Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Company Dancer
Teri Wagner - Founder and Artistic Director of Spoke ‘N’ Motion Dance has been dancing (using a wheelchair) since age 11. She completed 3 years of training with The Dancing Wheels Company and School in Cleveland, OH. She also trained in Belgium in wheelchair ballroom dance. Teri is a company dancer with Ballet Arts Theater and Berthoud Dance Company and has enjoyed dancing on stages throughout metro Denver and public school programs that help to bring understanding of people with disabilities. She has also been a competitive Wheelchair Ballroom Dancer having a 4th place International standing and a 1st place State standing in Colorado.
Program Director, Lead Instructor and Choreographer
Morgan is a lifelong dancer, currently program director, instructor, and choreographer with Spoke N Motion Dance. She has been with the company since 2013. As a doctor of physical therapy, Morgan has a deep love and understanding of movement and is attuned to the needs of individuals of all abilities. As a quiet individual who has suffered from anxiety, she is drawn to the art of dance for its power in communicating through movement and music. She is an advocate for humanity, utilizing dance as a tool to cultivate more connection and understanding in our communities. She is a quiet leader who thrives on the opportunity to help others learn through movement and is eager to play a role in the growth of her dancers and instructors.
Assistant Instructor and Company Dancer
Brian Be, autistic, artist, leader and follower. Spoke allows enough support and still space to Be, me. Movement addict. Here from day 1. Grateful for this movement family. We cocreate safe brave space ' There are a few shortcuts to happiness, dance is one of them.'
I’ve never considered myself a dancer, and before joining Spoke N Motion I would actively avoid dancing. My perspective since meeting and moving with the amazing people of spokes has drastically changed and I’ve been able to embrace the nuance, fun and different form of communication dancing provides us. The joy at rehearsals is palpable and it’s impossible to leave without feeling lighter than when you arrived.
Dancer with Spoke N Motion since 2014. She has participated in Dance for Parkinson’s and Limited Mobilities since 2013. She has loved to move and dance since childhood. Though not formally trained, she has enjoyed many dance exercise programs including modern, jazz and African dance. She has participated in several Master Classes for Integrated Dance which the company has presented for the CU Boulder Dance Department. She is also a member of a community chorus, plays French horn in a community band and also plays piano with her chamber music friends. "Dance for PD and dancing with Spokes have given me back the ability to move and dance; they bring such joy and connection to my life. I use whatever works to help me dance-a rolling chair, walking sticks, sometimes my own two feet. There is always a way dance!"
I have been visually impaired since birth. Dancing has been an important part of my life. I have been dancing since I was nine years old in 1993 taking Ballet, Junior Jazz, some tap, and Lyrical dance, which helped to expand my knowledge of dance vocabulary. This also helped me gain the strength and flexibility necessary to dance.
I stopped dancing for 15 years returning to it in the fall of 2016 when I learned about Spoke N Motion Dance. I joined SNMD because I found that I was missing dancing a lot, and I wanted to get myself back into it. I also wanted to try and work hard to expand and gain more skill in dance as a whole. What I like most about SNMD is its inclusivity because it is what I’m used to dealing with when I have been dancing throughout my life. Everyone in the group is willing to work hands on with me and each other if we are not understanding a move or dance. We are a family.
My contributions to SNMD so far include choreography in 2019 to a remake of the song “Give A Little Whistle,” from the movie “Pinokkio,” and choreography in 2022 to “Dreams,” by Van Hailen. When I choreograph a dance, I do not immediately think about how to adapt my movements for those in chairs. One of the chair dancers has to tell me that they are unable to do a move. We then work together to come up with another way for them to move that looks similar to how the other standing dancers move. Sometimes it is more challenging than others, but I try to make things work the best way I can, and so far, it turns out great.
I began dancing with Dan a few years ago. It has been just a tiny bit scary, quite exciting, and very fun to be a dancer with Spoke N Motion. I hadn’t done any choreographed dancing since high school theater - so a long time. Dancing with Dan is a fantastic opportunity for us to do something we are both learning together. The Spoke community is wonderful and I am grateful for the opportunity.
Instructor and Company Dancer
I have always loved to dance. Since I was in 5th grade, when I danced freely in my living room to Linda Rondstadt and took ballet classes in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, dancing has given me access to my authentic self and has been a channel through which I joyfully communicate with others.My life journey has involved starting a creative arts school in my home in high school; dancing in a jazz company in college; doing outreach work through creative movement; establishing a creative movement dance program at Stanley British Primary School in Denver and earning my MS in dance/movement therapy from Pratt Institute in New York. Currently, I work at Continuum of Colorado as a movement therapist for neuro diverse children and young adults.Through movement, I experience both access to my inner self and deep connection with others.Spoke N Motion is a loving and accepting community, both serious and light-hearted, that has helped me create a balanced and healthy life. I am so grateful.
I am Keslie Levad and I have cerebral palsy. I have been a part of Spokes since after high school. I was a cheerleader in high school and I wanted to find a new dance home. Dance allows me to be creative and it makes me feel that I am a part of changing how the world sees people with challenges.
I started dancing with Spoke N Motion Dance about 6 years ago. A PT student I worked with told me about it. I have always been a musician but dancing was new to me. I play the cello. I like being with other people dancing. I also like moving my body with the music. I love dance.
Instructor and Company Dancer
Chelsea Magyar is a performer, choreographer, and lover of movement. She is passionate about using dance to create community and address social issues. Chelsea recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with an MA and BA in communication and a minor in dance. During her time at CU, she researched communicative practices that choreographers use to work toward social justice, as well as the rhetoric of school shootings in news media and art. Chelsea has trained in a diversity of movement practices, including, but not limited to: contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, hula, group fitness, and ballroom dance. She is inspired by emotion, human interaction, and religion. This is Chelsea's first season with SNMD, and she is thrilled to be with the company.
Assistant Instructor and Company Dancer
I have had the pleasure of being with Spoke N Motion for 8 or 9 years now. It is an amazing collaboration of spirit and talent. The creative genius is incredible. I specialize in adaptive yoga for disabilities and lend that to cooling down the dancers after rehearsals.
I dance also with Morgan Wilson Dance and Roshni Women's Diversity Group.
Anaiah Sharp Sole
I've always enjoyed music, dancing, and theatre. There's a peace for me when dancing in this way, especially when dancing with my husband. This style of dancing is a release for me, when I feel stressed, anxious, troubled. Free Movement dance is just what it say's it is. Freedom to express yourself through dance.
I like this style of dancing. It slows your busy world down for awhile. There's a connection you feel with others, especially with my wife. This style of dancing for me is that you don't feel rushed. It gives me a more sense of calming.
John had virtually no involvement in the world of dance, except for a lesson or two in Western Two Step
and two brief attempts to learn Salsa. (John notes that a few moves on the dance floor during his college
days might qualify as something approaching “dance”, but barely.) John then met his future wife, Spoke
N Motion’s founder and artistic director, Teri Wagner. He was introduced to integrated dance with a
wedding dance choreographed by world champion ballroom dancer Karen Lee Bridge, and was coached
by Karen and Teri. After a few months of driving Teri back and forth to dance class, John decided to join
the company and has been with Spoke N Motion for the last 5 years.
Teri Wagner co-founded Spoke N Motion Dance in 2012 and serves as the Artistic Director and Board President. You can read more about Teri in her bio above.
John is a company member and has served on the Board of Directors since 2020. You can read more about John in his bio above.
Board of Directors
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