Dance classes in Louisville, KY - Elite Academy of Dance & Performing Arts  

Our Instructors

Jennifer Fehder Viers - Studio Owner
Artistic & Creative Director: Dance Team Coach & Choreographer

At the age of 3 Jennifer took her first Creative Movement dance class and that ignited a lifelong passion for dance!! Jennifer has studied various forms of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-hop, and Musical Theatre. As a member of a competitive dance team for over 14 years, Jennifer danced her way onto a number of competitive stages winning many different awards and titles for both dance and voice, and enjoyed the opportunity to travel to and perform in various competitions, shows, and events around the region.

She received her dance training at The Preparatory Dance Program at U of L, The Louisville Ballet School, and several local dance studios in Louisville and Indiana. Jennifer was a member of the Assumption Dance Team and Planet Dance Senior Dance Team.

During her years of training she was fortunate enough to train under a variety of notable teachers and choreographers through master classes, workshops, and summer intensives which instilled in her a passion for many different styles of dance. Jennifer has attended classes at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and The Pulse Teacher’s workshop where she had the chance to study with some of dance industry’s finest, such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Jason Parsons, Sheila Barker, Brian Friedman, Frank Hatchett, and Dan Cooney to name just a few.

Jennifer was one of several back-up dancers for Martha Reeves (Singer of "Dance'n in The Streets) during the Pegasus Parade when Martha Reeve's was the Celebrity Mistress of Ceremonies. In addition to performing five years in the Louisville Ballet's "Nutcracker," Jennifer has also performed in more than 35 musicals, dramas, and comedies at many local theaters including Derby Dinner Playhouse, Stage One, Music Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Bunbury Theatre, Clarksville Little Theatre and the Bomhard. Jennifer has also been in commercials and print ads (newspaper). While attending the University of Louisville she studied Elementary Education and Child Psychology and took classes in theater and voice.

Jennifer has been teaching dance and theater for over sixteen years. She worked with Music Theater of Louisville during their summer camps and their community outreach program at area elementary schools. She has been a guest instructor for several dance schools and was the Director of the dance program at a local children’s sports and recreation facility for 2 years. Jennifer is a passionate and accomplished performer and choreographer and with her strong teaching background, as she has gotten older, teaching has become the greater of her two passions!

In 2006 Jennifer achieved her childhood dream and opened her own dance studio. She has enjoyed watching her student’s abilities grow from year to year as they develop their own skills and passions for dance. She hopes to be able to share her passion for dance and performing with her students for many years to come, so that they too, can know the joy that dance and the performing arts can bring.



Amethyst Ramsey  - Instructor: Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Technique

Hannah Nelms - Instructor: Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Technique. Contemporary Dance Team Coach

Kristin McDonald - Instructor: Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Technique. Tap Team Coach


Sarah Fain  - Instructor: Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Technique. Tap Team Coach

Ms. Sarah is a native of Louisville and graduate of Western Kentucky University. She began studying dance at the age of 3 and has been dancing ever since.  With over 20 years of teaching experience she is thrilled to be teaching at Elite! She was the Dance Captain and Assistant Show Director for Capone's Dinner and Show in Orlando, FL as well as the director and choreographer for their Lunchbox Theatre Children's Series. 

She has performed with Allenberry Playhouse ( Crazy For You, Sugar Babies), The Grand Palace with Dino Kartsonakis in Branson, MO,  Tokyo Disneyland, Holland America Cruise Line, Celtic Pulse Irish Dance Troupe, Neil Goldburg's Cirque and Poet Productions as a dancer and aerialist.  Sarah has also been a judge for many regional and national dance competitions in the midwest and southern regions.  In addition to teaching at Elite, Sarah also teaches Creative Movement to preschoolers and works with Ballard High School's Theatre department as choreographer for their spring musical.


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