Staff of the Month- Ms Vickie

Ms Vickie is the Creative Director here at MOVE by Morelli! Read below to learn more about her:

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: What I love most about my job is working with my daughters and goofing around with the kiddos at the studio! 


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

A: In my free time my favorite thing to do is to cook big family  dinners and spend time with all of our adult children, their spouses, and significant others. I also love going to watch my youngest play hockey all over the country.


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

A: My favorite memory dancing was performing with a professional ballet company en pointe when I was 12. It was magical! President Ronald Reagan’s son was a principal dancer and it was the first time I had custom made costumes, which inspired me to learn to sew!


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

A: Moose tracks is the best ice cream ever! It reminds me of spending summers in northern Michigan, and I feel like I’m a non-fussy, no nonsense midwesterner at heart.

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

A: This year I am hoping to spend even more time traveling with my husband. We always go places like Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago to watch our son. I think we are due for a trip somewhere warm with a beach! 

Staff of the Month- Miss Allie

Miss Allie is a music teacher here at MOVE by Morelli! Read more about her below:

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher? 

A:  I teach because I love sharing music with kids who are passionate, especially about singing. I remember the feeling of being really excited to go into my voice lessons each week, and I love seeing that enthusiasm in my students.

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

A:  I love practicing yoga, going hiking, dancing around my kitchen to funk and jazz music, writing songs, and playing shows up around Boulder!

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

A:  My favorite teacher has been my high school voice teacher.  I use many of her exercises in my warm-ups and teach from her foundational techniques!

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

A:  To all my students, I would say: You are good enough.  Believe in yourselves.  You are ROCKSTARS.  Seriously: believe in your ability to be anything you want to be. 

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

A:  I am most excited for Shanna’s Songwriting workshop this spring break!!! 

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

A:  I would definitely be mint chocolate chip. Refreshing, colorful… with a suprising little crunch!

Read Allie’s professional bio here

Staff of the Month- Miss Janina

Miss Janina is a teacher and The Club Director here at MOVE by Morelli! Read below to learn more about her:

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher? 

A: I wanted to share my love of dance with others, and the best answer I could come up with was to teach dance.  I also am a kid at heart that thought it would be so fun to teach kids every day.  So thankful I get to call this my job!

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

A:  I love to be outside and am a thrill seeker.  Count me in for anything that has to do with hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, etc.  I spend a lot of time with Clayton (my husband), my dog Ava, and my friends.  I also am a huge reader and spend a lot of free time reading.  

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

A:  The teacher that had the most impact on me was a college professor I had all four years, he was also my advisor.  I had never had a teacher before call me out for not working hard enough (I thought I was but turns out I could push myself more) and he forced me to really think about who I was as a dancer and individual.  He was a teacher that made everyone work hard, but those classes were always the most fun.  He also really listened when any of us were struggling and needed to talk through something.  I try to make class fun (I love to crack a bad joke) while stilling pushing my students to their full potential.  I also try and be someone they can come to for anything, I always want to help whether it has something to do with dance or not.  

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

A:  Be patient with yourself.  Hard work will pay off but it is not always immediate.  It’s okay to fail sometimes, that’s where we learn the most about ourselves. 

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

A:  Recital! It’s my favorite to see everyone on stage showing off all the hard work they have put in all season.  I love to see the growth in the students I have taught for years.  Every year they get better, and I’m always so impressed by them. 

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

A:  Mint chocolate chip-it’s a strong flavor but the chocolate chips make it fun 🙂

Staff of the Month- Miss Missy

Missy Morelli is the owner and Director here at MOVE by Morelli! Read below to find out more about her:

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher? 

A: I didn’t know I wanted to be a teacher until I was living in LA, and was presented an opportunity to teach at The Rage Dance Complex. It was an ultra competitive studio, and I took over the competition director role while the other director was out on maternity leave. It was then I fell in love with teaching. I loved the way I could engage with the kids, the way I could see growth overtime, and the way they challenged me. Teaching kind of fell into my lap, but boy oh boy I’m sure glad it did!

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

A:  I enjoy lots of stuff in my free time!  Hanging out on the couch with my doggies, cooking in my new instant pot (I’m obsessed), going to restaurants (I’m a total foodie), going to movies, being outdoors, hanging out with my friends and family, yoga at corepower, and absolutely dying at Orange Theory! Oh, and traveling:)

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

A:  Sarah Tallman had a huge impact on me growing up, which is why it’s so special to have her teaching at MOVE by Morelli. Who would have thought that my favorite teacher 15+ years ago, would be teaching at my studio someday! I was always mesmerized by the way she would demonstrate so much. I think that’s part of the reason I’m so full out in my classes. I’m also way better at showing than explaining, which is something I’m still working on. 

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

A:  That you have to work hard to get what you want, and to keep what you want. I always strived to be the hardest worker in the room when I was training as a kid, and I’m still that way with my business. I may not be in the studio everyday, but I can guarantee that I’m on my computer working somewhere:) 

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

A:  To have our first dance recital with the new name! I just love how recital is such a party – celebrating all the growth that takes place over the season, and I think it’s going to be that much sweeter with a new vibe. 

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

A: Well my boyfriend always makes fun of me when we do get ice cream, because I choose the flavors that NO ONE wants. For example, Earl Grey, Blackberry Lavender, and Green Tea are all typical “Missy flavors”. I guess I just have to be different! If you’re wanting weird ice cream that’s ah-mazingggg, go to Sweet Action on South Broadway.

Click here to read Missy’s professional bio on our website!

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”!

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