Meet Our Instructors
As a child, Tristin learned to express herself through dance and always had a dream to create a studio where others could do the same. She has been dancing since the age of three and loves being able to teach and share her passion with others. In high school, Tristin danced on her studio's competition team and after graduating high school she found her love for teaching. Throughout college, Tristin was active in her school's dance program and coached several teams in the Denver area. She has danced at Denver Fashion Week and been a judge at CU Boulder's dance auditions. Tristin has a Bachelors degree in Psychology & Dance from MSU Denver. She is excited to grow the studios' competition program and knows that your child's love for dance will grow at Winddancers!
Katie (Teen Tap / Office Manager)
Katie is originally from Michigan. She started dancing at the young age of 5. In high school she was competitive in dance, baton, and poms. She also studied piano and percussion, and was part of the drumline. At the age of 15, she auditioned for her first dance show at Lansing Community College. That’s when she fell in love with the stage. She spent the next 4 years performing in every dance show that the college put on. Winning herself a scholarship to that college, she studied modern, ballet, jazz and tap. She won parts such as duets, solos, and student choreographer. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Dance Career.
After graduating, she moved to Orlando, Florida and danced for the American Gladiator’s Dinner Theatre as well as the character dance shows at Universal Studios Florida. She then toured with Sesame Street Live. Returning to
Michigan she danced for the modern dance company, Happendance, and was head coach for the Okemos High School dance team.
She took a break from dance and moved to Colorado. She couldn’t stay away from dance though. She started taking classes again and landed a spot as a dancer on The Belles Performance Team, which lead her to a place with Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Pep Squad for 5 years. She took time off to have her daughter Luxe, but continued to tap dance through it all. She continues to study Tap under former Broadway performer, Gene “Meanfeet” GeBauer.
Courtney (Ballet, Ballet/Tap, Leaps/Turns, Jazz, Lyrical, Comp Teams, Adult Jazz)
Courtney began dancing at the age of 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Courtney trained in the styles of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and musical theatre. She joined the competition team at 9 years old and traveled around the country to compete. While in high school, Courtney was actively involved in the theatre department. During this time she performed in over 14 shows, choreographed pieces for multiple programs, was showcased frequently as a featured dancer, and was chosen as the department’s dance captain her senior year. During college, Courtney continued performing with the dance department at Colorado State University. Despite her love of performing, Courtney’s true passion is teaching. She has taught at studios in New York, Nevada, and Colorado. When not at the studio, Courtney works as a registered dietitian at a local children’s hospital. Courtney is excited to have found a home at Winddancer Studios and can’t wait to watch her students discover their passions!
Hannah (Hip Hop, baby ballerinas, Ballet/Tap, Mini & Petite comp soloists)
Hannah started dancing at the age of 4. She started off with ballet and tap as well as jazz. She also did cheerleading for about a year. A few years later she discovered hip hop and fell in love immediately. Hannah then decided she wanted to pursue a dance career in hip hop. She started taking hip hop classes at age 13, and that’s when she met Tristin! Hannah also did theatre in middle school through high school, where she also did dance on her schools dance team. In her junior year of high school, Hannah took a master dance class with professional hip hop dancer, Matt Steffanina. She has taken multiple master classes with him to help expand her knowledge in the hip hop dance world. Hannah has been dancing with Tristin for almost 10 years and has been with Winddancer Studios for 3! She absolutely loves dancing and being able to teach it to so many kids!
Kristen (Flexibility & Conditioning, Comp Teams)
Kristen started out with a musical background, playing the flute from 3rd grade through college. In high school marching band though, she discovered color guard and joined the winter guard team. It was here that she pursued her new love of movement and dance. In college, she joined her school’s dance team, where she performed at football and basketball games as well as fundraiser events and a yearly recital. After college, she joined a local dance studio to continue dancing and to start teaching. At this studio, she helped train the performance team for local events as well as danced with their adult team. Kristen has been with Winddancer Studios now since 2014 and loves sharing her passion for dance.
Sarah (Baby Ballerinas, Ballet/Tap)
Sarah started dancing at 9 years old, and started competitive dance at 10 years old. She has been with Winddancer studios for three years, and has competed in many competitions with Winddancer Studios. Sarah was also on a competitive cheer team in high school, and loves to perform. She has always had a love for teaching kids, and has been assisting dance classes for many years. She is currently going to Metro State University and pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in special education. When Sarah isn’t in the studio she is working at a daycare for kids with disabilities, she has been working at the daycare for two years. Sarah loves teaching and dancing at Winddancer Studios!