Meet Our Team
Missy Morelli - Owner/Director
Missy Morelli grew in Arvada, Colorado. She started dancing and teaching at a very young age. After being a competitive dancer for many years, she decided to pursue a career as a professional dancer. Her first big dance job was a background dancer in Disney's "High School Musical 2" when she was just 15 years old. A week before she turned 18, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. Missy has had the opportunity to appear on "GLEE" off and on for four years, danced with LeAnn Rimes on "America's Got Talent" (AGT), as well as perform on the "AGT" national tour. She was a contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 8, was chosen as the SYTYCD female wildcard of the Season 8 national tour, and danced on "The Voice" just to name a few. It wasn’t until Missy started teaching at one of the best dance studios in the country "The Rage" that she realized how much she missed teaching kids.
In August 2013 Missy Morelli had been living back in Colorado for a year when she purchased the existing business Westwoods Center of Performing Arts. Since becoming owner Missy has worked hard to improve the overall quality of dance and music classes. With over 350 kids, and an amazing staff, Westwoods Center of Performing Arts is place that promotes amazing artists as well as people.
Eric Anduha - Music Instructor
Eric Anduha is a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Denver, Colorado who has studied genres spanning Jazz, to Romani music, to Rock, to Folk on the guitar, piano, violin, drums, bass guitar, and some accordion. Including performance for audience large and small, Eric also has experience with independent music production and engineering. He is currently in the process of earning his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Guitar performance and plans to earn a Masters Degree in the field of Guitar performance.
Beginning guitar at the age of 13, Eric has continued following his musical aspirations for the past 12 years furthering his knowledge in the fields of all things music. Eric attended private instruction for 3 years under local Colorado guitarist Jeremy Barber; during this time he also played in the Jazz Band for Martin Luther King Jr Middle School. Early on Eric discovered Gypsy Jazz and the Blues and has casually studied the genres for nearly 10 years. From there he independently studied various genres of Rock music for a few years, also learning basic drumming and piano as well as independent music production. After moving to the mountains his musical ventures introduced him to fingerpicking Bluegrass and Folk music traditions. After moving back to Denver Eric pursued more ethnic musics such as Klezmer and Romani music which led him to pursue Violin and Accordion, instruments that suit the genres of music more appropriately. Eric has played violin in a local Folk-Punk band from 2012 to the past summer of 2015, as well as a Jazz Combo and is currently enrolled in the Jazz and Improvised American Music program at Metropolitan State University.
Eric’s plans for the future include studying abroad in Germany and France, Eastern-Europe, as well as audition and attend either Berklee College of Music or The Julliard School to pursue a Masters Degree and eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Music.
Janina Dingeman - Dance Instructor
Janina Dingeman, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, began dancing at the age of three, and competing at age eight. She then attended the University of Iowa where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship. There she had the privilege of performing works by Bill T. Jones and faculty members. In her summers she attended Jacob's Pillow and American Dance Festival, once as a performance intern and then as a dancer on scholarship. There she performed a rework of Jerome Robbins's "West Side Story" as a soloist as well as many others. This lead to an apprentice with Pilobolus for two seasons. Janina has done intensives with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pilobolus, American Ballet Theatre on scholarship, The Joffery Ballet on scholarship, and many more. For the past ten years she has taught a wide variety of techniques to all ages and choreographed for companies around the Midwest and Denver Metro Area. She is excited for another great season with Westwoods Center of Performing Arts.
Jenifer Castillo - Dance Instructor
Hey! My name is Jenifer and I am a mom of two little boys ages 2 and 6. They are my world and I love watching them grow everyday! We love to be outdoors, going on trips, having competitions between each other, swimming and just being together as a family!
I have been teaching dance for 15 years. The different types of dance that I have taught have been Tap, Ballet, Poms, Hip-Hop, Ballet/Tap Combo and Lyrical. I was a Colorado Crush Cheerleader and LOVED every minute of it! I have such a passion for teaching kids and watching them grow from the start of when they first come to class. I enjoy seeing the accomplishments the kids make and when they learn something new how quick they catch on and get so excited. I look forward to each and every year meeting new students and getting to know them and their families.
