Veronica is the Director and Choreographer of Esmé Dance Company. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and has been dancing in the community over the past fifteen years. Throughout Veronica’s dance career she has worked with some of the most renowned choreographers in the industry. She has had the opportunity to perform for various artists such as Busta Ryhymes, Chamillionaire, En Vogue, Mya, Bone Thugs and Harmony and B.O.B. Veronica has competed in numerous competitions and has performed on many stages throughout the US. Veronica’s career as an instructor began with Soulfully Driven Dance Company in 2008. Her passion and love for instructing dance,“was found at SD, teaching different styles of dance to all ages.” Veronica continues to instruct and has won several awards for top choreographer in her time as a competitive instructor. Veronica is passionate about sharing her knowledge and talent with othersc . Her vision for Esmé came from wanting to create a place for people from all backgrounds to come together and support and share their love of dance with others.
Daron grew up in Wisconsin and at the age of four took her first dance class. She spent her adolescent years in a show choir group, singing and dancing in competitions. Convinced by her best friend to audition for the Varsity High School Dance Team, Daron made the tryouts and spent all four years dedicated to the team. She became captain in her last two years and says "It was the best last minute decision I ever made to go to tryouts in 8th Grade!" After dancing in high school, Daron went to college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and joined a noncompetitive dance group. She moved to Colorado in 2011 to start her career and joined Esmé Dance Company when it was founded in 2014.
Shannon Worthman is a Colorado native and found Esmé through her older sister, Danielle. Growing up, Shannon was exposed to dance through theater and her mother’s instruction. Tagging along with her mom and sister since she could walk, Shannon has been dancing since the age of 5. From age 11 to 14, she danced competitively for Shelly True Dance Academy. At age 14, Shannon started training at Kim Robards, focusing mainly on ballet and modern dance styles. Shannon managed to continue dancing throughout high school. Shannon is now majoring in Integrative Health Care at Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaches classes for all ages at Gravity Dance Collective, and is a sensory motor coach at Brain Balance Achievement Centers. She currently is an assistant teacher at Gravity Dance Collective and trains four days each week herself. She is drawn to Esmé because of the group’s uplifting mission and the passionate individuals on company.
Courtney started dancing at the age of 3 in Dover, Ohio at Dancing Side by Side Stuido. She continued her study of ballet, tap, and jazz throughout high school and competed in many competitions in the Midwest. Upon entering Kent State University, Courtney continued taking dance classes for college credit and began teaching at a local studio. Dance has always been an integral part of Courtney's life and she was honored to join Esmé in the summer of 2015.
Katie has been dancing for 18 years. She began her career dancing competitively for Robin’s Danceworks in Colorado Springs. At CU Boulder, Katie was a member of the Buff Gold dance team. She has danced professionally for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer), Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse), and Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League). She also enjoys teaching dance, and has taught ages 3-adult in styles including tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, and poms at a number of studios in the Denver area. When she is not dancing, Katie is running a half marathon every month, playing with her Great Dane and her yellow lab, and going to the theater. Katie has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and specializes in helping people with brain and spinal cord injuries. This is Katie’s third season with Esmé and her first experience dancing for a company. She is very excited to share her love for dance and the emotions it can portray with others.
Mae Jones attended dance classes for a few years as a child, later transitioning to karate. In high school, she was a member of NJROTC, Armed and Unarmed Drill, well as physical fitness team. She competed all throughout high school. In fall of 2012 she started her education at Red Rocks Community College. She began as a member of RRCC Dance Club, preforming flash mobs for holiday events and at the RRCC Theater for the end of the semester recitals. Inspired by her fellow club members, Mae choreographed two contemporary ballet/modern duets her first year at RRCC. In the fall of 2013 she began studying under Daniel Heller for Ballet, Mellissa Trader for swing, Nicole Cappelletty for Jazz, and Marilynn De Vries for technique. She has performed with her dance classes and with other student choreographers; Stacey Gibb, Gabby Ranfranz, and Marilynn De Vries. In 2016, Mae joined the RRCC Dance Team and became captain her final year at Red Rocks. Now graduated from RRCC, Mae is continuing to follow her passion for dance through taking classes at Gravity Dance Collective and as an apprentice with Esmé.
Cassandra Weaver was born and raised in Colorado; she started dancing at the age of 3 and grew up at her Mother’s dance studio, Off Broadway Academy of dance. She has been trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for over 25 years; she has also trained in Contemporary and Lyrical for 23 years. Cassandra started assistant teaching at the age of 12 years old and fell in love with it. Cassandra went to Colorado Mesa University where she received her B.A. in Dance. She had the honor of being featured in an Adam Parson Jazz piece and working and dancing pieces choreographed by James Wallace, Holly Lampe and Caitlin Grey. After graduating, Cassandra was privileged to get a teaching job that she loves. Dance is her life, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to be doing what she loves every day!! Esmé is her family and is so happy to be part of the company!
Masha Signaevsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States with her family in 1989. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where she began taking dance classes at the age of 3 at Mark Spivak's Institute. Masha continued to dance and perform until the age of 21. She joined the Mark Spivak's Character Dance Ensemble at the age of 16 which performed and competed regularly. Masha took a break from dance to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and her Master of Science in Forensic Science from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her career in forensics brought Masha to Denver, Colorado in 2016, at which time she realized how much she missed dancing and began taking hip-hop and ballet classes at Gravity Dance collective. Masha joined Esme Dance Company in 2017.
Nicole Cappelletty is the Founder/Owner of Gravity Dance Collective and is excited to be part of Esmé. Nicole started her professional career performing in an African inspired Senior Dance Project at Colorado State University. Her highlights include opening for Busta Rhymes, Chamillionaire, En Vogue, and she is a regular main stage performer for Denver’s Pride Fest. Nicole has also taught for a variety of businesses in the Denver metro area including choreographing competition routines for professional female body builders and instructing classes at various gyms. In 2008, Nicole co-created Soulfully Driven Dance Studio with the goal of providing a positive and encouraging environment for young dancers to train and develop their dance/personal goals. After retiring from Soulfully Driven, Nicole focused on her personal development by exploring different styles of dance. She studied burlesque under Vivienne Vavoom and continues to study belly dancing with Sadie, Kaya, and Mila Popovich. Twenty-two years after taking her first dance class, Nicole still finds joy and love in simple act of movement. She embarks on the adventure of her own studio, Gravity Dance Collective, aspiring to create a community of Dancers expressing their true selves through their beloved dance forms and to create a space that honors the love of the Arts and unites and inspires her community.