The Home For Colorado Dance

About Cherry Creek Dance

Owner, Stephanie Prosenjak, opened the studio on January 3, 1994, bringing with her some of the top dancers, teachers, and students from around the Denver metro area. Since opening, Cherry Creek Dance has put on some great performances at events such as the Denver Broncos Halftime Show, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Disney’s Magic Music Days, and other great community events, just to name a few. Cherry Creek Dance values:

  • The Home for dance in Colorado
  • Provide out of this world customer service
  • Touch the life of each and every dancer
  • Prestige worth every penny
  • Quality Enthusiastic Instruction

At Cherry Creek Dance, our mission is to create a family-friendly environment where students, young and old, can build self-esteem, lifelong friends, and a true love for dance. You will see our professional company, our Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company actively participating in many community events. Our staff, students, and parents stay involved and love contributing to the arts as well. Cherry Creek Dance is at the forefront of the Denver arts community and plays an integral role as both an instructional institution and an advocate for the arts. Remember that dance, in all its forms, is an art.  Its traditions are represented through proper conduct and appreciation of all those who participate in its creation. Enjoy the art of dancing and respect your fellow dancers, teachers, the studio, and yourself.

Mile High Dance Pride

Dance for the Home Team

Students, young and old, can build self-esteem, lifelong friends, and a true love for dance.



Stephanie Prosenjak
Owner and Artistic Director

Stephanie Prosenjak is the founder and artistic director of Cherry Creek Dance. She has dedicated her life to the Denver dance community. She is unique in her ability to teach all ages, levels, and styles of dance at her home studio, Cherry Creek Dance. In addition to teaching, Stephanie continues to perform and to choreograph for individuals and groups, including 7dancers, the non-profit professional dance group she had the vision to initiate in 2006.

Stephanie was a member of the Denver Nuggets Dance Team, a 5-year member of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, where she served as captain and a pro bowl representative.  Stephanie has performed across the world, danced in musical theatre productions, appeared in music videos, and has performed at numerous corporate events and charity functions. She also works on the state and national level, serving as a judge for the 2008 Miss Colorado Pageant, working as a catalogue consultant for Kellé, training candidates for professional and college dance teams, and now serves as a sponsor and judge for the Denver Nuggets Dance Team, Colorado Mammoth Dance Team and the Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Dance Team.  She serves as a judge for the Colorado State High School Cheerleading Championships and has trained numerous high school dance teams.

In addition to excelling as a dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor, Stephanie is a successful businesswoman. Stephanie and her success with Cherry Creek Dance have been featured in industry publications including Dance and Dance Teacher magazines, as well as Business Week, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News. She was a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s “Outstanding Women In Business” in 2007 and 2008. Stephanie has also been honored with the Denver Business Journal’s exclusive “Forty Under 40” awarded to exceptional business people, and received a “Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Arts” from the City of Arvada. She has completed the Impact Denver Program through the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Arts Program through the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. Stephanie continues to promote the inclusion of the performing arts in the K-12 curriculum by establishing partnerships with public and private schools where members of 7dancers serve as artists in residence. In order to maintain their status as “The Elite Studio,” instructors at Cherry Creek Dance receive ongoing education and internships with Stephanie to enhance their teaching skills.

Lee Prosenjak
Owner “The Guy That Does Everything But Teach Dance”

Lee Prosenjak is the guy that does everything but teach dance. He is always thrilled that he gets to create art every day and is proud to have owned and operated Cherry Creek Dance for 24 years with his wife, Stephanie. Not many people get to inspire more than 2,500 students every single week in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, and break dancing.

Lee is also the executive director 7dancers, a professional nonprofit dance company. Lee travels the world to work with the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) as a certified Forum Trainer and retreat facilitator. He builds content for EO and sits on the Global Forum Committee and he has worked with literally thousands of entrepreneurs and board members from around the world. His work includes strategy sessions, training, and group development work for all aspects of the business. Lee enjoys bringing his enthusiasm to cultivate cohesive work groups and facilitate group experiences. One of his many passions is lighting, in his early 20’s, Lee was a lighting guy for the Denver Center Theatre Company as well as for lots and lots of rock concerts and theatre shows.  His work was seen with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Lyle Lovett, Aerosmith, and The Zou. Art is always at the forefront of Lee’s life, it just takes different forms each day. Overall Lee is a legendary facilitator, expert strategist, board rock star, & all around snappy dresser.

Sarah Gonzalez
General Manager

Sarah Gonzalez began her training at the School of Music and Dance in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Studying ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and modern with Robin Bowman, Dawn Glass, Lauren Swartz (Seigman) and Andrea Wimmer. Following high school graduation, Sarah continued her training at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia as a dance performance and choreography major.

