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 Rowe


Gretel Balmer


Jackie Johnson


Sophia Cardinal

Hip Hop 

Mo Wells

Office Supervisor



Nadia Duncan


Business Director

Hip Hop

Nessa Kerr


Gabby Markle

Senior front desk team member

Shelli Choate

Be Bad Hip Hop

Winter Kensora

Barre Fitness

Brenda Hansen


Kylie Creighton

Hip Hop

Carolyn Yates


Yoga for Dancers

Amy G. Smith

Impulse Artistic Director

Impulse Contemporary Co. Artistic Director


Kayla Cothrun



Our Story 

The dream of opening an adult dance studio in Fort Collins began in 2015. The owner Nadia Duncan had danced all her life and moved to Fort Collins in pursuit of a degree in psychology. She fell in love with the town of Fort Collins and settled right in, but found herself missing dance.

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 and self-expression, she latched onto the only dance form she could find: dance fitness. Nadia taught dance fitness classes all over town, 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 while having fun!

In those 7 years of teaching, Nadia had gotten to know the dance community through classes, instruction, and workshops. She then knew what she wanted and what the community of Fort Collins needed: a space for adults to come together and support one another in positive self-expression and personal growth all through the art of dance!

The beauty of dance is not in the technique or coordination. The real magic happens when you allow yourself the freedom to let go into pure self-expression without caring what you look like.

Nadia took classes all over town looking for instructors who saw the same vision she did and cherished these core 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.

“Our mission is to provide accessible adult dance opportunities that cultivate community, expression, and happiness.”