Kahli Zeigler, Studio Owner and Artistic Director
Chris Zeigler, Studio Owner
Chris and Kahli Zeigler have been the owners/directors of Elevation Dance Company since its creation in 2014. When they opened the studio, they wanted the studio to be a place where students would feel safe, loved, and learn great dance technique.
Kahli graduated from Anderson University in 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been dancing since she was two years old, and started competing when she was five. She has been dancing ever since! Through high school she assisted in classes, and in college she started teaching and choreographing on her own. Opening a studio was always a dream for her, and she is so thankful to be able to spread her love of dance to the Pendleton and Anderson communities!
Chris graduated with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University in 2013. He focused his studies and internships in sports and special event management. Chris worked as a Kitchen Manager at Chick-fil-A of Clemson from 2014-2019. He now works full time at the dance studio, working to make sure everyone has a positive experience at EDC!
Grayson Anthony, Part Time Teacher
Grayson has been dancing for 17 years and has been teaching and choreographing for 5. She is from Lexington, SC and graduated high school in 2017. Grayson studied dance at Oklahoma City University her freshmen year of college but is now a student at Anderson University studying communications (digital media). This past spring she completed the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester program in New York City where she trained with professional dancers and choreographers such as Martha Nichols, Al Blackstone, Nick Palmquist, Jim Cooney, and Carlos Neto. Grayson is trained in tap, musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, and ballet. Grayson was fortunate to have been able to debut a piece called “Summer Games” in a student choreography showcase at Broadway Dance Center this past spring. She has also had the wonderful opportunity to choreograph 2 shows at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC (Memphis and Heathers: the Musical), and has been asked back to choreograph a 3rd show for them in the spring of 2020.
Emily Grace Cannon, Part Time Teacher
Emily Grace, or "Petie" has been dancing for almost all of her life! She has been on multiple competition teams, and as studied many different genres. She is always pushing our students to rise to the next level. She is currently a student at Tri-County Tech. You can catch her working with our competition students in Pendleton this season! She is excited to start her second season at EDC!
Ashtyn deBessonet, Part Time Teacher
Ashtyn began dancing at the age of 6 and hasn’t stopped since. Her true love in dance is Ballet. She tried tap once and decided it was too loud! She began dancing en pointe at the age of 13. She was a part of Columbia City’s trainee program for young dancers for four years and traveled with the company performing in many productions, such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, and many more. Ashtyn has been teaching since she was 13. She started as an assistant teacher and has grown into running her own classes. Ashtyn finds joy in spreading her love of Ballet to others!
Julianne Lutz, Part Time Teacher
Julianne is 20 years old and is from Brick, New Jersey. She has been dancing since she was two years old and she fell in love with teaching 5 years ago. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop. Julianne was a competitive dancer for 11 years and traveled to numerous competitions and conventions over the years, including Tremaine, Artists Simply Human, Co. Dance, and Nuvo dance conventions, where she explored many diverse styles of dance from the top names in the industry. In February of 2015, she received a scholarship from ASH Dance Convention to the Milennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles and Peri Dance Center in New York City. Twice she had the opportunity to perform in Walt Disney World and take a Disney-Broadway master class. Most recently, she traveled to Chicago for the Energize Dance Teacher Conference. Julianne is a junior at Clemson University and is studying Biological Sciences. While she continued to dance her first year at Clemson, she knew something important was missing from her life, which was teaching. Julianne is so grateful that she found this dance family so far away from home and has the opportunity to share her love for dance with so many dancers each week. She is super excited to be kicking off her second year with Elevation Dance Company this fall and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
Meredith Mock, Part Time Teacher
After growing up in Anderson, Meredith Mock is excited to be a freshman in the bridge to Clemson program where she is studying Secondary Education. She has spent the past four years dancing on the competitive team at Elevation Dance Company while assisting in various classes. Meredith loves to teach Jazz and Musical Theater, though she is great at many styles. When she’s not dancing, you can find her hanging out with her friends and family while eating tacos!
Jannel Newton, Front Desk
Jannel is from the upstate of South Carolina, and is currently in school to be an elementary school teacher. Her and her husband live in the Clemson area, and both love the Clemson Tiers. Jannel enjoys cooking, cold weather, and spending time with friends and family. She is so excited to be a part of the Elevation Family!
Mary Ellis O'Cain, Part Time Teacher
Mary Ellis O’Cain, originally from Saint George, SC is currently at Freshman at Clemson University majoring in Psychology. Her love of dance began at the age of 2 when she stepped into her first dance class. She has been dancing ever since. At her home studio, Studio One, she taught classes in every genre and was a part of the Elite competition team. In her free time, she loves to eat popsicles, babysit, and go to Clemson Football games in Death Valley. She cannot wait to continue teaching dancing and begin her journey at EDC!
Taylor White, Part Time Teacher
Taylor White is from Anderson, SC, and a graduate of Clemson University. She took dance for 18 years, and of those 18 she has taught for 3 years. She is married to Matt, and has 2 children: Micah and Amelia. Taylor loves spending time at home with her family, including her bulldog, Howard. She is so excited to be teaching ballet again!
Alex Wigington, Part Time Teacher
She began dancing recreationally at the age of 2 years old. Just a few years later, she was enrolled in competition classes. Now, at the age of 25, the love of dance and teaching children has grown even stronger. As a dancer, Alex won multiple High Score awards, National Championships, and other great achievements. After graduations, she began to teach dance classes at a local dance studio, opened her own dance studio a couple of years later, and soon found her passion for teaching and guiding students! Outside of dance, Alex is married to her wonderful husband, Bo, and has 2 dogs Mylo and Max. She currently lives in the Piedmont area. Alex loves the feeling of seeing her students grow into amazing people and to help try and mold them into the best they can be! She looks forward to this dance season, and can't wait to see how all of the dancers grow this year!