Our Faculty

Ali Blanchard

Owner + Director

Autumn Allen 

Performance Division Teacher 

Jocelyn Allen 

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Sarah Allen

Co-Director | Petite Elite Company, Collective Company, Core Company  

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Ashlynn Brooks 

Performance Division Teacher 

Erin Cronin

Competitive Division Teacher 

Alexa Dorohoy 

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Maya Dubuc

Performance Division Teacher 

Hope Blalock 

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Tally Frieder-Balakirsky 

Competitive Division Teacher 

Carly Gallup     

Competitive Division Teacher 

Grace Getsinger 

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Evann Guthrie

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Katie Goeltz

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Aaron James

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher 

Sonia Jean

Competitive Division Teacher 

Haley Jenkins 

Competitive Division Teacher 

Ania Jerrells 

Performance Division Teacher 

Tiffany Kovash 

Performance Division Teacher 

Marina Salama 

Performance Division Teacher 

Tazz Tucker

Tazz Tucker 

Performance & Competitive Division Teacher

Lauren Williamson 

Competitive Division Teacher

Our Administrative Team

Kelly Demmings

Manager, Operations

Emma Dean

Assistant Studio Manager

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Ali Blanchard

Ali Blanchard is originally from Woodstock, Georgia, and has been training, working as a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher for nearly three decades. Through her younger years in the competition and convention circuit, she gained extensive style and broadened her opportunities for growth. From 2009-2010, Ali attended Kennesaw State University as a Jazz Dance Major. During her time in Atlanta, she was a member of Project 7 Dance Company, under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham. With a passion to broaden her horizons, Ali relocated to New York City to study in Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester and comprehensively throughout NYC. She studied most directly with renowned teachers, such as Joe Lanteri, Joshua Bergasse, Sheila Barker, and Tracie Stanfield. While in New York, Ali quickly landed herself in Industrials for NYC’s Fashion Night Out, Calvin Klein, and OfficeMax, to name a few. She also worked alongside the Radio City Rockettes teaching original Rockette choreography to children worldwide. With an interest in the business side of the industry, Ali joined the New York branch of Bloc Talent Agency, one of the country’s top talent agencies as in intern. Ali then became the Manager of the world renowned Broadway Dance Center and oversaw the daily operations of BDC. Ali eventually returned to Atlanta where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a BBA in Marketing. While in college, Ali began teaching in the Atlanta area and developed a competition company that tripled in size in just 3 years. After graduation, Ali worked full time at Brown Bag Marketing in Buckhead as a Project Manager while directing a competition company in her spare time. During her time in her professional career, Ali discovered her calling for teaching and leading, and worked tirelessly to develop a studio unlike any other in the in-town Atlanta area. In September of 2017, Ali opened Elite Studios to provide dancers with the opportunities to reach their highest potentials and create a generation of kind, talented, hard working, and humble youth. Ali brings together all of her experiences and lessons with an ecstatic energy and incredible passion. She teaches and leads her students, and all of the students at Elite Studios, to inspire greatness, enable growth, instill kindness, and spark passion in and out of the dance studio. 

Autumn Allen

Autumn Allen began her journey with dance at the age of 3. After falling in love with the art, she decided to further her commitment with dance. At age 6, she was accepted into the competition company at her studio. Studio and Company 23, under the direction of Shannon Childers, soon became her second home and is where she won many for her awards and acknowledgements. She has received numerous scholarships and won top soloist at various dance competitions and conventions including Nuvo, Hall of Fame Dance, League of Champions, 24/7 Dance, Star Systems, and Jump. In 2015, Autumn was an understudy for the show, SHE Untethered, under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham in Long Beach, California. She then performed in her first professional show in the Fall performance of SHE Untethered in Atlanta, Georgia. In the summer of 2016, she performed in the show Mutual Core, under the direction of Jon Carr. That same year she danced and acted in various film projects with director Janlatae Mullins. In the fall of 2017, she performed in Jon Carr’s show Bouquet dancing in the pieces choreographed by Jon Carr and Sarah Allen. She then performed in the show Union also under the direction of Jon Carr in June of 2018. She is currently attending Kennesaw State University to obtain a degree in psychology, so she can later study the healing qualities the art of dance has to offer.

Jocelyn Allen 

Jocelyn Allen started her journey with dance at the age of five, and finished her dance training at Studio 23, under the direction of Shannon Brown, in 2016. Throughout those years, she has had the privilege to attend many conventions and competitions where she won numerous scholarships and awards. Jocelyn had the honor to perform in Cherrise Wakeham’s show “SHE” in both Los Angeles and Atlanta in 2015, and in Jon Carr’s show “Mutual Core” in the summer of 2016. After graduating high school, she went to college at Georgia Southern and University of Georgia, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education, in Exercise and Sports Science. During and after college, she has continued her passion in dance by teaching performance and competitive level dancers. As Jocelyn continues her dance career, she plans to share her knowledge in sport science with others.

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen found her passion for dance at the age of ten. Two years later, she joined the world of competitive dancing where she won numerous scholarships and awards. After graduating high school, she began studying at Kennesaw State University while also furthering her dance training. She joined Project 7 Dance, an Atlanta professional contemporary dance company, in 2012 under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham. Through her, she has performed shows in Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles. Sarah has also the opportunity to dance in various film projects in Atlanta. To further her career in dance, Sarah plans to share her unique sense of musicality and expression with others through teaching dance.

Ashlynn Brooks 

Ashlynn Brooks received her dance training from her home studio, Central VA Dance Academy. Her passion for dance began at the age of 10 and didn’t waiver through several years of performances, recitals, Nutcrackers, and trips to NYC to take classes at Broadway Dance Center. She continued her training at Virginia Tech, where she majored in Theatre and Creative Writing and took several movement classes, as well as choreography workshops. During her time there, she began teaching fairytale ballet at a local studio in Blacksburg called Little Leapers. After college, she decided to move to ATL to pursue her passion for screen acting and continue to teach dance to younger age groups.

Erin Cronin

A native of Georgia, Erin began dancing at Rhythm Dance Center located in Marietta. From the age of five to eighteen, Erin trained in Rhythm’s Performing Company under the direction of Becca Moore and Dani Rosenberg. Her training spans the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. Around the age of 15, Erin also began training at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre where she studied classical ballet under the direction of Maniya Barredo. Her training included ballet, pointe, partnering, and modern. After high school, Erin spent 3 years traveling around the U.S. and Costa Rica as Chebar William’s assistant for NUVO Dance Convention and other in-studio Masterclasses. She also continued to pursue her professional dance career here in Atlanta. Erin was awarded the RAW Performing Artist of the Year in Atlanta in 2013. She has danced in movies such as Big Momma’s House 3 and most recently, Timmy Failure on Disney +, both choreographed by Jamal Sims. Stage performances have included Miss Continental in Chicago 3 years in a row choreographed by Stephan Reynolds and Capezio’s 125th Anniversary with Mandy Moore the choreographer. Throughout that time, Erin also completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and became a certified Exercise Physiologist.

Alexa Dorohoy 

Lex Dorohoy was born in a small suburb in Washington State. She discovered her passion for dance at age 13 and threw herself into all competitive styles. She trained from ballet and contemporary to jazz, musical theatre and hip hop. Before turning 18, Alexa traveled on scholarship to New York City, where she trained with top educators at Broadway Dance Center and worked closely with the cast/choreographer of hit musical series SMASH. After graduating high school, Alexa moved to Los Angeles, CA. She mentee’d for months with Beyonce’s choreographer, Dana Foglia, who’s heels and contemporary movement shaped the mover Alexa is today. After completing the Foglia International Program, Alexa signed with commercial talent agency, McDonald Selznick Associates, MSA. Since then, Alexa’s loyalty reflects her versatility and hard work in the industry. She is a dancer, creative director, choreographer and teacher. She has had the pleasure of assisting top choreographers such as Tricia Miranda, Cameron Lee, and multiple industry creatives. Alexa assisted choreography for Disney’s Descendants Dance Party with the direction of Nappytabs Creative. She’s worked as a backup dancer for Paula Abdul, 2019 PRIDE Festival headlined in Los Angeles and again in the creative vision of Paula Abdul’s Las Vegas Residency “Forever your Girl”. She has dance headlined shows as America’s Got Talent light show sensation “iLuminate” and has multiple credits to her name such as Mario, Chesca, DanceOn Network, Walmart and more. Having the knowledge of both stage and behind the scenes production, Alexa now continues her professional career in Atlanta, where she builds her choreography credits for music industry’s top up and coming artists. She continues her professional career while educating and sharing her knowledge and passion for dance to the all generation of movers!

