DANCE by Eliese Staff

 

Ms. Eliese

Owner/Director

 

After numerous years of teaching dance in Northwest Arkansas, Eliese Freeman launched DANCE by Eliese in the fall of 2013 as an effort to help out the community of Elkins, AR with their local food pantry. Through DANCE by Eliese, Eliese offered ballroom dance lessons and social dancing events to help raise money and awareness for the community. In June 2014, Eliese opened the doors to her first studio, located off of Wedington Drive in Fayetteville, AR

Ms. Eliese is the owner and director of DANCE by Eliese. Ms. Eliese’s passion for dance was apparent at an early age. Ms. Eliese started dancing in her mother’s studios before she was old enough to talk. After Ms. Eliese’s mother closed her studios, Ms. Eliese continued dance education with the Judith McCarty School of Dancing in Texas. Under Ms. Judy’s direction, Ms. Eliese studied classical ballet (soft shoe, pre-pointe and en pointe), theatrical jazz, broadway and rhythm tap, Spanish dancing and clogging. After moving to Northwest Arkansas, Ms. Eliese continued her dance education in the styles of classical ballet, tap, jazz and Spanish dancing. As an adult, Ms. Eliese has trained with in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, Ms. Eliese has received training from Dr. Kathleen Tenniswood-Powell (Maestro Cecchetti Diploma, Doctor of Dance and Related Arts, Examiner Cecchetti Council of America), Renata Sanford (Examiner Cecchetti Council of America, Broadway Musical Performer and Choreographer, Former Director of Austin Ballet Theatre), Judith McCarty (Founder of Judith McCarty School of Dancing, former President of the Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing, Chairman of the Board of Examiners TATD), Susan Mayes (M.E. Physical Education, State Awarded Dance and Gymnastics Coach, Instructor – University of Arkansas), as well as classes with various other masters of the arts.

Ms. Eliese has performed, competed and adjudicated in several areas of performing arts including vocal, instrumental, dance, musical theatre, acting and baton twirling. Ms. Eliese performed multiple times with the Texarkana Community Ballet, danced in the World Premiere of “The Nutcracker” with the Tulsa Ballet Company under the direction of Artistic Director Marcello Angolini, both as a classmate to Clara (Marie) and a party-goer. Ms. Eliese has performed in and been a guest choreographer in several productions including various scenes of The Nutcracker: Ballet Class (student), Overture and Party Scene (female child, female child, male child, adult, harlequin/doll, choreographer, choreographer), Battle Scene (mouse, choreographer), Snow (snowflake, choreographer), Land of the Sweets (candy cane), Snow White (Snow White) and Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora).

Ms. Eliese is a professional member of SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) and certified in adult and pediatric First Aid, AED and CPR. She also holds Instructor Certifications through Dance Educators of America in the areas of Classical Ballet, Tap Dance, Classical and Contemporary Jazz Dance, Modern Dance, Theatrical Acrobatics, Anatomy for Injury Prevention and Music Theory. Ms. Eliese is a current Teacher Member of Cecchetti Council America and serves as the Treasurer for the Southwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America. She is also an Acrobatic Arts Certified Member and a Functional Movement Technique Certified Movement Professional. Ms. Eliese’s teaching experience includes acting as a Guest Teacher in several studios in Arkansas, Instructor of Ballet and Social Ballroom Dancing through Instructional Programs at the University of Arkansas and Member Teacher and Scholarship Auditioner with The Southwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America. Ms. Eliese’s students include dance teachers in Arkansas and Missouri, Arkansas Scholarship Pageant Title Holders and undergraduates in various performing arts colleges.

In her spare time, Ms. Eliese enjoys fostering dogs through the MAK German Shorthair Pointer Rescue, paddling down Arkansas rivers and reading in her hammock.

 

 

Ms. Robbie

Cecchetti Ballet, Baton Twirling

 

Ms. Robbie, ballet and baton twirling instructor for DANCE by Eliese, has trained in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan and London, England under certifying parties of Dance Masters of America, Dance Caravan, Cecchetti Council of America and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Ms. Robbie owned two dance studios in Southwest Arkansas before returning to school to attain her MA in Mathematics. After ultimately retiring from a career in teaching in public schools, Ms. Robbie has returned to teaching dance and we couldn't be more excited!

 

 

Ms. Olivia

Acrobatic Dance, Jazz, Introductory Dance

 

Ms. Olivia joined the DANCE by Eliese staff in 2017, but has been a part of the family since the beginning. Ms. Olivia teaches Jazz, Introductory Dance and Acrobatic Dance. She holds her Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Teacher Certification, has trained as a student in Cecchetti Ballet and is continually training to further herself as a dance educator.

 

Ms. Taylor

Hip Hop, Office Manager

 

Finishing her senior year at the University of Arkansas, Ms. Taylor has been a long time student of DANCE by Eliese. Always working hard with a smile on her face, she is a great role model in and out of class. She brings passion and energy to her classes and inspires her students to always give their best, all while keeping class age appropriate. Ms. Taylor is also the current Miss North Central Arkansas and will be competing for Miss Arkansas in June 2019.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Katelin

Office Manager

 

 

 

Ms. Katelin is our super-star Office Manager and a student at the University of Arkansas. She served as the Manager for the Fayetteville High School basketball team for 3 years and is a talented visual artist. Though her background may not be in dance specifically, her skills in child care, management and organization help keep our studio running smoothly and we couldn't be more thankful to have her!

 

 

 Get in Touch

1575 N. Sunshine Rd. (51st St.) Fayetteville AR United States 72704

info@dancebyeliese.com

(479) 935-1045