ECC 2022 Company Team
Elite Classical Coaching is an award winning pre-professional ballet training school. Our Director has won numerous awards and is constantly recognized as one of the premier coaches in the entire country.
The ECC team members are recognized among the best - not just in the US, but the best around the globe.
Such an AMAZING week at YAGP Finals! This year, we had a record-breaking 100% of our soloists attend, as well as 2 pas de deuxs and 2 ensembles.
So excited to share that our Bella Meier (age 13) and Zander Magolnick (age 15) won 1ST PLACE CLASSICAL PAS DE DEUX with Bluebird Pas!!
Bella Jones (age 13) won 2ND PLACE JUNIOR FEMALES!
Adeline Dunlap (age 11) placed TOP 12 PRECOMPETITIVE CLASSICAL!
Zander Magolnick placed TOP 12 SENIOR MEN!
Our ensemble, HasTEN, choreographed by Brian Stevens (@brian_s_10) placed TOP 12 ENSEMBLES!
We also had 4 dancers advance to the FINAL ROUND! In addition to Bella Jones in Jr. Women and Zander Magolnick in Sr. Men, Bella Meier and Mimi Lamar (age 18) also made it to the Jr. Women and Sr. Women final rounds respectively.
Official Scholarship Offers:
Bella Jones received scholarships/offers to: ABT JKO School, Miami City Ballet School, Canada's National Ballet School.
Mimi Lamar received scholarships/offers to: Kansas City Ballet Trainee position, Colorado Ballet Academy
Isabella Meier and Zander Magolnick received scholarships/offers to: Miami City Ballet School
Ashton Cook (age 16) received scholarships/offers to: Alberta Ballet School
Additional Finalists: Kaylee Meinholdt (age 13), Skylin Helms (age 14), Lola Mackiewicz (age 14), Graceanna Mackaron (age 15), Katie Kelley (age 18)
We are so grateful for the opportunity to perform among the best, and to YAGP for not only helping our dancers to get back on stage but for all the opportunities provided to them! Thank you Larissa and Gennadi for everything you do for us and the dance world-words can’t describe our appreciation!
Congratulations to all of our beautiful students and the rest of the dancers involved in finals! Thank you to all of our faculty and parents that have helped these students develop and keep going this past year and beyond! It was wonderful to go as a school and spend that time together after a challenging year-truly grateful!
"What an INCREDIBLE week and experience for our company after a long wait to return to this wonderful event! It is a true blessing to be able to coach such incredible humans and it was such a joyous week to be able to take classes, learn new variations, perform on the beautiful Mahaffey stage, make new friends and just get to celebrate the art we love while growing closer together as a company and community!"
-ECC Director, Catherine Livengood Lewellen
ADCIBC Outstanding School 2021
ADCIBC GRAND PRIX Primary Division:
Adeline Dunlap (age 11)
ADCIBC GRAND PRIX Junior Division:
Bella Meier (age 13)
Gold Medal Junior Women Contemporary Division:
Bella Jones (age 13)
Silver Medal Junior Women Classical Division:
Silver Medal Senior Women Classical Division:
Mimi Lamar (age 18)
5th Place Senior Men Classical Division:
Zander Magolnick (age 15)
Dancers that were invited to attend finals were already Top 24 in their categories!
Additional Finalists: Lilli Opie (age 11), Kaylee Meinholdt (age 13), Emily Gilchrist (age 13), Lola Mackiewicz (age 14), Skylin Helms (age 14), Ashton Cook (age 16)
Thank you ADCIBC for rewarding these dancers so generously with multiple training scholarships and for recognizing their hard work with these top awards! We are already anxiously awaiting next year!
ECC alum Ava Arbuckle (@ava_arbuckle) was also able to attend with us as a guest artist while she was home from John Cranko School and premiered two solos we had hoped to present last year before COVID. Thank you for that opportunity as well!
What a weekend! at YAGP Dallas, our annual new competition season kick off, did not disappoint! The talent coming from around the country and our own community, was unlike never before and the kids proved their worth and were amazing! 100% of our dancers placed and we could not be more proud! We were also named OUTSTANDING SCHOOL again! Thank you YAGP, all the judges Kathryn Morgan, Christopher Sellars, Tyler Donatelli, Racheal Nye, and Alexei Moskalenko for recognizing our kids talent and hard work and to Larissa for providing stage time and opportunities in the middle of a pandemic! We are so grateful to be able to be doing what we love!
