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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Boutique’s primary goals are to enrich the lives of our students through the art of dance, empowering them with the values of self esteem, discipline, responsibility, team work, respect, commitment, and passion. Providing positive role models in a safe and encouraging environment is of the utmost importance. While all of our students may not go on to pursue a career in dance, they will all grow up to be young adults. It is our commitment to help instill these important values in each child for their future, whatever that may be.

Boutique strives to be the premier competitive dance company in the Castle Rock community. Through a combination of experienced in-house instructors, in-studio workshops with outside professional dancers/choreographers, participation in regional dance convention classes and competitions, and trips to national dance conventions, Boutique provides the most advanced, well-rounded program for young dancers looking for a more focused and competitive experience in the Castle Rock Community.

We do also cater to the recreational student who may just want to take a couple classes a week. All of our ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop classes are available to recreational students as well as our competitive dancers. Our recreational dancers can experience the thrill of being on stage by performing in our annual Dance Recital.

What makes Boutique different is described by our name. The word “boutique” can be defined as any small, exclusive business offering specialized & customized service. With a smaller studio, the students receive more individual attention from their instructors and a more “family-like” environment. This allows the students to progress more quickly and to really feel connected to the place and engaged with the people they spend their time with. We are also structured for customization. Students may choose the number of group routines they would like to be considered for and what specialty solos, duets, & trios they want to participate in. This allows each family to determine the level of involvement & intensity for their dancer and to have control over their financial commitment for the year.

Choose Your Dance Style!

Combo

“Combo Class” is split into three studies: Tap, Ballet and Tumbling. Ballet will help develop technique and coordination. Tap enhances their rhythm, timing and musicality. Tumbling will focus on strength and flexibility.

Lyrical/ Contemporary

“Lyrical” expresses feeling with a focus on body lines, balance, and sustained extensions. It is an emotionally driven dance form. Higher level classes will comprise more “Contemporary” styles, which focus on new forms and dynamics.

Tap

“Tap” is a percussive style of dance that focuses on rhythm sounded by the feet. The feet become musical instruments with the sound they create. This class will develop a strong sense of music, timing, and discipline.

Hip Hop

“Hip-Hop” comes from an urban, street type of movement. This includes a variety of styles including popping, locking and breaking, as opposed to the fluidity of ballet movement. It is danced primarily to hip-hop music.

Ballet/Pointe

“Ballet” is the fundamental, technical form from which all other dance styles stem. It teaches young dancers important terms and techniques to maintain their proper form. “Pointe” is the most advanced form of Ballet and can therefore only be taught to and performed by the more advanced dancers. Our Pointe class includes intensive, large amounts of barre work, ankle strengthening, center turn preparations, and patterns across the floor.

Jazz

“Jazz” combines the basic techniques and encompasses a wide variety of other styles. This class includes strengthening warm ups, stretching exercises, and dance combinations that derive from basic technique.

Acro/Tumbling

Acro/Tumbling class includes movements where students focus on gymnastic tricks and upper-body strength. These skills can be beneficial in all other types of dance.  “Acro” will focus more on flexibility tricks and movements that could be incorporated in to an acro routine, such as chin and elbow stands.
boutique is certified in teaching acrobatic arts.

Turns & Leaps/ Technique

This class will help improve the basic technique of turns, leaps, and proper form.

Stretch

A class designed to work solely on flexibility and strength.

Pilates for dancers

A system of exercises using special movements designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness. Training your dancer the smart way increases their body awareness, to help decrease the risk of injury.

Private Lessons

Private Dance Lessons are offered those who require extra work and want one-on-one attention in their desired area of dance. These lessons can give total concentration to the student in a specific area of weakness. More advanced dancers can use this time to polish and clean their solos, duets, trios, and small groups.

Meet Our Instructors

Mindy Blank Mindy Blank Co-owner and Director

Mindy grew up in Southern California training with some of the industry’s most respected educators. She has extensive training in all types of dance including, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, turns and leaps, musical theater, acro and specializing in technique and flexibility.

She started dance at age 3 and competing at age 4. By the time she was 17, she found her passion for teaching and guiding kids to help reach their goals! In 2008, Mindy and her mother decided to move to Castle Rock where she met Boutique’s founder Laura Hinton, and had the pleasure of teaching many of the current Boutique students back then!

Though she did return to California briefly, she knew when Laura decided it was time to make a change that it was the opportunity she had been hoping for. It was the perfect chance to grow and spread her passion and love for dance. She is looking forward to taking this studio to new heights!

