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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 and master classes.

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. 

Hannah Fisher

Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Contemporary

Hannah graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She also received an Associate of Arts Degree from Collin College in 2017. There 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 19 years. Her professional performances include Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (M2DT)’s Made in a Day and Nicolay Dance Works’ A Wynne Home Nutcracker, both in 2018. As an Elevate alumni, Hannah is excited to be training future generations of students in the DFW area.

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

BIO COMING SOON!

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. 
 

Suzan Ponthier 

Ballet/Contemporary

Suzan has been a student of dance for over 30 years, specializing in Ballet. After graduating from Texas A&M and working in the 9-5 world, she changed directions and took the leap to follow her heart and true passion - dance. 

To stay current on the latest styles and techniques, she continues her dance education with summer intensive programs, master classes and conventions. She has studied with former American Ballet Theater principal Robert Underwood, Director of the Houston Repertoire Ballet Company Ms. Victoria Vittum, Broadway Dancer Joe Istre, founding member of The Edge in Los Angeles Rhonda Miller and renowned tap teacher Buster Cooper among others.

5801 Virginia Parkway

Suite #100
McKinney, TX 75071

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​Monday - Thursday

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Saturday:  

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469.742.0383

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