Longmont Ballet Instructors

Our Longmont ballet instructors focus on body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, technique and strength.

Kate Adams

Kate is a Boulder native who began dancing at Boulder Ballet at the age of 3. In Colorado, she has had the chance to compete in the Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition where she received 2nd place in 2010 and 6th place in 2014. As she rose through the school, Kate also had opportunities to attend summer programs such as The Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater. After graduating high school, she moved to Georgia to study with the Atlanta Ballet. In her two years with Atlanta, she was given the opportunity both years to perform in the snow and flower corps alongside the Atlanta Ballet company in John McFall’s The Nutcracker. Kate has since moved back to Boulder where she is excited to continue working with Boulder Ballet while pursuing a Health Sciences degree online through the University of South Dakota. Kate joined Boulder Ballet as an Apprentice in 2016 and became a member of the Company in 2018. She is very excited to return to the PCDC staff for the 21/22 school year!

Hunter Allen

Hunter grew up in Longmont, Colorado. She graduated from Niwot High School and PCDC in 2019. She is currently a student at Colorado State University and is studying Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Music. Hunter has danced for 14 years and has gained experience in most styles including tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern and contemporary styles. Hunter joined PCDC in 2014 as a student where she has danced for both competitive and performance companies. This is her third year of teaching and she’s excited to start this new season in her dance career.

Erika Francis

The first time Erika put on a tutu, at the age of three, she was hooked on dance.  She grew up as a competitive dancer in Tucson, AZ.  Erika studied dance and movement therapy at CU in Boulder, CO and has been teaching since 2009.  Her primary areas of specialty include lyrical, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary and tap.  In her free time, she loves to spend time with family, especially her GoldenDoodle Miss Murphy, scrapbook and swim.

Abbie Hiott

Abbie is a native of Southeast Georgia. She recently transferred from Kennesaw State University to the University of Colorado Boulder in pursuit of her BFA in Dance. Over the course of her study, Abbie has trained in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, and Improvisation. She was a member of the 2021 Kennesaw State University Dance Company and worked with Emilie Thuman for her senior project, Between the Red Lines. She also worked with Julia Captino for her senior project, In a Perfect World. She was a member of the Center Stage Dance Company, under the direction of Maisie Stewart. Abbie has teaching experience from Center Stage Studio, where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling to students ages 4-10. Upon graduation, Abbie plans to pursue her goals of becoming a professional dancer by auditioning for the Walt Disney Company, as well as teaching and exercising her creativity through choreography.

Katie Shelton

Katie grew up in Connecticut and has been studying dance since the age of four. Her studies included a focus in ballet, later adding jazz, tap, and hip hop.  Katie danced competitively for a number of years and became Connecticut’s regional Teen Miss Superstar 1995. She was awarded Desert Vista Dance’s Dancer of the Year 1998 and Choreographer of the Year 1999. In 1999 Katie was awarded a scholarship to Oklahoma City University where she studied dance and business management graduating in 2003. While at OCU she studied with masters of tap dance and has gone on to teach with a focus in tap. In 2009 she won Nextar’s Outstanding Choreography Award and in 2010 her students were recognized by Spotlight Dance Cup’s Tap Excellence Award. Miss Katie continues to study under local tap master Ellie Sciarra. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and is proud to be on staff at PCDC.