Alanna Savor, INSTRUCTOR, CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE
Alanna joins us from La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she grew up studying, performing and competing all styles of dance. She went on to attend Purdue University, where she danced and choreographed for the Higher Ground Dance Company. Alanna was also a member of the Purdue Golduster Dance Team, which allowed her the opportunity to perform at weekly BIG 10 sporting events and dance in both the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Alanna has a background in hospitality and event planning, and in her free time, enjoys traveling, photography and playing with her cat, Fran. She is very excited to join such a wonderful community and can't wait to get to know the students and families at Elite!
Alexa Schuessler, INSTRUCTOR
Alexa is originally from Long Island, New York and relocated to Broomfield in August 2016! She grew up in ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz classes. In middle school, Alexa discovered her passion for musical theatre and musical theatre dance! She has choreographed, directed, and produced numerous productions in schools, community theatres and colleges. Alexa graduated from The State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and Musical Theatre and got her Master's Degree from Columbia University. She currently works as a speech therapist during the day and loves spending her evenings with the Elite Family! When not dancing or teaching, she loves doing crafts, hiking and singing!
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.
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 King, 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.
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.
Jessie Westbrook, INSTRUCTOR
Jessie fell in love with dancing the moment she put her first pair of ballet shoes on at the age of 3. That love turned into a deeply rooted passion that she wanted to share with the world. She joined the community outreach performance team at her dance studio in elementary school and was a member all the way through her senior year of high school. She went on to pursue dance throughout college and graduated with a BA in dance and choreography as well as a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she trained with Rennie Harris, Donna Mejia, Erika Randall, Gesel Mason, Michelle Ellsworth, and Teena Marie Custer. Now she enjoys teaching as well as dancing professionally and participating in dance films. She also has a few personal projects in the works.
Katherine Nehring, INSTRUCTOR
Katherine had been dancing at Elite Dance Academy since 5th grade. She then auditioned for Elite's Company and is currently still on the team. Katherine is in the Pre-Professional Program offered by Elite. She was also the Prestige Award winner from the 2015-2016 season. She credits her work ethic and technique to all the staff of Elite that has trained her and is eager to spread that to her students. Katherine is currently a senior in high school and is at the top of her class. She is grateful for all the stellar opportunities that Elite Dance Academy has given her. Katherine's dream is to become a famous choreographer and choreograph for top-notch artists and to one day, put on her own show, whether it be a ballet or something else.
Kayla Longstreth, INSTRUCTOR, ELITE EXPRESS INSTRUCTOR, PERFORMANCE TEAM DIRECTOR
Kayla, 22, has been dancing since she could walk. Competing in competitions since she was 6. Kayla has danced and choreographed for different artist, shows, and teams. She was a dancer for the show "The Big Green Rabbit", was a Colorado Crushable dancer for the Colorado Crush football team, a current member of Dream Project Dance Company, and many more. When Kayla is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring, camping, and many other activities. She couldn't be more excited to be a part of Elite Dance Academy!>/p>
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.
Lindsey Boudreau, INSTRUCTOR
Lindsey was born in Boulder and is currently a Junior at CU Boulder majoring in Environmental Science. She has danced for the Denver Outlaws for the past two years and has been dancing since she was two years old. She loves to hang out with friends and go out to eat on Pearl Street. Her favorite thing about Elite is how close everyone is and she is so happy to be teaching here.
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 / COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP COORDINATOR
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
Rachel has been a dancer since she was 3 years old, with main focuses in ballet and tap. Once she got into college, she found her passion to teach and explore new styles, and in the search of places to work and continue her passion, she found the Elite Dance Academy Family! She is currently studying two majors with CU Boulder: Dance and Psychology. She is studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and a Bachelor's in Psychology, although will probably go for bigger degrees in these areas. She absolutely loves teaching and getting to help students learn more about these beautiful art forms that have changed her life in so many unbelievable ways. It is such an honor for her to be able to teach and to have her job be something that she loves and lives for. She believes that "the body says what words cannot", as Martha Graham says. She loves teaching and dancing from the soul, as well as promoting that to her students.
Taylor Cheatham - Instructor
Taylor was born on the small island of Maui, Hawaii, where her love for dance first started. She later moved to San Clemente, California, where her love and passion for dance blossomed into a serious commitment. She dedicated countless hours of her week studying classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tumbling, modern, character, and lyrical. As Taylor entered into high school she decided to pursue classical ballet pre-professionally. She she spent her summers training with companies such as San Jose Ballet, Colorado Ballet Theatre, and Oregon Ballet Theatre, and spent her school years dancing ten hours a week and participating in classical ballets such as the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and An American in Paris. Taylor is now attending The University of Colorado, Boulder, as an Integrative Physiology major, in hopes to become a physical therapist for dancers. Outside of dance, Taylor loves going out in nature, painting, and spending time with her wonderful family and boyfriend.
Meaghan Sheahan - Instructor
Meaghan began dancing with the Vail Valley Academy of Dance at the age of three. Since then, dance has been a prominent part of her life. She danced with Vail Youth Ballet Company for five years and served as a dance ambassador for Vail International Dance Company. She attended intensives through Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and the Boston Ballet. Working at Elite Dance Academy allows me to continue to be a part of the dance community, a community that has shaped much of my identity. She is currently studying psychology and journalism at University of Colorado at Boulder. Much of her free time is spent practicing yoga and running, and adventuring to the mountains to hike and ski with her younger sisters and beloved dog, Ohana.
Mariana Fanelli, Dance Instructor
Ana is from Colorado and grew up here her entire life. She has been dancing since she was 2. She has danced competitively since she was 6. She danced for Tremaine, and her Varsity High School Poms team. She was a dance major in college at Colorado Mesa University as well as on the Poms team. Professionally she danced for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team called The Wild Bunch. She has been teaching since she was 14 and loves all styles of dance, and can teach all ages as well.
Madeline Roberts, Dance Instructor
Madeline is currently a senior at the University of Colorado- Boulder, studying political science and public relations. She grew up in Colorado, where she was able to receive extensive dance training at both Denver School of the Arts and Classical Ballet Academy, under the direction of Elizabeth Shipiatsky. Beyond her dance training in Denver, Madeline also trained at top ballet companies during the summer, including American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York, and the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in Moscow (Bolshoi Ballet Academy- Moscow). She is so excited to be sharing her knowledge and experiences with the amazing Elite family!
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.
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Jennifer Soderfelt
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Lexi Hoernig
Lexi began dancing at a young age and immediately fell in love with it. She danced in studios up until she graduated high school. Most of her dance career was spent at Donna Brum Dancers, though she started out at M2 Dance Studio. She was part of her school’s dance team in middle school, and went on to join her studio’s competitive team in high school. Lexi got her undergraduate degree from Indiana University before moving to Colorado. When not working, she loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, Colin, and dogs, Marley and Benji. Lexi loves being part of the Elite family because “it allows me to continue being part of the dance world and has introduced me to so many great women I can now call great friends.”