Denise, a native of Kansas City, grew up dancing at Dolly Ardens Dance Studio in Grandview
Missouri, where she studied and performed tap, Jazz, ballet, and tumbling.
After performing as a dancer in West Side Story, in Loose Park
theater, she knew she had a passion to study, teach, and
perform. She studied at UMKC Conservatory, where she studied
ballet from Miss Shirley Weaver, and modern from Winifred
Weidener of Martha Graham Co. , From there she joined the
Missouri Dance Theater directed by Paul Chambers and Cliff
Kerwin while continuing her training. In this company, she
danced with David Parsons, and worked with guest
choreographers such as Louis Falco.,
Denise returned to the UMKC Conservatory and completed
her Bachelor of Fine Arts and dance in 1998. There she
studied ballet with Paula Weber and Mary Pat Henry;
modern from Leni Williams, Deanna Hyett, and Catherine
Plavkan; Jazz and Flamenco from Tamara Carson.
Denise has 20 years of experience, teaching all ages, dancing
and choreographing for college musicals, Studios, and
church musicals, and the Action House community program
for kids. She continues her passion of teaching, currently as
an adjunct professor, at Johnson County Community College,
for Ballet. Modern. And Jazz; and Instructor at Ice Studios
School of Dance, and Dancerz Unlimited; and hopes to keep
inspiring people of all ages to dance!