Lauren Hitchell - Owner  Teaches - Booty Barre, Knockout, Hip Hop Cardio, Booty Shakin Friday and Vertical Fitness    Lauren studied dance at Rhythm Dance Center, an award winning studio in Atlanta Georiga, for 10 years. She was a member of their prestigious competition company for 8 years and started teaching at the age of 16. For the past 5 years, Lauren has taught Hip Hop in Frisco and started Booty Shakin' Friday. Lauren has studied under famed choreographers such as Kevin Maher and Bobby Newberry. Lauren is a dance coach for Summit County's  Dancing with the Mountain Stars  charity event.

Lauren Hitchell - Owner
Teaches - Booty Barre, Knockout, Hip Hop Cardio, Booty Shakin Friday and Vertical Fitness
 

Lauren studied dance at Rhythm Dance Center, an award winning studio in Atlanta Georiga, for 10 years. She was a member of their prestigious competition company for 8 years and started teaching at the age of 16. For the past 5 years, Lauren has taught Hip Hop in Frisco and started Booty Shakin' Friday. Lauren has studied under famed choreographers such as Kevin Maher and Bobby Newberry. Lauren is a dance coach for Summit County's Dancing with the Mountain Stars charity event.

  Melica Ladd - Vertical Fitness Intro   Melica has studied many kinds of dance including African, belly dance, hip-hop, Hot Buti Yoga, and aerial silks in places all around the world before finding a home with pole dancing.  She has pole danced for seven years and is a certified instructor through Pole Passion Fitness, the host of the World Pole competition.  She believes pole dancing has the power to make women and men feel sexy, strong, and confident.

Melica Ladd - Vertical Fitness Intro

Melica has studied many kinds of dance including African, belly dance, hip-hop, Hot Buti Yoga, and aerial silks in places all around the world before finding a home with pole dancing.  She has pole danced for seven years and is a certified instructor through Pole Passion Fitness, the host of the World Pole competition.  She believes pole dancing has the power to make women and men feel sexy, strong, and confident.

  Haruko Smith - Ballet   Starting out as a figure skater and later an ice dancer, Haruko has had extensive ballet training in the San Fransico Bay Area (Ballet Califia), Paris (l'Academie de Danse Montparnasse and Centre du Danse du Marais), and New York City (Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Alvin Ailey). She moved to Summit County in 2012, and is also an Adjunct Faculty of Ballet at Colorado Mountain College and cross country ski instructor.

Haruko Smith - Ballet

Starting out as a figure skater and later an ice dancer, Haruko has had extensive ballet training in the San Fransico Bay Area (Ballet Califia), Paris (l'Academie de Danse Montparnasse and Centre du Danse du Marais), and New York City (Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Alvin Ailey). She moved to Summit County in 2012, and is also an Adjunct Faculty of Ballet at Colorado Mountain College and cross country ski instructor.

 
  Shelley McDaniel - Vertical Fitness Level 1   Shelley has a passion for fitness and loves to share her experience and knowledge with others. Not only is she a certified personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) but has continued education with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a certified Nutrition Specialist. Currently, she is pursuing her Associates Degree at Colorado Mountain College for Outdoor Education. Her true love though has always been Pole Fitness.  Shelley was certified  in 2007 from the Pole Fitness Studio in Las Vegas and is excited to share the   exotic, athletic, and empowering aspects of Vertical Fitness with you.   

Shelley McDaniel - Vertical Fitness Level 1

Shelley has a passion for fitness and loves to share her experience and knowledge with others. Not only is she a certified personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) but has continued education with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a certified Nutrition Specialist. Currently, she is pursuing her Associates Degree at Colorado Mountain College for Outdoor Education. Her true love though has always been Pole Fitness.  Shelley was certified  in 2007 from the Pole Fitness Studio in Las Vegas and is excited to share the   exotic, athletic, and empowering aspects of Vertical Fitness with you.

