Elite Cheer prides itself on having not only qualified, certified staff but also some of the top in the country.  All staff have been credentialed through a rigorous process under the USASF (United States All-Star Federation) - of which the owners are state directors.  Our staff have trained with top coaches across the country including Olympic Gymnastics Mens Coach Fransis Allen, UNL Womens Gymnastics coach of the Year Dan Kendig, the all time Collegiate National Champion Cheerleading Learder James Speed.  All of which are considered personal friends and whom we look to for continued training and guidance in coaching skills.

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- Elite Cheer Staff


Elite Cheer prides itself on having some of the best staff in the country.  By maintaining an open mind about training and implenting new and exciting methods, learned from top coaches nationwide, we have become one of the premier gyms in the country.  Our staff has been trained and continues to train with only the best.  Including : Francis Allen - former Mens Olympic gymnastics coach and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln mens head coach; Dan Kendig - the University of Nebraska Womens Gymnastics head coach; & James Speed - the University of Louisville, KY head cheerleading coach (winning numerous national titles)

Lance Stoltenberg (Founder - Co-owner)

Lance Stoltenberg was a collegiate gymnast his freshman year at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and after sustaining a gymnastics career ending injury he later became a cheerleader at the University. He earned top honors in cheerleading including three Collegiate All American Awards from NCA (National Cheerleaders Association), as well as back to back Best Tumbler awards and Best Stunting awards in the region. Lance graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Biology degree and Masters work in exercise physiology & nutrition.  Lance is AACCA safety certified as well as USASF Credentialed through Level 6 in all three categories of Stunt, Tumbling, and Basket Tosses.  Lance has spoken and continues to speak at regional meetings to instill a continued standard for progress and safety within our industry.  Lance was voted into the NAB (National Advisory Board) this year with the USASF and will continue to uphold their standard in safety and progression. 

Kevin Hooker (Founder - Co-owner)


Kevin Hooker was a cheerleader at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where he earned three All American Awards from NCA and runner up to Lance in the regions Best Stunting Award. Kevin was named Captain of his team his senior year, and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with an engineering degree.  Kevin has his AACCA safety certification and is credentialel through Level 5 for the USASF in all categories of Stunt, Tumbling, & Basket Tosses.  He has also been a Director for the state of Nebraska for the USASF credentialing program as well as AACCA.


Kevin is also now the chief instructor for the Martial Arts program at Elite.  Sensei Kevin started his martial arts journey in 1991 in Shotokan Karate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  After moving to Omaha - he found a new home in Kenpo Karate, beginning this training under Shihan Tom Scott in Internationally reccognized Nick Cerio's Kenpo Karate over 15 years ago. With Shihan Scott retiring from the commercial school in 2010, he was given the opportunity to continue Shihan Scotts mission to maintain a prestige level kenpo karate school in the mid-west.  Kevin is currently a 5th degree black belt (Godan) with a title of Shihan in the art of Kenpo Karate and continues to strive to perfect his skills in the martial arts, now training under Professor Nick Chamberlain Judan (10th degree).  

In the spirit of continuing to strive for more - Kevin took up Brazilian JiuJitsu under Fabio Santos's black belts - Scott Thompson and Greg James.  Currently he holds a 1 stripe brown belt rank.  Today, Sensei Kevin continues teaching in all of his athletic endeavors. 



Shawnda Hooker (Founder - Co-Owner)

Shawnda Hooker was a cheerleader at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was Kevin & Lance’s prodigy. She received NCA recognition when she and Kevin took runner up in Best Regional Stunting award (second only to Lance), and also received the NCA collegiate All American award. Like all of our mom coaches - she is a volunteer specialty coach; her area of expertise is stunting and closing the routines. She helps maintain communication throughout Elite with organizational input. Shawnda graduated from the University NE-Lincoln with a BA in Arts & Sciences, and then went on to receive an Associates Degree in Radiologic Technology. Currently she works and has a career with a large pharmaceutical company.

Danielle James


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Sam Price


Over 20 years of Cheerleading experience. I graduated from Millard West where I was on 2 National Championship teams. I have been coaching going on 18 years, of those, I have been with Elite Cheer for 13 years.

After I graduated, I spent 7 years teaching cheerleading  summer camps for the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) under Varsity Brands. Through my job at UCA I judged local and regional competitions as well as hosted and taught coaches clinics and educational seminars.

Over the years I have Choreographed throughout the Midwest, and for local programs as well as consulted on tryouts and routine clean up. Through my years at Elite, I have coached many different age groups and levels and most recently I became USASF Credentialed for levels 1-5.

Outside of coaching, I have been married for 4 years, with baby on the way and have 2 adorable puppies, Hercules and Hagrid.

Megan MagaƱa

-Cheered at Elite Cheer for 2 years
-Cheered at the University of Louisville on the Large Coed team from 2007-2011
-Won NCAA Division I Collegiate National Titles in 2008 & 2009
-Cheer at GymTyme Allstars in Louisvile Kentucky from 2007 to 2011
-Won Cheerleading Worlds in 2009 with Gymtyme Nfinity (International Open Coed Level 6)
-Won Cheerleading Worlds in 2010 with Gymtyme Orange (International Open All-Girl Level 6)
-Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from University of Louisville
-Started coaching at Elite Cheer in 2013
-Currently coach the Senior Level 2 Team (Shine) and the Senior Level 5 Team (Stars)

Riki Pena


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Brandon Otosky


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Travor Uden


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Kennedy Brester


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Liz Balkovec


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Melanie Carson


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Jasmine Schramm

Jasmine has been teaching tumbling and dance for 10 years. Her passion lies in helping kids achieve their goals and teaching them about the anatomy behind tumbling technique. While Jasmine focuses on dance tumbling, she is excited to work with any student passionate about growth. When not coaching tumbling, Jasmine is running her dance studio, Dance Out Loud Productions, and playing with her dog, Toro! Jasmine has been with Elite Cheer for 3 years and her favorite part is watching students advance and reach their tumbling goals!

Jessica Howes

Coach Jess comes from Sioux Falls, SD as a former Dakota Spirit athlete and grew up in the competitive cheer world. With 14 years in her pocket as an athlete, she was more than excited to join the Elite family last season. In her spare time she enjoys playing fetch with her puppy, Houston, traveling, and spending time with family. Coaching has been a thrill and season number two can’t come quick enough!!

Office Hours (Contracts and Billing questions) 

Monday - Thursday :  4:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday Saturday Sunday: CLOSED

Gym Hours (Training Hours)

Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm  
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm-7:00pm


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I wanted to send an email to say how impressed I am with your organization.  We just started attending a month ago and Elite is incredibly well organized and professional. I used to own my own center for the arts including cheerleading, dance, music etc and I understand how difficult it is to communicate all the necessary information, hold meetings, focus groups, organize competitions, etc and your organization does it incredibly well.. - Julie

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