The Dance Collective Staff

Mandy Sherar - Owner & Director

Mandy Sherar is the owner and director of The Dance Collective. She is proud to finally open a dance space that she can call ‘HOME”. Mandy began dancing in college with Walter White from Monterey peninsula College. After several years of training with Walter White, who was an incredible instructor and mentor, Mandy had found her passion. From California she moved to Colorado and began dancing at Summit School of Dance and was asked to audition for the competitive dance company called “CoMotion” .Mandy danced with CoMotion from 1989-1995 and then moved to Austin, where she started her teaching career for 620 Dance Centre in Lakeway, TX. She taught there for 5 years and assisted in the creation of Encore Dance Company. During her time in Lakeway Mandy began choreographing and teaching for a wide variety of ages and disciplines. Mandy headed back to Summit County and was asked to teach at SSD, upon her arrival she started Jr. Comotion and then became the director of “Comotion” as well. Mandy has been teaching and choreographing and directing for 25 years and is excited to start her own

dance space that

will embrace a dancer’s creativity and inspire them to be true to themselves.Throughout the years,

Mandy has had the pleasure of watching her dancers grow up, some onto dancing careers and some just going out into the world, she always feels that she has been blessed to have been a part of their lives. Mandy has won many awards both regionally and nationally with her crew and she has won several high honors for her choreography.

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.

Heather Emslie - Instructor

Heather realized her love for dance at the age of three after being enrolled in her first ballet, tap and jazz classes. Shortly after it wasn’t hard to tell where Heather felt the most comfortable which was definitely on the stage. This led her Mother, who is the owner of The Dance Collective, to enroll her in a more competitive studio, which led her to her first dance competition at the age of six. Heather has since spent most of her time training in a myriad of other styles of dance such as modern, contemporary, aerial arts, pointe, and hip hop and has competed with various companies in the Austin and Denver area including Comotion, Artistic Fusion and Body Talk. While she loves being on stage, her real passion however is being able to connect with other dancers in the studio, which is why teaching and mentoring is something that has always been a natural fit.  In the nine years she has been teaching, Heather has worn many hats within the dance industry and finds teaching to be extremely rewarding and loves to continue to inspire and encourage her dancers to be the most authentic selves they

can be. Heather is excited about this new journey that we are all embarking on and is eager to connect with both old and new students! 

Rebeca Ramírez Vargas - Ballet Instructor

Rebeca Originally from Mexico srarted her training in a small city Called Cuernavaca, when she was 15 she moved to Cuba to Study ballet in the Cuban National Ballet School "Fernando Alonso", where she graduated as a professional Ballet dancer and a certified Teacher. After graduating she was accepted as an apprentice in the National Ballet Company in Mexico City, she then muved to NYC to join the Joffrey Concert Group where she performed choreographies by George Balanchine like Serenade and Valse Fantasie and also Gerald Arpino like Light Rain and Suite Saint Saëns , two years after she moved to Cleveland Ohio to join the Cleveland Ballet for two years where she performed Ballets like The Nutcrack, A Midsummer night's dream, Alice in wonderland and Coppelia.

Melissa Ferris - Ballet I Instructor

Melissa, born in Virginia, has danced since she was in kindergarten. When she moved to Colorado in 1999, she continued to dance, teach, and perform with Summit School of Dance in Frisco, Art of Dance in Breckenridge, Colorado Center of Dance in Golden, and Studio West Dance Center in Fort Collins. Wherever Melissa lives, the first thing she locates is the local dance studio.


Melissa, a Colorado State University graduate with a BA of Spanish Language Literature and Cultures, also studied in Chile where she learned and performed salsa. Her performance experience also includes Disney World, local Nutcracker productions, a Fundraiser for the Children's Hospital and most recently she was a part of a professional contemporary dance company called Life/Art Dance Ensemble. With them she performed 7-9 times a year at Senior Homes for their community outreach program. 

Melissa is excited to start teaching again, and is looking forward to a great year of teaching Ballet and Music Theater!