Aubrey Montoya-Nodine

……is from Louisville, Colorado, and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Through her training at Grace Studios and in Expressions Dance Company, Aubrey developed a passion and strong foundation for her pursuits in dance. She has been trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern, tap and many other styles of dance.

Aubrey has had the opportunity to take classes under master teachers such as Brian Friedman, Dave Scott and Barry Youngblood. After high school, Aubrey moved to Albuquerque and began studying journalism and dance at the University of New Mexico.

She has had the opportunity to perform in works by Donna Jewell and Blythe Eden. She expanded her dance styles by taking flamenco and African dance classes, and choreographed works for several student choreography shows at the university.

Aubrey has more than 20 years training and performance experience in jazz, ballet and other styles, and she has more than 5 years teaching experience for ages 3 to 18. Aubrey’s style is adapted from a dynamic relationship between control and freedom, creating a fun yet potent atmosphere for dance.

She takes her style of choreography from her diverse background in dance and her strong foundation in jazz. Her technique focuses on what is safe for the body, but still delivers fantastic results. Outside of dance, Aubrey is a writer and photographer, and loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters, and their dog. She loves seeing all kinds of performances and forms of art, and loves the diversity of dance seen in Albuquerque.

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When did you first know you wanted to be a dancer and how did you come to know it?
My mom says I would dance instead of walk as a toddler, so dance classes seemed like a natural fit for me. When I was 3 she put me in my first ballet class, and the rest is history! Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Modern and many other dance forms followed, and I’ve spent my whole life as someone who loves to pursue their passion for dance in any way possible.

Who was the teacher or mentor who most inspired you when you were growing up and what did you learn from that person?
My teachers at Expressions Dance Company and at Grace Studios in Colorado were most important to my formative years in dance. I especially appreciate how much my teachers did to make it a fun and enjoyable experience, even though we were working hard and learning a lot I always loved it and I always enjoyed my time in the studio. I loved the family environment that was created to really nurture a child’s love for dance. My teachers created such a strong foundation for me I really felt comfortable jumping into any situation once I left, and that is one of the reasons I was able to try so many different styles in college. I wasn’t afraid to because I was always so encouraged there, I knew I could learn more by trying it.

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