Kasey Correia was born and raised in the east bay of California. With the help of her high school art teacher, she discovered a healthy way to express herself through art. She started creating pottery at Memorial High School where she graduated early with art honors.  

After high school she traveled the world both in a band and as a manager. She got a degree in music business and then later moved to Alaska to continue school at the University.  While there, she studied as a electrical apprentice, got her pilots license and ended up joining an art group that lead to her becoming the owner of Tundra Arts, a co-op style artist's gallery. 

Through the many amazing opportunities and occurrences in her life, she developed a great love for community and the under-dogs and a desire to empower people. And when she moved to Ignacio Colorado and became one of the four founding members of Dancing Spirit Community Art Center, she was able to use the talent and knowledge she had gained to develop programs that focus on healing through the arts. 

Kasey loves flying small planes in Alaska, camping and her animals, and desires to help others discover the power of healing through art.

Cora Shubert, a true Colorado native, has spent much of her life living between Durango and Pagosa Springs. She got her EMT certification in 2001, and then went on to study Early Childhood Education in college at both Adams State College and at Pueblo Community College. She worked with after school and summer programs, taught in several local pre-schools as well as a homeschool co-op, but ultimately chose to homeschool her four children and has never regretted that choice. 

She enjoys helping in the many communities she is a part of by teaching 1st Aid, CPR and Trauma Response as well as by being active in her church and helping with a Reformers Unanimous group in Aztec, New Mexico.

She and her children enjoy learning, exploring and experiencing life together and spend their time taking martial arts and keeping up with the myriad of random projects (and animals) that are going on in their lives. 

Although she currently lives in Pagosa Springs, much of Cora's time is spent in Ignacio and she greatly enjoys the time she is able to spend working with the different organizations and people there.

Tim Murphy

Art Instructor

“I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.”

– David Rockefeller

Cora Shubert

Administrative Assistant

Betty's bio is coming soon!

Our Staff

Kasey Correia

Executive Director, Teacher

Margie Coates is an artist and long-time member and past Board Member of Dancing Spirit. Her wheel classes incorporates learning handbuilding techniques, and throwing functional pottery. She focuses on form and surface decorations to create balance, meaning, and interest in pieces. Her pottery can currently be seen at Create, Art and Tea in Durango, Colorado. She has shown locally in many art galleries and shops in the 4 Corners area since 2004. She has taught pottery and art for various schools, Studio 211, and Georgia Piedmont Arts Center in the Atlanta, Georgia area from 1983 to 2004. She is excited to be able to teach pottery again, having retired from full time teaching.

Tim Murphy's bio is coming soon!

Margie Coates

Art Instructor

Betty Nunes

Art Instructor