Brittany Radke began her dance journey at the age of 2. She grew up dancing at her mother’s dance studio, Summit Dance School, in Detroit Lakes, MN. After graduation Brittany went on to receive a BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Since her graduation in 2006 she has been actively performing, choreographing and teaching in the Minneapolis area. Some of her recent performance credits include Performing with Ananya Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, Trinidad and Tobago, Africa, and Philadelphia. She has also continued her dance education by attending yearly Dance Masters of America Dance Teacher Training seminars, attending Rhee Golds Dance LIfe Retreat Center and has received yoga certification training. Brittany has also worked at many area dance studios and theater companies. Eleve’ is Brittany’s second home and she hopes you can find it a second home as well!
Lindsay Lundgren grew up in the heart of the Midwest where she started dancing competitively at the age of 6. Training at Universal Dance Academy in Lincoln, NE, she also danced and performed for the Lincoln Midwest Ballet company and did multiple summer dance intensives with the Colorado Ballet. In high school she was captain of the dance team all three years and earned a national merit of dance excellence when she was a senior. In 2003 she moved to San Diego, Ca where she studied dance at San Diego Mesa College. She was apart of the schools company as well as taught, performed, choreographed and created dances, costumes and lights for performances. While she was there she also trained in injury prevention and nutrition for dancers. Lindsay moved to Minneapolis in 2010 and has been teaching at various studios around the metropolitan area. Lindsay is currently a teacher in Apple Valley at Betty Jo’s dance center and is so excited to teach at Eleve’.
Competition Ballet Director/Instructor
Alejandra Iannone is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, and the co-director of Sparkle Theatricals, performance group whose productions celebrate curiosity and inspire laughter. She recently relocated to the Twin Cities after a decade in New York City. A versatile performer, she has danced soloist and ensemble roles in works by Penelope Freeh, Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Ronald K. Brown, Elisa Monte, Pascal Rioult, Take Ueyama, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Donna Salgado, and Alvin Ailey. While in New York, Alejandra had the pleasure of performing the featured role of “Ballerina” in The Ride, a New York City Drama Desk Award Nominee. Favorite venues have included the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jacob’s Pillow, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, and the Versace Mansion. Alejandra is the Young Children's Division Coordinator at Minnesota Dance Theatre, a former faculty member of the Ailey School’s Junior Division, an American Ballet Theatre® Affiliate Teacher, and a Balanced Body® Certified Pilates Instructor. She graduated cum laude from the Fordham University/Ailey School B.F.A. program and holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Temple University, where her research focused on Philosophy of Art.
Competition Tap Director/Instructor
A proud Minnesotan, Ricci has been professionally entertaining audiences for over 15 years. Ricci's first twelve years of his dancing career was spent dancing at Larkin Dance Studio. Since then his career has given him the opportunity to perform with Savion Glover, Jason Samuels Smith and Kirk Franklin. He was a featured soloist in ONE at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC, and in Tap Happy for Two at Tokyo Disneyland. He has choreographed and performed for the NFL, NBA and NCAA in addition to industrial shows for Best Buy, Target, PBS and Compaq. Ricci was a co-creator and choreographer for the nationally and internationally acclaimed tap dance company Ten Foot Five, which he toured with extensively for 10 years. Currently Ricci is working hard making his dreams come true by touring with Rhythmic Circus across the country. As Artistic Director of Rhythmic Circus Ricci is preparing to take their show "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" to New York City. He is excited to bring his passion and love for tap dance to Eleve Performing Arts Center with Funk, Soul and Honesty!
Competition Instructor/Acrobatic Director
Anna Esposito has been dancing, tumbling and performing since the age of 5 and is thrilled to be a part of Eleve Performing Arts Center! A graduate of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, She has been seen performing, teaching and choreographing all over the Twin Cities including at The Children's Theatre Company, Stages Theatre Company, Youth Performance Company, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Top Hat Theatre, Ordway Center For Performing Arts, Escalate Dance and Theatre Studio and more. In 2015 Anna became Acrobatic Arts Certified, a program with a syllabus combining dance and gymnastics safely and artistically for the stage! Anna especially has a passion for tap and musical theatre and continues to attend festivals and classes around the country to further her knowledge to inspire and educate her students.
