Instructors

Natalie Gallegos Instructor/Studio Owner

Social Dance, Zumba, PiYo, Wedding Dance Choreography, Preschool dance, Senior Dance, Theatre Choreography, Group & Private lessons

 

Natalie Gallegos is a Certified Ballroom and Zumba Fitness instructor. She was trained and certified through the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1999 to teach and compete in dances such as Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Samba, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing.   She studied ballet, modern and choreography dance at Boise State University. She has experience in university level social dance instruction, performance preparation, theater choreography for adults and youth,  large group instruction and private lessons.  Natalie loves to travel and has had the opportunity to study and teach dance in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala. She has been the Boise Cotillion Dance instructor for 18 years and currently owns Carpe Danza Dance Studio where she teaches salsa, bachata, cumbia, tango, waltz, merengue, Zumba, PiYo, wedding dances lessons, creative dance and hosts dance birthday parties for children and adults.  Natalie’s instructing abilities as well as her love and passion for dance has helped her create original choreography for countless events in the treasure valley and spread her love for life through dance to children and adults wherever she teaches!

 

Kris Duynslager  Deep Dance Experience DDX

Hi, I’m Kris! Over 20 years ago I started with a teacher I didn’t know, and knew nothing about what I was getting ready to learn. I was a young wife, and Mother. It seemed like everything should be jussssst right. Well, it was, and wasn’t. There was this sense of knowing I KNEW I needed to know more to open up my life. Make sense? I knew I needed something. I didn’t know what it was. When I met the woman who would become my teacher at a neighbor hood party, she was so bright I could hardly see her. Really! She was glowing! Her ever presence alone was un-like anyone I’d ever met before or since. It was the next day, I called her, and told her I wasn’t sure why I was calling, only that I needed to know more and asked if she would help me? But, help me what? I wasn’t sure. But. She was. She knew that when the student is ready the teacher appears, and vice versa. We met privately once a week and in a group with her other students weekly, for years studying essential development.
My journey and calling is to share this method of spirituality and philosophy with you, when ever you are ready for something else, like I was. It’s weird that I didn’t set out to be a teacher or dance leader. It’s just happened, easily. I’ve beat myself up over the years that I NEEDED to go back to corporate america (my background) for the big $. I even went back to it for a 2 year stint and left knowing that I wasn’t making a difference in the world.
What I know now, is that I love what I do. I love leading classes and I love teaching one on one with my students. I’ve taken this gift of sacred knowledge and added movement and music to it and it happens to look like a deep dance experience.

Ashley Rose Bellydance Instructor 

Ashley Rose has been performing professionally in the Treasure Valley since 2008 both as a professional Musician & Raq Sharki Bellydancer. Dancing full time since 2011, her studies have taken her all over the world.
Ashley has studied West African drum and Dance in Ghana, Balinese Classical Dance in Indonesia, Rajasthani Gypsy dance in India as well as Turkish Oryantal & Turkish Romani dance in Turkey.
Her training in the US has focused on Egyptian Orientale, Egyptian Folkloric as well as American Cabaret.
She performs locally with the bands AfrosonicsTambalka, Two Birds on A Wire & the Derek Schaible Jazz Quartet. She teaches bellydance at Carpe Danza Studios & will soon have classes at Boise Bellydance Company.

It is her pleasure to share this beautiful, expressive form of Middle Eastern dance known here in the west as Bellydance!

Julianna Thomas “La Patita” Flamenco Instructor

Dancer, singer, costume designer, seamstress, artist- her passions know no bounds….. Seduced by flamenco at an early age, she sold everything she owned and moved to New York City to pursue her true calling. Her time in New York was spent soaking up as much flamenco as possible and studying with Andrea Del Conte, Barbara Martinez, Carmela Greco, and Jose Galvan.

New York was good, but the birth-place of duende called her like a pulsing beacon in the night. With much encouragement from Ms. Del Conte, her continued flamenco study has taken her to Granada, Spain in 2006 to study under Marie Carmen Guerrero and Melena Sessano, then to California with La Fibi and guitarist David Fitzsimmons.  She returned to Boise in April of 2009 from Sevilla, Spain where she studied for 7 months with master teachers Juan del Gastor, Concha Vargas, Juan Polvillo, and Paqui del Rio.  She has been performing and teaching flamenco since 2005 and continues to study with her teachers in Portland, New York and Spain.

Kirsten Allard Flamenco Instructor

A daughter of a percussionist, born to riddle away with her feet, Kirsten Allard Lopez’ dancing soles have stamped around the western states and Europe for the past 15 years. She began her study of Flamenco in the nineties as a teenager in Boulder, CO with Rebekah West. At 19 she visited Spain from 2001-2003. Living in Andalucia, Spain she went to Granada to the school of Carmen de Las Cuevas, Jerez with “La Tati” at La Pena De La Buleria and on to Sevilla with Alicia Marquez. As a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors in Dance and Anthropology she studied under the Encinias family with Flamenco and modern dance technique. In 2013 Limerick Ireland (the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance) beckoned her to receive an MA in Ethnochoreology. By day she inspires children to develop a fondness for movement, rhythm and snowboarding. Kirsten’s choreography and other professional works include such people and companies as TRICA, Celebrate the Beat, NDI-NM, Duke Dance Collective, Cardboard Playhouse Productions, Movement on the Edge, Meagan Chandler, Steven Mullins, and Max Herzog.

 

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