Diane Caputo: Pre-ballet, Tap and Musical Theater
Miss Diane is a native of Denver. During a career of more than thirty years, Miss Diane has brought dance education to thousands of students throughout the metro area. She attended the United States International University in San Diego, CA on a dance scholarship, and graduated with a Musical Theater Dance Arts degree. She auditioned and was accepted at the MGM hotel in Reno, Nevada to perform in “Hello Hollywood Hello!” Miss Diane has performed in numerous musicals; West Side Story, Oklahoma, Oliver, and Guys and Dolls. She was a member of the original Bronco Cheerleaders and performed with a local jazz company, Jazz West.
Her professional training has spanned from the East to West coast spending time studying privately with such greats as; Henry LaTang, Savion Glover, Michael Minery, Rhonda Miller, Al Gilbert, Charlie McGowen, Laurie Johnson, Joe Tramaine and the great Gus Giordano, just to mention a few!
Miss Diane’s involvement in the community has been immense. She owned and operated her own dance school for 31 years. During this time she was the director/choreographer for the Miss Colorado Pageant, regional director for Dance Educators of America and a member for 25 years. She was also the choreographer for numerous high school musicals, judged several national talent competitions and was on the faculty for PDTA, traveling state wide teaching at conventions. She received an award for 30 years of Excellence in Business from the City of Westminster.
In 2008 she joined the Academy of Colorado Ballet faculty as the administrator, serving as the interim Academy Director. She was the tap instructor as well as guest choreographer for the performing and competing company until June 2010. She has been working recently with the ice skaters at the Promenade Ice Arena and teaching at Ballet Nouveau. She will be guest teaching this summer at Classic Dance Academy in Centennial.
Diane’s passion and love for dance is grounded in the belief that owning a dance school and sharing a love for the art, goes hand in hand!
Mary Martin: Ballet/Lyrical
Mary began dancing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since! She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, musical theater and lyrical. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University, Mary performed with companies and in shows, traveling across the USA and abroad. In addition to performing, she has always had a passion for teaching and passing the gift of dance on to her students.
With over 10 years experience instructing all ages and genres of dance, Mary continues to study her passion as she currently pursues her Master’s of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy at Naropa University. She is a great asset to BDA!
Sophia Falbo: Pom & Hip Hop
Sophia Falbo began dancing at the age of three under Miss Diane Caputo. She immediately fell in love with dance and began her journey that led her to Bella Danze Artz.
By age ten she became a part of the Dance Elite Team at her dance school. They competed in local and national dance competitions, including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and pointe. As as freshman in high school, she was a member of the Varsity Pom Team and helped lead her team to the top ten in the state. She excelled in choreography and contributed to several of the competition routines, as well as being the pee wee pom instructor. She then became a part of her high school Varsity Cheer Team and stayed with them for her remaining high school career. Currently, Miss Sophia is the Pom Coach for Pomona High Schools Varsity Team. We are so happy to have her as a part of BDA's Staff!
Crystal King: Jazz/Assistant
Crystal began dancing with Miss Diane at the age of 3. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom and Hip Hop. When she was a junior in high school she began assistant teaching. After graduating from high school Crystal became a teacher as well as office manager for Miss Diane. Dance has been a big part of Crystal’s life and she is thrilled to be back working with Miss Diane in the dance world!
Meg O'Neill: Technique
Meg O'Neill is originally from Calgary, Alberta and has been dancing since she was ten. During high school, Meg was a member of the Alamo Heights Dance Team and eventually became Colonel of the team. Meg's passion for dance continued into her college years, as she became Captain of The Sewanee Tiger Girls Dance Team. After graduating from The University of the South Sewanee with a Bachelor's degree in Art, Meg moved to Atlanta, Georgia to teach dance and pursue her second passion of photography. However, after a year, Meg decided she missed the Rockies and has come to Denver to continue enriching the lives of others through dance and photography. BDA is excited to have Meg’s Pom energy on faculty this year!
Destinee Konecny: Office Coordinator
Destinee Konecny is originally from Missoula, Montana and recently moved to Colorado to pursue pharmacy school at the University of Colorado Denver. She is Miss Diane’s great niece and although she has never been in a dance class, she enjoys doing artsy and creative work on her free time. We are excited to have her with us to contribute her creative skills to the BDA website, News Letters and other aspects of the studio!
Ilsa Hale: Ballet
Ilsa started dancing at the age of 12. Although this is considered a somewhat “late start,” 3 years later she achieved her first goal of dancing the role of “Clara” in the Nutcracker ballet. She continued working to build a strong foundation for wherever the dance world might bring her by taking classes in all genres (ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, poms, ballroom and swing). She danced on a competitive dance company with Shelly True Dance Academy all through high school culminating in winning first place at a national dance competition. Ilsa’s dance career then expanded as she danced for the CU Gold Rush dance team at football games her freshman year. In 2013 she became the youngest member of the dance company Rogue, Co. Rogue, Co. is an adult company full of talented, strong dancers that come together to perform unique, creative, and fierce pieces including jazz, burlesque, and contemporary. Ilsa currently resides in Boulder, Colorado as a full-time student majoring in Neuroscience while pursuing dance in the flourishing Boulder dance community! She is passionate about sharing her love of dance with students and inspiring them to bring their best to the dance floor! We are excited to have Ilsa as our Ballet Mistress and want to welcome her to BDA!
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