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Kayla Smith

Owner/Instructor

 Kayla and her husband Adam have 3 wonderful children who will be alongside her on this new journey. As well as, her parents, Kerry and Cheryl.​ Ms. Kayla’s love for performing arts started when she was 3 years old. She attended Community School of The Arts and Signature Dance in Marion, Indiana for 15 years where she studied numerous dance forms, singing, and acting, and participated in countless performances. While In the program, Ms Kayla won national dance competitions, singer/song writer award, and best technique and choreography. Her love and dedication for the performing arts created a dream to share her passion to others and inspire others to follow their dreams.​ "My goal is to bring the community together through performing arts. I want to provide a safe, caring space where students are inspired, nurtured, and challenged to learn, perform, and grow. I want to build successful programs in music, dance, and theatre for students where they feel free to express themselves!"

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Brittney Van Treese

Assistant Director

Brittney Van Treese (formerly Brittney Plane) is a valley native who began her dance career at the age of 3 at Mountain Valley Dance in Alamosa. During her 11 years with Mountain Valley, Brittney studied ballet, jazz, and hip hop, and performed in the annual themed recitals. Of the many performances, her most treasured were those in the bi-annual production of the Nutcracker, which continues to be her favorite to this day. After her family moved to the Denver Metro area in 2004, she continued her dance career on the Broomfield HS Poms team. During her highschool career, Brittney experienced back to back state championships in 2006 and 2007. Broomfield still holds the record for the highest score in Colorado state competitions. The BHS poms squad also competed nationally in Florida, where the team continually qualified for finals and placed in the top 12 teams in the nation. After graduating in 2008, Brittney attended the University of Northern Colorado and completed one year as a Sugar Bear, then danced for the Colorado Dance Collective until graduation in 2012. After graduating from UNC, she transitioned from dancer to coach. In 2012, Brittney’s coaching career began at Northridge H.S. in Greeley, then began at Poudre H.S. in Ft. Collins in 2015, where she developed the school’s dance program from the ground up. She remained the head coach at PHS until 2020, when she became the assistant coach at Centaurus H.S. in Lafayette. Due to the pandemic and her husband’s career move, her career at CHS was short lived, but an amazing experience nonetheless. In 2021, after moving back to the San Luis Valley with her young family, Brittney became the head coach at Sargent H.S., where she once again is embracing the opportunity to build a new high school dance program. In addition to coaching these past two years, Brittney has also choreographed state placing hip-hop and pom routines for high schools across Colorado. ​ ​

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Areana Atencio

Dance Instructor Assistant

Areana has been dancing for 7 year with most her dance career dancing under the teachings of Mrs. Kayla. Ms. Areana joined our team for the 2023 Fall Semester as an assistant and is currently in training to become a full time instructor. 

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COURTNEY ESPINOZA

Musical Theatre Instructor

Courtney Espinoza has been in the performing arts for many years singing, acting, and dancing. She attended Monte Vista High School and participated in drama, dance team, concert band and color guard.  She attended Adams State University and in 2012 she received her Bachelor's degree with a major in Music Performance (Vocal) as well as a minor in Theatre Performance.  After graduating, she joined the San Luis Valley Theatre Company, performing in multiple shows as well as becoming an active board member. Around the same time, she also joined local blues band Blues Tripper.  She has previously directed the Monte Vista High School drama club, directing plays such as I'll Give It To You and The Great Gatsby. She is currently still a member of the San Luis Valley Theatre Company, sings in the vocal/piano duo Diamond Life, and dances folklórico with Adams State's Semillas de la Tierra. She recently received a certificate from NYU's Tisch department in Music Industry Essentials.

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Maggie Osmon

Piano & Guitar Instructor

Maggie Osmon is a valley native who has been playing piano since she was 5 years old. Music has always been a big part of her life and has provided an outlet for some of her creative talents. Growing up she taught herself to play the piano by ear and then in grade school she joined the Monte Vista band program as a percussionist. She has always enjoyed performing in concerts, jazz band, and also marching band throughout her junior high and high school years. After she graduated from Monte Vista High School she went on to play with the band at Adams State University. At that time she also bought her first guitar and taught herself to play chords and play along to her favorite songs. After graduating college she began to play with her church band and started songwritting. She continues playing her piano, guitar, and drums whenever she can and loves to write and compose songs. She and her husband and their 3 children live just outside of Monte Vista and love being apart of the community. 

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