We have a highly qualified and committed faculty with extensive backgrounds from prestigious universities, dance schools and the professional dance world. Our faculty looks at its role as being an instrument of God’s will for the place that dance has in its students’ lives. To that end, the faculty works as a team discussing how to invigorate the overall training process and individual students as they follow their dance path, be it physical, emotional, artistic or spiritual.
They are committed to furthering their knowledge and education in the constantly changing field of dance and dance science, regularly attending teaching seminars and nationally, as well as internationally, renowned syllabi training, researching and keeping current on the latest dance science publications, and meeting regularly to train, share and coordinate knowledge for a unified curriculum that provides consistency and confidence for the students.
Pioneers for ATTD who have served faithfully and consistently bringing you and your dancer’s their best are:
Studio Owner and Ballet and Pointe instructor
Jeri was led to open A Time To Dance in the fall of 2011 to bless Monument and other surrounding communities. We offer exceptional dance training with an emphasis on a wholesome view of self and how dance can add to your well-being. Jeri is a native Californian who primarily trained in Northern California and Queensland, Australia. Living out her faith with love for others is paramount to ATTD and the families we serve.
Head Ballet and Pointe instructor and choreographer
Holly Marble, a native of Colorado Springs, graduated with an award for academics and dance from the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL. During her 10 year career with Nevada Ballet Theatre, she rose quickly to the rank of Principal Dancer, dancing a wide repertoire of classical, contemporary and original works. With Nevada Ballet Theatre, Marble toured extensively throughout the country as a performer while also serving as company manager. Ms. Marble has taught and choreographed for schools across the United States. At the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre she served as Director and Principal Teacher. It was there that her efforts were recognized with an award for excellence in teaching. Ms. Marble believes it is a powerful and fulfilling endeavor to mentor young artists to understand how the art of dance can contribute to the greater community through individual expressions of grace. She has studied anatomy and kinesiology, is certified in Pilates, and has attended numerous courses in dance pedagogy. She is committed to understanding the most current developments in dance science attending course at IADMS, Leading Edge Dance and several Level 1 and 2 workshops with Lisa Howell. Holly is passionate about sharing this knowledge with her students, ensuring safe physical development and injury prevention.
Ballet, Pointe, and Variations instructor
Ilana grew up in Irvine, California, where she trained at the Academy of Dance and studied ballet in the R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus under Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin. She completed every R.A.D. examination and was one of three applicants in the country to be awarded the Solo Seal in 2006. Ilana received her BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona, where she had the opportunity to dance demi-soloist roles in Balanchine works such as Serenade and Four Temperaments, as well as faculty and student jazz, tap, and modern pieces. Following graduation, Ilana moved to San Diego to join the corps de ballet of the California Ballet Company, and was promoted to soloist in 2013. She performed roles including ‘Dewdrop’ and ‘Snow Queen’ in The Nutcracker, ‘Cygnet’ in Swan Lake, and ‘Princess Florina’ in Sleeping Beauty. While in San Diego, Ilana started teaching ballet to children and adults of all ages at various studios and schools throughout the county. In 2014, Ilana moved to San Francisco and continued to pursue teaching and dancing, most notably performing with Menlowe Ballet, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and as part of the dance corps of the San Francisco Opera in Les Troyens and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. Ilana officially became a Fletcher Pilates teacher in September 2017 after completing her Foundational Training through Studio 4 Pilates in Half Moon Bay, California, and her Professional Training at Body Works Pilates in Tucson, Arizona in December. Her teaching meshes the philosophies of Pilates and traditional ballet technique to show dancers how to stay injury free while maintaining a high level of performance.
Ballet, Pointe, Worship, and Contemporary instructor
Madison was raised with her eight siblings in beautiful Colorado where she began dancing when she was nine years old at the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs. During her time there, she had the honor of performing roles such as a Bridesmaid in Coppelia, Paquita 2nd Soloist, the Fairy of Eloquence, and the Sapphire Fairy from Sleeping Beauty. She continued her training at A Time To Dance Colorado when she was 17 and also began her career there as a dance teacher. In competitions, she has received awards from the Denver Ballet Guild and Youth America Grand Prix, placing as a top finalist in both. In 2014, she joined State Street Ballet on scholarship as a trainee where she trained under Megan Philip and had the opportunity to perform the parts of the Paquita Principal, and the Symphony in C Soloist. In 2015, Madison joined Nevada Ballet Theatre. Highlight’s of her time at Nevada Ballet Theatre have been collaborating with Cirque Du Soleil annually in A Choreographer’s Showcase; working with renowned Balanchine repetiteurs in Nevada Ballet Theatre’s performances of Serenade and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; portraying one of the Evil Stepsister in Cinderella; performing in the role of Spring Fairy in James Canfield’s Nutcracker; and performing in the swan corps in Swan Lake,staged by the legendary Cynthia Gregory.
Emeralds A Instructor
Hannah grew up in Colorado Springs, and started dancing at the age of three. She began dancing at Spring City Ballet, then trained at Ballet Society until age 11. She then joined A Time to Dance Colorado, and has stayed there ever since. She currently studies Exercise Science and Nutrition at UCCS.
Musical Theatre Acting
Anna Carder is a theater lover who has spent the last 10 years involved with performing arts. Back home in San Diego, she taught musical theater classes at Christian Youth Theater and was involved with over 20 full scale productions as a performer herself. Since moving out to Colorado last year to attend UCCS as a nursing major, she has missed the theater and is excited to be given the opportunity to teach again!
Hip Hop and Tap instructor
Keegan Ewing grew up in Colorado as the youngest of eight children. He was home schooled until the age of 17 when he began attending The Classical Academy’s College Pathways program where he excels in mathematics, biology, and English. He has trained in dance since he was five years old, beginning with ballet technique and then moving into tap, hip hop, swing, ballroom, musical theatre, and BBoy a few years later. He found his passion in Break-dance when he was 14 and continually seeks out instruction from others to bring new and innovative moves to his students. In an effort to know how to instruct his students in the best way possible, Keegan has completed Lisa Howell’s Level I & II workshops. Besides going to college, teaching, and continuing his dance training, Keegan is also an accomplished musician and is always practicing on his drum set.
Mandy Turmes has been actively involved in singing and singing performances for as long as she can remember. From Kindergarten class recitals, to being chosen to perform with the Colorado All-State Choir in her junior and senior years of high school, singing has always been a passion for her and a very large, meaningful part of her life. She was the alto lead for her high school singing group, Corda Musica, an all female group at The Classical Academy, and she was also in charge of the music crew set up. She has loved performing in musicals, is an accomplished pianist, and over the years has learned a range of performance instruction and singing techniques.
She has performed with the University Choir at UCCS since 2016, and is taking private voice lessons with her favorite Professor in the music department. She is also pursuing another passion as a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer Major and Math Minor at UCCS.
She is looking forward to helping young people develop their voices and excited to be able to lead and grow them in the enjoyment and love of singing as a way for them to praise and glorify the Lord.
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.” Ps. 96:1
Diamonds Ballet instructor
Emma Griffin has been dancing since she was three years old and has loved it since her first class. With classical ballet being her favorite, she also enjoys worship, contemporary and musical theater. She lives in Colorado Springs with her family in which she is the youngest of four children, is home schooled, and enjoys her studies. When Emma is not dancing, she enjoys being with her family and choreographing dances. Emma is indescribably blessed by the opportunity to share her love and passion for dancing with her students, and aspires to encourage and inspire each and every one of them!
Together we assure you that we will continue to grow in our knowledge of how to serve the dance community with our best.