Mrs. Lanette Cook has danced competitively since the age of 14 while studying under the instruction of Elise Donnow. She was a member of the Davis Muscial Theatre Company in Davis, California and performed in musicals including The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, and Annie. Lanette was a Senior Lieutenant on the Clear Creek Cavalier Dance team where she danced for 3 years under the direction of Jill Terrell. Upon high school graduation, Lanette received a dance scholarship to the University of Houston and became a member of the Cougar Doll Dance Team. In addition to dancing, she studied architecture and vocal jazz while maintaining membership with two local area Vocal Jazz groups: Bay Creek Jazz Express and the University of Houston Jazz Singers, both under the direction of Dr. Sue Cruse. Lanette has appeared in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade and has performed overseas, in England and Wales. Her singing credits include performances at Ovations in Houston and in New Orleans. Her competing dance students have received high marks at competitions and she has received “Best Choreography” awards. In addition to voice and dance, Lanette has a background in piano, guitar, flute and trombone. She enjoys life with her husband, Daniel, and their three wonderful children, Ansleigh, Andrew, and Anderson.
Katelyn Gallagher began dancing and competing at the age of 7 where it quickly became her passion. Growing up, she trained at Elite Dance Academy and with Steven Boyd Dance Ensemble getting to work with many talented instructors and choreographers. Katelyn has attended many competitions, conventions, and intensives in Texas, Florida, New York, California, Pennsylvania and Arizona where she received numerous high point awards and scholarships. Katelyn attended The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) her freshman year of high school and then chose to return to Clear Creek High School where she served as junior lieutenant and 1st senior lieutenant of the Cavaliers. After high school, she attended Texas A&M University where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on motor behavior and a minor in dance. While at Texas A&M, Katelyn was a member of the Aggie Dance Team where she had the honor of performing at all home women and men’s basketball games. She also had the chance to travel to numerous states with the basketball teams to perform at both SEC and NCAA tournaments. Along with her passion for dance, she also holds a love for teaching. Katelyn has taught for both Crowd Pleasers Dance, where she has traveled across Texas teaching numerous high school drill teams, and for Elite Dance Academy. She looks forward to spreading her love of dance once again at Elite!
Molly Waldner has been pursing her dance career for 20 years. She has acquired a Bachelor in Fine Arts: Choreography and Performance, from Texas State. She started teaching when she was 14 years old, which lead her to discover her natural love for not only performing and competing, but choreographing. Molly sees beauty in every aspect of life, whether the situation is good or bad. She allows those emotions to naturally and honestly transfer into her choreography. She has worked for Crowd Pleasers Dance Company, Elite Dance Academy, San Antonio Dance Academy, Central Texas Ballet Conservatory, Soundbox Houston, Starlight Dance Studio, Clear Lake Rockettes and many more. She has choreographed for numerous studios, drill teams, and soloists all over Texas. Most of which were recognized as "Outstanding Choreography". Molly has competed her whole life and was named Miss Dance Drill Team Texas 2009. She then went on to compete in Miss USA in Los Angeles. Molly moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to train and further her dance career. She completed the work-study program for Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. Molly moved back to Houston to share her knowledge and passion with the dance community. She has started her own Company with Holly Austin and Eileen Tayum. Soulceptions Dance Company is the first of its kind in Houston, fusing the two styles of contemporary and hip hop. Molly likes to keep an open mind not only as a teacher, but as a student. She tries to take every class that comes her way. She gets the most joy from dancing by sharing her passion and knowledge with others. She is excited for all of the new opportunities that present themselves and is thankful for everyone that crosses her path.