Staff of the Month- Miss Melissa

Read below to learn more about dance teacher and Marketing Director, Miss Melissa!

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher? 

A: I wanted to teach young girls in a way that builds confidence and self-worth! I knew I could effectively teach them with my training and knowledge while bringing my own methods to the classroom!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A:  Play with my 3 crazy dogs and go to the mountains with my fiancee, Matt!

Q: Did you have a favorite teacher in your dance career? Is there anything you do in your class to emulate that person?

A:  One of my favorite teachers was my tap teacher, Miss Carla! She made me fall in love with tap and I think about her all the time when I teach!

Q: If you could teach your students a life lesson what would it be?

A:  Embrace your uniqueness! What makes you different makes you special! And most importantly LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF!

Q: What are you most excited for this season with MOVE by Morelli?

A:  I can’t wait to watch my students on stage at the recital! Looking back at where they were at the beginning of the season and then watching them shine on stage is my favorite!

Q: If you were a flavor of ice cream what would you be and why?

A: I would be raspberry sorbet because it is bold, bright, and…. i’m lactose intolerant LOL

Staff of the Month- Mr. Kevin

Read below to learn more about our amazing music instructor, Mr. Kevin!

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher? 

A:  To spread the wonder of music!   We need more music our lives, period.  It’s like a secret language that anyone can learn and I really enjoy being both a student and teacher.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A:  Getting outside.  Camping and hot springs might be my favorite combination.  I also like bringing my field recorder and then using the sounds as a basis for electronic music composition.  

Q: Did you have a favorite teacher in your music career? Is there anything you do in your class to emulate that person?

A:  Probably my longtime bandmate, David.  You can learn a lot from people you work with, usually though osmosis.  I try and emulate his humor.

Q: If you could teach your students a life lesson what would it be?

A:  Be yourself.  Go exploring.  Find your voice.    There is so much in this world to appreciate and get involved in.

Q: What are you most excited for this season with MOVE by Morelli?

A:  Next Level music is really exciting this year.  They are really learning how to play together as a unit and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Q: If you were a flavor of ice cream what would you be and why?

A: Peanut butter chocolate caramel pecan in a waffle cone.  Why?  Because life is short so might as well fill it up with the good stuff.

Music Recital TBT!

We could not be prouder of how well our students performed at the Winter Music Recital just a few short weeks ago! We know that it takes a lot of courage to get up on the stage alone or in a small group and these kiddos rose to the occasion! Thank you for your support, trust, and continued business! We are overjoyed to share the performing arts with you!

Please enjoy this adorable clip of our ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ class performing “Hard Knock Life”!

Staff of the Month- Miss Lindsey

Read below to read more about our amazing dance and yoga teacher Miss Lindsey Judd!

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher? 

A: I was graduating high school and needed extra $, plus I enjoyed dancing and hanging out with kiddos.


Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A:  Eat, sleep, play with my dogs, hang with my friends, family, boyfriend, yoga, run, snowboard, sew, write, drink hot tea & read.


Q: Did you have a favorite teacher in your dance career? Is there anything you do in your class to emulate that person?

A:  One of my favorite teachers is Alexa Silvaggio because she is so comfortable and truly authentic while teaching. She also makes me laugh so hard. I do try to emulate her by being silly and trying to get my students to laugh more often.


Q: If you could teach your students a life lesson what would it be?

A:  Sit/dance in the front, remain open, ask questions, smile and befriend those who inspire you.


Q: What are you most excited for this season with MOVE by Morelli?

A:  Seeing the kids on stage at Recital!


Q: If you were a flavor of ice cream what would you be and why?

A: Vegan Pumpkin Pie ice cream from Sweet Action in Denver

Click here to read Miss Lindsey’s professional bio!

Staff of the Month- Ms. Christie

Read below to learn more about our amazing Financial Director, Christie Piper! 

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: Getting to know all the families at Move By Morelli.


Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Spend time with my family and friends,  go shopping (and talk on the phone to Ms. Margo)


Q: What is your favorite memory from growing up dancing?

A: How fun it was to participate in the dance recitals.


Q: What flavor of ice cream best describes your personality and why?

A: Pistachio Ice cream because I am a nut. 

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Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?

A: My Daughter Danielle is graduating from High school this year.

MOVERS AND GROOVERS- SASHA ESTES

Sasha Estes was chosen by her teachers this month because she has grown leaps and bounds and is incredibly respectful to her peers and teachers in class! We asked Sasha “what moves you?” and we love her answer!

Dance Recital- more than just sequins and smiles

It’s that time of year again! Sequins, rhinestones, tutus and hair bows make us jump for joy, but what is the recital really all about? We asked our MOVE by Morelli teachers about their favorite memories from growing up dancing and each one of them mentioned getting on stage at the dance recital. Recital is about working towards goals, overcoming nerves, feeling the adrenaline of live performance and expressing yourself in front of family and friends.

Though recital seems like a lifetime away, these dancers begin preparing recital routines in January and February! In this time dancers completely transform into polished performers through hard work and dedication. We feel that working on recital pieces teaches our students skills that last a lifetime. Miss Melissa explains, “I learned SO much about hard work and perseverance through dance. There are times in my dance journey where my goals felt miles away but by pushing through and taking chances I developed self- confidence and skills that I use in my adult life. At recital I would leave the stage with such a sense of accomplishment”. Learning an entire two- minute piece while practicing how to enter and exit the stage, change formations, and perform can be overwhelming, but it can also provide students with an extreme sense of accomplishment when they finally see their hard work pay off!

While working on recital dances, our staff dedicates themselves to helping our students develop into confident performers. Though we offer a lot of correction and training to perfect a routine, our ultimate goal is to see a child take the stage with pride and self-confidence. Stepping onto the stage can be intimidating, but year after year we see our students rise to the occasion knowing they have a community of support behind them! Even the tiniest of dancers get on stage with butterflies in their stomach and blow us away with all that they have learned. We love that our MOVE students can learn how to put themselves out there, take chances, conquer fears, and surprise themselves in a loving and supportive atmosphere!

So what does stepping out onto the stage actually feel like? The adrenaline rush of live performance is like nothing else and is something that our dancers will never forget! The feeling of excitement starts while waiting in the wings to take the stage, hoping you remember your steps and wondering where your family is sitting. Once the lights hit and your music begins, muscle memory takes over, allowing the steps to flow freely. Though the audience is dark and you can only make out silhouettes, the energy from the crowd feels encouraging and empowering. The only way to describe the feeling of being on stage is magic!

Dance is about passion, art, and community and it is a beautiful thing to see young dancers share that with their family and friends. After working so hard all year, feeling the energy of the stage and the love of family provides our recital participants with an intangible feeling that will last a lifetime in their memory. There is no greater feeling as an educator than to see a student grow and believe in themselves and we are so glad that the parents of these incredible students get to feel the same pride at recital. We can’t wait for another year and can’t wait to share this special time with all of you!

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