Our mission is to provide an elite level of dance instruction. We believe the skill and discipline required to be a great dancer help build a foundation of success for life. We hope our love of dance can inspire and motivate others to continue this art form.
Owner and Artistic Director
Sheri Sprague is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been dancing for the past 24 years. During that time Sheri has won many prestigious awards as a dancer and choreographer. In 1999 Sheri was awarded scholarships to Alvin Ailey and Gus Giordano, choosing to go dance in Chicago with Gus Giordano. While in Chicago, Sheri studied with many world renowned dancers and choreographers. She taught at Giordano’s school of dance and other local dance studios. Sheri is currently teaching at several local dance schools, and enjoys coaching and choreographing for many schools and competitive dance teams. Sheri is a traveling dance artist for in-school programs such as Harwelden, Project Creates and Artists in the Schools. Sheri also has the opportunity to travel around the country judging regional and national dance competitions. Sheri’s love of dance has motivated her to continue educating others about dance so they too can enjoy this wonderful art form!
Creative Movement and Ages 3-9
Mary Ann Paulding was born and raised in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Webster High School in 2001. She attended Patti Parrish School of Dance growing up starting at the age of 5 years old. Mary Ann studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Pointe at Patti Parrish. She attended many dance conventions around the US and Canada. Recently she has been the Head dance teacher at Reed Recreation Center for 6 years. She currently is a Performing Artist and a Teaching Artist for Harwelden, also is a Teaching Artist for Artist in the Schools, since 2003.
Tap, Jazz, Ballet
Abbie Kern, a native of LaPlace, LA, has been dancing for thirty years. In 2003, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in Humanities with a concentration in Dance Choreography. She was as a four-year member of Spirit & Sole Dance Ensemble, performed with the Jeweltones Girls Chorus, and served as captain/choreographer for the SGU Basketball Dancers. Her choreography includes the SGU productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Tintypes, and various Spirit and Sole Dance Ensemble performances. Since college, Abbie has been sharing her love of dance with dancers of all ages in the styles of jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre. She has taught and directed award winning dance companies. Abbie has won many choreography awards at various dance competitions. Currently, she is a performing artist and a teaching artist for the Harwelden Institute.
Jessica Payne is currently a member of Tulsa Ballet II. She is originally from San Clemente, California where she trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz at Dmitiri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. Jessica competed in Youth American Grand Prix regionals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 receiving first place in the classical division. In 2011 she went to Orlando, Florida and competed in World Ballet Competition finishing 4th overall in the senior division. After graduating high school she danced with Oregon Ballet Theater for the 2012-2013 season where she performed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Serenade, and also Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake. After completing the season with the ballet company she auditioned for the Walt Disney Company. Starting in fall of 2013 Jessica performed in the parades: A Christmas Fantasy and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, as well as the show Fantasmic! at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. While working at Disneyland she became a student at Saddleback College and also taught ballet and lyrical at a local dance studio. In January of 2015, she was invited for a six week contract with Tulsa Ballet and from there ended up staying as a second company member thru the end of the 2015-2016 season. With Tulsa Ballet she has performed with the corps de ballet in The Sleeping Beauty and The Three Musketeers. Jessica has just joined Dance Elite of Tulsa for the fall term and will be teaching advanced ballet.
Leaps & Turns and All-Star POM
Tiffany Noel Stimson has over 20 years of dance experience, beginning at the age of two and soon after fell in love with dance technique and choreography. During High School, Tiffany was captain of the Jenks High School Varsity Pom Squad, placing in the top 10 in the UDA Nationals in the Pom Category. In 2006, she also placed in the OSDTDA Solo-Competition. Tiffany graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Communication. While attending the University of Oklahoma, Tiffany choreographed several different dances, including various award winning “Sooner Scandals” shows, along with continuing her dance education through various OU Ballet classes.
TeKi Stewart was born in Dallas, Texas from a family of musicians. She began her dance training in high school on the Memorial Varsity Pom Squad. From gaining the interest in movement, she began to train at Tulsa Ballet, in many dance styles such as ballet, jazz and more importantly hip-hop. From the training she obtained in hip-hop and the influences in her culture, she began to create her own hip-hop movements.
TeKi has choreographed and taught dance at several Tulsa Public Schools including Booker T. Washington, Tulsa Memorial High School, Whitney Middle School, Columbus Elementary and several more. She is motivated to influence the young to seek activities such as dance rather than to pursue violence.
Contemporary and Company
I began my dance training at age 15 at Theatre Arts here in Tulsa. Along with dancing there, I was able to teach classes and choreograph for their company. Throughout my senior year and into the summer after I had graduated, I performed with Portico Dans Theatre, a local dance company in Tulsa. I also was able to work with Michael Lopez and Priya Raju for their show Rasa during the summer. I then moved to Arizona and to attend the University of Arizona as a dance major, and after finishing my freshman year I decided to move back to Oklahoma to teach. On top of teaching, I currently have upcoming projects with Emma Portner, Alexa Luke and more.
Dee Anne Day was hooked on yoga after taking her first Bikram class over 16 years ago. She remembers how much it reminded her of ballet. Discipline and body alignment were two of the similarities. In 2005 Dee left for Los Angles to take 3 months of intensive Bikram Yoga teacher training. She returned to Tulsa to teach at Yoga Quest where she began her practice. After living in Costa Rica for 6 years, running a yoga studio for a resort hotel and operating her own yoga retreat business, she took over yQ in February of 2012. Dee added Barkan Method Yoga to her certifications in 2009 and is currently studying Yin/Restorative Yoga. She continues to operate YQ and teach around the Tulsa area. Dee is very excited to have the opportunity to share yoga with the students of Elite Dance Tulsa.
Shianne was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Growing up, she spent her time training at a classical ballet studio, performing in musical theater productions at the Bartlesville Community Center, and competing throughout the state and surrounding areas with her high school’s pom team. Her drive and dedication eventually landed her at Oklahoma State University, where she majored in Secondary Education in only three years. Currently, Shianne teaches a sophomore-level language arts class at a local high school and has done so since 2012. When she’s not teaching adolescents, Shianne assists Sheri Sprague with the school’s junior varsity pom team as their sponsor.