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.
Miss Jayme Ward has extensive teaching experience in all forms of dance competitive and non-competitive for all ages. She is a 1991 graduate of Jenks High School where she was a cheerleader for 8 years. She also spent 2 years as an instructor for National Cheerleading Association. She attended Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major and was a member of the American Spirit dance company. In 1991 she was named Miss Dance of Oklahoma. Recently, Jayme has been busy judging dance competitions and her teaching credits include many state and national titles. She has choreographed and coached several contestants for the Miss Oklahoma pageant, National American Miss, and Our Diamond Miss scholarship pageant at the state and national level. She also has a passion for musical theatre and has shared the stage with such celebrities as Cathy Rigby, Gavin MacLeod, Noel Harrison, Cyd Charrisse, and Sandy Duncan. Her professional theatre performances include Brigadoon, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Who’s “Tommy”, and the world premiere of Grossingers as a featured dancer. Performing and teaching for nearly all of her life, she is now happy to bring her knowledge and passion for the Performing arts to Elite Dance of Tulsa.
Diana was born in Cali, Colombia, and trained at Incolballet. After graduation, she joined the Colombian Company for three years under the direction of Gloria Castro. She was a Principal Dancer with Ballet Gamonet in Miami Florida from 2005 to 2009, under Jimmy Gamonet. Some of her Principal roles include Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Coppelia, Dracula, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. She has also performed ballets by choreographers such as McGregor, Tharp, Forsythe, Caniparoli, Cong, Stevenson, McMillan, Liang, Volpini, Balanchine, Cranko, Taylor, Fabre, Hynd, Possokhov, Kudelka and Fonte.
She won the bronze medal at the Cuban International Ballet Competition 2002, the Gold medal in World Ballet Competition in Orlando (2008), and was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2009. She has been invited to perform as a Principal Guest Artist in Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Gala of International Dance Stars Cincinnati, South Florida Ballet Theatre, Ballarte, Bogota Colombia, Gala Commemorative Cali Colombia, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Rochester City Ballet and the 8th International Festival of Ballet Cali Colombia.
Diana, who had been a principal dancer with Ballet Gamonet, was hired along with her husband by Tulsa Ballet as corps de ballet members then later promoted to soloist. This is what brought the couple to Tulsa, OK. They are glad to call Tulsa home as they are raising a beautiful new baby girl!
GIOVANNI ALLEN IS ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS EARLY TRAINING AT THE ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER AND AMERICAN BALLET THEATER. HE DID HIS UNDERGRADUATE WORK AT CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS IN LA. IN 2008, HE WAS INVITED TO CHOREOGRAPH AT THE BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL COURSE OF DANCE IN SPAIN AS WELL AS THE GREECE DANCE FESTIVAL. HE HAS WORKED WITH ARTISTS SUCH AS; RODOLFO CASTELLANOS, JEAN EMILE, JUAN BORONA AND ROGER JEFFREY. AFTER SPAIN, HE WAS CHOSEN TO REPRESENT CAL ARTS AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL IN 2009. THAT SAME YEAR HE WAS CAST IN THE NYC BROADWAY HOLIDAY SHOW ‘’RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR”. IN THE SUMMER OF 2010, HE MADE TEXAS HOME WHERE HE HAS BEEN TEACHING MODERN, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY, HIP-HOP, JAZZ, AND BALLET AND CHOREOGRAPHING FOR NUMEROUS STUDIOS IN THE METROPLEX. GIOVANNI HAS MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN THE DALLAS AREA. HE BRINGS THAT CERTAIN “SPARK” TO EVERY CLASS AND PIECE OF WORK. HE DRAWS FROM A LARGE RANGE OF INFLUENCES, MUSICAL, LITERARY, SOCIAL AND EVEN NATURE. HIS GOAL IS TO SIMPLY SPREAD HIS VISION AND TEACHINGS ALL OVER THE WORLD. GIOVANNI HAS ALSO JUDGED FOR NUMEROUS PRO DANCE TEAMS AND DANCE COMPETITIONS. HE IS VERY PLEASED AND HONORED TO BE JOINING THE SOULDESOUL DANCE CONVENTION LATER THIS YEAR FOR A 4TH SEASON AND HE COULD NOT OF ASKED FOR A BETTER DANCE FAMILY!
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.
Chris “ABstrakt” Nored graduated from Jenks high school in 2008. Where there he first found his love for dance. He got his first taste of dance when he had his first audition for the Fame Show Choir Champions the Jenks Trojanaires. From there it’s been up hill ever since. Chris ended up attending and graduating Oral Roberts University to further his dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, hip hop, and other various art forms. Chris has been in serveral commercials and music videos. He was seen as a principle dancer in Hanson’s music videos “Thinking Bout Something” and “Give a Little” which both were played on MTV and VH1. He was also a principle dancer in Nehemiah Akbar’s lead single “Make My Move”. Also you can check him out in The Production viral
Halloween video Thriller 13, which can be seen on the World of Dance Network. Chris has gotten the chance to dance and choreograph for the WNBA team the Tulsa Shock. He also works with many dance teams like Memorial High School, Jenks High School, and currently Bixby HS. Chris has trained with many choreographers like Michael Lopez, Shayna And Adam Acosta (Legacy Project), Twitch, Parris Gobel, Keone and Mari Madrid, Chachi Gonzalez and many more. Chris has gotten the chance competed in several World of Dance competitions in Dallas and Houston with Legacy Crew.