Amy is originally from the Bay Area of Northern California. She received her education in dance starting at the age of 4 and started to take it seriously by the age of 8. She trained in all styles Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Breakdancing, House, and Freestyle from Dance Attack under the direction of the late Sioux Lehner. By the age of 14 she earned a role on a tv pilot which highlighted a dance competition hosted by Carmen Electra and Jamie King. She performed in numerous half-time shows for the 49er's, and Stanford football Teams. She also performed with the Lakers and Kings cheerleaders for Santana. Amy has trained from numerous Choreographer's such as, Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, Wade Robison, Mark Meismer, and Jackie Sleight. At the age of 15 Amy started working as a professional dancer at Great America theme park. She performed one season at the Paramount Theater and the other at Nickelodeon Studios. Amy was involved with several companies while she continued to compete all over the Bay Area. At the age of 18 Amy started teaching for Dance Attack. Amy's passion of Choreography and the joy of teaching formed immediately. She knew this would be the avenue she would use to continue her dance career. At the age of 20 she made the decision to move to Montana with her now husband Joe to pursue her dream of owning her own studio. After moving to Montana Amy taught at various locations throughout the valley. In 2008 Amy and Joe opened Dance Elements. Amy loves teaching and mentoring all of her students. She is truly passionate about every child that walks into her studio and wants them to grow and mature into hard working individuals! Amy's goal is for Dance Elements to be a place to feel safe, nurtured and more than anything to feel like Family!
Kate Neumann is primarily from Montana. She has danced and taught in Brisbane, Australia, and Tokyo, Japan as well as here in the Flathead Valley. She has since trained in Sacramento, L.A., and Denver. She began dancing at the age of 8 with Amy Arriaga in Kalispell and continued through High School training in Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Jazz, Lyrical/ Contemporary, and Ballet. Competing and Performing with Dance Elements companies Collide, Movement, and Elite. After High School, she took her Dancing abroad and began studying styles like African, Salsa and Ballroom. She started teaching with Dance Elements at 19 years old and hopes to continue for quite some time. She has formed a Passion for Teaching and Choreography for Young Dancers around the Valley and has fallen in love with the families at Dance Elements. She strives to help make a safe place for kids to come and release energy and emotions, and make memories. Dance Elements is her Home and Family, and she is so excited to continue growing and learning with Amy and Every student at the Studio!
Anna Elm was born and raised in Whitefish Montana. She began dancing with Dance Elements at the age of six. Anna has been a part of several companies, including: Mini Elements, Lil Elements, United, Collide, Elite, Jr. Movement, and Movement. She has traveled to Portland, Vancouver, Coeur d’ Alene, and Los Angeles, to attend various dance conventions and competitions. She has trained in Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Through her passion for dance, she has discovered her love of teaching and choreographing. In recent years, she has choreographed several performance pieces for herself and others. Over the last eleven years, the people at Dance Elements have become her family. She is excited to share her love and passion with young dancers around the Flathead Valley. Getting the opportunity to teach is a dream come true, and she cannot wait to see where it takes her!
Ellexa Hofeldt is primarily from Montana, where she began dance at her Grandma’s Dance Studio at the age of 2. After attending studio’s in Boise, Idaho and various others around Montana, Ellexa has been training at Dance Elements, and Feat by Feet for 6 years. During these years, Ellexa has been in companies such as Jr. Movement, Movement, and Collide, training with Amy Arriaga and Kate Neumann. At Feat by Feet, Ellexa has trained with Ashley Smith, serving as company captain for two consecutive years. She has traveled to Los Angeles, Portland, and Coeur d’Alene, attending dance competitions and conventions, training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tap. For the past 3 summers, Ellexa has been an instructor for Summer Intensives at the Studio of Dance and Arts in Havre, Mt. Working under the direction of her Grandma, she teaches technique and develops choreography for solos, duos and group competition pieces. This opportunity has allowed Ellexa to find her passion in teaching and creating movement through choreography, which she is so excited to continue at the studio that has become family to her. Dance Elements holds a special place in her heart, and she cannot wait to create and discover movement with dancers who share the same passion as her!
Mila Baker began dancing at a young age in Miles City and she added to her love of dance with the sport of Cheerleading. Mila went on to be a member of the Montana State University Dance team while earning her Elementary Education degree with a Dance Minor. Mila coached the MSU Dance team for 1 year and then coached the Belgrade High School cheerleaders while teaching second grade and kindergarten. In 2004 Mila and her husband moved back to Miles City and opened Studio M Dance Company, offering recreation dance classes, tumbling classes, fitness classes, as well as, competitive Dance and Cheer Teams. While in Miles City she also coached the CCDHS Dance team and taught at two local gyms. In 2014, The Bakers moved to Kalispell for Joe’s job with the Montana National Guard. Mila started teaching at The NWB school in January 2015. Mila is still currently teaching Happy Feet, Ballet and Cheer classes. She is also a fitness Instructor in the valley. Mila has served on the Montana Dance Arts Association Board as Secretary and President. Mila enjoys supporting her 4 kids in all of their dance, cheer, and sports. Mila has a deep love and appreciation for dance, in all styles, and loves sharing that with her students of all ages.