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Meet Our Rock Star Staff!

Alexa - Production Team, Instructor

Alexa is originally from Long Island, New York and relocated to Broomfield in August 2016! She grew up in ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz classes. In middle school, Alexa discovered her passion for musical theatre and musical theatre dance! She has choreographed, directed, and produced numerous productions in schools, community theatres and colleges. Alexa graduated from The State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and Musical Theatre and got her Master's Degree from Columbia University. She currently works as a speech therapist during the day and loves spending her evenings with the Elite Family! When not dancing or teaching, she loves doing crafts, hiking and singing!

Brandy - Business Operations Manager

Brandy has been dancing in Colorado since the age of three. She grew up doing studio dance in Golden, Colorado and poms at Golden High School. She went on to dance for the University of Colorado Boulder for two years and has been a Dream Project member for seven seasons. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in business administration and accounting and has her physical education teaching license as well. She currently works full time for Elite Dance Academy. Brandy says, "Elite can fulfill the dreams of any dancer, teacher or other staff member!! It fills my soul and through Elite I have met so many incredible women that I now call my life-long best friends!"

Monica - Instructor

Monica Weller is currently studying for her Master Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance at CU Boulder. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance in 2011. Monica moved here from Chicago, IL and is loving her dance program and the beautiful scenery. Monica performed with Interweave Dance Theatre as part of Boulder Jazz Dance this past August. Before moving to Colorado, Monica was the rehearsal director for Meraki Dance Company and taught dance at Forte Arts Center. She also performed for 5 seasons with Chicago Dance Crash whose most notable pieces include “Dance For Life 25th Anniversary”, “Tron”, “The Cotton Mouth Club”, “New Alaska”. “This Way Comes” an original Dance film and many more. Monica also produced, danced and choreographed a dance film entitled “The End and the Beginning” which premiered in February 2017. She loves being a part of EDA and dance with all the talented students and teachers!

Jen - Customer Astonishment Representative

When Jen is not at Elite, she is a 5th grade teacher, as well as a proud mother and wife. A Colorado native, Jen received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Elite is like a second home for Jen, as her oldest daughter took her first class here 10 years ago. When she is not at Elite, she loves walking her dog and being with her family.

Lisa - Owner/Founder & Visionary

Lisa has been dancing for twenty-six years. Lisa has been instructing students' dance for the past eighteen years. She has taught at dance studios throughout Colorado and the surrounding states. She has choreographed for several high school pom pon and dance squads as well as college squads. Lisa has a substantial professional performance background as well. She was a Denver Nuggets Dance Team member for four years and she directed the team in her final season during a playoff year. She was a Denver Broncos cheerleader for three seasons and in her final year she performed at Superbowl 32. Lisa has continued to participate as a judge for the Denver Nuggets Dance Team auditions and has taught master technique classes for the team. Lisa is also still involved with the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and has been a technical judge during their auditions in past seasons. Lisa's performing credits include dancing in the Las Vegas Revue “Pizzazz” for a season run. She also performed as a core dancer in the Denver Center Theater production of Star Fever in the Space Theater. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lisa practiced public accounting for 8 years as a CPA prior to opening Elite in 2003. She has owned and operated the studios since 2003. In 2015, she founded Camp Telaphiba, an overnight summer dance retreat for dancers ages 10-18 from all over the country and world. Lisa is living in Denver with her husband, Chris, their two sons, John David and Chase and their dogs, Dax and Zoe.

Meghan - Production Team, Instructor

Meghan grew up dancing in the mountains of Summit County, Colorado. Meghan fell in love with dance and began performing and competing at an early age. Meghan is trained in the dance styles of jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap, and hip-hop. Meghan has been on staff at Elite Dance Academy since 2010 and is currently a Master Teacher, Performance Team Director, Nutcracker choreographer, Special Events Coordinator and Community Liaison. Meghan graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Meghan is currently a dancer and board member of Dream Project Dance Company, a local non-profit in the Denver area.

Vera Stephenson - ARAD, RTS, TC, TD, BLS, Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance

Vera represents the whole teacher: training, performance and choreography. Trained in Canada at Ryerson University in Toronto, Vera earned her Advanced 2 status in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet program, Advanced in the International Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) modern and national dance, Elementary Tap in the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) and International Ballroom and Latin through Barney Cruickshank. Vera studied with Florentina Lojekova, Sonia Chamberlain, Maisee McFee, and Glen Gilmour. Accepted into the Calgary City Ballet, Vera opted to stay in Ontario where she taught for her mentor Anna Marie Oliver. Her strong ballet training and well-rounded dance experience landed her lead dance roles in the productions Carousel, Brigadoon, and Vera went to the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island where she debuted the role of ‘Tammy’ in the musical “Babies”. Her strong tap and ballroom made her perfect for the popular show “Swing”, and her petite stature and perky personality put her into the role of ‘Josie Pye’ in the Canadian National Tour of Anne of Green Gables and EXPO ’86. Other shows include: Nunsense, River Suite (with members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem), Anything Goes, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Me and My Girl, The King and I, The Swinging Years (with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) Those Magnificent Movies, Folk Ballet Theatre, the Novgorod Russian Dance Ensemble, and the White Eagle Polish Dance Group, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Swing (again), Me and My Girl (again) and Romance/Romance. In 2004 Vera was asked to participate in Swing for the 3rd time – this time as choreographer! In 2006 Vera choreographed and danced in Swing again with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. In January of 2008, Vera choreographed Swing for the St. Jacobs Theatre for Drayton Entertainment, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Annie, The Boys Next Door, Closer Than Ever, South Pacific, and Follies for Theatre Memphis. In 2011 she choreographed a ballroom and tap number for “Dance Legends”. At summer schools, she directed and choreographed pieces like ‘The Birch Tree’, ‘You Can Call Me Al’, ‘Time After Time’, ‘Spirit of the South’, and at the University of Memphis ‘La Colcha’.

