The mission of Speck Performance Education Colorado, or SPEC, is to prepare serious young dancers, through a pre-professional dance company experience, for a professional dance career.

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We will help students discover and develop their craft through a unique dance curriculum based on classical techniques, integrated with healthy living, self-care, and arts business. SPEC is a program with high standards that combines a rigorous and technical dance education with critical thinking and a whole person developmental approach to training.

Ages 12-18

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Monday and Wednesday Evenings 4:30-8:00pm
Second Semester commences January 17, 2018

Dancers will have weekly company class, seminars on self-care and companies/summer intensives, receive multiple opportunities to be a part of creative processes with nationally known choreographers and many opportunities to perform these works throughout Denver and beyond!

Students must be available during the school year on Monday and Wednesday evenings and an occasional weekend for performance. We are happy to announce that SPEC will be held at Hannah Kahn's Open Studio.

Students wishing to participate in SPEC must show proof of taking at least four technique classes a week at another studio or school.

Tuition (by semester) - $850
Tuition is all inclusive and dancers are not required to pay additional fees for performances, costumes, etc. Scholarship and work study options available, and will be rewarded upon acceptance.

If interested in becoming a member of SPEC please submit an audition video with the following:


Adagio, Petite Allegro and Grande Allegro combinations


One minute of choreography or improvisation with music that shows your personality.

Send the video file via Google Drive or a link to with the email subject "SPEC Audition - YOUR NAME".

Click HERE to fill out an Audition Registration Form

Questions?  Email


ANDREW DiGEROLAMO | SPEC Artistic Assistant

A Baton Rouge native, Andrew began his career as an apprentice at Baton Rouge Ballet theatre. He thenattended the University of Arizona and graduated with a BFA in Dance studying closely under the incredible wings of Tammy Dyke-Compton, James Clouser, Doug Neilson, and Melissa Lowe. Most recently Andrew has finished up a two year world tour with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Int. He's had the pleasure of performing in works such as "Four Last Songs" by Ben Stevenson (PNB) and "Three" by Entertainment Plus. Andrew is excited to expand in Denver and work with all the incredible artists the city has to offer. He now lives in Denver with his girlfriend as a dancer, performer, and teacher. This will be his first season with DAMAGEDANCE.

DANE MARKLE-KLAPP | Acting for Movers

Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Dane has been playing and creating music since he was 13, mostly playing the electric bass with a little guitar and percussion thrown in.  He attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California for acting.  While in Hollywood, Dane was an extra on the set of Freedom Writers, where he got to run down a hallway with Hillary Swank.  He has performed with several underground rock bands including J@nk and Kilosama, and has performed his original work at The Rover Soho, Dance New Amsterdam, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Tea Dances and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.  Dane has many talents in addition to his music and acting including singing, writing, and causing trouble.  Dane is very honored to be included in DAMAGEDANCE projects and can't wait to see the company get bigger and better.

NILE RUSSELL | Contemporary Partnering

Nile H. Russell is originally from Baltimore, MD. He received a BA in dance from Connecticut College and in 2002 Nile traveled to India to study temple and architecture studies and Bharatanatyam dance. He moved to New York in 2004, where he danced with Silver-Brown Dance, LeeSaar The Company, Luis Lara Malvacias, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, Naganuma Dance, and co-founded CaN Dance. In 2009, Nile joined Pilobolus Dance Theater as a dancer and later became Dance Captain of the main touring company giving him the opportunity to perform all over the world as well as teach nationwide and on three continents. Nile currently lives in Denver and has danced for Kim Robards Dance, and teaches at Denver School of the Arts, Arts Immersion, and studios throughout Denver. He hopes to only add to the amazing dance and arts culture of Colorado.

SHELLY CLEMENTS | SPEC Artistic Director

Shelly Chapple Clements is from rural Western Pennsylvania and received a scholarship to Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at the age of 9.  During the summers she trained at Eglevsky Ballet and The American Dance Machine in New York.   By the time she was 14, she was living in Champagne­Urbana, IL at the National Academy of Arts directed by The Royal Ballet’s Petrus Bosman. At 16 she moved back to Pittsburgh to attend the renowned and exemplary Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts where she was one of 32 members of the 2nd graduating class.  After graduating salutatorian from CAPA, Ms. Clements moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and began her professional career as a performer and master instructor.  She taught in such notable schools as Contra Costa Ballet, Shan Yee Poon Ballet, Rhythm and Motion, and San Francisco Dance Center, now Alonzo King LINES Dance Center.  Ms. Clements trained at ODC San Francisco with Brenda Way and Lines Contemporary Ballet with Alonzo King and Arturo Fernandez and performed with ODC, Capacitor, Joan Lazarus, Patricia Jiron, and more.  Since 1990, Ms. Clements has been an integral part of John Butterfield’s New Urban Dance Company as a featured dancer, choreographer, ballet mistress, and assistant director.  She is a graduate and was an adjunct dance faculty member of Colorado Mesa University holding Bachelor degrees in Hispanic Literature, Interpretation and Translation, and Dance/Theater. Ms. Clements has become a renowned dance instructor across the Front Rangeand the Western slope of Colorado since she relocated in 2001.  She is, as well, a Spanish teacher for Jefferson County and Adams 12 Five Star school districts.


2017-2018 Guest Artists:

Jessica Taylor (DAMAGEDANCE)
Patrick Mueller (Control Group Productions)
Robert McKee (Inaside Dance Chicago)
Benny James
Shelly Clements


2017-2018 Performance Opportunities:

40 West Arts First Friday Art Walk | October 6, 2017

DAMAGEDANCE's FOUNDATIONS | October 22, 2017 @ 2pm
Denver School of the Arts | 7111 Montview Blvd. Denver, CO
Tickets starting at $22

Boulder's Autumnfest | November 5, 2017
Boulder High School | 1604 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO

In Studio Showing | December 6, 2017
Hannah Kahn's Dance Center | 75 S Cherokee St. Denver, CO

40 West Arts First Friday Art Walk | March 2, 2018

...more to come!