Mrs. Lindsay has been dancing since she was three years old (Wilkins School of Dance “born and raised”), completed the studio’s graduate program, participated and competed in the Dance Caravan summer conventions, performed in the annual Poquoson Christmas Parade with the Company as well as Mrs. Michelle, and is a hall of fame recipient. A 2008 graduate of Grafton High School, she was a captain and featured dance soloist in the school’s color guard and traveled throughout Virginia to compete. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in dance. Driven by her passion for dance, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Old Dominion University, which she completed in 2014. While at both universities, Mrs. Lindsay performed and choreographed in numerous dance concerts and showcases, while completing a comprehensive dance curriculum in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip-hop, modern, choreographic composition, teaching principles, dance history, and dance anatomy/kinesiology.
While completing her collegiate studies, she was a dedicated teacher at Wilkins School of Dance for six years. During this time, the joy she shared through dance and her love for teaching continued to grow even more than she could’ve ever imagined. She is working at Woodside High School, in Newport News, during the day as the Associate Director of Dance for their Magnet Program! At Elevé, she has been able to use her artistic ability through teaching, making music creations, and assisting Mrs. Michelle with productions, choreography, etc. Mrs. Lindsay is grateful for having a supportive family throughout all her dance endeavors and so thankful to be a part of the Elevé family! We welcome the talent, knowledge, and passion that Mrs. Lindsay brings to our staff and students!
We feature two very large dance rooms and a comfortable waiting room with a reception area.
Our brand new facility has first class dance floors and barre brackets with the names of our hall of fame recipients.
At Elevé Dance Center, every class is taught by a professional adult instructor with a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience!
There is no substitute for professional instruction.
Our Company members serve as our student assistants. They are present in all classes as part of our graduate program.
Each class has a maximum of 12 students and
a minimum of one teacher and one student assistant.
2021 - 2022 Student Assistants
Miss Cailyn, Miss Ella R., Miss Jessica, Miss Natalie
Miss Peyton, Miss Ella C., Miss Ashlyn, Miss Sarah,
Miss Cami, Miss Emily
Miss Kelly began dancing at the age of 5 at Parks and Recreation in Newport News. She continued to dance alongside her sister Caitlin, but didn’t find her first studio home until age 8 when she first visited Wilkins School of Dance. She graduated from Grafton High School, completed the graduate program at Wilkins, and became a hall of fame recipient in 2014. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, contemporary, and character. Old Dominion University became her new home in 2014. She has now graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While at ODU she fell in love with modern dance and has not sopped since. She has had many opportunities to perform, such as University Dance Theatre Concerts, SITES festivals, and she directed her own dance film through Campus Movie Fest. In addition to teaching, she is also an Exercise Specialist at CHKD and has her person training certification. She teachers Dance History, Nutrition, and Modern to our Company girls during our Summer Intensive and Modern in the Fall! Miss Kelly is so thankful to be an instructor at Elevé and we're so lucky to have her!
Miss Danielle has been a dancer for 13 years and it has impacted her life in so many ways! She graduated from Woodside High School where she was a part of their dance magnet and was able to expand her dance knowledge not only in different movements but also dance history. Dance has a special place in her heart but so does swimming. She was also a competitive swimmer throughout most of her life and she was able to learn so much about physical and mental toughness. Her hopes here at Elevé are to educate dancers on how important it is to take care of your body and build muscles that you don't always use while you dance so it decreases the likelihood of overuse injuries.
She will be teaching strength and conditioning classes over the Summer and throughout the year with our Company dancers! She is very excited to have the opportunity to learn from these amazing teachers at Elevé and also to grow with the dancers! Miss Danielle has been a part of our dance family as a student for many years and she has been a joy to watch! We're excited to see her transition into the teaching world with us!
Meet Your Elevé Dance Center Faculty!
Although Elevé Dance Center is newer to the Hampton Roads area, we are very rich in history. Many of our dancers began their dance education at Wilkins School of Dance, but the studio closed in 2014. We were fortunate enough to keep our studio family together and in doing so, Elevé Dance Center was born in June of 2014.
Elevé Dance Center is based on a dance term meaning "to rise." When choosing a name for our new studio, the word rise had many meanings - the literal meaning is to go up on the toes, something that our dancers of all ages learn from the beginning. Secondly, we strive not only to teach our students the technical side of dance, but the importance of discipline, hard work, and self-confidence. We want our dancers to embody the grace, poise, and passion that dance instills. We truly believe not rising to meet others, but rising to meet ourselves is a creed that we can carry with us long after our dance shoes no longer fit.