Dena Blank Dena Blank Co-owner and Director

Dena lived most her life in California. In 2008, Dena decided to move to Castle Rock, CO and made it her home for 7 years. Even though she moved back to California briefly, she really missed Colorado and life she made here. Returning to Colorado is like coming home.

The students and families at Boutique are wonderful. She is truly excited to be able to give them her experience and love. Dena has been in the industry for over 30 years and still loves it as much as she did in the beginning.

Her experience lies with: Being a Teacher, Director of Dance, Studio Consultant, Liaison between Studio and City, and Office Manager. She can’t wait to take on this new journey in the dance world and share her knowledge with all of you!

Alexa Bonomo Alexa Bonomo Instructor

Alexa started dancing at the age of three in a small town in Iowa. She has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and lyrical styles of dance. Throughout her high school and college years, Alexa taught dance and gymnastics at local dance studios and YWCAs, as well as choreographed for musicals and cheer and pom squads. When Alexa moved to Colorado in 2003 with her wonderful and supportive husband Brett, she continued to enjoy the love of dance and a love for the Lord by joining the Cherry Hills Community Church dance ministry. Since 2005, Alexa has been leading and choreographing for the Cherry Hills dance ministry. Alexa is also a Certified Pilates Instructor with an emphasis on dance, equestrian, and sports/fitness.

Alexa and her family live in Castle Rock, Colorado and daughter Bella is a company dancer at Boutique. Alexa loves being a mom and feels very privileged to be a part of a dance company where family values and a love for the Lord are evident. Through Boutique Dance Academy, Alexa hopes to share her passions and be an inspiration to others.

Ryan Danz Ryan Danz Dance Instructor

Born and raised in Colorado, Ryan grew up playing team sports. Inspired by his younger sister Christina, Ryan had traded his football pads for a chance to perform on stage. He began his dance career at the age of 16 with A Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts. Ryan trained hard in hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater, lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap, acro, and advanced partnering competing in all styles by the end of his first year.

In 2011, Ryan joined “The Silhouettes” and auditioned for “NBC’s America’s Got Talent” Season Six. Spending his summer on the show, “The Silhouettes” fought their way to the very end claiming second place for season six. From there came many wonderful opportunities that took Ryan around the nation. Ryan has worked with many choreographers and performed on stages worldwide. Ryan continued to dance professionally until the age of 20 when he found a new passion for teaching, sharing all that he had learned on his journey to this point. “I want to help my students grow, not only as dancers, but as beautiful creative souls that will take over the world.”

Ryan is so excited to be part of the Boutique Dance Academy staff and can’t wait to see what adventures are still to come.

Donovan Helma Donovan Helma, Boutique Dance Academy Instructor Donovan Helma Dance Instructor

Since the age of three, Donovan Helma has been dancing under the direction of his family operated dance studio in Aurora, CO. He currently continues his education through multiple dance conventions and tap festivals throughout the year. Donovan teaches and choreographs for multiple competitive studios in the Denver metro area and across the United States. He has performed on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival in a production by Tap’d Out. Donovan has taken the stage with modern tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in a Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory. He is honored to have toured the United States, Europe and South Africa for 7 years as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. He looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

Terri-Sue Dorn Terri-Sue Dorn Terri-Sue Dorn Dance Instructor

TSue has been dancing since she was two and has been instructing and choreographing since the age of 17. As a grade school dancer, Terri-Sue held multiple titles, top awards, and scholarships. She is trained extensively in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap, acro, and musical theater. She has trained both in studio and with some of the nation’s top choreographers such as Mike Minery, Corey Finn, Marguerite Derricks, Kim McSwain, John Crutchman, Jessica Hendricks, and Alan Sherfield. She has achieved numerous awards nationwide for her choreography and for her hard work with her dancers, including awards at numerous national dance finals.

TSue has also started to branch out with her choreography, working with producers and camera crews of all sorts to create a series of concept videos. Terri-Sue continues to train and educate herself, as she feels the dance community is ever changing and loves to instill not only technique into her dancers but a passionate heart for dance, as well.

Melissa Henderson Melissa Henderson Melissa Henderson Dance Instructor

Melissa Henderson began her journey with Boutique Dance Academy as a dance mom, with two daughters currently on company. She grew up dancing in San Diego, beginning at age 3, and took a break from dancing after high school to pursue her degree in liberal studies and theatre. She went on to teach preschool until she had children of her own.

Melissa also runs a headband/bow shop on Etsy and is a photographer, specializing in family and dance photography. Her daughters dance journey has brought her full circle and back into the studio.

