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 Celebration Place, she teaches the dance program at CIVA Charter High School, directs and choreographs extensively throughout Colorado and performs when the opportunities arise.
Instructors from Kaleidoscope have proudly been training students since 1978, and its alumni have appeared in productions of Sister Act (Broadway), The Addams Family (Broadway), Lion King (Broadway)The Producers (Las Vegas and first National Tour), Grease (Broadway), West Side Story (Broadway), Some Like It Hot (National Tour with Tony Curtis), The Sound of Music (International Tour), Wizard of Oz (National Tour with Ertha Kitt), American Gangster (movie), Martha Graham Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, State Street Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Disney (west and east coast), as well as many additional national tours, dance companies, cruise ships, and regional theaters.
Kaleidoscope truly believes that dance, music, theater and art are pivotal elements to a child’s development academically, creatively, and artistically. Research has shown that children involved in music are better in science and math while students involved in other aspects of the performing and visual arts are more proficient in areas of critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and sports.