MEET THE POWERHOUSE TEAM
OWNER & HEAD CHOREOGRAPHER
Christie is the proud Owner and Choreographer of Powerhouse Danceworks, LLC. Christie has always loved choreographing since she was a young dancer; she started choreographing professionally in college when her dance team Coach and Mentor, Dawn Walters, inspired her to take her first choreography job in 2013. Powerhouse Danceworks came to life in 2015. Powerhouse Danceworks prides itself on innovative choreography, hands-on technique and skill drills, and positive team building exercises taught by talented and enthusiastic dance choreographers. Christie now travels across the country to choreograph routines for over 20 middle schools, high schools, colleges and pro teams per year. She loves inspiring performance showmanship and developing the skills of passionate dancers.
Christie is in her 6th year as an NBA dancer for the Washington Wizards. Christie served as Choreography Captain for the 2018-19 Wizards Dancer season, and Co-captain for the 2017-18 Wizard Girl season. The Wizards Dancers have performed 3 routines choreographed by Christie in-game during the Wizards seasons. She coaches the Kids Dance Teams for the NBA Washington Wiz Kids and the WNBA Washington Mystics Mayhem (2015-2019). Christie's traveled to London, England (2019), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016), Chengdu, China (2017), Las Vegas, NV and Atlanta, GA with the Wizards Dancers. Christie’s grateful to have earned the Choreography Award (2019), Rookie of the Year (2015) and Performer of the Year (2016,17, 18) awards during her tenure on the Wizards.
Christie graduated honors from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a dual degree in Business Marketing and Communications. She danced on the UK Dance Team for four years, competed in Hip Hop and Pom at UDA College Nationals and led the team as captain her senior year. She traveled to China with the UKDT in 2013 for a USA Basketball league tour. Christie earned the Dancer of the Year, Coaches Award, and MVP Awards while she danced on UKDT. Christie proudly choreographs for the UKDT currently. UKDT’s 2019 UDA Game Day Routine earned 5th in the Nation.
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Daniella Celia began her dance training under the direction of Lisa Tingle. She danced competitively for fifteen years, participating in many workshops and studying with master choreographers. Starting out her college career at Frostburg State University, Daniella was a part of their dance company and hiphop team. After transferring to Salisbury University, she became apart of their dance company for four years and achieved "Outstanding Dancer of the Year" for 2014. She has taken classes from Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Misty Copeland, and the Moscow Ballet. She choreographed three pieces in SUDC’s fall concerts.
Daniella was also Salisbury University Poms Co-Captain where she choreographed for basketball and football games. One summer, she worked at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City where she experienced the business side of the dance world. While dancing her way through college, she became a part of a woman's organization called "WINK", dancing and choreographing for the awareness of women for three years. Daniella was awarded "Winking Star" at the Celebration of University Leadership (CUL) for her creativity and dedication.
Daniella made a performing dance company in Maryland, where she performed in two professional shows. After graduating college, Daniella continued to teach at Seaside Dance Academy and for the after school academy at Snow Hill High School. She was also honored to return to Salisbury University and choreograph for their fall and spring showcases.
Daniella is now living her dream in Washington, D.C., where she was selected to be the choreographer for Nick Cannon's “Wild n' Out” Live Tour with performances by Wale and Yo Gotti. She is currently on her second season as a NBA dancer and her first season as an assistant coach for the new senior dance team. During her rookie season, she was awarded “Rookie of the Year” and “Miss Congeniality”. When she is not dancing on the court, she loves teaching master classes and choreographing for schools and studios. Daniella hopes to be an inspiration to dancers of all ages and share her passion to the world.
CHOREOGRAPHER & ELITE INSTRUCTOR
O’Livia, a professional dancer and choreographer, puts the POWER in powerhouse. She is a professional on and off the dance floor, and she she puts 110% into all of her passions and endeavors.
To pursue a career in entrepreneurship, O’Livia retired from dancing in the NBA for the Washington Wizards after completing two amazing seasons on the court. She earned the Spirit Award two consecutive seasons— voted on by her teammates. She also received the “Always on 10” superlative from her coach. O’Livia danced alongside Christie as a Wizards Girl, but this wasn’t where their friendship blossomed.
O’Livia danced alongside Christie on the University of Kentucky Dance Team. This is where O’Livia was able to hone her style as a hip hop dancer and shape herself into the dancer, performer, and choreographer she is today.
When she’s not killing it on the dance floor, O’Livia is mentoring young girls, helping people find homes in the Metro DC area, and organizing her planner— living out her passions.
Kennedy is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Business Communications. She is a four year member and current co-captain of the UK Dance Team. She has choreographed routines for UKDT which have been performed at University of Kentucky football/basketball games. Since her freshman year, she has competed in the Hip Hop and Game day divisions at UDA College Nationals where her teams have earned 2nd through 6th place in the nation.
Kennedy is very excited to share her passion of dance while encouraging dancers to tap into their showmanship by joining Christie and the Powerhouse Danceworks family.
Hannah Nobles is a junior at George Mason University and a co-captain on the Masonettes dance team. She currently works with the non-profit organization, Artspire VA, and is an assistant coach for the West Potomac dance team. She is also training to be a teacher at Just Dance. She has worked with Christie Elise throughout high school and college and is very happy to be apart of the Powerhouse Danceworks family.
Lauren Williams is a freshman at Towson University, and is apart of Towson University’s Dance Team. Throughout her dance career, she has been apart of the Alexandria Community Nutcracker, a non-profit organization Artspire, and has been a captain on the West Potomac Dance
Team. Lauren has worked with Chrisite Elise throughout her high school years, and hopes to continue working with her throughout college. She can’t wait to share her love of dance with the Powerhouse Danceworks family.
DJ & MASTER MUSIC MIXER
Andi edits, mixes, and masters dance tracks for Powerhouse Danceworks’ choreography. She loves making music for dancers and is proud to help bring movement to life with sound.
As a trained singer and former poms competitor, Andi understands the importance of having the perfect mix for a performance or competition. Her love of singing and dance sparked her interest in DJing after years of finding great songs but wishing they were a different length, tempo, or style to fit certain moods and uses. Using various audio editing tools, she blends popular songs with original sounds to create customized mixes. Her goal is to ensure that no client’s vision is ever limited by the music - Andi will change song speed and length, mix multiple tracks together, and add in custom sounds until a mix is perfect for the choreography.
When she's not editing dance mixes for Powerhouse, she can be found DJing in DC and singing for various music projects. In 2017, she provided vocals for the dance track "Sirens" released through Original Genius Records and "Las Vegas" by DJ Marx. She hopes to sing on more records, DJ more events, and make as many dance mixes as possible!