Maureen Breeze, President
Maureen Breeze is proud to serve as a founding board member of Ballet Melange and whole-heartedly believes in its mission to support the development of early career artists. When asked why she’s committed to this organization, her response is simple: its unwavering commitment to artistic excellence. In addition to serving on Ballet Melange’s board, Maureen teaches contemporary dance for Ballet Melange and Classical Ballet Academy. Outside of dance, Maureen is an executive coach and professional development trainer for Cultivage and Retreat Reinvent Recharge.
Please see our faculty pages for Ms. Breeze's teaching bio.
Elizabeth Shipiatsky, Artistic Director
Noticing that professional dance companies were evolving in the 2010’s, Ms. Shipiatsky saw a growing need for early career dancers to have diverse skills and performance experience to be competitive in seeking employment. Observing talented, early career dancers receiving inadequate performance opportunities in studio companies or lower-ranking company positions, she envisioned a finishing school and performance company for pre-professional academy graduates. Because professional companies focus on performing she also saw the need for dancers to enter the professional world with penultimate levels of technical prowess, injury prevention, musicality and dance history aptitude, distinguished social skills, as well as performance expertise.
Ms. Shipiatsky began seeking high level faculty with national and international connections in each of their disciplines, and recruited a board of directors team with varied professional skills and passion for the arts. Ballet Melange, a registered 105c3, was officially born in 2018. Ms. Shipiatsky and her carefully acquired teams have created the most complete curriculum, performance possibilities, and networking opportunities for dancers seeking university scholarships or professional contracts. Ballet Melange trainees have received contract offers, awards and recognition, and interest from companies around the world.
Please see our faculty pages for Ms. Shipiatsky’s teaching bio.
Jessica discovered ballet as a supplement to training as a level 10 gymnast. A career ending gymnastics injury redirected her to work in the fitness industry at a national association for personal training and nutrition certification while earning a BS in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she stayed in the fitness industry, but worked on the financial side, managing account executives for American Service Finance. She returned to ballet as an adult studying and teaching at several academies in Colorado and dancing with Ballet Ariel. She transitioned from a costume volunteer to become the Wardrobe Mistress at Classical Ballet of Colorado and later helped Elizabeth Shipiatsky launch Classical Ballet Academy and Ballet Melange. She currently serves as Academy Administrator at CBA and is thrilled to combine her business management, ballet, and costuming skills and passions to help Ballet Melange’s mission as Costume Mistress and Treasurer.
Cindy Manzano is a partner at the law firm of Frascona Joiner Goodman and Greenstein in Colorado with over 26 years of legal experience including business law. Before becoming an attorney, Cindy studied literature and journalism and also sang and danced. Cindy has been on Boards for other organizations and has volunteered as a parent for many years at Classical Ballet Academy and Ballet Melange. She is excited to have joined the Board this year and to see Ballet Melange grow as a bridge for students seeking intensive training and performance experience in order to obtain a professional career.
Cortni Mullin studied and worked in the arts from a young age into adulthood. Acting, dancing and choreographing, on film, and in theater in her adolescence, Cortni went on to study theater at UCF. She performed professionally for Disney and with Terry Schreiber acting school in New York City. Cortni worked as a performer as well as casting national ads, and later becoming an award winning short film producer. Since the birth of her four children, she has transitioned into a career as a small business owner in the field of health and wellness. It was an honor to be asked to join the Ballet Melange Board and be part of its mission to assist young dancers working towards goals of becoming professional dancers.
Madeline Roberts is a former Classical Ballet Academy student, training under the direction of Elizabeth Shipiatsky for nearly a decade. After graduating from Denver School of the Arts and CBA, she attended the University of Colorado – Boulder where she received a degree in both Political Science and Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Madeline has a background in political fundraising as well as public relations and marketing with the Washington Ballet in DC. Currently, she serves as the Operations Coordinator for a member of Congress.