Performances: May 11th/12th VDC Dance Concert "We Are One" Golden High School
Artistic Director: Shelley Rohde
Executive Director: Amanda Hill
Shelley Rohde has been teaching and choreographing for 16 years. She moved to Colorado from Sacramento, CA where she danced and choreographed with Roseville Modern Dance and Chaotic Collective. Her dance mentor is Lena Logan, who runs Contemporary Dance Conservatory in Sacramento. Lena’s style inspired Shelley to pull from her diverse dance background, and create pieces that are cerebral, technical, and emotional. For her, dance is about connection – making the audience feel something, and through that sharing in our humanity. Shelley started dancing at age 3. She has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Aerial, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap, Gymnastics, Ballroom, Musical Theatre, Improv, and Commedia Del’Arte. She has dabbled in African jazz, mime, and opera – attempting every style of movement performance she could find. Shelley also holds a PhD in applied mathematics, and is a professor of mathematics at MSU Denver. For her, science and art create a balance – life is incomplete without either.
Amanda Hill has worked in numerous concerts and industrial works as a dancer. She was the feature dancer for Cathy Roe’s Something in the Air Dance Company for 8 years, performing in northern New Mexico and Colorado. Amanda has performed for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and alongside companies such as Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Moving People Dance Theatre and with the dance department at the University of New Mexico. Amanda also traveled as Cathy Roe’s demonstrator for numerous conventions and workshops and was the manager of her instructional dance video business. Ms. Hill has performed and taught in over 20 titles of Cathy Roe’s instructional materials. She has been on faculty as a director of Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competitions since their inception in 2003. Also in 2003, Amanda carried the crown of Miss Santa Fe in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant where her talent in dance and work promoting literacy won her the title. She has been on the faculty of Charisma Dance Arts, SIA Dance Company, Mile High School of Dance, Shelly True Academy of Dance and The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Amanda has also been employed by the National Dance Institute of America, Pandemonium Theatre Productions and the Santa Fe Public School systems as a choreographer. Within her teaching, she has worked with ages as young as 3 years through adults and has worked with at-risk youth.