We’d love to meet you!
Get to know our team of passionate, friendly, and fun ballerinas. We can't wait to help you learn ballet!
JULIE GILL, STUDIO OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
Julie took her first ballet class at the age of 17, having had no prior dancing experience. She was not athletic or graceful in the slightest, including being unable to touch her toes, or walk up stairs without tripping. Regardless, ballet captured her imagination immediately. She earned a dance minor from Pace University, trained in both youth summer intensive programs and adult programs, and studied privately for over a decade.
She became a teacher when her private coach fell ill and passed her private coaching business along to Julie. Owning, creating, and instructing at Broche Ballet is a dream-come-true for her, and an incredible privilege to be able create a place for adults to learn ballet.
Cristina M. Michaels L.Ac., Instructor, Head of Teacher Development
Cristina began dancing ballet in Colorado Springs at the age of 12 before embarking on a professional career in ballet. Studying ballet with Ballet West summer school program, Pacific Northwest Ballet School & School of American Ballet until becoming a profession with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. She continued her career with the National Ballet of Canada then finished it with the Richmond Ballet. She has assisted or staged ballets such as Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Among setting and choreographing various contemporary, modern and classical ballet.
Cristina identifies as transgender female, and her pronouns are she/her/hers. She has been in holistic complementary healthcare for over twenty years. First working as a medical massage therapist and now as a licensed Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner. She is the owner/operator of Colorado Art of Acupuncture, LLC which has locations in Boulder and Denver. Cristina is excited to be joining Broche Ballet and being part of a wonderful organization.
ALICE BACHOFNER, Studio manager & Social Media Manager
Alice was born and raised in Los Angeles, California with her 2 younger brothers. Due to her Swiss heritage, she speaks fluent German. She started ballet when she could barely walk, and has been dancing on and off ever since!
She moved to Denver nearly 4 years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed every moment - especially after finding Broche Ballet. She started off as a student in one of Julie’s classes and loved it so much that she decided to join the team!
She's currently a senior at CU Denver double majoring in sports business and marketing. She has a big heart for animals, especially her cat, Sunny. Aside from ballet, she loves to cook, knit, travel, or read a good book.
KRISTEN JORDEN, INSTRUCTOR
Kristen took up ballet again at the age of 33 after a 30 year break. During that break she believed she could never be a ballerina because she was too tall, couldn't touch her toes, and people told her being a ballerina wasn't a "real" job. But then Kristen realized that all that was hooey.
So she quit her "real" job as a high school history teacher to become an artist--a dancer, a writer, and a quilter. And though she doesn't make much money, she's happier than she's ever been in her life.
JACKIE DOHLEMAN, INSTRUCTOR
Jackie was born in Corona, California but moved to Colorado at a very early age. She fell into ballet when she was placed in a dance class in her freshman year of high school, and instantly fell in love with ballet. Her instructor encouraged her to continue dancing and she did exactly that. She joined a ballet studio in Castle Rock at age 14, while also studying modern, contemporary, and jazz at her high school. Most of-- if not all-- of her best high school memories include her dance studies.
She understands that dancing is a form of therapy for some, including herself. Teaching ballet has always been a seemingly unreachable dream and it is still hard to believe that it has come true. She is looking forward to sharing the love of ballet with other aspiring dancers again, as well as building strong bonds that she knows she will remember for years to come.
If she's not in the studio, you can find her hiking, running, or scoping out the nearest vegan eats!
CASEY POTTLE, INSTRUCTOR
Casey is a lover of movement with a passion for sharing it with others. A dedicated dancer, Casey fell in love with ballet as a late teenager and knew she had found her passion. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach other late starters and help them pursue their dream of learning the art form of ballet.
In addition to ballet, Casey also teaches Pilates and Aerial Yoga. When she is not teaching or dancing, Casey enjoys writing poetry, practicing yoga, training on aerial silks, reading, traveling, and spending time in nature.
Jessica Larson, Instructor
Jessica has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has been teaching ballet for kids and adults for about 15 years. Growing up was focused mainly of ballet and jazz dancing and emerged into modern through college, dancing in both the studio and college companies for professional level performances.
