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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Andrasko graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2015 with her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Choreography and Performance. She has studied in many genres, including, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballet. She began teaching at the age of 16 and is thrilled to return to Oklahoma with deeper insight and knowledge concerning teaching and choreographing. She is passionate about sharing the art of dance and has reached out to Creative Works Conferences here in the United States where she won titles for choreography. Jennifer performed with BYU-Idaho’s Collegiate Contemporary Company for 4 years, after which she directed the company in 2014. She has also had the privilege to tour with BYU-Idaho’s Dance Alliance Company to the Western United States, Costa Rica and Panama. Jennifer continues to put forth an effort to keep dance a special and enthralling part of her life.