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 there 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” recieived 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.
Nicole Johnson has been dancing for 19 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. Nicole is a Lake Superior College student who is working towards her Dental Hygienist degree and is expected to graduate in 2015. Though she is excited for her degree she can not see herself without dance in her life. She is eager to work with everyone at EDP and can’t wait to share her passion for dance and inspire other dancers!
Stefanie Amick will be our instructor and choreographer at our Esko location this year. 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. In addition to dance she also is currently a Mary Kay representative and graduated from Cosmetology Careers Unlimited in 2013.