SOMMER and JASON BOWDRE, Owners/Directors of Metropolitan Academy of Dance, have backgrounds in education and collectively have over two decades of instructional experience as public school teachers in the Cherry Creek and Douglas County School Districts. They each have earned Masters degrees in education, Jason's area of focus in Curriculum and Instruction and Sommer's focus in Special Education. Careers in education, parents of two dancers and being the son and daughter-in-law to Georgia Bowdre, founder of Metropolitan Academy of Dance, have provided Jason and Sommer with unique perspectives as owners. They understand the importance of quality instruction by highly trained teachers. They know that parents want their children to be involved in activities that are engaging, challenging, and of interest to them. They value a nurturing environment that makes the parent and student feel safe and cared for. They want their own children and the students of MAD to have positive social experiences that foster friendship development and teamwork through opportunities to work with others toward a common goal. They want to embed principles of healthy habits and an importance of staying physically fit in the minds of MAD students. It is the above core ideals that have made Metropolitan Academy of Dance successful for the past 30 years. It is Jason and Sommer's goal to preserve these ideals in order to continue to deliver quality dance instruction to all students of MAD.
GEORGIA LYN BOWDRE, Founder and Artistic Consultant of the Metropolitan Academy of Dance is a certified member of Dance Educators of America. Ballet is her passion, and she studied the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet extensively with Lalla Bauman (on scholarship), Larry Boyette, and others. Before founding the academy in 1986, she spent many years as a performer on television and stage with the Lalla Bauman Dancers. Georgia made several appearances at the Municipal Opera of St. Louis, the 12,000 seat premier outdoor theatre of the midwest. Other performance venues include Kiel Auditorium, Fort Leonard Wood, Boettcher Concert Hall, and the Admiral entertainment ship. She also performed with stars Dorothy Collins, Margaret Hamilton, and prima ballerina Patricia Bowman. Georgia taught ballet/pointe, jazz, and tap for more than thirty-two years, and she has choreographed numerous award-winning pieces performed by the Company. Many of MAD's students have gone on to pursue dance in college and to dance professionally. In addition, several students have been accepted to nationally known summer programs. Georgia is married, and she is the proud mother of three grown sons. She has three wonderful daughters-in-law, and she is thrilled to have seven grandchildren.
DANIELLE BEEMAN was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Danielle began dancing at the age of 3. In 2015 Danielle graduated from the University of Iowa, receiving her BFA in Dance, a minor in Communication Studies, with a specialization in American Sign Language. While at UI Danielle received the dance departments ICA Dance Scholarship, The Excellence In Performing and Communicative Arts scholarship, and was accepted into The Order of Omega honors society. Danielle was lucky enough to perform in works by many renowned choreographers such as George De La Pena, Alan Sener, Deanna Carter, Eloy Barragan, Michael Medcalf, Madeline Curry, Charlotte Adams, Melanie Swihart, Armando Duarte, Lisa Gonzales, Kristin Mars, and Ellie Goudie. In 2013 Danielle was selected as one of twelve dancers to join the universities elite touring company, Dancers in Company, where she performed 4 pieces throughout the Midwest, and was selected as a soloist. For Danielle’s final BFA performance she performed a solo work choreographed in collaboration with Ellie Goudie. The work was based off of her studies while at UI, encompassing Dance and Sign Language as forms of communicative movement.
In the past Danielle has attended workshops and intensives with River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Common Art Mutual Passion, and Lemon Sponge Cake. Currently Danielle dances professionally for Hannah Kahn Dance Company, teaches for Cleo Parker Robinson, is a certified yoga instructor, and is working on an intensive yoga program for members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
Danielle is thrilled to be teaching at Metropolitan Academy of Dance and is excited to watch her students grow, as we learn from each other.
ALEXANDRA BELL has been dancing since the age of 3 and trained at Encore Dance Studio (formerly Dance Movement). She studied there until she transitioned to an instructor. In addition, she has participated in summer intensives at Ballet Austin, American Ballet Theatre, and The Rock School for Dance Education, Justin Giles’ SoulEscape intensive, and the EDGE Performing Arts Center. She was a finalist at the Denver Ballet Guild Scholarship Competition (2004, 2006). She has danced in Aurora Dance Arts production of “The Nutcracker” in the roles of Ginger Snap, Flute, Clara, and Sugar Plum Fairy. As a young dancer, she won numerous scholarships at dance conventions and competitions including LA Dance Magic’s “Performer of the Weekend”, Miss Teen Onstage America, and many Top Overall High Scores. She was a member of the professional Boulder Ballet Company for their 2011 and 2012 seasons. Her teaching experience began in 2005, and she has choreographed many concert and competition pieces, which have won choreography and technical precision awards. In addition to working with the Encore dancers full time, she has taught at Mountainside Dance Academy, the Boulder Ballet School, Metropolitan Academy of Dance, and dance2b Studio. Alexandra deeply values safe and efficient technical training and hopes to instill a love and fire for the art of dance. She is so excited to be a part of the MAD family again!
