Artistic Director & Co-Owner/Team & Mini Team Coach

Joan Elias

Joan is the Artistic Director of Forever Dance and co-owner with Ellen and Andy Dauscher. Joan holds a BFA in Dance from East Carolina University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Joan started her professional career dancing at the Lone Star Dramas in Galveston, Texas. She worked her way up the ranks of the theatre as dancer, dance captain, assistant choreographer and choreographer of the musicals “The Lone Star”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Hello Dolly” and “South Pacific”. Joan danced for Houston Grand Opera in “Hansel and Gretel” and choreographed for the Galveston Island Opera House. Joan danced in San Francisco with the modern company, Gretchen Harding and Friends, which performed at the Palace of Fine Arts. She also danced professionally in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe with “Melinda, the First Lady of Magic”, “The Girls of Rock and Roll”, Desert Rose Productions and Caesar Palace Conventions. After settling down in Lake Tahoe to start her family, Joan found her passion for teaching, choreographing and coaching dancers of all ages.

Dance Instructor & Team & Mini Team Coach

Dino Elias

Dino has been hooked on dance since he won his first National competition at age 10! Dino specializes in Tap, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Musical Theater. In 2012, he attended Jacob's Pillow in the pre-professional tap program, studying with Diane Walker, Lane Alexander, Derek Grand, Brenda Buffalino, and Lisa LaTouche. In December 2013, Dino performed in the first all tap show ``Juba!``, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Dino choreographed and danced in ``Red Hot Superstars`` at the Grand Sierra Resort and in 2014 performed in the Muny's production of ``Billy Elliot`` in St. Louis, MO. Dino currently judges for Thunderstruck and KAR competitions, as well as teaches tap on the KAR Convention circuit. He enjoys choreographing and teaching master classes for studios throughout the West and East coasts. Dino has been recognized on the national level for his choreography and teaching abilities, including two nominations for the Industry Dance Awards. FD4REAL

Dance Instructor & Tot/Mini Team Coach

Katie Lauer

Katie a native of Carson City, NV, is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. She studied at Capital City Ballet in Boise, ID. Katie has performed as Clara and Snow Queen with Pinkerton Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, was an apprentice and company member with Sierra Nevada Ballet and has also danced with the University of Nevada Dance Team and Reno Bighorns Dance Team. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Nevada Reno. Katie has been teaching dance for 5 years and is currently a dancer and performer for Karen Burns Productions and BLV Productions in Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV.

Dance Instructor

Jessica Shull

As a Forever Dance alumni, Jessica grew up as a competitive dancer and is excited to be back with her Forever Dance family. After graduation, Jessica relocated to Los Angeles, to pursue her professional career as a dancer and choreographer joining the contemporary company, Emerge. Soon after, Jessica starred as one of the top six in Laurianne Gibson's TV show: BORN TO DANCE. This exposure opened doors for music videos, TV Shows such as Glee, NCIS, The Monique Show, performing along side Shakira in the Latin Grammys and working as assistant choreographer/dancer in Nick Cassavetes movie “Yellow”. Venturing out of the commercial world, Jessica worked as a lead performer for Norwegian Cruise and Bahamas Paradise. Jessica is currently an adjudicator on the competition circuit and most recently has been cast in commercials for Baby Bottle Pop, Girls Trip and Cuba Gooding Jr.'s recent movie Bayou Caviar.

Dance Instructor

Suzie Elias

Suzie has been dancing at Forever Dance since she was 3 years old. She has been a member of the FD Competition Team for 10 years. Suzie has garnered the Titles of Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Miss Spotlight, including the National Miss Teen Title. She also won dance titles for Kids Artistic Review, Masquerade, Nexstar, Rainbow and Starpower. Suzie has won 1st Overall National Awards for her solo work at Thunderstruck, Dance USA, and Encore. She was chosen to perform her contemporary solo at 2013 Rainbow Nationals Showcase. August 2013, Suzie attended the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary Summer Intensive in New York City. She danced on scholarship in the Elite level of classes and performed in the student showcase at Symphony Space in NYC. Professional credits include “Red Hot Superstars” at the Grand Sierra Resort; Emerge Concert at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles and she is currently a member of Sugar N Spikes cabaret performers.

Dance Instructor

Riley King

Riley began dancing at the age of 6 and found a passion for ballet right away. She has trained in ballet, tumbling, jazz, lyrical and contemporary, and a touch of tap. Her love of dance led her to the Miss America Organization in high school and she competed at state and local level as both a ``teen`` and a ``miss`` holding the local titles of Miss Carson City and Miss Reno-Sparks. She began student teaching at age 12 and has always especially loved working with the tot age group. She has been teaching for various studios in the Northern Nevada area for over 10 years and is happy to have found her new dance home here at Forever Dance. In addition to being a dance teacher she is also a dance mom to two little divas ages 5 and 2. When she isn't wearing the hats of ``dance mom`` or ``dance teacher`` she is a Senior RN student graduating this Winter.

