LESLEY NEELEY-SMITH    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.

LESLEY NEELEY-SMITH

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    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 teaches ballet and clogging, in all age levels, and loves it! Her choreography has been recognized with many overall and high point awards. She loves seeing her students have fun, while learning and progressing as dancers.

MOLLY POORE

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 teaches ballet and clogging, in all age levels, and loves it! Her choreography has been recognized with many overall and high point awards. She loves seeing her students have fun, while learning and progressing as dancers.

  JORIE NIEMAN    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 NIEMAN

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.

    ALISA FOX      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 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 sons, Alexander and Jaxon.

ALISA FOX

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 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 sons, Alexander and Jaxon.

   LIZ ROBINSON DOXEY     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 ROBINSON DOXEY

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.

  AMBERLI DAMRON    Amberli began dancing since she was three years old and has been passionate about it ever since. She has been dancing and performing with Elite Dance Studio for 8 years, and has been a member of the Senior Company for 5 consecutive years. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, clogging, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. Amberli has been a member of Olympus High School’s Dance Company for 2 years and was an officer of the company this past year. She has choreographed in multiple concerts and performances within this company and has loved it! Amberli and her EDS team have competed in many National Dance Competitions and have received overall performance and choreography awards. She has loved performing over the years! Amberli has been a teacher’s assistant at Elite for 3 years, and is very excited to start teaching ballet classes! She loves children and can’t wait to share her love and passion for dance to those she teaches!

AMBERLI DAMRON

Amberli began dancing since she was three years old and has been passionate about it ever since. She has been dancing and performing with Elite Dance Studio for 8 years, and has been a member of the Senior Company for 5 consecutive years. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, clogging, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. Amberli has been a member of Olympus High School’s Dance Company for 2 years and was an officer of the company this past year. She has choreographed in multiple concerts and performances within this company and has loved it! Amberli and her EDS team have competed in many National Dance Competitions and have received overall performance and choreography awards. She has loved performing over the years! Amberli has been a teacher’s assistant at Elite for 3 years, and is very excited to start teaching ballet classes! She loves children and can’t wait to share her love and passion for dance to those she teaches!

  JILL PORTE    Jill was introduced to dance at the age of 3. Since that start in Salt Lake City, she has trained and danced professionally all over the world. She has performed in theme parks, industrials, and conventions from Utah to Japan. In High School, Jill was a member of Skyline High School's dance company and La Nichee drill team. She also cheered with the NCAA championship team at the University of Utah. She danced in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic andParalympic games. She performed for the president of the United States and for US troops deployed overseas. Growing up, Jill trained at several different studios in Salt Lake City, and spent a lot of time studying at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. There she trained under Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Eddie Garcia, and many more outstanding teachers. At the University of Utah, Jill had the opportunity to dance under the direction of Bonnie Story for 4 years.  Along with teaching Jazz, Ballet, and Cheerleading; Jill is a fitness instructor of kick boxing, yoga, and hip hop. She has shared her love for dance since high school by teaching at both private studios and public schools in Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California.

JILL PORTE

Jill was introduced to dance at the age of 3. Since that start in Salt Lake City, she has trained and danced professionally all over the world. She has performed in theme parks, industrials, and conventions from Utah to Japan. In High School, Jill was a member of Skyline High School's dance company and La Nichee drill team. She also cheered with the NCAA championship team at the University of Utah. She danced in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic andParalympic games. She performed for the president of the United States and for US troops deployed overseas. Growing up, Jill trained at several different studios in Salt Lake City, and spent a lot of time studying at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. There she trained under Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Eddie Garcia, and many more outstanding teachers. At the University of Utah, Jill had the opportunity to dance under the direction of Bonnie Story for 4 years.  Along with teaching Jazz, Ballet, and Cheerleading; Jill is a fitness instructor of kick boxing, yoga, and hip hop. She has shared her love for dance since high school by teaching at both private studios and public schools in Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California.

      RON YATES        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 excited to offer his teaching skills to Elite Tumbling.

RON YATES

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 excited to offer his teaching skills to Elite Tumbling.

  REANN CHRISTIANSEN    Reann began her dance training at Kelly/ Creek Studios in Savannah, GA. While growing up Reann was a member of the Kelly/ Creek Studios dance team. As a company member, she attended and received multiple scholarships from the top dance competitions and conventions around the country. After graduating from Savannah Arts Academy as a dance major she accepted a talent scholarship to The University of Georgia. During her time at UGA she performed with the University of Georgia Ballet Ensemble as a company member. She then moved to Virginia where she trained under the technique genius, Denise Wall. When she is not in the dance studio you can find Reann on her yoga mat or relaxing with friends and family.

