Alexa Schuessler, INSTRUCTOR
Amy Eichman, INSTRUCTOR, ALL STARS DIRECTOR
Amy is originally from Kansas City, Kansas but is currently studying dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been dancing since she was 13 on the Blazerettes Dance Team at Gardner-Edgerton High School. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary, pom and hip hop. She is very passionate about dancing, especially choreographing and teaching. Amy intends to hopefully start her own dance studio when she graduates. Amy also loves traveling, painting, skydiving and arts & crafts.
Bobbie Lawson, INSTRUCTOR
Bree Ray, INSTRUCTOR / COMPANY DIRECTOR / PRE-PRO MENTOR
Bree has been dancing and performing for 30 years. She is going into her 15th season teaching at Elite Dance Academy as a Teacher and Company Director. Bree has choreographed many award winning pieces and has trained dancers that are successful in the industry today. Bree has been a member of professional dance teams including Colorado Crush and Rockstarz. Bree has been a Director and Choreographer for Dream Project. Bree is married and also mommy to a handsome little man, Jaxson and a beautiful little girl, Adley. She and her family, including two wonderful dogs, love calling Colorado home and can't imagine being anywhere else.
Brittany Anderson, INSTRUCTOR
Brittany Miller, INSTRUCTOR, ASSISTANT COMPANY DIRECTOR
Brittany has been a dancer since the age of three. She started her dancing career at Dancing with Celeste in Sioux City, IA. There she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and musical theater. Departing from the studio life at age 13, Brittany joined her high school dance team, the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Dazzlers where her team performed all four years at the Iowa State Dance Team Association competition. After graduating from high school in 2012, Brittany got accepted to Iowa State University in Ames, IA where she later graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts with an emphasis in dance. At ISU, she studied modern, contemporary, tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, hip hop, ballroom, African, capoeira and Irish step dancing. Brittany has recently moved to Westminster, Colorado from Iowa to pursue her master’s degree in dance at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she hopes will land her a career in teaching dance at a college level. Brittany’s long-term goal is to own her own studio someday where she will teach what she loves. She is very thankful for the opportunity to continue what she loves doing with amazing co-workers and students.
Cassie Detwiler, INSTRUCTOR
Cassie Detwiler has been dancing since the young age of three. She is originally from Highlands Ranch but resides in Boulder now, continuing her education as an Integrative Physiology major at the University of Colorado. Cassie began competing at the age of five for Centerstage Starz here in Colorado and was also a part of the Varsity Ponderosa Poms team during her four years in high school. At CU, Cassie was on the Express Dance Team her freshman year, taking 8th place in both Pom and Jazz at UDA Nationals. Not only does she love to dance but also enjoys watching others grow and excel in the art. Miss Cassie has two younger sisters that are growing up in the dance world and is surrounded by the dance community from all angles. She is so grateful for the opportunity Elite has given her and hopes she can make a difference in her little dancers' lives.
Gigi Golden, INSTRUCTOR
JeniSue Lopez, INSTRUCTOR, BALLET DIRECTOR, DIAMONDS DIRECTOR
JeniSue Lopez has been active in the dance world for thirty years. She began competing regionally and nationally at the age of five, and began traveling as an assistant to her director at the age of eleven. JeniSue performed in a couple of shows with the Boulder based professional jazz company, Blue Moon, also at the age of eleven. She started training from world-renowned dancers on the convention circuit, mainly on a scholarship basis, then decided to graduate high school early in order to continue her dance studies in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, JeniSue, at the age of seventeen, signed with an agent and trained at the EDGE Performing Arts Center as well as the Millennium Performing Arts Complex. JeniSue has trained in Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet methods from principle dancers of the Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, and New York City Ballet. While ballet is where her heart and soul is, she is trained in numerous other styles of dance including jazz, modern, contemporary, tap and hip hop to name a few. She also trained in Graham from one of Martha Graham’s original company members. JeniSue has been teaching for sixteen years, eleven of those at Elite Dance Academy, and continues her dance education annually in Los Angeles as well as in the Denver convention circuit. Some of JeniSue’s most rewarding credits include being a wife to her husband, Jake and a mother to her daughter, Jaydalyn and sons, Jacob Lane and Jedd Thomas.
Laurie Davis, INSTRUCTOR
Laurie Davis credits her versatile tap, musical theatre, character, jazz, lyrical and acrobatic work as her specialties of dance and teaching, along with her well known energetic and unique abilities. She is honored and continues to be a recipient for Regional and National Award winning Choreography and Entertaining recognitions. Laurie has trained under the best of the best in all styles of dance as well as a National tumbler, Jr. Olympic & State champion gymnast and a professional juggler. Her many teacher mentors include James Rossanas, Gregory Hines, Danny Hoctor, Shirley Harkness, Rod Hill, Frank Hatchett, Tony Coppola and Mike Pickering. Laurie's experienced opportunities are endless, but being invited to perform over-seas with the USO and Bob Hope and having repeated guest performances at the Sahara in Las Vegas were special honors. Laurie currently loves being invited to travel as an annual judicator for many Regional and National Dance Competitions. Laurie's four decades of teaching currently continues! Her greatest passion is to share her heart for dance with children of all ages and abilities. Laurie"s greatest pride are her daughter and son and her grandson at CSU and granddaughter in high school.
