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.

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

Commences August 21, 2017
Monday and Wednesday Evenings 4:30-8:00pm

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.



ANDREW DiGEROLAMO | SPEC Artistic Assistant

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 RUSSEL | 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.

KEELY MISENHIMER | SPEC Operations Assistant

Keely Misenhimer grew up in Yuma, Arizona where she trained at Yuma Ballet Academy, performing with their pre-professional company Ballet Yuma from the ages of 11-18. She later attended Chapman University in Orange, California where she graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and B.F.A. in Graphic Design. She went on to dance professionally with Missiouri Contemporary Ballet for three seasons and now lives in Denver, Colorado.  


2017-2018 Guest Artists:

Jessica Taylor (DAMAGEDANCE)
Patrick Mueller (Control Group Productions)
Robert McKee (Inaside Dance Chicago)
Nile Russel (Pilobolus)
Katie Elliot (3rd Law Dance Theater)
...more to come!


2017-2018 Performance Opportunities:

Colorado State Fair
Boulder Jazz Festival
Children's Museum
40West Arts First Friday Art Walk
...more to come!