There she trained and performed intensively in ballet, modern, jazz, contact improvisation, and solo and group composition under the guidance of faculty artists Alan Arnett, Ting-Yu Chen, Maurice Fraga, Kim Gibilisco, Elijah Alhadji Gibson, Erica Helm and Linda Miller. While at Shenandoah she had the opportunity to take classes with many professional artists and company directors including Malcolm Burn, Alberto del Saz, Curtis Uhleman, John Lehrer, Lauri Stallings, Adriane Fang, Diane McCarthy, and Tiffany Mills. In 2009 Sarah performed at the 92nd street “Y” NYC, as part of the “Friday’s at Noon” concert series appearing in works choreographed by modern dance and theatre genuis, Alwin Nikolais. In August of 2009 and 2010 Sarah was invited to attend the River North Chicago Dance Company’s summer intensive program, where she learned and performed sections from pieces in their current repertoire. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance in May of 2010, and immediately started teaching in the Washington D.C. area. Along with teaching, Sarah was also an active performer with DancEthos and Ekilibre Dance Company where she was apart of the “Exploring Hinterland- the Film”, Choreography by Maurice Fraga and directed by Jennifer Simms. Sarah joined the Cherry Creek Dance faculty and family as an instructor and front office staff.  She quickly grew into the General Manager position and is going on five years with the studio. Sarah continues to inspire the art and love of dance in Denver and across the country.

Jess Spelke
Lyrical, Jazz & Pre-Ballet Instructor

Jess assisted and taught at dance conventions and competitions such as West Coast Dance Explosion, Shock the Intensive and Star Systems Talent. For the past 17 years, she has taught at studios in Arizona, Texas and Colorado and has been a featured choreographer for Crowd Pleasers Officer Camp and Pure Dance Jam summer intensives.

Jess was also a Vegas finalist for Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance. Jess has worked with the Dancing With the Mountain Stars fundraiser for the past 4 years in the Summit County area and has held the principal coach position for the last 2. In addition to teaching dance, she is also a 200hr RYT and certified barre instructor.

Andrea Blankstein – Otloski
Head of Ballet Department & Instructor

Mrs. Blankstein relocated to Denver from Ohio to take over the position as Director of The Ballet Program at Cherry Creek Dance. She has worked internationally and toured throughout Europe with the biggest Opera house in Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany and performed with several ballet companies throughout the United States.

With her 20 years of teaching experience, she brings a great knowledge and expertise in the art of ballet, pointe, and repertoire.
Mrs. Blankstein has expanded her teaching knowledge with seminars taught by the Royal Ballet School, London, England and with Royal Academy of Dancing examiner Mary Moe Adams. She is excited to bring her teaching skills to the students of Cherry Creek Dance.

Born in Borås, Sweden, Ms. Blankstein began her ballet training with Mary Moe Adams at Adams Ballet Academy in Tempe, Arizona. At the age of sixteen, she was awarded the Bartholin Prize at the Bartholin International Ballet Seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon the invitation of world-renowned ballet danseur Peter Schaufuss, she joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Germany where she danced a wide range of ballets and roles including a pas de trois created on her by Bill T. Jones and “Candide” in Sleeping Beauty by Peter Schaufuss. Ms. Blankstein joined the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet upon her return to the United States, later joining Ballet Arizona and danced as a guest artist with Milwaukee Ballet company. Ms. Blankstein was a principal dancer with Virginia Ballet Theatre for two seasons and performed various leading roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, Sleeping Beauty pas de deux and the white couple from Les Patineurs with her husband Mark Otloski. She was a guest principal dancer with Albany Berkshire Ballet and Great Lakes Festival Ballet for The Nutcracker. Ms. Blankstein performed with Ohio Ballet for one season where Domey Reiter-Stoffer created the role of “Miss Jessel” for her in The Turn of the Screw. She was a principal with State Street Ballet, performing Michaela in Bill Soleau’s Carmen. There she also performed the Rat Queen in The Nutcracker as well as the Pas de Six from Napoli. Andrea was an original member of Ballet Theater of Ohio dancing all the principal roles, including Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and the Pink couple in Heinz Poll’s Summer Night.  During this time she performed the role of Cinderella with Ballet Western Reserve in Richard Dickinson’s Cinderella. For the past ten years to current Andrea has been a guest principal with Hawaii Ballet Theatre, director Charlys Ing, performing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker.  Andrea has performed The Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Odette in the second act of Swan Lake, the principal ballerina in Les Sylphide with City Ballet. Mrs. Blankstein is working on her own dancewear line- Trikå DeSYn by Dre. Married to her partner on and off the stage, Mark Otloski. They are the proud parents of a little girl Sedona

Jonah Buckley
Head of the Hip Hop Department & Instructor

Born in Aurora, Colorado, Jonah is a motivated hip-hop dancer who wants nothing more than to share his passion through expression. He first began dancing as a popper at the age of 15, taking up school talent shows and competitions among friends.

