ORMAO Dance School

Ormao will be CLOSED:


Spring Break: Mar 26 – Apr 1

Creative movement for your budding ballerina? Lyrical for your expressive teen? Ballet for yourself? Ormao Dance School offers all these and more for beginners to advanced dancers. We highly value creativity and expression and truly believe that dance is for everyone!


CLICK HERE Ormao class LIST BY AGE 2017-18

CLICK HERE Ormao class LIST BY DAY OF WEEK 2017-18

CLICK HERE Ormao class TUITION 2017-18




and we will quickly reply to let you know the class status. After our reply, you can email a pdf of your registration form or simply ‘snail mail’ your registration form to 10 S Spruce St, 80905. We can accept credit/debit, checks, and cash at the studio on your first day of class!


Please call the studio (719-471-9759) on the day in question, there will be a message indicating if we are open for class or closed. Remember, if you miss a class for whatever reason, we encourage you to take a make-up class on another day in another style or level! If you need help deciding which class to try, please ask our faculty!


Once this form is received we will contact you to finalize registration so you can begin dancing as soon as possible!

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Ormao Dance School is special because:

  • We make dance FUN! This enhances the learning process.
  • Our students become independent, creative thinkers and problem solvers.
  • By promoting healthy body/mind connections, our dancers’ confidence and self-esteem grow as they mature.
  • We offer performance opportunities that are non-competitive, focused on teamwork and develop and appreciation for life and the art of dance.


If your student (ages 9-18) is serious about dance, consider one of our Ormao student repertories. With an emphasis on creative expression, Ormao Junior Repertory and Senior Repertory will challenge teen dancers technically and artistically. And, as you can see from the picture above, these kids have FUN! Former student performers have gone on to dance at colleges such as the Juilliard School, Cornish College of Performing Arts, and on scholarship at CU Boulder. Entrance is by audition only. Contact Jan Johnson at ormao@msn.com for details. See what one of our alumni has to say about his experience in Ormao student repertories:

“My participation in the Ormao Dance Company’s student repertory ensembles prepared me for professional work in a way that very few dance students have exposure to outside of a conservatory-style dance environment….Upon leaving Ormao, I was already well-acquainted with many professional standards required for a working dancer: committing to a rehearsal schedule, adapting to an array of choreographers, and producing a full-repertory performance were all congruent and translatable when I transitioned from student to pre-professional to working artist. –Alex Betka, BFA, Cornish College of the Arts/MFA, NYU


Jan Johnson, director
Tiffany Tinsley Weeks, assistant director

Prentiss Benjamin (Ballet)

Alex Betka (Ballet)
Janet Johnson (Modern, Lyrical/Contemporary) Director: Ormao Senior Repertory
Jessica Russ (Hip-Hop, Modern)
Debra Mercer (Ballet)
Rochelle Westfall (Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Modern) Director: Ormao Youth Ensemble
Jenessa Hauschildt (Modern, Tap, Jazz Director): Ormao Junior Repertory
Dawn Delaney (Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Tap)
David Foster (Pre-Ballet, Modern)

Kemy Rodriguez (bboy/bgirl)


Biggie-Smalls (ages 6-12 with parent/guardian!)

Ormao Dance School is looking forward to providing a unique bonding experience for our families. For parents who become inspired by watching their kids frolic in the studio and for kids who wish their mom and dad could be in class dancing beside them! This new class is the perfect opportunity for both parents and kids to have fun grooving together as a team. We will explore fun upbeat dance movements while creating an enjoyable, playful environment for our dancers.

Mod Hop (age 14-18)

A delightful blend of modern dance and hip hop, a one-of-a-kind offering at Ormao Dance School for teenagers.  All levels are welcome here!

Creative Movement (3-4yr olds)
A wonderful time for young dancers to learn the joy of movement! Dancers will explore all the different ways their body can move as well as explore space and dynamics while experimenting with props to enhance creativity. Our focus here is creativity, individuality and proper class etiquette.

Pre-Ballet (5 yr olds)
More structured than Tots Creative Movement, begins to include many ballet elements, but still focused on joy of movement! Class includes some ballet barre exercises, an introduction to many ballet terms, as well as expanding upon creative exercises to explore their own body movement and the space around them.

With a focus on proper alignment, posture, long body lines, and shapes, it is a graceful, romantic, movement style. The mechanics of ballet can be complex and should be learned slowly with patience as it strengthens the body’s center, legs, and feet for all forms of dance. Most dancers take several years in each of our levels learning the foundation of simpler ballet exercises before moving on to the next level.

Classes are geared toward positive hip-hop, teaching knowledge on the urban culture and helping to empower kids to use their inner talent. This class teaches rhythm, coordination, musicality, and age-appropriate hip hop choreography without suggestive music/movements. Mixed with social dances, locking, a little popping and little breaking, this class starts off with a basic warm-up, then is broken down with a hip-hop combo. Our Hip Hop dancers develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun. This is an excellent class for high-energy kids who want to take a fast and fun dance class.

A free dance style and concept, modern dance is usually executed barefoot and focuses on the spirit of innovation, restricted only by the limitations of the human body. Modern dance is about the design of motion, supports individual expression, and is generally more grounded or weighted, and initiates movement from the body core. Teachers may use live drums and percussion or other music from world beat to classical. Come see an Ormao Dance Company performance to see the variety of styles included in modern dance!

A distinctly American art form, jazz celebrates stylization of shapes and is a melting pot of many dance forms. It is beneficial for students to have ballet or modern dance experience before beginning jazz since it uses similar vocabulary and teaches discipline and coordination in the legs and feet. Jazz accentuates body part isolations, flexibility, centered placement, multiple turns, and leaps along with the current dance style seen in clubs using current pop, techno, jazz, or hip hop music.

A blend of jazz, modern, and ballet technique which typically expresses the lyrics of pop musical ballads through smooth, connected, and sensuous movement. Experience in jazz, modern, and/or ballet required.

This fun dance form teaches dancers the art of rhythm and musicality by creating music with special metal tap shoes. Excellent for all ages!

The Ormao Dance Company admits community members of any race, color, sexual orientation, creed, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at the school or public performances of dance concerts. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, creed, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and other school administered programs.


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