Faculty

We consider our faculty members our team. Each teacher has been carefully handpicked in order to support our mission and goals at Stage Images! Each instructor has a diverse background that contributes to Stage Images in unique ways.

Julie Eppinger Trujillo

Owner & Instructor

Teaches: All Combo Classes, Tap, Jazz

Madeline Kelley

Owner, Instructor, & Company Director

Teaches: Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Hip hop

Caroline Sharkey

Insructor

Teaches: Ballet, Stretch & Strength

Kshitija C Saturdekar

Insructor

Teaches: Hip hop

Julie Trujillo is the former Owner/Director of Stage Images Dance Studio (1986 to 1999) and is now the current co-owner of Stage Images Dance Studio-The Next Generation, LLC. Through her 35+ years of teaching, she has received many awards, including top honors at dance competitions and has seen her dancers become NFL cheerleaders, college dancers, dance company members as well as teachers and coaches. At the local high school, she began the Brighton High School Dance Team (now Poms team) and has had past dancers continue on as coaches. Some of her work also included coaching pageant participants for their talent routines. In addition to her dance experience, she was chosen as "Business Woman of the Year" by Colorado Business and Professional Women's Organization Publication and received the "Unsung Hero" Award by the local Brighton newspaper. Julie has had the opportunity to learn from Tommy Walsh, Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine, Joe Pugliese, Al Gilbert, Joel Ruminer, Jo Rowan, Joan Lather, and Mallory Graham to name a few.

She first discovered dance and her passion to teach under the well-known Brighton community member, Evelyn Maul. From there, Evelyn saw the talent Julie had at the age of 13, and gave her opportunities to teach, choreograph, and perform. As a teen, Julie was a member of the Colorado State 4-H Performers: a small group of dancers dedicated to performing at gatherings through out the state. Julie is also an active judge for a national dance competition, starting when she was acknowledged by the director for her and her dancers professionalism and technical skills. Throughout the years, Julie has studied mainly tap, jazz, and character. As a teacher, she is known for her Pre-School and Kindergarten dance curriculum and overall class structure. Julie can truly pull the best out of anybody. 

Julie has two children and a wonderful husband, and continues to work in School District 27J. As she continues to teach the many more generations to come, she wants to remind her students to always follow your heart.

About Mrs. Julie "...an amazing teacher, person, role model, and second mom!"

-Past Student & Professional Dancer

Madeline Kelley first began dancing at the age of 3 in Stage Images- first generation. Since then, she fell in love with dance. Throughout high school, Madeline had the chance to compete at regional dance competitions along with winning the Miss StarQuest 2011 regional title.  After graduating Brighton High School, Madeline decided to make dance her profession and life. She has trained in Cecchetti and Vaganova methods of ballet and is experienced in both Horton and Graham modern dance techniques. She spent two years pursuing a B.A. in Dance at the University of Wyoming. While at UW, Madeline trained in ballet, jazz and modern under the instruction of Margaret Wilson, Jennifer Deckert, Marsha Knight, and Lawrence Jackson, and many guest and affiliate artists. Madeline graduated in May 2018 with her BA in Dance Performance from Metropolitan State University, who pairs with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy. She trained under the guidance of Nicole Predki and Leslie Merrill, along with guest faculty, Jacob Mora and Edgar Page.

Some of Madeline's most favorite life moments include volunteering at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Annual Conference in January 2016. Madeline has presented choreography for the 2016 Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop-Student Performance as well as the formal adjudicated concert at American Collegiate Dance Association Central Region Dance Conference 2017.  Madeline completed a year long internship with Moraporvida Contemporary Dance in Denver, CO under Jacob Mora. And is the first head varsity dance coach at Riverdale Ridge High School, which she was voted as 2019 League Coach of the Year.

As a teacher, Madeline is known for her advanced training techniques and multiple approaches to achieve movement execution. One of her greatest pleasures about teaching dance is watching students overcome obstacles using dance as a tool. She wants her students to know that dance is more than a form of exercise, but a form of art and self-expression.   

"...Innovative, passionate, and connects with the dancers on their level. Any dancer is lucky to have her as their instructor."  -Parent

CAROLINE SHARKEY is a movement artist and interdisciplinary arts instructor who began her formal dance training at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She graduated in 2016 and was awarded the Fine Artist Award in Dance. She has since spent time at the Alonzo King LINES BFA program in San Francisco and the Hubbard Street Professional Program under the direction of Alexandra Wells in Chicago. Caroline has had the honor to perform works by Adam Barruch, Peter Chu, Alejandro Cerrudo, Mark Morris, Jenna Pollack, and Paul Taylor, among others, and has performed numerous principal roles in ballets such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. Caroline has served as a rehearsal director for works by Mark Morris and Joshua Manculich. Her work has been presented at Interlochen Arts Academy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, RAW Chicago, and Links Hall. Caroline previously was the co-director of Intrigue Performing Dance Company in Chicago. Caroline has also trained through the lens of yoga, stage combat, commedia dell'arte, capoeira, and Qigong.

Kshitija C Saturdekar, originally from Mumbai, is a dance educator, artist and choreographer based in Colorado. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Sociology from the University of Mumbai, and recently received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance with emphasis in Choreography and secondary emphasis in Hip Hop Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to that, she spent ten years teaching students of all ages, choreographing for live events and film, and performing with The Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company, a reputed dance company in India. Kshitija has worked and trained under Donna Mejia, Helanius J Wilkins, Rennie Harris, Nii Armah Sowah, Terence Lewis and Bertwin Ravi Dsouza. Kshitija has also performed and taught dance in India, Australia, Singapore, Austria, Thailand and USA. During her time at CU Kshitija was also a Graduate Part Time Instructor, a Teaching Assistant and Assistant to the Director of Dance Production for two years which helped her hone her skills in Stage Management, Run Crew and Production Technicalities. Kshitija is passionate about dance education and performance and is honored to be a part of the Stage Images family.

 
 
 
 

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