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Elaine McCarthy, Owner-Director

Elaine is the Founder/Owner of Elaine’s Dance Studio (EDS). She is a native born & raised Santa Cruzan and opened EDS in 1985 and has been teaching Dance for over 30 years. Elaine is trained in all Dance disciplines including Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Acrobatics, but her heart and specialty is with children. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified & has danced & toured professionally in Montreal, Las Vegas, Japan, Spain, and Paris and has deep roots in the SC Community. She created EDS to be a nurturing Dance environment that serves to motivate and inspire students, as well as being a comfortable safe haven. Elaine takes immense personal pride in guiding a young person’s passion and creativity and seeing them reach their full potential.

Julia McCarthy, Artistic Director


Julia is the daughter of Elaine and has been dancing at the Studio since the age of three. She predominantly trained with Elaine and loves teaching all styles of Dance. In particular, she enjoys teaching young children. She attended Aptos High School where she excelled in both academics and Track and Field. She attended UC SanDiego and participated competitively on their Track team. She received her BS in Economics Science Management while  minoring in Dance.

Madelon Curtis Harper, Ballet Director

madelon curtis- 2015Madelon, a professional dancer, actress, choreographer and teacher, has taught all forms and levels of dance for over 35 years. Teaching advanced ballet and pointe, her ballet training is strongly Balanchine, having studied extensively with Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, and other NYCB teachers. She trained extensively at the Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theater School, David Howard and the Boston Ballet. A member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, she has performed in TV, feature films and musical theatre. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor and Registered Veterinary Technician. Read about Madelon at

Jessica Metter, Competition Director

Jessica Metter

Jessica has been dancing competitively since the age of 5, winning numerous awards , titles and scholarships.  At the age of 10 she won the title of “Dancer of the Year” in the Las Vegas nationals and was sent to Australia to compete in the Aussie World National Championships.  The following year, Jessica appeared on the TV show “America’s Most Talented Kids”, and after high school was hired by award winning choreographer Tessandra Chavez, to be a part of her own company “Unity Dance Ensemble”. Jessica performed for several years with the Disney Corporation and Stiletto Entertainment as a dancer for Holland America Cruise Line.  Recently, she began teaching and choreographing for local competition dance teams, winning “Best Choreography” and overall high point awards in numerous dance competitions and conventions.  Jessica loves sharing her passion for dance through teaching, and looks forward to sharing her extensive experience!

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