Jonathan Riley - Music Instructor
Mr. Jonathan teaches beginning to advanced piano, voice, and musical theatre. He teaches several group classes at WCPA as well. He graduated from Denver School of the Arts and then continued his education at Colorado State University, taking up piano performance as his primary major.
Mr. Jonathan loves to compose music in his free time. He's had a number of his pieces featured at his high school; in various performances, convocations, and school plays.
In the summer of 2014, Mr. Jonathan was CSU's proud representative for the International Keyboard Odyssiad, earning him free several master classes, as well as an opportunity to work and play alongside several prodigious musicians.
Mr. Jonathan Riley is ecstatic to be on board for yet another year at Westwoods!!
Kevin Larkin - Music Instructor
Kevin Larkin grew up in a musical family in Troy, Michigan and has been teaching at Westwoods since 2011. He began playing piano at an early age and got his first guitar when he was 16. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 2004 with a degree in Structural Engineering. While in college he discovered Celtic and Bluegrass music and began writing songs and performing at open mics. In 2006 he moved to North Mississippi and founded the Mayhem String Band. The bluegrass band performed over 200 shows a year across the country and got to open for BB King and the Avett Brothers. While in the South, Kevin learned the harmonica and accordion and began producing music in the studio. In 2010, after the band decided call it quits, he moved back to Colorado and started Chimney Choir. They have toured all over the country and have performed at Red Rocks, the Arvada Center, and the Bluebird. Their shows usually include dancers, actors, projection and comedy. In 2015, they wrote the full length ballet Boomtown with Denver based dance company Wonderbound. This year, Chimney Choir received the Career Advancement Award Grant from the Colorado Creative Industries and performed at the Governors Award Ceremony.
When not teaching or playing with Chimney Choir, Kevin produces electronic music and likes to go camping in the mountains. He loves Westerns and books about science. Most of all, he loves sharing music with anyone, anytime, and anywhere!
Laura Nass - Dance Instructor and Intensive Company Director
Laura Nass was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. Laura began dancing at a very young age, and grew to be a competitive dancer under the direction of Dance in the Rockies and Danielle Scarafiotti. Laura began classically trained, and grew to favor street styles. Laura transitioned to Boulder, Colorado to dance for the University of Colorado Buffs competitive team. After two years, Laura began coaching the team herself, leading them to National Honors. Laura found her passion for teaching and coaching early on, and since has coached college and high school dance teams, as well as taught at many successful studios all around the Denver area. Through this, Laura has had the opportunity to train with many master instructors and appear in several commercial opportunities such as Coke Red, Mortal Kombat, and Taco Bell to name a few. Laura continues to train with many professionals all over, dancing as a professional member of hip hop crews and contemporary companies, and travels throughout the nation to share her love of dance. Currently, Laura is beyond blessed to work at Westwood’s Center of Performing Arts in Arvada, Colorado as an instructor and as the Company Director of the competitive team, under the ownership of Missy Morelli.
Margo Grieve - Dance Instructor and Teacher Manager
Ms. Margo began dancing at the age of 6 in her home town of Arvada, Colorado. From the moment she stepped foot into the dance studio, she fell in love with the art. She then began to teach and train in 1994 at the studio where she took lessons as a child. She was able to study under exceptional choreographers like, Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Marguerite Derriks and many more in the industry. While teaching full time Margo received a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Holistic Health. Margo also choreographed regional and national level routines in Lyrical, Tap and Jazz. She has also coached and choreographed for many local high school pom and cheer squads and performance groups in the area. She only stopped teaching briefly when she and her husband, Joe, had their three beautiful children, Joey, Grace and Wyatt. When Grace began to dance, Ms. Margo jumped, enthusiastically back into the Dance world and hasn’t stopped bringing her energy to WCPA since she entered the doors.
