Wynesha Garner-Groce graduated from Cal State University of San Bernardino double majoring in Business Administration concentrating in marketing and Kinesiology emphasis in pedagogy. She then attended the University of Redlands to get her teaching credential, teaching dance at several studios, and choreographing all over the Inland Empire. Her work has been show cased by AB Miller HS, Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga HS, Upland HS, Don Lugo HS, John W. North HS, Arroyo Valley HS, Alta Loma HS and many more. She has performed as a dancer for a fashion show charity event hosted by "Pretty Little Liars" Lucy Hale and several other events around Southern CA. Wynesha has been dancing for over sixteen years in jazz/lyrical, hip hop, modern/contemporary, and ballet. Dance has always been her passion and driving force that gets her through the obstacles of life. Her professional career as a dancer consist of being a former client for DDO dance agency which gave her a chance to explore the entertainment world of dance through auditions for a variety of music videos, movies, and commercials. . “A DAY WITHOUT DANCE IS A DAY WASTED” Nietzsche
Erika Goe is a native of Riverside, California, and has been dancing since the age of four. Her 30 years of dance experience include training from Paula Kessinger, Terry Schulke, Tina D’Amato, Glenda Carhart, Amy Bates, and many more. Erika has received some of the best training in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and modern. Teaching and choreographing dance is Erika’s true passion, and she has been teaching and choreographing for over ten years in Southern California. Her work has been seen at Cal State Fullerton, Chaffey Community College, University Dance Company of CSUSB, Riverside Community College, California Dancer, Riverside Ballet Arts, A.B. Miller High School, John W. North High School, Martin Luther King High School, Cope Middle School, Dance Horizons, Arlington High School, and Kristi’s Forever Dancin’. Erika has most recently started judging for Rainbow Dance Connection and Kids Artistic Review. Alongside her love of teaching and choreographing, Erika has pursued higher education to continue to nurture and enrich young minds through knowledge. She graduated with her BA in Psychology May 2005 and her MS of Education October 2010.
Hayley Dorling began her training at the age of 8 at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair CA where she danced for 11years. Hayley has & still does ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, & occasionally dabbles in hip hop & tap. After graduating from Chino Hills High as Head Captain of her dance team and placing in the top 3 with her solo at Nationals, she continued her dance training at Mt. San Antonio College where she studied under Lee Martino, Amy Bates Nakamura, Michelle Shear and many more. Hayley has also choreographed a variety of dance pieces for Mt. San Antonio's spring dance concerts & numerous solos for competitions. Later Hayley was apart of Entity Contemporary Dance Company for 3 years before she booked the National Tour of WICKED whom she traveled with for 3 years. Hayley is happy to be back home and teaching, training & inspiring others. *Performance credit; WICKED the musical, Seth Rogen, Lee Martino, Les Girls Benefit, Entity, Carnival, WOD, Mike Esperanza, Mark Meismer, David Parsons, Amy Bates Nakamura, Inland Pacific Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Anaheim Ballet and many many more.
Christie Ann Bengtson has been dancing since the age of two and has won numerous awards and titles in her competition years. She has also choreographed competition routines, and has studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. She also competed in pageants as a model, singer and dancer. In addition, at the age of eight she premiered as a Radio Disney Event performer and also went to New York to study broadway and musical theater. Christie has had two knee surgeries during sophomore and junior year of high school. She had torn the right ACL in practice and the left onstage doing her solo. Both knees have two pins and a cadaver ACL with meniscal repairs in both. Doctors have told her that she would never dance again, but that didn’t stop her. Christie is to determined and passionate about her dance life that, not being able to dance wasn’t an option. A year later she was picked to be in the open number for the KAR TV Awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christie has been featured as a lyrical assistant at KAR dance convention in Michigan, and a hip hop assistant at Dance Force studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Christie is in Marco Cruz’s dance company entitled “Crack” meaning dance is our addiction. When Christie finishes her classes she always wants her students to leave their hearts on the dance floor and feel good before they walk out the door because you never know what life has in store for you.
Krystal Masteller born and raised in Norco, California, began dancing at the age of eight. She competed and performed under various dance studios in her local area in addition to her high school. Krystal is currently studying all forms of dance at Mount. San Antonio College, and is striving to achieve her master’s degree in Dance. During 2012 she joined a dance company, Inc. The Company, where she was allotted the opportunity to perform alongside them at Urban Street Jam and at Santa Maria's City College showcase. Krystal has performed works at Fuses Modern Dance concert; Synthesis, Mix Match Festival, Lineage, S.T.A.G.E. benefit event, One City One Pride, Mt. SAC Concert’s, WOD, ACDA, and APA Dance Festival. She has further made appearances in a few concept videos and music videos. Krystal currently spends her time teaching; contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap, as well as donating her time to volunteer work. Krystal desires to inspire and influence others through the universal language of dance. Her two favorite quotes are; that dance is to move with ecstatic abandonment, and that you should always dance as though no one is watching.
