Dance Factory was established in 1973 by Lynn Bassett in her family's basement. Over the past 40 years, Dance Factory has grown in providing quality dance instruction to hundreds of dancers in the Greeley and surrounding areas. Our facility has four light-filled rooms, that make it easy to find a class that fits your schedule in all styles Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop. All rooms are equipped with raised floors that help promote dancers safety and longevity, and observation windows to allow parents to watch their child's growth in dance technique and leadership skills. Our lobby area is a comfortable place for kids to hang out or do homework and where parents can sit and visit. Classes focus on training well-rounded dancers and people with a studio-wide technique and leadership curriculum and building a positive and safe community environment.
Lynn Bassett has been teaching dance since 1973. She is trained in tap, jazz, and ballet and is constantly learning and growing in the dance field. She started her studio in the basement of her parents home over 40 years ago and has since seen it grow. In 2000, she designed and purchased the building in which Dance Factory currently resides. Her three daughters, and now granddaughter have grown up dancing and she loves having a place for others to see their children grow and learn dance. Lynn is dedicated to bringing the best of dance education and instruction to her school.
Gina has been teaching for us for over 8 years and we are so happy and excited to have her on our staff, not just as a teacher and choreographer, but as Assistant Director! She graduated from the American Music and Drama Academy in Los Angeles in 2013 with her BFA in Dance Theatre and is back home now to share her talents with our wonderful students. She is excited to be teaching and her passion is choreography. She is currently certified in the Paula Morgan technique Level 1, which helps strengthen and advance our ballet curriculum. On the side, you can find her coaching the 3x State Champion University High School Poms Team and traveling with Encore Performing Arts Dance Competition in the Spring.
Nicole started dancing at age 3 and has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theater, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Art in Dance in 2017 and is back home now to share her talents with our wonderful students. She has additionally trained at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and spent a year in Chicago expanding her dance knowledge with Chicago Tap Theater. We are so happy to have her back teaching dance classes as well as joining her sister as an Assistant Director at the Dance Factory. In her spare time, Nicole travels with Encore Performing Arts Dance Competition along side her sister, Gina.
Megan has grown up in the Dance Factory halls as a student and competition dancer, and we are so excited to now have her teaching and choreographing in our company for the last 7 years. She has trained in all genres of dance and continues to grow and learn. Megan has danced for the Radio Disney Road Crew, Colorado Dance Collective, and the Traveling Performers. As well as, choreographed for the University High School poms team and the Colorado Eagles Chicks. Her smile and energy is contagious, and she can’t wait to share her passion with you!
Meloney returns “home” to the Dance Factory after taking some time off from teaching to start a family. Born and raised in Greeley, Meloney grew up competing with the Dance Factory. She began assisting classes during high school and then teaching on her own shortly after. She is trained in all forms of dance and enjoys teaching it all! Meloney has 10+ years of teaching and coaching experience and has worked with dancers at all ages/levels. She is also the former Head Coach of the Northridge Cheer and Dance, and Greeley Central Dance teams. Her passion for dance has continued through adulthood and she is very excited to get back at it and share it with others. She has two children, Braeden the sports junkie, and Emercyn the dance diva, who is a member of the competitive program. Weekends are spent being their biggest fan and cheerleader!
Leslie is recent graduate of Greeley West High School! Leslie has trained at the Dance Factory for 7 years in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Ballet as a part of our Advanced Competition Team, and was featured as Mother Ginger in Dance Factory's Nutcracker All Jazz'd Up in 2020. She has earned her certification in Dance Factory's Teacher Trainer Program after two years of Pedagogy training in all styles of dance. You will catch her both teaching and assisting all styles and ages at the Dance Factory, where she also shares her passion of dance with both of her younger nieces who dance as well!
The Dance Factory is excited to welcome Makenna to our staff as a teacher in Preschool, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop! She is also an assistant coach for the University Cheerleading Squad!
Kate grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and started dancing at age 6. She's trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Pointe from Fountain Arts Center and Revolution Dance Academy for a total of 10 years. She currently is studying Biology at the University of Northern Colorado and is super excited to be teaching and to be back in the dance world!
We are so happy to have Kaitlyn back at Dance Factory! Kaitlyn grew up competing at Dance Dimensions in Longmont, Co and is now studying Criminal Justice at University of Northern Colorado. She had the opportunity to work for Disneyworld in Florida under a study abroad in 2019 and we are super excited to have her back in Greeley with us! She currently teaches Hip Hop and Jazz.
Jessica is excited to be back at the Dance Factory to be teaching and sharing her passion for dance! She spent a total of 14 years at the Dance Factory learning and competing as well as assisting and teaching! She then spent 5 years dancing with the Colorado Dance Collective. Jessica specializes in ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She's looking forward to sharing her passion with the students!
Aubrie is a recent graduate of Windsor Charter Academy in class of 2020 and currently attending University of Northern Colorado! Aubrie has danced for 15 years here at Dance Factory and was part of our Competitive team. We are excited to have her as part of our staff this year teaching classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Even though Aubrie has trained in all styles of dance, her favorite is Lyrical. She is looking forward to sharing her love of dance, and is a huge Harry Potter and Star Wars fan!
We are excited to welcome Savannah to our staff as a teaching assistant! Savannah is currently attending University of Northern Colorado. She grew up dancing competitively in Utah and Colorado and continued her passion for dance by joining the dance team at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Co where she was voted captain during her Juinor and Senior year. She earned the title of All-American Dancer at UDA and NDA Camps and attended Nationals in Orlando, Florida.
Jordan is a recent graduate of Windsor High School! She has danced with Dance Factory since the age of three and has studied hip hop, tap, jazz, and ballet. While growing up she enjoyed traveling to Los Angeles to take Masterclasses at Edge Performing Arts Center for the past few summers. Her passion has always been performing and she is beyond excited to travel as an Apprentice with Tap Into The Network this coming year!
Ryleigh is currently one of our 2nd-year Teacher Trainers! Last summer she completed a whole year of our teacher training program and is now ready to have a class of her own!
Ryleigh is a senior at Valley High School and is a member of our Advanced Company Competition group! Ryleigh has been a dancer for 13 years, with about 10 of them being competitive. She enjoys all styles of dance, but her absolute favorite is tap. Dance Factory has become Ryleigh’s second home and she is so excited to pass her knowledge onto her new students! She is also a member of the University High School Poms Team and was elected Captain this year!
Kirsten is in her 2nd-year of our Teacher Trainer Program. Along with 5 other students, last year she assisted multiple classes and met with the assistant directors once a month to talk about what it means to be a dance teacher!
Kirsten is a senior at Greeley Central High School and is also a member of our Advanced Company Competition Team! She has been competing with Dance Factory for 4 years in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop! Last season she performed as the Soldier Doll in the Nutcracker!
"What a wonderful place to start or expand your knowledge of dance! The instructors will go the extra mile to be not only be an exceptional teacher, but someone for your kids to look up to. Kids will get the ultimate education on how to be a disciplined and passionate dancer. "