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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.
ALICE BACHOFNER, Studio 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 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.