Founder, Powerhouse Danceworks & @BabeswithBrands
Christie Elise is a business owner, dancer, choreographer, and fitness professional who helps people achieve their personal and professional goals through high energy and effective dance and precision training classes. Christie is the proud owner and founder of , an innovative choreography company, and, a company that creates fun events for entrepreneurial women to connect and collaborate.
is the proud Owner and Founder of . Christie has always loved choreographing since she was a young dancer; she started choreographing professionally in college when her dance team Coach and Mentor, Dawn Walters, inspired her to take her first choreography job. Powerhouse Danceworks came to life in 2015. Powerhouse Danceworks prides itself on innovative choreography, hands-on technique and skill drills, and positive team building exercises taught by talented and enthusiastic dance choreographers. Christie travels across the country to choreograph routines for over 20 middle schools, high schools, colleges and pro teams per year. She loves inspiring performance showmanship and developing the skills of passionate dancers.
recently completed her 5th year as an NBA dancer for the Washington Wizards. Christie served as Choreography Captain for the 2018-19 Wizards Dancer season, and Co-captain for the 2017-18 Wizard Girl season. The Wizards Dancers have performed 3 routines choreographed by Christie in-game during the Wizards seasons. She coaches the Kids Dance Teams for the NBA Washington Wiz Kids and the WNBA Washington Mystics Mayhem (2015-2019). Christie’s traveled to London, England (2019), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016), Chengdu, China (2017), Las Vegas, NV and Atlanta, GA with the Wizards Dancers. Christie’s grateful to have earned the Rookie of the Year (2015) and Performer of the Year (2016,17, 18) awards during her tenure on the Wizards.
Christie started her second business, , in 2018. Babes with Brands creates networking events for entrepreneurial women to connect and collaborate. The Company’s mission is to celebrate women entrepreneurship and help new entrepreneurs build successful brands and businesses. As a business owner, Christie has gained valuable experience in maintaining customer relationships, coordinating events with 15 to 200 attendees, sales and business development, leading direct marketing campaigns, and managing effective social media campaigns.
Christie graduated honors from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a dual degree in Business Marketing and Communications. She danced on the UK Dance Team for four years, competed in Hip Hop and Pom at UDA College Nationals and led the team as captain her senior year. She traveled to China with the UKDT in 2013 for a USA Basketball league tour. Christie earned the Dancer of the Year, Coaches Award, and MVP Awards while she danced on UKDT. Christie proudly choreographs for the UKDT currently.
My name is Christie Horan, I am an entrepreneur, dancer, choreographer, and fitness professional located in DC who helps women achieve their personal and professional goals through high-energy and effective training. My passion for business and dance came together when I started Powerhouse Danceworks, a dance team choreography company, in 2015. After several years as a solopreneur, I was inspired to start Babes with Brands, a company that brings women of all backgrounds together to find common ground and support. Babes with Brands’ mission is to connect women entrepreneurs through fun and collaborative events, and is open to all women business owners, brand leaders, professionals, and those who aspire to create a business in the future. @BabeswithBrands has turned into a community of women who share their inspirations, tools, and keys to success.
Related to business, I’m the best when I bring people together, which is one of one of the main reasons I wanted to start Babes with Brands. In my personal life, and other business, I am the best at dancing! It’s my passion and it fuels me to feel more inspired all around.
I feel the best version of myself, energized, and inspired when I’m well-rested, have exercised, and am surrounded by positivity inside and out.
“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
Beyonce—did you watch Homecoming? Other women I look up to include Jaclyn Johnson, CEO of Create & Cultivate, Jen Sincero, Author of You are a Badass, and Brinn Nicole of Pumpfidence to name a few.
I love traveling to New York City, I love the vibrancy and the hustle bustle of the city. There’s a magic spark to it. I also love going to the beach to completely relax. That’s pretty much how my life is too! I’m either super busy and on the run or trying to recuperate by completely relaxing.
Besides dance, teaching choreography and fitness are my next two loves.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?
I launched Babes with Brands really fast! I had an idea a few years ago to bring ambitious, positive, and successful women together by creating a brunch for those rocking it in their perspective industries. In April 2018, the idea presented itself when a PR firm reached out to me about hosting a happy hour at a local DC hotspot. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity! Since then, Babes with Brands has hosted many events including fitness classes around DC, a pool party at The Embassy Row Hotel, a Galentine’s Day brunch, makeovers at Ivy Wild Beauty, and more. I’m learning more and evolving the business as I get deeper into the industry, but I’m staying true to my mission to connect like-minded and ambitious women. My goal is to keep growing the community, building the events, and develop an educational segment of the business where we help women create booming businesses and land the career of their dreams. I like to dream big, the sky is the limit.
What’s next for the Business in the near future?
My next project for Babes with Brands is to create an online membership with business coaches and access to brand deals that benefit our community nationwide. Babes with Brands events have been such a success and of interest in DC, I would love to branch out to other cities as well. The most recent project has been the Babes with Brands’ newsletter called The Babe Bulletin. Every Monday, The Babe Bulletin features an interview with a local DC business owner highlighting her inspiration for the business, challenges she faces, and the most rewarding part of working for herself.
Your most difficult moment at the Business? (and what did you learn?)
There have been quite a few difficult moments as an entrepreneur, but I think the biggest are the ones I’ve created in my head—negative self-talk. There are moments where I began to think, “What in the world am I doing?!” or “Who do I think I am?” The challenging part is pulling myself out of that space and owning my pride in my businesses. There are also strangers who have asked me, “Why are you wasting your college degree?” I’ve grown stronger, prepared, and more assured in my responses, and learned to not feel bothered by people who don’t understand my vision. I’m at a point in my entrepreneurial life where I have overcome most of those negative thoughts with positive ones and have so much confidence in my businesses.
My Daily Thoughts:
Goal of the Day: To inspire someone by the end of the day
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love all the diversity and celebration of culture in DC.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Getting ready to teach my first Precision Training class at Flywheel Sports
10:00 AM – Answering emails or making updates to the website and social media
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Magnolia Bar + Kitchen in Dupont Circle
7:00 PM – Teaching or taking a fitness or dance class
1:00 PM – Winding down with a glass of wine or tea and watching Bravo or E!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
At least 2 cups of Coffee and a ton of water
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?