Lauren (Giangregorio) Stengel - Owner & Team Director
Originally from Los Angeles County, California, Lauren grew up training and competing in tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet. At the age of 16, she won the silver medal for her solo at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, and in the prior World Championships she earned a gold medal in her group performance and was a finalist for both her solo and duo. Her ballet training was primarily under Lisa Cuizon in the Balanchine technique. Lauren's professional experience includes working and performing as a NFL Denver Broncos Cheerleader for three seasons, coaching the Division I Santa Clara University Broncos Cheer and Dance Teams for three seasons, serving as a member of the highly competitive University of Colorado CU Express Dance Team for 3 years (team captain for 2 years), working as a Universal Dance Association (UDA) staff instructor, performing in the celebrity charity dance showcase, “We Sparkle” in Southern California with actors such as Ryan Stiles and Eric McCormack from Will and Grace, assistant coaching at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, as well as training and choreographing for many College, High School, and All Star cheer and dance teams throughout the country. Lauren attended the University of Colorado, where she earned double degrees, a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Advertising from the Journalism School. She currently works for the Denver Broncos as the Cheerleader's Program Manager, where she is the Director of over 600 Junior Cheerleaders and of the Denver Broncos All Stars competitive pom team; Lauren also assists the with the Broncos game day entertainment marketing and other events.
Abbey Roesner - Ballet Director & Instructor
Abbey Roesner grew up Maryland, where she trained under Norma Pera at the Baltimore School for the Arts. After graduating as salutatorian, Abbey continued her education at The Juilliard School, receiving a BFA in 2006. Her professional dance career allowed her to perform with many companies throughout the United States and Canada. Abbey has danced for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Armitage Gone! Dance, Brooklyn Ballet, Francesa Harper/ Dance Theater of Harlem, Gleich Dances, MorDance, Bennyroyce Dance Productions and Olney Children's Ballet Theater. One of Abbey’s career highlights was dancing alongside New York City Ballet principal dancers, Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar, in the New York Philharmonic's production of "A Dancer's Dream.” Most recently she performed in Denver with Davis Contemporary Dance Company for their 2016-2017 season.
As a teacher, Abbey enjoys sharing her diverse knowledge of movement and experience with students of all ages. She has developed and taught ballet classes at Snow College in Utah, Dancewave in Brooklyn, NY, and company classes for Armitage Gone! Dance. Abbey has also taught professional development workshops at New York City Center in conjunction with their educational team. She served as a rehearsal director for the first ever repertoire collaboration of The Joffrey Ballet School’s ballet ensemble and jazz/contemporary program. Abbey’s outreach work includes ASTEP’s Arts in Action Summer Camp and leading auditions for the Ballet Tech School in New York, NY.
Abbey is also fitness fanatic. She is the studio manager at The Ballet Physique Lone Tree, where she teaches barre classes and helps to train new instructors. She is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, holding a specialization in corrective exercise. Abbey trains clients in a group setting at Fit36 Highlands. This is Abbey’s third year at Mile High Dance Center and she is excited to foster healthy, strong, informed and inspired young dancers!
Lonnel - Dance Instructor & Team Coach
Lonnel was raised in Denver, Colorado, where dance has always been part of her life. She started dancing when she was on two years old, changed to competitive gymnastics, then returned solely to her first love of dance by the age of 11. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, modern and most any other style of dance. She began dancing professionally by the age of sixteen, performing and competing locally and nationally with a group called Dance Attack. Performing in many different productions and competitions during her early and late years, she was awarded National Scholarships to Edge Performing Arts Studio and Tremaine Dance Centre in Los Angeles which allowed her to spend some of her senior year training with professional dancers and instructors. Her first year of University was attending University of Colorado in Boulder as a dance major only to decide to return to LA the following year as a scholarship student for Tremaine Dance Centre. After returning to Colorado she ran a dance studio in Sterling, Colorado for two years taking her students to Nationals, as well as coaching and captaining the local College Dance Team (NJC). She then attended University of Wyoming and choreographed and danced on the Wildfire Dance Team. Finding herself teaching again while attend University, she decided she wanted to perform in technical shows again so she auditioned and began working for Carnival Cruise Lines. She enjoyed 10 years with Carnival, dancing on 8 different ships and in over 23 different shows including Welcome aboard shows, Production shows and Magic Production shows. She has been featured in many of these shows. Such feature appearances include Lead Saigon Adage, Lead April in Paris Adage, Lead Café’ Adage, Lead Purple Rain Adage, Lead Trolley Adage, and Asylum soloist. During her time on Carnival, she choreographed sections of different shows she was involved in and was also given the opportunity to be the Dance Captain for the Magic Production shows. When not dancing or teaching, she enjoys being a new mother, spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching sports (go Broncos!), skiing, hiking and everything else outdoors, but most of all life in general.
