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LESLEY NEELEY-SMITH                            OWNER - DIRECTOR

Lesley has successfully owned and directed Elite Dance Studio since 1989. She began dancing at an early age and trained at various studios. She was a member of the Salt Lake Stars and the award winning La Nichee drill team. She later became the advisor of the drill team for 3 years and taught dance and cheer at a private school in Utah. She continues to refresh and update her Jazz techniques throughout the state with Jazz masters and current choreographers. Lesley spent many years as a judge for dance competitions. After dancing at the U of U for 2 years, Lesley has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis on the kinesiological aspects of the dancer's body. Lesley was an aerobics teacher at the University of Utah while getting her degree. Lesley's students have placed in many National and International competitions, and her students and choreography have received prestigious awards and scholarships around the country.

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MOLLY POORE -                      

COMPANY DIRECTOR

Molly Poore began dancing in 1984, under the direction of Taunia Wheeler, in ballet, tap and clogging. At the age of 8 she joined Uintah Basin Ballet Company. She spent 10 years with Uintah Basin Ballet, and loved the classical ballet training. During that time, she performed solo roles in many of the most well known ballets, including: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and A Salute to Broadway. At the age of 10, she was chosen to perform with Ballet West in Romeo and Juliet. As a member of Uintah Basin Ballet, she began classes in jazz and lyrical techniques. Molly was a 14 year member of the Outlaw Trail Cloggers. She competed at a National level and won many individual, duet and team awards. She was selected as an All-America National Team member for 6 years, and in 1998 she won the title of A cappella MVP. In 1994 she began teaching and choreographing. Her choreography received many National overall awards, including 5 years of Triple Crown winning teams.  Molly began teaching at Elite Dance Studio in 2001.  She is a company director and teaches ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tiny tumblers and clogging.  Her choreography has been recognized with many overall, high point and specialty awards. Molly loves continuing her dance education and learning from incredible people across the country.  Mia Michaels, Nappy Tabs, Twitch and Linda Bernabei-Retter are some of her favorites.  Molly’s passion is working with kids.  She loves spending time with her dancers.  They bring so much joy and happiness to her life.  Molly has learned so much from dancing.  Not just technique, but hard work, determination, team work, confidence and self love.  She cannot wait to share her love of dance with her students this year and in the years to come.  Molly is a wife and mother to 3 awesome kids.  She loves and adores her family and feels so fortunate to have such an incredible second family and home with Elite Dance Studio!

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JORIE NIEMAN -                      

COMPANY DIRECTOR/JAZZ DIRECTOR

Jorie started dancing around her living room at 2 years old, making sure to copy all the dances from her favorite musicals.  Her formal training started at the age of 7 with Jazz and Tap. Soon after she branched out to train in Ballet, Modern, and Hip Hop.  She grew up as a member of Mt.West Ballet Company performing lead roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Frog Prince.  She was accepted into summer intensive programs at The Virginia School of the Arts and Long Beach Arts Academy. Jorie continued her training at Center Stage Dance Studio and as a graduate of Honors from Brighton High School, she also served as Dance Company President her senior year.After High School Jorie was rewarded a scholarship to Odyssey Dance Theater’s summer program.  She then became a member of Odyessey’s Jr. Program, Odyessy 2, and then a full company member thereafter. As a member of Odyssey Dance Theater, Jorie worked with such choreographers as Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Bonnie Story, Eldon Johnson, and Darryl Yeager. She had the opportunity to perform at the World Jazz Congress in Chicago when Odyssey was named one of the top Jazz/Contemporary companies in the world. She has traveled the world performing and training.  She loves to gather all her experience and teach it to young dancers. She feels very honored to be able to share the things that she has learned and continues to learn in order to help young dancers grow not only in the art of dance, but in confidence that they can take with them throughout life. Jorie has been with Elite Dance Studio for over a decade!

JUSTIN SORENSON -  COMPANY DIRECTOR  Justin D. Sorenson has danced since the age of 6, 28 years total. He has been instructing 18 of those years. His accomplishments include; 3 year contract with Legends in Concert on the Las Vegas strip, 1 year contract with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, 4 contracts with a Las Vegas production company performing in a Michael Jackson Tribute Show back East in New Hampshire and Boston, a Western U.S. tour with Dracula 2000, completed full scholarship with Odyssey 2 as well as many performances with Odyssey Dance Theatre. He has also performed in and choreographed for many local shows in the Salt Lake Valley. While his performing career is not as vibrant it used to be, he takes much pride in his career in Hotel Management, and has even more pride in his continued teaching to young dancers in the Salt Lake Valley. His many experiences have left him with a need to instill in his dancers the strength, ambition, confidence and courage he has learned throughout his life and career in dance. His emphasis is on power and meaning behind all movement, and the understanding that anything is possible if you just believe and make it happen. Justin has been teaching dancers at elite for over 10 years!

