We the dancers, faculty and staff of Elite Dance Company are a vibrant community of people who have a high regard for each other, the art of dance, and the respectability and value of the work we do. In all of our endeavors to study and perform as an expression of our love of dance, we show respect to the parents, our peers, the staff and faculty of Elite Dance Company and all of the wider dance community, including our competition. It’s our mission for every E.L.I.T.E. dancer to achieve new levels of artistry and performance beyond what is possible in their regular class work. To train and empower students to a pre-professional level with a competitive edge who may consider dance as a major or minor in college. To make possible a young dancer’s dream to pursue a career in theatre, dance performance, or as a dance educator.
Lindsey began her dance career at the young age of 9 at a small studio in Bluefield, West Virginia. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, you name it, she trained in it! She started competing at the age of 11 and realized she wanted to be on the stage for the rest of her life. After graduating high school, she attended Oklahoma City University, where she studied Dance Management. Later, transferring to Radford University, she continued studying in Dance. While in school she realized that choreography was something she wanted to pursue! Being able to create something so powerful and seeing the art come alive on stage was something she aspired to do. Since her college days, her choreography has won on the regional and national level many times and has become very well known in the dance world. She is continually inspired and blown away by the talent that her students have and the passion they portray in their movement. Her newest challenge is to make sure that everyone in her studio has a quality dance education and enjoys every step they take. She is very excited, yet humbled by this new adventure and can't wait to see where it takes her. She welcomes you to Elite Dance Company with open arms and a huge smile on her face!
"I love the fact that my students who have no intention, at this time in their lives, to dance for a living, love to come to the studio and share in all the joys that dance has to offer. I can’t take the credit for all of this, it goes to the wonderful teachers we have on faculty that want to share, not only their knowledge, but their enthusiasm for something that has brought them so much joy."
Krista Locklear, a Huntersville native, began her dance career at the young age of 3 at a local dance studio. She competed until she graduated high school and excelled at it, placing in the overalls and winning serveral judges choice awards throughout the years. She trained under some of the most influential instructors in the industry, attending numerous conventions in the south. Her performances include Disney World, where she and her competition team earned their way to the stage. Her teaching experience began at an early age as well, when she was an apprentice and assistant for classes as a student herself. She attended UNCC and graduated with a degree in Sociology. From college until now she has grown as an instructor for competitive teams and recreational programs across the Charlotte & Lake Norman area. She continues to learn and grow alongside the best team in the dance industry here at Elite Dance Company. Her students have won numerous overall awards, judges awards and scholarships to conventions and pageants at the Regional and National level throughout the United States. She is a several time choreography award recipient and has also received entertainment awards!
INTEGRITY: To conduct oneself with honesty, courtesy, and respect. To express consideration for one’s fellow dancers, educators, parents, staff and competitors. To be a person who leads by example and honors commitments. To be a person other people can count on.
LEADERSHIP: To guide, direct and influence people in achieving their highest goals and ideals. By setting an example through one’s actions and speech. To inspire and serve the people of your class, team, or community through full participation in all dance related activities.
RESPONSIBILITY: To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the studio or the organizers of any conference, workshop, or competition. To be a person who interacts with peers and authority figures in a mature manner. To question authority in a respectful manner. To speak of any issue or grievance to the person who is able to resolve any concern. To be willing to receive coaching and direction when deemed appropriate.
CHARACTER: To be a person who represents high levels of personal integrity, leadership, and responsibility for oneself and others. A person who has the courage and willingness to face issues and concerns with maturity and dignity. To avoid gossip, criticism, or denigrating comments for any member of the dance community, parent, or peers.
PROFESSIONALISM: To respect the dance profession and uphold our values and standards of conduct. To support and encourage one another. To voice opinions and initiate change that will elevate the dance community. To recognize oneself as a role model at all times. To love the study and performance of dance as a universal art form.