Faculty

Lizanne McAdams-Graham – School Director
Lizanne McAdams-Graham, has over 38 years experience as a professional dancer and instructor.   She began training at the age of 3 under the direction of her late mother, Lorraine McAdams. She has an extensive history with her mother’s company, the National Ballet of New Jersey.  A scholarship student to Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Craft of Choreography NARB workshops. She joined the Croatian National Ballet Theatre in Zagreb, in the former Yugoslavia at the age of 17 dancing principal and leading roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake, Serenade, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Firebird, Graduation  Ball, Carmina Burana, Bolero and Cinderella. She studied with Finus Yhung, David Howard, John Prince, Maria Vegh, Basil Thompson, Michael Smuin, Alonzo King, Maggie Black and Robert Blankshine, Kristina Elliot, Yehuda Maor, Loyce Holton, Robert Blankshine and Pavel Rotaru.

Ms. McAdams-Graham became principal dancer with the renowned ODC/San Francisco, completing world tours including Russia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and Australia, along with Jacobs Pillow, Joyce Theater, City Center, Lincoln Center in NYC, and Kennedy Center in D.C. She has guest appeared for Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco Opera Ballet Companies in “Faust”, “Die Fledermaus”, “La Traviata” “Orfeo Ed Euridice” and “Aida” and appeared on the PBS televised production of “Dance in America” and the major motion picture “The In Crowd.”

Ms. McAdams served on the faculty for Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Point Park College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Drexel University and San Francisco Institute of Dance. She set major ballets on Charleston Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and Walnut Hill.  She retired from performing in 1997 and has since taught professional level and company class for Boulder Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Zikir Dance Ensemble and Ballet Nouveau. She held professional classes at Colorado Ballet and has since relocated them to Denver Dance Center. She was the company teacher for Dawson/Wallace Dance Project and Ballet Director for Sweatshop in Denver, CO. the Director and Founder of the High Pointe Dance Academy, a pre professional children’s school for 13 years. Currently Ms. McAdams-Graham is the Ballet Director for Sweatshop in Denver, CO.


Amy Earnest – Program Director
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Amy began dancing at the age of three in Atlanta, GA. Amy received her training with the School of Atlanta Ballet under the direction of Tom Pazik, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. As a professional dancer she performed with Hartford Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet), Tulsa Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She also was a finalist in the prestigious New York Ballet Competition of 1996 and was a member of the Chautauqua Ballet from 1998 to 2000. Amy has been teaching and coaching students for the last 14 years and is certified with the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Primary through Level 3. Amy owned and directed Avant-Garde School of Dance, along with her husband Lance Hardin, where they choreographed and produced numerous performances including an annual Nutcracker. Amy has trained and coached students that have continued their training with prestigious schools including American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School. Amy is also a certified Pilates instructor receiving her certification through D.K. Body Balancing accredited by the University of Nevada Las Vegas and approved by the Nevada and Arizona State Boards of Physical Therapists. Amy also enjoyed her role as company teacher with Dawson Wallace Dance (formerly David Taylor Dance Theatre) from 2008 to 2012, along with a variety of requests as guest instructor. Before coming to Boulder Ballet Amy and her husband Lance Hardin served as Co-Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, MN.


Kate Adams

Kate AdamsKate Adams is a Boulder native who began dancing at Boulder Ballet at the age of three. In Colorado, she 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 returned to Boulder where she is now a company dancer with Boulder Ballet while pursuing a Health Sciences degree online through the University of South Dakota.


