A certified Group Fitness Instructor since 1994, Kristen added teaching yoga to her repertoire in 2001. She is happy to share her love of yoga with people of all levels in a supportive and accepting environment. Kristen joined the staff of Wildfire Arts Center in 2013.
Carol Borchert (Yoga)
Carol has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching for 14. She enjoys sharing yoga’s ability to enrich our lives, deepen our daily experiences, and create greater health. She teaches several different styles of yoga including vinyasa flow, yin, and hatha. Carol lives in Denver where she works for Morris Animal Foundation as their Director of Communications. She has two grown children, Alex and Anna, both living in California. In addition to yoga, Carol enjoys hiking, paddle-boarding, reading, time with friends and family, music festivals, and road trips.
Randy Downing (Tap Dance)
Randy grew up in Fort Collins, racing dirt bikes and studying the martial arts. He loves all forms of dance, but has a passion for tap! He has studied with Gene GeBauer, Deb Larsen, Mimi Westin, and Tracey Burkhalter, in addition to participating in many workshops. He has been teaching tap and musical theatre for the past 10 years. Randy still enjoys performing in musical theatre, traditional ballet, and tap shows around the region.
Keith Hancock (Drumming)
Keith is known as a teacher, a musician, and a net-worker. He is director of a new company called Key Drums, LLC. This new company is allowing him to focus his energy on his love of drums, piano, and guitar, and he is developing a new teaching method called “Drums for KidZ” (both old and young). He has been known to say that the drum is his teacher and he considers this relationship a spiritual practice. The guitar is his best friend and the piano is his inspiration for new music, and he loves to share and create music with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Keith builds and sells drums, teaches beginning hand drumming, guitar, and piano, and plays drums and keyboard in the band “Primal Circle.” He has created workshops and festivals in both the Fort Collins and Loveland area, and he is looking forward to bringing the Drum Circle back to Wildfire, creating some Saturday Drum Workshops, and creating a Drum Festival in Berthoud.
Karen Kleber (Tap Dance)
Karen Kleber began her professional dance career in David Merrick's "42nd Street" on Broadway. Since then, teaching and choreographing has become a passion.
Karen has recently completed the Level 1 Teacher Training from The American Tap Dance Foundation in New York City. This training is focused on rhythm tap technique as passed down by "The Copasetics." (The Copasetics were a 21-member club of musical tap artists in Harlem, dedicated to preserving the memory of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.)
Drawing on these and other career experiences, exploring different music genres, and keeping humor and the joy of dancing first, is Karen's teaching philosophy.
Sally Nibbelink (Tap Dance)
Sally brings a lifetime of dance study to Wildfire. Her early training in ballet and jazz led to modern, ballroom (favorite is swing) & contra dance. She is a past president of Friends of Traditional Dance, Fort Collins, where she organized community dances and special events for 11 years.
Discovering tap as an adult, it has been her passion for the past 20 years. She loves teaching adults and has also developed a Chair Tap program for those with limited mobility.
She recently completed the Level 1 Teacher Training at The American Tap Dance Foundation in NYC, focusing on rhythm tap and the historic dances of the Copasetics.
Anita Yeh (Painting)
Globally inspired decorative painting
I understand your passion. I’m like you, I have a traveler’s soul. I love to travel and faraway places constantly inspire me with their unique sights, sounds, textures, and people.
You can trust my first hand knowledge and experience. As a bi-cultural woman, I was raised in the states, but I have also traveled extensively, and lived overseas for periods of time.
You can relax when you work with me knowing I have been in business since 1997, and I have over 18 total years in this field.
You will feel confident and comfortable knowing I am a professionally trained decorative painter. I continually update my skills with professional training from masters in the decorative painting field.