Faculty

Cindy Aragon

Owner/Director

Cindy began dancing at the age of five at a local studio. She began apprenticing at 14 and started teaching at 16. After graduating from high school she was accepted to Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado in their business program. At Mesa, Cindy began the kid's dance program teaching jazz, ballet and tap to kids ages 4-12. After returning from Grand Junction, she began teaching at several local dance studios, in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Cindy started teaching at SCDF in the summer of 1993 and as the director of the SCDF Jazz Company, her dancers have won many choreography and overall awards. In 1999, Cindy was given the opportunity to continue the love of dance from the former owner of Springs City. Since then, she has continued to follow her dreams and continued teaching her love of dance to every student who walks through the doors of SCDF.

Sara Murdaugh

Ballet Director

Sara Murdaugh comes from Longview, Washington, where she received an AAS in Pre-Physical Therapy. In 2001, she received her BA in dance from San Jose State University, where she graduated Cum Laude and received the "Senior of the Year Award" for excellence in performance, choreography and academics. While attending San Jose State University. Sara was invited to perform with the University Dance Theater, which enabled her to perform with the Limón Company as well as work with world-renowned choreographers. Sara spent 8 years as a member of the Ormao Dance Company and has performed in varous venues, including on the cruise ship The Big Red Boat. Her award winning choreogaphy has been used all over the west for musicals and competitions, to name a few. Ms. Sara has had the pleasure of working with all age levels in multiple positions including public schools and ice rinks. Currently, Sara is a Cecchetti Licentiate member and co-directs the Springs City Dance Force Company.

Britney Smith

Jazz Director

Britney was raised in Colorado Springs. She has obtained a Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in Sports Conditioning and Training. She is also currently an Occupational Therapy Assitant Student. Britney has been trained in dance since the age of eight and continues to instruct students of all ages in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Britney has trained under Rozanne David, Tasha Redder, Richard Havey, and Jessica Starr. She was personally picked by Brian Friedman from "So You Think You Can Dance", to attend his intensive in New York City. Britney was also chosen to attend the American Ballet Theatre intensive. She has received many high achievement awards from competitions and intensives. Britney's choreography is new aged and different. She likes her choreography to stand out as "new" and "intriguing".  Britney's choreography continues to be recognized year after year both regionally and nationally.  Her choreography has won "best choreography", "best technique", "most entertaining", and "best concept".  Her competitive team choreography has also won First Overall in numerous regional and national competitions.

Brianna Garcia

Tumbling

Brianna has always had a love for gymnastics and dance. She started gymnastics when she was 4 years old and continued competitively till she was 14 years old. She made it to level 10 at Aerials Gymnastics but ended up with a back injury and had to quit gymnastics. Soon after she began dancing at a local studio and continued dancing through high school. For 7 years she coached gymnastics at Aerials working with both recreational and competitive gymasts ages 3-17. Throughout the years she has loved working with children it gives her the chance to share her love for gymnastics and dance.

 

 

Sarah Ortiz

Combo

Sarah started dancing at the age of three in her home state of Minnersota where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and musical theatre. She also had the good fortune to work with some of the best theatre teachers/directors the nation has to offer when her school partnered with the Guthrie Theatre to provide theatre arts instruction to youth in public schools. After high school, Sarah went on to study dance at the University of Minnesota where she was introduced to modern dance and focused primarily on the dance style of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham.

Participation in the arts opened up a whole new world to Sarah - both figuratively and literally, taking her to Denmark, Sweden, Spain, the U.K. and the former Soviet Union. Some of the highlights of that time for Sarah were performing at the Winter Palace in Moscow, dancing in two NFL Super Bowls, and when she got the opportunity to perform for Princess Diana of Wales.

Sarah holds a Masters of Arts degree in Special Education and has a passion for teaching reading skills to students who have learning differences. She has taught theatre movement classes to middle and high school students at UCCS TheatreWorks summer camp and was a middle school drama teacher as well.

Sarah met the love of her life, Anthony Ortiz, in 2001. It took another eight years for her to succumb to his charms. Together they now have five children, a dog and tow cats.

Sara Staudte

Tap

 

 

 

Sara has danced at Springs City since she was 5 years old till she graduated from Doherty High School in 2015. She competed with both the Jazz and Tap companies. She also apprenticed tap classes when she was young and has been teaching tap since 2014. Sara is currently attending Pikes Peak Community College where she is studying Secondary Education to become a high school physical education teacher.

 

 

Kali Normandy

Jazz

 

 

 

 

Kali has been a part of the Springs City family since she was 3 years old. She has been teaching since she was 16. Throughout the years, Kali was chosen to be on the Encore Elite Dance Team was well as becoming a KAR Kid. She has taken class with the Rockettes and many So You Think You Can Dance alumni. This past competition season, Kali was awarded with the Centerstage Star Award. She is still an active member of the Springs City competition team.

 

 

Regina Webb

Office Manager

 

 

 

 

Regina has been in the managerial / adminstration field since 1999. Her years of office work includes not only dance studios, but schools as well. Regina has 3 children in which 2 grew up doing competative dance and cheerleading.

 

 

Interest in teaching for SCDF?  We are always on the lookout for passionate, energetic and experienced teachers to join our amazing faculty.  If you are interested in teaching please email us at contactus@scbdance.com, your resume detailing your experience.  We would also love to hear from you in at least 200 words why you would like to join our inspiring team of teachers.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

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