He dedicated all his time to self-teaching through YouTube or others around him. When he turned 16, he started teaching in the Denver area. At age 18, he began consistently traveling out of state to train in San Diego, Los Angeles California, Dallas Texas, and more. Jonah is now Assistant Director of COhe (One Motive) Dance Crew and is also a member of a KRUMP fam called Droid Fam. He is also an undergraduate at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. Jonah has been taught by various choreographers such as Nika Kljun, Larkin Poynton, Chris Martin, Tight Eyez, Carlo Darang, Brian Puspos, and many more. He strives to train in every foundation of hip-hop. Through Creativity, Musicality, Character, and Passion, Jonah continues to perfect his art form and his choreography.

Koko Hansen
Head of Lyrical Department, Combo & Hip Hop Instructor

Koko, originally from Greeley, CO, started dance at the age of two and hasn’t stopped since. She began competing at the age of eight and continued her dance training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Westminster, CO where she studied all styles of dance including tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and ballroom.

She has trained with many industry professionals ranging from the commercial world like So You Think You Can Dance to Broadway professionals in New York. She attended The University of Northern Colorado and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. She is currently the Lyrical Director here at Cherry Creek Dance but can also be found teaching combo, ballet, and hip-hop classes. She also teaches throughout the state and trains high school poms teams. When she’s not teaching, she trains and performs with COhe, a competitive hip-hop crew out of Denver. Dance has been the most rewarding piece of her life and feels very grateful to teach and be apart of her student’s journeys!

Kristen Jorden
Adult Tap Instructor

Kristen is a local tap enthusiast, who also writes and quilts. She started tapping in college after seeing Stomp and decided to leave a career teaching high school history to pursue art full time after dancing at Cherry Creek Dance with Jacob Stonebraker. She sees herself as an ambassador of tap, and wants to see more people make rhythm with their feet!

Lauren McDonald
Combo, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Cheer/Poms & Hip Hop/Tumbling Instructor

Lauren McDonald began dancing at Cherry Creek Dance 20 years ago in the 2-3 combo class. After eight seasons in the Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company, Lauren graduated from Littleton High School in 2014.

After graduating Lauren enrolled in the University of Colorado – Denver, where she is currently studying Dance and Human Development & Family Relations in hopes of becoming a Dance/Movement therapist. In her free time, Lauren enjoys being a member of the University of Colorado-Denver Cheer Team. She is thrilled to be back at her home studio, this time as a teacher! Lauren’s primary focus at CCD is instructing children in combo, jazz, lyrical, tap, cheer/pom, and hip hop/tumbling.

Davie Reuille
Modern & Adult Ballet Instructor

Artistic Director – Apex Dance Mr. Reuille (pronounced  “Roy”) has a distinct artistic vision for dance that fuses many different dance styles into a vibrant and exciting movement style accessible to everyone, no matter their level of exposure to the arts. He has created dances for numerous professional and regional dance companies including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lexington Ballet, AYBT, Illinois Ballet, and more.

In the theatre genre, Mr. Reuille has worked with Curious Theatre on their productions of “The War Anthology,” “Curious
New Voices,” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” He has received several awards and fellowships for his choreography, including the Montgomery County Arts Fellowship.

As a professional dancer and choreographer, Mr. Reuille’s career has spanned 23 years
and 8 countries.  He began his professional career with Lexington Ballet where he quickly established himself as a soloist and principal dancer. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) was his home for six years after leaving Kentucky. While in Dayton, he performed in the works of such master choreographers as Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, and Tally Betty. David has also danced in new works created by choreographers Bill T. Jones, Dwight Rhoden, Bebe Miller, Ron Brown, and Kevin Ward.  Following DCDC, Mr. Reuille was a member of the New York based Parsons Dance Company where he toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim. He has also been a guest dancer with Louisville Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Central Illinois Ballet, Peoria Ballet, and various other regional companies. His television credits include the PBS documentary “Free to Dance.” As well as directing Apex, Mr. Reuille is currently a professional teacher, choreographer, and dancer based in Denver, CO. He is a resident choreographer and teacher at Denver School of the Arts. He has taught master classes around the world including the International Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, American Dance Festival, and throughout the U.S.

