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Betsy Acree-McClenahan is the Director of Kaleidoscope Arts Project, a program of Imagination Celebration. Her teaching and performing career spans more than four decades and you can find many of her former students with State Street Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, national tours of Hot Shoe Shuffle, Wizard of Oz, The Producers, My Fair Lady, and the Broadway companies of Addams Family, Sister Act, West Side Story, The Lion King and Anything Goes. Ms. McClenahan is passionate about providing training and performing opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds. When she is not at her studio, she teaches the dance program at CIVA Charter High School, choreographs for The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, assists with the summer theater intensive in Canon City Colorado, performs, directs and choreographs extensively throughout the Pikes Peak region. Ms. McClenahan is delighted to be in her third year as the Colorado Director for Talent America and is excited to extend America’s longest running talent competition into Wyoming, Montana, Washington and California for the 2016 year.
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MaryBlanche has been performing onstage since the ripe age of 3yrs. A triple threat: singer, actress & dancer she has performed in over 200 theatre & musical productions, including a one-woman show: MAGDALENE. She opened her own studio as a 13 yr old 8th grader teaching dance and modeling to over 200 students. A former model for Eileen Ford, she now owns PAGEANT PERFECTION where she coaches, grooms & consults with candidates nationwide to prepare them for the pageant & talent competition stages.
She is also a certified International judge for pageantry & a past State Director for Miss Hemisphere & American International Dream Girl. Her choreography has spanned every high school within 50 miles of her hometown as well as several Miss Hemisphere National pageants & International competitions. She still continues to choreograph for musical theatre & praise dance teams.
Musical theatre is a passion of hers & she has not only performed main roles in MAN OF LA MANCHA, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, NUNSENSE, A CHORUS LINE, MAME, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING…….. & SWEET CHARITY but she has directed over 150 productions. No stranger to theatre, she has also worked EVERY position in community theatre including: sound operation, makeup design, costume design, light hanging and operation & stage manager. She’s a firm believer in not asking someone to do a job that she hasn’t done before or has no idea what it involves. Two community theatres have been started by MaryBlanche: TEENACT THEATRE COMPANY & CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DINNER THEATRE. Movies are also included in her resume for indie films currently with main roles in: INCRUENTUS, MONDAYS, and TALES FROM THE DORM.
Many of her past students have gone on to open successful dance studios, crowned state or National winners in pageants, roles in major movies, work in musical theatre touring companies & walk the runways.