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
Owner, Instructor, & Company Director
Teaches: Jazz Tech, Kinder Hip hop, & AcroDance
Teaches: Ballet & Contemporary Modern Fusion
Teaches: Inclusive Images
Kshitija C Saturdekar
Instructor & Hip hop Crew Director
Teaches: Hip hop, Bollywood Fusion
Instructor & Front Desk
Teaches: Mini Combo Classes, Kinder Hip hop, Ballet, & Contemporary/Modern Fusion
Assistant Instructor & Front Desk
Teaches: Mini Combo Classes
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.
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.
Miss Madeline was the first head varsity dance coach at Riverdale Ridge High School, where she led the team to multiple top regional finishes, a league title, a state finals appearance, and was awarded League Coach of the Year twice (2019 & 2021), with a nationals appearance in 2022. After four years of being a Raven, Miss Madeline has transferred to Prairie View High School where she will continue coaching the legacy of the PVDT, currently ranking 2nd in the state for hip hop.
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.
Miss Madeline is a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher through the Acrobatic Arts program, and is qualified to teach levels Primary through 6 of the curriculum.
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.
Kathryn Dudley is a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and stage manager based in Denver. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in both Dance and Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College where she received the Distinguished Dance Student Award and graduated with honors. Originally from Minnesota, Kathryn has worked with various theatres around the Twin Cities such as Children’s Theatre Company, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development, and Daytrippers Dinner Theatre. Some of Kathryn’s favorite performances were with …and Company, of which she is a founding member. Along with the 4 other founding members, Kathryn choreographed, directed, produced, and performed in 2 shows with ...and Company for the MN Fringe Festival. Her work has also been featured in shows by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers, Zenon’s Zone Program, Sarah Hauss, and COHORTS. Kathryn is a company member, resident choreographer, and production manager for 21/40 Productions where she enjoys exploring every facet of the performing arts. As an educator, Kathryn is passionate about sharing dance with people from all walks of life and lives by Alvin Ailey’s famous words: "Dance is for Everybody”.
Jenny Ceretto, a Colorado native, began dancing at the age of 5. She continued to dance through high school, where she danced on competitive teams. In order to grow her understanding of dance technique, Jenny attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education. During this time, she realized her true passion was in education and pursued an Elementary Teaching License. In her first year of teaching, she discovered she had a unique ability to meet the needs of children with disabilities. She returned to the University of Northern Colorado to obtain a Masters Degree in Special Education. She is certified CPI (Crisis Response Intervention). Jenny is excited to return to the dance studio to bring together both her dance abilities and knowledge of special education to serve a very special population of dancers.
Kara Dunham, has always loved dancing. She began participating in dance classes at the age of 3 and after stepping onto a stage for the first time, she knew that was where she belonged. At the age of 5, she joined a competitive dance team and performed her first solo. Winning the local “Stars of Tomorrow” competition that first year of being on the team fueled her infatuation with performing and competing. She would go on to train in various forms of dance and compete for the next 14 years. In High School, she performed and competed with both her Studio Dance Team as well as the High School Poms Team and was even selected to be Captain her senior year. Kara received many awards over her years of competing including Teen Miss StarQuest, UDA All American Dancer, and was often acknowledged for her engaging stage presence. Dance has provided her with lifetime friendships and unique experiences including dancing in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade and being in part of an episode of “Dance Moms”. After High School, Kara put dance aside so she could concentrate on her college studies. She quickly realized what once had been a huge part of her life, had left a gaping hole in her heart. She is grateful to be back and is loving every minute she gets to share her passion with others who love and appreciate dance just as much as she does.
Natalie Cherino, an early graduating senior at Brighton High School, grew up in dancing under Stage Images Dance Studio. In fact, was one of the first students when the studio opened up in 2016. Natalie helped establish our competition company, helping create the success it is today! She has trained in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz and was a competitive dancers for 4 years winning numerous top awards throughout the Denver Region. At BHS, Natalie is president of HOSA- Future Health Professionals and is currently participating in an internship to further her interest in the medical field.
Miss Natalie feels inspired whenever she peaks into a classroom and see the dancers and teachers working hard, following their passion for dance. She is thrilled to be working here at the studio and looks forward to helping our dancers and parents with anything that they need, both in and outside the classroom.