Audrey Harmon

Leslie Seabeck

Valerie Ying

Jenn Kuhn

Taylor Strickland


Please be considerate of Cherry Creek Dance and all others around you. Absolutely no gum, food or drink in any of the dance rooms. Any food items need to remain in the dressing room or designated waiting area. You are responsible for cleaning up and throwing away your trash. Please note that we have a couple of recycling bins located throughout the studio for water bottles.
Please leave valuables and jewelry at home, as the studio is not responsible for missing items. Don’t forget to double check and make sure you have everything before leaving the studio.

We ask that you please label each item with your full name in an effort to decrease the amount of items that are lost or misplaced. Every class tends to have one or more students with the same name. If shoes and clothes are not labeled, finding the proper owner can become a tricky task. Items left in the lost and found will be donated to charity every month.

Tuition is due the last week of the month for the upcoming month. There is a $15 late fee if not received by the 10th of the month. Tuition must be paid in full. No tuition is refunded. If the studio is closed for a holiday or if you miss part of the month due to vacation, illness, etc., you are able to take a make-up class within 30 days. Tuition is not pro-rated. All private lessons must be prepaid, no exceptions. Company members are expected to pay full tuition regardless of attendance. There is an annual registration fee of $25 per dancer or $35 per family. This fee is due when you sign up and with your January tuition each year after. There is a $20 fee on all returned checks. All checks may be converted into electronic drafts.

• 30 min. class per week $52 per month
• 45 min. class per week $66 per month
• 1 hr. class per week $80 per month
• 1¼ hr. class per week $90 per month
• 1½ hr. classes per week $100 per month
• 2 hr. classes per week $120 per month
• 2½ hr. classes per week $140 per month
• 3 hr. classes per week $160 per month
• 3½ hr. classes per week $170 per month
• 4 hr. classes per week $180 per month
• 4½ hr. classes per week $190per month
• 5 hr. classes per week $200 per month
• 5½ hr. classes per week $210 per month
• 6 hr. classes per week $220 per month
• Unlimited Level Classes $240 per month
• *Family Discount: 20% discount on all additional dancers
• * Full Year Discount: 10% discount for tuition paid by August 15th for the entire year
• *Semester Discount: 5% discount for tuition paid by August 31st for entire fall semester or January 31st for entire spring semester
• *Ultimate Package and Ultimate Grand Package discounts available – please see front desk for more package information
• Walk In Rate – 30 minute class $14 per class
• Walk In Rate – 1 hour class $22.50 per class
• Walk In Rate – 1 1/4 hour class $25.50 per class
• Walk In Rate – 1 1/2 hour class $29 per class
• 6 hour punch card (60 day expiration) – $126
• 10 hour punch card (90 day expiration) – $210

Current 501(c)3 SCFD professional dancers may be eligible for discounts. Please ask our staff about eligibility requirements.

Punchcards are good for any six or ten hours of class from our regular schedule. They expire sixty or ninety days from the date of purchase. To use a punchcard, simply let your instructor know that you have a punchcard. Punchcards are non-transferable, refundable, or extendable. They may not be used by anyone other than the person whose name appears on the card or for special classes such as master classes or studio rentals.

Good attendance is beneficial for students and teachers. If we know how many students are regularly attending each class, we can staff the classes accordingly and can deliver more accurate information to future students regarding class size. Students should arrive to class on time so as not to interrupt the class and force us to re-teach material. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late must have the teacher’s approval to attend class.

The studio will be closed for all major holidays. Exact dates of closure will be published on the schedule and website prior to the holiday. If you have questions regarding closures due to snow or bad weather, please call the studio before you leave as we update our recorded message as conditions change.

If the studio is closed for a holiday or if you miss part of the month due to vacation, illness, etc., you are able to take a make- up class within 30 days in any style of class. Simply let your instructor know that you are using a make-up class when you check in. You cannot make up a class in your regular class or with special classes such as master classes or studio rentals. You must be a current student with your account in good standing before attending the class.

Here is an example: you missed your regular Tuesday 10:00 class the last week of January, so you make up the class the first week of February by taking your regular Tuesday class as well as the Friday 11:00 class and make sure your February tuition is paid.

It is Cherry Creek Dance’s policy that students not be dropped off in front of the building. It is the guardian’s responsibility to walk the dancer into the dancer check-in area and wait for the instructor to guide them to their appropriate room. The student should arrive in adequate time to change clothing, eat, etc., before class begins. The guardian must also come into the studio to pick up the student. The guardian must arrive a few minutes before class ends in order to wait for their dancer to come out of class. No student should leave the studio without a parent or guardian. We are very sensitive to our students whereabouts and safety, but Cherry Creek Dance will not be held responsible for your student.

