Staff & Instructors

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Laura Bahr

Ballet, Tap Jazz

Laura Bahr grew up in Glenwood Springs and began dancing at the age of three. Her very first class was right here at The Center for the Arts with Maurine Taufer! Laura attended California State University at Long Beach. Throughout school Laura continued her dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and lyrical dance… Read more


Karen Mills-Cochran

Voice and Music

Karen Mills-Cochran is a singer-songwriter, who has been a vocal and instrumentalist in a variety of local and regional groups since 1984. She has taught voice, guitar, recorder, songwriting, and mountain dulcimer in Western Colorado since 1986… Read more

Judy Davis


Nurture your inner potter with a Wheel Throwing class, Hand Building class, or a Coil class. Sling some mud around and learn to throw a pot, not a tantrum, with this easy-going teacher, Judy Davis….. Read more


Jessica Kidd


A gem of a personality, this teacher definitely shines as a craftsperson and artist. She has been our full time Silversmithing instructor since 2004 and we love watching her students turn out contemporary, original pieces–even after their first semester!… Read more


Terry Muldoon

Art, Department Head

Terry Muldoon is a mixed media artist and teacher specializing in “art from within” through inner self expression in daily mixed media art journaling.  Both a creativity coach and technical instructor, she blends both gifts at The GWS Center for the Arts where she has been inspiring her students in the creative process since 2005…… Read more


Ashton Taufer

Guitar and Musical Composition

Ashton began teaching guitar classes at Glenwood Center for the Arts in 2009. He
was born and raised in Glenwood Springs and began playing bass and guitar
while in high school. He gained a strong appreciation for music… Read more

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Maurine Taufer

Dance Program Director – Modern and Company

Ms. Maurine feels fortunate to have spent most of her professional life as a dance educator, directing, choreographing, teaching and interacting with students, ages 3 to 70 years old. She has taught in private studios, public schools, at the community college and university levels and has been recognized for her teaching… Read more


Brad Vierheller

Piano, Voice

Brad Vierheller and his piano go way back. He began studying it in the third grade where his love of music literally found its voice and its vehicle. A musical standout during his years at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Brad was selected for Colorado All-State Choir and sang with the acclaimed singing group “McGregor’s Beggars”… Read more


Katie Deyoe


Katie Deyoe began dancing at the age of three and took many of her early childhood dance classes at the Center for the Arts. She has trained in a variety of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern, but tap holds a special place in her heart…. Read more

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Kay Cochran


Kay Cochran grew up in Denver where she found herself creating fanciful creatures and visual effects for a local theater company. This job eventually led her to Los Angeles, CA where she worked as a sculptor for movies, TV and theme parks… Read more

Danielle Yost


Danielle began her dance training in Glenwood Springs with Karen Samuelson and Claire Evans at the age of 12. She trained in the Royal Academy of Dance for 6 years and participated in technique and annual exams. She also continued training in jazz throughout high school.       … Read more


Nicole Zinn


Nicole began her dance training at Belliston Academy of Ballet in Littleton, Colorado at the age of 6. She first started with ballet and at the age of 8 added jazz, tap, modern and tumbling to her repertoire. She trained in the Royal Academy of Dance for 5 years and Cecchetti for 4 years  … Read more


Bella Barnum-Collier

Director of Competitive Dance

A Colorado Mountain College Theatre graduate, Bella shares an equal love of Acting and Musical Theater.Bella has been a part of the local dance community ever since she took her first ballet class here, at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts in 1998. Since then she has pursued a passion for dance by training with studios across the valley, traveling to conventions and receiving instruction from stand out names like Denise Wall, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, tWitch Boss and more… Read more