Instructors

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Meleah LaPlante

Director/Instructor- All Groups

Ms. Meleah started dancing at age 3 in Crookston, MN. She traveled competed and traveled nationally and then also started teaching at 16. She attended college for Business Management and Marketing to prepare for her own studio. In addition to the studio – she’s also choreographed locally for many productions at the HS and college level – most notably for Moorhead High School. This will be her 19th year as owner of Elite and there’s nothing else she would rather be doing!

Sydney Johnk

Instructor – Competitive Teams

Ms. Sydney started her dance career off as an Elite dancer! She was with us for 7 years where she was a member of our competitive teams. With us she has attended classes and conventions in New York, Las Vegas, and Chicago training with Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott and many more as well as received some very Elite studio experience. She is currently a Pharmacist at the new Sanford Health Center  and in her 10th year of teaching at Elite. We’ve loved having her as part of our Elite family in the studio both as a dancer and a teacher and look forward to many more Elite years with her.

Kourtney Holloway

Instructor – Competitive Team

Ms. Kourtney grew up dancing at Music General in Brainerd, MN. There she danced for 15 years, was a member of their successful competitive teams and trained under many greats including Mike Minery, Jen Silvas, and Melody Lacayunga. She moved to the area to pursue her degree in Graphic Design and we were lucky enough to have her join our family. She is in her 10th year teaching with Elite where she has escalated our tap program and won many awards for her choreography. Her dedication to our Elite family shows through each and every day.

Katie Spriggs

Instructor – Competitive and Recreational Teams

Ms. Katie began her career with us at Elite! She danced with us for 13 years as a part of our competitive program. She traveled all over with us competing and taking classes with Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, and Chris Judd. She moved to Arizona to attend college where she earned her degree in Sociology. While there, her dance training was evident to her instructors and she was asked to join their competitive ballroom program. She fell in love with rumba and samba and danced competitively there for 4 years. While so proud of her, we are delighted to have her back with our Elite family for awhile. She has been teaching for 7 years and her love of all styles shows through in each class.

Madison Drummond

Instructor – Recreational Teams

Miss Madison has danced since she was 3 and spent 6 of her years dancing at Elite on a competitive team!  She has traveled all over with us and studied with many industry professionals.  She is currently attending NDSU Pharmacy School and will be spending two days a week with us. Madison embodies what we teach at Elite and we’re so excited to have her back working with us for a 3rd year!

Faith Vanyo

Instructor – Recreational Teams

Miss Faith started dancing with Elite at age 3 – with as many years as possible on our competitive teams and helping in classes to prepare her to become a teacher.  She has traveled all over with us and studied with many industry professionals. She is attending NDSU to study Business and we’re happy to have her teaching with us again this year.


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