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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Combos, Pre Lyrical & Pre Ballet
Audrey is a New Orleans native who is currently attending Lamont School of Music, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She has been dancing since the age of 5, and her styles include ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. She started teaching as an apprentice at the age of 15, and has been at Cherry Creek Dance since March. Being at Cherry Creek has been a delightful experience and she is so honored to be a part of the Cherry Creek family.
Originally from the state of Wyoming holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance Performance. Leslie, in her 19th year of teaching started at the age of 17 in Cody Wyoming at Cody Center For Performing Arts. From a young age, Leslie aspired to become a dance instructor.
This non-profit organization provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities in all areas of life including the Arts. During her six years there, she taught adaptive dance and music as well as choreographed and assisted with their theater productions. Leslie was also teaching at Laramie Dance Center and in conjunction, she was choreographing and performing with the premiere dance company Ballet 7220, now Ballet Wyoming/Reformation Dance Company.
Grew up in California and began dancing at the age of 3. In 2001, she started competing in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop at Dance Academy USA, a top dance school in Northern California. In high school, she joined her high school dance/drill team and was co-captain her junior year and captain of the team her senior year.
In October of 2017, Valerie moved to Denver, Colorado and is so happy to have found Cherry Creek Dance. She’s excited to bring her high energy dance style to the children and adults of Cherry Creek Dance.
When she’s not dancing, Valerie works in Marketing for a Santa Monica based company called TaskUs, responsible for things like global expansion, recruitment marketing, branding, social media, PR and more!
Jenn is originally from the North Bay area of San Francisco. She is a principal artist with Ballet Ariel in Denver and guest artist in the Denver metro area. She began her formal training with the Marin Ballet, studied with Joffrey Ballet in New York, Richmond Ballet, Ballet West, and Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet.
Jazz & Hop Hop
Amanda started her dance career at the age of three in the small town of Selah, WA. Growing up she trained in several styles of dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.
In 2007, Amanda became a member of the nationally ranked all-star team, Eastern Washington Elite Dance. During her time on the team, she won two UDA National Championships and ranked top three in the Jazz and Hip Hop category at the 2010 Dance Worlds.
Later, Amanda traveled across the country to continue her training through college at the University of Cincinnati. As a member of UCDT, she won two National Championships in the D1A Hip Hop category. She also had the privilege of becoming a member of the US National Dance team in 2014 and 2015, where she won three World Championships in Hip Hop and Pom.
Amanda has been fortunate enough to continue doing what she is most passionate about and has been teaching for the last 5 years. Her favorite part of the job, is watching students fall in love with the sport like she did so many years ago. Amanda is new to the Denver area and can’t wait to work with all the talented students at Cherry Creek Dance!
…on the dance floor known as Breaker One9, has sharpened his skills in the battle scene, danced with members of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, Full Circle (NY), and toured with champion members of the hit TV show “America’s Best Dance Crew,” The Jabbawockeez.
His approach displays a mastery of freestyle, explosive movements and noteworthy style that embodies the foundation of the breakin art form, yet establishes original and unique concepts. These attributes have lead to him to being commissioned by IKEA for their grand opening, Crispin Porter and Boguskey, Keystone Resort, The Capital Hill People’s Fair, Minnesota State Fair, Fresno State Fair, YMCA, The Boys and Girls Club, Colorado School of Mines and more.
In addition to performances, Alex is an active participant in the field of education. He has worked with Mental Health America, a pioneering advocate in the effort to reduce stigma, encourage open dialogue, foster positive coping methods, and provide resources surrounding the topic of mental health for over a decade. Alex was instrumental in furthering Mental Health Colorado’s reach through educational programming and facilitation at various locations throughout the Denver metro area for over a decade. Supplementary educational institutions Alex has served include University of Denver, Douglas County School District, Compass Academy, East High School, Denver Green School, Denver Academy, Manual High School, and Metro State University in addition to a long list of others.
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.
PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF
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.
THE BORING STUFF
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.
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.