Elise Kulik
Artistic Staff

Elise Kulik began dancing at the age of 3. She began her training at Dance Productions Unlimited and classical ballet training at Ballet Midwest and St. Louis Ballet. She graduated from Millikin University with degrees in Theatre and Dance in 2012. While attending Millikin University, she was a member of the Millikin Dance Ensemble and the Sapphires Dance Team.

After graduating, she gained a contract with Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Cruise Lines. During her contract aboard the Zaandam, she performed and sailed throughout South America and Antarctica. Elise was then offered a contract with Princess Cruise Lines sailing and performing all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Scandinavia, Arabian Peninsula, and back to South America.

When she was not performing in production shows aboard the Ocean Princess, she taught herself many different styles of ballroom dance and began holding classes for the passengers teaching the Waltz, Tango, Jive, Cha Cha, Merengue, and Cuban Rumba.

After completing her contract with Princess Cruise Lines, Elise returned to Dance Productions Unlimited to share her passion for dance and working with children. Elise is also on the faculty of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) where she teaches ballet, jazz, and early childhood classes. She recently completed her NTC Certification in Preprimary through Level 3 Ballet through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Program. Elise is happy to return to Dance Productions Unlimited for another fun-filled dance season.

Classes

Jr. Hip-Hop

A movement based class that focuses on fun, energetic stylized dancing. Dancers will learn fundamentals of isolations, grooves and a wide variety of backgrounds of the style through progressions across the floor, combinations in center and freestyle skills.

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Princess Ballet

A technique based class that focuses on body placement and alignment while integrating grace, elegance and poise. Dancers will learn formal Ballet terminology, barre work and combinations in center. 

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Jr. Tap

A technique based class that focuses on using sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. This class will expand on a Dancer’s musicality with an emphasis on rhythm and timing. Dancers will learn Tap skills and how to integrate sounds with that of the music. 

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Jr. Contemporary

A movement based class that focuses on modern and “out of the box” thinking for stylistic purposes in movement. Dancers will learn organic movement, self-expression through artistry and improvisational skills.

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Jr. Jazz (8-12)

A technique based class that focuses on teaching proper alignment and execution of Jazz technique with integrated stylistic movement. Dancers will learn how to execute a wide variety of Jazz skills such as but not limited to: emphasis on rhythm, groundedness, isolations, movement of hips, expanding on performance of technique skills, exploring theatrical performance of a variety of styles of […]

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Rising Stars I

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on strength, coordination and creative movement. Both Rising Stars I/II accommodates dancers 5-7 years of age. The Rising Stars II curriculum is taught at a faster pace and more in depth.

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