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Lindsay Deneault is the director and primary dance instructor at Elite Dance. Miss Lindsay has studied under Daurice McIntyre, Kerry-Ann Mulrey and Amy McNabb. She has also had the pleasure of taking class with Steven Boyd, Gregg Russell, Wade Robson, Brian Freidman, Dave Scott and Mia Michels.
Miss Lindsay is a graduate of Providence College where she assisted in creating a dance degree program for the college under Dr. Wendy Oliver. While at college, she studied with the Providence Ballet and was also able to teach in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Miss Lindsay has been choreographing since the age of 14 in places such as Riverside Theatre Works, Notre Dame Academy, Janet Keaney’s School of Dance and On Stage Dance Studio. She has been teaching ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop professionally since 1998. Most recently Miss Lindsay has had the opportunity to work with the Boston Ballet, Broderick’s Gymnastics Academy, and Take Centerstage Dance Challenge. Miss Lindsay’s students have traveled and competed from Massachusetts to Florida as well as Bermuda. She has also added Zumba® instruction, NIA and Piloxing®.
A member of the National Dance Educator Organization, Miss Lindsay, has traveled throughout the country for the Dance Olympus/Dance America organization. She has also had the opportunity to dance with Christina Aguilera and perform with Brian McKnight. She also reaches out to the community volunteering for YMCA programs, Earth Day and Family events.
Miss Lindsay has worked along with and adjudicated for the Miss America organization in Massachusetts, has managed Savaria Dance Studio for Ballroom and Latin dance, and worked for many other studios and organizations in order to promote dance education. She currently judges for national dance competitions, such as Starbound.
Dr. Heather Jennings, PT, DPT, NCS
Heather began studying ballet under Herci and Ana Marsden at the State Ballet of Rhode Island’s Brae Crest school of Classical Ballet. While there, she performed in the company’s productions of Little Red Riding Hood and The Nutcracker.
After attending young dancers summer workshop, Heather joined Boston Ballet School including performing in annual productions of The Nutcracker. She continued to attend summer programs with the Boston Ballet and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. She later returned to the young dancers summer workshop to instruct students about injury prevention.
Throughout her under graduate and graduate studies, Heather has been involved in Simmons College Dance Company as a dancer, choreographer and executive board member. She recently received her doctorate of physical therapy in 2011. Her classical background took a turn after discovering Zumba® and Piloxing® at Elite Dance which lead to becoming an instructor.
Ruth joined Elite Dance Center as a student in the Adult Dance and Zumba®Fitness classes in July of 2009. Her love of dance, group fitness and former background in cheerleading, gymnastics and coaching high school gymnastics are what led Ruthie to Elite.
The addictive energy, camaraderie and fun that she experienced at Elite in the Zumba® Dance-Fitness classes (and the adult dance classes) inspired Ruthie to become certified to teach Zumba® in April of 2011. Ruthie loves being able to teach and participate in the happy and creative environment provided by Elite. Since then, she has completed certifications for Zumba Toning, Piloxing, and Piloxing Barre.
Laura joined Elite Dance Center in 2013. She started dancing at age two at Janet Keanney’s School of Dance under the direction of Miss Lindsay Deneault for the majority of her time there. Laura was able to travel to New York to take classes at Broadway Dance Center, along with performing at Disney World. After high school Laura attended Westfield State College where she was a captain of the competition cheerleaders team as well as a member of the dance club where she continued her dance training.
In addition to teaching, Laura also enjoys taking adult classes at Elite. Laura loves being a member of the Elite Dance Center staff and the energy and passion that everyone brings in class!
Annmarie Jarvis has been dancing since she was 5. She joined Elite Dance Center when she was 10 years old taking a Hip Hop class. In 2011, she auditioned for the team and has been apart of the team ever since. She currently studies Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. Starting off, she assisted childrens classes ages 3-11. Years following, she has auditioned and been accepted into summer programs such as Urbanity Summer Intensive two years in a row and Joffrey School of ballet summer programs. More recently she has gotten the opportunity to assist master teachers around the country with Danza Intensive. In the spring of 2016, she had placed 4th overall at Spirit of Dance Norwood, and had been given the opportunity to be on their All-Star team at Nationals. She was also chosen to be an Ultimate Assistant to assist teachers from “so you think you can dance”. Her self-choreographed solo “Willow” landed her the Young Choreographers Award in 2016.
In the season of 2016-2017, she joined the staff at Elite teaching Group and Solo classes and looks forward to competing her choreography
Charlie has years of teaching experience, having served as dance instructor at such institutions as Boston Conservatory, University of Rhode Island, Cathy Taylor School of Dance, American Academy of Dance and Dean College.
Charlie’s performance experience includes work at The Bonanza Hotel in Las Vegas, The Jimmy Fund Telethon, The Heart Fund Telethon and Leukemia Society Telethon. Charlie has studied with Jack Stanley, Henry LeTang, Danny Hoctor, Ron Daniels, Roy Dodge, Jimmy Sutton, Dean Barlow and Bob Audy.
A dance teacher since 2001, Ricky has choreographed and inspired dancers of all ages in classic hip hop styles of locking, popping, and B-boying (Break Dancing). After receiving his degree in Architecture and a minor in Music from Roger Williams University, he followed his passion for the arts and has been seen performing on film, TV, social media, and stage. Ricky has dazzled television cameras with his mad free-styling hip-hop skills, rendered in silhouette, for a “Gimme 5 Lottery”commercial series, and spread his happy-footed charisma from sea to shining sea on the national “Shake Your Udi’s”disco van tour promoting gluten-free products via social media. He has also lit up stages in LTM’s Musical Revueswith characters as disparate as Benny from In the Heights, David from Newsies, tap-dancing Robert Martin from The Drowsy Chaperone, and a Fosse-ized dancer in Chicago. With his background in on-camera and stage acting, he enjoys connecting all elements of performance in his work. Mr. Ricky believes in always giving his all -- and in giving, always.