She trained under Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s Gilbert Reed and partook in San Diego City Ballet and Ballet Pacifico’s Summer intensive programs in high school.
She choreographed several pieces and continuing to help encourage ballet education through the scholarship honoring her mom.
Brianna Hall, Instructor
Brianna began dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped. She holds a B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College where she studied dance technique, performance, theory, and choreography. Brianna’s dance journey brings her joy and humility. In her six years of teaching dance, she created work in a myriad of styles for dancers ages 3 to 65: tap, jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and musical theater. She feels grateful to return to her ballet roots.
Living in Colorado introduced alpine skiing, climbing, and mountaineering into Brianna’s life. But, her studies with Regis University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program have her spending more time at coffee shops than mountainsides, at least for now.
Robbie Downey, Instructor
Robbie is a classically trained ballet dancer with over 15 years of experience. She have trained with some of the best teachers in the country and she currently dances with Colorado Ballet in Denver.
She helps individuals transform and improve their technique and flexibility. She loves to provide valuable feedback to help you get rid of bad habits, get unstuck and reach your personal goals, especially late starters and adults.
Julie Novoa was born in Lima Peru and grew up in Orange County, California where she started dancing ballet and tap at the age of 4. She danced up until the age of 17, after which she took a 7 year break. During this time away from ballet, she started her own family, and is now married with 2 children.
After her 7 year break, Julie went back and started taking ballet classes, slowly getting back into ballet form. At that time she attended, Maple Conservetory of dance and Anaheim ballet in Southern California. In 2015, Julie and her family relocated to Denver Colorado where she was accepted into The National Ballet Academy Denver’s trainee program under Artistic Director, Cornell Callender where she redefined her technique and artistry. This will be her 4th year and will continue to study under Mr Callender.
She enjoys dancing and teaching ballet where she can now share her knowledge and passion to students and adults!
Laura Whitby, Substitute Instructor & curriculum designer
Laura Whitby, a New Jersey native, received the bulk of her dance training with Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio. She continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy before joining Houston Ballet II in 2008. She also spent seasons with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and Charlotte Ballet II. While with these second companies, she performed acclaimed contemporary work as well as full length classics like Swan Lake. In 2014, she graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelors of Science in Ballet, with an Outside Field in Applied Health Science and a Minor in Spanish. At IU, she studied under Violette Verdy and performed principal roles in various ballets, including many by George Balanchine. Upon graduating, Whitby then danced with the Sacramento Ballet for three seasons, performing Swan Lake, Balanchine ballets, as well as Arabian and Rose in Ron Cunningham's The Nutcracker.
Alongside her professional ballet career, she has taught ballet at various dance academies around the country, working with dancers of all ages and abilities. She focuses on placement, cleanliness, proper engagement of muscles, and elegance in her teaching and loves sharing her passion for dance and movement with others. She is also a Certified Pilates Instructor and enjoys yoga, cooking, and the outdoors.
Elizabeth Nesbitt, Substitute Instructor
Elizabeth Nesbitt is originally from Chicago and found ballet at the later age of 14 but quickly fell in love. At the age of 17, she came under the mentorship of Patti Eylar of Chicago Ballet Arts and studied under Amy Rose,Calvin Kitten,Claire Bataille,and many others. She has studied on scholarship at Chicago Ballet Arts, Faubourg School of Ballet,Hubbard Street Dance Chicago,Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Orlando Ballet. At the age of 19 she received her first contract with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Following that she became an inaugural company member of Madison Ballet. During her time in Chicago she also performed with Chicago Festival Ballet, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble and studied all forms of dance around the city.
After getting married and moving to Austin she decided to concentrate on teaching and starting her family. She continued to perform and choreograph with Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble and became a founding member of The Dance Project.
Elizabeth now lives in Colorado with her husband and three beautiful girls. Over the past two years she has taught dance around the Denver area and started a blog to combine her passions of ballet and health and connect with ballet lovers around the world at www.thewholepointe.com .