Amy Eichman, INSTRUCTOR
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 become a dance coach and hopefully start her own dance studio when she graduates. Amy also loves traveling, painting, skydiving and arts & crafts.
Ana Fanelli-Poole, INSTRUCTOR / ASSISTANT COMPANY DIRECTOR
Ana began her love and passion for dance at the age of three. She was born and raised in Colorado and her life has always been centered around her family and dance. She started dancing at Fabulous Feet Dance Academy and rose to the challenge of competitive dancing at the age of five. Ana continued her training for many years at the studio and tried out for many different dance companies in LA. When she reached high school, Ana danced for Arvada West High School Poms team for two years while continuing to dance competitively and starting her teaching career. After graduating high school she was accepted to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, making the dance team called the Mavettes and dancing for the performing arts program. Moving into different transitions in her life, Ana decided to come back home to pursue teaching and dancing in Denver. Ana has been teaching at Elite for about two years, coaching for Ralston Valley High School Poms team, training for a physique/body-building competition and dancing for a professional sports team. She feels so blessed to be doing what she loves and is excited to be part of this wonderful and magical place called Elite Dance Academy.
Anna Bligh, ELITE EXPRESS INSTRUCTOR / BIRTHDAY PARTY INTRUCTOR
Bobbie Lawson, INSTRUCTOR
Bree Ray, INSTRUCTOR / COMPANY DIRECTOR / PRE-PRO MENTOR
Bree has been dancing and performing for 29 years. She is going into her 14th 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 Ray 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 Brown, INSTRUCTOR / MASTER TEACHER / ALL-STAR DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Westminster, Colorado, Brittany Brown began her dancing career with Centre of Dance, Inc. at the age of five. There she studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, poms, character, hip hop, broadway and modern. After competing for eight years with the Centre of Dance Elite Team, Brittany graduated from Northglenn High School in 2007. From there she was accepted to the University of Wyoming. At this institution she continued her studies in ballet, modern, aerial, jazz and pointe as well as dance history, dance pedagogy, dance science and kinesiology and health promotion. During her college career Brittany also worked for the National Dance Alliance as an instructor and judge for jazz, poms, kick line and hip hop. Brittany graduated from the University of Wyoming in December of 2011 with a BFA in Theatre & Dance and BS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. After graduation, she began working for Boulder Valley School District as the Head Poms Coach for Monarch High School. At Monarch she has had many achievements including Hip Hop State Champion Team 2012, State Finalist Team 2013, Nationals Finalist Team 2014 and 2015, NDA Coaches Training Certification 2012, 2013, 2014, CSCA Member 2013, 2014, and CHSSCA Member 2014. She is now currently pursuing her love of teaching the art of dance by working at Elite Dance Academy as a dance instructor, choreographer and All-Star team director. In her time as All Star director the team has earned Pom State Champions 2012, Junior and Senior Pom Division Champions 2013, 2014, Grand Champions 2013, 2014, 2015, and National Finalist. Recently married, Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs at home.
Brittany Miller, INSTRUCTOR
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.
Jessie Westbrook, INSTRUCTOR
JeniSue Lopez, INSTRUCTOR / BALLET DIRECTOR / DIAMONDS DIRECTOR / PRE-PRO MENTOR
JeniSue Lopez has been active in the dance world for twenty-nine 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 fifteen years, ten 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.
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
Morgan Gallo, INSTRUCTOR
Morgan started dancing when she was six years old, dabbling in ballet, tap and jazz until her mom heard of a hip hop studio in town and thought she would enjoy it. From the first day she signed up, Morgan fell in love with the groovy, hard-hitting style. Growing up in Boulder, she trained in hip hop through middle school while also taking jazz classes for fun. Entering into high school, she knew she wanted to keep dancing and was immediately attracted to the competitiveness of the poms world. She joined Fairview Varsity Poms as a freshman and transformed her dancing ability for the high energy sport. Morgan currently attends the University of Colorado in Boulder, training in hip hop and breaking as her two main styles with her crew. She loves working at Elite Dance Academy as it keeps her connected to the competitive dance world and also opens doors for dancers just starting to live their dreams! Dance will always play a huge role in her life and she can't wait to see where it takes her!
Natalie Bernhardt, INSTRUCTOR
Natalie was born and raised in Colorado and began dancing at the early age of three years old. She started her training with Belliston Academy of Ballet in Littleton, CO where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. When she was 15 years old, she decided to leave her studio to join the Columbine High School Poms team. She was captain of her team for both her junior and senior year. Natalie is currently a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she is in the Leeds School of Business pursuing a degree in both marketing and human resources. During her college career she has been dancing professionally, spending one season with the Colorado Mammoth Wild Bunch in 2013 and recently with the Denver Outlaws Dancers. Currently Natalie is in her rookie season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. In the fall of 2014, Natalie got to live one of her lifelong dreams of living in the place where dreams come true and performing at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. She returned to Colorado after five months to finish up school, but thinks maybe someday she will return to Florida to continue working with the Walt Disney Company. Right now, though, Natalie is so excited to be with Elite Dance Academy and can’t wait to continue to share her passion with others!
Nina Laurenzo, INSTRUCTOR / FUNKY MONKEYS DIRECTOR / PERFORMANCE CREW DIRECTOR / NO BOUNDARIES 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!
Tabitha Bartel, INSTRUCTOR
OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Lisa Pevateaux
Lisa has been dancing for twenty-five 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 dog, Paxton.
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 REPRESENTATIVE / BILLING & FINANCE - Lyndsey Dent
Lyndsey is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and is currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is studying communication although she still has no clue what she wants to be when she grows up. Lyndsey loves working in the dance community even though her own dancing abilities leave something to be desired. The best part of her job is getting to know the sweet students and learning about dance.
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT TEAM LEADER - Taryn Dwyer
Taryn has lived all over the world, but has called Colorado home for the past eleven 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 twelve and enjoys Boy Scouts and video games and Lily is ten and loves to dance. (Lily is entering her sixth 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 - Allison Vaughn
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Chelsea Hester
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Jennifer Soderfelt
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Lexi Hoernig
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Teresa Jordan
CUSTOMER ASTONISHMENT REPRESENTATIVE - Taylor Lanier
Taylor was born in Grand Junction, Colorado but spent most of her childhood in Las Vegas, Nevada. She discovered her passion for dance at the age of six and grew into a competitive dancer in Las Vegas for the next 12 years. Taylor then moved to Parker, Colorado her senior year of high school and became an All-State Poms Dancer in 2012. Taylor began her college career at the University of Colorado Mesa were she was the dance team captain for two years. Now she is in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a double major in the fields of finance and marketing. Taylor loves dancing but is excited to explore the business of dance through her career at Elite. Alongside the art of dance, she also has a strong passion for photography. In her free time, Taylor loves spending time with her family and her fiancé.
MARKETING - Christy Bligh
Christy Bligh started out life in beautiful Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where she attended Catholic school, went swimming in the hot springs and accidentally dyed her hair orange with Sun-In. (Chlorine and Sun-In don't work together super well, but it was the 80s so we think all is forgiven.) Christy is proud to call herself mom to five pretty fantastic children and grandmother to one glorious whirlwind of a granddaughter. Christy enjoys drinking coffee and eating cheese while dreaming of sleep and wishing she had a taco cart in her living room.