School of Dance Faculty

 

The Sangre de Cristo School of Dance is happy to have a variety of teachers within our school with a wide array of skills:

 

Nanine Wainwright, Interim Artistic Director

For Nanine Wainwright (also known as Ms. Nan), it is an honor and a privilege 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 with the Ilya Gaft Dance Theater as a dancer, instructor (ballet and character dance), and rehearsal master. 

Ms. Nan has also been a freelance artist for various companies by performing in seasonal performances and participating in outreach activities geared towards children and seniors in the New York City area. Ms. Nan is very happy to be back in Pueblo, Colorado. In taking on the role of Interim Artistic Director, she is excited for the opportunity to bring her 20+ years of experience to the students of the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance!  

 

Brittany Nunes, Instructor/Choreographer

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. 

 

Katie Farmer, Instructor - Early Education & Pre-Ballet

Katie Farmer is a local dancer with years of dance experience in both performance and instruction. She began her dance education as a young girl and took classes from a variety of places including the Pueblo Ballet, the Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, and the Ballet Barre. Most recently, as a young woman, she danced and taught at the Arts Center under the direction of Karen and Fernando Schaffenburg. She also danced at the University of Wyoming under Margaret Wilson. She looks forward to taking on the early education program and becoming a part of our dance family.