Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply to the University of Wyoming apply now

Global Resource Navigation

Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW
Limon Dance Company

Our Faculty

Kellye and Keith Saunders, Jacob Mora, Thayne Jasperson, and more will be joining us for the 24th annual Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival in 2019.

     

Keith Saunders

Over a 44-year professional career, Keith Saunders has practiced the art and science of ballet as a performing artist, teacher, ballet master, stager, coach, company director, director of education programs, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant.  A long-time dancer and ballet master with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, he has taught all levels of ballet while serving on the faculties of the DTH School, the BalletMet Dance Academy, the New Ballet School (Ballet Tech), Steps NYC, the 92nd St. Y, the University of Wyoming (Guest Artist-in-Residence), and the Snowy Range Dance Festival.  He has choreographed works at the student, university, and professional levels, and taught innumerable workshops and master classes in studios, schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and abroad.  In 2017, Saunders earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA).  He joined the faculty of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, TX) in 2018.

 

 

Keith Saunders Headshot


       
Kellye Saunders Headshot

Kellye Saunders

Kellye A. Saunders – (Ballet Master, Dance Theatre of Harlem) began her training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.  She continued her dance education with Rosella Hightower at Le Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France, before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem where she rose to the rank of principal dancer.  Ms. Saunders’ featured roles include Firebird, Giselle, Agon, A Song for Dead Warriors, Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, The Moor’s Pavane, Allegro Brillante, and Fancy Free, among many others.  She has also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Red Shoes and Porgy and Bess, and as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, dancing the role of the Striptease Girl in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.  Guest appearances also include Collage Dance Collective, the Washington Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Dance, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera.  Ms. Saunders has extensive experience teaching and coaching dancers at both academic and professional levels.  From 2010-2013, prior to becoming a ballet master at DTH, she served as the project coordinator for Harlem Dance Works 2.0, a choreographic workshop that produced new repertoire for the Dance Theatre of Harlem company.  In 2015, Ms. Saunders graduated Summa Cum Laude from St Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance.

 

 



          

Jacob Mora

Jacob Mora is an artist working within Dance, Theatre, Music and Film. Hailing from the Mile High City of Denver CO, Jacob Mora is the artistic Director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, a 501-c3 non profit company based on urban experiences and human emotions. Jacob graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and recieved B.A. s in both Dance & Theatre, with emphasis in Choreography, Acting, and Performance. As a dancer, Jacob has been with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hannah Kahn Dance, Santee Smith Group and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre. He has had the pleasure of working with Choreographers such as Donald Mckayle, Betty Jones, Ron K Brown, Milton Meyers, David Rousseve, Eleo Pomare, David Dorfman and Lisa Race among many. As a dance artist and choreographer, Jacob pulls from the culture of Hip Hop, and dance cultures. Creating unique scores and Incorporating urban elements, Jacob fuses a unique blend of contemporary and traditional techniques into his work as well.  His work has been seen at conferences, festivals, award ceremonies and university programs. Choreographing and teaching around the Country, He has been on faculty with the University of Wyoming, UNLV  the New York Institute of Dance, as well as guest artist and teacher for many other schools, festivals and institutions.

 

Jacob Mora Headshot


            

Thayne Jasperson Headshot

Thayne Jasperson

Thayne Jasperson is currently part of the hit broadway musical Hamilton! He was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, season 4, continuing on to the national tour. Original Broadway cast: Hamilton, Matilda and Newsies where he received an "Astaire Award" nomination. Thayne originated the role of Porthos for Broadway's Finding Neverland. Other tours include: West Side Story (1st National) and Oz where he played (Scarecrow) along with stars from Danity Kane, Disney Channel and American Idol. Thayne was featured in hit film/ TV shows: High School Musical, HSM 2, Smash and MTV's American Mall. For Thayne's choreographic work he received a rave review from the NY TImes describing his work as "Ingenious!" Thayne continues to sing, dance, act, choreograph and teach whenever the opportunity arises. @thaynejasperson, youtube.com/thaynejasperson

 


Donovan Helma

Since the age of three, Donovan has been dancing under the direction of his family operated dance studio in Aurora, CO.  He currently continues his education through many dance conventions and tap festivals throughout the year.  Donovan teaches and choreographs for multiple competitive studios in the Denver metro area and across the United States.  He has performed on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival.  Donovan has taken the stage with modern tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in the Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory.  He is honored to have toured the North America, Europe, Australia and Africa for 8 years as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. He looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

Headshot of Donovan Helma
Contact Us

Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6122

Email: admin@snowyrangedance.com

Find us on Facebook (Link opens a new window) Find us on Instagram (Link opens a new window)

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Instagram Icon Facebook Icon

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Gainful Employment | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon