The Moment

Faculty

In creating our studio, we had a common goal. Our aim was to provide for young dancers an atmosphere in which talent could be nurtured and developed and interest and love for dance broadened and respected. These aims have remained central to us throughout our history and as they have expanded and grown, so has Le Danse's educational base widened.

Le Danse is a community of dancers who have not only the benefits of training with our amazing faculty of professional instructors, choreographers and performers, but also the sharing of artistic experience as well, in venues like regional and national competitions, year end performances and master classes and workshops. We emphasize our students working together in performing groups, both large and small ensembles and continue to combine the determination to continue to move forward while holding fast to earlier wisdom. The studio reflects the change of environment of the professional arts by emphasizing the broadest possible artistic content for the young, while fostering interaction among students and teachers and offering professional training & education unique in both time and place.

We, the directors of Le Danse, are proud of our outstanding studio, staff, and well-trained students. We are proud of the many accomplishments, awards and accolades that we have all received over the years and hope to continue to guide our studio gracefully.

 

Gianna Raimo

Gianna has been dancing since two and a half and has won numerous high gold, platinum, and overall high score awards competing with the studio. Gianna was second runner up Miss Showbiz and National Dance Week's Most Promising Performer at both Showbiz National Dance Competition and New York Dance America/Olympus. Gianna has also trained in New York City at Broadway Dance Center, Steps NYC, the Joffrey Summer Intensive and the Rockette Summer Intensive.

Gianna is very excited to now be apart of the teaching staff at Le Danse and is looking forward to sharing this knowledge with her students. Gianna has been both a dancer and the Executive Chair of Orchesis, a Dance Group at Columbia University and Scholarship Director of Kappa Alpha Theta and Recruitment Data Assistant.

Gianna just graduated Barnard College Columbia University with a double major in Economics and English (writing). Gianna is excited to begin her advertising career in New York City this summer.

 

Lindsey Lykowski

Lindsey Lykowski was born and raised in the Chicago-land area. She studied at numerous classical ballet academies including Salt Creek Ballet. She studied most extensively at Bataille Academie of the Danse winning numerous national titles at competition.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She studied under industry greats such as Sara Hook, Tere O’Connor, and Sahar Azimi. Lindsey was the only undergraduate to ever perform a solo work in a main stage performance choreographed by Sara Hook. During this time Lindsey also performed in Light, a Christmas production in Chicago, catering to a total audience of 90,000 and televised in 13 countries. It was during her time at school she started teaching all levels of ballet and pointe at Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer in Mahomet, Illinois.

In the summer of 2012 she moved to New York City after being chosen as a Professional Semester Intern at Broadway Dance Center and Parsons Dance. In February 2013, she was selected as one of the original company members of Sans Limites Dance as both a soloist and rehearsal director. Lindsey also co-choreographed her first concert piece Limites with director Diana Petersen that was presented in numerous festivals including Jennifer Mueller’s Hatched series.

In recent history, Lindsey currently dances with Roschman Dance under the direction of Sean Roschman and Carolyn Barry. The company performs all over New York and the East Coast.

Lindsey’s ballet classes focus on proper alignment for each individual dancer. Her classes emphasize musicality, artistry, and knowledge of dance history.


Dane Burch

Dane Burch grew up with many artistic outlets in his life. From early childhood, Dane enjoyed sketching and playing music. At the age of 13, he began to play piano regularly as well as tuba, trumpet, and clarinet. Along with his instrumental dabblings, he took part in several choir and theatre activities. 

Dane graduated from Montclair State University with a major in theatre studies and a double minor in dance and music theatre. Once in college, he decided to pursue theatre which had been influence by his musical, band and choir experiences. Nothing, however, had quite given him the happiness that he desired until he took a dance class as part of college artistic requirements. After that dance class, Dane immediately knew that it was something he could not live without. From that moment on, he was taking several dance electives, outside ballet classes, and took on his second Minor in Dance. 

