Meet the Team

Below is our team of highly qualified Instructors. Each instructor is hand selected with the intention of giving you the best class experience possible. Most of our instructors have been teaching in the community for 5 + years and are actively performing or training to better themselves and their classes every day. Click on a team member and get to know them!  

Allie Row

Tap

Bailey Ostdiek

Barre
Ballet

Gretel Balmer

Mixxedfit

Jackie Johnson

Zumba

Jamie Valencik

Contemporary
Broadway

Leividy Souza

Brazilian Dance Fitness

Lien Lam

Hip Hop Fitness

Rebekah Knight

Soul Sweat

Mo Wells

Jazz

Nadia Duncan

Bodyjam
Strong

Tristan Grant

Hip Hop

Samantha Lewis

Specialist

Mackenzie Lynch

Specialist

Shelli Choate

Be Bad Hip Hop

Sophia Lovella

Bellydancing

Susie Garifi

Tap
Contemporary

Vanessa Leston

Zumba

Winter Kensora

Barre Fitness

“We provide accessible adult dance opportunities that cultivate community, expression and happiness.”

Not all dance studios are created the same…The dream of opening an adult dance studio in Fort Collins began in 2015. I had danced my life until the age of 18 when I then moved to Fort Collins to pursue a degree in Psychology. I fell in love with the town and with no plans to leave after college I was ready to call Fort Collins my home, but something was missing in my life.

Fort Collins offers so many wonderful community spaces and loads of opportunity for artistic expression, but the dance community was small and spread out… we needed a space.

Missing the release of dance I sought out dance fitness classes and dane lessons all over town and completed group fitness certifications in Zumba, Strong, AFAA and BodyJam.

Dance is therapeutic, a release and an opportunity for self growth. I love dance fitness and the feeling of doing something good for my body and having fun!

I had gotten to know the dance community for 7 years through classes, instruction and workshops. The community was growing and was wonderful, but we were all still so spread out. How can we build a community and learn from each other when our spaces are inconsistent? I began building a business model for the main purpose of holding various types of dance workouts in the hopes of creating a consistent supportive community that centered around dance. The studio really took shape in 2015 over New Years weekend in a dream. A vision of adults laughing, dancing and sweating to the Zumba rhythm alongside a partain wall. On the other side were dancers reclaiming their love for ballet and discovering new movement with their adult bodies. I will never forget that weekend; it brought clarity for the future of Impulse. We needed a space that welcomed both sides of Dance…Fitness and technique.

I took classes all over town looking for instructors who saw the same vision I did and cherished the same values. Community. Expression. Accessibility. Happiness.

With lots of help from friends, family and wonderful community resources like the SBDC Impulse opened on National Dance Day in 2018. With the motto…  

A place for Adults to Dance