Elite Feet Dance Studio recognizes the value in having a wide variety of educational experiences. That is why EFDS frequently invites visiting teachers. These teachers visit during the regular schedule or during the summer to give workshops, intensives and other classes. Our students benefit from learning new techniques and receiving fresh feedback from these professionals.
Ballet and Pointe
Hans Nelson taught ballet at EFDS from 2006-2013, but after moving to Baltimore, he still teaches occasionally at EFDS. His training started at Frederick School of Classical Ballet, and then took him around the world. He has trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Boston Ballet School, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and participated in Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center. He is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Hans has been teaching in the area since 2002 and joined Elite Feet Dance Studio faculty in 2007.
Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary
Courtney Richardson is currently a featured dancer at Walt Disney World, Orlando FL. She provides choreography for the Elite Feet Dance Company, and occasionally teaches special classes. She completed her degree in Early Childhood Education and Dance at University of Akron. She is a former member of Step Aside Tap Company based out of Knock on Wood studio in Silver Spring. She is also a former Caravan Kid for 2 summers in 2002 and 2003. She has received numourous awards such as the Betty Danny Hoctor award and Honorable mention for Distinguished scholar in the arts. She has trained under Jeff Hill, Anthony LoCascio (Former Tap Dog), Barry Youngblood,(Music Video Choreographer for such people as Jennifer Lopez and Brian McKnight) Sonya Livingston (Former Rockette), Susan Stovall and Miles Thoroughgood ( The Disney Company), Jennifer Mathie (Toured with the musical Fosse and current Rockette), Jamie Salmon-Hoctor (Joffrey Ballet), Andrea Hammond (Former Rockette), Jerry Rose (Ballet Master) Chris Smith and Holly Humphries (Former Disney Company Members), Bettie Jane Bryant, Katie Meadows, Gay Lynn Meadows, Jennifer Richardson, Cindy Hsu and Jessica Huebner.
Summer Dance Collective – Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater
Ami Mattison teaches at the EFDS Summer Dance Collective and has done several pieces for the Elite Feet Dance Company. She grew up dancing, singing and acting in a small town in Michigan. She loved all aspects of performing and grew to respect all stage craft during summers in community theater projects. After high school Ami decided that of all the performance arts, she loved dancing the most and decided to focus on performing and creating movement.
Ami moved to New York to train and eventually began teaching at Broadway Dance Center. She was on faculty at Peridance Center and PMT Dance Studio for six years. She has taught as faculty, guest artist, and intensive instructor at competitive and recreational studios across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and now California. Ami’s choreography has been commissioned for festivals, and competitions including; DRA:Stars of Tomorrow and Stamford Connecticut’s Annual Dance Fest. She has won Top Choreography Awards at several competitions in additional to training some Top National Soloists.
Ami is a former member of several dance companies, including SO Dance Collective and CollidE dance. As a member of CollidE dance, under the direction of Erica Michelle Sobol, she performed in many showcases and full concerts as ensemble, principle, and soloist.
Now in Los Angeles, Ami is pursuing her passion of training dancers/artists and creating movement. She is teaching in professional studios, competitive studios and universities in LA and across the country. Ami has also recently showcased new work in LA and is looking forward to presenting more pieces in the year to come.