JUSTIN SORENSON -

COMPANY DIRECTOR

Justin D. Sorenson has danced since the age of 6, 28 years total. He has been instructing 18 of those years. His accomplishments include; 3 year contract with Legends in Concert on the Las Vegas strip, 1 year contract with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, 4 contracts with a Las Vegas production company performing in a Michael Jackson Tribute Show back East in New Hampshire and Boston, a Western U.S. tour with Dracula 2000, completed full scholarship with Odyssey 2 as well as many performances with Odyssey Dance Theatre. He has also performed in and choreographed for many local shows in the Salt Lake Valley. While his performing career is not as vibrant it used to be, he takes much pride in his career in Hotel Management, and has even more pride in his continued teaching to young dancers in the Salt Lake Valley. His many experiences have left him with a need to instill in his dancers the strength, ambition, confidence and courage he has learned throughout his life and career in dance. His emphasis is on power and meaning behind all movement, and the understanding that anything is possible if you just believe and make it happen. Justin has been teaching dancers at elite for over 10 years!

ALISA FOX  Company Director, TUMBLING, CHEER, CHILDREN'S COMBO  Alisa started dancing at the age of 3. She joined Elite Dance Studio the year they opened in 1988 and has been here ever since. Alisa attended Highland High School where she was a cheerleader and dance company member for 2 years. She was a member of SLCC's cheer squad for 2 years, serving as a captain. Alisa was a dance specialist for the Salt Lake City School District. She has choreographed many solos and routines for schools including, Olympus High School, Highland High School, Wasatch Jr. High, Salt Lake Community. She has also choreographed for events such as Miss Teen Utah USA. Alisa is also a judge for high school and college cheerleading tryouts. alisa is an acro certified teacher, and loves teaching acro at elite. she loves teaching dance, but says her real enjoyment comes from seeing her students gain confidence. Alisa and her husband Jason are the proud parents of their 4 sons and daughter.

ALISA FOX

Company Director, TUMBLING, CHEER, CHILDREN'S COMBO

Alisa started dancing at the age of 3. She joined Elite Dance Studio the year they opened in 1988 and has been here ever since. Alisa attended Highland High School where she was a cheerleader and dance company member for 2 years. She was a member of SLCC's cheer squad for 2 years, serving as a captain. Alisa was a dance specialist for the Salt Lake City School District. She has choreographed many solos and routines for schools including, Olympus High School, Highland High School, Wasatch Jr. High, Salt Lake Community. She has also choreographed for events such as Miss Teen Utah USA. Alisa is also a judge for high school and college cheerleading tryouts. alisa is an acro certified teacher, and loves teaching acro at elite. she loves teaching dance, but says her real enjoyment comes from seeing her students gain confidence. Alisa and her husband Jason are the proud parents of their 4 sons and daughter.

LIZ ROBINSON DOXEY                  

BALLET and CHILDREN'S COMBO

Liz has danced since she was very young. She studied ballet from the William Christiansen Academy of Ballet West for 8 years with Mr. Christiansen as her instructor. She has danced in many different ballets including 6 times with Ballet West's 'The Nutcracker'. She also performed with Ballet West's 'The Firebird' and the Utah Opera Company's 'Aida'. She attended Highland High School where she was a member of the dance club for 4 years and the president her senior year. She has choreographed dances for 'Saturday's Warrior' and 'The Sleeping Beauty'. In college she studied Jazz at the U of U for 4 years and danced in several college dance competitions.' Liz has been teaching on and off for 10 years with an emphasis in ballet for the last 3 years. She is also currently teaching Kick Boxing and Step aerobics classes. She is a wife and mother of 5 children. She loves teaching young girls to be graceful and feel that they are beautiful and strong. She especially loves teaching the girls about classical ballets, and to appreciate the music. Liz is celebrating being with Elite for more than a decade!!

AMBERLI FALK  BALLET  Amberli began dancing when she was 3 years old and has been passionate about it ever since. Amberli danced and performed with Elite Dance Studio for 8 years, as a member of Senior Company for 5 consecutive years. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, clogging, lyrical, and contemporary. In 2008-2009, Amberli was an officer in Olympus High School’s Dance Company, where she choreographed recital and competition pieces. This will be Amberli’s 11th year as a dedicated instructor with Elite Dance Studio. She has a love for ballet and appreciates how it allows dancers to have an excellent technical basis for all other styles of dance. Amberli provides a positive environment in class, where she develops strong relationships with individual students, helps them gain confidence and body awareness, grasp ballet technique and terminology, and develop a love and passion for dance! she is now married with a sweet son.

AMBERLI FALK

BALLET

Amberli began dancing when she was 3 years old and has been passionate about it ever since. Amberli danced and performed with Elite Dance Studio for 8 years, as a member of Senior Company for 5 consecutive years. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, clogging, lyrical, and contemporary. In 2008-2009, Amberli was an officer in Olympus High School’s Dance Company, where she choreographed recital and competition pieces. This will be Amberli’s 11th year as a dedicated instructor with Elite Dance Studio. She has a love for ballet and appreciates how it allows dancers to have an excellent technical basis for all other styles of dance. Amberli provides a positive environment in class, where she develops strong relationships with individual students, helps them gain confidence and body awareness, grasp ballet technique and terminology, and develop a love and passion for dance! she is now married with a sweet son.

