CARLY MARIE SANCHEZ
Carly Marie Sanchez has been dancing competitively since the age of three. She grew up in Garden City, Kansas and then moved to Orange, California at the age of 19 to further her studies and explore the world of commercial dance. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Psychology from Chapman University in 2009. While in California she was a member of Team Shaka, a hip-hop crew comprised of well-known members such as Chuck Maa and Robert Tsai from Instant Noodles crew, Ade Obayami, and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Her peers recognized her for her creative, innovative, and unique choreography in both hip-hop and contemporary jazz, and in doing so she was awarded the chance to create a modern stage piece in which Ade Obayami was cast as her lead male dancer along with other incredible artists such as Jamie Donovan (who can be seen in Robin Thicke’s video “Feel Good”) and Skye Stoury (former member of the Vancouver Stealth Bombshells). During this time she also taught at multiple studios throughout Orange County and was the lead choreographer for Dance Works hip-hop and lyrical competitive teams. Carly then decided to pursue her career as a professional dance instructor/choreographer in Denver and has since taught at an array of studios in the Denver metro area, choreographed for productions by the City of Aurora including “Fairytales from Around the World”, and their reproduction of “The Nutcracker”, and is now the proud owner and artistic director of Mercury Academy of Dance. Her ultimate goal is to grow the studio and eventually create a sister performance company comprised of professional dancers and students who graduate from MAD.
Hannah started dancing at age 12 at the local studio, The Turning Pointe Dance Academy, in Elizabeth, CO. There, she trained in many dance styles as well as being part of the competitive team which won 1st place overall at Nationals for Spotlight Dance Cup Competition. After moving to the Denver area she was invited to be a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance second company, Cleo II. She received first-class training and performed professionally as a member of Cleo II for 4 years. She is now currently in her 3rd season dancing as a member of Davis Contemporary Dance Company. She is in her first season as a member of Reformation Dance Company, a contemporary ballet company based in Cheyenne. This is her 3rd year as an instructor at Mercury. She is so happy to be able to share her love of dance while performing on stage as well as teaching the next generation of performing artists!
Katelin was born in Texas but moved to Denver at age nine where she soon began dance training at the age of eleven. She started her training with Metropolitan Academy of Dance and then worked for six years with Denver Academy of Ballet. In past summers she has had the opportunity to train with renowned companies including American Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Through these many training opportunities, she has been able to enrich herself in the art of dance and her passion for it is endless. She feels incredibly honored and humbled to now be working with such talented individuals and is ecstatic to learn from them and continue to share her passion for the art form.
Lindsey Bergstrom was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. She started dancing when she was only two years old and hasn’t stopped since. For 13 years, Lindsey danced with Aurora Dance Arts. It was there that she was a member of the performing team. She has performed in many dance performances such as The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, and Fairy Tales Around the World. In high school, Lindsey was also a member of the Grandview Poms Team where she fell in love with the competition side of dance. Her poms’ team took 2nd place in the State Competition in 2011. In 2019 she trained at the Dance Teacher Summit in LA and learned from prestigious instructors such as Kenny Wormald, Chloe Arnold, Misha Gabriel, Julie Kay Stallcup, Nika Kljun and more. She has now been with Mercury for five years and enjoys being able to teach students what she has learned over the years!
Amber (AJ) Andrews has been dancing since the age of five, with an immediate interest in tap. She joined the Tap Dolls competitive team as a child in Santa Maria, CA and occasionally travelled to Los Angeles to take classes at The Edge. As she studied a wide breadth of dance styles growing up, she realized her immense passion for teaching. She has been an instructor in tap, hip hop and modern styles for over 15 years now. Her classes focus on creating opportunities for her students to develop their own artistic style, no matter what level they are at!
Amber studied Art & Design at CPSU, where she focused on Photography & Digital Imaging as well as Dance. In her studies, she created a series of photographs and videos exploring the connection between the dancers and their environment. Her love for these arts has progressed her work and expanded in so many more ways. She choreographed and performed for the Spring Student Show each year and also worked as photographer for the Orchesis Dance Company on campus.
After school, Amber moved to Chicago and worked as a freelance artist and instructor for several years. During this time she danced with several modern companies and trained with MADD Rhythms. She then moved to Denver where she has taught at several studios in the area, specializing in tap and hip hop, and works as Artistic Director to Evergreen Dance Center. She also continues to work as a photographer and imaging specialist. You can view her artist portfolio at amberjeanette.com.
Ella DiCola began dancing at age 4 at local studios such as Colorado School of Dance and Rhapsody Dance. She has trained in various styles: Including, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. Her competitive dance journey began at age 12, and has led her to wonderful opportunities in the dance world such as training with renowned artists including Misha Gabriel, Kirsten Stewart, Nick Lazzarini, Katy Spreadbury, and Kevin Maher. Her competitive dance career gifted her with various awards such as Spotlight Overall Division Winner of 2018 and a Hip-Hop scholarship from Misha Gabriel at the 2019 Jump Dance Convention. Not only does Ella have achievements in the competitive world, but also in the studio world. Ella portrayed the role of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and was also a lead role in Candyland. She is beyond excited to further her dance career at Mercury.