Julie Anderson is the owner of Lakewood Dance Academy in Lakewood Colorado; an inclusive community promoting a concept-based approach to classical dance training. For over twenty years Julie has had the great honor of sharing her love for dance with students of all ages. She believes deeply that dance and artistic expression is for every person. Julie is a certified instructor of Bill Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education from the University of Idaho, under the direction of Gregory Halloran. Julie completed coursework in Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance; created by Anne Greene Gilbert. BrainDance and concept-based instruction is at the heart of every class at Lakewood Dance Academy. Julie is also an instructor for the Education and Outreach program at Colorado Ballet and the lead instructor for "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself," a specially designed series of ballet classes for children who have Down Syndrome. Julie performs with Maedee Dupre and Dancers and she was a company member for Louder Than Words Dancetheatre for six wonderful years and has performed in many project-based works including Boulder Fringe Festival and Projekt Move. She continues to collaborate with other teaching artists, and supports all dancers in their endeavors to tell stories and create connections through movement.
Alison, a native of Illinois, moved to northern Colorado in 2013. She began her dance training at Dance Arts Studio, Inc. in Springfield, Illinois under the direction of Grace Luttrell Nanavati. In 2004 she joined the Springfield Ballet Company, performing in various main stage productions and training with professionals from the Carolina Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Broadway Theatre Project, among others.
Alison graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2013. During her time at Dance at Illinois, Alison had the privilege of training under numerous renowned faculty and guest artists. She also took the time to experience dance outreach in the community, to engage in student groups focused on supporting the arts on campus, and to familiarize herself with the administrative aspects of the Dance Department. Alison was also selected to participate in the Mark Morris Dance Group Shadow Program in 2011. She attended the Brooklyn summer intensive fully funded in 2011 and 2012, as well as participated in the company’s university residency outreach projects.
Alison joined Lakewood Dance Academy in 2015 and directs the ballet program and Nutcracker productions.
Aria Faddis grew up in Boise, Idaho, and moved to Colorado in 2017. She began dancing at age twelve and has since discovered how much she loves to share her love of dance with children. Aria has a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in teaching from The University of Montana where she studied under Michelle Antonioli, Nicole Bradley Browning, and Heidi Jones Eggert. She spent one season dancing with Off Center Dance Company before relocating to Colorado where she teaches at studios across the Denver Metro area. When she is not working at the studio, Aria works as an administrator for Great Work Montessori School.
Lindsay Falter joined Lakewood Dance Academy in 2015 after years of teaching children in preschools and dance studios across the country. A Colorado native, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder where she studied contemporary dance and choreography. Her role as a dance teacher allows her to indulge in some of her favorite activities: getting creative, moving to music and assisting kids in their exploration of art!
Some of Lindsay’s other favorite things include baking pies and eating Mexican and Greek food. She has a young son that keeps her busy and has taught her more about construction trucks that she ever thought possible. Lindsay finds the most happiness in soaking up the sun whether hiking in the Colorado mountains or the infrequent treat of laying by the ocean.