Youth Company Dancers
“I’ve been with Ballet On Wheels for 7 years.
During this time, I have really progressed and grown. I am and have been taught by the best and continue to learn more each day.”
– Talisa E., Youth Company Dancer
TAMIA YANNI ELLIOTT
Tamia Yanni Elliott, 11 is a student at White Station Middle School. She has been dancing with BOW since age 4. Tamia is a lover of the arts such as dancing, acting, singing, drawing and playing the piano. She has studied African, modern, improvisation, and hip-hop, but primarily studies ballet, jazz and pointe. Through years of hard work and perseverance, Tamia is now a Senior Company Dancer under the artistic director Chauniece C. Thompson. Her self-motivational quote is “If there is no struggle, there is no progress”. Frederick Douglass
TALISA YONE’ ELLIOTT
Talisa Yone’ Elliott, 13 is a student at White Station Middle School. She has been with BOW since age 5. Talisa enjoys dancing, singing and acting. While studying under the artistic director, Chauniece C. Thompson, Talisa has learned African, modern, improvisation and hip-hop dance. She predominantly studies ballet, jazz, and pointe. Through persistent practice and years of public performance, she is now Senior Company Dancer. Her personal motivational quote is “Failure will never overtake me, if my determination to succeed is strong enough”. Og Mandino
CARLEY SANTITA SPIVEY
Carley Santita Spivey, 13, is a 7th grade student at Snowden Middle School. She has been dancing for 7 years. She is currently studying Ballet, Pointe, Improv, and Jazz. Her favorite dance genre is Ballet. Her hobbies include baking and drawing. Carley performs with the company in all major productions, as well as satellite community performances. Carley aspires to be a Dentist.
ELLE’NA FAYE WATSON
Elle’na Faye Watson, 13, is a student at Colonial Middle School. Elle’na has been dancing since the age of 4, when Ballet On Wheels was located in the Overton Square area. Ellle’na has studied Improv, Pointe, and Jazz. Her main dance focus is Ballet which she has studied under a variety of teachers at BOW. Her hard work, dedication, determination and love for dance has prepared her to become a Senior Company Dancer. Elle’na is also a Praise Dancer at Mount Mariah Baptist Church (Orange Mound) and is a cadet in Girls Scouts. Elle’na plans to become a Criminal Justice Lawyer and then become the next Prima Ballerina.
MAYA DANIELLE WATT
Maya Danielle Watt, 13, is a 7th grade student at Aspire Coleman Elementary School. She has been dancing with BOW for approximately 7 years, where she has studied classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, African, and Pointe. She is now a Senior Company Dancer. Maya has played the roles of “Charlotte” in the Princess and the Frog (2015) and the 4th dream girl “Michelle” in the Dreamgirls Dance Production (2016). Maya loves dance and strives for excellence. She also loves school and is a student ambassador that leads by example. Maya wants to pursue a career in dance and someday own her own dance studio.
Explore our youth company repertoire including original works from 2001 to the present day.
Ballet On Wheels Dance Company has developed a unique repertory of various works that have been performed by our youth dance company throughout the region. In the past 7 years, Ballet On Wheels annual performances have been more themed based productions. Below is a comprehensive listing of repertoire including classical and soulful performances set to the backdrop of R&B, Pop, Gospel, New Age & Neo Classical music genres.
|Love||Chauniece Conner||Kirk Franklin|
|“funk & shout”||“||Outkast|
|Get It Together||Tamara Prince-Parrish||Seal|
|Jesus Is Love||Chauniece Thompson||Commodores|
|Soldiers for War, Warriors for Dance||“||Kanye West|
|Duo In Azure||“||Yolanda Adams|
|The 2 Georgias||Chauniece Conner||Ray Charles|
|Wheel of Time||Kevin Guy||Terrence Blanchard|
|My Cherie Amour||Chauniece Conner||Stevie Wonder|
|Art of Life||Chauniece Conner||DNA Fingerprints|
|Drum Noise!||Deanna Shealey||xxx|
|Dance Cuisine||Stephanie Hill||Fantasia|
|Viva La Vida||Laramie Wells||Coldplay|
|Glory||Chauniece Thompson, Marquita Brooks & Stephanie Hill||Common & John Legend|
|Sophisticatedly Ghetto||Tamara Parrish||xxx|
|Rolling In the Deep||Laramie Wells||Adele|
|Classically Blue||Chauniece Thompson||Starlight/Vitamin String Quartet|
|Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray||Stephanie Hill||Wiley College Choir|
|I’m Here||Stephanie Hill||Cynthia Erivo|
|BBQ||Stephanie Hill||Wendy Rene|
|The Chorale||Chauniece Thompson||Moses Hogan Chorale|
|Honga||Stephanie Hill||Lebedike Honga|
|“Mother Goose Tales”||Chauniece Thompson, Kaiah Warr, Stephanie Hill||Charles Perrault|
|Excerpt from “Twilight” & “New Moon”||Deanna Shealey||xxx|
|Majestic Lullaby||Deanna Shealey||xxx|
|Ballet from Petit Suite||Tamia Elliott||xxx|
|Listen to the Clock||Chauniece Thompson||Personal Praise|
|Soul Man||Laramie Wells||Sam & Dave|
|Four Women||Marquita Brooks||Laura Izibor, Ledisi, Nina Simone & Simone|
|La La Land||Stephanie Hill||xxx|
|God In Me||Stephanie Hill||Mary Mary|
|Don’t Shoot||Kaiah Warr||Jordan Dodson|
|Orange Jam||Talisa Elliott||xxx|