Emily Sherwood - Dance Instructor & Team Coach
Emily began dancing at a young age and her love for dance has continued all the way into adulthood. Throughout middle school and high school Emily danced at several dance studios in Colorado and danced on Starstruck Academy of Dance's competitive company for three years. She was also a member of the Mountain Vista High School Poms Team for 4 years where she won 3 state titles and placed top 10 and top 5 at UDA Nationals. Emily went on to dance on the University of Colorado Dance Team where she placed top 10 and top 5 at UDA College Nationals and had the time of her life cheering on the Buffs! Emily has also taught at multiple dance studios around Colorado and is excited to share her love of dance with the students at Mile High Dance Center!
Abby O'Neill - Dance Instructor & Team Coach
Abby was born in Arizona, but has lived and danced in Colorado since she was 3 years old. She grew up taking jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, and tap at a local dance studio in Evergreen, CO. Although, she has experienced several different styles of dance, to this day her favorite is hip hop. She not only loves the hard hitting beats, and low movement, but she also loves the trick portion of the style. She began competing at a young age and continued to dance and compete on the studio's dance company for five years before making it on to the Evergreen High School Varsity Pom team in 2011. She was a four-year member and a two-year captain of the team. They were awarded first place at the 4A state championship pom competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and her final year on the team they received second place. She also competed at the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship all four years of high school and has placed in the top 10 for both Pom and Hip Hop. After graduation she became an assistant coach of the Evergreen High School Pom team and helped lead them to a second place trophy at the 4A state championship, and 5th place in the nation in medium varsity hip hop. Currently, Abby is attending Metropolitan State University in Denver and is working towards earning a bachelor’s degree. She is taking a break from her competitive dance history for the moment and instead is sharing her love of dance at Mile High Dance Center! She hopes to inspire and educate MHDC students about the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and positive attitudes on and off the dance floor!
Chelsea Jones - Dance Instructor
Chelsea Jones has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has experience in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Pom and Stage Production. She was a member of the Ralston Valley High School Pom team for 4 years. She recently graduated from CSU with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. She wishes to use her degree to help encourage kids to stay active as well as inspire young girls to find confidence and beauty within themselves. While in college she was a dancer for the Colorado Crush and Colorado Eagles. She was an assistant Pom Coach for Standley Lake High School and returned to Ralston Valley High School to coach the JV Pom Team. One of her greatest accomplishments during her time at college was being accepted into the Disney College Program as a character performer where she played various characters in meet and greets, parades, and played a part in granting Make-A-Wish kids their last wishes.
Ellen Collison - Dance Instructor
Ellen Collison is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Dance Performance. While in school she had the opportunity to train with Judith Chitwood, Paula Frasz, Autumn Eckman, Brian Carey Chung, as well as many others. She worked as an intern with Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth, TX where she studied with renowned choreographer Luis Montero performing as a soloist in his works. Ellen began studying with Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont as a counselor in 2012, where she eventually became the Director of the Intermediate Program and has run it for the past four years. Ellen moved to Denver to join Kim Robards Dance and was a member of the company in June of 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. She has taught for various studios throughout Denver and the Chicagoland areas working with all ages and teaching various styles of dance, as well as tumbling and gymnastics coaching with The Little Gym, and barre fitness classes with The Ballet Physique. Ellen is currently in her second season performing with Davis Contemporary Dance Company, and performs as a guest artist frequently with Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theater.
Elise Martin - Dance Instructor
Elise Martin is currently attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a South Denver native and graduated from Cherry Creek High School. While in High School, she was a member of the Cherry Creek Poms team which won several State and National awards.