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Fall Registration Dates!

September 4th, 5th, 6th
4:00 – 8:00 PM


Congratulations Le Danse Competition Champions 2018


Top High Score Award Winning Studio this season!! 2018 In addition to our top 10 Overall High Scores and Special Awards we were honored with many Scholarship recipients and Special Awards!


Dance Explosion~ Excalibur Winner~
Three years in a row!!
Highest Scoring Teen Group of the entire Competition ~Survive
(2016 ~Fly~ 2017 ~The Meadow)
Outstanding Choreography ~ Survive
Tears of an Angel ~Perfect Unison Award Judges Choice
Rather Be~ Perfect Sounds Award Judges Choice
The Nest~ Outstanding Choreography
Uptown Funk~ Outstanding Entertainment Award
Excellence in Tap~ Le Danse Studio Award
Grown~Outstanding Teamwork Award Judges Choice


BTS~
The Meadow~ Highest Scoring Small Group
of the entire Competition
Rather Be~Rhythmically Speaking~
Judges Choice Award
Fever~Standout Solo Award Judges Choice
Grown~Standout Entertainment Award
Pep Rally ~Light Fighters Judges Choice Award
Survive~Outstanding Choreography
Grown~Great Group Goals Award Judges Choice


KAR~
Move Right out of my Life~ Fierce Fabulous Fosse Award Judges Choice
The Meadow~ Best Costume
The Nest~ Artistic Vision Award


Nexstar~
The Meadow~ Creative Concept Award~Outstanding Choreography~
Pep Rally~ Outstanding Costume
Tears of an Angel~ Perfect Unison
That Man~ Sweet Sophistication Award Judges Choice


Patch winner

Wayne Patch
Readers Choice Winner
for Best Dance Studio


A WORD FROM THE DIRECTORS

This year marks the 31st anniversary of Le Danse! What started as a personal goal for us 31 years ago has become a successful reality. Our studio was born out of the belief that a dancer be able to study in a positive environment. As teachers, our goals were to develop physically strong and graceful dancers with sound technique and style. As dancers ourselves, we wanted to instill a sense of joy and love for our shared art form.

We are truly fortunate to have had many professional and personal goals fulfilled. As we look back we are filled with many fond memories and tremendous pride.

As we begin our 31st year in the Wayne community, we remember the many wonderful people we’ve met and the great friendships made along the way. We remember to continue to strive for excellence, creativity and knowledge. We remember the children that started at Le Danse 31 years ago. We have watched them grow into mature and successful adults. And now as each generation of young dancers enter the studio, we feel the same joy & excitement that we felt the very first day. We continue to share our expertise with every student & parent that enters our doors.

Experience is knowledge…….Come experience Le Danse!

Sincerely,
Diane Raimo & Patty De Dio

 

Directors

Diane and Patty

Diane has studied dance under some of the finest teachers in the country. In New York City, she has studied with Luigi, Frank Hatchett & Joe Lanteri. On the convention circuit her teachers have included Chicago’s Gus Giordano & LA’s Joe Tremaine to name a few. Diane has trained in London, England studying jazz at Pineapple Dance Center, Covet Garden as well as teaching on the competition circuit for Dance Educators of America & Dance Masters of America at conventions & competitions in both New York City & Houston, Texas and also served as an associate director and director in two New Jersey studios.

Diane has worked as a choreographer & performer in and around New York City for many productions. She has choreographed for & performed in The Clifton Actors Workshop’s production of Oliver, nightclub productions at “Club27” in NYC and Boomers nightclub, as well as numerous showcases and fashion shows in NYC and dinner theatre productions in the metro area.

Her jazz & lyrical choreography has won first, second, high silver, platinum, gold & high gold awards as well as special judges and high score awards in numerous regional and national dance competitions throughout the metro area since 1978. Diane has also privately coached many dancers & dance teams in NJ, Westchester & Florida.

Diane loves teaching and choreographing and continues to strive for a healthy balance of technique, style and creativity in her dancers. Diane is a perfectionist in her field and she brings high standards of teaching to the students of Le Danse.

In 1999, Diane became a mom to Gianna, her beautiful daughter, who is the light of her life and also shares her mom’s love for dance.

Along with Patty, in 2010, Diane celebrated the 25th anniversary of their studio, Le Danse.

 

Patty has studied dance with many Manhattan based dance masters such as Robert Audy, Frank Hatchett, Judy Ann Bassing and Bettye Morrow. She has been an active member of Dance Educators of America since 1985.

Teaching dance since 1978, Patty has developed an original tap technique, graduating from beginning through advanced levels, incorporating various jazz styles. This technique has become her trademark and has been very successful throughout the years.

Her choreography has won first and second places in both East Coast & National Competitions sponsored by Dance Educators of America, Dance Olympus, Showstoppers Talent Competition, Headliners Performing Arts Competition, American Dance Spectrum and International Dance Challenge, both in New York and New Jersey. She was awarded an outstanding choreography award sponsored by Headliners Performing Arts Competition.

