Scott Topel- Artistic Director/Instructor
Scott is the Owner, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer at Elite Dance Centre,LLC.
He opened Elite Dance Centre in August, 2013!
Scott was an instructor and choreographer for his mothers dance studio, Laura's School of Dance, for over 10 years before he solely concentrated on his Beaver Dam studio.
His background is in contemporary, lyrical, modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap & musical theatre.
Scott currently instructs 8 nationally awarded dance teams! Scott has choreographed for numerous musicals including: Legally Blonde: THE MUSICAL, Singing in the Rain, Aladdin, Once upon a Mattress, Shrek and many more.
Scott has received multiple dance scholarships upon audition- his first at age 7 with Tremaine Dance Convention in Chicago. Along with his many accomplishments, Scott travels to NYC several times a year and dances at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway dance studios. Scott also takes classes with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and believes strongly that dance professionals should never stop learning. Scott stays ahead of the crowd with the latest dance trends!
Dance is Scott's entire being and passion. He works extremely hard to make certain that all of his students fully understand the art of dance. Scott's students are his first priority and he only wants the best for every child that steps through his studios doors.
Scott is the teacher and mentor to many established dancers who have received multiple "Stand Out Dancer", "NYC Dance Alliance Workshop", "Las Vegas Tour", "I Love Dance Boston", "Celebrity Competition", "Jr Crew Member" , "Senior Crew Member" , Title Winners and many more! Scott currently choreographs for The Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen pageants held in Oshkosh each June!
Scott was a participant at the PULSE NYC teachers workshop exclusively for certified Dance Educators.
Scott is very passionate about teaching, educating, choreographing, music, organization, and traveling!
Scott says: "Nothing is comparable to my students and dance. Watching them grow, learn teamwork, confidence, motivation, and dedication to improve and succeed, not only in dance, but in life. I look forward to many more years of sharing my artistry and knowledge with others!"
Miss Zoe- Instructor
Preballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Zoe teaches, jazz, hiphop, ballet, musical theatre & contemporary! Her background covers each genre! Zoe is a former student of Mr. Scott & we are happy to have her apart of the Elite Family!
Zoe Maurer currently attends college at UW-Oshkosh. Her major is a dual special ed./elementary ed major because she love working with kids! Her passions for working with kids began once I became a dance instructor at Laura's School Of Dance in 2015. Zoe has been a dance instructor for Elite Dance Centre, LLC for 2 seasons and she says she has enjoyed every minute of it. Zoe was a competitive dancer all throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Zoe's favorite style of dance is musical theatre because she loves Broadway musicals in NYC!
Mr. Joe- Instructor
Joseph is a Co-Founder, Co-Director, and Resident Choreographer for Elements Ballet in Chicago, IL (Elements). As a choreographer for Elements, his work has been performed at the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival and presented as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events DanceBridge and SpinOff programs and On the Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2014 he was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship to develop his original one-act ballet for Elements, The Sun King, which premiered at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park. In 2014 and 2015 he co-choreographed Surge with Gosney and Chloe Jensen and Karen Fisher Doyle of Aerial Dance Chicago, which performed to a sold-out house at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and was hailed as, "Magnificent...a jam-packed visual wonder," by the Chicago Tribune. His most recent work includes HUMAN, a collaboration with performing artist ALEXA GRÆ for The Inconvenience's The Fly Honey Show 8 as well as the short films Gifts of The Oracle with photographer Topher Alexander, Violet Cosmos with filmmaker Paul Myzia, and Chasing Sunsets with Stick Figure Bob Productions. As a dancer, Caruana has performed with River North Chicago Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sonia Dawkins|Prism Dance Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Haymarket Opera Company, New York Baroque Dance Company, Alchymy Viols, The MasterWorks Festival, and in numerous trade shows as well as worked in TV and film. He received his training on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division and with The Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and in workshops with the Boston Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and the Lou Conte Dance Center and as a private student with Elements' Co-Director Mike Gosney. He has served as an instructor for many schools and programs including the Elements Ballet Summer Intensive, Cleo Parker Robinson International Dance Workshop, Visceral Dance Center in Chicago, and DanceArts Outreach.
Mr. Kodi- Instructor
Hip Hop, Jazz Funk
Kodi is a professional dancer with 7 years of experience in various performances, shows, theatrical productions and classes throughout the United States. Coming from Appleton, Kodi trained with a hip hop dance company in Milwaukee for 3 years before graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and moving to Chicago where he trained for a year with The Puzzle League, another hip hop dance company. With them, he’s performed at various World of Dance shows, placing 1st at World of Dance Boston in 2017 and 3rd at World of Dance Los Angeles in 2018. Kodi is now devoting his time and using his skill set to help others develop their abilities in the style and provide an experience for those who may not have had the opportunity to train in a higher level of hip hop at this point in their dance careers.
Mr. David- Instructor
Tumbling, Strength & Flexibility
Everyone calls him "Cornfed".
He has been coaching cheerleading and tumbling for 28 years!
During his cheerleading career, he has received 2 college championships as well as coached teams to numerous wins.
He is excited to be able to coach dance athletes to them further their experience and help their confidence in all things tumbling, strength and flexibility.
As a Contemporary, Lyrical, HipHop, Jazz, Pointe and Ballet dancer, Molly is a competitive dancer and has traveled the country doing what she loves!
Molly has been a student of Scott Busse for over 5 years! She has been accepted into the Rocket Summer Intentensive, taken classes with The Radio City Rockettes, at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago & has been accepted into the New York and Denver Summer intensives for The Joffrey Ballet.
She has most recently been to New York and taken classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway!
ELIAS Tree Yoga, LLC was founded by Elisha Barudin. Elisha’s journey can best be described by her favorite quote, “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down,” As a former human resource executive, a busy community volunteer, a wife and mother of three, Elisha’s experience with yoga began when she found relief from chronic back pain several years ago. Elisha was astonished by the empowering effect yoga had on her daily life. She became passionate about pursuing her personal practice and initially enrolled in a Yoga Teacher program just to deepen her own understanding.
Her journey extended way beyond the 200 hour certification. Some of Elisha’s specialized training includes working with children and adults who have been affected by trauma, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Additionally, Elisha is impressed in what yoga can do for athletes and is developing programs for youth and adults in our community.
Elisha is excited to offer yoga at Elite Dance Centre! She is available to work with specific small groups, private lessons, or larger groups, as needed. Whether you’re searching for strength, pain relief, or a healthier lifestyle, Elisha hopes to provide you with more tools.
Knowing the "ins" and "outs" of everything EDC, Michelle is our go-to girl!
Michelle assists Mr. Scott in his day-to-day life and keeps the studio orderly. You will find Michelle at the front desk on any given night with a note pad in one hand and a coffee in the other!
Michelle loves dance, traveling, online shopping (shh...don't tell her husband :) ) and spending time with her family!