Our Faculty

The Elite Feet Dance Program is built on a strong foundation of professionally trained faculty. All of our staff have degrees in Dance and professional experience. Our visiting faculty provide additional instruction from the perspective of contempory professional performers.

Gay Lynn Meadows

owner / directorJoined EFDS in 2005Radford UniversityBachelor of Science in Dance and a minor in Secondary Education

Gay Lynn is the Director and Owner of the Elite Feet Dance Studio. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past 38 years, in the techniques of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe and Lyrical. Besides being the Dance Director at Elite Feet Dance Studio Ms. Meadows is the Director of the Elite Feet Dance Company.  Company students compete 3 to 4 times a year winning numerous platinum and gold awards, overall high scores and choreography awards.  You will also see the company performing at various events in the surrounding area.

Jennifer Shipley

teacher / office managerJoined EFDS in 2005University of MarylandBachelors of Arts in Dance

Jennifer has been at EFDS since we opened in 2005, and has taught with Gay Lynn since 2000. She teaches Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet and Tap. Along with teaching responsibilities she has worked with the Elite Feet Dance Company choreographing and rehearsing competition numbers. Several of Jennifer’s pieces won top scores as well as choreography excellence awards.

Whitney Courtney

teacher / office managerJoined EFDS in 2007Shenandoah UniversityBachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education

Whitney Courtney is a 2008 graduate of Shenandoah University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education, leading to her Virginia teaching license in dance for K-12. Following a comprehensive training program, Ms. Courtney also received her Pilates Mat Certification from the Pilates Method Alliance. During her four years at Shenandoah, Whitney performed in every main stage concert and many special events at the invitation of the faculty, including performances at The Virginia Historical Society, The Winchester Country Club and many others.

Karen Ferguson Wall

teacherJoined EFDS in 2007Linda Elower Sicilia Studio of Dance

Ms. Ferguson Wall is a native of Frederick County and joined EFDS in 2007.  She has been involved in dance and gymnastics since the age of 2.  She has been teaching dance for over 10 years at various studios in the Frederick area.  Along with her teaching responsibilities, she has previously served as co-director of other competitive dance troops.  Her choreography has won top honors at various local and regional competitions.


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Katie Moore

Joined EFDS in 2015University of Maryland College ParkBachelor of Arts in Dance & Theater

Katie Moore is a teacher and a independent working artist in the tri-state area. She primarily works with the Advanced Theater Studies Students in the Arts and Communications Academy housed at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park with degrees in both Dance and Theater.

Amanda Brandenburg

teacher / office managerJoined EFDS in 2013University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyBachelor of Arts in Dance

Amanda began her dance training at age 5 in the Frederick area and has been dancing ever since. She was a member of the Urbana High School Dance Company and joined Elite Feet Dance Company for her last two years of high school. Amanda then attended the University of Maryland-Baltimore County as a full Linehan Artist Scholar. There she performed and choreographed many pieces for various UMBC dance productions and was awarded Outstanding Junior in Dance in her third year.

Lisa Irvine

teacherJoined EFDS in 2015University of North Carolina, GreensboroBachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Lisa began dance at the age of 3 in central Virginia at a local community center. By age 5 she knew dance was for her and has worked hard to hone her skills ever since. She spent 5 years at a wonderful studio in Warrenton Virginia studying Ballet, Jazz and Modern and then auditioned for her first summer intensive with the School of American Ballet and fell in love with the school, moved to New York and stayed at SAB for 6 years.

Reilly Cubbedge

teacherJoined EFDS in 2019University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Reilly Cubbedge has been dancing since the age of 2. Through her high school years she trained at Elower Sicilia Productions in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. From ages 5 to 18 she traveled and competed with the studio’s company all over the country in regional and national competitions. She had opportunity to learn under Mia Michaels, Keith Clifton, Mark “BIZ” Burke, Rhonda Miller, Braham Crane, Phi Nguyen and top-name professionals both in the studio and on the road.

Jonathan Hsu

teacherJoined EFDS in 2019University of Maryland College Park BA in Dance and BSA in Kinesiology

Jonathan Hsu has a BA in Dance and BSA in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park. Currently dancing with Orange Grove Dance and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, he has also performed with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Project ChArma, and Culture Shock DC both nationally and internationally in Russia, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, San Diego Civic Theatre, and many local venues in the Maryland and DC area.

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