Dance Instructors & Staff

Kathryn J. Schulte

Studio Owner, Dance Instructor



Kathryn J. Schulte has made it her life’s work to provide quality dance instruction in the Grand Valley.  She founded Dance Works in 1980 with the vision of creating a well-rounded dance program at an affordable price so that she could spread the joys of dance throughout the community.  Kathryn began her dance training right here in Grand Junction from Joanne Gardner.  She majored in ballet at the University of Utah under the direction of William Christensen and performed with the Utah Civic Ballet.  She transferred to the University of Colorado and studied under Larry Boyette, Nancy Spanier, and Charlotte Irey.  After graduating with a degree in dance she moved to San Francisco and was accepted as a company member in the Pacific Ballet Company.  Kathryn has and continues to attend master classes with countless legendary teachers and choreographers including Gus Giordano, Luigi, Joe Tremaine, Karen Hebert, Patricia Dickinson, Dolly Kelepecz, Mia Michaels, Frank Hatchett and others.

Kathryn has touched countless lives with her devotion to dance, both as a performer and a teacher.  Within her 32 years in business, Kathryn has seen generations of students waltz through the doors of Dance Works.  Her commitment to her students has always been exceptional from her business ethics to her teaching skills.  Kathryn has also been the primary seamstress for each of Dance Works’ ballet productions and dance concerts, sewing over 600 costumes each year.

Kathryn was married for 41 years to Terry Schulte, also known as “Papa.” He passed away in February 2016 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Papa loved Dance Works and all the students. Together they have three wonderful daughters: April, Crystal, and Rachel. All of them have had professional dance careers.


    Crystal Schulte-Onsrud

    Dance Instructor, Competition Director



    Crystal Schulte-Onsrud has been dancing since the age of three, trained by her mother Kathryn Schulte. Throughout her childhood, Crystal also had the opportunity to train with master teachers including Joe Tremaine, Bobbie Bolling, Mia Michaels, Paul Franklin, Charles Kelley, and continues to train with master teachers and choreographers currently through Dance Educators of America. Crystal performed and competed with the Dance Works Connection during Middle School through High School and received numerous scholarships and awards. She was named All American in High School and started instructing and choreographing for the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA DANZ) during her senior year. After attending Mesa State College she pursued a professional dancing career that began on Norwegian Cruise Lines with Jean Ann Ryan Productions in Miami, FL. Crystal later relocated to Las Vegas, NV and danced in “Jubilee” at the Bally’s Resort and Casino, “Legends in Concert” with On Stage Productions at the Imperial Palace, and performed and choreographed in numerous concerts and benefits throughout Las Vegas, Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Crystal has also danced for Greg Thompson Productions in Lake Tahoe, NV. She enjoys teaching the art of dance and discipline to her students and loves working alongside her mother and sisters.


      Rachel Hogge

      Dance Instructor, Performance Director



      Rachel Hogge has been dancing since the age of three, trained primarily by her mother at Dance Works through her childhood and teenage years. She also had the opportunity to study alongside many master choreographers. In middle school, she became a member of the Dance Works Connection and won numerous dance awards at regional and national competitions. She taught jazz and tap classes at Dance Works in 1996-1997 before moving to Fort Collins, CO to attend Colorado State University. Alongside her studies at CSU, Rachel received her EMT-B certification and volunteered with the Poudre Valley Hospital and Poudre Valley Fire Department. At CSU she received her BA in Health and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. After graduating in 2002, Rachel moved to Las Vegas, NV where she was hired by the Tropicana Resort and Casino to dance professionally as a showgirl in the Les Folies Bergere. She was very proud to be part of the longest running show in history! During her professional career in Las Vegas, she had the opportunity dance at several Golden Rainbow events, model, and do promotions for various hotel casinos, corporations, and Las Vegas Monorail.


