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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, 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 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: Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Instructor

Brittany Nunes was born in Miami, Florida.  She began her training at age 3 at Miami Dance Theater School. Beginning at age 6, she trained for 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 in regional and national dance competitions. 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.

She studied ballet and pointe at the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance in 2004/2005 under the tutelage of Ms. Marielena Mencia (founding principal dancer of Miami City Ballet, 1986), and her husband, Mr. Yanis Pikieris (gold medal winner at Moscow's International Ballet Competition, 1981). In 2009, Ms. Nunes graduated on Dean's List from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance. She taught Ballet and Hip-Hop at Xpress Dance Company and choreographed for TALK Dance Company (TDC), a contemporary dance company based in Jackson, Mississippi, founded and directed by Stephen Wynne. Her choreography has been performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg with the Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Now a resident of Colorado Springs, Ms. Nunes taught at Ballet Society and has been a guest performer/artist for School of Dance productions and intensives before becoming the jazz, modern, and contemporary instructor for the school.  


Nancy Tracey: Ballet and Adult Ballet Instructor

Nancy has taught ballet for many years and previously directed her own school. She has performed with the Pueblo Civic Ballet and the University of Oklahoma. She is most proud of her children; including her two daughters who were both members of the New York City Ballet. Nancy's students have auditioned and studied in programs at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. Nancy returns to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center to teach adult ballet and assist with other ballet classes, having taught ballet here when it first opened.  

Katie Farmer: Early Education Instructor

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. 

Alexis Boulet: Instructor

Alexis is from Pueblo, Colorado and has been dancing for practically her entire life! As a child and young adult, she has danced with the Pueblo Ballet, Dance Spectra, and the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance under the directions of Dianna Cuatto, Karen Schaffenburg, and Anne Moulton. She notes working with Ballet West and former NYCB principal dancer Nolan T'sani among her most cherished dance memories. Throughout her dance career she has studied ballet, modern, jazz, character, tap, and has continued to advance her dance fitness education as an adult by pursuing aerial arts. Previously, she taught ballet and jazz under Karen Schaffenburg and Dianna Cuatto. The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet are among her favorite dance productions. Currently, Alexis is studying communications at Pueblo Community College, and is excited to bring her dance experience back to the School of Dance as an instructor for the 2019-2020 year! 

Jennifer Lamont: Hip-Hop Instructor



Marissa Dilka: Dancerz Instructor

Marissa's love and passion for dance began before she was even born. Her mother taught Jazzercise for years, including the night Marissa was born. She was a "junior" Jazzerciser for her entire childhood, while also studying ballet in Massachusetts and at the "One Step Ahead" Studio in Lakewood, Colorado. In high school, she danced on the Bear Creek High School's Varsity Poms Dance Team in Lakewood, Colorado, which went to Nationals at the Wide World of Sports at Disney World in Orlando during her sophomore and senior years in high school (it was even televised by ESPN!). During high school she also studied at Michelle Ladamar's Dance Academy in Cherry Creek, Colorado. During attendance as CSU-Pueblo, Marissa also participated in the Cheer Squad and Dance Team, and even auditioned for the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and Denver Nuggets Dance Team. She graduated from CSU-Pueblo with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and taught group fitness classes at the university including; step, kickboxing, and toning. She has coached the Pueblo County and Pueblo East High School’s Dance Teams and currently teachers/substitutes (since 2013) for various classes at the Pueblo Athletic Club including step, toning, yoga, water aerobics, kickboxing, and cycling. She also co-organizes the Sangre de Cristo Dancerz program with Bob Doyle. Marissa loves working with the Dancerz and says "they have a special place in my heart, and I look forward to working with them for many years".