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, and acro, specializing in technique and flexibility.
Mindy began dancing 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, Mindy knew when the studio was available for sale, it was time to make a change and that this was the opportunity she had been hoping for. It was the perfect chance to grow and spread her passion and love for dance. Mindy is excited to be taking this studio to new heights!
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 the life she made here. Returning to Colorado is like coming home.
The students and families at Boutique are wonderful, and 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. Ms. Dena can’t wait to take on this new journey in the dance world and share her knowledge with all of you!
Donovan Helma, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Henderson, Dance Instructor
Melissa Henderson began her journey with Boutique Dance Academy as a dance mom, with two daughters currently on Boutique’s company team. Melissa 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.