Center out of New York City doing special workshops with renowned choreographers as well as dancing along some of the worlds best dancers and choreographers in college.
In 2009 Marquette graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in dance performance. During that time she danced and choreographed with numerous dance companies. KU’s Unity Dance Crew and Art in Motion Dance Company while teaching throughout the Kansas City metro area she has taught at Washington Dance Studio, KC Dance Expressions, Pulse Dance, Academy of Arts, and Point B Dance.
Marquette has taught Hip-hop, Jazz, and Leaps and Turns for the past 13 years and loves working with people and choreography of all styles. She has danced for numerous companies and has had many acting and dancing opportunities. Marquette’s acting credits include Theater productions of “Lend Me a Tenor”, “Fifers People”, “Grease”, “A Christmas Carol”, acting and choreography for “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, as well as choreography for “Round Heeled Woman” and "Mrs. Robinson"
In Denver Marquette has danced with a few dance companies. She spent two years with The Damsels Dance Company and she danced and has had a leadership role with the highly successful company "Rogue Co." Marquette believes in choreographing for the person and not for herself. She seeks to bring out the best in any dancer/performer she works with. She teaches all over the US but loves teaching at her favorite place, LIVE LOVE DANCE.
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