Dance Express Board of Directors: 2017/18
"We commit to encouraging joy and inclusion in the dance arts through authentic action."
Candace Leczel, President
Originally from California and raised in Colorado; B.A. in Psychology, 2012 from the University of Wyoming . Current Staffing Manager with an internationally-based firm. Dancing since she was 4 years old, she has a passion for the arts. Volunteer with troupe for choreography and movement since 02/15. Board member since 9/16
"I serve Dance Express because I believe in creative arts as a way of expression for people of all abilities. I see the joy and dedication our dancers have, and feel inspired to learn and grow with them."
Colleen Del Monte, Secretary
Retired Special Education/Elementary teacher; current substitute teacher in Poudre School District; former owner choreographer/instructor of the Aurora Dance Studio, Aurora, Illinois; BS at Northern Illinois University; MA at University of Northern Colorado; ESL Endorsement at Regis University. Member since 9/06
"I serve on the board to celebrate dance, inclusion, and diversity and topromote our mission of improving people's lives through creative dance experiences."
Lisa Nuttall, Dancer Representative
Employee at Wendy's Restaurants in Loveland since 2001; active member of King of Glory Church; Dance Express troupe member since 1997; contributing committee member for fundraisers and outreach. Front Range Community College coursework and pianist. Dancer Representative since 4/02
"Dance Express is a highlight of my life. I serve on the board to help people learn more about the dancers and the performances of Dance Express."
From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Evergreen, Colorado in 2012, and now Fort Collins; a senior at Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies graduating May 2018. Works at Foothills Gateway Inc. and with Cooper Home Learning 4 Living; direct care provider; dancer and poms dance team in high school and at CSU; vice president of Mortar Board National Honor Society at CSU.
"Serving on the board allows me to combine my two passions: dance and working with adults with disabilities for living a life they love."
Originally from Wyoming, Alyssa recently returned to Colorado from Alaska. Alyssa has danced since the age of six, practiced massage therapy for 16 years, and holds a Masters in anthropology. She is currently back at CSU in the department of Human Development and Family Studies preparing to apply to the Occupational Therapy Program in fall of 2018. Alyssa's past research has focused on dance as a human activity that binds people cross-culturally, throughout time and space.
"I serve Dance Express because I believe dance fulfills an undeniable human need to express oneself through artistic movement. Every human being has the right and ability to share meaningful movement, individually and collectively, with the world. It is my privilege to be a part of Dance Express."