ANDREA COFFEY started dancing at the age of 3. She trained in ballet/pointe, lyrical, modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap at Miller’s Dance Studio in Colorado. She was a member of the competitive dance company at Miller’s, Tour de Force. She participated and placed in the top ten in local and national competitions, received a tap scholarship from New York City Dance Alliance, trained through a scholarship program at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in Los Angeles, and has taken class at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Andrea studied Sociology and Communications at Arizona State University, where she was also a dancer/Co-Captain of the ASU Hip Hop Coalition. Andrea has taught in Phoenix, AZ, in Spokane, WA, and in St. Louis, Mo. Andrea has performed with Phoenix-based tap company, Tap 24/7 and at the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit. Andrea loves teaching and sharing her love for dance with others.
ANTOINETTE DEGEORGE has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Breaking. She began dancing professionally in 2006 as a member of the MLS Colorado Rapids Cheerleaders and then with the Denver Nuggets Mob Squad Hip Hop and Breaking team from 2007-2009. In 2007, Antoinette was a dance instructor for the Universal Dance Association where she taught high school and college Level dance camps in Colorado and nation-wide. In 2008, Antoinette helped launch Dance2Live, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on utilizing dance as a medium to lead a positive and healthy lifestyle, which she still proudly leads today. Throughout her career, she has performed with such artists as Coolio, Digital Underground, Tone Loc, The Sugar Hill Gang, DJ Vajra, Montel Jordan and Vanilla Ice. Antoinette has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Colorado at Denver.
JULIE ELLIOTT has been dancing for thirty-one years and teaching dance for the past eighteen. She received her training at the Metropolitan Academy of Dance where she traveled and performed with the Company. Julie continued to pursue her dance training at the University of Colorado where she was captain of the CU Express Dance Team. Over the years, she was also a member of the Dancewest Divas Performing Company, the Damsels performing company and the Colorado Contemporary Dance Company. Julie has performed many parts in The Nutcracker including the Sugar Plum Fairy, and she has also performed at the 1996 Olympics, the 1996 Orange Bowl, the 2002 Fiesta Bowl, Disney World, and the Universal Dance Association College Dance Team Nationals. She has choreographed dances for numerous musicals and high school pom pon competitions in the Denver area, and her choreography has won several awards, including “Most Entertaining” and “Best choreography.” Julie has a Master of Science from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and currently works as a physician assistant. She is happily married with twin boys.
AMY MACKALL started dancing at the age of 4 with Aurora Dance Arts and by the age of 8 she was part of their performing company, JAMM. She competed in many competitions such as; Showstoppers, Footloose, Starlight, Showbiz and Jump. She also performed at Nursing homes, malls and shopping centers throughout the community. She made the switch to Metropolitan Academy of Dance at the age of 12 and fell in love with it. She was part of their Performing Company which lead to numerous performances and competitions. She performed around the country at the Atlanta Olympics, the Orange Bowl Halftime show, Disney World and the Carnival Cruise Ship The Ecstasy. She won a scholarship to be a Caravan Kid Dancer and a partial scholarship to the New York City Dance Alliance. She also played many parts in the Nutcracker including; Gingersnap, Clara's party guest, Flowers and Snow Queen. Amy started teaching here at MAD when she was 16 years old and continues to share her love of dance with our students. She is very versatile and teaches all genres of dance from our very young beginners to our advanced Company members. She also designs curriculum and instructs our summer camps. Amy considers teaching our children to be her greatest accomplishment in dance.
MACKENZIE ROSSI started dancing at the age of ten with Encore (formerly Dance Movement) and danced at Miller’s Dance studio for her senior year of high school. She has won a national scholarship with Adrenaline and many local scholarships from Monster’s of Hip Hop, Nuvo, The Pulse, etc. Mackenzie has been to many workshops such as Justin Giles Soul Escape and Monsters of Contemporary. She has also worked with Erica Sobol, Matthew Peacock and Tyne Stecklein directly as well as taken classes from many professionals. Mackenzie enjoys contemporary and hip hop the most, but she also teaches ballet, jazz, lyrical, technique and acrobatics. She is very passionate about teaching, and loves sharing her passion with dancers she comes in contact with. Mackenzie started teaching at the age of 15 as an assistant and began teaching her own classes at 16. Eventually, she began doing choreography for competitions and has won choreography awards for her work. In addition to teaching, she graduated as Valedictorian at the Aveda Institute in the Esthetics program and is a Certified Laser Technician. She looks forward to going to nursing school in the future so she can further her career in medical esthetics.