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September 16, 2019

Welcome back Elite Families!  We had a fabulous first week at Elite. The energy and excitement that surrounds the studio is contagious!  The staff and dancers have been enjoying getting to know each other  and we are all getting into the "groove" of our new schedule.

Meet our new Hip Hop Teacher!

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!" 

We are excited to have her join our Elite Family.

Time to Review!

During the month of September, you may notice that teachers are spending a majority of the class time reviewing proper stretching, body alignment and basic technique.  In order to ensure proper class placements, teachers need to establish a base level for each class. Once they have a good understanding of the class level and chemistry, the teacher will design that classes curriculum and plan for the year.  We ask that our Elite families be patient and that our dancers enjoy these few weeks of review.  We expect classes to kick into high gear in early October and all our dancers will be inspired, motivated and challenged.  

We encourage dancers and families to speak with the teachers or email me if you have any questions or concerns. We are honored to teach each and every dancer we have at Elite and we want them all to LOVE dance as much as we do!

New Class Added!

If you have a dancer in an 8-10 yr old or 9-11 yr old tap class, you may have noticed the large class sizes.  Due to the popularity of these classes, we have opened another  CLASS- Monday 3:30-4:15 9-11 TAP w/Shelly.  
Our hope is that by adding an additional class option we will be able to spread out the students and make for a more personal learning environment. If you are interested in moving to the new Monday 3:30 class, please email us at  Thank you for your understanding.

Need a Schedule Change?

We appreciate all the patience and communication as families finalize their schedules.  We understand Fall is a very hectic time.  
--If you would like to make a change to your dancer's schedule, please click on the Add/Drop link on the homepage at our website  

Schedule changes cannot be done at the front desk.  All schedule changes must be done online.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask the front desk, your teacher or email us.
Auto-Debit Service:

If you would like to take advantage of Elite's auto debit service (EFT) for your monthly tuition, please download and complete the EFT form.

PumpkinEvery year we receive questions about Halloween. We understand that it falls on a Thursday this year. We would like for our Elite dancers and families to enjoy their Halloween traditions uninterrupted by their dance commitments. We are happy to accommodate these requests so the studio will be closed Thursday October 31st. We wish you all a safe and fun Halloween.
Looking Ahead To 2020-- Important Dates -- Mark Your Calendars!

  • Ballet Rehearsal at Elite- Saturday May 16th
  • Class Pictures- Sunday, May 17th
  • Ballet Dress Rehearsal & Shows- Saturday, June 13th
  • Recital Rehearsals & Shows- Wednesday, June 17th - 20th 
Dancer of the Month:

Each month we are excited to shine the Spotlight on a different Elite Dancer.  Dancer's are selected by the staff and will be featured on our "Dancer of the Month" bulletin board in the lobby, on our Facebook page, Instagram and in our monthly newsletter.  

For September, we shine the Spotlight on: 
Elleri Paige Ristau
Age: 11
School/Grade: Cedar Park Middle School

How many years have you been dancing at Elite?
This will be my 3rd year at Elite.

What is your favorite style of dance?
I love Jazz

What is your favorite memory at Elite?
My first performance, it was so fun to dance on stage!

Tell us about your family...
I have a brother Xavier, a sister Emerson, Mom Valerie and my Dad Shane. And I have two French Bulldogs. Cricket is a brindle and Baxter is black and white.

If you aren't dancing...what else do you like to do?
Bake. I love to bake anything but mainly Macrons. I also like to do crafts.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
A baby Doctor.
Tell us more...
Tell us one fun fact about yourself!
I love going to Disneyland! I have been at least 20 times!
If you have any  questions, please don't hesitate to email us at or call us at the studio 503-645-8105.

Sara  and Staff

Elite Dance Studio | (503) 645-8105
4062 NW Saltzman Rd
Suite #202
Portland, OR 97229