SHANNON O'CONNOR  HIP HOP  Dance for me is the best way for me to express my emotions! I've been dancing since I was 10 and fell in love! I grew up in California and trained in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. All styles of dance are amazing but hip hop is my jaaaaaam! While in California I did the macys passport fashion show and featured as a dancer, and I did a show called macys passport. While in utah I've been in the spectrum show at uvu and have taught for many years! SHANNON NOW RESIDES IN LA AND HAS YOUR OWN YOU TUBE CHANNEL. SHANNON FLies IN TWICE A YEAR TO DO ELITE'S COMPANY HIP HOP, WHERE HER PIECES ALWAYS WIN THE JUDGES CHOICE AWARD!

SHANNON O'CONNOR

HIP HOP

Dance for me is the best way for me to express my emotions! I've been dancing since I was 10 and fell in love! I grew up in California and trained in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. All styles of dance are amazing but hip hop is my jaaaaaam! While in California I did the macys passport fashion show and featured as a dancer, and I did a show called macys passport. While in utah I've been in the spectrum show at uvu and have taught for many years! SHANNON NOW RESIDES IN LA AND HAS YOUR OWN YOU TUBE CHANNEL. SHANNON FLies IN TWICE A YEAR TO DO ELITE'S COMPANY HIP HOP, WHERE HER PIECES ALWAYS WIN THE JUDGES CHOICE AWARD!

RON YATES  TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS  Ron began tumbling as an adult to help his children tryout for the high school cheerleading squad. Tumbling quickly turned into a passion. Ron was tumbling so often and had picked it up so well that soon he was teaching the class and then the Gym asked him to start teaching. He progressed into coaching the competitive level gymnastics classes. He just loves kids and people! That is what makes Ron a great coach because he believes in them and wants them to succeed. Ron worked with the Olympus Cheer as a weight training specialist for several years. He recently coached West High’s cheer squad in tumbling and stunting where they placed 2nd in national’s their first year of competing. Ron works with the Olympus High School Football and Basketball teams. He works part time with severely handicapped students at a local Junior High and has even coached kids with disabilities. Ron is also the 5A cheer coach of the year. Ron is excited to offer his teaching skills to Elite Tumbling, and has been with elite dance studio for 15 years!

RON YATES

TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS

Ron began tumbling as an adult to help his children tryout for the high school cheerleading squad. Tumbling quickly turned into a passion. Ron was tumbling so often and had picked it up so well that soon he was teaching the class and then the Gym asked him to start teaching. He progressed into coaching the competitive level gymnastics classes. He just loves kids and people! That is what makes Ron a great coach because he believes in them and wants them to succeed. Ron worked with the Olympus Cheer as a weight training specialist for several years. He recently coached West High’s cheer squad in tumbling and stunting where they placed 2nd in national’s their first year of competing. Ron works with the Olympus High School Football and Basketball teams. He works part time with severely handicapped students at a local Junior High and has even coached kids with disabilities. Ron is also the 5A cheer coach of the year. Ron is excited to offer his teaching skills to Elite Tumbling, and has been with elite dance studio for 15 years!

MEGGAN FELTS        

JAZZ and CHILDREN’S COMBO

Meggan has been dancing since she was just a toddler. She loves all kinds of music and loves to dance.  She has danced and performed all over the world such as, California, Hawaii, Washington D.C., London and the former Czech Republic.  She was a cheerleader at Brighton High School.  After High School she danced with various groups and went to Chicago as a Health Rider Dancer.  She was the co-owner of a dance studio for 5 years then decided to take a hiatus to start her family.  After putting the exclamation point at the end of her family (with five beautiful kids!!!), she’s so excited to get back into teaching.  It blends two things that she loves – Children and Dancing!! Miss Megg has been with Elite for over a decade!

WHITNEY KIANA WILSON  Hip Hop company director, HIP HOP, JAZZ  Whitney Wilson was born and raised in Draper, Utah. She grew up training at a few different studios in the Salt Lake valley such as Winner School, Elite Academy and The Dance Project . These studios all focused in on ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She also trained at Pioneer High School in every style to further her training in not only dance but other art styles such as acting and vocals. She was a junior in high school when she was asked to audition for the company odyssey. A few months later she was offered a full year contract with the company odyssey to do over five professional shows and travel to Europe to perform. During her time with the company, she has had the opportunity to teach as well as dance in many roles. As well as dancing with the company professionally for five years she has done music videos, extra shows and toured with a dance convention the years. Whitney started teaching around the age of 16 and has taught at 6 studios over the years setting choreography and teaching at masters classes. This will be her third year teaching with Elite Dance Studio and can’t wait to watch the students grow.