Ashley has her A.A. in Liberal Arts: Kinesiology and an A.S. and certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting. She is continuing her education to receive her bachelors in Kinesiology. She has been training as a dancer for about eleven years. She is a trained hip-hop dancer, but has also done training in jazz, tap, and other genres. Professionally dancing for about seven years, she has appeared in professional studios, companies, and productions in Los Angeles, Anaheim, and across the Inland Empire. Ashley has experience working with deaf people, hard of hearing people, as well as people with special needs; her philosophy is equality and inclusiveness in the classroom. Ashley's greatest passion is dance, and she truly believes it is a beautiful way for anyone to express themselves and a way to prepare them for life lessons. She encourages her students to push themselves, believe in themselves and be the best they can be. There is no such thing is “I can’t”. Watching her students grow as dancers and individuals is the biggest reward she can receive.
Kendell started dancing hip hop in 2012 at Riverside City College under the direction of Wynesha Garner-Groce. He has trained and performed with many different hip hop crews including 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe, Three23, Academy of Villians and currently he is co-director of Elev8 crew. Kendell teaches hip hop throughout the Inland Empire.
Dance is therapeutic. Dance is life!
Michael Yomikgo Yimsuan has been competing throughout California ever since he was 10 years old. Under great supervision at his home studio in Moreno Valley, he trained profoundly in all styles of Hip-Hop. By the age of 17, he had won numerous championships, awards, battles, and had begun teaching all over Southern California and Arizona. Michael would later on be signed under Movement Talent Agency constantly auditioning in Los Angeles. After that experience, he took a 4 year hiatus in order pursue other artistic ventures such as music, branding, fashion, and an all around re-direction for his career. Since having returned to dance in 2013, his credits now include Dr.Pepper, Nickelodeon, Elvira Mistress of The Dark, and placing 2nd at World of Dance Los Angeles 2013. His choreography has been showcased in competitions such as WODLA Finals 2016, Urban Street Jam, Maxt Out, Collaboration, and The Battle LA. Aside from dance, he has launched an entertainment company known as All The Above ∞, recored and produced for local Inland Empire artists, and is currently designing a capsule collection for his clothing brand. He strives to develop his students not only into dancers, but into artists that are willing to take risks to fully express themselves through all mediums.
Heather grew up in Orange County,CA where she danced competitively for 10 years during which she won many titles for solos and group numbers. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acro/tumbling. Currently Heather attends Mt. San Antonio College where she is a member of the Mounties National Champion Dance Team as well as a member of the Dance Repertory Company. In 2015 under the direction of Lee Martino, Heather was a featured dancer in S.T.A.G.E. from Broadway to Hollywood with love at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. She also danced in the Lyric Project 2015 and 2016 at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angles. Heather has been teaching and choreographing dance for the past 4 years in the Inland Empire receiving many choreography awards at several competitions.
Aileen Bluhm has been dancing for 38 years! She began taking dance classes at the age of 4 and fell in love with dance. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballroom, and Latin styles of dance. She has also taught dance and fitness classes for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Elementary Education in 1999 and taught bilingual kindergarten for ten years. She and her husband have four children and love to be outdoors, travel, go hiking, and camping.
Michele, along with her husband Harold & Wynesha Garner-Groce, opened Elevate Dance in June 2012 with a small competitive team of 22 dancers. With the support of our parents, phenomenal teaching staff and eager dancers, Elevate Dance has just celebrated it's 5th season! We are proud of our studio and our accomplishments; several regional titles at KAR< Rainbow, Nexstar & Starpower; KAR winner for Video of the Week for "A Little Party," choreographed by W. Garner-Groce; Industry Dance Nomination for "Divas to the Dance Floor," choreographed by W. Garner-Groce; 4 Grand National Showcase Winners from Kids Artistic Revue: "The Climb," "Meeting In The Ladies Room," "Divas to the Dance Floor" & "Joke's On You," all choreographed by W. Garner-Groce; and 8 Grand National Showcase entries at KAR Nationals; The Elev8 Project- A Fundraiser Scholarship Show; Dancer Against Cancer, Circle of Hope Studio; Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions (ADCC) winner 2016 & 2017 for Studio of Excellence; Studio of the Year Award (KAR) 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and the KAR National Studio Spirit Award for 2017, Las Vegas, Blue Room.
Michele's primary role at Elevate is managing the daily operations at the studio.