• Director/Owner

    Jessica Strong
    • Jessica Strong

      Jessica Strong


      I founded Dance Exploration with a goal to bring educational dance classes to children in schools around the Denver Metro Area. After 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of instilling a love for dance in thousands of students.

      Dance Education 100 %
      Curriculum Development 100 %
      Childhood Development 100 %
  • Program Directors

  • Jenny Mather

    Broadway Exploration Program Director
  • Account Managers

  • Brittney Orbeck

    Denver Account Manager
  • Lauren Wullbrandt

    Castle Rock Account Manager
  • Educators

  • Alexis

    Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Cortney

    Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Gabrielle

    Dance Exploration & Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Kat

    Dance Exploration Educator
  • Madeline

    Dance Exploration & Yoga Exploration Educator
  • Marcus

    Dance Exploration Educator (Hip Hop)
  • Riley

    Broadway Exploration Educator
  • Samantha

    Dance Exploration Educator

Jenny has been performing on stage since as long as she can remember. She found her true passion in musical theater when she performed as a munchkin in Wizard of Oz at the age of 7. Since then, she just can’t get enough. You can find Jenny performing professionally all over the Denver Metro area. She is so excited to join Dance Exploration as the Theater Director. She can’t wait to make a positive difference in children’ lives through the arts. As a child, theater brought her joy, passion, self-esteem, and confidence. It also taught her the values of teamwork and acceptance. Jenny looks forward to sharing all of this magic that theater promotes with your children!

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Lauren manages the account for our classes hosted through the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center.

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Cortney is a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and has been sharing the joy and benefits of yoga through teaching since 2019. She approaches each class with gratitude and embraces that this is an experience for her students to carry with them throughout their day, week, etc. Her goal is to share in the playfulness of yoga, for students to draw attention to their bodies and breath.

Gabby grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she trained in gymnastics, jazz, ballet, modern dance, and yoga. She received Bachelor’s degrees in dance and biology from the University of Maryland, and she danced professionally in New York City for 2 years post-graduation, performing with companies including: Pearson Widrig Dance Theater, Orange Grove Dance, and Nicole Colbert Dance. She has been teaching dance in after school programs for the past 5 years,and she loves cultivating both creativity and critical thinking skills in her classes. Having moved to Denver a few months ago, Gabby can’t wait to start teaching for Dance Exploration, and she is excited to meet her students! Gabby will be teaching Creative Yoga at the Ricks Center for Gifted Children.

Kat is new to the Denver area as she is currently a new trainee of Kim Robard's Modern Dance Company. She has been dancing since the age of two and has studied all genres of dance including ballet, modern, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, irish step, highland, improv, musical theatre, and character. Originally from the Chicagoland suburbs, she attended Alma College in Alma Michigan on scholarship where she received her B.A in dance performance. Along with her passion for dance, she has been teaching and choreographing for the past 8 years as well. Kat has attended ACDA for two years in her college career, and also attended ADF in Durham, North Carolina on scholarship where she centrally studied modern dance, improv, and hip hop. She also had attended and performed in the past Kim Robard's Modern Dance Summer Intensive the past 2 years. Kat currently models for several various dance projects, has been involved in many performances around Colorado including shows/ projects such as Ethereum Modern Dance Company, Millennium Dance Complex Denver, is a current back up dancer for No Doubt Tribute Band "Just A Girl", has choreographed a full- length show, and has had choreography recognized by public in relating to topics in bullying. She’s teaching and guest teaching at several studios throughout Colorado and hopes to continue her growth in dancing in her new home.

Maddy grew up in Tucson Arizona where she has trained for most of her life in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and much more. She has been all around the U.S. to compete and perform. She has about 5 years teaching experience in not only dance but art as well. She loves to bring the joy of the arts to her students, as well as develop confidence and compassion. She is so excited to begin teaching with Dance Exploration and can't wait to meet her future students.

Marcus has been teaching for 5 years and is 21 years old. He is a dancer and choreographer in the Denver area and teaches at multiple studios in the city. He also directs a crew out of Pueblo, Colorado (Southpaq) and is a member of a Denver crew as well (COhe One Motive). Marcus aims to inspire kids to love dance as much as he does and give as much knowledge as he can to help people succeed in dance. Marcus is excited to join the team because of all the new kids he can meet and hopefully leave an impact on.

Wm. Riley Holmes has BFA in Musical Theatre from Colorado Mesa University and is thrilled to be working with Dance Exploration. Having studied improv for several years in college, he hopes to be able to help children understand the fun and joy that can be found in improv comedy. Riley is looking forward to teaching these fundamentals of the arts in his first ever formal teaching job. When he's not teaching, you an find him doing shows around town in venues such as Vintage Theatre and Town Hall Arts Center.

Samantha had a passion for dance at an early age, but didn’t start training til adulthood, proving that it is never too late. With a degree in Early Childhood Education, and 16 years of Dance experience, Samantha is looking forward to bringing the 'whole child' education philosophy to her classes through dance. She is excited to join the Dance Exploration team so that she can inspire others to follow their passions, and begin their love of dance.