At Premier School of Dance, our faculty believes that dance training fosters valuable life skills such as respect, humility, responsibility to oneself and others, teamwork, goal-setting, creative expression, and personal achievement.
All our instructors have extensive qualifications in dance, with a full understanding of what is technically appropriate for every age level.
STUDIO OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
Karin Gritz has owned Premier School of Dance for 28 years, and has been teaching dance for over 35 years. Her early training began with Gwen Bowen School of Dance in south Denver, and progressed to teaching at age 18. She has taught through many outlets including: YWCA, Pueblo Ballet, Rancho Simi Valley Recreation Department and at local studios in Colorado.
Karin is exceptional in working with the younger kids and keeping the tradition of dance alive! Her objective with the studio is to reinforce arts education by providing an outlet for all families to afford dance training. She believes that dance teaches many life skills besides technique and the artistry of dance.
CO-DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Alexandra Fields graduated with honors from the University of Arizona where she majored in Dance. She received her training at Premier, with additional summer dance programs throughout the country, including Virginia School of the Arts, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Alexandra directs the Competition Team at Premier and helps manage Premier. An exceptional choreographer, Alexandra has won several awards for her choreography at the Regional and National level. Alexandra has two young sons and enjoys all of the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer.
Marian Faustino is beginning her eighth year teaching Ballet at Premier. She received her classical Ballet training in the Philippines as a member of Ballet Manila, studying under visiting teachers from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She has also been privileged to be a Philippine representative at several International Ballet competitions and awarded semi-finalist and finalist in Moscow and Nagoya. Moving to the States in 2011, she was a pioneering member of the contemporary Ballet Company, Wonderbound. Marian is currently a freelance dance artist and has performed with Denver Art Museum, Central City Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago and Malashock Dance San Diego.
Jamison Slater began her training in Medford, NJ. She then went to study on scholarship at Virginia School of the Arts. She attended many summer programs including Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Koresh, and Charleston Ballet. She has danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theatre and Caribbean Cruise Lines. While living in Las Vegas Jamison performed in Jubilee!, Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show, and the Sirens show at Treasure Island. Jamison has also performed as a back-up dancer for recording artist Kristine W. in Miami and Bruno Mars in Las Vegas. She is also a judge for National Dance Showcase, International Dance Alliance and Headliners. Jamison is looking forward to her third season at Premier.
Michelle has been teaching at Premier since it opened in 1993. A former Miss Adams county with over 30 years of being involved in performing arts, she has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance from the University of Northern Colorado. She has a wide background in teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acrobat.
Claire Kendall began her dance training in her hometown of Santa Fe, NM at the School of Aspen Santa Fe. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase College and attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Ballet Concentration. In the Fall of 2016, she studied abroad at the Korea National University of Art in Seoul, South Korea. As a professional dancer she has previously performed with several companies, such as Hannah Kahn. She is also the Artistic Director of her own company; Claire Kendall Creative Projects. She is excited to share her experiences and love for dance with the students at Premier!
Lisa trained at Ballet Mississippi and the St. Louis Ballet School. She attended the University of Kansas and has a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Business Administration. She has spent the last few years in Chicago teaching and dancing professionally with Aerial Dance Chicago and Thodus Dance Chicago. Lisa is an experienced Ballet teacher with years of experience teaching all levels. She moved to Colorado to train with Frequent Flyers in Boulder and is currently a member of Hannah Kahn Dance. Lisa is happy to call Colorado her new home.
Liz earned her B.A. from Mercyhurst University in both Dance and Communications. She lived in NYC for the past few years where she worked for Kinderdance in the public and private school system as well as at Broadway Performing Arts Center. Liz has been teaching for the last decade and her specialties include Acro, Ballet, and Lyrical. Liz is thrilled to be a part of the team here at Premier.
Orginially from New Orleans, Danielle is a form adjunct faculty member in the dance department at Tulane University and was a past company member as well as the Associate Artistic Director for Gulf Coast Theater on Tap. She perfomed with Beyonce in the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime show, was a dancer at Tokyo Disneyland and performed in Broadways "42nd Street" in Germany. Danielle has taught on the National convention faculty for Dance Masters of America.
Cassandra began her training here at Premier. She recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Business Management. While at GCU she studied Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, as well as performed every semester with GCU's Ethington Dance Ensemble. She is excited to be back at Premier doing what she loves, teaching!
Tammy is a certified pilates instructor in which she has been teaching for 15 years, She is also a classically trained ballet dancer and has danced with Boulder Ballet as well as Colorado Dance Theater. She has a degree in Kinesiology and Dance Science.
"Your staff has given us all confidence in ourselves, a haven where we know we are loved, and the opportunity to make wonderful friends...."