Nicole Gains Nicole Gains Nicole Gains Dance Instructor

Nicole grew up in Iowa, dancing since the age of 3. Ever since she could remember she wanted to be a dance teacher. She attended Oklahoma City University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Pedagoge. While at school, Nicole was involved as a dancer and crew member in the American Spirit Dance Company as well as Assistant Stage Manager and Assistant to the Director - Jo Rowan. She has extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Creative Movement and Jazz. She moved from Kansas City, where she actively taught and trained a nationally awarded competitive studio, to Castle Rock in September.

Nicole is currently the Lead Teacher at Pure Barre Greenwood Village and Parker. She is so excited to use her passion for the art of dance at BDA!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my dancer wear?

Any dance/athletic wear is fine for all classes. No loose/baggy clothes are acceptable (except in hip hop). Ages 3-5 are fine in any dance outfit you may find at Target, etc. If wearing tights to acro or stretch, please make sure they are footless or convertible so they can be barefoot for those classes.

All level Ballet Classes (except combo classes) are required to wear classic ballet attire (black leotard and pink tights). Other ballet classes throughout the week can be in leotard with no tights, or bra top/leotard and booty shorts. Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes are required for all ballet classes.

Jazz shoes, pirouettes, or bare feet are appropriate for all jazz/lyrical classes. Tennis shoes with non-marking soles are appropriate for all hip hop classes. Tap classes require tap shoes – any style is fine.

Hair should always be pulled back out of the face for all classes. Dancers should bring their own water bottle.

I highly recommend Assemble’ in Castle Rock for dancewear/supplies as they provide expert dance shoe fitting.

What is your make-up policy?

If a dancer misses a class for any reason, they are allowed to come to any other class on the schedule to do a make-up within 30 days of the missed class. Please inform the instructor that your dancer is there for a make-up when you drop them off. You do not need to notify us in advance that you will be coming. No refunds or credits will be given.

Can I try a class?

Dancers are welcome to try any class for our standard $20 Walk-In Fee. You do not need to notify us in advance if you wish to try a class. Just stop by the office a couple minutes prior to the class to complete a walk-in form on the desk and pay via cash or check. Pass these items on to the instructor and let them know you are there for a walk-in. If you decide to join the class, sign up online and tuition will be pro-rated for however many weeks are remaining in the month of enrollment.

How does billing work?

Seven days before payment is due, you will receive a monthly statement outlining tuition for the upcoming month, plus any additional fees that were incurred since the previous bill. All payments are due the 1st of the month via cash, check, or credit card. Credit cards can be kept on file for automatic billing the first Monday of each month. We do have an online portal where you can securely pay, place a credit card on file and set up automatic payments. Please ask our front desk staff if you have any questions.

What is your drop/refund policy?

If a dancer needs to drop their class(es), please notify us via email prior to the next billing cycle and you will not be charged further. If you choose to drop in the middle of a month you have already paid for, no refunds are given. If you need to change/adjust your dancer’s schedule, please email us with your changes and we will do our best to accommodate them.

What is the studio calendar?

We always provide the most up-to-the minute studio info on our Instagram page. When schedule changes occur due to inclement weather or other reasons, we typically also email all students. As a general rule, studio closures tend to follow that of Douglas County School District. The studio is closed on all federal Monday holidays, on Easter Sunday, on Halloween (October 31), over Thanksgiving Break and over Winter Break.

What is your weather closure policy?

If Douglas County School District has any snow closures or if after school activities have been listed as cancelled, then the studio is also closed. If there are morning delayed starts listed, our am classes will be canceled and we will open the studio at 1pm. In the event of a studio closure, it will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and an email will be sent out to notify you.

How does recital work?

We hold our end-of-year recital at Lone Tree Arts Center in late May/early June. Each class learns one dance and receives one costume, with the exception of a few classes marked on our schedule. You are responsible for paying for your costume(s) and ticket(s) to the show. You will receive plenty of advance notice regarding recital dates, as well as a detailed info packet outlining the schedule and what to expect.

Do you do any other shows/performances?

Our Boutique Booster Club hosts an annual Winter Snowcase show in December, featuring all of our Company Members competition pieces as well as special seasonal dances from our smallest dancers. Combo dancers will receive a costume and learn a Holiday Themed Routine to perform in this show. This is a great way for the Little Ones to get a chance to perform on stage in addition to the end-of-year Recital.

Additionally, Boutique company dancers perform in the annual Castle Rock Starlighting festivities, held in downtown Castle Rock near Festival Park every November.

Didn't find the answer?

if not then Contact Mindy with any questions: 303-918-1551 or at [email protected]