Bella Barnum Collier
Miss Bella has been a part of the local dance community ever since she took her first ballet class here in Glenwood Springs 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. Her original choreography has been featured in the annual showcases, winter festivals, and student showcases since 2010. She has created award winning competitive pieces since 2016, with many of her pieces ranking top 10 Nationally in the summer of 2017.
A Colorado Mountain College Theatre graduate, Bella shares an equal love of Acting and Musical Theater. She has been seen in various shows, most recently in the role of “Tzeitel” in Defiance Community Player’s production of Fiddler On the Roof. Her choreography has also been featured in Theater Productions up and down the valley, most notably in Colorado Mountain Colleges production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, VOICES original production Panic!, Glenwood Springs High School’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, and Defiance Community Player’s You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.
It doesn’t take much to see Bella’s love, and commitment to her teaching and performing. This passion for her art has come together to support her most recent role as Owner/Executive Director of Legacy Dance Company. Her ultimate goal is to create a safe space for children to unlock their creativity and ignite their passions, build the local community of dance and put Glenwood Springs, Colorado on the map as a producer of poised, professional dancers who can hold their own in the performing arts industry.
Bella was selected as one of Mountain Parent Magazine's "Mompreneurs" of 2021 and also was a front page community profile in the Post Independent in May of 2021: Read Article Here
Bella is also a proud member of the Dance Studio Owner's Association's "Inner Circle," where she works alongside leading dance studio owners from around the globe to innovate the dance industry and learn cutting edge professional skills. She attended a live retreat held in Miami, Florida in January 2022 and was most excited to meet Bruce Terkel, Nicole Walters, Rick Goodman, Susie Moore, and the incredible Liz Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic).
In her spare time, Bella enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, adventuring with her 3-year old son, hiking, kayaking, and curling up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. Be on the lookout in bookstores for her latest artistic endeavor, as she dances into a new role: Published Author.
Miss Bella is a Registered Acro Dance Teachers Association (ADTA) Instructor and teaches:
Beginner Ballet & Tap 1
Hip Hop (multiple levels)
Tap (multiple levels)
Jazz (multiple levels)
Contemporary (multiple levels)
Acro (multiple levels)