MEET THE DANCERS

KIM CHOTVACS

Growing up in a gymnastics gym, Kim’s love and need for movement began at the age of 3.  She had a passion for tumbling and swinging and running with little focus on dance, most likely due to both her shyness and pull towards the exhilaration of acrobatics. Continuing with gymnastics on the side through her undergraduate studies, Kim bumped into the breakdancing club at CSU and began training (though never performed) with the crew.  Upon graduation she discovered a new found desire to move with expression, as a creative outlet, and sought adult dance classes once back in Steamboat. Starting with belly and hip hop, Kim continued on to fall in love with aerial silks and modern/ballet movement. Kim has enjoyed the past 4 years of performing and meeting lovely counterparts with Steamboat Dance Theatre, including co-producing and co-choreographing in 2017.  She is beyond thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the forty/106 dance project.  As a BS degree with a strong background in the rigid sport of gymnastics, Kim is continuing to expand in the beauty and freedom that comes as she opens up to coloring outside the lines with dance.

LORYN KASTEN

Loryn Kasten started dancing at the age of 3 in the Denver metro area with a love and focus on Ballet. She began performing with the David Taylor Dance Theater at age 6 in performances of The Nutcracker. At age 10 Loryn became a Jr. Apprentice in the David Taylor Dance Theater studying under Bobbie Jaramillo, Lynelle Mossholder and David Taylor; performing roles in Les Sylphides, Coppelia, too many Nutcrackers to count and more. After DTDT, Loryn trained under Carol Roderick with Classical Ballet Ensemble and attended summer intensives at Aspen/Santa Fe and Perry Mansfield before moving away from the dance world at 18. Since then, Loryn has participated in dance programs at Boulder Ballet and University of Colorado, as well as taking classes in Durango and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Loryn participated in the 2017 Steamboat Dance Theater Annual Community Dance Concert which reinvigorated her love of performing and lead her to Forty106. “I am thrilled to be surrounded by creative artists who are constantly pushing the boundaries and sharing the arts with audiences new and old.”

 

-          Loryn

JESSICA LEBLANC

Jessica grew up near Atlanta and began dancing at a young age.  Dance was her passion until high school when team sports took precedence.  After the completion of her undergraduate studies, she travelled to India where she rekindled her love of dance.  In 2004, as part of her graduate work in education, she developed circle dances and various types of movement with children.  Jessica continues to dance with children in her Montessori classroom.  Jessica joined Steamboat Dance Theater in 2016 and danced in a modern piece with Meg.  In addition to modern dance, she loves taking classes in hip hop as well.

MANDY QUINONES

Mandy is a Routt County Native who has always had a strong interest in the dance community. She has participated in a multitude of dance classes offered in Steamboat- including jazz, jazz funk, contemporary, modern, aerial, hip hop, Tahitian, and African. Mandy now teaches beginner hip hop in an effort to encourage  new dancers to join the ever growing dance community in Steamboat. She has been actively involved in Steamboat Dance Theatre for four years. In that time she's choreographed for the organizations Annual Community Dance Concert two years, produced the show for two years, and sat on the board for one year. 

It was through Steamboat Dance Theatre that Mandy met Meg Southcott and experienced Modern dance for the first time. Forty106 has been an incredible opportunity for Mandy to extend out of her comfort zone and explore new movement as well as learn more foundation and dance technique. 

VALERIE STAFFORD

Valerie grew up dancing in her hometown of Ventura, CA.  Eventually she went away to school earned a masters degree in Interior Design while studying in Florence Italy and established herself as Co-Owner and Lead Designer at Rumor Design + reDesign, LLC in Steamboat Springs, CO. Unfortunately, college and post university life did not include dance and there was 10 year gap in her dance career. Feeling as though her favorite creative outlet was missing, she joined Steamboat Dance Theater in 2004 and started all over with dance. Since then, Valerie has danced in 13 productions, choreographed for 3 different shows and was a co-producer for the 2016 concert. She continues to take local classes in jazz, hip hop, contemporary and modern whenever possible and has been committed to working with the Forty106 Dance Project since its inception. “Dance is restorative for me, it pushes me physically and mentally.  There is no time like the present moment when I am dancing. There is energy in synchronizing with the other dancers and a sense of freedom when surrendering to the movement itself.”