STAFF

Kallista

.Kallista has been dancing since the age of 6. She began training in jazz and tap at studios in both Fargo, North Dakota and Andover, Kansas. She danced for the West Fargo Junior High team for 2 years then moved on to dance for the West Fargo Packatahnas for 4 years, in which she was a part of 2 national championship teams. Upon graduation, Kallista was made a member of the North Dakota State University Dance Team. Throughout these 4 years she was captain for 3 and consistently placed in the top 6 at UDA nationals. She went on to coach their nationally ranked team for 9 years before growing into ND Elite Dance full time.  Kallista worked for Universal Dance Association for 7 years and traveled across the country to work with junior high, high school, and college teams from across the nation, many of which compete and title at a national level. She has choreographed for multiple high school, studio and collegiate teams in ND, SD, MN, WI, and MO, many of which that have gone on to place or win at competitive levels. Kallista graduated from NDSU with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in management communications. She spent one semester teaching dance courses for the Minnesota State University-Moorhead theater program and this is her 5th year owning and coaching ND Elite Dance. Her deepest passion is making a difference in the lives of young dancers and helping them to create and develop their own passion for dance.

Ashley

Ashley began her dancing career at the age of 4 in the Just for Kix program. She danced for Studio Elite and Brant School of Dance throughout her elementary years. She moved on to dance and choreograph for the West Fargo Mystikix for 2 years. She made the West Fargo Packatahnas as a freshman and completed the next four years as a choreographer as well. The summer after her senior year Ashley traveled the mid west teaching dance camps for Wow Factor Inc. Sports. After graduation, Ashley became a member of the MSUM Dragon dance team for 2 years before graduating in 2017 with a major in Elementary Education. Ashley coached the West Fargo Elite All-Star dance teams for 2 years where she found her passion in coaching.  She is also currently a 5th grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School.

Danielle

Danielle started dancing at the age of 3 at Just for Kix. At age 5, she switched to Dance Studio Elite and trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and contemporary.  In 6th and 7th grade Danielle danced for West Fargo Elite Dance Studio.  In 8th grade she danced and choreographed for the West Fargo Mystikix.  She danced with the Sheyenne Dance Team throughout her high school years competing in pom, jazz, hip hop, and kick.  During her sophomore year, she joined the NDE Erinites and competed with them for two years including their trip to the USASF Dance Worlds. Danielle started coaching with NDE Dance in 2018.  She currently attends MSUM studying in speech language hearing sciences to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology.  She is excited to share her passion for dancing with young dancers and watch them learn and grow!

 

Sophie

Sophie began dancing at the age of 5 at Gaspers School of Dance. Throughout elementary school she danced for many studios around the Fargo/Moorhead area where she focused on ballet.  Starting her 6th grade year she joined her middle school dance team, Carl Ben Eielson Aviaries. She danced with Carl Bien until her freshman year of high school where she was able to be a part of the FSH Bruinkix dance team.  She danced on this team all four years where the team competed pom, jazz, kick and hip hop.  Senior year she was named captain and received the opportunity to lead her team in a small varsity jazz state championship.  while she was dancing with FSH her love for dance grew so she decided to also compete with the NDE Erinites her junior and senior year.  This team received a bid to USASF Dance Worlds both years and placed in the top 20 in 2017.  After high school she danced for the 2018-2019 Bison Dance Team at North Dakota State University.  She is currently studying business at NDSU and loves being a bison!

Jayden

Jayden started dancing at the age of 2 at Halftime by Sherri. She danced there for 12 years, then danced for her middle school team, West Fargo Mystikix. All throughout high school she danced for the West Fargo Packatahnas and was named captain her junior and senior year. She has been apart of many state championship teams and has been ranked from 9th place to 1st place at UDA nationals. She also was able to be a part of the NDE Erinites in 2017 where they placed in the top 20 at USASF Dance Worlds. After high school she continued her dance career with the 2018-2019 NDSU Bison Dance Team. She is currently studying Exercise Science at NDSU to pursue a career in athletic training. Jayden absolutely loves the experiences she has ha throughout her dancing career and can't wait to share her skills with many aspiring dancers!