Elizabeth Marberry, Owner & Instructor
Elizabeth Marberry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. In addition to performing internationally in India, France and Japan, Elizabeth was a featured dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines. Next Elizabeth moved to Chicago where she performed with K-Theory, Valerie Alpert Dance Company, The Collective, the Chicago Honey Bear Dancers and Beast Women. Her choreography has been presented at Marymount Manhattan College, the Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC, Rebound Dance in Chicago, Links Hall, Prop Theatre, Lifeline Theatre and the Athenaeum Theatre. She is also the founder of From the Hip Dance Project, a professional dance company in Chicago.
In August 2009, Elizabeth moved to Boulder to marry the love of her life and started Wedding Dance Coach in 2010. When Elizabeth is not dancing she enjoys spending time with her family, doing hot yoga, drinking lattes, traveling, reading, making quiche, eating brunch, drinking wine, hiking, and playing with her miniature poodle (Albert).
With over fifteen years of professional teaching experience and after working with hundreds of wedding couples, she looks forward to sharing her energy and passion for dance with you.
Dennis Severson, Instructor
Dennis started dancing as an adult, learning to tap dance. He has studied with a wide variety of instructors and performed in showcases and competitions across Colorado and the West. His love of tap dance led him to explore various styles of ballroom, latin, swing dance and more! Dennis recently choreographed a salsa routine for the 2013 and 2014 Colorado Ballet Auxiliary’s gala fundraising event, where his dance was featured in the “Dancing With Our Stars” competition. He works mainly with our Denver clients and has choreographed over 300 fabulous wedding dance routines. Dennis loves creating unique dances for each couple, delighting them and engaging their guests! He also enjoys road cycling, working out at the gym, and going out dancing with his wife.
Maren Waldman, Instructor
Maren is a dance fanatic! She’s a choreographer, performer, scholar, educator, entrepreneur, and recently graduated with her MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She’s especially interested in dance as healing and is investigating ways dance inspires action for a more sustainable world. She’s trained professionally in many dance forms, most recently Modern, Jazz, Ballet, House, and Transnational Fusion. Maren fell in love with swing dance in 1998, and hasn’t stopped since! She specializes in all varieties of Swing Dance, Salsa, and she is also trained in Waltz, Foxtrot, Two-step, Night-club Two-step, and Tango. Her favorite thing is to apply her vast background to design a dance that’s perfect for her clients. When she’s not dancing, you might find her cooking, hiking, writing, trying to grow a successful garden, singing, and/or sitting under a tree. With over 15 years of professional experience teaching dance, she especially loves welcoming beginners to this magical world.
Lee Shaughnessy, Instructor
Lee’s love of dance started early as so many little girls do. Enrolled in ballet in Idaho Falls, she loved the sparkly costumes and fancy hairdos her mom labored to create for her recitals. When she moved as a child back to the California Bay Area, she studied ballet at the Peninsula Ballet Theater School, and like her classmates, was thrilled at occasional glimpses of their most famous student, Mary Catherine Crosby (years before she starred in Dallas as J.R.’s shooter)! Having spent much of her adulthood “freestyling” her dance moves, Lee and her husband accepted an invitation to an introductory ballroom dance lesson, and twelve years and hundreds of dance routines later, she considers herself a committed dance nut! She especially loves the butterflies and anticipation associated with performing in front of an audience, as well as helping others take on their looming “first dances” with a smile. She believes there is nothing better than helping her couples find the sheer delight of dancing with the person they love most at their big event!
When she isn’t dancing, Lee is the Program Director for a pediatric health foundation, and loves to cook, bicycle, snowshoe, read, and watch movies, especially if they feature great dancing!
Our Teaching Philosophy
We strive to create a relaxing and encouraging environment in which our clients will have a positive dance experience. We believe that in order to learn efficiently, the client must feel comfortable and safe. Our goal is to help you let go of your inner judge and just enjoy the power of movement and expression through dance. Instead of perfectionism, we encourage our clients to explore and not be afraid to make mistakes. With our infectious enthusiasm, you will gain confidence on the dance floor and have FUN doing so.