Miss Kat has over 20 years in dancing experience and has been teaching and choreographing for the past 8 years. She studied at a local school in her hometown of Crystal Lake, IL, focusing primarily on ballet technique. She attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan where she received her B.A. in dance performance. She has performed in numerous ballets and other genres, including The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and many more. Katie has also attended the American Dance Festival in North Carolina where she studied modern dance with mentors such as Nia Love, Aqua Boogie, Paul Matteson and many others; as well as performed in their National Choreographer’s Concert as a dancer. After college she auditioned with Kim Robards Dance Company and had the opportunity to perform with their company that summer. From there she was accepted as a trainee which is what brought her to Colorado.
Anna Potter is an upbeat and out-of-the-box thinking modern dancer from Morgantown, West Virginia. She studied dance at University of North Carolina - Greensboro and West Virginia University. During her time in college, Anna extensively studied various Modern dance techniques, as well as Vaganova and Cecchetti Ballet techniques.
She performed with West Virginia based Alchemy Dance Company for the 2016-17 season, before moving to Colorado in summer 2017 to adventure around the Rockies and expand her dance career. Her latest performances include a series of solo performances "Disappearance: alone" conceptualized by Anna Potter and Andrew Marcus, Ethereum Dance Company’s 2018-19 season show "Creatio" choreographed by Andrea Martin, and a self-made, site-specific solo work ‘Alive’ filmed in Boulder Creek.
Her favorite classes to teach are modern, choreography, and improvisation and she absolutely loves to share her passion for movement and creation!
Sydney O’Hara was born & raised in Kansas City, MO. Her formal training began at an early age at DanceWorks Conservatory - and she would later begin her teaching career there as well. She has trained in a variety of styles of dance & theatre - but ballet will always be her first love. During her time in Kansas City, she was featured as a performer and choreographer in various musical theatre productions - such as Phantom, Beauty & The Beast, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, Etre Art & The Sound of Music. Sydney graduated summa cum laude from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate & Organizational Communication & minors in both German & Dance (the college did not offer a dance major at this time). While in attendance, Sydney had the pleasure of performing with the Robert Ivey Ballet & was both coach & captain of the nationally ranked CofC Cougarettes Dance Team. Upon graduation, Sydney moved to Las Vegas to pursue a professional dance career for what she assumed would be a year at most. One year quickly turned into almost a decade of performing on the Vegas Strip & internationally. Sydney’s former students are currently dancing with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Texas Ballet Theater, Carnival Cruise Lines & Walt Disney World Resorts to name a select few. Sydney & her husband moved to Evergreen (his hometown) in 2018 & have spent the past two years building their home from the ground up - just the two of them. Happy to have her brief foray into construction behind her, Sydney is thrilled to join the faculty at Evergreen School of Ballet as she loves nothing more than sharing her love of dance & performing with others.
Kara Fioretti Shannon
Kara will be teaching Ballet 3/4 Technique Workshop at ESB in 2021. Check back for bio information.
Ms. Kara and Ms. Gabe have been partners and BFFs for years!
Jennifer Grace is currently a soloist with the Colorado Ballet and is the newest addition to the ESB ballet faculty. Jennifer was born in Bozeman, Montana. She trained at The Dance Center in Bozeman, The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia and Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Southern California. Jennifer was hired by Tulsa Ballet’s Second Company in 2013 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in November of that same year. By 2017 she was a Soloist with the company and had performed many Principal and Soloist roles. She has had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Derek Deane, Ben Stevenson, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Wayne McGregor and Alejandro Cerrudo. Jennifer was Pointe Magazine's August/September 2018 Cover Star.
Ms. Jennifer will be teaching a variety of master classes and other classes, focusing on ballet.
Markeith J. Douse, Performing artist, teacher, and Entrepreneur has led a fruitful and creative life in the world of dance. Born and raised in St. Augustine Florida, Douse found his place amongst his peers alike with the St. Augustine Ballet at 15 years of age. Even with a later start, Douse quickly developed a passion and love for classical ballet which served as the foundation for his growth. Performing various parts and often lead roles in popular ballets such as A MidSummer Night's Dream, Peter and The Wolf, The NutCracker, Peter Pan and original works by the St. Augustine Ballet year after year.
Inspired by his peers and loved ones, Douse decided to take his training on to University and went on to study at some of the top performing arts colleges in the nation such as The University of Alabama and Florida State University, often presented with opportunities to work paid performances and gigs with talent agencies and local dance companies. Today Markeith commits his time to teaching the new rising stars and helping to create the same opportunities and more for all who have a desire to perform and create dance.
Mr. Markeith will be teaching Contemporary Ballet and offering specialized instruction to our male dancers.