EDC FACULTY

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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, 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

Assistant Director

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 .

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Baylee Lokey

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.

Jessica Patton

Jessica Patton’s dance journey began at a young age where she was trained in classical ballet and performed under the direction of Wanda Jones and Al Gilbert in Dallas, Texas. She found herself immersed early on in the in the competitive dance industry. Jessica went on to receive scholarships and performance opportunities from Tremaine Convention, NYCDA, and Showstoppers. After high school, Jessica was given an opportunity with both Marching Auxiliaries and Half Time Entertainment, and choreographed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Adolphus Parade, and many halftime sport performances. While interning for several dance projects, Jessica studied in the Fine Arts program at Collin College and University of North Texas. She then went on to work as a competitive dance director, where her teams were recognized with overall placements and judge’s awards. Jessica continues to teach all varieties and levels of dance. She hopes her students always feel respected, encouraged, and loved, and feel her passion of dance while in the classroom. “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.” ~Vicki Baum

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Allen Pham

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.