Julia Wilkinson Manley – CEO & Artistic Director

Julia Wilkinson Manley began her training with Cristina Munro (London Festival Ballet, Eliot Feld) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Julia attended the Boston Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the Houston Ballet Academy. At the University of Oklahoma, she earned a BFA in ballet pedagogy and danced soloist roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Miguel Terekhov’s Four Moons, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker as Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as numerous solo roles choreographed for her by Mary Margaret Holt (Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet). She toured with Ballet Ireland under the direction of Günther Falüsy, and performed with David Taylor Dance Theatre and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Her choreographic work has been performed by numerous companies, including Corpus Christi Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre and Ballet Nouveau Colorado.

In 2009, she served on the committee to rewrite the Colorado Academic Standards for Dance for the Colorado Department of Education and is currently the Mountain Chapter Chair of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.


Danny Ryan – Associate Artistic Director

Danny Ryan began his professional training with Rafael Delgado in his hometown of Milwaukee (WI) before moving to New York City to further his studies with teacher and mentor John Magnus at the Joffrey Ballet School. He then went on to enjoy a career with the Louisville Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater and Wonderbound. At home in both classical and contemporary techniques, Mr. Ryan’s repertoire includes works by Ben Stevenson O.B.E., George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, Trey McIntyre and Agnes de Mille, in addition to world premieres by Adam Hougland, Graham Lustig, Lauri Stallings and Garrett Ammon. In the spring of 2013, Danny was invited by John Malashock, Artistic Director of Malashock Dance, to perform the title role of Chagall: A New Dance Musical, which the company workshopped and performed at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Mr. Ryan has also appeared as a guest artist in England, Canada and throughout the United States. Mr. Ryan has taught and choreographed extensively across the country with the Kansas City Ballet School, Texas Ballet Theater School, Portland Festival Ballet and the Louisiana Delta Ballet. Danny now also serves on the Dance Faculty for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, reaching students from 45 Alaskan Communities, 20 states, and 3 countries. Danny gratefully acknowledges all who have influenced his dance and teaching career, specifically John Magnus, Rafael Delgado, Ben Stevenson O.B.E. and Adam McKinney.


Julianna Bicki Ryan – Lead Faculty & Front Desk Supervisor

Julianna (Juls) Bicki began her training with the International Ballet School, before continuing on to train with Zamuel Ballet School, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, and Ballet Society of Colorado Springs. While attending Walnut Hill on full scholarship, Ms. Bicki had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall in 2008. She has twice won first place at the annual Esther Geoffrey Young Dancers Competition, and has won both fourth and fifth place at the Denver Ballet Guild Competition. Professionally, Julianna has danced with Texas Ballet Theater under the directorship of Ben Stevenson O.B.E., Colorado Jazz Dance Company, Ballet Frontier (Texas), Owen/Cox Dance Group (Kansas City, MO), Napoles Dance Theater (San Francisco), and Arc Dance Company (Seattle). She is currently a dancer with the Boulder Ballet and directs the ballet program at Kemper Dance Academy in Colorado Springs.

Kristen Manning

Kristen Manning – Conservatory Operations Manager

Kristen is a Broomfield native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Economics and International Affairs. Kristen started her CCD journey as an adult student in 2012. With extensive experience in working with people with disabilities she began volunteering with CCD’s Ballet Expressions program in 2013. The following year she began teaching in school movement classes to children in area elementary challenge classrooms. Kristen brought her professional experience in finance and human resource management when she  joined CCD as a staff member in 2017.


Rachel Long – Communications Coordinator

Rachel has been involved with CCD since 2004 – first, as a parent and volunteer, then as a staff member since the fall of 2014. Rachel has had the pleasure of volunteering as a member of the Fundraising Committee, Volunteer Committee, and leading numerous fundraisers and events such as Nutcracker Tea and Blossom Ball. Rachel and her husband, Billy, have two children who have passed through each level of CCD and danced as Studio Company members for many years. Rachel graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and currently brings her many years of volunteer work and knowledge of design with her to communicate CCD’s great work in the community and its fabulous school to our CCD families and the broader community.


Sue Sakai – Costume Supervisor

Sue has had the pleasure of helping Colorado Conservatory of Dance with costumes since 2006. She became the Studio Company’s Costume Supervisor in 2011. Since then, she has taken part in the costuming process for several Studio Company and student productions, including The Nutcracker; Summer Moving Project (2014 – 2017); Madeline Stands Tall and Hall of the Mountain King by Camcie Foster; Tale of a Wounded Apple by Maree ReMalia; It All Starts Somewhere by Sarah Jannsen; Ballet Blanc, Secret Garden, and The Boxcar Children by Julia Wilkinson Manley; and Bartok Dances by Mark Foehringer. She is the proud mother of Angela “Momo” and Nicholas Sakai.

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