with a multi-award winning dance studio, located in Fairview Heights, Illinois
Welcome to Studio L Dance Center
For over 10 years, SLDC has provided world-class dance instruction and has been a trailblazer in award-winning choreography. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through movement!
Serving Metro East Illinois and the greater St Louis areas, we are the premier destination for dancers who want to take their skills to the next level.
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I'm Keli Lesker, Owner & Artistic Director of Studio L Dance Center. My sisters and I grew up in our parent's dance studio in California. The three of us trained vigorously and competed throughout the competitive dance circuit around the Los Angeles area.
In high school, I began choreographing for my sisters and others dancers within our studio - and I started winning choreography awards. I knew I had found my niche. Our grandfather was always supportive of our love of dance and helped convince me that one day, I'd be able to open a studio of my own. In 1996, after graduating high school and with the support of my family, we took a leap of faith and spent the summer opening "Dance House" in LA County, CA. We flourished and were blessed to train so many talented dancers, many of which went on to have professional careers within the industry. Dance House remained opened until I married in 2006.
After I moved to Illinois in 2009, I happily embraced my new chapter of life as a wife and mother. However, I knew something was missing. My passion for dance had not faded; I missed the creative outlet that choreographing provided and my passion for making a positive impact on children's lives would forever be who I am. So in 2012, with the support of my husband, I launched Studio L Dance Center.
I'm honored to carry on my family's tradition with my sisters by my side, as they both, along with my mom, moved to Illinois. In memory of my father, I incorporated one of his favorite sayings into the culture of Studio L Dance and it encompasses who we are at the core: "Dance Because You Love it!"
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What Do Our Studio Parents Say?
A. Peoples ~ SLDC Parent
"My daughter is a competitive dancer at (Studio L). Her technique, confidence, and professionalism have flourished tremendously in such a short time.
But what's even greater than this is how the teachers and owner highlight the most important thing about dance is "LOVE"! Do it because you love to do it is the slogan. My daughters love for herself, love for others, and love for dance continues to overflow ❤ Thank you Studio L" 👏🏽
M. Sanders ~ SLDC Parent
"We absolutely love Studio L my oldest daughter has been dancing there for 3 years, competing for 2 she has transformed tremendously under the direction and guidance of her dance instructors.
My youngest who is only 4 started competing this year and has also grown so much and I have been really impressed with how well she is progressing at so young. If you are looking for a studio this is the one to be at!"
C. Martin ~ SLDC Parent
"We love this studio! Excellent, skilled teachers! Our daughter started dance at another studio in the area but wasn't progressing after a year and a half.
When we transferred her to Studio L, we saw immediate improvement; not just in her technique & performance but in her approach to learning. She now has a passion for dance that she was lacking before. If your child wants to dance, Studio L is where they need to be!"