The goal of Elevations is to educate people of all ages in the art of dance with an emphasis on technique and safe habits, while creating a positive environment balanced with hard work, discipline, and joy of movement.
We offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, modern dance, hip-hop, baton, cheernastics, Move with Mom, and fitness. Classes are offered for ages 2 through adult.
Meet Our Team
Holle Hartzog Smith
Director / Instructor
BA Dance Education, P-12 Teacher Cert
Cherie Smith Humphrey
BA Dance Performance/Choreography
16 Years Experience in Dance Instruction
Lifelong dancer with 20 years of teaching experience and highly awarded choreography
Experienced Cheerleader, educator, and cheer coach for local schools
Nationally certified and ranked former collegiate twirler
Dance Major at Troy University with a strong, award-winning competition background
Lifelong dancer with experience in instruction of young dancers
Holle Hartzog Smith - Director/Instructor
Holle is a native of Clayton, Alabama and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Huntingdon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance, as well as P-12 teacher certification in dance. While at Huntingdon, Holle received the Dance Merit Award and the Dance Performance Award. She had the opportunity to perform and showcase her choreography at the American College Dance Festival. She also performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and danced the title role in a ballet performance of Snow White.
Holle also held several pageant titles including Miss Huntingdon, Miss Greater Dothan, and Miss Southeast Alabama, the latter two allowing her to compete for the title of Miss Alabama.
Holle has over twenty years of experience in teaching dance. While living in Montgomery, Holle was a resident instructor at Montgomery Ballet, where she also performed in the Nutcracker. She also taught classes for Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection and United Gymstars and Cheer.
Holle opened Elevations School of Dance in Ozark in 2006. She is the mommy of two sons, Holton (8) and Hooper (1.5). In addition to running her dance studio, Holle does freelance choreography and guest instruction for workshops. She serves on the board of the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce and is the co-choreographer for the Little Miss/Junior Miss/Miss Ozark Pageants. She served as a Wiregrass United Way Loaned Executive for two years and now serves on the board of directors. She is a member of First United Methodist Church of Ozark, where she is heavily involved in the children’s program and directs the annual children’s Christmas play.
Amy Sutton, Dance Instructor
Amy Sutton, a life-long resident of Ozark has been dancing since she was four years old. Her commitment and passion for dance began with classes in Tap and Ballet. She expanded her dance repertoire with several years of Jazz, Clogging, and Pointe, as well as being a member of the Dance Competition teams. Her participation in dance recitals and competitions bestowed her confidence and the ability to compete for chorus roles in the CHS Musical Productions. She was chosen as a student choreographer for the CHS play her senior year which was a wonderful experience. Upon graduating from Carroll High School, Amy attended Wallace College. While attending classes, she had the opportunity to be an instructor as well as continue to dance and participate in dance competitions. She taught classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Clogging for ages 3 through 17 and also instructed some of the Beginner Adult classes.
Amy is also an active member of the Maude Martin Study Club, which is community service driven and very active in Ozark. The club sponsors the Ozark Pageant, which she has been actively involved with for many years now.
Amy believes the instructors at Elevations School of Dance provide their students with the opportunity to enhance their self-esteem build confidence and strengthen their talent.
Amy hopes that she is able to instill her love of dance in her students. She feels the ability to “pay it forward” is a tribute to her former instructors who shared their love of the art of dance with her.
Cherie Smith Humphrey, Dance Instructor
Cherie is a native of Ozark, Alabama and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of The University of Alabama with a B.A in Dance and a minor in Nutrition. She was selected as a dancer with The Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and also dancer/ choreographer with “Dance Alabama” while at The University of Alabama. She was employed at The Willow Tree, in Tuscaloosa, as teacher/choreographer.
Cherie continued her love of teaching, in Birmingham, employed as Choreographer/Director for Alabama Dance Academy’s Jazz Ensembles, Ballet Classique and The Nutcracker. She choreographed for The University of Montevallo’s Dance Team, while in Birmingham.
Cherie serves on the Distinguished Young Women of Dale County Board (formerly Dale County Junior Miss) as Co-Choreographer. She has judged and choreographed Junior Miss programs, various pageants and dance auditions at all levels throughout Alabama.
Cherie was chosen the 1997 Dale County Junior Miss. As a participant in Alabama’s Junior Miss, Cherie was a preliminary winner in both Physical Fitness and Presence and Composure and the recipient of the Performing Arts Scholarship to Birmingham Southern College. With scholarships received through the Junior Miss program, Cherie attended and received her degree from the University of Alabama.
Cherie has over 20 years of choreography and teaching experience, including 12 years at Elevations School of Dance.
Cherie is blessed with her 8 year old daughter, Olivia-Grace, who loves dance just as much as Mommy!
Krysta Thompson, Dance Instructor
Krysta Thompson has been in the dance industry all of her life. She started dancing at the age of two and never looked back. She holds many awards and accolades for her choreography and teaching styles. Krysta brings a structured but fun style to her teaching. She has been an assistant teacher since the age of 11 and a stand alone dance instructor since she was 14 years old under the direction of Tracy Solomon at The Dothan School of Dance. She has over 20 years experience as a dance instructor. Most recently she served as the Junior Performance Team Director at Dothan School of Dance.
Some of her awards include Miss Dance of Dance Masters Chapter 33, NYCDA outstanding dancer, and most recently her junior dancers won Battle of the Stars at Hollywood Vibe Nationals in 2019.
Krysta has also been a member of the Southeast Alabama Dance Company from 1998-2003 where she performed numerous roles in the classic ballet The Nutcracker, and her favorite role was playing the lead of Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
She also holds a BSE in Secondary English Language Arts, and was named Troy University’s English Student of the year in 2008.
Krysta has been married for 12 years to her husband Thomas, and they have two precious children: a daughter Olivia (age 11) and a son Graham (age 3).
Krysta is passionate about her job as a dance instructor, and her biggest reward is seeing each dancer find their inner passion for the art of dance.