Our Team

Elevation Dance Studio's employees are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business.

Alissa McCracken

Owner, Artistic Director,  Instructor

 

Specialties

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical, and Hip Hop

 

2015-Present

 

Alissa's love for dance began at the age of seven when she started studying various forms of dance including Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Ballet, Lyrical, and Modern. Quickly excelling, she became a competitive dancer and traveled throughout the United States competing with dance groups and taking master classes with some of the most prestigious instructors.

Over the past 20 years, she has moved on to become a successful instructor and choreographer to all ages.  She has been an active member of Dance Masters of America and Ohio Chapter #16. Through DMA, she was professionally trained to work with all ages and skill levels, receiving certifications to teach in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics. Alissa continuously enhances her dance education by attending master classes and conventions throughout the year.

In addition to being a studio owner and director she is a dedicated mother of three beautiful children.

Jennifer Dervic Coffman 

Instructor

 

Specialties

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical, and Hip Hop

 

2015-Present

 

Ms. Jenn has been teaching at Elevation dance studio since it opened in 2016. She began her passion for dance at the age of 3 working her way through pre-professional ballet and competition teams in Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. Her favoritane form of dance to teach is lyrical but thoroughly enjoys Tap, Jazz and Ballet. While Ms. Jen isn't dancing, she works for the Cleveland Clinic as a Digital Marketing Manager d is a mom to two amazing kids, a wife, and the coolest aunt ever to the best nieces and nephews. She is beyond grateful to be a part of the Elevation dance family and is forever grateful for all the friendships gained.

 

Briana Demastus

Instructor

 

Specialties

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical, and Hip Hop

 

2016-Present

 

Miss Bri grew up dancing competitively from 6th grade until 12th grade then continued to dance for the Baldwin Wallace dance team in college!  Bri was the Dance Director at Johnson’s Dance Gymnastics for nine years, followed by judging dance competitions.  Bri joined the teaching staff at EDS in 2016 and has been an integral piece ever since!  She teaches all styles of dance, but her favorite is jazz!  Bri is a proud mama of Harper, Rosie and Grayson!

 

Kayla Proctor

Instructor

 

Specialties

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Hip Hop

 

2018-Present

 

Miss Kayla recently graduated from Kent State she per-formed with the Kent State Dance Team for three years. When Kayla is not  at the studio, she is working as a Media Buyer in downtown Cleveland. This is Miss Kayla’s third year with the studio and her favorite dance styles are Jazz and Hip Hop! Kayla loves watching her students grow each year and cannot wait for many more!

 

Natalie Artman

Instructor

 

Specialties

Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap

 

2020-present

 

 

 

Miss Natalie began dancing at the age of two. Growing up, she attended many dance competitions and conventions before switching her focus to study ballet at Hudson Conservatory of Ballet. While at Hudson Conservatory Miss Natalie was a part of their pre-professional day time program and conservatory. She also studied at summer intensives such as BalletMet and The Washington School of Ballet. In 2016 Miss Natalie graduated from Stow Munroe Falls High School and then went on to attend Point Park University. Miss Natalie graduated from Point Park University in 2020 with a BFA in dance with a concentration in ballet. Miss Natalie currently dances professionally with a contemporary ballet dance company in northeast Ohio, Ballet Legato. Miss Natalie is very excited to start her first season at Elevation! 

 

 

Gabbie Semancik

Instructor

 

Specialties

Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics

 

2020-present

 

Miss Gabbie has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for the past 4 years!  She is currently attending Kent State University as an Accounting major and would like to become a CPA.  While at KSU, Gabbie was a member of the dance team for 3 years!    We are happy to have Gabbie join the EDS Family!

 

 

 

Emily Koslo

Instructor

 

Specialties

Acrobatics

 

2018-Present

 

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