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. Alaina Cardiges

Hip-Hop 2,3 & 4, Adult Hip-Hop, Elementary Tap, Intermediate Tap

Alaina has been dancing for 16 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 and hip-hop this season. Along with being a marketing major at the University of North Georgia, she is also 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.

Mr. Harold timms


Mr. Harold Timms attended the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.) and has more than 16 years teaching experience across all age-levels and music genres. He also has decades of composing, recording and touring experience. He is currently performing with The SurfAces, a classic Surf music band.


Mr. Jon Pierre

Jazz Funk, Junior Jazz, Senior Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Contemporary 2

Jon has been dancing for 10 years. He began training in Hip Hop as a member of the Ridge Dance Company. He was a member of the Dance Arts Centre Performing Arts Company. He then went on to study at Kennesaw State University and joined their dance company in 2016. Jon pushes his students to reach their full potential while sharing his fun-loving passion for Dance.


Ms. Emma Browning

Ballet Beginnings, Elementary Ballet

Ms. Emma has been dancing for 6 years and began dancing here at Elevate. She has trained in hip hop, jazz, ballet, pointe, and contemporary. Aside from dancing here at Elevate, Ms. Emma has choreographed for the Gateway Theatre Company’s Productions of S.W.A.M.P and Godspell. For the last two years she has assisted some of the ballet classes and is excited to have her own classes this year. She is looking forward to having the opportunity to positively impact young dancers and pass on her love of dance.