"Robards has a strong sense of craft...and seems to take pleasure in dance without clumsily concocted themes and other gimmicks... The choreography does demand unremitting energy and athleticism from the performers, a staple in dance today. But, Ms. Robards thinks in grander terms."
Dance Critic Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
LaRana Skalicky (Associate Executive Director) has been a Company Member since 1988. In addition to her work as a dancer, LaRana also serves KRD as a teacher and administrator. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Aurora Cultural Arts District. She was selected for an Associateship with the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute, has been a Dance Teaching Artist for the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, served on The Scen3 Denver SCFD Tier III marketing committee, and on the CAST3 Leadership Team. LaRana teaches at The Academy of KRD and in KRD's educational outreach programs. She graduated cum laude with honors as one of four $20,000 Four Years Honor Scholars from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Philosophy. LaRana is originally from Salina, KS. She plays the cello and has a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. LaRana wishes to thank her mentor Kim Robards. Many teachers have been important to LaRana including Kay Henderson, Michael Simms, Vivette Darnell Ashen-Brenner, Patrick Suzeau, and Muriel Cohen, among others.
Rebecca Ritch is in her sixth season with KRD. She is originally from New Hampshire where she studied with Dance Expressions. Her family moved to California when she was twelve where she studied with Southland Ballet Academy. She is a former member of Festival Ballet Theater and performed leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and The Nutcracker. Rebecca has performed with Julie Kent, Ethen Stiefel, Paloma Herrera, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Gennadi Savel. Rebecca has worked with Heather Ahern, Amelie Hunter and Jose Costas and has studied modern dance with Gerald Casel, Maria Gillespie, Keith Johnson and Nick Duran. She has received the Marty Barnaby Memorial scholarship along with the Karen Shanley Dance scholarship. Rebecca graduated from California State University Long Beach in Fall 2013 with a BFA in Dance with honors. Becky was one of two KRD dancers cast by Ms. Robards and Producer Luke Comer to appear in The Portal Rock Opera in the fall of 2015.
Elizabeth Graves is in her third season with KRD. Elizabeth has been training in dance since the age of 3 and trained in Dance Performance at the University of Wyoming. She has found a love for Limón technique as well as release technique but she is invested in exposing herself to many different styles of dance. She has traveled around the United States and Internationally to broaden her technical range. She is incredibly excited for the opportunity to be an Apprentice with Kim Robards Dance and intends to pursue her passion in dance performance as well as reaching out to the community to share a love for the art.
Riley Brogan is in her third season with KRD returning after training as a pre-professional at the Academy of KRD for four years studying modern with Kim Robards. She is a 2017 graduate of the Denver School of the Arts as a Dance major where she trained under Alicia Karczewski, Michael O'Banion, Amy Weisenhorn, Gregory Gonzales, and Robin Stewart and the following guest artists: Jenn Archer, Rachel Brady, Julie Jarnot, Katrina Lairsmith, Robert Gosnell, Stephanie Prosenjak, Scott Putman, Brian Young, Maureen Breeze, Julie Jarnot-Nguyen, Nile Russell, and Hannah Kahn. She also has trained under Igor Vassine at the Colorado Ballet Academy. In July 2015, she was named exemplary dancer at the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival. Born in the Hunan Province, People's Republic of China, Riley lives with her family in Denver, and attends Community College of Colorado pursuing a nursing degree.
Kaitlyn Powers (Apprentice) joins KRD for her first season. Kaitlyn began her training in Hutchinson, Kansas. She then received a BFA in Dance from Wichita State University. Kaitlyn has attended workshops and intensives with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Diavolo and River North Dance Chicago. She has performed with Ballet Wichita and Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita and internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater.
Tessa Reiss (Apprentice) joins KRD for her first season. Tessa is originally from beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Tessa began her training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy and Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet. Tessa recently graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Kinesiology.
Bailee Ridder (Apprentice) is in her first season with KRD. Bailee is originally from Silverthorne, CO and she currently lives in Denver. She graduated with a BFA in dance at California State University, Long Beach. Bailee has also performed with PAC Modern, Disney and in Summer Internships at Broadway Dance Center and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
Hannah Wilczewski (Apprentice) joins KRD for her first season. Hannah recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a minor in Exercise Science. In addition to performance opportunities at UMKC, Hannah has performed in the Kansas City Fringe Festival and with City in Motion Dance Theater. She is originally from KC, MO.
Morgan Stillman (Visiting Dancer) made his first appearance with Kim Robards Dance during the 2016 Summer Intensive Company Project. Morgan was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he began his dance training with The New American Youth Ballet. He attended dance programs with The Juilliard School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Chautauqua Institution, and Ballet Chicago. Morgan studied at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and was previously a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas. He is a Company Member at Ballet Austin. Throughout his career he has performed choreography by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Dwight Rhoden, Violette Verdy, Nicolo Fonte, Michael Vernon, James Canfield, Tara Foy, and now, Kim Robards.
Benjamin Tucker (Visiting Dancer) first worked with Kim Robards at Ballet Tucson where he was at that time a principal company member and faculty teacher from 2010-2014. He has performed with KRD over the course of six seasons as a visiting dancer. Benjamin is currently a soloist with Nevada Ballet Theatre. He is originally from Evart, Michigan. Benjamin is dancing again with KRD during the 30th Season.
Orlando Julius Canova (Visiting Dancer) first performed with KRD in March 2018 in Ms.Robards' modern take on "Bolero" with The Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Orlando is current a Company member at Ballet Austin in Texas. Orlando began his ballet training in Southern California with Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg at the Anaheim Ballet School. At age 16 he moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. There, he received a full tuition merit scholarship and was sponsored by Debbie Allen. Orlando furthered his ballet training with Miami City Ballet School. In 2001, Orlando became an Arpino Apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and in 2003 he joined as a full company member. While at Joffrey, Orlando played the part of apprentice in Robert Altman's movie, The Company.