Amy has been dancing for over 20 years. She started her dance training in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Silver Doll Dancers at age 5, and continued her training throughout high school, college, and beyond at Culture Shock Dance Center, Academy of Performing Arts, Millennium Dance Complex, The Edge, and Westlake Dance Center. Amy has studied hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, cheer, and tap, and started competing at the age of 6. During her time in San Diego she was a member of hip hop dance companies Funkanometry San Diego and PGN Dance Company.
Amy graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. At USD, she was a 4-year member of the Dance Team, began choreographing her second year on the team, and served as Captain during her junior and senior year. She came on as the Assistant Coach after graduation and was later named Head Coach. In addition to her dance classes she is also a PiYo certified instructor.
She has taught dance since she was 16 years old, and has spent the last few years pursuing her dream and teaching/coaching dance full time to students of all ages and styles. Amy took over as Director of Dance Elite in May 2015, and came on as the new owner in May 2017. Amy is excited to continue to build a sense of family and community at the studio and bring dance/music education to all our students.
Dance & Yoga Instructor
The Greater Chicagoland Area may be where she started, but Irene Beausoleil now calls the Pacific Northwest home. Classical Vaganova ballet technique, Irish Step Dancing and Musical theater came as part of her early dance training, alongside orchestral and folk music traditions. She traveled to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2012. Immediately after, Irene co-published a dance photography essay, Moments of Truth, and performed in several local festivals.
Irene most recently completed her certification as a Yoga instructor through the 8 Limbs program in Seattle. Irene began her journey in yoga as a student in 2011 under the guidance of Ellen Boyle as part of her undergraduate training in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts. Despite injuries and challenges with recurring pain management, the practice of moving with an open heart and mindful spirit quickly became a refuge as she worked toward graduation and transitioned into full time employment. An opportunity to deepen her practice came around in 2017 when she started training to become a teacher through the 8 Limbs 200 RYT program. The program emphasized a well-rounded Hatha style that takes into consideration the yogi’s current ability level, goals for alignment and opportunities to deepen valuable parts of the individual’s practice. Irene often incorporates Asana modifications into her series and deep attention to the breath.
Susan is starting her third year as part of the Dance Elite faculty. Susan has been classically trained in ballet, as well as jazz, lyrical and tap. A former Seahawks Seagal, Susan loves being able to share her passion for dance with our young dancers. She is excited for the upcoming school year and our second year production of the Nutcracker, which she will be helping to choreography and continue her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy.