The Dance Collective Staff
Alaina Brenner - Office Manager & Owner
Miss Alaina has always had a foot in the dance world. She is a former competition dancer and Denver Bronco Cheerleader. The more her daughter Aniaya danced, the more involved she has become in the dance world.
Alaina is our friendly face in the studio office! She is your "go to" person for questions about your account, payment processing, costume sizing and other important studio information. She enjoys working "behind the scenes" in the studio industry having worked and volunteered at past studios. Alaina brings her attention to detail, organizational expertise, positive outlook and love for all of her dancers to the various projects she does for TDC.
Erika Labrum - Instructor
Growing up in the Air Force, Erika had the opportunity to train at many dance studios across the country starting at age 5. Her work in choreography began at 14 when she started assisting for her competitive dance company in Eagle River, Alaska. Her sophomore year of high school, she moved to Wichita, Kansas where she danced for one of the top ranked competitive dance companies in the Midwest. While there, she participated in multiple ballet productions, even securing her dream role of Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker. She went on to teach at her local recreation center, choreograph high school-level show choir, conduct multiple master classes and workshops training dancers and actors for auditions, and choreographed two award winning productions of Aida and The Drowsy Chaperone. After moving to Logan, Utah to attend cosmetology school, Erika worked as the director of ballet as well as a lyrical choreographer for the Edge Dance Company. Along with traditional studio styles of dance, Erika has had the opportunity to train in Hula, African, and Latin dance. Above all, her passion lies in teaching, choreography, and helping students reach their full potential.
Faith McMahon - Instructor
Faith started dancing at the age of 3 at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC and has never stopped. After moving to Summit County, she continued her classes and began competing with the Co.Motion dance team at age 9. Since then, her love for dance and choreography has flourished. Faith has trained with the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives and received the Lindsey Vonn scholarship to help further her dance education with the Dance Alliance Power Pak group. Her training includes ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, dunham and more. Her love for dance and community service has allowed her to volunteer to co-teach the PE curriculum at Frisco Elementary in 2019, participate in nonprofit fundraising entertainment and hold the state titles of Teen Talent 2019, Colorado State Ambassador 2019, Colorado State Teen Cameo 2020 with the Cinderella Scholarship Pageant. This allowed her to compete her Jazz Dance Talent at an international level. Faith is a senior at Summit High School and continues to take classes, compete and teach classes. She would love to continue to pursue dance in college and perhaps audition for their dance team. She is proud to be one of the founding members of The Dance Collective Company and considers TDC is to family.
Kayla Pazin - Instructor
Since the age of three, Kayla has been dancing for 14 years and has competed for nine years straight. As a former competitive CoMotion dancer, and current TDC dancer. Kayla grew up in Summit County, and she is an upcoming graduating senior. Dance has always been her after-school activity as she would dance 4-5 nights a week at the studio. Kayla has done many dance events such as the Summit Nutcracker, many fighting against cancer dance events as well as many recitals and showcases. She always found the dance studio a place where she could just let loose. She has trained in many styles of dance, ranging from ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and more. As well as is still competing and taking classes at TDC. She has always had a large passion for dance and has considerable experience volunteering and teaching younger students dance throughout the community. Kayla cherishes the bonds that she has made through the dance community and is proud to call TDC her dance home.
Heather Ferley - Instructor
Heather is a Colorado native who grew up dancing and doing gymnastics. She competed as a high-level (Level 10) USAG gymnast for 11 years, obtained awards in National competitions, and spent 4 hours every day after school flipping around in the gym. Along with gymnastics, Heather danced at the Dance Factory in Northern Colorado, Windsor Highschool Dance Team, and did All-Star Cheerleading for many years. She has been a professional dancer for over a decade dancing nationwide at music festivals, various venues, and even the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater. She enjoys choreography and has choreographed many gymnastics and dance routines throughout the years. Her favorite styles of dance are hip-hop, improv, jazz, and contemporary. You can also find her coaching the local Silverthorne Storm Gymnastics Team, coaching for Team Summit Snowboarding, hula-hooping, fire performing, and stilt walking. Her coaching philosophy is to nurture dancers as they learn pertinent life and dance skills in a fun, welcoming, and compassionate environment.