Brandy - Business Operations Manager
Lisa - Owner/Founder & Visionary
Alexa - Production Team, Instructor
Meghan - Production Team, Instructor
Krista - Unicorns & Funky Monkey Crew Director, Production Director, Instructor
Krista (Zozulia) Brown, originally from Chicago, received her early training at Steps Dance Center where she found her love of professional concert dance from instructors who danced in Chicago-based jazz dance companies such as Thodos Dance Chicago and River North. She performed with her studio ballet ensemble and competed with her studio team in addition to choreographing with her high school concert dance company starting at just 15 years old. Krista attended summer intensive training at Indiana University, and went on to attend the contemporary dance program at IU for her bachelors. While at Indiana, Krista was selected to perform as a soloist for Hubbard Street choreographer Ihsan Rustem, in addition to other guest artist works by Larry Keigwin, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Her training at IU includes modern dance forms Graham, Taylor, Limon, Cunningham and somatic movement practices Bartenieff Fundamentals, Alexander technique, and contact improv. During her junior year, she studied abroad at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel receiving intensive training in Gaga and Batsheva repertoire. As a senior, Krista received a first place award and scholarship for her performance in the National Society of Arts and Letters competition. Upon graduation, she was selected for a 3-month intensive study of Gaga and Batsheva repertoire at Hasadna, an Israel dance workshop focusing on repertoire from Sharon Eyal, Batsheva, and others. When she returned to Chicago, Krista began dancing on scholarship at Visceral Dance Center, training under the direction of Nick Pupillo roughly 15 hours a week in contemporary jazz and ballet in the Visceral aesthetic. She transitioned from scholarship to work-study and remained at Visceral for the next 5 years training intensively and creating her own work. During this time, Krista received a full scholarship to train with The Cambrians under the direction of Ben Wardell, studying momentum-based ballet techniques and low-fly floorwork mechanics. She completed and presented two evening-length works during this time, both performed at galleries and local stages across Chicago. While developing her choreography, training and taking class weekly, Krista became a graduate student and received a full scholarship. Upon completion of her masters, Krista became an adjunct professor of education at DePaul University and began dancing with urban jazz company Joel Hall Dancers. During the pandemic, Krista and her husband decided to make the big move out west to Colorado during October of 2020, and upon arrival accepted a role as the dance director of a local recreation program, rebuilding the program from 30 to over 200 students. Since then, she has danced professionally with local Colorado companies Wonderbound, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and Control Group Productions. Krista is excited to begin her second season with Elite Dance Academy teaching contemporary, ballet, jazz, preK dance, running CORE rehearsals, and serving as the Funky Monkeys and Unicorns crew director.
Lindsay - Instructor
I was born and raised in Broomfield, CO and have been dancing since age 3. I grew up in a dance studio, practicing all styles. Once I started high school, I left the studio and found a passion for Poms. I've worked for Jeffco Public Schools for 15 years, working in before and after school child care and grants accounting. I graduated in 2019 from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in business management. Outside of work and dance, I love golfing, paddle boarding and going on adventures with my husband.
Ava - Instructor, Customer Astonishment Representative
Ava has been dancing at Elite since she took her first Enchanted Beginnings class at 2 ½ years old. In that time, she has trained in every style offered at Elite and was a member of the Company, Pre-Professional, and CORE teams for a total of 11 years. This is Ava's second season teaching classes at Elite. She is a current Senior in high school, a member of her high school's Varsity Dance Team, and an NRG Prodigy. When she is not teaching or dancing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, vacationing, and snowboarding.
Casandre Medel - Instructor
A multiethnic performance artist, scholar, performer, and choreographer. 'Cass' is a Passionate and detail-oriented aerial dance performer with 10 years of teaching experience and 20 years of performance experience. Ever-exploring a multitude of styles and well-versed in a variety of apparatuses, yet keeps a particular affection toward improvisational dance. She interweaves her art with emotional intention, knowledge of anatomy/physiology, empowerment for social change, and the building of community. Casandre grew up in community theatre and graduated from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. In this program, she majored in Theatre and Musical Theatre exploring a variety of techniques and partaking in semi-professional community theatre. After discovering her love for Aerial Dance; she began performing professionally as well as instructing students of all ages. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance/Production in Boulder, CO. She now owns her own performance/aerial dance entertainment company and truly enjoys any opportunity to create community through dance performance. “I am really looking forward to joining the program this semester at Elite Dance Academy and getting to know the students that make it so special! We are going to create some beautiful and fun choreography inspired by the unique talents of each student.”
Brittany Capone - Performance Team Director, Instructor
Brittany Capone began dancing at the age of 3 and danced competitively starting at age 12. As a Colorado native she danced at several different studios locally in the Denver area. After high school she went on to be a University of Colorado Dancer, Outlaws Lacrosse dancer and even a Denver Broncos Cheerleader.
Megan Luker - Customer Astonishment Representative
Natalie Schievelbein - Production Director, Instructor
Kim Karis - Customer Astonishment Representative
Erin Rose - Instructor
- Scholarships provided to our graduating seniors
- Awarded over 58,000 of scholarship to our dance community
- Dare to Dance for a Difference scholarship fundraiser showcase to give to dancers in need
- Free classes to our community throughout the year
- Performances at Broomfield Days and Boulder Creek Fest
- Performances at Children’s Hospital and assisted living homes