 Now Dane dances with Nikki Manx Dance Project, and teaches in eastern and northern NJ. His ultimate dream is to dance around the world as well as influence and nurture the artistic impressions of his students so that they may reach their potential as artists.


Stephanie Isaacson

Stephanie has been dancing since she was five years old. She has studied and competed in various styles at Le Danse, such as ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, pointe, and contemporary. She began her dance teaching career with Le Danse at seventeen years old.

Stephanie is an alumna of the Rockette Summer Intensive, where she learned and performed Rockette repertoire for five summers. She also frequently learned from professional dancers at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Stephanie continued her dance education at Montclair State University, where she earned her minor in Dance. Stephanie learned from prestigious professors in ballet and modern. While studying at Montclair State University, she became the founding member and Vice President of the Montclair State Dance Team and competed at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals. Upon graduating, Stephanie went on to become the Assistant Coach of MSDT and then the Head Coach. She holds a national championship title from the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship during her coaching career. 

 Stephanie is excited to continue her teaching career at Le Danse. She is looking forward to bringing technical excellence and instilling a passion for dance in each of her students!


Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith is a dancer, performer and choreographer from Teaneck, NJ. At three years old she began her training at the school of performing arts at Bergen PAC, and the New Jersey Ballet School. Lillian then continued her education at Nunnbetter Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Leath Nunn and Ernie Prinz. While at NDT she performed principal roles in both classical and contemporary works including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Bayadere and Jerome Robbin's West Side Story Suite. She also annually participated in the prestigious competition, Youth America Grand Prix where she received scholarships to both the North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston Ballet Summer Intensives. 

In addition to dancing Lillian has also explored her passion for performing through theater and music. In 2019 she began voice lessons with renowned vocal coach and opera singer Claudette Peterson. That summer and following winter Lillian was dance captain in Forbidden Theater's production of Rent and Teaneck High School’s Chicago as Roxie Hart. In June of 2020 Lillian graduated from Teaneck High School from the Academy of Social Sciences with high honors. 

After graduation Lillian moved to Columbus Ohio, and joined BalletMet as a part of their trainee program under the leadership of Academy director Maria Torija. While at BalletMet Lillian has had the opportunity to learn George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht, Western Symphony, The Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia. Lillian has also participated in BalletMet company productions including The Nutcracker and Edwaard Liang’s Giselle. During her time at BalletMet Lillian has had the chance to explore composition and choreography. Lillian’s first full choreographic work Old Fashioned premiered in May of 2022.


Jennifer Oehlwein

Jennifer Oehlwein grew up in the competition circuit (both dance and ballroom) and continued her education at Point Park University, in Pittsburgh PA. She received a B.A. in Dance and minor in Musical Theatre. She has made a career of performing, choreographing, judging, and directing professionally for the past ten plus years. 

In addition to dance, Jennifer is also a singer, aerialist, and fitness professional. Over the last year she has founded a company called Freeheart Fitness merging her love of dance and fitness together in an online community. During her college years she had the privilege of interning with River North and Hubbard Street in Chicago for their summer intensives. 

After graduation she took to the seas with Royal Carribean International, singing and dancing all over the world then onto the international tour of “West Side Story”. Upon moving to NYC a new opportunity fell into her lap as a rehearsal director/installer for an entertainment company that casts in a multitude of arenas including cruise-ships, national tours, theme parks, industrial gigs, and more! 

When not working on productions and installing casts of professionals, she assisted the team at dance calls and taught master classes all over the world! Jennifer has performed in various musicals such as Legally Blonde, West Side Story, The Producers, The Bodyguard, Reefer Madness, and the national tour of Elf The Musical! Most recently she was featured in the Disney’s 50th Anniversary footage as well as a commercial for Coca-Cola. She is currently a member of the company the “Latin Connection” here in NYC and performs with them regularly. She is also a regional director for the dance competition, Encore DCS. 

She is very passionate about dance education and training students who love what they do. Jennifer considers herself lucky to have made a career out of her life's passion and looks forward to continuing to do so through inspiring dancers everywhere.


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