Teacher Bios

Our Director Lynn Bassett

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 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 HAUG

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 Gina has been teaching for us for the past 5 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 and working towards her level 2 certification, which helps strengthen and advance our ballet curriculum. On the side, you can find her coaching the 2x State Champion University High School Poms Team and traveling with Encore Performing Arts Dance Competition in the Spring. 

NICOLE HAUG

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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 PERSHING

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 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 KERKSIEK

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 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! 

Karina Cardella

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Karina Cardella, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up training at The Arizona School of Classical Ballet. She then went on to attend The University of Arizona’s School of Dance. During her time at the university, Karina performed works from distinguished choreographers such as Jerome Robbins and Ohad Naharin. Karina graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2017, completing her degree in three years. Upon graduating, Karina began dancing with The Big Muddy Dance Company. During her two seasons with the contemporary company, Karina worked with accredited choreographers such as Shannon Alvis, Robyn Mineko Williams, Kate Skarpetowska, and Artistic Director Brian Enos. She also danced in Saint Louis Opera Theater’s production of Orfeo and Euridice during the company’s off season. Karina is thrilled to begin her first season with Wonderbound Dance Company in Denver, CO.


Teacher Bios

EMILY WADELL

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 The Dance Factory is excited to have Emily on our staff! She is a student at The University Of Northern Colorado and has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She trained and competed at Dance In the Rockies in Durango, Colorado and was on the Durango High School Varsity Pom team for 2 years. She has won several titles at various dance competitions and several top scoring awards. She has taken classes with many different choreographers such as Tucker Knox, Chloe Roberts, and the artists of the MuseEffect dance company. Emily teaches ballet, tap/ballet combination, and jazz! 

Makenna Neefe

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The Dance Factory is excited to welcome Makenna to our staff as a teacher in Preschool, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop!

KATE SUITER

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 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 or a total of 10 years. She currently is studying Biology and the University of Northern Colorado and is super excited to be teaching and to be back in the dance world! 

Briana Anderson

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Born in Las Vegas, but native to Colorado, Briana joins us as our Store Manager! Make sure to stop by the front desk, and say hello. She loves her two dogs and is expecting a baby coming soon!

Come Dance with our amazing staff

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"The atmosphere is welcoming and the teachers work great with the kids. They are patient, knowledgeable, and fun!"

~Deandra

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"I recommend Dance Factory with all my heart! Everybody there from students to teachers to the owner Miss Lynn are very knowledgeable teaching above and beyond! They teach technique to the highest level and would do anything for their dancers!"

~Kimberly