Teacher Bios
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way!


~Wayne Dyer
Joan Elias
Joan is the Artistic Director of Forever Dance and co-owner with Ellen and Andy Dauscher. Joan holds a BFA in Dance from East Carolina University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Joan started her professional career dancing at the Lone Star Dramas in Galveston, Texas. She worked her way up the ranks of the theatre as dancer, dance captain, assistant choreographer and choreographer of the musicals “The Lone Star”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Hello Dolly” and “South Pacific”. Joan danced for Houston Grand Opera in “Hansel and Gretel” and choreographed for the Galveston Island Opera House. Joan danced in San Francisco with the modern company, Gretchen Harding and Friends, which performed at the Palace of Fine Arts. She also danced professionally in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe with “Melinda, the First Lady of Magic”, “The Girls of Rock and Roll”, Desert Rose Productions and Caesar Palace Conventions. After settling down in Lake Tahoe to start her family, Joan found her passion for teaching, choreographing and coaching dancers of all ages.
Dino Elias
Dino has been hooked on dance since he won his first National competition at age 10! Dino specializes in Tap, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Musical Theater. In 2012, he attended Jacob's Pillow in the pre-professional tap program, studying with Diane Walker, Lane Alexander, Derek Grand, Brenda Buffalino, and Lisa LaTouche. In December 2013, Dino performed in the first all tap show "Juba!", at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Dino choreographed and danced in "Red Hot Superstars" at the Grand Sierra Resort and in 2014 performed in the Muny's production of "Billy Elliot" in St. Louis, MO. Dino currently judges for Thunderstruck and KAR competitions, as well as teaches tap on the KAR Convention circuit. He enjoys choreographing and teaching master classes for studios throughout the West and East coasts. Dino has been recognized on the national level for his choreography and teaching abilities, including two nominations for the Industry Dance Awards. FD4REAL!
Suzie Elias
Suzie has been dancing at Forever Dance since she was 3 years old. She has been a member of the FD Competition Team for 10 years. Suzie has garnered the Titles of Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Miss Spotlight, including the National Miss Teen Title. She also won dance titles for Kids Artistic Review, Masquerade, Nexstar, Rainbow and Starpower. Suzie has won 1st Overall National Awards for her solo work at Thunderstruck, Dance USA, and Encore. She was chosen to perform her contemporary solo at 2013 Rainbow Nationals Showcase. August 2013, Suzie attended the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary Summer Intensive in New York City. She danced on scholarship in the Elite level of classes and performed in the student showcase at Symphony Space in NYC. Professional credits include “Red Hot Superstars” at the Grand Sierra Resort; Emerge Concert at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles and she is currently a member of Sugar N Spikes cabaret performers.

Katie Lauer
Jazz, Ballet, Tot Combo, Mini-Team
Katie a native of Carson City, NV, is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. She studied at Capital City Ballet in Boise, ID. Katie has performed as Clara and Snow Queen with Pinkerton Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, was an apprentice and company member with Sierra Nevada Ballet and has also danced with the University of Nevada Dance Team and Reno Bighorns Dance Team. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Nevada Reno. Katie has been teaching dance for 5 years and is currently a dancer and performer for Karen Burns Productions and BLV Productions in Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV. 


Kelly O'Fallon
Kelly was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She began her dance career at the early age of five. As a teen, she was a soloist with The Knoxville Ballet Company during the school year and continued her dance training every summer in New York and Los Angeles. Kelly was awarded a choreographers’ scholarship to The University of Tennessee. 
Kelly's most notable T.V. and movie credits include: Falcon Crest, Days of our Lives, the 1988 Bob Hope Olympic Special, Tuff Turf, Rags to Riches, Midnight Hour, Getting Physical, and Simon & Simon. Commercially, she has worked with Taco Bell, IBM International, Suzuki and CarBarn. She also toured the U.S. in dance industrials representing companies such as Puma, Slalom Ski Wear, Danskin, Champion Sportswear, C.B. Sports, Gotcha Sportswear, and Ocean Pacific.
Kelly just recently retired from owning and artistically directing both The Academy of Dance Arts and The Sierra Ballet Theatre Company. Not ready to fully retire, she is looking forward to joining the staff of Forever Dance and teaching some ballet and pointe classes at both of their studio locations.
Stacy Kennison 
Stacy has been dancing for ten years and is a Senior Dancer on Forever Dance's Competition Team. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tumbling, baton and musical theater. In addition, she has been captain of many of her team dances, a teacher assistant and substitute teacher for FD. This year Stacy will be teaching our Tot Combo classes. Stacy lives in Carson City, Nevada and attends Carson High School. 
Blanca Fascio
Blanca Fascio was born in Reno, Nevada where she grew up dancing and competing from age 3 to 18. In 2011, Blanca was named Dance Spirit Magazine’s “Dancer of the Month” as well as a finalist for Dance Spirit Magazine’s Cover Model Search. At age 18, Blanca won 2nd place in a National choreography contest for singer/song writer Christina Perri. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011, she has been a personal choreographer to actress Tess Broussard on Comedy Central. Blanca has danced for "Outasight" at the VMA Pre-show and appeared on television shows on MTV and Nickelodeon. She has also danced in music videos such as Arabo Ispiryan’s “Lets Go” and was a principal dancer in Ami Mattison Dance Co.
She has danced for noted choreographers such as Nico o Connor, Robert Schultz, Dionna Pridgeon, Christina Woodard and Ami Mattison and has traveled and assisted with Tremaine Dance Conventions and Hollywood Vibe. Now that she has moved back to the Reno area, Blanca is excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance at Forever Dance! 

Jordan Van Worth
Dancing has always been an integral part of Jordans life. Starting gymnastics at age 3, and quickly moving to dance at age 5. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, tumbling/acrobatics, partnering, and various other styles. Jordan had the pleasure of joining the Forever Dance Competition Team for the 2014-2015 season and 2015-2016. She had the amazing opportunity and privilege to work with some of the best choreographers in the country. Her greatest accomplishments on the team include winning the senior duet category at Nationals, bringing back to back National Production Championships home, and placing in the top five Senior solos at KAR Nationals. Jordan has performed with numerous local companies as a soloist as well as a core dancer. Her ultimate goal is performing on cruise ships. Jordan believes that with hardwork and determination all dreams are attainable. She is thrilled to share her passion for dance with all of her students. 
Lilly Ezell 
Lilly has been dancing since the young age of 3, dancing in recitals, competing and performing in Nutcracker All Jazzed Up. Since 2012 she has been dancing and competing with Forever Dance and in 2014 joined their staff teaching tap. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop/jazz funk and specializes in tap. Lilly has taken home many National and regional titles for the dances she has been involved in. For the past 3 years each of Lilly’s tap solos have placed in the top 10 at Nationals and she also received 1st overall at KAR regionals in 2015. She is excited to be teaching again this year and sharing her love of tap with her students. 
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Kooper Van Worth
Kooper has been dancing since the age of 4, and has been trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, tumbling, contemporary, and jazz funk specializing in hip hop and jazz funk. He joined the Forever Dance competition team in 2013 and began teaching in 2015. Kooper's accomplishments include being cast in the part of The Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King in the 2015 and 2016 The Nutcracker Ballet and the roles of Tarzan and Sweeney Todd in FD's Production numbers. He is currently Mr Dance America for KAR, has placed top 10 with his solo at Nationals for the last two years and 1st overall with his duo at KAR Nationals. Kooper is thrilled to be teaching Jr Jazz Funk this year at Forever Dance!