CDC Faculty
Mindy Marcus
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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 as well as at 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 over 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 Marcus
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Dance Instructor

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. 

Brittany Nunes
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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. 

Taylor Ellen
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Dance Instructor

Taylor began her dance training at age 3 in her hometown of LaGrange, GA. She trained at the LaGrange School of Ballet under the direction of Nancy Thuesen Gell and Amy Orr. She studied classical ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap, and completed an assistant and student teacher training program, and began instructing dance to young students. 

 

She then went on to major in dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, where she graduated cum laude in 2015 with her BFA in dance with an emphasis in classical Ballet. While at Belhaven, Taylor studied classical and contemporary Ballet, modern, choreography, dance production, dance kinesiology, and dance pedagogy. She also had the opportunity to work with many skilled instructors and guest artists including Ravenna Tucker Wagnon and Henry Danton (The Royal Ballet), and Caleb Mitchell (Houston Ballet) and several others who still influence her dancing and teaching today. Throughout the years, she expanded her training at various summer intensives including Ballet Magnificat!, Nashville Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, and The American Ballet Theatre. 

 

After graduating, Taylor moved back to Georgia to teach at the Statesboro Youth Ballet, the dance program under the umbrella of the Averitt Center for the Arts. She was promoted to Artistic Director there in 2017 and served as such until 2021. While at SYB, Taylor taught classes in creative movement, classical and contemporary Ballet, pointe, variations, modern, tap, jazz, and conditioning to students ages 3 to adult. In 2018 Taylor added teaching classical Ballet to the students in the P.E. program at the Habersham School in Savannah, GA.   Between Statesboro Youth Ballet and The Habersham School, Taylor choreographed and directed several full-length Ballets including The Nutcracker (2017, 2019), Cinderella (2018), Snow White (2020), Alice in Wonderland (2018), The Wizard of Oz (2021), and created 4 modern dance showcases annually from 2018-2021.