Longmont Jazz Instructors

Our Longmont jazz instructors teach technique, strength, balance,
and flexibility at a fast, intense pace to execute stylized movements and transitions.

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.

Ashley Mouw

Ashley was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She started her dance career at age 14 and turned professional at 18. She is trained in various styles such as hip hop, contemporary, jazz, and lyrical. Ashley has worked with choreographers such as David Moore, Dejan Tubic and Janelle Ginestra. Credits include NBC’s “1st Look with Audrina Patridge”, Manny Pacquio’s show ‘Manny Many Prizes’, Todrick Hall, Tori Kelly and Pentatonix. Ashley was a professional dancer in Los Angeles for 6 years, where she was represented by Go 2 Talent Agency. Her role as a professional choreographer and teacher throughout Colorado and California has opened many windows for her.

Ashley has been teaching for the past 16 years, during those years she has worked with several award winning High School and College Dance Teams, Dance Studios, UCLA, and Gymnastics Teams. Since Ashley has retired as a professional dancer, she has now focused solely on Choreography and Teaching, making her primary goal to educate her students in the art and technique of dance.

Julia Raval

Julia has been dancing since first grade. She trained in lyrical, contemporary, jazz, pom, ballet/pointe, hip hop, and technique, dancing competitively in many styles from age 10 until she started high school. Julia coached an elementary school pom team in seventh grade and another elementary school pom team, as the head coach, for her last two years in high school. She was on the Highlands Ranch Varsity Poms team all four years and was captain her junior and senior year. While Julia trained at Starstruck her entire high school career she hadn’t joined the company until her senior year. Last year Julia was extremely honored to make the CUDT and again this year!

Maria Steinberg

Maria grew up in Ohio, where she took many dance classes as a kid. Around the age of 10, she found a studio and began competing in jazz and hip hop (her favorite). Once she started high school, she transitioned from the studio to the varsity dance team, where she continued learning new styles of dance like contemporary and lyrical. After high school, she joined a recreational dance organization in college and was able to continue dancing throughout school. She was also able to gain experience by teaching and learning from her peers. Once Maria graduated, she moved to Colorado and decided to make a life for herself in a new state. Shortly after moving, Maria realized she needed to find a way to continue her passion for dance. That is when she found PCDC.