Melissa Cooper - Dance Instructor
Melissa Cooper was born and raised in Santa Clarita, California where she started dancing at the age of three. Her love of dance grew quickly and she began competing on the highly competitive company at Dance Studio 84 and went on to dance for the national champion Hart Dance Team. In 2009 Melissa moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a degree in History. After getting settled in Colorado, Melissa knew there was a hole in her life where dance should be and she began teaching as much as possible. She has taught at many studios in Colorado, is a staff member at National Dance Alliance, and has been coaching poms for 3 years. After years of teaching, she has developed a passion for helping dancers understand how to use their body in a way that makes sense to them. Melissa loves to challenge dancers to constantly improve and work hard while still empowering them and allowing them to develop their confidence. As a teacher, she has come to understand that each dancer learns differently and has worked hard to develop techniques that her dancers can relate to. In 2013 Melissa's hard work paid off when she was recognized with NDA's “Best Teacher” Award after her first season with the company. Though she loves to perform and fine tune her own craft as a dancer, Melissa has a true passion for teaching that she loves to share with dancers of all ages. Melissa is so excited to be working at WCPA!
Raul Orozco - Dance Instructor
Raul Orozco began his training in Phoenix, Arizona under Slawomir Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy. He then went on to continue his training at Houston Ballet Academy on partial scholarship for summer and year round programs. After completion, Raul began preparing for YAGP with the coaching of Slawomir Wozniak where he went on to compete Peasant Pas De Deux and placed first in Denver. Raul then proceeded to the final in New York. Later, Raul received an offer in the studio company at Colorado Ballet and has since then danced with Colorado Ballet, Zikr Dance Ensemble, and performed in various guest performances.
Scott Clements - Music Instructor
As a multi-instrumentalist, Scott encourages his students to explore the many creative facets of music making from songwriting to improvisation. He delights in seeing his student’s eyes light up as they strum their first chord, coordinate their hands with the piano, or sing their first harmony. Scott has been teaching piano, guitar, and voice lessons at WCPA since 2012 and specializes in classical, jazz and popular music. While maintaining fun and engaging lessons, Scott shares his creative approach to building a strong foundation of musical comprehension from note reading to theoretical concepts to fine-muscle training. But most of all, Scott gets down to the heart of the matter which is the joy of playing music.
Vickie Morelli - Office Staff
Christie Piper - Office Manager
Hi I'm Christie Piper I am the office manager at WCPA. I have lived in Arvada all my life. I am married and have 4 kids 1 boy and 3 girls. My three girls have all danced at WCPA since the age of 3. I have worked at WCPA for 9 years and I love my job.
Vickie Morelli has been involved in all aspects of dance studio life. She is the proud mom of six, including two dancers. Her daughter Meghan is one of the captains of the University of Northern Colorado dance team, and of course Missy who owns WCPA. Vickie and Rick have been married for 26 years and also are blessed with two grandchildren. Vickie began dancing at the age of three and trained extensively in ballet, tap and jazz at the Andrej Palinsky Studio of Dance. At the age of 11 Vickie auditioned and was accepted into the Flint Ballet Theater. At the age of 15 Vickie began teaching dance and continued to teach for over 30 years. The challenge of teaching the youngest dancers has always been her passion. In addition she has taught ballet, tap, jazz and turns and leaps classes. Vickie has choreographed and trained mini and junior competition teams who were awarded numerous regional and national top ten high score awards. When her daughter Missy was young Vickie attempted to sew her first dance costumes and hasn’t stopped sewing for the last twenty years. Her costume designs have been seen on High School and College dance teams. She has sewn competition costumes for many Colorado dance studios and has even had the honor of winning the National “Best Costume Award”. Working at the front desk for Westwoods Center of Performing Arts is fun for Vickie who just enjoys being around the fantastic kids of WCPA!