Maya Dubuc

Maya Dubuc, a professional dancer and choreographer, was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Maya is currently attending Kennesaw State University with a major in dance and a concentration in ballet. She is trained in all styles of dance as well as martial arts. Maya’s has danced for choreographers such as McCree O’Kelley, Dr. Ivan Pulinkala, Lior Lazarof of Israel, Bubba Carr, and more. Recent Credits include Microsoft Launch Program in Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia: Fright Fest, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: Stars at Sea performance.

Hope Blalock

Hope received her training from Dance Dynamics Studio in Macon, GA. She grew up dancing competitively in all styles, and at the age of 14 fell in love with choreographing. Her senior self-choreographed solo won many first overalls and choreography awards through the season. Hope is now a dance major at Kennesaw State University where she trains and broadens her knowledge of dance through an academic lens. Since recently moving to Atlanta, she has choreographed for Dance 411’s Choreography Showcase, worked on projects with Rachel Truitt and Jon Carr, performed with the KSU Dance Company, secured a spot in Cirque Du Soleil’s dancer database, and danced on CW’s T.V. show “Legacies.” She hopes to continue to grow as a versatile dancer, choreographer, and teacher while sharing her love for dance.

Tally Balakirsky

Tally Frieder is a former member of the SanFrancisco Ballet under the esteemed direction ofHelgi Tomasson. Ms. Frieder-Balakirskyhas danced soloist and principle roles in a wide variety of choreographic styles. These include many ballets such asHelgi Tomasson’s “Swan Lake”, Anthony Tudor’s”Dark Elegies”, and Balanchine’s “Serenade”. While at the San Francisco Ballet, Ms. Frieder-Balakirskyworkedwith numerous choreographers during the creation of new works. Most notably, she worked with choreographer Val Caniparoli who created two leading pas de deux for her. In her earlier years, Ms. Frieder-Balakirskydanced with OaklandBallet where she performed numerous roles including the title role of Giselle.Ms. Frieder-Balakirskywas born in Haifa, Israel. As a child she moved to the United States and received many dance scholarships, including Jofferey Ballet School, the school of American Ballet, and the National Academy of the Arts boarding school. Ms. Frieder-Balakirskyhas taught adults and children at various schools in Maryland, Virginia, andD.C. since 1994. Since moving to the Atlanta area, she has taught company and pre-professional classes at the Georgia Ballet under the direction of Fiona Fairrie and the Atlanta Ballet’s fellowship program under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin. Ms. Frieder-Balakirskyholds a BA in Creative Arts Therapy from The George Washington University.

Carly Gallup

Carly Gallup is a South Carolina native. Carly began dancing at the age of 2 and has trained under many prestigious choreographers in all genres of dance. She is an alumni of The award winning, Southern Strutt Dance company and a founding member of Unbound Dance Company. She has lived in Atlanta and Los Angeles where she pursued her professional performance career, highlighted by dancing for the Atlanta Hawks NBA team where she danced in London at the NBA Global Games, the International Spoleto Arts festival, as well as alongside Ludacris and 2 Chainz. Carly is passionate about working with young dancers across the US as a choreographer and instructor. Her work has won many awards including Best Choreography 2017, Best Musical Theatre 2021, Best Hip Hop performance 2022, and the 2021 mini technical achievement award. She is highly focused on training dancers to be strong from the inside out.

Grace Getsinger 

Grace has spent her entire life immersed in the world of performance. She grew up in the dance studio, and spent her high school years as a member of the Augusta West Performance Company, where she studied a large variety of dance styles. She has studied with well known dance names, such as The Radio City Rockettes, Joffrey Ballet, and more. Grace has spent recent years traveling across the country with DanceMakers Inc.’s Collective, studying under their esteemed faculty every weekend. Now, Grace is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Oglethorpe University, and educates/choreographs dancers across all across Georgia.

Evann Guthrie

Evann found her passion for dance at an early age and has maintained her practice since. Growing up, she danced competitively at Roswell City Dance and then Studio 23, until she graduated from high school. She then continued to study dance in college starting off at Kennesaw State University. Her freshman year she performed in the KSU Dance Company and also performed in Project Seven Contemporary Dance Company. She continued her dance degree as she transferred to the University of Georgia in 2017. While at UGA, she was chosen to perform in UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, and other performance opportunities such as the Young Choreographer’s Show and CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance company. Some of Evann’s other accomplishments while at UGA include being awarded the Cynthia Jarvis Memorial Scholarship in 2019 to study with Staibdance in Italy and making UGA’s dean list in 2020. Evann graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance in 2020. Recently, Evann performed with Staibdance in their work “Fence” at the Alabama Dance Festival. She currently teaches both Pure Barre and dance and loves that she gets to move her body everyday! She is excited to continue to pursue and share her passion for dance!

