EDC FACULTY

Chelsea Wells

Owner/Artistic Director

Chelsea's journey to finding her passion in dance and dance education is not a typical one. She transitioned from middle school to high school drill team, but decided she wanted something more her junior year when she took her first formal technique class at age 17! After graduating from McKinney High School, she continued her dance education. Chelsea holds a teaching certification from the Dance Educators of America from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as she discovered quickly that she wanted to share her passion and knowledge with others. 
 

Chelsea's extensive training includes Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Tap. She started choreographing for McKinney Northstars Dance/Drill Team which led her to intrepidly jump into the competitive dance world and has gone on to win numerous awards at national dance competitions like NYCDA, LADF, and Celebrity Dance Competitions. She has spent a summer studying dance at the famed Steps on Broadway. She continues to take any opportunity to stay current and further her dance education through workshops, intensives, certifications and master classes. Chelsea is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), an innovative body strengthening program to help students understand the depth of training muscle memory.

In the first decade of developing her dance career she simultaneously had a second career in corporate retail management. She prides herself in bringing a unique balance of business acumen and artistic creativity to her approach and vision as the pulse of Elevate Dance Center.

Courtney Bouse

Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical/Leaps and Turns

Courtney's early dance training started at age 3 in Plano, Texas. She is proficient in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. At 15, she became a member of the Dallas Repertoire Ballet where she performed numerous roles in the Nutcracker.  

 

After high school she decided to further her education in dance and was awarded a talent scholarship from Oklahoma City University, where she studied under the direction of Jo Rowan. While at OCU, she performed as a Pep dancer for the basketball team, was a member of the American Spirit dance company, performed in Oklahoma the musical and danced in the Oklahoma City University Christmas Spectacular featuring the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. In 2005, she graduated with a BPA in Dance Performance. After graduation she danced 2 contracts aboard Holland America Cruise Lines where she also had the opportunity to be an assistant in the Rob Lake Magic Show. Courtney also had the privilege to dance for the Shoji Tabuchi Show and The Andy Williams show in Branson, Missouri. When she returned to Dallas, she continued performing for Eclipse Entertainment. Courtney was also on the judging faculty for Crowd Pleasers Dance Competitions. Courtney recently obtained a certification for Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), an innovative body strengthening program to help students understand the depth of training muscle memory. 

Courtney is also a choreographer for our award winning competition team. She has won numerous awards including, overall high scores, Outstanding Choreography, multiple Judge's Choice Awards, Best of Streetz and Two-Time Starquest Dallas Viral Video of the Week recipient .

Hannah Fisher

Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Contemporary

Hannah Fisher graduated in 2019, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. There she had many performance opportunities as well as involvement in organizations like Chi Tau Epsilon and Phi Theta Kappa. She also received an Associate of Arts Degree from Collin College in 2017, where she was a member of Collin Dance Ensemble, the student performing company, from 2016-2017 under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold. She has trained in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, & contemporary for 20 years. Her professional performances include Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (M2DT)’s Made in a Day, Nicolay Dance Works’ A Wynne Home Nutcracker, Wanderlust Dance Project IV, & various Texas dance festivals. In her free time, Hannah performs locally with M2DT and continues her training at Contemporary Ballet Dallas. As an Elevate alumni, she is excited to be teaching future generations of dancers in DFW.

Bekah Harris

Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary/Ballet

Bekah Harris has been dancing for over 21 years beginning her training journey at 2 years old! In this endeavor Bekah has found a love and passion for dance that has never ceased to exist and is stronger than ever. She was a competitive dancer from age 11-18 winning numerous overall placements, multiple accolades and scholarships throughout her competitive career. She began instructing dance as a Junior in High School and found a love for dance education in the process. Bekah continued to dance through college at Texas Woman’s University where she was selected to perform in highly selective, upper classman pieces as a freshman. She graduated in 2017 with her Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Dance. Since that time Bekah has enjoyed teaching at Elevate Dance Center and specializes in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Ballet. 

Baylee Lokey

Intro/Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary

Baylee has been dancing for over 15 years and is trained in multiple styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre. Her love for teaching began at a very young age and became her true passion in life! She has been invited to showcase her choreography in numerous shows, performances, and charity fundraiser events. The first time being when she was just 16 years old. Over the years her competitive dances have received awards for Technique, Choreography, Stage Presence, and numerous Overall High Point awards at the regional and national level. Baylee was also a competitive dancer herself for many years. She has danced in professional shows with 8&1 Dance Company in Dallas and was invited to perform in New York City. Baylee has taught at Triumph National Talent’s conventions, and she is on staff with Edge National Talent. She is currently working towards her certification from Youth Protection Advocates in Dance and UNLV.