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Kristen Demaree

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Kristen Demaree grew up in Boulder, Colorado studying ballet at Ballet Arts Boulder, under the ownership of her mother Barbara Demaree. While there, she also trained with many others: Milenko Banovich, Becky Jancosko, John Prinz, Joyce Rossiter, Wanda Tierney, Misha Tchoupakov, and Robert Sher-Machherndl. Kristen performed with the Boulder Ballet in its early years in many productions: Carmen, Cinderella, Coppélia, La Fille mal Gardée, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Paquita, and Romeo and Juliet. Kristen also attended the Boston Ballet summer programs, as well as studying ballet at the University of Colorado with Robin Haig from the Royal Ballet, where she performed in the rare staging of Vaslav Nijinsky’s Juex. Kristen holds an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She created the capstone project “Strange Bird and the Cloud Spirits” (2014), based on Act II of Giselle. She reproduced the ballet with her production company “Delusions of Grandeur Productions.” Kristen is also a traditional Scandinavian folk fiddler in Swedish and Norwegian styles. She teaches folk dancing from Scandinavia and Europe, and is involved in local music groups. Kristen writes about ballet in her blog at kristendemaree.com.


Lexi Evans

Lexi Evans fell in love with ballet when she saw the Nutcracker at the age of two in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She enrolled in classes the following year with Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and completed her training at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She went on to dance with The Israel Ballet for three seasons before returning to the states to dance with The Sarasota Ballet. Lexi also performed with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet before moving to Boulder at the end of 2015. Lexi joined Boulder Ballet as an Apprentice in 2016 and was a member of the Company in the 2018-19 season. She now focuses on teaching ballet and yoga.


Lance Hardin – Artistic Director
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Lance Hardin is a native of Chicago, where he received his training from Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ballet from Indiana University, where he studied under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Jacques Cesbron, and Violette Verdy. As a professional dancer, Mr. Hardin has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet), Chautauqua Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Boulder Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, and the Yoko Kasai Ballet Studio located in Japan. He has performed principal roles by world renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine (Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Who Cares), Paul Taylor (Esplanade, Company B), Dwight Rhoden (Verge), Nacho Duato (Jardi Tancat), William Forsythe (In the Middle Somewhat Elevated), Michael Pink (Romeo and Juliet), and Alonzo King (Map). Presently, Lance is enjoying many requests as guest artist, teacher, and choreographer. Mr. Hardin has taught dance for the past 23 years and holds numerous choreographic credits including The Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project, Springfield Ballet Company, Boulder Ballet and Fractured a collaboration with his wife Amy Earnest for James Sewell Ballet. Lance and Amy served as Co-Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in MN prior to joining Boulder Ballet. Lance was Associate Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet before becoming Artistic Director in 2020.


Becky Jancosko

bbsheadbeckyBecky Jancosko has been teaching ballet in Boulder and Denver since 1990 and over the years has been a part of Boulder Ballet as a choreographer, teacher and Ballet Mistress. Becky apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet in New York and danced as a soloist with European companies including the Dutch National Ballet, Berlin Ballet and Geneva Ballet, and with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Her professional career and experience brings a high level of expertise to the students. She encourages students to work hard and to the best of their ability, believing that studying ballet will enhance and enrich all areas of their lives. Becky also serves the community as a regional advisor for Bible Study Fellowship International. She’s married to Bill who patiently encourages her!


Emma Michaux

Laura Saylor

bbsheadlauraLaura began her formal ballet training at the age of 14 at Ballet Etudes of South Florida in her native Miami, under the direction of Susana Prieto. Laura subsequently studied at Butler University and Ballet Austin as well as in the Summer Intensive programs of Kansas City Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. She trained under internationally acclaimed instructors including Susana Prieto, Peter La Fox, Dagmar Moradillos, Rodolfo Rodriguez, Vladimir Issaev, Alla Osipenko, Jerry Schwender, William Whitener, and Gretchen Ward Warren. Laura danced professionally with Austin Metamorphoses Dance Ensemble, Ballet Etudes of South Florida, and Montgomery Ballet. She has performed featured roles in many of the classics and has originated several contemporary roles. Laura decided to take a hiatus from dancing and moved to Colorado in June of 2013.


Georgia Schmid

Rebeca Ramirez Vargas