Emaleigh Stevens

Emaleigh began dancing and baton twirling at the age of three and began training under Marlo Shaver Preston at Elite in 2008. She has a strong passion for jazz, hip-hop, kickline, twirling, tap, and any and all high energy dance. Emaleigh began cheerleading at the age of 11 and continued this throughout high school, also joining her high school's Color Guard and Dance Team. Her senior year, she coordinated and directed the Dancing for a Dream Dance Benefit her senior year to raise money to create Dance Therapy programs in schools and hospitals, a field she has since continued to pursue and learn more about. After graduating, she went on to become a member of the Marshall University Dance Team, where her passion for hip-hop grew even more. At Marshall, Emaleigh graduated with her Master's degree in Psychology and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. Her graduate thesis focused on the benefits of participating in dance education for children (showing benefits physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially), as well as how specially designed Dance Therapy can benefit children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, physical ailments, and other disabilities.

Emaleigh began teaching in 2007 with a mini/junior Twirling class. She continued on to assist Ms. Michelle Heiner in teaching Creative Movement and Combination classes all throughout her high school years and then began teaching on her own in 2011. She later began teaching Jazz, Hip-Hop, and the Elite Mini and Petite Troupes, as well numerous solo and duo competitive performances. She has choreographed for local dance and cheerleading teams including Green High School, Symmes Valley High School and Junior High, Huntington Middle School, and DC Express. She has also choreographed numbers for community events such as for the Lara's Teen Board and for the Harlem Globetrotters halftime show. Her choreography has received numerous judge's awards at competition for Most Entertaining and placed regionally in competition. Emaleigh truly loves helping her students learn to express themselves through dance and seeing their confidence and personalities shine on stage. Outside of the studio, Emaleigh works as a full time School Psychologist.