Mike Gosney, Artistic Director and co-founder of Elements Ballet, has been teaching and privately coaching ballet for over 20 years. In addition to training many of the dancers in Elements Ballet, his students have been accepted into prestigious programs and schools such as American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet School, The Juilliard School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Academy, LINES Ballet, Tisch School of the Arts, and many others. Mike is on faculty at Gus Giordano Dance School, Extensions Dance Center, Dance Center Evanston, and Steps Dance Center, and has previously taught at Visceral Dance Center, Chicago Dance Academy, Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Center, DancenterNorth, Eastern Illinois University, and College of Lake County. Mr. Gosney has orchestrated events for Evanston Arts Week and DanceArt Outreach Program, and formerly served as Artistic Director of Koslynn Dance Academy and SASS Productions. At age 15, Mike had his first exposure to jazz dance at Gus Giordano Dance School and had the privilege of taking several classes from Gus himself! Mike was able to expand his dance vocabulary through the world of jazz and gained a deeper appreciation for his classical ballet training while in Gus’ classes. Mike spent the rest of his professional career taking classes at GUS, and has integrated elements of the Giordano technique in his ballet work. He is thrilled to be at GUS again teaching this season!