Teresa Volgenau
Westminster, CO
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Teresa Volgenau

Teresa V.

Westminster, CO
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Detailed, fun and engaging lessons on harnessing the English language. Whether refining grammar, building vocab, gaining language survival skills, or perfecting professional terms and structure for speaking and writing, you will take your English skills to new levels and beyond. Use of magazines, various publications, flash cards, workbooks and lots of conversational exchanges!

About Teresa V.

Teresa Anne V., originally from Boulder, Colorado, has taken her career from coast to coast, and abroad. She began her stage career as a classical ballerina, training and performing with such notable companies as The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (Dance) and University of Utah (BFA- Theatre), Teresa has gone on to craft a dense and eclectic resume on both coasts and internationally as an Actress and as a Dancer/Choreographer (classical & contemporary works, Argentine Tango, musical theatre). 2012-13 offered Teresa the prestigious HOLA Award for her choreographic contributions to the New York stage production of "Tango Fever.". And Teresa has been part of the teaching faculty for The Joffrey Ballet, and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Teresa’s film credits include screen time with academy award-winning actor, Sean Penn in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” leading roles in independent film gems such as “Life at Bay”, “The Hideout”, and “Seven Fallen Objects.”, and stars in nationally running commercials for Dyson Vacuums and Animal Planet. Her vast theatre credit highlights include “Tango Fever”(TeatroLaTea, NYC), “Buried Child” (Aaron Davis Hall, NYC); "My Time" ONE Festival NYC, ”Objectivity”(FischHouseThtr, SF), ”Scheme of Things”(El Portal Thtr, Los Angeles), ”Light in the Shadow”(The Complex, Los Angeles).
Prior to returning to New York in the Spring of 2012, Teresa dedicated her dance career to a tango dance partnership in Warsaw where she performed, toured, taught, and also stepped in as a dance consultant to the 2011 winners of the Polish edition of "Dancing With The Stars."
After her time abroad, Teresa taught/choreographed/performed full time in NYC until 2015. She is now based in her homestate of Colorado. Frequently she is a guest judge for Dance Competitions across the country.
In addition, Teresa has launched a series of specialized dance programs (“Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique & Tango Stylization”), Choreographic and Acting intensives, and specialized workshops for professional/pre-professional dancers. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.


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Teresa really helped me understand a deeper part of telling a story through a character. She is awesome!

Posted Jun 4, 2021
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Teresa is a very knowledgeable and talented teacher! I have learned so many new techniques with sewing and clothing design thanks to her! She is very patient, kind, and dedicated to making sure her students acquire the skills they need to be successful. She thoroughly explains the projects we are working on as well as gives a clear demonstration on any project we are working on. Her in home studio is beautiful! It is quiet, clean, and organized. I truly enjoy my visits there! I’m very lucky that I found Teresa through Take Lessons and I’m so thankful to have her as my sewing guru!

Posted Jan 20, 2021
Paige L.
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Theresa was amazing is all I can say. My daughter needed a choreographed ballet program in three days and she pulled it together and made extra time to fit her in so she could perfect it. I should say my daughter has not done ballet since the start of the pandemic. I am so thankful for her.

Posted Jan 19, 2021
Alec S.
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Teresa is an incredibly knowledgeable and considerate teacher! We took ten Salsa lessons with her, coming in with no dancing experience and leaving feeling comfortable and confident showing off a myriad of awesome moves! We would highly recommend her!

Posted Dec 15, 2020
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Great first lesson! Teresa is very pleasant to work with and extremely knowledgeable. Looking forward to many more lessons to come!

Posted Nov 12, 2017
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Teresa was awesome! She worked with me and my limited flexibility and really set me up for success with exercises to integrate into my routine. She was also very cognizant of a prior injury and presented long term alternate solutions to tissue regrowth. I really look forward to working with her again!

Posted Oct 30, 2017
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She was really great, we have only had one lesson so far but she made me feel very comfortable and I feel like she will be perfect for me helping me get over my stage fright. She came up with quite a few ideas up front and can tell she is taking it seriously, which makes me even more confident in her because it is such a serious issue for me. I am looking forward to working with her.

Posted Jun 20, 2017
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As an older person who never had ballet lesson, this could have been a very intimidating experience but Teresa was very patient and thoughtful about her instruction. She really wanted to be certain I understood the terms, technique and overall format of ballet. A great experience! I look forward to my next lesson!

Posted Apr 2, 2016
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She made me feel right at home, talked through every step in the sewing process, gave me pointers without taking over built my confidence while guiding me along the way

Posted Apr 1, 2016
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Teresa did an amazing job! She quickly figured out how best to work together even over Skype! Amazing!!!

Posted Mar 31, 2016

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Dance Instructor/ Choreographer
Aug 2015 - Present

TAVolgenau Studio

Teresa coaches private and semi-private lessons out of her own dance studio. Formerly in Marshdale/Evergreen, then Denver, and now (as of Nov 2020) her dance space is located in Westminster, Co. Teresa coaches classical ballet, pointe, and preps choreography for competitions/auditions. Teresa also coaches her uniquely designed "Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique and Tango Stylization" program.

Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Jun 2015 - Present

Kinetic Arts Dance Studios

Teaching Classical Ballet, and her uniquely designed "Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique and Tango Stylization" program. Teresa is also the director of "Evergreen's Cracked Nut", Colorado's newest winter tradition.

Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Broadway Dance Center

Taught and refined dancers, age 9-18 yrs, classical ballet technique, terminology, stylization. Increased body awareness, physical strength, stamina, flexibility and elongation, balance, musicality. Encourage personal development, goal setting, nudge limitations--mentally & physically, Instill a love for creative expression and a passion for art of movement. I choreograph multiple dance pieces for year end concert. Ongoing communication w/ parents, distribute progress updates, and report to my director.

Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Oct 2012 - Jun 2015

The Joffrey Ballet School - Adult program

Taught and refined adult dancers, beg-adv/pro. 1.5 - 3 hr classes. Group, privates, and specialty workshops. Classical ballet technique, terminology, stylization. Increase body awareness, physical strength, stamina, elongation and flexibility, balance, musicality. Encourage personal development, goal setting, nudge limitations--mentally & physically, Aim to instill a love for creative expression with a passion for art of movement.

Personal Strength & Fitness Coach
Sep 1997 - Sep 2009


Personal Fitness and Strength Conditioning Coach. Owner of TAVLifestyle in San Francisco and Los Angeles. With cutting edge techniques and athletic progrmamming I worked one on one and with small groups for athletic training in the gym and outside on the field. Increased strength, stamina, flexibility, agility and speed. Weightloss and improved sense of well being. Goal setting and achievement. NASM and NSCA certified. Continued Ed with Power Systems, Paul Chek and SPRY programs.


BFA Theater/Acting
Jan 1992 - Mar 1997

University of Utah



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fitness Professional
Jun 1999

National Strength Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Fitness Professional
Nov 1997

National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM)



2013 HOLA Award - Contributing Choreography
Sep 2013

Hispanic Organization for Latin Actors


Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Aug 2014
SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Our mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers and providing effective administration, negotiations and contractual support.
Actors' Equity Association
May 2013
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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