WHITNEY KIANA WILSON

Hip Hop company director, HIP HOP, JAZZ

Whitney Wilson was born and raised in Draper, Utah. She grew up training at a few different studios in the Salt Lake valley such as Winner School, Elite Academy and The Dance Project . These studios all focused in on ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She also trained at Pioneer High School in every style to further her training in not only dance but other art styles such as acting and vocals. She was a junior in high school when she was asked to audition for the company odyssey. A few months later she was offered a full year contract with the company odyssey to do over five professional shows and travel to Europe to perform. During her time with the company, she has had the opportunity to teach as well as dance in many roles. As well as dancing with the company professionally for five years she has done music videos, extra shows and toured with a dance convention the years. Whitney started teaching around the age of 16 and has taught at 6 studios over the years setting choreography and teaching at masters classes. This will be her third year teaching with Elite Dance Studio and can’t wait to watch the students grow.

Meg Bentley  jazz, hip-hop, children’s combo  MEG BENTLEY STARTED DANCING AS SOON AS SHE COULD WALK. HER SPUNKY PERSONALITY AND ZEAL WAS CLEAR TO ALL HER KNEW HER. SHE OFFICIALLY BEGAN TRAINING WHEN SHE WAS 3 AT THE LINDA FENTON BALLET SCHOOL. REALIZING HER STRENGTH AND PASSION FOR THE SYLE OF JAZZ, SHE TRANSFERRED STUDIOS TO UTAH DANCE ARTISTS WHERE SHE DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, AND HIP HOP. MEG WAS A MEMBER OF ELITE DANCE STUDIO IN 2012 AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE SR. DANCE COMPETITION TEAM. DURING HER TIME AT ELITE SHE DISCOVERED THE WHY BEHIND HER MOVEMENT AND FELT THAT DANCE WAS AN OUTLET WHERE SHE COULD THRIVE, PERFORM AND LET GO. SHE CONTINUED HER LOVE FOR DANCE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS VICE PRESIDENT FOR MURRAY HIGH SCHOOL’S DANCE COMPANY WHERE SHE CHOREOGRAPHED FOR RECITALS, CONVENTIONS AND PERFORMANCES ALL ACROSS UTAH. SHE WON THE TITLE OF MISS MURRAY HER SENIOR YEAR BEING THE YOUNGEST CONTESTANT TO EVER WIN, WITH HER TALENT AS DANCE AND PLATFORM AS “SUPPLYING CHILDREN WITH LOVE, SUPPORT, AND NURTURE” DURING THAT TIME SHE TAUGHT FREE DANCE LESSONS TO THE CHILDREN AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND CHOREOGRAPHED A PIECE FOR THEM TO PERFORM AT THE GALA FOR THE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS THEN WHERE MEG GAINED AN APPRECIATION OF HELPING CHILDREN UNLOCK THE POWER OF DANCING IN THEIR LIFE AND POUR THEIR EMOTIONS INTO THEIR MOVEMENT. WHEN COMPETING FOR MISS UTAH IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 SHE TAUGHT WORKSHOPS ON SELF CONFIDENCE AND INCREASING SELF ESTEEM FOR YOUNG GIRLS. SHE PERFORMED SELF CHOREOGRAPHED SOLOS AT THE CAPITAL THEATER FOR MISS UTAH. FURTHERING HER DANCE EDUCATION, SHE WAS A MEMBER OF SLC DANCE COMPANY AND ENJOYED LEARNING NEW DANCE STYLES AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES IN COLLEGE. WHILE ATTENDING SLC MEG TRAINED IN THEATER TO HELP HER PERFORMANCE QUALITY. MEG WAS A BEGinning GYMNASTICS AND DANCE INSTRUCTOR AT THE LITTLE GYM OF COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS FOR 2 YEARS BEFORE HER MISSION FOR THE LDS CHURCH IN LA. SHE IS A NEWLYWED MARRIED TO HER SWEETHEART BRANDON BENTLEY. DANCE BROUGHT BELONGING AND A FEELING OF HOME AS SHE SHARED THE STAGE WITH SOME OF HER GREATEST FRIENDS, HER PURPOSE IN TEACHING DANCE IS TO MAKE EACH STUDENT REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND HAVE FUN DOING WHAT THEY LOVE.

