Any parent who wants their child to grow their love of dance must be under the tutelage of Ms Emily. Once my daughter started dancing in Emily’s jazz class in 2013, she has not gone a year without her. Emily’s patience, perseverance and passion have been the key to her success with her students. She has amazing patience to help her students grow and learn based on each individual’s own developmental timeline. Her great perseverance enabled her to form a Dance Competition team in a short period of time was astounding. The girls on the dance teams could not be prouder to get the opportunity to perform her choreography on stage more than once a year to show their hard work and dedication. Her passion for dance, it shows in the beauty and workmanship of the choreography she creates. Not only did she step up to create a dance team, she stepped up to be a wonderful coach and leader to the girls who love and respect her. Every year, we all look forward to her thought-provoking or intense dance pieces that are over the top and move us all! She introduced Lyrical to our daughter’s love for dance. Tap was a second thought until she could compete in it. My family is greatly indebted to her for helping our daughter seek her passion, learn to work as a team, and light up a stage from a choreographed piece created by someone who shares that same love of dance. Five seasons and counting (4 on Dance Competition team)....that someone is Ms Emily! We are extremely thankful to have her as a dance teacher!
Christine Bugayong, mother of Vivian
The teachers at Elevate Dance (Emily, Lisa, Laurie, Kendra and Buzzy) teach good dance technique as well as many other qualities. Laurie has taught my girls ballet (soft shoes and pointe) and they love to go to ballet classes as Miss Laurie makes ballet fun while teaching and providing background to what they are learning. Buzzy taught my youngest hip-hop and teaches his students to “dance it big” even if they make a mistake. Miss Kendra introduced my girls to rhythmic tap last year. Prior to that, they had experience of traditional and Broadway tap. Although a big change for them, they both love Miss Kendra and rhythmic tap.
My girls have helped assist in classes that Lisa is teaching and they are learning from the best on how to teach younger girls and boys. Lisa builds an excellent foundation in dance technique in the younger children. Emily introduced my girls to competition dance and is working with them to learn, whether it be for competition or recreational dances, not just to do the dance steps but to express emotions during their dances to make them better all-round dancers. During class the teachers all provide constructive criticism in a kind and age appropriate manner.
We have followed these teachers to Elevate Dance as we think they are the dream team. Both my girls and I are excited to start at Elevate Dance in the fall of 2018 and I am excited to see my girls continue to grow as dancers and as young women over the coming years.
Lesley Redfern, mother of Eilidh & Amy
The instructors at ELevate Dance studio are wonderful! My daughter has been taking lessons from several of the ELevate instructors for 5 years and looks forward to class with them. They genuinely care about their students and it shows. They take the time to get to know the the students and make learning fun and rewarding. I am continually impressed by their choreography and enjoy watching the dancers progress every year.
Carrie Gremer, mother of Anneliese
My daughter, Katelyn, has been under the instruction of Miss Lisa for about 3 years, and Miss Emily for 1 year. I cannot say enough good things about both of them! Katelyn went into ballet with Miss Lisa at age 7. She had tried ballet before at different park districts, but it seemed like she was really never able to connect with the dancing and/or the instructors. Her experience with Miss Lisa was entirely different! From the very beginning, I noticed how much Miss Lisa engaged the entire class, focused on core skills, looked at each child as an individual, gave them each the attention that they needed with care and patience, along with constructive feedback and corrections whenever it was necessary. Kate just finished her third year of ballet with Miss Lisa, and I have seen her grow in dance, flexibility, balance and grace in ways I could not have ever imagined! She absolutely loves Miss Lisa.
Ever since Katelyn saw her cousin on stage in her Lyrical piece, she knew she wanted to take a Lyrical class herself. She said it would be a dream come true for her to dance in that style. Well, her dreams came true this past year when she took her first Lyrical class with Miss Emily. I remember her coming out of her first class with a huge smile on her face. Since then, that smile really hasn't faded. Miss Emily builds upon the basics, and challenges her students on so many levels. Her choreography is a work of art, and she passes this art directly onto her students. She shows them how to feel the moves and choreography, and how to emote appropriately. Kate loves every minute of class with Miss Emily!
We are incredibly grateful to Miss Lisa and Miss Emily for all that they have done for our daughter. We are so excited and proud to support ELevate!
Kathryn Swanson, Mother of Katelyn
I cannot say enough about Miss Emily. My daughter has been instructed by her and also Miss Laurie for the past 8 years. We have been extremely happy with the professionalism of these teachers. I’m blown away year after year in the growth of my daughters abilities, and also the growth of the other dancers in her classes. These dance teachers are amazing!!!
Katie Robinson, mother of Aubrie
Our daughter has been dancing for 8 years under Miss Emily, Miss Laurie, and Buzzy. They have instilled the love of dance into a young child and helped her progress into a confident well balanced young woman who continues to reach her goals and progress every year. I could not ask for better teachers for our daughter. We are a very happy dance family and highly recommend this great studio.
Kelly & Rob English, parents of Madison
I have two daughters in dance with the oldest having danced for 12 years (Katie) and the youngest for 9 years (Christine). Over the past 5 years they have both had classes with Ms. Emily spanning from ballet to jazz and lyrical. The classes spanned different ages and levels and included competition classes. We couldn’t be more pleased with the instruction that Ms. Emily has provided over the years! She introduced competitive dance to the girls by setting up the competitive dance program and both girls have loved the competition experience. Christine says, “I love Ms. Emily because she pushes me outside my comfort zone and to my limits all because she genuinely wants to help me become the dancer that I dream to be. She teaches us things that she knows will challenge us. She puts so much effort into what she does and it means the world to us. I couldn’t imagine a studio without Ms. Emily.”
Ms. Laurie has such talent with choreography for the ballet classes. Each year during the recital time I have loved the dances from her classes. This past year was the first year both of my girls had her as an instructor and they both tremendously enjoyed the experience. We are looking forward to having her for further ballet classes in the future. Katie says, “Ms. Laurie provides individually instruction as well as instructions for the class as a whole. I feel like I improved so much with my technique this past year with her as my teacher.”
Katie had the opportunity to be an assistant to Ms. Lisa for some of the younger girls dance classes. She says, “Ms. Lisa is so nice and understanding of the younger girls. She pushes them and they learned so much over the course of the year. She is a very good teacher.”
We can’t wait to see what the new studio has to offer and look forward to all the opportunities it will present!
Jane Weber, mother of Katie & Christine
We are so excited to be a part of this new studio - Elevate Dance in Antioch. My daughter has been dancing for 11 years taught by Emily, Laurie and Kendra for a number of those years. She has also been an assistant with Lisa and Emily’s classes and has learned a lot about working with the younger students - it has been a great experience for her. The teachers have a love of dance and create choreography that is innovative and fresh. They teach dance, of course, but also how to work hard, be positive, and to be good teammates to each other. We look forward to all that the future brings with ELevate!
Kathy Valent, mother of Allison
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