Winifred R. Harris
Winifred R. Harris is a multi-faceted artist, teacher, and community activist. As a choreographer, she consciously balances the inherently beautiful escapism of dance and the social realities that form today’s aesthetic and cultural values. She enjoys working with fantasies and dreams, as well understanding and taking responsibility for issues grounded in reality. In short, Ms. Harris is a visionary who creates art as conversation, a connective tissue to the world, and a means to see beyond what we think of as "limits." Her work is a strong balance of technical prowess and expression through gesture. Ms. Harris began her training under the guidance of Denver’s critically acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson. She then went on to dance professionally for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for 10 years, Dallas Black Dance Theater immediately following, and also enjoyed a solo stint in New York and abroad during that time. In October 1991, Ms. Harris relocated and made her home in Los Angeles, founding the critically lauded and award nominated Winifred R. Harris’ Between Lines - a contemporary modern dance company. During the past fifteen years of Ms. Harris’ work as a choreographer, she has garnered special notice from both the Los Angeles Times and the California Arts Council for LA Cultural Affairs. In recognition of her work, she has been nominated for the Lester Horton Choreography Award as well as the Alpert Award. In recognition of her dedication and commitment in bringing dance to underprivileged youth through her teaching efforts within the Los Angeles community, Ms. Harris has received several awards from the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, West African/Modern Instructor
Alyse West is originally form Detroit Michigan, and grew up in Long Grove, Illinois. She was first introduced to concert dance through Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, in Chicago Illinois. She earned a BFA in dance from Howard University, graduating in 2012. She has participated in the Bates Dance Festival (2006), American Dance Festival (2007), and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute (2010). She relocated to Denver as a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 2 in (2012) and danced as a member of Cleo's second company for 4 seasons. During that time she simultaneously engaged with the community as a teaching artist in the Denver Metropolitan area. She has had the pleasure of working with esteemed choreographers such as Camille Brown, Zane Booker, Hope Boykin, Frank Chavez, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Ray Mercer and many more. She is thrilled to join the staff of Your Soul's Movement and is looking forward to the working with such an inspiring group of students.
Wellness and Operations Director- Professional Pilates Instructor
Hip Hop and Lyrical
Cedric has been performing and dancing for 10+ years. He has been a professional performer with Cleo Parker Dance Ensemble
Ms. Renzetti was prima ballerina at Colorado Ballet for twelve years, as well as a principal dancer with several companies around the world including London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), Scapino Ballet of Holland, Iranian National Ballet, and Tampa Ballet. She has danced many principal roles in the classical repertoire including Cinderella, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Swanilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She also enjoyed roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco. She studied with Bene Arnold, Willam Christensen, Larry Boyette, Margaret Craske, Marina Stavitskaya, Larisa Sklyanskaya, and Martin Fredmann. She studied teaching with Jurgen Schneider, Karen Morell and Nadia Tikhonova. Her pedagogical influences include Marina Stavitskaya, Alexander Minz, Natasha Krassovska, and Willam Christiansen and her ballet studies are augmented by years of study in Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Tai Chi. Ms. Renzetti specializes in teaching beginning through professional levels of classical ballet technique, pointe, and variations. During her three-year tenure as Academy Director of Colorado Ballet (1995-1999), she founded Colorado Ballet II. She later earned an MFA in Dance-Choreography at the University of Iowa, and an MA in Counseling Psychology at CU Denver. She then worked as a therapist for Lost and Found Family Counseling Center from 2006-2011. She has been a guest teacher and choreographer in Japan and Taiwan, and was an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at the University of Colorado. She has taught for Colorado Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Tampa Ballet and presently teaches and is Rehearsal Director for Ballet Ariel. She had a private counseling practice, specializing in work with dancers and other artists throughout their careers.
Micqual (Nyki) Ferrell
Voice and Outreach Instructor
ImproveTheater, Drama and Outreach Instructor
Jenny Schiff Dance Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern
Jenn is a sought-after Choreographer and teacher with roots in Los Angeles, Denver and Boulder. Jenny uses her extensive knowledge of both the commercial and contemporary dance world to create enthralling works and offer a unique class experience. Founder of the Schiff Dance Collective, we are glad to have her with us!
Hip Hop Girl Power in Motion
Aubree has been instructing dance for 10+ years in California, Highlands Ranch and Aurora Colorado
Tap, jazz Street Dance and Musical Theater
Rebecca Leslie Wright was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. and moved to Virginia at the age of three. Shortly after moving to Virginia Rebecca started dance lessons at the local YMCA and was bitten by the Dance Bug. She begged her mother for more classes and spent several formative years at the Martinique School of Dance where she performed many lead roles in recitals and was a part of The Night Before Christmas for two seasons. When she knew she was serious about dancing Rebecca began her life at The Richmond Ballet where she performed in The Nutcracker for four years and one season of Coppelia. In her first year at VCU Rebecca was chosen to take part in a restaging of Martha Graham’s “Panorama” and performed with the company at the Carpenter Center. She has studied under many guest artists such as Ron Brown, Nicolas Leichter, Gus Solomons Jr., and had a number of performing experiences while in the Dance and Choreography Department. Rebecca was also fortunate enough to be a part of works chosen to go to two American College Dance Festivals. In her studies at the university Rebecca took a big interest in Hawaiian Dance taught by Audrey Jung. She has been able to use this art for special school demonstrations, parties, and events. When her faith pulled her in the direction of Liturgical Dance she worked with a group of young girls at a local church as their Dance Choir Director, performed an interpretational dance for the Virginia Baptist’s Women Missions Board, and many solo pieces in various local churches. Attending many Liturgical Dance Seminars developed her spiritual dance skills then she took her dance and Theatre skills into the mission field during two trips to Brasil. As Co- Director of Pulse Dance Collective with Marianne Kelley she performed and choreographed for the company in Virginia. Over 8 years ago Rebecca moved to Colorado and found it abundant with Arts opportunities and got involved performing, teaching, and choreographing. Rebecca has taught for over 20 years and enjoys working with youth and adults to bring the passion and dedication of dance into their lives.orado
Outreach Instructor- Summer Camps
Ballet and Tap