Maricela Radke (Mrs. Radke)
Maricela started her dance teaching career when she went to the University of Houston and received her Bachelors Degree in Dance and Physical Education. She then moved from the hot temperatures of Texas to the frozen tundra of Minnesota. In 1983 she started her dance studio "Summit Dance School" in Detroit Lakes, MN. Since teaching at her own studio she has continued her teaching education at various teacher training centers. Dance Masters of America, Dance Life Retreat Center, and Yoga Fit Training to name a few. Not only does she bring many years of experience and knowledge but she brings with her a love of teaching dance to youth! We are so excited to have Mrs. Radke at Eleve' teaching this year!
Brittany (Radke) Milan 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.
Brittany's Teaching Certifications/ Training-
-University of Minnesota Twincities- BFA in Dance Performance
-Dance Master of America Teacher Training
-Yogafit Teacher Training
-Dance Life Retreat Training yearly
-Dance Life Teacher Conference
-International Dance Entrepreneurs Association Member
-Creator of Little Dippers Dance Program
-14+ years of teaching experience!
Eleve’ is Brittany’s second home and she hopes you can make it one as well!
Competition Director, Choreographer, Judge, Director and Dancer.
With 20 years of experience behind her, Stacy has had the privilege to work within many facets of the dance industry. From the commercial world to concert dance, from being in the spotlight to working behind the scenes, her knowledge of dance and the world in which it exists is vast. As a teacher and choreographer, she strives to bring all of this to enrich and educate the students she encounters while never ceasing to learn and evolve along the way. Some highlights and notes along Stacy’s journey include her training at Larkin Dance Studio, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, Edge Performing Arts Center and Broadway Dance Center. As a dancer, she has graced the stage with companies such as the Joffrey Ballet and Evolution Dance Company under the direction of Mark Meismer. Some of her commercial credits include Target, Microsoft, Popeyes, The Teen Choice Awards, NFL Super Bowl, and artists such as Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan, Amy Grant, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Paramore. Teaching, choreographing, and educating has been a passion throughout her entire career. Honing her craft, Stacy has had the opportunity to teach for numerous dance conventions, intensives, and studios from the U.S. and abroad. Notably, she founded and ran her own pre-professional dance school, Poetry In Motion, for a number of years. Currently, she is the artistic director for Elevé Performing Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN. Beyond her work in the classroom, Stacy is one of the directors of In10sity Dance competition which travels throughout the country.
Competition Tap Educator
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!
Hip Hop Educator
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.