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Welcome to the Laura Lynn School of Dance. We hope that your child's dance experience is both educational and very enjoyable. We at the Laura Lynn School of Dance take great pride in giving our students the most professional dance instruction in the area, at prices you can afford. The work, energy, goals and success that you find in dance will last your child a lifetime.

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Teachers:
Heather Jacobs - Teaches: Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Pre-Ballet/Tumbling, & Zumba®
After 14 years training at LLSOD, Heather continued her study at Kent State University, Ohio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance in May 2009.
She has studied/performed in Tuscany, Italy and also at four American College Dance Festivals. She has been privileged to work with many renowned choreographers, including being chosen to perform a jazz piece by the artistic director of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Chicago), Billy Siegenfeld. Additionally, she is currently a member of two professional modern dance companies: Travesty Dance Group and Verlezza Dance of Cleveland.
Heather’s modern choreography has won her several awards including Outstanding Choreographer in 2008 and 2009. Her piece entitled sensitive dependence (‘09) was chosen to represent KSU at the 2009 American College Dance Festival and was invited to be in the Verlezza Dance Concert: Voices in June 2009. As for studio dance, her Hip-Hop choreography won her soloist overall high scores at regional and national competitions in Ohio.
She is extremely honored to have been invited back to work with the LLSOD family again and is fortunate to be able to share her artistry in the dance world. Heather anticipates sharing her passion with her students and excited to help each dancer reach their fullest potential.
Rachel LeDuc - Teaches Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop
has over 12 years of teaching experience in tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance at studios in a variety of locations beginning in Vermont and continuing at several studios in Boston and most recently Pittsburgh. She began her studies in Western Massachusetts at the age of 3, and continued her training at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as Point Park College, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Attack Theater since moving to Pittsburgh. She graduated from The University of Vermont, and performed and assisted in choreography of several theater productions while there, including the musical Babes in Arms. She also performed in numerous one act plays at UVM, and was a member of the Orchestra where she played oboe and piano. She is delighted to join the Laura Lynn School of Dance faculty and is excited to bring her experience in teaching dance to students of all ages.

Joelle DeNisi -Joelle received training and danced competitively in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical and modern with Laura Lynn School of Dance. She was also an assistant and substitute teacher at LLSOD throughout high school. She is now a senior at the University of Pittsburgh and will graduate this April 2015 with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in dance. At Pitt, she performs with and is on the executive board of the University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble. Through her dance minor education and time with the Dance Ensemble she has worked with many professional choreographers in the Pittsburgh area and gained years of teaching and choreography experience. Joelle is thrilled to be back at LLSOD as an instructor to pass on her amazing experience to other young dancers.
Samantha Arnold - Sam graduated from Youngstown State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in dance. She performed and choreographed for the YSU Dance Ensemble for 3 years and focused on modern and contemporary styles. Also, she was chosen to perform in a piece at the American College Dance Festival. In high school, Sam danced competitively in jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop with Studio G Dance Center. Sam is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and is passionate about training dancers in a safe and fun environment.
Hansel Correa Diaz - Originally from Havana, Cuba started his studies at the prestigious Alejo Carpentier Ballet School in Havana in 2000, from where he graduated in 2005. He moved up next to the National School of Arts to continue his career with a concentration in Spanish Dance (Flamenco). Hansel graduated with high honors, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish Dance on July of 2011. He began his professional career at the internationally renowned Ballet Espanol de Cuba Company on September of the same year. He began as a corp of Ballet, performing extensively with the company all around the country. He moved quickly to soloist and principal dancer later on, having the opportunity to perform with international principal dancers such as Francisco Nunez(Spain), Jose Manuel Carreno, and others. His performance experience includes: Sevilla en el Tiempo, Homenaje a Martin Vargas, The Phantom of the Opera, Carmen, Romance Bacalice, Romance in B, Las Bodas de Luis Alonso, Asturias, Emigrante, Gitanillas y Toreros, Sombrero de los Tres Picos, Al Andaluz, among many others. In 2013, Hansel had his debut as a choreographer, working with Victor Basilio in "Encontra2" this piece initiated another successful path on his career. Hansel was also an instructor at The Spanish Ballet School for 5 years teaching all ages( 3 to 18). He continued to perform, teach and choreograph for the company until he moved to the United States. Hansel now lives in Greensburg PA, where he has been teaching and performing with Laurel Ballet and West Point Ballet in the production of Fire Bird and Happiness.

Desk-Assistants:
Claire
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