Natillie Nelson

Intro/Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary/Tap

Natillie has trained in the multiple styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop since she was 3 years old! She was a competitive dancer who earned numerous awards, accolades and scholarships throughout her competitive dance career. She has proudly carried multiple roles in many ballet productions such as Dew Drop Fairy and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dance education is her passion, she loves the opportunity to work with children and thanks the Lord everyday for the ability to live her dream as a dance educator.

Allen Pham

Hip Hop

Allen Pham graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016. He pursued dance as an art form and later as a profession, while working to obtain his mechanical engineering degree. In College Station, he served as Director and Assistant Director for Fade To Black Hip Hop Dance Ensemble, director for Philsa modern, member of FUSD, and taught at a local studio, Suzanne’s School of Dance. He later began reaching outwards for training from places such as Soreal and Monsters to grow his craft. After graduation he moved to Dallas to pursue more dance opportunities and explore what other Texas dance cultures are like. He is currently serving as a member of Neighborhood and teaching at many locations around the Dallas areas. 
 

Natalie Wilson

Acro/Latin/Leaps & Turns/Contemporary

Natalie Wilson is a native of Utah and is brand new to Texas! She started her dance career at the young age of 4. After training for several years in ballet, jazz and tap she decided to add gymnastics and ballroom training to her skill set. She trained in gymnastics for 3 years as an adolescent and danced on competitive ballroom and dance teams throughout high school. She attended Utah Valley University and performed on their dance company, Synergy. She trained under Amy Markgraf, Monica Campbell, Nicole Ortega, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, John Corsa, Kim Strunk and Doris Tojillo. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Dance Education. She quickly was hired full time to teach dance at American Fork Junior High School. Since being hired there she has also taught, aerobics, musical theater, and technology and engineering. She also coached gymnastics for 6 years with a private gym in Salem, Utah. All her teaching experience has helped her to learn to quickly correct and inspire students. Natalie lives in Melissa TX with her husband Chris, and two daughters Kendra and Ellie. She is so excited to be a member of the Elevate family. 

Summer Staff

Rachel Ernat 

Ballet/Jazz/Leaps & Turns/Lyrical

After growing up in the Midwest, Rachel now calls Frisco, Texas home.  She took her first ballet class at the age of 3 and has never stopped dancing.  Rachel has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and more. She was a competitive dancer for 10 years and during that time she won numerous top ten and overall awards and was granted multiple scholarship opportunities. She was a Nationals Senior Crew Member for Celebrity Dance and worked for them as a Convention Assistant. During breaks, she advanced her dance training by attending Oklahoma City University Broadway Bound Camp, Talent on Parade Go Pro Pre-Professional Workshop and Rockettes Summer Intensive in NYC among others. She attended Oklahoma City University - Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment as a dance major for two years.  While at OCU, she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, OCU Pep Dancers and the Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dance Company. Rachel will be continuing her dance education at The University of Texas at Austin beginning Fall 2020.  She has been accepted into the Ballet and Contemporary Program within the School of Theatre and Dance and will be pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance. As a student at Elevate Dance Center, she performed the principal roles of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker.  Other performances have included roles in OCU productions of Home for the Holidays, Broadway Revue, Student Choreography Showcase & Friends and OCU Project 21 Concert. Outside of dancing, her interests include yoga, cooking, fashion, cosmetology and event planning.

She is excited to be returning to her home studio for the summer and sharing her talents.

Payton Milllis

Ballet/Jazz/Leaps & Turns/Tap

Payton Millis grew up in Wylie, TX. She then went on to train at Oklahoma City University and earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance. While at OCU, she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company. During her time with the company she performed two solos choreographed by Jo Rowan, the director of the company, as well as many leading roles.

Payton has performed two summers for the Mary Kay conventions as a dancer in their productions. She has also worked at Frontier City theme park as a dancer and magician assistant.

A fun fact about Payton is she loves dressing up and has dozen of different costumes. Her favorite costume is her carrot costume.

Cate Parker

Ballet/Jazz/4 Year Old Ballet/Jazz

Cate Parker has danced, both recreationally and competitively, with Elevate for eight years. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She began teaching dance classes her senior year of high school and found her passion for teaching. Cate is currently a Sophomore at Texas Tech University, where she is studying Kinesiology in hopes of continuing on to Physical Therapy school. At Tech, she is part of Vitality Dance Company, a student-run organization for dancers. In Vitality, she has performed in annual, end-of-semester performances as well as other performances including a half time show for a women’s basketball game. Cate is beyond excited to continue teaching at Elevate, hoping to create a fun environment for dancers to flourish.

5801 Virginia Parkway

Suite #100
McKinney, TX 75071

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469.742.0383

info@danceatelevate.com

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