Our Founders

Christine Rohde and Douglas Luers are Erie, Colorado residents who believe in the importance of the arts and the value of being a part of a community.  As experienced professionals in both dance education and marketing, we have merged our passions to create reVel dance center.  Christine, Doug, and our adorable dog (Wrigley) are excited to share the joy and artistry of dance with you!  We believe that our students will be encouraged to grow in new ways and expand beyond expectations under the care and expertise of the reVel dance center!! See below for more details on who we are and what we have to offer.

 
 
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Christine M. Rohde
Owner/Founder

 & Artistic Director

Photo provided by Annabelle Denmark Photography

Christine Rohde is originally from Madison, Wisconsin but has made Erie, Colorado to be her home since 2009.    Ms. Rohde holds a BA in Dance from the UW, Stevens Point, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography, from CU Boulder. Christine is an award-winning teacher who is experienced, passionate, and versatile in many dance forms, ages, and abilities.  As an educator she strives to teach in an engaging and joyful way that enhances learning and develops confidence, teamwork, and highly trained dancers.  She has danced professionally for the past twenty years for companies in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Colorado (currently with 3rd Law Dance Theater in Boulder) and has toured nationally and internationally.  As a choreographer Ms Rohde’s work is diverse across multiple genres including concert dance, musical theatre, and opera featured on local, national, and international stages.

A greater in-depth look at Christine's background:

For the past two decades, she has taught at dance studios both locally and around the country, in master workshops around the US and abroad, in public schools, community colleges, for professional dance companies, and at the University Dance Major and minor level.  In 2012, she was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she taught university level dance classes from 2009-2012.  As way of celebrating excellence in education, in 2011, CU Boulder presented her with The Best Should Teach Silver Award.  Her experience in higher education continued when she served as Assistant Professor of Dance at the State University of New York in Potsdam for Dance majors, minors and non-majors from 2013-2014.  Her experience as a guest artist and teacher in residence includes the dance programs at Ursinus College in Philadelphia and at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. 

In addition to her experience as an educator, Christine has also danced professionally for the past twenty years for companies in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Colorado (currently with 3rd Law Dance Theater in Boulder) and is an actively creating choreographer.  Regarding her professional dance career she has performed nationally, including at the Kennedy Center, and internationally in Costa Rica and Korea.  Christine has danced professionally for 3rd Law Dance Theater, Rincones & Company Dance Theater, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (which included performances in Costa Rica for Jazz Dance World Congress), Thodos Dance Chicago (representing the United States in the Busan International Dance Festival in South Korea), Interweave Dance Theater, and Jazzworks Dance Company.   As a choreographer her work has been showcased as repertory for professional companies, in musical theater and opera productions, for community outreach programs, dance competitions and recitals.  Professional dance companies that have performed her choreography include 3rd Law Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Chicago and Interweave Dance Theater.   In 2010, she represented CU as a headliner choreographer and performer, and teacher in Costa Rica through the cultural exchange program, Promising Artists of the 21st Century. She also has assisted and choreographed musical theater productions and was the lead choreographer in the opera production Bernstein’s Mass, in collaboration with CU’s School of Music, performed at Boettcher Hall in Denver, featuring three choirs and an orchestra.

Throughout her extensive background and experience the constant motivating force has been her love and passion in teaching dance.  Christine is ecstatic to share this ambition and knowledge, while spreading the joy of dance to Erie and beyond!!!  We can't wait to see you in class!!!!

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Wrigley
CEO/Ambassador of Cuteness

Wrigley, our mascot and superior troubleshooter, is from Wyoming.  She came to us from the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue Center.  Her mission is to fill joy and energy to all that meet her.

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Douglas C. Luers
Owner/Founder/CMO

Douglas C. Luers is originally from Indiana and has enjoyed all things CO for the past 8 years.  He's been employed in Marketing for the past 16 years and enjoys helping us "turn a phrase." We're excited to see you in our classes and let us know how we're doing with feedback on our communications.

 

There are many people to thank for this great opportunity to share our passion and love of dance.
To our family, friends, and new family we thank you for your generosity to make this dance center a reality.