Meg Bentley

jazz, hip-hop, children’s combo

MEG BENTLEY STARTED DANCING AS SOON AS SHE COULD WALK. HER SPUNKY PERSONALITY AND ZEAL WAS CLEAR TO ALL HER KNEW HER. SHE OFFICIALLY BEGAN TRAINING WHEN SHE WAS 3 AT THE LINDA FENTON BALLET SCHOOL. REALIZING HER STRENGTH AND PASSION FOR THE SYLE OF JAZZ, SHE TRANSFERRED STUDIOS TO UTAH DANCE ARTISTS WHERE SHE DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, AND HIP HOP. MEG WAS A MEMBER OF ELITE DANCE STUDIO IN 2012 AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE SR. DANCE COMPETITION TEAM. DURING HER TIME AT ELITE SHE DISCOVERED THE WHY BEHIND HER MOVEMENT AND FELT THAT DANCE WAS AN OUTLET WHERE SHE COULD THRIVE, PERFORM AND LET GO. SHE CONTINUED HER LOVE FOR DANCE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS VICE PRESIDENT FOR MURRAY HIGH SCHOOL’S DANCE COMPANY WHERE SHE CHOREOGRAPHED FOR RECITALS, CONVENTIONS AND PERFORMANCES ALL ACROSS UTAH. SHE WON THE TITLE OF MISS MURRAY HER SENIOR YEAR BEING THE YOUNGEST CONTESTANT TO EVER WIN, WITH HER TALENT AS DANCE AND PLATFORM AS “SUPPLYING CHILDREN WITH LOVE, SUPPORT, AND NURTURE” DURING THAT TIME SHE TAUGHT FREE DANCE LESSONS TO THE CHILDREN AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND CHOREOGRAPHED A PIECE FOR THEM TO PERFORM AT THE GALA FOR THE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS THEN WHERE MEG GAINED AN APPRECIATION OF HELPING CHILDREN UNLOCK THE POWER OF DANCING IN THEIR LIFE AND POUR THEIR EMOTIONS INTO THEIR MOVEMENT. WHEN COMPETING FOR MISS UTAH IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 SHE TAUGHT WORKSHOPS ON SELF CONFIDENCE AND INCREASING SELF ESTEEM FOR YOUNG GIRLS. SHE PERFORMED SELF CHOREOGRAPHED SOLOS AT THE CAPITAL THEATER FOR MISS UTAH. FURTHERING HER DANCE EDUCATION, SHE WAS A MEMBER OF SLC DANCE COMPANY AND ENJOYED LEARNING NEW DANCE STYLES AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES IN COLLEGE. WHILE ATTENDING SLC MEG TRAINED IN THEATER TO HELP HER PERFORMANCE QUALITY. MEG WAS A BEGinning GYMNASTICS AND DANCE INSTRUCTOR AT THE LITTLE GYM OF COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS FOR 2 YEARS BEFORE HER MISSION FOR THE LDS CHURCH IN LA. SHE IS A NEWLYWED MARRIED TO HER SWEETHEART BRANDON BENTLEY. DANCE BROUGHT BELONGING AND A FEELING OF HOME AS SHE SHARED THE STAGE WITH SOME OF HER GREATEST FRIENDS, HER PURPOSE IN TEACHING DANCE IS TO MAKE EACH STUDENT REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND HAVE FUN DOING WHAT THEY LOVE.

Alyssa jacobsen  acro, tumbling, children’s combo  Alyssa started at dancing at Elite in 19889 when Lesley opened the doors. She was a competitive gymnast growing up and can still do a mean trick. Alyssa placed 9th in the state out of hundreds of girls at the state competition. Alyssa was the president of her high school drill team for two years and was on the dance company at Skyline High School. Alyssa has been teaching at Elite for the past 3 years. Alyssa has been a huge asset with our babies classes and she is a certified Acro coach.

Alyssa jacobsen

acro, tumbling, children’s combo

Alyssa started at dancing at Elite in 19889 when Lesley opened the doors. She was a competitive gymnast growing up and can still do a mean trick. Alyssa placed 9th in the state out of hundreds of girls at the state competition. Alyssa was the president of her high school drill team for two years and was on the dance company at Skyline High School. Alyssa has been teaching at Elite for the past 3 years. Alyssa has been a huge asset with our babies classes and she is a certified Acro coach.

Katie Haglund   Itty-Bitty Rockstars, Hip Hop, Teacher’s Assistant  Katie has been dancing since she was 3. She has been with Elite for 8 years and has loved being a member of their dance companies. She joined the Senior Elite company at age 14 and has been lucky to learn from Elite's great teachers since then. She has attended many conventions and competitions throughout her career. She loves all kinds of dance but especially Hip Hop! Along with dance she has also played basketball, volleyball and even golf. Katie has many hobbies and things she loves to do. She has been on 3 Humanitarian trips and has fallen in love with humanitarian service especially to the people of Fiji. This year she began her college career at SLCC and enjoys being on the leadership team there. She feels so lucky to be able to join the staff of Elite because she has spent countless hours at the studio and has loved it all! She is looking forward to working with the children at Elite and helping them discover the wonderful things dance can bring to their lives!

Katie Haglund

Itty-Bitty Rockstars, Hip Hop, Teacher’s Assistant

Katie has been dancing since she was 3. She has been with Elite for 8 years and has loved being a member of their dance companies. She joined the Senior Elite company at age 14 and has been lucky to learn from Elite's great teachers since then. She has attended many conventions and competitions throughout her career. She loves all kinds of dance but especially Hip Hop! Along with dance she has also played basketball, volleyball and even golf. Katie has many hobbies and things she loves to do. She has been on 3 Humanitarian trips and has fallen in love with humanitarian service especially to the people of Fiji. This year she began her college career at SLCC and enjoys being on the leadership team there. She feels so lucky to be able to join the staff of Elite because she has spent countless hours at the studio and has loved it all! She is looking forward to working with the children at Elite and helping them discover the wonderful things dance can bring to their lives!