Katie Goeltz

Katie Goeltz began her dance journey at Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts in Southern California at the age of 2 and embraced competitive dance from the age of 5. She continued her training at Nor Cal Dance Arts, collaborating with renowned choreographers, and competing at the highest level. Katie further developed her artistry through summer intensives including chuthis. Movement Intensive, Arts Umbrella, a residency at Zeitgeist Dance Theater, and as a dance major at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her choreographic talents have earned her recognition as the Icon Dance Awards Student Choreography Winner, and a finalist for the New Century Dance Project. Throughout her dance journey, Katie benefited from cross-training, leading her to become a certified Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor. She uses these principles to help her students develop strength and flexibility. Katie has a passion for mentoring students and supporting them as dancers and humans.

Aaron James

Aaron James a creative director,choreographer, dancer and actor has been active in the professional entertainment industry for just over 15 years. He got his big break as he was a participant on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in 2010 with his crew Royal Flush that he created along with his younger brother Jared James. Exposure from placing in the Top 8 on America’s Best Dance Crew propelled him into a full fledged professional dancing career that gradually led to many other opportunities in the entertainment world. Aaron has graced the stage with many big names such as Pharrell, Little Big Town, Baby Keem, Kane Brown,T-Pain ,Jacob Latimore and more. Aaron has choreographed for many artists such as Jack Harlow and Lecrae just to name a few, as well as balancing an emerging acting career as you can find Aaron in many movies, television series & commercials currently airing on many major networks and streaming platforms. Aaron continues to expand his career as an emerging leader in Atlanta’s quickly expanding entertainment industry and loves being able to share what he learns with many young performers who wish to follow in similar footsteps.

Sonia Jean

Sonia Jean grew up in Mesa, AZ as a competitive dancer at Tempe Dance Academy. After graduating high school, she attended The Juilliard School in NYC which lead her to her first of 5 professional contracts with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was then contacted by Cirque Du Soleil with an offer to join the creation of their new show IRIS as a dancer in Montreal, which then played at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for the following 2 years. While with Cirque, Sonia had the opportunity to perform at the 84th Academy Awards, The ELLEN Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Not only did Cirque bring her incredible career opportunities, it’s also where she met her husband of now 11 years! With the unfortunate closing of IRIS, Sonia and her husband moved to Orlando, FL to join the Equity cast of Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where she played the principle role of Maji. Sonia is also a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and exudes the importance of dancers’ need to have proper strength and flexibility training in all aspects of dance. Over the past 4 years, Sonia has taught contemporary ballet throughout Central Florida and traveled as a judge with Legacy Dance Championships, while raising her two boys ages 5 and 1. As a mentor and teacher, Sonia has had students accepted to the dance programs at Juilliard, Point Park University, The Ailey School, Florida State University, BYU, and the Netherlands Dance Theatre’s second company in Amsterdam. Being a new resident of the Atlanta area, Sonia is excited to start a new chapter with her family while sharing her knowledge and experiences with the up and coming dancers of Atlanta.

Haley Jenkins

Haley is an Atlanta native, and has been moving and shaking around the city and surrounding suburbs for 20+ years. Her training is based out of Lawrenceville, GA from Susan Chambers School of Performing Arts, where she was introduced and extensively trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, lyrical, and musical theatre. Out of high-school, she took a hiatus from dance to attend college and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia with a focus and study on injury prevention in dancers. After college, her dancing feet couldn’t keep still any longer, and she went on to teach and perform whilst implementing her college degree on herself as well as her students. She currently teaches multiple genres to all age groups all around Georgia while staying active as a professional performance and industry dancer. (Who says dance isn’t a “real job?”) Her recent successes include traveling to Niger, Africa to perform with local celebrity Hassane Boukary, under the direction of Stephan Reynolds, as well as starring as a principal dancer in the Netflix Original, “Step Sisters.” Haley is currently, deeply involved with The Tap Rebels, Atlanta’s only professional tap company, who just kicked off their inaugural season. Haley finds so much passion, freedom, release, and happiness from music and movement and hopes to share that love with her students and fellow dancers.

