MEET THE TEAM

Lea Tucker

Ethos Director


As a child, Lea spent countless hours at the studio where her mother taught and her love for dance began. She has been honored to receive many awards for her talent which include Miss Dance/Drill Utah 2011, 2nd runner-up at Miss Dance/Drill USA, and a State Sterling Scholar finalist in Dance. She was Miss Pleasant Grove in 2011 and at the Miss Utah Pageant was named 4th runner-up, won the talent award, and was the overall community service winner. She was a member of the 15-time National Champion BYU Cougarettes for three years. Her third year on Cougarettes she served as President and was the soloist in their annual concert. Lea was awarded All-American Dancer at the College Dance Team NDA camp. Lea also teaches dance at Lone Peak High School and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications.

Brooke Hightower

Instructor


Brooke began dancing at age three and has been trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, musical theater, gymnastics, contemporary and modern. She spent 9 years at The Dance Club and one year at Center Stage where she won many national and regional titles. She also had the opportunity to perform in the 2002 Winter Olympics along side Earth, Wind and Fire. She has performed in Kurt Bestor’s The Dance , local productions of The Nutcracker, thriller and in the Dance Club’s Art With Heart and Special Olympics- Utah County. She danced on her High School Dance Team and After Graduation, she danced with Vibe Productions for two years. She then went on to earn her associates degree in dance from Utah Valley University. She has taught at many studios in the past 10 years. She has trained all over the country with top choreographers. She has so much love for dancing and teaching and loves being a part of Aspire!
She resides in Utah County with her husband, Chason and is a mother of three girls.

Elissa Fonseca

Instructor


A native of Pleasant Grove, UT, Elissa began her dance training locally studying a variety of styles of dance with a focus in classical ballet. At 15, she joined Utah Regional Ballet 2 and performed for 3 seasons under the direction of Jacqueline College.
Elissa studied ballet at the University of Utah from 2010-2014 where she received her BFA in Ballet and Minor in Psychology, all while under 4 years of full-tuition departmental scholarship. Elissa has performed internationally in Moscow, Russia, and Seoul South Korea as part of dance-culture exchange programs, as well as throughout the United States. Elissa has trained under full scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance summer programs for 2 years under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan, and has also trained with members of classical and contemporary companies including Lines Ballet Company, Batsheva Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, The Forsythe Company, The Foundry, Atlanta Ballet, and Ballet West.
Elissa is currently performing in her third season with local company SALT Contemporary Dance, and has taught at various studios in Salt Lake and Utah Valley, and is currently on faculty for her third year at Aspire Dance Academy and second year at Pioneer Performing Arts High School.

Melissa Ercanbrack

Instructor


Melissa trained at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Latin Ballroom. She was the BYU Junior National Latin Ballroom Champion at age 14. Melissa also competed with a formation team at the world's ballroom competition in Blackpool, England placing 3rd. She was a NYCDA Outstanding Dancer regional winner multiple times and placed in the top ten at NYCDA Nationals with the high point overall solo. After highschool, Melissa danced at BYU for a year and then auditioned for Odyssey Dance Theater. She then danced with Odyssey for 2 years. While on Odyssey Melissa toured around performing Thriller and did a one month European tour performing Odyssey repertoire. At this time Melissa also started teaching dance in Sandy, Utah. Since then she has been married, has 3 kids and has been training dancers and choreographing for 13 years.

Elizabeth Golding

Instructor


Elizabeth Anne Harrison Grew up in Provo, Utah and attended Provo High School.She was a three-year member of their Dance Company and served as Vice President for 2 years and President as a Senior. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and hasn’t stopped since! She grew up dancing in many different styles: tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, and contemporary from various studios including Heart ‘N Soul and The Pointe Academy. Her competitive dance years won her numerous titles in Advanced categories including, but not limited to: Overall Champion, High Point Winner, Best Choreography, and Best Technique. When she was a junior in high school, she had the opportunity to dance with the renowned Odyssey2 Company for a year. While she was on the company, she had various chances to perform with the professional Odyssey Dance Theater in their production of Thriller and Redux nutcracker. Elizabeth danced with the Nationally ranked, Utah Valley Dance Team. They are currently 2017 Collegiate National Champions and also won the Grand Champion Battle against other talented schools. She loves teaching dance classes and choreographing around the Valley. She has taught at Aspire for 3 years now and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! When she isn’t teaching she is hanging out with her husband Lance and their dog Ollie!
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