Any student left unattended at the studio for longer than 15 minutes before or after the class they have registered for will be charged as if they attended an additional dance class. The same holds true for siblings—please do not leave siblings unattended at the studio.

Appropriate shoes are required for each class as well. Tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop/breakdancing shoes are ONLY to be worn inside the dance studio. If you have street shoes for hip hop or breakdancing, please wipe them down before entering the classrooms, otherwise the shoes will bring in dirt off the sidewalk and streets. This will help ensure that our dance floors stay in tip top shape. If tap shoes are worn outside, the taps get scraped up and destroy the dance floors. Thank you for understanding and respecting our beautiful, new space.
All dancewear and shoes can be purchased at the studio. We also have a limited amount of used shoes available for you to borrow for your trial session. We can only let you use these shoes a couple of times, as they are “marked” for new students only. If you forget your shoes, we offer ballet or tap shoes to rent for $2.50 per pair, per class.

If your account is deemed past due, you agree to pay upon demand all of Cherry Creek Dance’s costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees and legal expenses, incurred in connection with the enforcement of this contract/agreement. Cherry Creek Dance reserves the right to hire or pay someone else to collect on any actions arising from or relating to this contract/agreement. You will pay Cherry Creek Dance this amount. This includes, subject to any limits under applicable law, Lender’s attorney fees and Cherry Creek Dance’s legal expenses, whether or not there is a lawsuit, including without limitation all attorney’s fees and legal expenses for litigation, and collection expenses. If not prohibited by applicable law, you also will pay any court costs, in addition to all other sums provided by law. By attending any class you agree to comply with all Cherry Creek Dance rules & regulations. You understand and agree that Cherry Creek Dance, its agents, employees, volunteers or assistants shall not be responsible or made subject to any claim from injury or accident which may result in connection with any attendance at the school or any of its related functions.

At Cherry Creek Dance, we hold two dance recitals each year. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate. They are typically held the second week of June and December. They take place at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver and are always professionally produced and presented. There will be a participation fee as well as fees for tickets and costumes. You will have your choice as to whether you would like your dancer to participate in these recitals or not, although we encourage all students and families to participate! This is where you (as well as your family, friends, whomever!) can see the progress your dancer has made and how he or she has blossomed from a student to a performer! The shows are always entertaining and more than worth all of the hard work!
Due to additional dance performances, choreography work, illness, or personal reasons, substitute teachers may be needed at times. All substitutes are highly qualified and must be treated with the same respect as the regular teacher. Substitute teachers are also a benefit as they expose dancers to a different style of teaching so everyone wins.
For each new student you send to the studio that enrolls, pays the registration fee, and one month of tuition, you will receive a $10 discount on your tuition for the following month.

The Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company is the perfect combination of dedication, hard work and fun. We focus on the art of dance performance and NOT competing. Cherry Creek Dance is “The Home For Dance in Colorado and we strive to keep the art of dance alive.  Company Dancers have many performance opportunities throughout the year at professional and communities venues, including our semi-annual recitals.  We use these performances to educate the community  on what the art of dance looks like when you peel back the commercial layer. We pride ourselves in the training that our highly experienced professional level staff has to offer our Company members and non company members alike.

At Cherry Creek Dance, we consider dance our tool for influencing lives in a positive way. We use positive but disciplined instruction to teach what we believe to be core values: strong work ethic, teamwork, sportsmanship, positive attitude, and athleticism. As a result of our efforts, we receive rave reviews from parents about how our studio has helped their children to improve not only as dancers but as people! Our Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company Dancers must have good grades, practice time management, be self-confident and maintain good physical, mental, and emotional health. We believe that FUN and STRUCTURE are the tools for creating an environment in which children will thrive. Remember the PPPs! Presence, Positivity, and Punctuality.

Past Performances include:

  • Disneyland! & Disney World!
  • Denver Broncos Halftimes
  • Denver Nuggets Halftimes
  • Denver Outlaws Halftimes
  • Colorado Mammoth Halftimes
  • The Denver Zoo
  • Six Flags Elitch Gardens
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Special Olympics
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival
  • The Convention Center
  • Junior League Holiday Mart
  • Denver SafeHouse
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Aurora Kidspree
  • Las Vegas
  • Corporate Events
  • Charity Events

Company member’s are accepted by audition only. We typically hold company auditions at the end of May.  With make-up auditions the end of June. The Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company is a full year commitment, which is why we only hold auditions once a year.  However, if you are new to the area and are interested in the performing company please contact us.  We will hold private auditions on a case by case scenario.

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