Elite in the Community
We like having fun, but we especially like having fun with a purpose. That's why we make time throughout the year to give back to the community in special ways. We participate in community events, perform in parades, fundraise for great local, national and worldwide causes, and encourage our dancers, families, and staff to give back to the communities that we are a part of! See some of our past community involvement and upcoming opportunities below!
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$2560 of FREE Classes!
In December 2017, Elite gave away $2560 worth of free classes to our communities. We are always excited for an opportunity to share dance with others! What fun!
See where we've made a difference
In May of 2016, elite student and parent volunteers came together to create beuatiful hair accessories by hand for dancers in Nicaragua to use during their first recital!
A message from Carissa Chen, Nicaragua Program Director:
Dare to Dance for a Difference
We are so excited to start our Dare to Dance for a Difference Solo / Duo / Trio / Choreography Showcase this year! Profits from the show will be donated to our local schools and also added to a NEW scholarship fund for dancers at elite!
Find out more here.
National Dance Honor Society for Dance Arts
elite owner, Lisa Pevateaux has recently started a NEW Chapter of the National Dance Honor Society for Dance Arts in Colorado through NDEO (National Dance Education Organization). It is her intention to honor and recognize dancers and their commitment to their art form/passion. This is a nationally recognized program which envisions a nation in which all students have equal opportunity and access to quality dance arts education and are recognized for their outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in the field of dance. We at elite, along with NDEO, want to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form worthy of recognition and prestige.
SHARE A GIFT 2015
THANK YOU to all the families that donated toys and books to our Share-A-Gift toy drive. On their shopping day this year, Share-A-Gift had 663 families shop for gifts for 1667 children. Your donations made a difference in our community this holiday season. Way to go! And a big shout out to DRIVE Team members, Anna Bligh, Allison Armstrong and Peyton Kortefor working all day assisting families in the shop. We are so proud of you!
SHARE A GIFT 2014
Elite was a 2014 drop-site for SHARE-A-GIFT this Holiday season. Elite donated 4 boxes of toys to the Share-A-Gift organization!
Share-A-Gift is an all-volunteer, non-secular annual holiday project that provides toys, books, and bicycles for children of low-income families in the area of Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District. Each year, Share-A-Gift helps connect over 600 families representing over 1500 girls and boys, birth to age 14, with community donations.
Share-A-Gift collects toys at sites around the city of Boulder and in areas of eastern Boulder County starting Thanksgiving week through the middle of December. Volunteers set up and organize a “Toy Shop” in a donated warehouse space where toys are distributed to families-in-need. On a single day, all eligible parents are able to come and “shop” – selecting toys for their children with the help of 100s of volunteer assistants.
To be successful each holiday season, Share-A-Gift needs thousands of new and gently-used toys, books, games, puzzles, and bikes for infants, children and adolescents up to age 14. Share-A-Gift allows Boulder families and children the opportunity to meaningfully participate in gift-sharing by donating new or gently-used toys, books, and bikes with families who will appreciate getting these gifts.
Community Leadership & Dance Workshop
In December 2015, our dancers came together to celebrate our talents, our gratitude for endless opportunties and our ability to encourage those who are less fortunate.
Elite alumni instructor/director, Carissa Chen, a program director for Manna Project International, held a Community Leadership & Dance Workshop at elite Dance Academy in Broomfield. Carissa teaches dance in Nicaragua to young girls who come from families that live on only $2 each day. In a country that faces extreme poverty and among people who have so little, Carissa has learned the power of dance is much greater than just teaching choreography, pirouettes and grand jetés. Above all, dance teaches girls they can see their wildest dreams come true!
During the workshop we...
• discussed the power of dance
• strategized how to become leaders in our community
• wrote letters of encouragement to dancers in Nicaragua
• did what we do best - dance!
All proceeds went to fund Carissa's efforts in Nicaragua 2016.
Random Acts of Kindness
Each year, elite's Pre-Pros spend the holiday season doing random acts of kindness throughout our community. It is great to experience how little things can really brighten someone's day and make a difference in our world!
Dance is for Everybody Showcase
elite teams spend time throughout the year visiting and performing at senior living communities such as Brookdale Boulder Creek. We love having the opportunity to share our time and talents with these very important residents of our communities. :)
DRIVE is paving the road to success for driven kids providing:
- recognition for time dedicated to dance and community service
- leadership skills
- college application & resume material
- skill development
- opportunities to serve their communities
Find out more here.
Girl Scouts Take on Wizard of Oz!
Elite gave 100 free tickets to Girl Scouts in Colorado to help them gain their Arts badge at our Wizard of Oz Show!! We had Girl Scouts all the way from Wyoming as well as representatives from across the state of Colorado attend our 2015 Wizard show. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to share the art of dance with so many girls and young women during our 2015 Wizard of Oz Production. :)
Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K & Health Odyssey Expo
elite teams donated their time and energy to perform at the 2015 Health Odyssey Expo and cheer on runners in the Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K. Such a fun day with a great purpose! :)
Boys & Girls Club We Care Event
Our Elite Pre-Pros volunteered at the We Care event for the Boys & Girls Club of Denver. Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their lives, and foster the skills they need to become leaders in their communities. We love having the opportunity to give back to our community!
elite dance marathon
Dream Project Dance Company
elite Dance Academy is home to Dream Project Dance Company. Dream Project is dedicated to making the dreams of adult dancers come true. Dream Project puts on two shows a year and contributes to charity organizations throughout the Denver Metro area.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
elite teams up to support breast cancer research annually at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. We have many survivors in our midst including elite's owner, Lisa Pevateaux.
Boulder Creek Festival
Each year, elite team dancers participate and perform in Boulder Creek Festival.
The mission of Boulder Creek Events is to produce successful, family-oriented events that strengthen, empower, and inspire community members, local businesses and philanthropic organizations to get involved, connect and thrive.
Each year, elite teams participate in the Broomfield Days parade and also perform on stage for our community. So fun! Broomfield Days began as an opportunity for local non-profit groups to raise funds for their organizations. Broomfield continues this tradition by asking vendors to donate to a non-profit. The day includes breakfast at the Girl Scout Shelter, sponsored by the Lions Club, a parade, a race, shopping, entertainment and more.
Lights of December Parade
We have so much fun celebrating the season with our community in Boulder at the Lights of December Parade! :)