Ania Jerrells 

Ania Jerrells began her training in dance at the age of three. She trained at several metro Atlanta studios in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theater, and African. Ania is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from local and national dance competitions. She participated in the world-renowned Radio City Rockette and Debbie Allen summer intensives and performed professionally in 2019 for Dr. Jackie’s “50 Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Foundation” show. Ania will earn her bachelors degree in Elementary education from Kennesaw State University in May 2023 and has plans to pursue a career in fitness, performance coaching, and dance instruction.

Tiffany Kovash 

Tiffany Kovash began her deep dive into the performing arts at age 4. Beginning at the Duluth School of Ballet, she would carry on to train recreationally until age 10. Around that time her interest in dance gained and led her to start training in competitive dance. Tiffany received numerous scholarships, high score awards, and titles in her years as a competitive dancer across studios in Louisiana and Georgia. Additionally, she participated in gifted music/theatre classes in her secondary education that highlighted her singing and theatrical abilities. This has given her great connections and she’s grateful to have been given opportunities to work with top dance artists such as Nicholas Palmquist, Anthony Burrell, Jennifer Archibald, and many Atlanta based movers. She has also been fortunate enough to choreograph several musicals for high schools in the greater Atlanta area in addition to her performance work with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Currently Tiffany is pursuing her BA in Dance with a Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration and a minor in Education at Brenau University. After graduation, she plans to continue implementing her degree by training future generations of movers whilst growing her knowledge of injury prevention and rehabilitation through PT studies. Tiffany hopes to always share her passion for dance with her students and encourage them to find the artist within.

Marina Salama

Marina Salama is a dancer/choreographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Elite Studios in 2022 and attended the CLI Conservatory, where she spent nine months training to become a professional dancer/choreographer! She graduated from CLI in May of this year and is so happy to be back at Elite Studios as an Alumni teaching where she was once trained!

Tazz Tucker

Born and raised in Atlanta, fitness has always been in my life. Coming from a background of track and football, gymnastics was a new territory for me. After college, the opportunity to become a gymnastics/tumbling coach fell into my lap, which also led me to become a personally trainer. I started off coaching preschool gymnastics and over time my love for coaching kids and teach skills grew. I have over a decade of coaching gymnastics and strength and conditioning experience. I love working with kids on their advanced skills, but also enjoy working with my little ones that are just getting started!

Lauren Williamson

Lauren Williamson grew up in Nashville. Since she was a little girl, she has always had a love for music and movement and a proclivity for hip hop. However, she didn’t start training at a studio until late in high school when she trained at Milele Academy. Lauren started working professionally as a commercial dancer in Nashville after she graduated. She has danced for country artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Hubbard, Dierks Bentley, Morgan Wallen, and Raelynn, while also dancing for artists of different genres such as Kanye West, Lil Durk, Moon Taxi, and Young Buck. Lauren also started her career as a hip hop dance educator in Nashville where she taught and choreographed at Roots, Area54, and Millennium Dance Complex Nashville. Last year, Lauren moved to Atlanta, GA to continue her training and work as both a dancer and choreographer. She feels passionately about passing along the importance of groove and musicality as well as hip hop foundations and fundamentals to young dancers.

Kelly Demmings

Kelly Demmings is a native of Toronto, Canada and relocated with her family of four in 2013 to Atlanta. Kelly’s daughter, Ella, graduated from Elite Studios as a founding dancer of Elite Studios and a member of the Class of 2022. In 2018, Kelly brought her passion of psychology, children, and efficiency to Elite Studios and is an integral part of the business operations and daily functions of Elite Studios. Kelly loves each student at Elite Studios like her own and brings her extensive training as ‘Dance Mom’ to parents throughout our studios! In her spare time, Kelly enjoys hanging with her family, their 2 pups, a good puzzle, and a good book!

Emma Dean

Emma grew up in Douglasville, GA where she trained at Dance Academy West for 15 years. She started dancing on their competition company at the age of 8 and upon graduation, went on to pursue her B.A. in dance at The University of Alabama. At UA, Emma performed and choreographed in many productions such as Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, Dance Alabama!, Dance Alabama Film Festival, and The MFA showcase. On her summers away from school, Emma began working with The Commercial Dance Intensive and spent a summer training at The Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. She also began to develop a love for arts administration after she spent a semester interning for DanceATL and served as the Vice President for Dance Alabama! and Promotional Director for Dance Alabama Film Festival during school. Now Emma performs in seasonal shows at Six Flags Over Georgia and is excited to be a part of the Elite Studios family as well.