• Director/Owner

    Jessica Strong
    • Jessica Strong

      Jessica Strong


      I founded Dance Exploration with a goal to bring educational dance classes to children in schools around the Denver Metro Area. After 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of instilling a love for dance in thousands of students.

      Dance Education 100 %
      Curriculum Development 100 %
      Childhood Development 100 %
  • Program Directors

  • Jenny Mather

    Broadway Exploration Program Director
  • Account Managers

  • Caitlin

    Colorado Springs Account Manager
  • Hannah

    Denver Account Manager
  • Leslie

    Castle Rock Account Manager
  • Educators

  • Alexis

    Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Cortney

    Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Dana

    Dance Exploration Educator
  • Elisabeth

    Dance Exploration Educator
  • Gabrielle

    Dance Exploration & Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Kayla

    Dance Exploration Educator
  • Madeline

    Dance Exploration & Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Marcus

    Dance Exploration Educator (Hip Hop)
  • Nicolette

    Yoga Exploration Instructor
  • Riley

    Broadway Exploration Educator
  • Support Staff

  • Jennifer

  • Kortni

    Contracts & Rosters
  • Tayla

    Talent Acquisition
  • Teresa

    Class Management

Jenny has been performing on stage since as long as she can remember. She found her true passion in musical theater when she performed as a munchkin in Wizard of Oz at the age of 7. Since then, she just can’t get enough. You can find Jenny performing professionally all over the Denver Metro area. She is so excited to join Dance Exploration as the Theater Director. She can’t wait to make a positive difference in children’ lives through the arts. As a child, theater brought her joy, passion, self-esteem, and confidence. It also taught her the values of teamwork and acceptance. Jenny looks forward to sharing all of this magic that theater promotes with your children!

Caitlin Tagliareni is a Wisconsin native who moved to Colorado in 2007. She is a proud Army wife to Kevin and mom to three year old Rowan. Caitlin is a former professional dancer and has danced with Colorado Ballet, Ballet Ariel, Kim Robards Dance, Southeast Alabama Dance Company, and Savannah Ballet Theatre. Caitlin retired from dance in 2018 and is now pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and training for CrossFit competitions. She enjoys going on adventures and making memories with her family.

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Leslie is a Florida native who moved to Colorado in 2017 with her husband, Grady and her 3 children, Rylee, Cole and Cannon. She loves living in Castle Rock, but misses the beach. She comes to us with many years of experience in the dance industry in all roles from performer, to instructor to studio management. In her spare time, besides quality time with her family, Leslie enjoys being the team mom for her daughter's Allstar cheer team, traveling and working out.

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Cortney is a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and has been sharing the joy and benefits of yoga through teaching since 2019. She approaches each class with gratitude and embraces that this is an experience for her students to carry with them throughout their day, week, etc. Her goal is to share in the playfulness of yoga, for students to draw attention to their bodies and breath.

Miss Dana is a mom of 3 (and 2 puppies) with a loving husband of 19 years, Realtor, Dance Teacher and Award Winning Choreographer. Miss Dana started dancing at age 3 and teaching at 16. She loves to garden, read, and cook when she is not dancing!

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Gabby grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she trained in gymnastics, jazz, ballet, modern dance, and yoga. She received Bachelor’s degrees in dance and biology from the University of Maryland, and she danced professionally in New York City for 2 years post-graduation, performing with companies including: Pearson Widrig Dance Theater, Orange Grove Dance, and Nicole Colbert Dance. She has been teaching dance in after school programs for the past 5 years,and she loves cultivating both creativity and critical thinking skills in her classes. Having moved to Denver a few months ago, Gabby can’t wait to start teaching for Dance Exploration, and she is excited to meet her students! Gabby will be teaching Creative Yoga at the Ricks Center for Gifted Children.

Kayla (professional choreographer, dancer and actress) is from Denver, Colorado where she received her B.A. in Performing Arts and Business Administration from Colorado State University. She has danced professionally with Impact Dance Company, Dancing Earth Indigenous Dance Creations and Cleo Parker Robinson. She is excited to be joining Dance Exploration as an After School Viral Dance Instructor.

Maddy grew up in Tucson Arizona where she has trained for most of her life in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and much more. She has been all around the U.S. to compete and perform. She has about 5 years teaching experience in not only dance but art as well. She loves to bring the joy of the arts to her students, as well as develop confidence and compassion. She is so excited to begin teaching with Dance Exploration and can't wait to meet her future students.

Marcus has been teaching for 5 years and is 21 years old. He is a dancer and choreographer in the Denver area and teaches at multiple studios in the city. He also directs a crew out of Pueblo, Colorado (Southpaq) and is a member of a Denver crew as well (COhe One Motive). Marcus aims to inspire kids to love dance as much as he does and give as much knowledge as he can to help people succeed in dance. Marcus is excited to join the team because of all the new kids he can meet and hopefully leave an impact on.

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Wm. Riley Holmes has BFA in Musical Theatre from Colorado Mesa University and is thrilled to be working with Dance Exploration. Having studied improv for several years in college, he hopes to be able to help children understand the fun and joy that can be found in improv comedy. Riley is looking forward to teaching these fundamentals of the arts in his first ever formal teaching job. When he's not teaching, you an find him doing shows around town in venues such as Vintage Theatre and Town Hall Arts Center.

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Kortni is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, with a husband of almost 12 years. She loves to take them to many different activities all week long. Her children’s passions include cheer, scouts, viola, baseball, hockey and theater. She also is a cheer squad mom and co leader for her daughters junior girl scouts. When she is not driving around the kids she enjoys the movies, a good book and helping several friends with their business adventures.

Tayla's passion for the last several years has been dedicated to the world of dance. Her choreography has won several national awards, and her students have gone on to do amazing things with world-renowned dancers. Now, she's studying at the University of Colorado Boulder for Astrophysics and Atmospheric/Oceanic Sciences. Tayla is very excited to continue her dance career as the Talent Acquisition Manager at Dance Exploration!

Teresa is an Illinois native who moved to Colorado in 2004. She is mom to 3 dancers; Zoey, Ashlyn and Maya. When they're not dancing, Teresa and her girls are hiking and participating in girl scouts.