The Pipsqueak Panda

                                                 the funkiest little school

                                                   of arts around!      

Ms. Comfort Rogers
Executive Director

Comfort was introduced to the world of music and art by her amazing parents and began taking lessons at the age of 3 in her mother’s studio. Because of her love of the arts, she went on to become an accomplished musician and artist in the areas of piano, flute, voice, painting, and design. During her education, she studied flute and voice under the great masters, Sir James Galway and David Anderson. After earning her degrees in Music, Piano, and Vocal Jazz, she spent several years touring the country with various notable chamber and jazz orchestras.
With over 25 years of teaching experience in the private music school setting, Comfort has received great joy teaching children and teens by helping them to build self-confidence through the arts. "Professional Academy of New Dramatic Arts" is the result of her longtime dream to combine the teaching of both music and art in one studio setting. In addition to private lessons, she has developed several programs at the studio that are unique to the world of music and art education, including “Pipsqueakers”, and “Pipsqueak Picassos”. She encourages children to use their creativity and imaginations in new ways, along with embracing the beauty of their imperfections to reach their goals. She aims to make every student that enters her programs to feel welcomed, loved, challenged, and motivated. Comfort has also developed a program designed to help the physically and mentally challenged child achieve growth, confidence, joy, and stability through the arts. 

Ms. Kristi Glaze

Artistic Director, Dance Instructor

Kristi has been in love with the arts since she was 3 years old.  She studied many forms of dance which include Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Hawaiian, and Broadway.  She has taught in many different studios in several states, started and developed dance ministries in two churches, choreographed professionally for many major productions, taught Zumba, coached and choreographed a competition Taekwondo team that is ranked nationally and internationally, and has been a professional model and actress.  Currently, she is a part-time DJ and choreographer for Springs Sounds Entertainment and is also the theater director for the middle school and high school programs at The University School.  She is happily married to Scotty and they are blessed with four amazing boys.  She loves working with kids and believes fully in the vision of Panda!  She wants all kids to enjoy and benefit from the arts!

Ms. Lindsay Reinold
Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Lindsay has been dancing her whole life!  She started young and once in high school began her dance career as an assistant dance instructor.  She began teaching dance full time once she entered college,  She has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater for over 10 years in the public and private studio sector.  

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and hiking with her dog Axel!

Mr. Greg Sallee
Music Director, Private Lesson Instructor

Greg is a voice and acting coach, piano teacher, and sound engineer who was raised with a deep love for music in all its forms.  He studied at the University of North Texas and McNeese State University, focusing on vocals, classical and pop/jazz piano, chord theory, and music ensembles.  He has over 25 years of experience teaching musical theatre/pop-style voice and piano, directing vocal ensembles and choirs, leading worship teams, and coaching musical theatre productions such as Meet Me at the Manger, Jael, and Shrek.  Greg loves musical expression, vocal harmony, teamwork, and the magic of the stage, and is deeply rewarded by helping students discover new creative abilities of their own!

Ms. Stephanie Reid  

Dance Instructor

Stephanie started her dance training at the age of 6 and is extensively trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary. She studied at Oklahoma City University starting out as a Dance Performer Major until her junior year of college, training under the Assistant Choreographer of Broadway show Elf, as well as was a company member of the famous American Spirit Dance Company under the direction of  the Bolshoi and Broadway star Jo Rowan. She toured with this dance company around the Oklahoma region, as well as take voice lessons from a tony award winner, and acting classes from the writer of the TBS show Sullivan and Sons. Due to an injury preventing her from becoming a performer, Stephanie now teaches, as her passion for dance and musical theater has never changed . Her choreography has been used in the Tri Lakes Community Nutcracker, The Colorado Springs Sugar Plum Mart as well various dance competitions. She has been a talent judge in competitions such as Talent America, and is currently the dance chair of CIVA Charter High school. She is looking forward to bringing out the inner actor found in every dancer.

Mr. Josh Sallee

Dance & Fitness Instructor

Josh was raised in a home full of music and singing.  His passion for music grew into a love for dance. Now with eight years of dance training and experience, he credits the talents of his gifted dance coaches, along with the influence of many of the greats in the industry, including Michael Jackson.  He and his dance partner, Charlize Rogers, have developed a fresh and unique dance program called "FUSION", that combines genres of Hip Hop and Lyrical and they are thrilled to be offering it to the dance community of Colorado Springs.  Along with teaching dance, Josh has been a professional DJ for three years.  Josh also received his 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo in 2017 along with receiving a World Silver Medal in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Josh looks forward to bringing his energy and passion to PANDA and it's amazing students.

Ms. Charlize Rogers
Dance Instructor

Charlize has been in the world of the arts since she was in Diapers! She has been dancing for 13 years and has experience in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical, and even irish step dancing! She now specializes in jazz and musical theater dancing and has been teaching for 3 years. Charlize traveled to New York City in 2016 to compete in a national talent competition and received 1st place in the musical theatre dance category, as well as choreographing for a production of "Suessical Jr." at a local school in the spring of 2017. She hopes to bring the love and passion of performing to her students that her teachers have given her, and is honored to be a part of the PANDA team!