Back Row – Shelly and Josie
Ashley began her training in Portland Oregon, at American Dance Theater, under the direction of Elizabeth Abts, Melissa St. Claire and Kevin Poe and Beaverton Dance Center under the direction of Joseph Wyatt. She was a member of the Jefferson Dancers during high school, and was mentored and taught by Portland choreographer, Mary Hunt.
Daniela DeLoe is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. She trained at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and also participated in summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. As a professional ballet dancer she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre and quickly rose through the ranks from apprentice to soloist. In 2002 Daniela joined Oregon Ballet Theatre where she was promoted to soloist in 2007. During her career she enjoyed dancing many featured roles in George Balanchine’s Nutcracker, Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake, and Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid, just to name a few. Daniela joined Elite Dance Studio’s staff in 2012 where she loves teaching and choreographing for her students. Outside of the studio Daniela lives in SE Portland with her husband and three kids.
I began dancing in college at the UofO and trained at Unity School of Dance in Eugene Oregon. I spent the next 11 years training in Eugene and gradually transitioned to teaching. During that time I primarily taught hip-hop, acro and jazz. Eventually, I was working with competition and other performance groups, primarily Kings Krew Dance Company directed by Durante Lambert and Rip City Crew affiliated with the Portland Trail Blazer Dancers.
I am thoroughly impress by the work ethic and skill level I’ve already seen with Elite students, and I’m excited to get to work with them. I know that I will be able to challenge them and myself in class.
Josie started dancing at Elite Dance Studio in 7th grade where her amazing teachers fostered her love for dance. She became a member of the Junior Blazer Dancer her 8th grade year, enhancing her performance skills. She later danced on her high school dance team, Westview Wildthings, on top of dancing competitively with Elite’s Competitive Teams. In later years, she danced professionally on Pure Dance Company.
Karin began dancing at the age of 4. She moved several times and had the opportunity to train and compete in tap, jazz and ballet throughout different studios in California, Colorado, Texas, and Oregon. Karin began teaching dance during high school for a local dance studio and upon graduating high school she accepted a position with the United Spirit Association where she traveled throughout the western united states and taught high school dance camps. In conjunction with attending Western Oregon State University, Karin continued to work her summers for the USA organization. While attending college, Karin danced professionally for the Portland Trailblazers as a Blazer Dancer. After graduating college, Karin went on to teach business and marketing at Southridge High School as well as coach and build the Southridge dance team from the ground up. After having her first daughter, she took a break from teaching high school and began working at Elite Dance Studio. This is Karin’s 13th year at Elite and 12th year directing the Elite Dance Studio Performing Company. Karin’s passion outside of dance is spending time with her husband and her three amazing daughters. She loves being creative and the inspirational process of working with dancers.
Mrs. Bacon Trad began studying ballet at the age of 3. She trained with the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy. At the age of 17, she was asked to join the Houston Ballet. Under the direction of Ben Stevenson, Kristi enjoyed a fruitful career dancing many Soloist and Principal roles. She also had the opportunity to work with many world renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Margot Fonteyn, Paul Taylor, and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. While enjoying a full performance schedule at home with Houston Ballet, the company also toured throughout Europe and China. Mrs. Bacon Trad also filmed several works for Danmarks Radio in Aarhus, Denmark.
Shelly grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she started dancing at age three. She enjoyed arts and athletic endeavors including synchronized swimming where she competed on a national level. While these activities captured her interest, dancing was always her passion. She trained with Richard and Carrie France and was involved in a variety of dance groups thru high school. She was a member of Tucson Metropolitan Dance Company under the direction of Richard France. She intensified her dance training at UNLV where she obtained a degree in Fine Arts in dance. After graduation she moved to Portland and danced with the Agnieszka Laska Dancers and with Pure Dance Company. She started teaching at Elite Dance eight years ago and loves her Elite Family. Dancing has given her an opportunity to travel to Europe, train with famous choreographers, meet interesting people, and most of all remain true to her passion.
Veronica Mercado is a dancer based out of the Northwest. She began at the age 13 on her high school dance team then transitioned to a local studio which ended up being the place she also began teaching. Now she spends her time in the Portland dance scene immersing herself in various groups from companies to street styles. Veronica dances with Lyfe under direction of Durante Lambert, was on Freshvibe with Allison Franco, and is also part of a popping crew called Strange Nation. She trains in hip hop, popping, litefeet, house, contemporary and more! She loves to share her knowledge and has taught all ages and levels. “I am so excited to become a part of the Elite team and to merge street with studio life. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of the kids and to progress with them. I’m super grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started!”