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 5-9
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.
Beatrice joined Tulsa Ballet in 2008 from Balletto di Milano. She graduated from the school of the Teatro alla Scala in 2002. She joined the Teatro alla Scala Company and later danced with the Compagnia Neoclassica di San Remo del Teatro Ariston and Compagnia Nazionale Italiana of Rome. Her repertory includes The Sleeping Beauty, Excelsior Ballet, Notre Dame de Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker and works by Nacho Duato, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon and Ben Stevenson.
Diana was born in Cali, Colombia, she trained at Incolballet, the best classical school in Colombia. After graduating as a professional ballet dancer, she joined the Colombian Company for three years, under the direction of Gloria Castro. Gomez was a principal dancer with Ballet Gamonet in Miami Florida from 2005 to 2009, under the direction of Jimmy Gamonet.
Some of her principal roles include Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Coppelia, Dracula, Cinderella, A Midsummer Nights Dream, among others. She has also performed ballets by important choreographers such as McGregor, Tharp, Forsythe, Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Stevenson, McMillan, Liang, Young Soon, Volpini, Balanchine, Cranko, Taylor, Fabre, Hynd, Hougland, Possokhov, Kudelka, Gamonet, Fonte, Neenan. Her honors include the bronze medal at the Cuban International Ballet Competition (2002), representative of Colombia in the Prix de Lausanne Switzerland (2003) the Gold medal in World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida (2008), Diana received Honorable Mention by the Gobernation of Cali-Colombia for the “Good Image” of the country in USA (2008), finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2009, Diana has been invited to perform as a Principal guest artist in Galas and festivals in Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Gala Of International Dance Stars Cincinnati- Oh, South FL Ballet Theatre, Ballarte, Bogota-Colombia, Gala Commemorative Cali-Colombia, Cuban Classical Ballet Of Miami, Ballet Concerto Of Miami, Rochester City Ballet New York and others.
Kayla Zahrt began dancing in Tulsa at the age of twelve at a local studio. She has trained in various styles including ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom, and contemporary. In addition to studio dancing, she has performed in several musicals and plays such as The Boyfriend, Oklahoma!, and Through the Looking Glass. Kayla has choreographed numerous works in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Some of these include Woman Part One and Part Two, performed at the University of Central Oklahoma, Broken World, placing second at the IPHC Talent Quest, and the choreography for full length Christmas musicals in the Tulsa area. Her work We Have a Map was selected to be performed at the American College Dance Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Kayla graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance from Oral Roberts University and the University of Central Oklahoma where her senior choreography piece, The Doorway, was selected to attend The Exchange choreography festival. She danced with Kaleidoscope Dance Company, was a guest dancer with Living Water Dance Company, and has had the opportunity to work with dancers from all over the country. On the side, Kayla is involved with music, writing, and teaching. Kayla currently works and dances in the Tulsa area where she continues to teach and choreograph.
I have a real passion for tumbling, as a tumbler myself I’ve been tumbling since before I can remember. Raised and strongly influenced by a great coach, and my dad, Leonard Nickson has instilled into me his 25+ years of coaching experience. I am now 21 years old and have been coaching along side my dad since I was 12 years old. Started at “Tumbling Grounds” in 2004, coaching beginner tumbling, I have worked my way through the years to coach over 20 all-star and school teams to achieve the tumbling skills they need to compete. As a tumbling coach I believe it is important to motivate and build confidence in my students. If I can get them to believe in themselves and have confidence they can achieve any skill they want/need. I also started breakdancing and doing a little bit of hip hop dancing that I was able to incorporate with tumbling. I’ve been coaching at Elite Dance Studio for over a year now and it has been a great learning experience for myself and for the students alike. Several students have been able to achieve skills to put in their dance solos or perform at a recital ranging from front walk overs, back walkers, back tucks, layout step outs, side ariels, front ariels and other tricks. If anyone is interested in learning an acrobatic skill for dance or just want to tumble for fun please come tumble with me! I love coaching anyone who has an interest in tumbling and is willing to learn!
Leaps and Turns
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.