REANN CHRISTIANSEN

Reann began her dance training at Kelly/ Creek Studios in Savannah, GA. While growing up Reann was a member of the Kelly/ Creek Studios dance team. As a company member, she attended and received multiple scholarships from the top dance competitions and conventions around the country. After graduating from Savannah Arts Academy as a dance major she accepted a talent scholarship to The University of Georgia. During her time at UGA she performed with the University of Georgia Ballet Ensemble as a company member. She then moved to Virginia where she trained under the technique genius, Denise Wall. When she is not in the dance studio you can find Reann on her yoga mat or relaxing with friends and family.

   HAILEY CERISE     Starting gymnastics at the age of 9 I quickly became addicted to the determination and hard work it requires. I believe these are the key factors in making any gymnast or tumbler successful.  I was a competitive gymnast for several years, trained in ballet, tap and jazz during junior high and high school and then became a Varsity cheerleader at Highland. I have coached gymnastics for the past 4 years; I love coaching because it lets me share my passion of gymnastics and tumbling with others. The best part of coaching is helping students accomplish their objectives as well as teaching students the importance of hard work and determination.

HAILEY CERISE

Starting gymnastics at the age of 9 I quickly became addicted to the determination and hard work it requires. I believe these are the key factors in making any gymnast or tumbler successful.  I was a competitive gymnast for several years, trained in ballet, tap and jazz during junior high and high school and then became a Varsity cheerleader at Highland. I have coached gymnastics for the past 4 years; I love coaching because it lets me share my passion of gymnastics and tumbling with others. The best part of coaching is helping students accomplish their objectives as well as teaching students the importance of hard work and determination.

       JORDAN MIKESEL                       Having been a Latin Ballroom Dancer for most of his life, Jordan's life is ran by Cha Cha and Samba rhythms. Most of his training as a youth was done at BYU, Pleasant Grove High School and Center Stage in Orem, Utah under the instruction of James and Jaana Kunitz, Kurt and Sharon Holman, Michael Mead, Toni Redpath, Rick Robinson,  Louis Van Amstel and Buddy Schwimmer. He received his first title at the age of 11 in American Swing and Open Junior Latin. In 2004-2005 he became the national title holder in Pre-Champ Latin and American Rhythm at the U.S. Dancesport Championships. After high school graduation, Jordan packed up his things and headed to the city that gave birth to him creatively, emotionally and spiritually; Seattle. In Seattle, he instructed at the Washington Dance Club, Spectrum Dance and became the the choreographer and artistic director for shows at The Can Can and 'Julia's on Broadway presents: Le Faux'. He moved back to Salt Lake City back in 2009 where he coached and did choreography for the Pleasant Grove High School, Lehi High School and Churchill Junior High School Ballroom Dance Teams. He also was the mastermind behind the Born this Way FLASH MOB which was held at Fashion Place mall back in 2011. He's extremely passionate about helping others discover and anchor their own passion for dance through dedication and discipline.

JORDAN MIKESEL

Having been a Latin Ballroom Dancer for most of his life, Jordan's life is ran by Cha Cha and Samba rhythms. Most of his training as a youth was done at BYU, Pleasant Grove High School and Center Stage in Orem, Utah under the instruction of James and Jaana Kunitz, Kurt and Sharon Holman, Michael Mead, Toni Redpath, Rick Robinson,  Louis Van Amstel and Buddy Schwimmer. He received his first title at the age of 11 in American Swing and Open Junior Latin. In 2004-2005 he became the national title holder in Pre-Champ Latin and American Rhythm at the U.S. Dancesport Championships. After high school graduation, Jordan packed up his things and headed to the city that gave birth to him creatively, emotionally and spiritually; Seattle. In Seattle, he instructed at the Washington Dance Club, Spectrum Dance and became the the choreographer and artistic director for shows at The Can Can and 'Julia's on Broadway presents: Le Faux'. He moved back to Salt Lake City back in 2009 where he coached and did choreography for the Pleasant Grove High School, Lehi High School and Churchill Junior High School Ballroom Dance Teams. He also was the mastermind behind the Born this Way FLASH MOB which was held at Fashion Place mall back in 2011. He's extremely passionate about helping others discover and anchor their own passion for dance through dedication and discipline.

  MEGGAN FELT    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!!

MEGGAN FELT

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!!