Josie Guarneros has been dancing for almost all her life. She grew up in Rosemount, MN and danced at Betty Jo’s Dance Center where she studied under teachers like Brittany who helped shape her as a dancer, artist, and instructor. She was also apart of a student-led Modern Dance Company throughout high school where she learned choreography, set design, and stage direction. Since graduating high school she lived and danced in Colorado and Los Angeles before coming back to Minnesota to attend the U of M where she will receive her BA in Dance next year. Since moving back home to Minneapolis and through the U, she has studied under artists like Carl Flink and Black Label Movement, Erin Thompson, and Ananya Dance theater. In the past she has performed in musicals such as Jekyll and Hyde in Boulder, CO, and with the Moscow Ballet here in Minnesota. She is so excited to become apart of the family at Elevé!
Competition Hip Hop Instructor
Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities based dancer, choreographer, teacher whose creative work has been chosen for Choreographers Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, American College Dance Festival, University Dance Theater and was featured in the first annual New Griots Festival. Darrius has created works for Southwest High School, St Olaf College and a shared evening of work titled, Ipseity. Darrius graduated from the U of MN, Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance in 2015. He has performed in works by Uri Sands, Carl Flink, Penny Freeh, Kenna Cottman, Larry Keigwin, Joanna Rosenthal, Gregory Dolbashian, Maurya Kerr and the Martha Graham dance company. Strong is currently a member of West African Dance group VoC (Voice of Culture).In 2014 Darrius reset the Broadway musical "In the Heights" on Henry Sibley High School. He is interested in working with movers in all different levels of training in hopes to build a bigger supportive community and in creating his own dance company, Strong Movement.
Laura K Johnson is a dancer, actress and choreographer based in the Twin Cities. She grew up in Rosemount, MN where she studied at Betty Jo’s Dance Center under Brittany Radke Milan and others. In high school, Laura was introduced to modern dance and hasn’t looked back since. She is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Dance Honors. During the summers, Laura supplemented her study at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival where she was taught by Netta Yerushalmy, Tatiana Baganova, Angie Hauser, Cathy Young, Stephan Koplowitz, among others. In college, Laura also explored acting and physical theatre and now enjoys combining her love for dance and theatre. She believes that dance is inherently theatrical and theatre is inherently physical. Laura has a talent for both comedic and dramatic performance and enjoys adding both aspects to her choreography. Laura is beyond excited to become a member of the Eleve faculty!
Ali Milan grew up in the Twin Cities area and began her dance career at the age of three at Larkin Dance Studio. She was also a captain for North St. Paul High school Dance Team. Ali continued to dance at the collegiate level as a dancer and coach of the St. Ben's Dance Team for four years where she lead and danced with a 70-girl team. Through out college she taught and choreographed at St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics. Ali recently graduated from The College of St. Benedict|St. John's University with a Bachelors degree in Communication and Management. She has continued to assist with choreography and training for the North St. Paul Dance team. Ali also is an intern at tena.cious, a social media marketing firm in St. Paul. Ali is so excited to share her passion for dance with a new group of dancers at Eleve' Performing Arts Center!
Choreographer/Master Class Teacher
Sarah Hilarides is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelors in Musical Theater and Dance. She has been in many musicals including Grease, Godspell, Into the Woods and Operas such as The Mikado and The Magic Flute. She has choreographed award winning numbers all over the country for all types of studios and colleges. Recently she choreographed the last two opening numbers for Showbiz National Talent. She now works as a director for Kids artistic review and will be on staff for their convention this fall!
Private Piano/ Voice Instructor
Cornell is formally trained both vocally and as a pianist. Having grown up singing and playing every day in school and at home, concerts and recitals were a big part of his life. He carried on to college where he continued training in new genres and performing in many choirs and ensembles at the University of Minnesota, Duluth where he eventually became the accompanist and musical director of mainstage musicals including "Guys and Dolls" which performed in Italy his junior year. After college, Cornell has been performing professionally locally, nationally and overseas. This year's performances include traveling to Hawaii, Scotland, Canada, Netherlands and all corners of the U.S.