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About Zenergy Dancesport & Our Instructors

Zenergy Dancesport is a collaboration of instructors that have been dancing their entire lives and working in the industry for over 30 years! They are from all over the country, and have come together to bring you their joy and passion for dance, health and well-being!

James Williard

James moved to the Denver area 5 years ago and jumped right into the Theatre and Ballroom communities in the metro area. He has performed in “Secret Garden” and “Hello Dolly” with Performance Now The​atre Company, “Billy Elliott with Breckenridge Backstage Theatre Company, and “Swing” with the Platte Valley Players in Brighton, and is currently assisting in the choreography of “She Loves Me.” James has been teaching and choreographing ballroom dance for over 27 years. His titles include World Cup Finalist, USA Rising Star Finalist, and Triple Crown Champion in the American Smooth division. He also has a bronze medal in the Theatre Arts division in the United States Dance Sport Championships. He is grateful for all of his faithful students and looks forward to growing zenergy dancesport in denver!

Ashley Melville

Ashley's mother first enrolled her in dance classes while she was still in diapers! Throughout her childhood, she competed in contemporary dance in Los Angeles, where her high school dance team won the National Championship at USA Dance in 2004. Ashley also studied regularly at the prestigious EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.

Despite her MBA and background in finance and economics, Ashley's true passion remains dance, so she started ballroom and latin dancing in 2013 to continue advancing her knowledge. Ashley uses her extensive dance background to share the joy of dance with others!

Hannah Sutherland

Hannah is an instructor at Zenergy Dancesport and is a native coloradan! She has been dancing for six years, and her favorite dance is the Waltz. Hannah specializes in teaching couples, because she loves developing non-verbal communication techniques with her students! Along with dancing, Hannah loves to read and write, and spend time with her close family and friends. 

Jason Saxe

Shawna Reed


Ken Leist

GROOV3 & Showcase Ensemble Director

Ken’s performing arts career has taken him both on-stage and backstage, from the ‘Big Apple’ to the high-seas, and to more than 13 countries. He is the choreographer for the organization Up with People and is excited to expand into ballroom dancing with Zenergy. Ken loves all forms of dance, which is why he is also passionate about GROOV3, a hip hop based dance fitness class! He is also the director and choreographer for Zenergy's ensemble, and has brought both "Ballroom Meets Broadway" and "Deck the Ballroom" to the stage.

Shelly Ray

Zumba, La Blast, Burlesque Jazz & Heels

 Shelly holds multiple fitness certifications/licenses and has been teaching dance fitness classes since 1996. Shelly's primary focus was previously Zumba fitness, and has been teaching it since 2008, but has since branched into many more forms of dance. Shelly is a competitive ballroom dancer and has been dancing with her instructor for roughly 10 years. Shelly has been teaching burlesque basics and specialty classes for the last 3 years and has been performing locally, regionally, and nationally in the burlesque world since 2018. Come join in on the fun!