Summer Intensive Instructors
Elyssa C. Arias - Owner/Artistic Director
Originally from The Bronx, New York, Elyssa was introduced to the art of dance at the age of four. She started her training at Fancy Feet Dance Studio in Bronx, NY and then excelled in the renowned Broadway Dance Center in the heart of Manhattan. Elyssa is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, street jazz, and latin dance. Her unique style and unmatched talent has given her the chance to dance with the top choreographers in the country including "So You Think You Dance" choreographers Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman and Brian Green among others. She has performed in numerous spaces in the New York Metro area and most notably on the Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney World and Hershey Park. While traveling, Elyssa has also won numerous dance competitions and has been offered Scholarships at “Jump” conventions by famous choreographer Dan Karaty. Having moved to Virginia Beach, Elyssa has set her eyes to take over the dance scene in the 757 teaching all genres of dance for the past 10 years. She has choreographed for the Grande Illumination parades in Virginia Beach and Norfolk as well as giving free community dance lessons in our area. With her love of children and studies of so many genres of dance, Elyssa has helped in creating some of the most well-rounded dancers in Virginia Beach who have been selected to join Salem High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy as well as Old Donation Gifted Visual Arts and Dance. Now opening her very own dance studio in 2018 Elyssa has set a goal to build a Legacy and create Legends here in the Hampton Roads area.