Elevate Performing Arts Center is More Than Just Great Dancing™!  We believe each student has God given worth and abilities, and the performing arts not only bring out each child's unique qualities, but also teaches them important life lessons!  We know that not every student will go on to perform professionally, but our hope is that the lessons they learned through the performing arts will last them a lifetime.

Our goal is to provide a family friendly environment, with positive teachers in professional studios, all while instilling values and traits that will help develop our students into leaders.  Our focus is to raise up the next generation to be strong leaders through classes, performance and volunteer opportunities, and our STAR Leadership Program.  


Elevate is proud to provide a professional instruction in a family environment. With a mixture of tradition and innovation, our faculty brings the best out of students each and every day. 


Ms. Danielle Aikens

Founder & Artistic Director

Ms. Danielle has been dancing for 36 years and playing piano for 33 years. During that time she founded Elevate Performing Arts which has allowed her to share her passion for music and dance and have a positive impact on hundreds of students over the last 17 years. She is proud that Elevate is the charter member of More Than Just Great Dancing affiliated studios for the state of Georgia. 


Mr. Justin Holland

School Director

Mr. Justin is the School Director of Elevate and has been leading the team from the start. Former Stage Manager for Savoyards Light Opera in Atlanta (now the Atlanta Lyric Theater), he has been involved in productions of the Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Kismet and more. He is passionate about inspiring kids to be the best that they can be and teaching them to give back to community.


Ms. Suzi Phillips

Contemporary 1

Suzi has had a passion for dance ever since her first class 15 years ago. She began training in ballet, modern, and Jazz at Collins Hill High School and performed in several dance shows throughout the years. After graduating she continued training at North Georgia Academy of Dance and Weber State University in South Ogden, Utah. Elevate Performing Arts Center has been her dance home for ten years and now shares her love of dance through teaching and encouraging students to express themselves with movement.


MS. Malerie Grady

Jazz, Contemporary & Jazz Funk

A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Malerie has primarily worked in television and film as both an actor and a dancer.  Her credits include Glee, The Middle, Wizards of Waverley Place, Lab Rats, United States of Tara, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Best of Enemies, and Boy Erased.  She has also performed in music videos with Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, and Taking Back Sunday.  In the last couple years, Malerie has begun writing and producing, with one of her projects reaching the finals for Project Greenlight.  You can also catch her doing some improv every Thursday on the Highwire Comedy house team Lost Dog.


Ms. Alaina Cardiges

Hip-Hop 2,3 & 4

Alaina has been dancing for 15 years. She began at North Georgia Dance and Music Factory and started taking classes at Elevate Performing Arts Center in the 5th grade . She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop, Acro, and Contemporary. Alaina has taught various styles and ages at the studio and is excited to be teaching tap this season. Along with being a marketing major at the University of North Georgia, she is now a member of Surf Klub, an Atlanta based dance company founded by Mr. Aaron James. Alaina enjoys being able to help her students grow as a dancer and have fun while they learn.

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Savannah has had a passion for dance since she was 2 years old. She began her dancing experience with ballet, and is now focusing on hip-hop. Along with her passion for dance, she also loves theatre. During her senior year in high school, she choreographed and performed in the students spring show Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has also helped with Elevate’s theatre program. After graduation, she enrolled at University of North Georgia with a musical theatre major. She has been attending Elevate Performing Arts Center for the last five years and is excited to spread the love and joy of dance to her students.

Mr. TJ Pattillo


Mr. TJ has been teaching guitar since 1996. He was a Spivey Hall scholarship recipient and has performed everywhere from restaurants to stadiums to television. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing in his band Midnight Rodeo. TJ teaches guitar to share his passion for the instrument with his students.