Gold Dust Dance Instructors

Gold Dust Dance instructors are well educated and experienced, but most importantly we LOVE teaching children. Our passion is spreading the art and joy of dance to our students and our community.

We believe…

…that each and every student is capable and has an important story to tell.

…that dance technique is a joyful discipline.

…in holding students to high standards of personal conduct, work ethic and respect for one another.

…in the lessons of play.

…that loving and empowering ourselves is the first step to progress in our communities and our world.

Personal Philosophy:

“I love teaching children because they demand authenticity and presence. They ask you to try, fail and get back up again and again. When we dance; we try, we fail, and we get back up again and again. And in between the missed perfection, we get it oh so right.”

Corinne Mickler

GDD Founder & Dance Instructor

BIS Dance/Psychology, Licensed GYROKINESIS Instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Inner Power Yoga Teacher In-Training

Personal History and Education:

As a lifetime dancer and mover, Corinne draws her inspiration for dance education from many teachers. Growing up in a Navy family, her dance training began in recreation centers and small dance studios and eventually lead to study at The Fairfax County Performing Arts High School Academy. She went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and was a member of the Gold Rush Dancers performing at CAA games and tournament for the VCU Rams. She graduated with an Interdisciplinary Bachelors Degree in Dance/Choreography and Psychology.

Professional Experience:

After college Corinne served as a full time Americorps VISTA volunteer on a project merging Urban Arts (hip hop dance, music and visual art) and mental health awareness with Mental Health Colorado in Denver Public Schools.

Corinne relocated to the Vail Valley in 2008 and was a teacher at Studio 8100 from 2013-2018. She is a licensed massage therapist and a certified GYROKINESIS trainer.

Personal Philosophy:

“My teaching goals are to pass along dance history while inspiring within individuals the desire to stay hungry and keep learning; To foster progress, live as role model, and travel a journey with people; To instill confidence, track growth and share a prevailing hope for the future while guiding others to discover dance as their voice within their dancing bodies.”

Sheena Jeffers BA, BS, MSed

Dance Instructor

Personal History & Education:

Sheena is a dancer, choreographer, certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) and Wellness Life Coach from Virginia, with a Masters degree in Dance Education. 

Professional Experience:

Sheena has taught at Old Dominion UniversityTidewater Community College and Governor’s School for the Arts. Her choreography has been featured at the American College Dance Festival and the Dogwood Dance Project

She served as the Dance Expert Writer for Answers.com and the Dance Critic for Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

For the last two years, Sheena has been sailing the Caribbean, teaching yoga in 11 different countries.

 

T E S T I M O N I A L

“Gold Dust Dance is an amazing asset to our community. Through the variety of dance styles and caring, professional teachers they provide a well rounded dance education for students of all different backgrounds.”

~ Dana Harrison Garcia