Kim is a Wilkins School of Dance alumni. In 2009 she graduated from York High School and completed the graduate program at Wilkins. Shortly after, Kim began her yoga journey in the fall of 2009 when she attended her first college yoga class. She continued to develop her personal yoga practice throughout college and graduated from Liberty University in 2013. After years of nurturing a passion for the yoga lifestyle and eager to share this passion with the community, she received her 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance) in 2017. Kim specializes in Vinyasa style yoga classes suitable for all levels. We couldn't be happier to welcome Mrs. Kim, a fellow Wilkins Alumni, back into our dance family and we're excited to now offer yoga classes at Elevé!
Ms. Sarah is a lifelong dancer, she began dancing at Wilkins School of Dance the first year they opened. Sarah also went to Woodside High School and danced with the performing arts magnet program. She returned to dance as an adult by continuing at Wilkins both in the adult class and alumni class, but then when Michelle, a long time friend of Sarah's, opened Elevé Dance Center, it was an obvious choice to continue dancing there. Sarah is also a hairstylist, she finds great joy in making people feel good about themselves, and finding confidence in their appearance. These same ideas transfer to dancing as an adult because it's an amazing sight to see adults with or without years of experience get on stage and be confident in their abilities. We are so excited to welcome Sarah to the teaching side of dance and we know she is going to be fabulous as our new adult class instructor!
Johnna Cwik, from Johnstown, PA, began her love of dance at the age of 5 at Le Dance Academie. She attended Slippery Rock University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Spanish. She has studied and is proficient in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, pointe, afro-colombian, and bharatanayam. She also loves Latin social dance such as salsa, bachata, and merengue. In addition to dance, Johnna also is an actor, singer, and model. Johnna is a performer and has been seen dancing/acting at various theme parks. She recently was seen at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Jack is Back, Spark!, Count's Countdown to Halloween, and Elmo's Christmas Wish. Johnna also served as Dance Captain for the Sesame Product at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. She also performed as a scare actor in Fools Court and a comedic actor in the Spritzer Squad at Busch Gardens. She has been seen in various regional theatre productions including Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin with Stage Right! of Greensburg, PA. Additionally she was a Fairy Godmother in Training at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. When Johnna is not performing she is teaching and choreographing. She has been teaching for 10 years. She teaches various levels and styles of dance. She also has choreographed various productions for Mount Aloysius College and Cresson Lake Playhouse both in Cresson, PA. Additionally she worked with Scott Logsdon (of Broadway's Les Mis) to perform and dance captain for various benefit performances. Johnna is excited to share her love and knowledge of dance with anyone she gets the chance to meet.
Mrs. Michelle began dancing at three years old at York School of Dance. When York School of Dance closed, Michelle auditioned and became a student at Wilkins School of Dance where she was a member of their Senior Company and 2002 hall of fame recipient. She successfully completed the Graduate program where she was a student assistant for three years. Michelle has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, character, pointe, contemporary, and swing. Throughout her years as a student, she attended and competed in Dance Caravan’s annual summer dance convention. There she was able to take classes and learn from the very best; some of the professionals included, Mallory Graham, Jerry Rose, Scott Benson, Barry Youngblood, and Chris Smith. Wilkins even offered the opportunity for its students to take master classes at the studio and perform in the annual Poquoson Christmas Parades. Outside of the studio, Michelle and her Company members danced at nursing homes for community service which brought so much joy to everyone involved! At Grafton High, Michelle was able to use her dance and performance skills as a varsity cheerleader.
After graduating from Grafton High school, she knew that she wanted to become a member of the Wilkins faculty and share her love for dance. She completed her teacher training at Wilkins School of Dance and began teaching her own classes. She taught and continued to dance at the studio for thirteen years and once Wilkins closed its doors, she knew that she wanted to open her own dance studio home thus Elevé Dance Center was born in July 2014. Mrs. Michelle is so thankful to have her loving husband and family by her side supporting every “step” of the way and for making this dream of owning her own dance center become a reality! Her dedication, passion, experience, talent, and knowledge are some of the many attributes she brings to this beautiful studio and offers the opportunity for dancers to receive a well-rounded dance education. However, one of the most meaningful moments Mrs. Michelle can share with the community is how many of the Elevé dancers have begun to call this dance center their second "home"...we are FAMILY here!