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MEGAN BRITTON                                      

 SILKS

Meg has been training in Aerial silks with Defying Gravity under the instruction of Ramsi Stoker for over 5 years. She is such a great asset to our Silks program!  She loves teaching even more than training. Meg started teaching with Elite over 5 years ago, and says the girls are so amazing! If only we all had that kind of energy again. Meg is really looking forward to getting to know the girls better and pushing them to progress and grow stronger every day.

LINDSEY BROWN  Ballet, BODY ALIGNMENT   As a teacher, Ms. Brown has trained under the tutelage of Finis Jhung, Maria Vegh, Beverly Spells, and American Ballet Theatre where she holds a Level 1 teaching certification. She brings a unique perspective to the studio, seeking to develop the whole individual and create artists from the inside out. Her students know that anyone, regardless of their body type, can achieve their goals in dance with vision, hard work, and accountability. Ms. Brown has over 14 years of teaching ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and strength training. She has developed a body alignment workshop designed to help students of all ages develop a deeper understanding of their own bodies, thereby creating a solid foundation of technique. Her workshop is in demand throughout the Mountain West by students, teachers, and professionals alike.  Ms. Brown, as a ballet director, was responsible for developing a growing Nutcracker production from a cast of 150 dancers to 3 casts of 300 dancers. Her expertise shaped a sound ballet pointe program at a jazz based studio and created two pointe performing companies. Ms. Brown has also directed, staged, and choreographed productions such as La Bayadere, Le Corsaire Pas de Trois Des Odalisques, Swan Lake, Paquita, Cinderella, and Snow White. Ms. Brown spends her summers teaching at summer intensive. This past summer teaching for Ballet West Academy and Salt Lake Performing Arts Academy were a few of her favorites. this is lindsey’s 3rd year at elite.

LINDSEY BROWN

Ballet, BODY ALIGNMENT


As a teacher, Ms. Brown has trained under the tutelage of Finis Jhung, Maria Vegh, Beverly Spells, and
American Ballet Theatre where she holds a Level 1 teaching certification. She brings a unique
perspective to the studio, seeking to develop the whole individual and create artists from the inside out.
Her students know that anyone, regardless of their body type, can achieve their goals in dance with
vision, hard work, and accountability.
Ms. Brown has over 14 years of teaching ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and strength training. She has
developed a body alignment workshop designed to help students of all ages develop a deeper
understanding of their own bodies, thereby creating a solid foundation of technique. Her workshop is in
demand throughout the Mountain West by students, teachers, and professionals alike.
Ms. Brown, as a ballet director, was responsible for developing a growing Nutcracker production from a
cast of 150 dancers to 3 casts of 300 dancers. Her expertise shaped a sound ballet pointe program at a
jazz based studio and created two pointe performing companies. Ms. Brown has also directed, staged,
and choreographed productions such as La Bayadere, Le Corsaire Pas de Trois Des Odalisques, Swan
Lake, Paquita, Cinderella, and Snow White.
Ms. Brown spends her summers teaching at summer intensive. This past summer teaching for Ballet
West Academy and Salt Lake Performing Arts Academy were a few of her favorites. this is lindsey’s 3rd year at elite.

SAMNANG VONGSARAVANH  Hip Hop, breakdancing  Represented Flavanoids Crew and 1520 Arts.  samnang has taught and performed locally all around the state of Utah, including Utah Arts Fest & The Reminisce. Samnang has won a number of dance battles, choreographed pieces for shows/competitions, and organized multiple events as well. He is so excited to be teaching hip hop and break dance at Elite.

SAMNANG VONGSARAVANH

Hip Hop, breakdancing

Represented Flavanoids Crew and 1520 Arts.

samnang has taught and performed locally all around the state of Utah, including Utah Arts Fest & The Reminisce. Samnang has won a number of dance battles, choreographed pieces for shows/competitions, and organized multiple events as well. He is so excited to be teaching hip hop and break dance at Elite.

Nick Bloxsom-Carter  Ballroom  Nick is a Los Angeles native and has been dancing and teaching for over 15 years. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's in business and dance, and has been in countless dance and theater shows. He has been featured on many commercial TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, has been a finals contestant on Live To Dance, and has made the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. He has also performed with many local dance companies such as The Vibe Touring Company and Utah Metropolitan Ballet. His dance schooling has involved extensive training in Ballroom, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop and he has worked with many top choreographers in these fields, such as Jason Gilkison, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman to name a few. Nick has also trained in acting and singing and has competed and won several theater and singing competitions. He has also been in several short films, commercials, and movies.

