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 and 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

Suzie Elias

Suzie Elias was born in Lake Tahoe, Nevada where she started dancing at the age of two. She grew up training every day in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and tumbling. Suzie danced competitively for 10+ years and now teaches and choreographs in the competition dance circuit. Her work has competed throughout Northern/Southern California, Nevada, and Virginia. She moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to pursue her professional dance career and is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency. Some of her credits include international/national tours with singer Vidya Vox, the NBA Clippers, LA Sparks, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Joji, and Snoop Dogg. She has shot national commercials for Panda Express and Weinerschnitzel and her film/television credits include Pepsi, Takis, Disney XD, and Lady Dynamite. Her other work in the industry has been as a magician’s assistant for Krendl Magic and she holds the position of dance captain with Karmagraphy Entertainment Company.

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

Abigail Stamats

Abbey was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and began dancing at the age of five with the Oberlin Dance Collective school. She cross-trained primarily in ballet and contemporary dance. She was a member of ODC’s teen dance company, the Dance Jam, for three years, performing at fundraisers and local schools as well as producing an annual performance showcasing repertoire from ODC’s artistic directors KT Nelson, Kimi Okada and Brenda Way. Growing up, she also performed alongside the professional ODC dancers in the annual “Velveteen Rabbit'' production at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. In addition to ballet and contemporary, Abbey has a background in aerial arts, fire spinning and hip-hop. She recently received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and dance at the University of Colorado in Boulder. While in college she performed in several student productions and collaborated with her peers to create choreography, films and projects. She now lives in South Lake Tahoe and works as an EMT, bartender and ballet teacher for Forever Dance. In her free time she enjoys yoga, swing dancing, rock climbing, running, backcountry skiing, mountain biking and writing music.

Dance Instructor

Cassidy Marchini

Cassidy Marchini bio

Dance Instructor

Dyon Powers

Dyon 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,Dyon 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. Dyon 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.

Aerial Silks/Lyra Instructor

Tony Deal

Tony Deal has been an active performer his entire life. Born in Reno NV and starting with martial arts and gymnastics, it was a natural step to progress into aerial arts and dance. Seven years of experience and a high devotion to the arts has brought him to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver Colorado, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (SF), Hard rock, Harrah’s and Harvey’s, and Montbleu plus many other casinos and corporate events of all kinds. Being Passionate about teaching and helping others achieve their goals is what he loves as much as being on stage. “Helping others express themselves and show their art to the world is what it’s all about for me. If I can give that gift and inspire a child, teen, adult, anyone, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Dance Instructor

Ky McGee

Ky McGee started her dance career at a young age, moving to Carson City Forever Dance studio once it opened up. She immediately felt at home. Not long after Ky started taking dance classes at Forever Dance, she joined the FDCC Mini Competition Team with her younger sister, Seren. Ky's favorite styles of dance are ballet, contemporary and musical theater. After graduating from both dance and high school in 2022, Ky is excited to start the next chapter of her life as a dance instructor at the studio who made her into the dancer she is today.

Aerial Silks/Lyra Instructor

Shannon Roberts

Shannon has had a passion for the arts and performance since she was a child organizing shows for friends and family when they would come to visit. She grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania where she was always involved in the arts, sports, and community activities. Shannon enjoyed attending gymnastics classes in her younger years. In high school, she performed in a handful of musicals. While attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania, she danced with the hip hop dance team and sang with the A Capella group. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2018, she taught Spanish at a public school in Pennsylvania for one year. Along with aerial arts, Shannon has a passion for education and traveling. She moved to Costa Rica in late 2019 where she was first introduced to aerial silks. In Costa Rica she performed on the silks at a beach club and local bar. She moved back to Pennsylvania where she continued training in Pittsburgh and performed on the silks for a private birthday party. Her family brought her to Carson City and she found a beautiful community to flourish in! She also had the opportunity to perform at the GSR for a company Christmas party. Shannon is a passionate continuous learner and strongly believes that life is too short to do anything but what you love most!

Dance Instructor

Branna Tedford

Branna Tedford has been a dancer at Forever Dance for 10 years but has been committed to dance for 14. She has been trained by Joan and Dino in all styles such as; Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, musical theater, ballroom, tumbling, ballet, and more. Branna is more than excited to join the amazing team of teachers here at Forever Dance!

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.

Dance Instructor

Morgan Canfield


Dance Instructor

Emmanuel Pineda

Emmanuel Pineda bio

Dance Instructor

Kyra Gonzales

At a very young age Kyra was playing sports, but never could find a passion for the sport she was playing. At five years old, her mother signed her up for her very first dance class, and the rest is history. Kyra fell in love with the community and family of Forever Dance. Once she had found her new passion, she threw herself into dance head first and joined the competition team. Along with taking all her classes, she started being a teacher’s aide for any teacher that needed assistance and found a new passion for teaching. Kyra is super excited for this teaching opportunity and looks forward to having a blast in class with her students.

Dance Instructor

Zoe Martinez

Ever since she was little Zoe has had a passion for the performing arts, participating in as many acting workshops as she could and taking dance classes at her local studio. At 12 years old she took her first class at Forever Dance and immediately fell in love, training in every style she could. Zoe joined the competition team that same year and has found an amazing community through dance. Her greatest joy was found in performing a solo on stage. She is so excited to be a member of the Forever Dance staff, and share her love of dance with her students.