Vera’s goal was the inception of the Royal Academy of Dance program in northern Colorado with a stark following of only 6 students. Vera’s RAD program started at Dance Dimensions and blossomed at Reverence Academy of Dance for 18 years. In 2002, Vera completed the Child Psychology course through the University of Waterloo, and the Music Theory course through the Royal Academy of Dance at the University of Durham, England to achieve the next level of Teacher Accreditation. Vera passed the Royal Academy of Dance, Teaching Diploma exam with Distinction.

Vera wants to greet every child with care and understanding and with a sense of discipline for the art. Vera’s respectful, dependable, pro-active and fun character, partnered by the exceptional training is her offering .Vera is proud of her family: Gerry, partner for 40 years, International Ballroom and Dance Teacher. Kalina, who achieved her Advanced 1 Exam and Kalina graduated from CU and then again from CU Health Sciences and is a Registered Nurse working in Labor and Delivery at Avista in Louisville. Nicole – is a tap aficionado graduated from CU majoring in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. Vera loves to swim, bike, do yoga, take her dog Spirit for walks and of course dance together with Gerry for over 42 years. As an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance, Vera traveled to Hong Kong, London, Australia, Chili, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey and does a yearly US tour as well. Vera is one of 10 Examiners in the US and 180 in the world. Vera brings this excellent RAD program to Elite.

Susan Baker - Customer Astonishment Representative

Susan is a native of Colorado, grew up in Arvada and moved to Broomfield in 1996. She is married and has a beautiful and talented daughter who is attending CSU. Susan was in dance many ions ago and passed on her love of dance to her daughter Kaitlyn. Susan and her husband have grown up in the Broomfield dance community since Kaitlyn was 6 years attending countless dance competitions, conventions and recitals. During the day, Susan works for the phone company and during the evenings she is blessed with the opportunity to work the front desk at Elite Dance Academy since 2020 as a Customer Astonishment Representative. When not working, Susan enjoys spending time with family, friends and working concessions in the evening at several venues in the Denver area to help offset college expenses.

Matthew - Instructor

Matthew Helms, formally a martial artist and child actor since three year old, began his training in Colorado on full scholarship at the International Ballet School and competed at the Youth America Grand Prix and the Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition in 2008, receiving a full scholarship to Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City for three years. Matt was promoted to the Ballet West Pre-Professional Trainee Program in under the company direction of Adam Sklute dancing in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Satanella, Madam Butterfly, Don Quixote, Gala Concerto and at the same time was a guest artist with the Utah Ballet Company & Utah Regional Ballet preforming leading roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Peter Pan and guest Company’s/Choreographers including Berlin State Ballet’s Troy Games and many contemporary showcases. Matt joined Boulder Ballet in 2010 dancing in lead roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, American In Paris, Giselle, & Flames Of Paris and was recently chosen to perform leading roles in Paul Taylor Dance Company’s “Airs” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Five Movements, Three Repeats”. For the last nine years, Matthew has traveled around the US as a guest artist and teacher in California, West Virginia, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho.

Jacqueline - Junior Performance Team Director, Performance Team Director, Instructor

Jacqueline grew up in Naples, Florida and started dancing at the age of 2. She began competing at the age of 9 and started teaching and choreographing at 14. She has won multiple choreography awards over the years. As a dancer, she was a featured dancer and dance captain for Norwegian Cruise Lines for 4 years. After that Jacqueline performed in a show in The Sandcastle Theater in Guam until the pandemic. She then went back to teaching in her home town until she decided to make the move to Denver and is so excited to continue her love of teaching at Elite!

Krista - Instructor

Krista Zozulia (she/her) comes to Elite Dance Academy after spending the last year as the director of a local recreation dance program in a nearby Colorado neighborhood. Within just a year, Krista grew the program from 30 to 200 students as a result of her focus on curriculum, class offerings, and youth dance company. Krista is originally from Chicago where she danced with Joel Hall Dancers and trained with Visceral Dance, The Cambrians, and several other local Chicago artists. Additionally, Krista holds a Masters in Education from DePaul University and a Bachelors in Dance from Indiana University. Some of her favorite dance training includes her time at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, a semester study abroad program, and Hasadna, a 3-month workshop in Tel-Aviv both of which focused on the Israeli movement language, Gaga. Recent 2022 performances include time with Wonderbound, Cleo II, Control Group Productions, and now upcoming with T2 Dance company.

Elite in the Community!
  • 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
Elite in the Community!
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