Elaine Kimble-Peaks received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Film Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has had the privilege of working with contemporary choreographers such as Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey), Joshua Beamish (MOVE: the company), Gary Abbott (Deeply Rooted), Frank Chavez (River North), and Troy Powell (Alvin Ailey). In 2018, Youth America Grand Prix bestowed Elaine with the “Outstanding Choreographer” award for her Work Up to Here. In 2016, her piece Been Here Before was nominated as one of the 9 best Modern performances of the year. Her dance and choreography credits include So You Think You Can Dance, Kansas City Ballet, DEFY Dance Project, Heartlines Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Seamless Dance Theatre and Quixotic Fusion. The passion for expression and creativity she instills has led her students to regional and national recognition, as well as exclusive programs such as Netherlands Dans Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Marymount Manhattan College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Westside Dance Project.