Jessie Westbrook, INSTRUCTOR
Katherine Nehring, INSTRUCTOR
Kayla Longstreth, INSTRUCTOR, ELITE EXPRESS INSTRUCTOR
Maria Meihaus, INSTRUCTOR
Like many others, Maria began dancing at a very young age. Recreational classes were always a part of childhood until the age of 11 when she chose to take things more seriously. In Littleton, Colorado, Maria danced for years at Belliston Academy of Ballet, finally joining the Pre-Professional Scholarship program, focusing primarily on becoming a professional ballerina. Trained and tested in the techniques of Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Cecchetti method, Maria received intense ballet instruction while simultaneously practicing tap, modern, jazz and tumbling. Continuing in the Pre-Professional Scholarship program for 3 years, Maria also participated in the Denver Ballet Guild competition annually. Upon entering high school, Maria joined the Columbine Varsity Poms team and competed at the regional, state, and national level each season. Another 3 years of solely pom dancing and Maria was missing the intense technique and artistry that only studio training could offer. For her senior year, Maria went back to studio life at Shelly True Dance academy in Littleton, where ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and tricking classes took priority. Competing again at the state and national level (Showstoppers, Move, KAR Las Vegas, etc.), Maria enjoyed the competitive dance curriculum for the entirety of high school. Currently attending CU Boulder as an MCDB major (Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology) and dance minor, Maria enjoys her mix of academic and artistic challenges.
Meghan Sullivan, INSTRUCTOR / PERFORMANCE TEAM DIRECTOR / SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR / COMMUNITY LIASON
Meghan grew up dancing in the mountains of Summit County, Colorado. Meghan fell in love with dance and began performing and competing at an early age. Meghan is trained in the dance styles of jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap, and hip-hop. Meghan has been on staff at Elite Dance Academy since 2010 and is currently a Master Teacher, Performance Team Director, Nutcracker choreographer, Special Events Coordinator and Community Liason. Meghan graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Meghan is currently a dancer and board member of Dream Project Dance Company, a local non-profit in the Denver area.
Nina Laurenzo, INSTRUCTOR / PERFORMANCE CREW DIRECTOR
Nina comes to Elite from the Texas studio, Dance Concept, where she spent six years working as a teacher, teacher trainer, company instructor and preschool extraordinaire. Growing up in the studio world and on the competition and convention circuit, she is passionate about all aspects of recreational and competitive dance and enjoys teaching dancers of all levels and ages. Her formal training is in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and improvisational work. She is also involved in research work on the positive therapeutic and psychological effects of dance in young people and is currently working toward her Masters degree in Dance and Movement Therapy. She is thrilled to be sharing her passion for dance and her love of teaching with her new family at Elite!
Rachel Jordan, INSTRUCTOR
OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Lisa Pevateaux
Lisa has been dancing for twenty-six years. She began dancing on scholarship at Starstruck Dance Academy during and throughout high school. Lisa choreographed and performed the second place ESPN national pom pon routine in her senior year in high school. Lisa has been instructing students' dance for the past eighteen years. She has taught at dance studios throughout Colorado and the surrounding states. She has choreographed for several high school pom pon and dance squads as well as college squads. Lisa has a substantial professional performance background as well. She was a Denver Nuggets Dance Team member for four years and she directed the team in her final season during a playoff year. She was a Denver Broncos cheerleader for three seasons and in her final year she performed at Superbowl 32. Lisa continues to participate as a judge for the Denver Nuggets Dance Team annual auditions as well as teaches master technique classes for the team. Lisa is also still involved with the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and will be a technical judge during their auditions this upcoming season. Lisa's performing credits include dancing in the Las Vegas Revue “Pizzazz” for a season run. She also performed as a core dancer in the Denver Center Theater production of Star Fever in the Space Theater. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lisa is living in Denver with her husband, Chris, their two sons, John David and Chase and their dogs, Paxton and Dax.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND ORGANIZATION MANAGER - Brandy Wegscheider
Brandy has been dancing in Colorado since the age of three. She grew up doing studio dance in Golden, Colorado and poms at Golden High School. She went on to dance for the University of Colorado Boulder for two years and has been a Dream Project member for seven seasons. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in business administration and accounting and has her physical education teaching license as well. She currently works full time for Elite Dance Academy. Brandy says, "Elite can fulfill the dreams of any dancer, teacher or other staff member!! It fills my soul and through Elite I have met so many incredible women that I now call my life-long best friends!"
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT TEAM LEADER - Taryn Dwyer
Taryn has lived all over the world, but has called Colorado home for the past twelve years. She began dancing at the age of five and danced through high school. She got her undergraduate degree at Purdue University and her master's degrees from Loyola University in Chicago. She has two children: Ethan is thirteen and enjoys Boy Scouts and video games and Lily is ten and loves to dance. (Lily is entering her seventh season at Elite and loves every minute of it!) When Taryn is not driving her kids to the studio and scout meetings, she enjoys running and practicing Taekwondo. She is thrilled to be a part of the Elite family.