Second Street Dance Company
The Premiere Jazz Company of Pueblo Colorado
Becky Thompson Owner/ Director
Becky Thompson Owner and Director of Second Street Dance Company, has her degree in Public Relations along with a Professional Dance Teaching Certification . She has had 30+years of Dance experience and danced professionally across the U.S. Becky is from Southern California and danced with the San Diego Performing Arts Company a Ballet/ Jazz Company for several years . Her love for teaching and passion for the arts led her to open her first dance school in Westcliffe Colorado with the mission to encourage dance for every age and level student, while also a believer in active community service and love for the whole person. She is mother to 2 children and lives in Canon City with husband and children. She sees her studio as a place where students and staff can come together with their talents to create a family like no other. "Thank you for being a part of SSDC, and allowing us to foster your child's passion for dance."
Kristi Merriam/ Instructor
Kristi brings a great edge to Contemporary dance. Although she is a native of Colorado she has traveled throughout her dance career. Trained in all styles, her training includes some amazing names. She has trained under Zetta Alderman & Patsy Swayze with the Colorado Jazz Dance Company. She attended Gus Giordano in Chicago along with many other companies. She received dance scholarships from University of Arizona and University of Utah. She traveled with Joe Tremaine and assisted for the one and only Doug Caldwell. Training at Millennium dance and the Edge in LA were some of the best times in her life. She brings a vast knowledge to our students here at SSDC. Dance has always been her home and her voice. She is the mother of 2 daughters and resides here in Pueblo West.
Saundra Gerstmeyer/ Instructor
Saundra has been with Second Street Dance Company since it's inception here in Pueblo West. Her extensive training in all styles, Ballet, Jazz, Tap for over 40 years has lead to her ultimate passion of inspiring and instructing our tiny ones and adults. She has trained under Jon Zerby Tappers, Jesse Salve , Ballet la Juennesse -under the direction of Miss Natalie Claire. She has trained in the profound Debbie Reynolds Studio and with Joe Bennett at Joe Tremaine’s studio for several years. Her teachings include teaching at Universities and having her own studio in Burbank California. Saundra was a competitive dance judge for many years and traveled the country before settling here in Colorado.
Anneliese Carlson/ Instructor
Anneliese is a Colorado Native. She moved to Pueblo, Colorado. Very soon after arriving in Pueblo, Anneliese became immersed in the local dance community, beginning with His School of Dance, followed by 9 years of training and performing with the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center School of Dance. Anneliese studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, and jazz under the tutelage of a number of prestigious names in ballet and contemporary. Anneliese’s repertoire includes the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, the Black Swan in Stephen Wynne’s contemporary Swan Lake, Paquita in Paquita, Marie Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, as well as numerous other contemporary and ballet pieces. In 2017, Anneliese graduated with an Associate’s of Art degree from Pueblo Community College. She brings Vaganova style Ballet to our students and instills with love the very foundation of dance.
James Mason/ Instructor
With a flair for Hip Hop style, we are so excited to welcome James to SSDC. James has over 15 years extensive training and coaching in Gymnastics and Acrobatic arts. He trains our students in Hip Hop style dance and movement along with Tumbling/Gymnastics. Working with our students on their personal flexibility and agility, encouraging our students to possess self reliance & self confidence. James will graduate from Pueblo Community college with a degree in arts and psychology. Students often refer to James as the dance man! James also works with both recreational students and competitive level students.
He brings an amazing non studio Hip Hop culture to our students here at SSDC!
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