Nick Bloxsom-Carter

Ballroom

Nick is a Los Angeles native and has been dancing and teaching for over 15 years. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's in business and dance, and has been in countless dance and theater shows. He has been featured on many commercial TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, has been a finals contestant on Live To Dance, and has made the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. He has also performed with many local dance companies such as The Vibe Touring Company and Utah Metropolitan Ballet. His dance schooling has involved extensive training in Ballroom, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop and he has worked with many top choreographers in these fields, such as Jason Gilkison, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman to name a few. Nick has also trained in acting and singing and has competed and won several theater and singing competitions. He has also been in several short films, commercials, and movies.




Emmye Smith - Teacher’s assistant  Emmye Grew up dancing at Elite since she was 2. Emmye worked her way up through all the companies until her Senior Year in High school. Emmye loves to dance and is a fabulous performer. Emmye competed solos, duets and trios and has an infectious smile. Emmye has a knack with kids and kids LOVE her. Emmye got a CTE cord for fulfilling 3 years of Childcare courses in high school. She worked in the Olympus High Preschool for 2 of those years. Emmye Served in Fiji this summer on a humanitarian trip teaching the preschool kids. She is excited to be helping with our children's classes again this year.

Emmye Smith - Teacher’s assistant

Emmye Grew up dancing at Elite since she was 2. Emmye worked her way up through all the companies until her Senior Year in High school. Emmye loves to dance and is a fabulous performer. Emmye competed solos, duets and trios and has an infectious smile. Emmye has a knack with kids and kids LOVE her. Emmye got a CTE cord for fulfilling 3 years of Childcare courses in high school. She worked in the Olympus High Preschool for 2 of those years. Emmye Served in Fiji this summer on a humanitarian trip teaching the preschool kids. She is excited to be helping with our children's classes again this year.

MARIA HUERTA DE LA VEGA  JAZZ, HIP HOP  Maria Huerta De La Vega is a recent graduate from Utah State University where she got the opportunity to dance for the USU Dance Company for two years. She's been dancing since she was three and has trained with Utah dance Artists,and Millennium. She says that her favorite styles are hip-hop and jazz! this will be maria’s 3rd year with elite!!

MARIA HUERTA DE LA VEGA

JAZZ, HIP HOP

Maria Huerta De La Vega is a recent graduate from Utah State University where she got the opportunity to dance for the USU Dance Company for two years. She's been dancing since she was three and has trained with Utah dance Artists,and Millennium. She says that her favorite styles are hip-hop and jazz! this will be maria’s 3rd year with elite!!

Ellie Moeller  jazz, Hip Hop, contemporary/Lyrical  Ellie started dancing at the age of 4 and fell in love with the feeling of expressing Herself through movement. She joined a company at Elite Dance Studio when She turned 12 and began competing at local and national competitions, as well as attending conventions. She joined Skyline High School’s dance company and was the president her senior year. choreographing became a new and exciting way for her to expand my love for dancing. ellie has always loved all styles of dance, but hip hop and jazz are her absolute favorite.

Ellie Moeller

jazz, Hip Hop, contemporary/Lyrical

Ellie started dancing at the age of 4 and fell in love with the feeling of expressing Herself through movement. She joined a company at Elite Dance Studio when She turned 12 and began competing at local and national competitions, as well as attending conventions. She joined Skyline High School’s dance company and was the president her senior year. choreographing became a new and exciting way for her to expand my love for dancing. ellie has always loved all styles of dance, but hip hop and jazz are her absolute favorite.

Kaitlyn curtis  jazz director, contemporary/lyrical  Kaitlyn started dancing at the age of three training in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop. At the age of eight, she began her career as a competition dancer competing at competitions including NUVO, NYCDA, Celebrity, Adrenaline, and Starbound. She has placed as a top scorer and scholarship recipient at many of these competitions receiving awards such as NYCDA Outstanding Dancer and Triple Threat Scholarships. At the age of twelve, Kaitlyn had the opportunity to dance in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Show, dancing for over 20,000 people. During high school, Kaitlyn participated in both her high school drill team and dance company, where she served as her team’s Social Chair Officer and Choreographer. She is especially passionate about her choreography and loves to challenge herself and her students with new movement and styles. Kaitlyn is currently attending the University of Utah and plans to double major in Business Entrepreneurship and International Studies. In addition to her studies, Kaitlyn dances for the University of Utah Dance Team, where you can find her cheering on the Utah Utes! Kaitlyn is extremely excited to be a part of the Elite Dance Studio Faculty and looks forward to challenging and helping her students grow. this will be kaitlyn’s second year at elite, and we couldn’t be happier!

