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!
Sheryl Stockton was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating from the University of Tulsa, Sheryl moved on to work in the oil and gas industry before owning and operating her own small business. She has been married to Randy, for 22 amazing years. She has two daughters, Grace and Lily. Both girls were very involved in dance, growing up which lead Sheryl to became the studio manager of Elite in 2012. Grace will be a Sophomore at OSU and Lily will be a Junior at Jenks. Sheryl is very detail oriented and always has time for everyone that walks into the studio. We all know we are so lucky to have her at Elite!
Assistant Company Director
On June 1st, Erin Walsh will join Elite Dance of Tulsa as the Assistant Company Director. Erin was born in Florida and relocated to Oklahoma at the age of 18. In 2013, Erin graduated from Oklahoma State University with her Bachelor’s degree. She started dancing competitively at the age of six and has always been passionate about her constantly evolving dance career. She connects with children and enjoys every opportunity to share dance with them. Throughout her career, Erin has worked with all levels and most genres of dance. Over the last several years she has had the opportunity to collaborate with many great artists and teach as a master instructor at dance intensives. Over her 10 year career, her choreography has received many top awards at multiple regional and national dance competitions around the US. Most recently she has spent the last 8 years working with Oklahoma competitive teams, receiving many awards as choreographer and dance instructor. We are very excited to welcome Erin to our Elite Dance Family.
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.
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.
Chris Hip Hop, Director of Hip Hop Crew
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.
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.
Matt Elliott has been training in dance for 11 years. He has experience in a broad range of styles including Contemporary, Hip hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz Funk, etc. He has traveled the country attending and assisting many different conventions and has trained under some of the top choreographers in the country. He was an assistant for Intrigue Dance Convention for their 2016-17 season and has been in numerous music videos and productions. Currently he is a member of the all male contemporary group based out of LA called Embodiment the Collective. This crew has performed in many shows around the country and was recently on the dance show NBC’s World of Dance season 2.
Ballet, Jazz Instructor
Zoe has been dancing for the past 15 years. During that time Zoe has successfully competed at local as well as national competitions, and has had the privilege to train with many dancers and choreographers throughout the country. She is trained in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and jazz funk. In addition, Zoe has attended several summer intensives, was a member of Portico Dans Theater, has appeared in local music videos, and most recent was an assistant for Intrigue dance convention and was invited by Stacey Tookey to train at Camp Protege in Canada.
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!
Penny was born and raised in Arkansas. She started dancing at the late age of 12. She worked very hard, but it wasn’t until she started assistant-teaching, that she fell fast in love with dance. She knew early that teaching was where she felt most alive. She enjoys working with every age and feels she can connect with dancers of all levels. She has taught and choreographed for countless studios, master class/intensives, musical artists, pre-professional dancers, drill teams, and charitable performances. Her choreography and work has received regional and national recognition. She has trained dancers that have won national titles and have been selected for apprentice/ asssitant programs. Currently, she teaches primarily at her home studio, Williams Center Rhythm Factory, in Fayetteville, Ar. She works closely with the company and the pre-professional dancers. She loves training kids. She loves to help nurture confidence, imagination, and integrity in well-trained, detailed, and passionate artists. She feels that she will never stop learning. She is excited to continue learning and sharing her knowledge with the dancers at Elite Dance of Tulsa!
Ali was born and raised in the costal city of Newport Beach, California. She began dancing at the age of 9. At age 13, Ali began apprenticing for a professional dance company based out of LA, called MusEffect, under the direction of Jessica Starr. She attributes her growth in dance to being thrown into a company where the majority of the dancers were around 6 years older than her. She was the youngest member ever inducted into the company and remains the youngest company member to this day. Ali attended Orange County High School of the Arts as a major in Commercial Dance, until she’d chose the online education route in order to more seriously pursue her dance career. Ali prides herself on her diverse training and exploration of such a wide array of dance styles that has greatly attributed to her own movement and teaching style. She assisted Intrigue Dance Intensive’s 2016-2017 tour, and through this opportunity, Ali found a love for education and creation that she is continuing to pursue. This past year, she has taught and choreographed throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, and Costa Rica.
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.
Starting dancing competitively at the age of 10, traveled with Treamaine Dance Conventions as a Company Member and Assistant for 4 years throughout High School, danced at Elite Dance for 4 years, I have been teaching at Elite Dance for 2 years and currently choreographing and teaching at Elite! I starting choreographing at the age of 16, choreographed a section of the Tremaine Summer Tour Showcase in 2014. Went to College at Marymount Manhattan in New York City for dance, and transferred to the University of Oklahoma- on the OU Pom team in 2018.