Elevé Studio offers a high-quality, comprehensive dance education that is positive, uplifting, inclusive and holistic; an experience that enriches the mind, cultivates the healthy body and elevates the human spirit.
We respect and preserve the traditions and elegance of classical ballet and its supporting elements of music, costume and theatrics. We are also expanding and growing with the fresh ideas of today. Both the ballet and modern programs draw from years of experience with established methods and repertory.
To inspire and nurture a love for the arts, promote self-expression and personal growth, build supportive, compassionate bonds with community and enrich our culture.
Miss Elaine previously taught Ballet and Modern dance in St. Helena from 2010-2020, at Little Feet School of Dance, to students from preschool through adult. She strives to inspire a love of the arts in a positive, healthy environment where all who dream to dance are welcome!
Elaine earned a Minor in Dance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, while earning a BA in Liberal Studies focusing on education. She continues her professional development through college courses and national associations. Her early training began at the age of 7 with Janet Sassoon, formerly of San Francisco Ballet, along with Camden Lloyd, and continued with Connie Dolan (among other dance teachers) through high school. Elaine trained at San Luis Obispo Civic Ballet where she was invited to an apprentice position in the company, and she has been invited to be a guest performer and teacher throughout Northern California.
Recent projects include co-directing the full-length Nutcracker ballet at Center Stage Studios, Middletown 2019-2022, where she also danced Sugar Plum and coordinated and crafted costumes, sets and props.
Her philosophy is to create a dance experience that challenges and encourages students to explore the artistry, expression, discipline, tradition and joy of dance. Her approach is holistic and seeks to bring out and showcase the individual best in each student. She highlights the many facets of dance education that not only develop a well-rounded dancer, but also a well-rounded person, with skills and attitudes that translate to the world beyond the dance floor.
Miss Elaine owes immeasurable thanks to her many dance teachers and supporters, especially her collaboration and mentorship with Connie Dolan, Founder and Director of Little Feet School of Dance, who shared invaluable insight, experience and inspiration from her prolific dance education presence in St. Helena for 40 years.