 

  Austin Bresina - Swing / Ballroom   Austin was asked to join show choir in high school and was a member for 4 years. After high school,  he continued to dance in local musical productions such as  Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, High school Musical, and Seussical the Musical.   In 2008 he began training as a ballroom dance specialist at Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. While instructing at Arthur Murray Dance Studio for 5 years, Austin also performed and competed professionally at local ballroom competitions. Austin was asked to be a choreographer for  Dancing with the Eau Claire Stars  in 2009 and continued to be a choreographer for the event until 2012.  Austin moved to Vail, Colorado in 2012 and has taught ballroom independently in Summit and Vail. 

Austin Bresina - Swing / Ballroom

Austin was asked to join show choir in high school and was a member for 4 years. After high school,  he continued to dance in local musical productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, High school Musical, and Seussical the Musical.  In 2008 he began training as a ballroom dance specialist at Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. While instructing at Arthur Murray Dance Studio for 5 years, Austin also performed and competed professionally at local ballroom competitions. Austin was asked to be a choreographer for Dancing with the Eau Claire Stars in 2009 and continued to be a choreographer for the event until 2012.  Austin moved to Vail, Colorado in 2012 and has taught ballroom independently in Summit and Vail. 

  Ruth Nash - Booty Barre   Ruth brings her energy and love for dance to every Barre class! Ruth found Barre when she was looking to strengthen her leg after an ACL injury from a skiing accident, and has loved it ever since!   Ruth has 10 years of dance training in styles including ballet, jazz, acrobatics, tap, and modern dance. In addition, she is a committed student of yoga, and has strong anatomy and physiology knowledge, as she is also an experienced Registered Nurse currently working in emergency services.   With her dance background, yoga practice, and medical knowledge, let Ruth help you strengthen and lengthen your muscles in Booty Barre!

Ruth Nash - Booty Barre

Ruth brings her energy and love for dance to every Barre class! Ruth found Barre when she was looking to strengthen her leg after an ACL injury from a skiing accident, and has loved it ever since! 

Ruth has 10 years of dance training in styles including ballet, jazz, acrobatics, tap, and modern dance. In addition, she is a committed student of yoga, and has strong anatomy and physiology knowledge, as she is also an experienced Registered Nurse currently working in emergency services. 

With her dance background, yoga practice, and medical knowledge, let Ruth help you strengthen and lengthen your muscles in Booty Barre!

  Rachel Halteman - Zumba® and STRONG by Zumba   Rachel grew up in Boulder, Colorado where she was a competitive gymnast and a member of the dance team. She attended Denison University in Ohio where she graduated from in 2015 with a degree in dance performance and production. Rachel has been teaching Zumba® since 2014 and loves how it combines two of her passions, dance and fitness. She has lived in Summit County for a little over two years and is excited to continue growing the Zumba® community. When she’s not teaching she works at the Dillon Dam Brewery and enjoys spending time with others exploring the county and collaborating in new projects.

Rachel Halteman - Zumba® and STRONG by Zumba

Rachel grew up in Boulder, Colorado where she was a competitive gymnast and a member of the dance team. She attended Denison University in Ohio where she graduated from in 2015 with a degree in dance performance and production. Rachel has been teaching Zumba® since 2014 and loves how it combines two of her passions, dance and fitness. She has lived in Summit County for a little over two years and is excited to continue growing the Zumba® community. When she’s not teaching she works at the Dillon Dam Brewery and enjoys spending time with others exploring the county and collaborating in new projects.

 
  Courtney La Roux - POUND ®  Born to the owner of a dance school and spending most of her years as a ballerina, Courtney started dance at an early age. She has instructed Zumba back in her home country of South Africa as well as various styles of dance in assistance to her mother.   Courtney has lived in the USA for three years and has lived with her husband in Summit for just over a year. Courtney is well versed in various exercise practices. She came upon POUND® by chance and fell in love with the fast pace, music centered, performance based workout and saw the need for something different in the mountains

Courtney La Roux - POUND®

Born to the owner of a dance school and spending most of her years as a ballerina, Courtney started dance at an early age. She has instructed Zumba back in her home country of South Africa as well as various styles of dance in assistance to her mother. 

Courtney has lived in the USA for three years and has lived with her husband in Summit for just over a year. Courtney is well versed in various exercise practices. She came upon POUND® by chance and fell in love with the fast pace, music centered, performance based workout and saw the need for something different in the mountains