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CDS was established in 1978 by Chris Bornes. Chris nurtured, taught, and inspired students for 36 years and retired in early June, 2013. CDS is now under direction of Samantha Sandefur, who has taught for CDS since 1995.

CDS prides itself on positive reinforcement and great training in quality surroundings. CDS has always placed dancers on only the safest suspended dance floors. With its qualified staff that includes professionals, the utmost care and thought is processed by our team to establish the best curriculum for each level of dancer. Our goal is to provide dancers with all the tools and training they need to advance to the next level of performance. We at CDS believe there is a Gershwin, Picasso, Ailey or Stanislavski within us all. Our duty as educators is to provide an environment that allows a student to learn, grow and create. We are dedicated to the total artist.

What we do; teach, train, encourage, promote and provide opportunities for all levels and styles of dance. Gain confidence, poise, and lasting friendships by studying with nurturing teachers in a noncompetitive environment.

We welcome you and Thank You for choosing CDS Performing Arts!


Samantha S - Owner/ Director
Samantha began dancing in her Junior year of high school in Los Angeles, CA where she was on the High School Dance Team. After moving to Montana, she began dancing at CDS. She knew immediately after 1 class that she found her dance home. Sam became a demonstrator in classes after her 2nd year at CDS, and is now owner and director of CDS.
Her credits include 4 years as a Miss Montana Dancer, the role of Cha-Cha in Billings 2001 local production of Grease, choreographer for Venture Theater's Wired 2001, Shakespear's Mid-Summer night's Dream and coach/choreographer for the Billings Most Wanted Outlaw Cheerleaders 2006-2008. Samantha continues her dance education by taking classes from top professional teachers Sonah Tajeh, Doug Caldwell, Gregg Russell, Grant Chenok, Nick Drago, Anthony LaCasio to name a few and will add more to that list this summer by attending the 3 day Dance Teacher's Summit in Long Beach , California. She enjoys giving the students the gift of dance, watching them grow and discover their talents.

I love it when someone's laugh is funnier than the joke.

Kristie M - Company Technique/Jazz/Modern
Kristie Martin is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful kids. She is currently a literacy and curriculum specialist for School District #2 here in Billings, MT. Kristie is committed to continual learning, taking informed risks and learning from the results. She works with new teachers and interventionists in School District #2 to help them understand how to teach literacy skills to young and struggling students. She has also danced her whole life and simply cannot give up that passion. She is what we call a “lifer.” She has taught dance for many years; beginning her dance teaching career here at CDS. She is excited to be part of the CDS team, yet again in her dance career.

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton



Jessica M - Combo I-III
Jessie started dancing when she was 3 years old at CDS. She has been a demonstrator for 4 years and teaching the Combo III 8-10 class for 2 years. Her training includes Gregg Russell, MDAA , Nick Drago, Grant Chenok, E.J. Ferencak, Anthony LaCascio and will be attending Dancerpalooza in Long Beach, Ca in August 2016. She is currently teaching for School District #2 here in Billings, Montana.

Taylor C - Hip Hop
Taylor has been dancing since the age of 3. She began dancing locally here in Billings and started with CDS her junior year of high school.  She was also part of the dance and cheer team for 3 years at Senior High School. She loves her job at First Interstate Bank, where she has worked as a teller for 2 years. She loves to teach dance and build confidence in her students.

Emerald H - Hip Hop
Emerald Hart has been dancing with CDS since she was 3. She has been demonstrating and will begin teaching hip hop this fall. Emerald has always been extremely involved in the community not only teaching, but performing as well. Emerald is in multiple local performance groups. These groups are The Soul Funk Collective, Venture Improv,and Jackets Only A Cappella (in which she is president of). She teaches an Evolving Actors class at the Nova Center for Performing Arts, as well as the Movement sections for their summer camps. She also runs her own Vocal studio teaching children and adults how to sing. Emerald continues to study dance through Dancerpalooza and 24Seven.  Emerald is currently working towards her Music Performance  Degree with a vocal focus and a K-12 Music Education Degree. She hopes to finish her education in 2022 and begin performing professionally as well as teaching and inspiring the next generation through music. Emerald is excited to begin teaching at the studio that has always felt like home and to continue to make it a home for other kids in the community! 

Lexi V - Modern/Lyrical
Lexi began dancing at the age of 3 at CDS. After high school, Lexi attended University of Montana, where she studied in the Dance Program. Since then she has continued her dance education through DancerPalooza, Flow 40 Convention, 24/Seven, and NUVO. We are happy that Lexi is 'home' to share her love of dance with our students.

Morgan N - Budding Ballerinas/Ballet 1
Morgan has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She was on the competition teams until her sophomore year of high school, when she decided to explore other performing arts. She was in Skylights (show choir) and performed in two musical productions at Skyview High School. She was a cheerleader for 1.5 years. Upon graduating she attended MSU in Bozeman, and joined the MSU dance team. When her Junior season was cut short due to injuries, she remained on the team as a team manager/student coach for her senior year. After graduating with honors and a B.S. in Business Marketing, she moved back to Billings to work among the family businesses. Morgan joined the CDS family in 2018/19 Season as Demonstrator in our Combo Classes and now teaches our younger Ballet Program.

Ariel R - Hip Hop Minis/Elementary Hip Hop
Ariel has danced since she was one and a half years old. She started at CDS when she was 11. She first became a faculty member when she was a freshman in high school as a demonstrator. She now teaches combo and hip hop classes.  Ariel is a student at MSUB, MSU Great falls and Miles city college. She is working toward becoming a surgical technologist and then wants to become a Registered Nurse. She also works at Billings Clinic Hospital as a phlebotomist. Ariel loves sharing her love of dance with her students!

Tove O - Tech Support
Tove has been with CDS since she was three. She graduated from MSU-Billings College of Technology with an Associates degree in Computer Programming and Application Development. Tove edits all of our music and video. She also maintains the website www.CDSTheEdge.com. Tove trained in Chicago, IL and Anaheim, CA at the new Tiger Woods Learning Center. For two seasons Tove worked as an instructor at, iD Tech Camps Colorado College, Denver University and Stanford University. At iD, Tove educated kids aging from 7-17 about Web Design, Flash Animation and Video Game Creation.


Kacie C - Tap
Kacie began dance at the age of 2, and immediately fell in love with tap dancing. She is still able to recall the steps to her first dance, Me And My Teddy Bear. Kacie’s love of dance continued through college as a member of the Cheer and Dance team at the University of Mary, where she obtained her bachelors in Respiratory Therapy. You might also recognize her from previous performances at CDS as the pianist accompanying the ballet. After a brief stint in Seattle, she is thrilled to return to Billings and be back with the studio family she grew up with..

Helen R - Front Desk
Helen is not only a great help at the front desk, but is an amazing dancer mom as well. She has had her children here at CDS since 2001. If you have any questions she is the lady to talk to.

Chris B - Founder
Chris established CDS and has been teaching dance since 1977. Each year original dance concerts are produced at year's end, written and directed by Chris. She choreographed the Miss Montana Pageant 1983-2004. She was assistant to the producer/choreographer for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in 1998 and has judged for the Miss America organization state pageants in North Carolina, Virginia, North Dakota, Michigan, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and California. Chris directed the opening ceremonies for Special Olympics Montana 2000. She's performed in dinner theaters and for President Reagan. Her favorite musicals choreographed are Anything Goes, Pippin, Saturday's Warrior, and Assassins. Chris is now enjoying her retirement.

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.


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