Aerial Silks/Lyra Instructor

Sarah Schultz

Sarah was literally raised in a theatre. Her first time on stage was at world renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in a production directed by Peter Anastos. She was featured in Dance Magazine and New York Newsday by age 3. Since moving to the West Coast, Sarah has had a prolific performing and teaching career. She opened and co-owned Skydance Studio (Reno) for several years, was a finalist in Circus Star Talent Competition, (El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, CA 2015 & 2016) and was a finalist in the U.S. Aerial Championships, (Rose Nagelberg Theater, NYC, NY 2016.) She has choreographed and performed aerial acts for Grammy award winning artist, Skrillex. Sarah enjoys teaching her craft and has taught at Inversion Gym (South Lake Tahoe) and Flux Movement Lab (Reno). She currently owns Rogue Worx, an entertainment production company and choreographs and manages the specialty acts for many casino showrooms and nightclubs in the area.

Dance Instructor

Corinne Novotny

Beginning to dance at the age of 3, dancing has been a huge part of Corinne’s life. She was a member of the Forever Dance competition team for 13 years, and a part of the original Mini-Team. A well-rounded dancer, she has been trained in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz funk, modern, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tumbling, partnering, and ballroom. During her many years competing with Forever Dance, she has taken home many top awards in regional and national competitions with her solos, duos, trios, groups, productions, including titles. Corinne has trained at the Edge, Millennium and Movement Lifestyle. She has danced professionally in the Reno Fashion Show and Red Hot Production’s, “The Michael Jackson Tribute”. This year, Corinne will be teaching Jr Hip Hop 1 & 2, Tot Musical Theater, Pre-Ballet, Pre-Tech, and Flexibility at FDCC, and is an assistant coach for Forever Dance’s Mini-Team.

Dance Instructor

Michael Powers

Michael Powers moved to the Carson City area at the age of three. He began dancing and gymnastics at five and took classes for three years. He resumed tumbling in high school and it soon came to be his passion. Two years ago, Michael joined Forever Dance classes and fell in love with dance. He joined the Forever Dance Team competing in many different styles of dance while utilizing his tumbling skills which helped him win two titles and many accolades. Michael will be teaching Tumbling 1-2-3 at FDCC and Tumbling 3-4 at FDLT this year. He is looking forward to sharing his love for tumbling with the students.

Dance Instructor

Stacy Kennison

Stacy has been dancing for fourteen years and was a part of the Forever Dance Competition Team for 8 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, tumbling, baton and musical theatre. In addition, she has been a captain of many team dances, a teacher assistant and a substitute teacher for FD. This is Stacy’s fifth year teaching at Forever Dance and this year she will be teaching Technique 1 and co-teaching Tech 3-4 and Flexibility while also attending the University of Nevada, Reno as a freshman.

Dance Instructor

Amara Tedford

Born and raised in Caron City, Nevada – Amara Tedford began her dance training at the age of 2 1/2. She has spent the last 15 years training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, jazz funk, musical theater, and tumbling. At the age of 10 Amara was thrilled to become a member of Forever Dance’s competition team where her drive and technique has continued to grow. She has won many regional and national titles and currently holds the title of Senior Miss Spotlight. She has place first for her solo at nationals two years in a row. Amara is excited to be sharing her love of dance, and is honored to be teaching for Forever Dance.

Dance Instructor

Ashlan Galaviz

Ashlan Galaviz was born in Maui, Hawaii and moved to Lake Tahoe, NV and began her dance training at the age of 3. For the past 13 years Ashlan has trained and competed in many styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, jazz-funk, tumbling, baton, pointe and partnering at Forever Dance (formerly Dance Visions). She has taken classes at studios in LA, as well as from guest instructors and choreographers at Forever Dance. As a member of the Forever Dance competition team since she was 6 years old, she has helped the team win many regional and national awards and titles. Ashlan has been a Teacher, Teacher’s Assistant and Substitute teacher over the last few years, but is proud and excited to now be teaching for a second year. Ashlan has always had a strong passion and love for dance and music, and feels honored to share this passion with her students at Forever Dance.

Dance Instructor

Michaela Smith

Michaela Smith was born and raised in Tahoe City, California and attends North Tahoe High School. She is proficient in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, jazz and tumbling. Michaela began dancing at the age of five and has been dancing with Forever Dance for six years and is a senior dancer on the Forever Dance Competition Team. She has been a teacher’s assistant for Ballet 1 for the past three years as well as many other classes. Michaela is excited to be teaching again this year at Forever Dance.

Dance Instructor

Ava Arnold

A Lake Tahoe local attending North Tahoe High School, Ava started dance in the styles of ballet and hip hop at the age of three, and has danced at and competed with the Forever Dance Team for the past six years. She is very excited to extend her passion for hip hop (and making up combinations with her friends) and now share this with her students. In addition to dance, Ava loves to ski, play with her dog, and travel.

Dance Instructor

Bella Flynn

Dancing at music festivals with her parents starting at a very young age kicked off Bella's love of dance. She started dance classes at age 3, with the last 5 of those years being at Forever Dance. A member of the Forever Dance Competitive Team, Bella says that her passion for dance really started when she took her first tap class with Dino Elias, and ever since that day she has loved tapping, which is why she is so excited to be teaching tap this year.

Dance Instructor

Lilly Dingman

Lilly has been dancing at Forever Dance for 12 years now, and has been competing with the competition team for 9 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, baton, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop, and tumbling. As a solosist, Lilly has won many 1st overalls, and has also proudly contributed to many group overalls too! With multiple years being mentored in the Teacher’s Assistant program, Lilly is thrilled to begin teaching Baton 1, Jr. Hip Hop 1, and Jazz 1! Lilly has always had a passion for dance and is so excited to share her passion with younger dancers at Forever Dance.