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.
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!
JORIE NIEMAN - COMPANY 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.
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.
MEGGAN FELTS JAZZ
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!!
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 for Elite 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.