Professional Training Division Faculty

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Sharon Wehner

Sharon is originally from San Jose, California, and had her fundamental ballet training with San Jose Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre Seven, and San Francisco Ballet.  A former Principal Dancer with the Colorado Ballet, Sharon has also danced with Amy Seiwart’s Imagery, the Oakland Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Zikr Dance Ensemble, Engage Movement Arts, Briah Danse, and Fuku Dance.  She has performed as a guest artist in the Tokyo Aoyama Ballet Festival, the National Ballet of Japan’s Golden Ballet Co-Star, and the Vail International Dance Festival’s “International Evening of Dance.” 

As a Principal Dancer, Sharon performed numerous leading roles in classical and neo-classical ballets, including the principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rodeo, The Leaves are Fading, Dracula, Rubies,Theme and Variations, and Stars and Stripes.  She has had the honor to be featured in new works by Christopher Wheeldon, Val Caniparoli, Amy Seiwart, Edward Liaang, Jessica Lang, Dwight Rhodan, and Graham Lustig.

After retiring from her 22-year career with the Colorado Ballet, Sharon is spreading her wings as a freelance artist, exploring new territory in classical and contemporary choreography that speaks to her and to audiences in a fresh and meaningful way.  More recently, she has performed with Briah Danse in “Legends and Legacies”, Engage Movement Arts in “Shoes,” Alya Howe in “Walls, and FukuDance in the Lila Dance Festival.   

In addition to her career as a dancer, Sharon is a Ballet teacher, certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® trainer, Yoga instructor, Reiki Master and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease teacher.  In 2020, she created RISE: the Empowered Dancer Mentoring Program, a holistic coaching program for Teen & Pre-professional Dancers. Sharon loves guiding others to find strength, resilience and beauty through dance and movement. She believes that blending professional experience, kinesthetic understanding, and the wisdom of other movement techniques with traditional ballet training creates a healthy, physically and artistically masterful dancer.

Francisco Estevez

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Francisco moved to the United States at the age of 5 and began dancing in Louisville, KY at the age of 7. Francisco went on to train in New York at 16 and graduated from the School of American Ballet. He has danced with New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Barcelona Ballet, and most recently as a Principal Dancer with the Colorado Ballet. He enjoys teaching ballet to students of all ages and has also coached and choreographed for a number of students in preparation for the Youth American Grand Prix, Denver Ballet Guild, the Jackson IBC Competition, and ADC/IBC.

Tracy Jones

Born in Cork, Ireland, Tracy started dancing at the age of 5 with Ballet Theatre Ireland. 
At the age of 11, she moved to London to train at The Royal Ballet School where she graduated with a Trinity Diploma in 2007. After 13 years and a fulfilling career dancing with the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Barcelona Ballet, and most recently as a Soloist with Colorado Ballet, Tracy retired from the stage in March 2020. Tracy continues to be a part of the ballet community by teaching and coaching the next generation of dancers and sharing her love of this beautiful art form while continuing to advocate for Artists around the country.