In the PRE COMPETITIVE category:
1st Place Classical Adeline Dunlap (age 11)
1st Place Contemporary Adeline Dunlap
Top 6 Contemporary Lilli Opie (age 11)
Top 12 Classical Lilli Opie
In the JUNIOR category:
YOUTH GRAND PRIX AWARD Bella Jones (age 13)
2nd place Classical Kaylee Meinholdt (age 13)
2nd place Contemporary Skylin Helms (age 14)
Top 12 Classical Skylin Helms
Top 12 Contemporary Bella Meier (age 13) and Kaylee Meinholdt
Top 24 Classical Bella Meier and Lola Mackiewicz (age 14)
In the SENIOR MENS category:
1st place Classical Zander Magolnick (age 15)
1st place Contemporary Zander Magolnick
In the SENIOR WOMENS category:
1st place Classical Mimi Lamar (age 18)
2nd place Classical Ashton Cook (age 16)
Top 12 Classical Katie Kelley (age 18) and Graceanna Mackaron (age 15)
Top 12 Contemporary Mimi Lamar and Ashton Cook
2nd place PAS DE DEUX for both Bluebird Pas de Deux (Bella Meier and Zander Magolnick) and Harlequinade Pas de Deux (Kaylee Meinholdt and Zander Magolnick)
2nd place ENSEMBLES for both “Hasten” and “Continuum”
YAGP OUTSTANDING SCHOOL!!
This is an award we have been given for multiple years and what an honor!
YAGP CHICAGO (FEB) RESULTS...
1st Place Junior Classical Skylin Helms
Top 12 Senior Contemporary Katie Kelley
YAGP SAN DIEGO (MAR) RESULTS...
Top 12 Senior Contemporary Graceanna MacKaron
YAGP CHICAGO (MAR) RESULTS...
HOPE AWARD Adeline Dunlap
1st Place Junior Classical Bella Meier
YAGP PITTSBURGH RESULTS...
Top 12 Junior Classical Lola Mackiewicz
Top 12 Junior Contemporary Lola Mackiewicz
YAGP MIAMI RESULTS...
2nd Senior Classical Graceanna MacKaron
3rd Pre Competitive Contemporary Lilli Opie
YAGP HOUSTON RESULTS...
Top 24 Junior Contemporary Emily Gilchrist (age 13)
ALL eligible dancers were invited to compete at YAGP Finals in Tampa, FL!!
In addition to the 2nd Scholarship (Bourse Jeune Espoir), Ava also was awarded the Nureyev Best Young Talent and Artistry Award!
ECC Director, Catherine Lewellen said on social media right after the win, "My sweet and amazingly talented Ava has won the silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne, a sponsorship, a year round scholarship to the school of her choice anywhere in the world, along with the Nureyev Best Young Talent and Artistry Award!!! The youngest competitor to medal and one of the smallest schools (Elite Classical Coaching) to be among the best in the world! We had a wonderful week, we are beyond grateful to be here, and amazed at the insane talent and company that we are with! Congratulations to everyone and we are humbled to be amidst this company! Congratulations to Marco and his teachers at Princess Grace Academie for winning the Gold and thank you Prix de Lausanne for the most incredible week! This has been a dream come true, a long time in the making and we are eternally grateful 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Our mission is specializing in motivating, nurturing, and challenging dancers to reach their full potential by giving them the proper tools needed to succeed. Individual programs are designed to identify goals, maximize success, and stretch the serious dancer to their limits and beyond, all while teaching and maintaining the art of classi
Our mission is specializing in motivating, nurturing, and challenging dancers to reach their full potential by giving them the proper tools needed to succeed. Individual programs are designed to identify goals, maximize success, and stretch the serious dancer to their limits and beyond, all while teaching and maintaining the art of classical ballet as the foundation to enhance most styles of dance.
A coaching and training company that offers top notch instruction in classical ballet and contemporary ballet, individual coaching, solo and ensemble competition, semi group & private lessons, a performance company, solo choreography, case management and mentoring , professional networking, technical evaluations and consultations for non
A coaching and training company that offers top notch instruction in classical ballet and contemporary ballet, individual coaching, solo and ensemble competition, semi group & private lessons, a performance company, solo choreography, case management and mentoring , professional networking, technical evaluations and consultations for non company members, audition prep/coaching, career guidance and planning, and photo shoot choreography and assistance. Over holiday breaks and in the summers we also offer
master classes and open classes to the public along with workshops.
Catherine has trained and coached multiple dancers to the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City and was most recently awarded Outstanding Teacher at YAGP Dallas 2018 and ECC was Outstanding School in 2019. She has also won Outstanding Teacher and School at multiple other competitions including ADCIBC and World Ballet Competitio
Catherine has trained and coached multiple dancers to the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City and was most recently awarded Outstanding Teacher at YAGP Dallas 2018 and ECC was Outstanding School in 2019. She has also won Outstanding Teacher and School at multiple other competitions including ADCIBC and World Ballet Competition. Her students have won the prestigious Hope Award in the Pre Competitive Division and the Youth Grand Prix award in the Junior Division as well as Top 12 Pre Competitive Female, Top 20 Jr Male, and Jr Female Silver Medalist at YAGP Finals. She also received the Outstanding Choreographer Award in 2013. She has mentored and coached dancers that became Presidential Scholars of the Arts as well as YoungArts finalists. Other students she has had the honor to train are now in top schools, colleges and companies all over the world including The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dresden Semperoper Ballet, The Juilliard School, USC Kaufman, Fordham/Ailey, Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Miami City Ballet as well as becoming finalists on So You Think You Can Dance.
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