Full Circle Dance – Our Dance Instructors
Full Circle Dance – Our Dance Instructors
From a professional ballet dancer to a passionate dance educator
Genoa Belson began her dance career in North Florida, where she performed principal roles in many classical and contemporary works including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Spring Waters. She was fortunate to receive excellent training from the Southern Academy of Ballet Arts, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and the Joffrey Ballet School.
In 2005, she began teaching ballet classes and immediately fell in love with teaching. In 2013, she became Ballet Mistress and Assistant Artistic Director for World Ballet in Tallahassee, Florida. During her time as a teacher, she worked on and produced many rich, vibrant productions as a director, dancer, and freelance choreographer.
For Genoa, teaching combines her two favorite things, children and dance. Her classes are known for being imaginative, engaging and challenging. Her love of classical ballet has given her the tools to teach technique in a fun, safe environment. Her classes also give students an opportunity for artistic expression and musical interpretation, key for developing true artistry.
Knowing that she had something unique to offer, Genoa developed her own curriculum and founded Full Circle Dance in 2016. Since then, Full Circle Dance program has been implemented at many preschools and primary schools in the greater Denver area, including at a new Full Circle Dance Studio in Golden.
Genoa teaches Ballet, Creative Movement and Rhythm & Dance at the FCD Studio and schools throughout the greater Denver area.
Jada brings creativity and technique to young dancers
Jada Minkin started dancing at the age of 3 in Greeley, Colorado. She loved performing and started dancing the Nutcracker with the Colorado Dance Theatre in the year of its conception and continued for many years after. She also performed in West Side Story and Will Rogers Follies with Oklahoma City’s professional theater company.
Knowing that dance was her number one passion, she continued her education at the University of Central Oklahoma as a Dance Major. While earning her dance degree, Jada had many amazing opportunities including working with many internationally renowned choreographers and artists including Adam Parson, Malaya, Cindra Che, Loretta Livingston, Bill Evans and Jeff Amsden.
Jada performed a tap and modern fusion piece with her fellow dance majors at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She also danced with the UCO Poms Squad which became Division II NDA national champions during her freshman year. The last year of school she became a dancer for the Oklahoma Arena football team. This being the only sports related dance team in Oklahoma at the time.
After graduation, Jada missed those beautiful Colorado mountains and moved to Denver where she danced with some amazing and talented companies in the Denver/Boulder area including 7 Dancers, Dream Project and Rogue Co. During this time, she started teaching and educating other young dancers. Jada was the Dance Activity Director at Dream BIG Day Camp for 8 summers and now trains up and coming dance teachers. In conjunction she has been teaching in studio spaces since 2006. She has enjoyed many great years teaching young dancers and appreciates the sense of community and support dance studios have provided through all the years of life changes such as marriage and becoming a proud mother to her son, Leo.
Jada will be teaching Itty Hop and Jazz Funk at Full Circle Dance Studio.
Naomi shares joys of contemporary style dance and musical theater
Naomi Mitchell is originally from California but spent a majority of her life learning the art of dance in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been dancing since the age of three and continues to discover new ways to enjoy her passion. Her performing credits include participation in choreographic works by USC Dance Faculty as well as performing and choreographing in the USC Dance Student Showcase.
She discovered her love for teaching dance to others while she was in high school and has been choreographing for her home studio in Georgia ever since. She particularly enjoys contemporary style movements and musical theater, though she has also received training in ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz and modern dance. She expresses that being able to have knowledge of these different forms of dance has helped shape her into the artist she is today and the way she expresses herself through her own choreographic movement.
Naomi has a B.A in Dance (Performance and Choreography) and Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is currently getting her M.A in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver.
Tia is passionate about dancing and teaching Hip Hop
Tia Hildebrandt has been dancing since she was 3 years old. In her fifth grade yearbook, she wrote that her dream job was to become a dance instructor, and she is very excited to be part of the staff at Full Circle Dance.
Tia has experience with multiple different styles of dance, but hip hop has always been her favorite. She has been part of multiple competitive dance teams throughout middle and high school, performing both group numbers as well as solos. Her favorite dance memory is being able to attend the Monsters of Hip Hop Dance Convention and learn choreography from Tabatha and Napoleon.
Tia first started as a teacher assistant at Pittsburgh Heat, helping out with 5 year old hip hop classes. She then became the hip hop teacher at Premier Dance Academy and choreographed both recreational and competition level classes to students aged 3 through 16. After graduating high school, she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend Eckerd College. There she taught hip hop dance classes at the fitness center to fellow college students. Her hip hop class was able to perform at the yearly college showcase and other events.
Tia’s family always encouraged her to ‘reach for the stars,’ and she encourages her students to do the same! Anything is possible!