        April L. Schulte-Barclay

        Dance Instructor



        April L. Schulte-Barclay has been dancing since the age of three, training primarily with her mother at Dance Works through her childhood and teenage years. As a sixth grader, April became the youngest member of the Dance Works Connection and won numerous awards at regional and national competitions. In high school she trained for a summer with the David Taylor Dance Company in Denver, Colorado. In college she attended the University of Northern Colorado on a dance scholarship where she danced with their performance troupe and ballet company. She later transfered to Mesa State College to study within a pre-med program. Alongside her studies at MSC, April taught many dance classes at Dance Works and won choreography awards through the dance program at MSC. She also took a break from her undergraduate program and danced professionally with Jean Ann Ryan Productions in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating Mesa State College with a major in biology and two minors in chemistry and dance, April danced professionally with Greg Thompson Productions in Tunica, MS. Following her professional dance career, April received her masters degree in Oriental medicine, and she now owns Healing Horizons Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and has received a doctoral degree. April is proud to be teaching at Dance Works alongside her mother and sisters and is enjoying integrating her dance expertise with sports medicine related treatments in her clinic.


          Andrea Lopez

          Dance Instructor



          Andrea Lopez grew up in the Grand Valley and has trained at Dance Works since the age of three.  She has experience in many genres including; hip hop, jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet.  Her tremendous love for the art of dance and detailed attention to technique makes her a great addition as a Dance Works instructor.


            Destiny Martinez

            Office Receptionist / Dance Instructor



            Destiny Martinez started dancing at Dance Works at the age of 3 years old in ballet. With the new growing passion planted in her, she then went to continue her training as a competition dancer in Hip Hop, Jazz, and Pom. Destiny then gained the experience of being a Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleader and performing in NFL halftime performances. At age 11, she went into Cheerleading for 3 years. Going into High School, she joined the GJHS Poms Team and continued all four years to become Captain her Senior year. She was awarded NDA All American her Senior year with Academic All-State her Junior and Senior year. Destiny is now gaining her BFA in Dance at Colorado Mesa University and is apart of the Mavettes Dance Team and Dance Society. She continues to grow in her passion for dancing, and loves being back where it all started for her by helping and getting to know the dancers, families, and staff of those who share her same passion!


              Leslie Zuber

              Dance Instructor



              Leslie Zuber has been dancing since the age of 5. Primarily trained at Dance Works, she has developed advanced technique skills in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. Leslie was a part of the Dance Works Competition Team for 8 years and has performed throughout the community and at Disneyland in California. Miss Leslie is very excited to be on the Dance Works staff and cannot wait to share her knowledge, love, and passion of dance with children of all ages!


                Matthew Pederson

                Hip Hop Dance Instructor



                Matthew E. Pederson, specializing in animation and hip hop, has been dancing since the age of 5 years old. Besides training in all styles of hip hop, he has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, jazz funk, street dance, break dancing, and popping. He has attended multiple competitions and conventions where he won several top awards and cash prizes for his own choreographed piece. He enjoys performing throughout the community and making videos and vlogs for his YouTube channel. Matthew is excited to join the Dance Works family and to teach the art of hip hop with students of all ages.


                  Heidi Marie

                  Belly Dance Instructor



                  Heidi Marie started teaching tribal style belly dance in 2004 at Dance Works Studio. She loves sharing such a powerful form of expression and healing with other women. Heidi is trained and teacher certified by Carolina Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance in American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance. She teaches a combination of ATS and tribal fusion belly dance and is the director of the Bella Rouge Dance Company. Heidi also directs Illumicirque with her husband, Will.


                    • Dance Classes

                    Ballet
                    Jazz
                    Tap
                    Competition
                    Lyrical/Contemporary
                    Summer Dance Camp

                    Mommy & Me
                    Pom & Drill
                    Hip Hop
                    Tribal Style Belly Dance
                    Ballroom

                    • Store & Studio Hours

                    SUMMER HOURS:
                    Mon-Thu: 9am-12am, 3pm-6:30pm  
                     

                    Calendar of Events

                    Better Business Bureau

                    • Studio Location

                    2586 Patterson Road
                    Grand Junction, Colorado

                    970-243-5954

                    Dance Classes and Instruction in Grand Junction, Colorado