Owner, Artistic Director, Dance Instructor
Mindy grew up in a studio environment, beginning her training at her mother's studio at the age of 3. She trained for over 15 years in the disciplined studio environments of her mother’s studio, Dance Movement and Denver Contemporary Dance, where she devoted intensive study to ballet (Cecchetti), pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and modern, (Graham & Horton). She studied with instructors such as Debbie Marcus, Brian Manning, Paula Morgan, Kenneth Green, Thomas Dixon, Debbie Mercer and Franca Telesio Smith, among others. She also attended two summer intensives at DTDT, where she had the privilege of studying with Prof. James Clouser.
Mindy began modeling and dancing professionally with Toma and Associates at the age of 8 and went on to dance professionally with local companies such as Davis Contemporary Dance, Louder Than Words Dance Theater and Legacy Dance Ensemble in her adult life.
Mindy began teaching dance in 1994. She has taught for multiple local studios and organizations for 23 of the past 25 years, including, but not limited to, Colorado Ballet, Belliston Academy of Ballet, Sweatshop Dance, Denver Dance Center, Denver Ballet Theater, Kim Robards Dance, Regis University and Classical Ballet of Colorado. She is also regularly invited to teach as a guest artist master instructor for local studios, schools and professional dance companies.
In addition to her professional dance experience, Mindy has a musical theater background with credits that include leading roles in local productions. Her off-stage credits include director and music director roles for local community theaters and choreography projects for the MACC, Performance Now, Front Range Music Theater, Augustana Arts, Castle Rock Players, Douglas County High School, Smoky Hill High School, Cherry Hills Christian Middle School and Rock Canyon High School.
Deborah, (Deb), has been a part of the dance community--on and off--for over 30 years and was a member of Dance Educators of America until 1990. She began teaching at her teacher’s studio in Wheeling, West Virginia when she was 14. There she assisted in ballet classes and taught baton twirling and acrobatics. At the age of 14 she also landed the role of Juliet in a local production of the Ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Performing this principal role inspired her to go on to dance in multiple summer theater productions, both professionally and non-professionally.
Deborah has trained with Mary Elizabeth Fassig, Joe Tremaine, Paula Morgan, Kenneth Green, Brian Manning, Roni Mahler, Douglas Wassell and Gus Giordano and has served on dance faculties with Paula Morgan, Brian Manning and Kenneth Green.
Deb went on to own and direct her own studio in Colorado for a total of 27 years. She also served as Artistic Director for F.A.C.T.S. (Fine Arts Center for Talented Students) in Littleton, Colorado and taught ballet, tap, and jazz at Denver School of the Arts for two years.
After closing her studio, Deborah continued to work as a dance instructor/choreographer at Aurora Dance Arts, Denver Contemporary Dance and Dance Movement. She has also taught master classes in tap and ballet in both Denver and Boulder.
Deborah has trained dancers who have gone on to dance professionally on Broadway, in major companies in New York, Denver and Las Vegas and has instructed and mentored a number of students who have become dance instructors, including CDC's Owner and Artistic Director, her daughter, Mindy Marcus.
Adjunct Dance Instructor, Guest Choreographer
Ms. Nunes started her dance training at Patricia Penenori Dance Center in Miami, FL., training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz from a young age. She was accepted into the Visual and Performing Arts Mega Magnet School, Coral Reef, for high school, where she was awarded various awards for her performance and choreography. She went on to receive her Bachelor's of Fine Arts at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. where she trained with Stephen and Britta Wynne, Laura Morton, Cynthia Newland, and Ravenna Tucker.
She performed and choreographed 'Handel's Messiah' for TALK Dance Co. where it debuted in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. She has guest performed with various collectives from Miami, Chicago and New York, and was a company member for the Hannah Kahn Dance Company in Denver.
She is currently the resident choreographer at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO.