Recreational Instructor/Choreographer Duluth Location
We would like to welcome Allison to the EDP teaching staff! Allison is currently an occupational therapy student at the College of Saint Scholastica. Allison started her dance training at the age of 4 in New Brighton MN. During high school Allison was an assistant teacher at her studio in Roseville and also danced on her varsity dance team for 4 years, we’re she was elected dance captain. We are very excited to have Allison’s fun and energetic teaching to our staff!
Competitive Tap Instructor/Choreographer Duluth Location
Ashley Thompson was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and has 27 years of dance experience in Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Ballet. She received the majority of her training from Royal Dance in Minneapolis and has competed at countless dance competitions across the United States and Canada. Ashley also had the privilege of dancing with the University of Wisconsin – River Falls dance team during her undergraduate education and the UNB Dance Team during her graduate education (with which she was captain of both).
Ashley has also been provided several opportunities to instruct a wide variety of dance classes. Throughout her high school and University education (2003-2007) Ashley was presented with the opportunity to teach for Royal Dance and QC Dance. After relocating to Canada for schooling, Ashley had the privilege of creating and directing the competitive dance program at Dance Fredericton. During this time, her competitive dancers won numerous top awards and overalls. In addition, she received several choreography awards including Top Studio Choreography from Groove Dance Competition in Westbrook, ME (in 2015). Most recently, Ashley spent two years instructing and choreographing for a studio in Appleton, WI (Footworks Dance Company). During her time at Footworks, Ashley instructed and choreographed numerous competitive tap and jazz routines, which won a variety of awards (e.g., “Best Choreography” at Midwest Starz in Wisconsin Dells, “Best Tap Routine” Rainbow Dance Competition in Green Bay, WI).
Ashley has recently relocated to Duluth for a faculty position in Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is excited to be back in Minnesota and to be part of the staff at EDP!
Competitive Instructor/choreograher Duluth & Esko Locations
Nicole “Nik” Humes has been a part of the EDP teaching staff for 4 years.
She has been dancing for over 20 years mostly as a competitive dancer winning many awards at countless dance competitions around MN. Some of her standout achievements as a competitive dancer include being crowned Miss Thrive 2009, given a most distinguished performer award in addition to top scoring routines, special awards and high point awards. She has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC and has danced in the PowerPak convention and performances in Florida. She has worked as an instructor and choreographer with dancers of all levels ages 2-18. On the competitive level she has choreographed high point and top overall category winning routines. She was a UMD Dance Team, Duluth, MN member for 4 years and team captain for 2 years. Her senior year as captain she led the dance team to it’s first National Championship in Daytona Beach, FL in 2012-2013.
Nik works as a dental hygienist during the day and enjoys time with family and friends.
Competitive & Recreational Instructor/Choreographer Duluth Location
Stefanie Amick has been with the EDP staff for 4 years instructing both recreational and competition level. . Stefanie began her dance training in 1992 at The Main Pointe in Wilmar, MN. She studied seventeen years of dance in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, high kick, hip hop and modern. She began teaching and choreographing at The Main Pointe in 2004 with students ranging in the ages of 3-16. Stefanie really enjoys teaching and having the opportunity to watch dancers grow and develop a passion for dance. She strives to stay outgoing and making classes fun while keeping structure in dance class for dancers to continue motivational learning. IStefanie also has 2 daughters who she gets to to share her passion of dance with, Hadley and Ayla.
Competitive & Recreational Instructor/Choreographer Duluth & Esko Location
Michelle Ware will be instructing for her 2nd year with EDP! Michelle trained for 15 years at local dance studios in the Duluth area.She became a competition dancer in 2003 and danced competitively until 2016 when she graduated from high school at Proctor High School. She is currently going to Lake Superior College to be a Dental Hygienist. Michelle has found teaching as a way to stay connected to her passion of dance and is very excited to be back to teach the art of dance!
Competitive & Recreational Instructor & Choreographer Duluth Location
Emily Meehan is entering her 5th year as a dance instructor and choreographer at Elite Dance Productions. She started her dance training at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She grew up in Minneapolis and danced at Summit Dance Shoppe where she did competitive dance. Emily was active in her Maple Grove High School dance team and continued her love of dance with the University of Minnesota Duluth Dance Team, during her 4 years at college. She has won multiple state and national championships throughout her dance years. Along with being a dance instructor Emily is currently in graduate school at the College of Saint Scholastica for Occupational Therapy. She loves having the opportunity to continue to share her love and passion for dancing with all the EDP students and can’t wait to meet the new dancers this season!
Ashley Carter shares time as Office Assistant between the Duluth and Esko studios. Although she joined the team recently, she’s no stranger to the staff and students at Elite. A mom to two active girls, Ashley’s oldest daughter has been dancing on the competition teams at Elite for over 4 years. Her youngest will be starting dance this year. As a dance mom herself, she knows about the needs of the dancers and their families and enjoys helping them with any questions or needs they may have. Before joining the team at Elite, Ashley worked in retail management.
Nikki will be entering her 8th year with Edp! Nikki is EDP’s office manager for both Duluth & Esko locations. Nikki is married and has 5 children, 2 of whom dance competitively with EDP! When Nikki isn’t busy being a Mom and managing her family she enjoys lots of sunshine and relaxation!
Alexis will be going into her 3rd year of working in both the Duluth and Esko office. Alexis is currently attending Lake Superior College in pursuing her associates degree in nursing. Alexis enjoys working in the dance world as she spent most of her childhood dancing as her mother Ann Walker co-owns EDP.
Teresa, born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, has over 21 years of extensive dance training in jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet and tap. With her fast excelling talent she was invited to compete starting at the age of 7, at some of the most respected dance competitions held in the U.S, winning many various awards. At Dance Olympus she has taken champion solo overall awards. In addition to her competitive edge, she has accomplished many of her goals set for herself, including traveling the U.S. as a Dance Olympus VIP, in 1999. Some other highlights in her career include traveling to Hawaii with NCA cheerleading association. As Teresa matured as a dancer, she knew dance would be her life, along with competing she began her teaching career at the age of 16. Teaching children of all ages and levels, sharing her love of dance and her own styles with them. In addition to her studio training, she continued her dance education through various workshops taught by dance masters from all around the world. Some of her favorites are Dance Olympus, Tremaine and L.A. Danceforce. Locally, Teresa has also trained at UMD’s Dance Department and was invited to choreograph UMD’s dance team competition routine in 2005; her explosive choreography helped the team win 3rd at the regional competition held in Minneapolis, MN, qualifying them for nationals.
For many years Teresa has taught and choreographed for many young dancers at a local dance studio before Elite Dance Productions. She has helped many of these dancers win various high point and specialty awards with her highly respected fresh and unique choreography at many competitions such as; Showstoppers, Dance Olympus, Starquest, Showbiz and Starpower to name a few. Teresa is a firm believer in keeping her dance education up to date, so she can provide fresh and new innovating dance techniques and styles for her students. She feels blessed to be able to work with children every day doing what she loves to do and sharing her love for the living art form. DANCE!!! It is her true passion in life, and looks forward every day to the new adventures it always has to offer.
Ann, a lifelong Duluthian born in 1977, is very proud and excited to share with the Northland her extensive dance training background. She was introduced to dance at the age of 5 and at the age of 12, knew she wanted to claim a professional dance career. To accomplish her goals she began basically living at the studio, student teaching and training extensively in classical ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical and tap techniques. Under the instruction of Paula Parendo-Carlson, West Duluth Dance Center “Home of the Electric Youth Dancers” she started her competition career. Later on, West Duluth Dance Center became Dance Escape Dance Studio under the directors, Nikki Fena and Jennifer Anderson she continued competing at the most prestigious dance competitions, such as; Showbiz, Dance Olympus, Showstoppers, Starpower, Starquest and Statewide. At these competitions she claimed many first, platinum, top high point and specialty awards for her dance execution and choreography, which qualified her to travel to Las Vegas, New York, Los Angles and Florida for Nationals. She choreographed for the well known Duluth Denfelds Solid Gold performances for their production of High School Musical and The Beat Goes On. She also conducted a two day intensive for the East High School JV and Varsity Dance Team, Denfeld Dance Team and Cloquet Dance Team. Her choreography, a lyrical duet performed to “Hanging By A Thread” received at the National Competitive Division for Celebration Talent 1st Overall High Score winners of all competing routines.
In addition to her successful competition career, Ann still loves to attend workshops and conventions. Her favorites include LA Danceforce and the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress, where she has trained (and continues) with some of the worlds top choreographers and dance masters such as; Gus Giordano, Nan Giordano, Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, and many more at various workshops! One of her most memorable dance credentials includes auditioning for the American All-Star Dance/Drill Team where she traveled to Vienna, Austria and there was picked to perform in the Super Bowl. Over the years she realized her true passion lives within the art of dance technique training and has a gift of encouraging her students to work to the best of their abilities in dance class and outside of the classroom. Already, Ann has touched the lives of many young dancers in Duluth, and has helped them reach their goals as dancers by giving them great technique and providing them with unique and exciting choreography helping them win various awards at competitions. Ann is effective and proficient in training many and the most popular forms of dance disciplines and makes her continued education a top priority! She focuses on traditional and most recent dance training techniques from the West and East Coast styles while incorporating her unique and fresh style. Giving every dancer she instructs great knowledge and material to be creative, self-expressive and confident as they grow and learn their favorite styles of dance.