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: Jazz/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 a 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 School JV Team!
Miss Kathryn Rogers: Ballet Mistress
Kathryn Rogers was born in Oak Forest, IL and trained under Patricia Sigurdson with the Salt Creek Ballet. During her first summer program away from home, she won a full scholarship to The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. and trained under Alla Sizova to complete her junior and senior years of high school.
She was a company member of The Colorado Ballet from 1997-2001, under the direction of Martin Freedman. Her roles included Clara in The Nutcracker and soloist roles in Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Serenade, Stars & Stripes, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty. She was part of history as the first ballet company to perform a Martha Graham masterpiece; Appalachian Springs in 1998. A few of her favorite roles include; the Cowgirl in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Four signets in Swan Lake, Stepsister in Cinderella, and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty.
After an injury in 2000 she made a career change into the retail and specialty foods world, working in such cities as Chicago, Boston, and New York. Kathryn works at What’s Cooking in Lafayette, CO and loves to bake. She is thrilled to be back to her roots in the ballet world as the Ballet Mistress at BDA!!