Patty was co-choreographer of “Oliver,” a children’s’ production presented by the Clifton Actors Workshop. She also co-choreographed a weekly nightclub dance act for a local New Jersey dance club.

Patty was on staff for the Rutherford Adult Education program teaching low-impact aerobics classes. She was also a staff member of the Goddard School in Ramsey, NJ where she introduced a new preschool dance program to their pre-K students.

Patty continues to share both her talent and creativity with her staff and students of Le Danse. Her love of characterization & musical theatre is apparent in her choreography. Her goal is to expand her students’ education to their utmost capabilities while also revealing the students’ individual personality through their dance.

 

"I am Natalie Ritacco, and I have been dancing at Le Danse since I was 5 years old. I love it there! The teachers are very nice and helpful and I wouldn't be the dancer I am now without their help and support. The students get along and pay attention constantly. I've developed relationships with girls there and we are close friends to this day. Le Danse will do anything to help you reach your highest goal and be the best dancer you can be!" Thank you!
Natalie Ritacco

My daughter started at Le Danse two years ago when we realized it was time for a change from the big studio we were in. I researched most of the local studios but the only one that felt right was Le Danse. After speaking with Ms. Patty and Ms. Diane, I knew we had found a new dance family. My daughter joined the competition team and through their guidance and encouragement they have brought out her inner dancer. All of the staff look at each child individually and push when they need to push and nurture when they need to nurture. Unlike her former studio, she is not just a number. Not just another award. She is viewed for her individual talents and I am amazed at the progress she has made. We absolutely LOVE Le Danse.
Tracy Williams-Healy, Le Danse Parent

"We made the switch from another dance studio in town at the beginning of the 2014 dance season. We've been overly impressed with the balance Ms Patty and Ms Diane help us achieve between competitive dancing and the other important things in our family's life. Our girls have made noticeable improvements in their form and technique due to the individual attention they get from the instructors. More importantly, however, their self-confidence has increased and they've developed a real sense for what it means to be on a team and to set and work towards goals. We couldn't be happier with our decision."
Andrea Cahn, Le Danse Parent

"We absolutely love Le Danse and have been going here for 8+ years. They provide such a fun dance environment. There is structure where and when needed, but without the added negative pressure that comes with other schools in the area. Both of our daughters have been dancing at Le Danse since they were 2, they are 10 and 6 now. Le Danse has helped both of them find their love for dance and over the years they have been challenged at the right pace. My oldest joined the competition team 2 years ago which has given her a whole new set of skills. We really love that the Directors, Miss Diane and Miss Patty, teach many of the classes and are very involved in all of classes they do not teach and oversee all of the choreography. The Directors know every student by name and make time to learn the parent’s names too. I have recently gotten back into dance myself and take the adult tap and jazz classes. It has also been a great experience. I highly recommend this dance studio, and can truly say the girls who attend Le Danse have become one big dance family. "
Sue Frech, Le Danse Parent


"Nothing compares to the Le Danse recitals or dance routines. Le Danse not only taught you routines, but also taught you technique. The hard work and numerous hours of practice taught everyone that there was more to dancing than just learning the steps in a routine. There is nothing like Le Danse! Thank you for having been there!"
Rose Agrusti, Former Parent

"I just want to say how impressed I am with the dance routine the girls learned. My older daughter danced for years and Ava attended another dance school a few years ago and nothing comes close to the level of dance you provide. It was amazing and I was truly impressed. Great Job!!!"
Dyana Thompson, Parent

"Le Danse is a professional dance studio that has well regarded instructors and directors who are very competent, but more importantly they make children and their parents feel that they have an extended family. This is one of many reasons why I would only have my daughter attend such a wonderful dance studio."
Babette Simon, Parent

"The father daughter dance at Le Danse has given me memories with my daughter I could not get anywhere else!!!!!!"
Tim Barbera, Dancing Father

"I love dancing because I really get to express myself and really try my best. I made a lot of friends here and it's almost like I live here. Because my friends aren't friends, they are family."
Mollie Gutt, Student

"I like to dance because it's a lot of exercise and it's fun. And at Le Danse they have special events
Natalia Ortega, Student

 

Hi Diane,

Geralyn and I wanted to thank you so much for inviting us to the show. You should be very proud of Gianna, the show and the work you do with the girls. Hopefully the parents and the girls can see how much good comes from your efforts. This year was extra special, we were able to see the advancement with the dancers we remembered from last year. If we had a daughter she would be enrolled with you.
Enjoy your summer.

Love,
Geralyn and Larry

 

The Studio



580 Valley Road, Wayne N.J 07470. Tel.(973)305-8401

Email:ledanse@optimum.net

 


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