We welcome our instructors to the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance family. Please stop by and meet them:
Michelle Boutros, Artistic Director
Ms. Michelle Boutros received her B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Arts Administration from Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, in 2010. Ms. Boutros previously worked with the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, TALK Dance Co, Hinds County Community College, Joshua Center for the Arts, and Ballet Magnificat! where she fulfilled various roles, from curriculum development to instructor to administrator.
Ms. Boutros has spent many years under the tutelage of numerous teachers of prominence. She began her dance training from an early age in St. Petersburg, Florida, under the direction of Andrei Ustinov and Elena Martinson, both graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and dancers with the world-renowned Kirov Ballet, for 11 years. They schooled her in an in-depth pedagogical study of the Vaganova Methodology and the stylizations of the Bourneville and Balanchine methods. She also spent time studying under Madame Ludmila Kovaleva and Svetlana Osiyeva of the Vaganova Ballet Academy as well as Enn Suvé and Tiiu Randviir of the Tallinn Ballet School in Tallinn, Estonia, while there with the Chamber Ballet for a month's residency. Ms. Boutros spent one year training with Christina Acosta in Tampa, Florida, studying Hawkins, Limon, and Cunningham techniques before entering Belhaven University where she studied Graham, Limon, and Release Techniques as well as the Vaganova Method of ballet.
Ms. Boutros' performances have taken her across the United States and to Russia and Europe where she served in classical and contemporary roles in ballets, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Stars and Stripes, among others. Ms. Boutros also owns Silhouettes Dance Boutique, a dance apparel store in Pueblo West.
Jeremiah Garner, Instructor
Jeremiah started dancing when he was 13 years old. Since then, he has studied many different styles of dance, from Hip Hop to Ballet. When Jeremiah first started, he began learning a style known as Popping, and to this day, he draws inspiration from it for choreography and teaching. Jeremiah turned his focus to all sorts of Ballroom styles, studying at studios in New Mexico and Colorado. He then diligently started to learn Swing Dancing and has been able to put his choreography in performances and competitions. In Hip Hop, he has taken multiple teams to national competitions and has years of experience teaching.
Jeremiah has been competing and performing since he was 13. During that time, he studied Ballet; and in the past few years, he has been in multiple lead roles, including the Cavalier in Nutcracker, Prince Dessier in Sleeping Beauty, and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.
Jeremiah's passion of dance has been greatly rewarded by imparting his knowledge to students, and he is always enthusiastic about gaining more for himself.
Brittany Nunes, Instructor
Brittany Nunes, choreographer and modern/contemporary dancer and teacher, was born in Miami, Florida. She started her early training at the age of 3 at Miami Dance Theater School. At 6 years old, she continued her training for the ensuing 11 years at the Patricia Penenori Dance Center (PPDC) where she was also a member of the in-house dance company which allowed her to compete on several occasions in dance competitions at both regional and national levels. She won a first place gold award for her modern dance solo "Kiss from a Rose," along with numerous platinum and gold awards for the company's modern dance ensemble pieces.
From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Nunes studied ballet and pointe at the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance under the tutelage of Ms. Marielena Mencia, who, in 1986, was the founding principal ballerina of the Miami City Ballet, and her husband, Mr. Yanis Pikieris who was the recipient of the silver medal at the first Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1979 and later the first western recipient of the prestigious gold medal at Moscow's International Ballet Competition in 1981.
Ms. Nunes graduated in 2005 from Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, the only Mega-Magnet high school in the southeastern United States, where she was a student in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy. While in high school, she trained at summer dance intensives with the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City and Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi. During her college years at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, she attended college festivals hosted by the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She also choreographed and performed in several Belhaven University dance performances and in Doxa, a student-led organization involved in community outreach.
In 2009, Ms. Nunes graduated on the Dean's List from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance. She began teaching Ballet and Hip-Hop at Xpress Dance Company, Madison, Mississippi, and choreographed for TALK Dance Company (TDC), a contemporary dance company based in Jackson, Mississippi, founded and directed by Stephen Wynne, where she created works, including "Uncentered Hearts." In 2010, she choreographed various sections in "Handle's Messiah" under TDC, and her choreography was performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, with the Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Nunes has continued to choreograph for Belhaven University for their dance ensemble, dance ministry, two senior project solos and was an adjunct professor of Jazz dance at Hinds Community College. She performed with TDC for two seasons performing "Giselle," "You and Me," "12:24," and "In the Eyes of."
Ms. Nunes moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she taught at Ballet Society (Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop). She was a guest performer in the Sangre de Cristo Ballet's "Carmina Burana" and was the guest artist for Sangre de Cristo School of Dance summer intensive in 2014. Ms. Nunes now resides in Pueblo, Colorado, and is faculty at the Sangre De Cristo School of Dance (Jazz, Contemporary) and is one of the resident choreographers for the Sangre de Cristo Ballet. She is also faculty with Arts Immersion, a high-quality, tuition free, innovative, middle and high school for the performing arts.
Nanine Wainwright, Instructor
For Nanine Wainwright (also known as Nan), it is an honor and a privilege to be able to live in Colorado and work in the arts. Since she began her dance training at the age of 6 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center she has accumulated more than 20 years of teaching experience. She has trained in New York City at the New York Ballet Institute under many teachers including Ilya Gaft, Olga Dvorovenko, and Alexander Nadtochy. She has worked at the Ilya Gaft Dance Theater as a dancer, ballet and character dance instructor, and rehearsal master.
After joining a law practice in New York for a period of time, Nan scaled back her involvement in the arts, but continued to be a freelance artist for various companies performing in seasonal performance and outreach activities geared towards children and senior in the New York City area. She is very happy to bring her more than 20 years of teaching experience to the students of Sangre de Cristo School of Dance!