Kaitlyn curtis

jazz director, contemporary/lyrical

Kaitlyn started dancing at the age of three training in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop. At the age of eight, she began her career as a competition dancer competing at competitions including NUVO, NYCDA, Celebrity, Adrenaline, and Starbound. She has placed as a top scorer and scholarship recipient at many of these competitions receiving awards such as NYCDA Outstanding Dancer and Triple Threat Scholarships. At the age of twelve, Kaitlyn had the opportunity to dance in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Show, dancing for over 20,000 people. During high school, Kaitlyn participated in both her high school drill team and dance company, where she served as her team’s Social Chair Officer and Choreographer. She is especially passionate about her choreography and loves to challenge herself and her students with new movement and styles. Kaitlyn is currently attending the University of Utah and plans to double major in Business Entrepreneurship and International Studies. In addition to her studies, Kaitlyn dances for the University of Utah Dance Team, where you can find her cheering on the Utah Utes! Kaitlyn is extremely excited to be a part of the Elite Dance Studio Faculty and looks forward to challenging and helping her students grow. this will be kaitlyn’s second year at elite, and we couldn’t be happier!

Joslyn Wright  tumbling/gymnastics  Joslyn has been doing dance, gymnastics and tumbling since she was 6. She was a varsity cheerleader for three years as well as song captain at cottonwood high school. She is currently studying at the university of Utah. We are excited to have joslyn with us as again this year as she has assisted and taught at Elite for over 5 years!

Joslyn Wright

tumbling/gymnastics

Joslyn has been doing dance, gymnastics and tumbling since she was 6. She was a varsity cheerleader for three years as well as song captain at cottonwood high school. She is currently studying at the university of Utah. We are excited to have joslyn with us as again this year as she has assisted and taught at Elite for over 5 years!

julie nygard-rassmussen  jazz, technique  Julie grew up dancing at Winner School and later Pulse 31. She was the Artistic Director for Jordan High School's Dance Company at age 15 and was also a Charlonian. Julie is incredibly passionate about dance, jazz being her absolute favorite!! She has taught and choreographed for 15 years her main home has been at Bliss Academy of Dance and she is thrilled to begin her journey at Elite Dance! Julie has been awarded Best in Show, Best Choreography, Best Technique, Fantastically Eccentric Choreography (was a personal favorite), Showstopping, High Point, etc. for routines she has chorepgraphed over the years. Some of Julie's dance credits include: Utah Jazz Basketball Jazz Dancer, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines dancer in the Mediterranean Seas, Magician Assiatant and Dancer for America's Got Talent Jarret & Raja Practical Magic at the Fringe Festival in Endinburgh, Scotland, Lagoon Amusement Park Frightmares Hackenslash Dancer, National Finals Rodeo Cowgirl Backup Dancer, Las Vegas, Backup dancer for Loverboy in Concert, Paul Mitchell Hair Show Gathering dancer and model at Aria, various gigs with Simon Will Productions in Las Vegas at major resorts from Showgirl to gogo dancer, Voodoo Productions here in SLC as a Living Statute, Queen for Young Living Festival, Disco Ball head dancer with live boa constrictor snake, etc! Music Video Credits include: 2 Sonnet James videos, Harry Potter vs Twillight Dance Battle, Favorsome.com, and most recently the music video FIRE where she dances twirls and eats fire backup to an up and coming Hip Hop group.  fun fact: Julie danced alongside with Justin in Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre performing at Rocky Point Haunted House many years ago and they passed ships working various gigs for the smae productions company in Las Vegas - Simon Will.  Julie is very excited to be apart of the fabulous group of teachers!!

julie nygard-rassmussen

jazz, technique

Julie grew up dancing at Winner School and later Pulse 31. She was the Artistic Director for Jordan High School's Dance Company at age 15 and was also a Charlonian. Julie is incredibly passionate about dance, jazz being her absolute favorite!! She has taught and choreographed for 15 years her main home has been at Bliss Academy of Dance and she is thrilled to begin her journey at Elite Dance! Julie has been awarded Best in Show, Best Choreography, Best Technique, Fantastically Eccentric Choreography (was a personal favorite), Showstopping, High Point, etc. for routines she has chorepgraphed over the years.
Some of Julie's dance credits include: Utah Jazz Basketball Jazz Dancer, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines dancer in the Mediterranean Seas, Magician Assiatant and Dancer for America's Got Talent Jarret & Raja Practical Magic at the Fringe Festival in Endinburgh, Scotland, Lagoon Amusement Park Frightmares Hackenslash Dancer, National Finals Rodeo Cowgirl Backup Dancer, Las Vegas, Backup dancer for Loverboy in Concert, Paul Mitchell Hair Show Gathering dancer and model at Aria, various gigs with Simon Will Productions in Las Vegas at major resorts from Showgirl to gogo dancer, Voodoo Productions here in SLC as a Living Statute, Queen for Young Living Festival, Disco Ball head dancer with live boa constrictor snake, etc! Music Video Credits include: 2 Sonnet James videos, Harry Potter vs Twillight Dance Battle, Favorsome.com, and most recently the music video FIRE where she dances twirls and eats fire backup to an up and coming Hip Hop group.
fun fact: Julie danced alongside with Justin in Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre performing at Rocky Point Haunted House many years ago and they passed ships working various gigs for the smae productions company in Las Vegas - Simon Will.

Julie is very excited to be apart of the fabulous group of teachers!!