Denai began her career as a competitive gymnast before discovering dance.  She danced with a local studio in Wisconsin and decided to pursue a BFA at the University of Arizona. After graduation, Denai moved to Los Angeles where she danced with Kybele Dance Theater, Benita Bike’s DanceArt, Contemporary Arte in Movement, and Stretch Dance Company.  As a teacher she helped develop dance fitness curriculum for inner city schools in LA and has won numerous awards for her choreography. Denai's choreography has been presented at the Pasadena Dance Festival, the World Dance Alliance General Assembly, and the LA Dance Invitational held at the Ford Theatre. Favorite musical roles include “Cassie” in A Chorus Line, “Louise” in Carousel, and “Girl in the Green Dress” in Singin in the Rain. Here in the Bay Area she is the Artistic Director of Open City Dance, She’s happy to join the ACE team and is excited to pass on her love of artistry and dance to her students. Denai also stays busy raising her three kids all of whom love to dance.

To dance is to be out of yourself.
Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.

~Agnes De Mille