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Meet Our Staff

Keli Lesker

Owner

Keli Lesker, originally from Los Angles, CA, has been a renowned choreographer and dance instructor for over 20 years. She has studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, ballroom, and hip hop from various studios in Southern California. Keli has trained with top choreographers and teachers including Joe Tremaine, Tina and Dee Caspary, Bob Woodard, Jason Beitel, Rob Schultz, Richard Kauzmtch, Preston Lee, Nancy Paradis, Stacy and Fransisco Martinez, and more. Keli was the owner and Company Director of Dance House, California locations, for 13 years. She has choreographed for the Special Olympics, Euro Disney Opening Ceremonies, as well as the LA Clippers Halftime, Team Rave LA, Debbie Reynolds Showcase, Cirque Des Fleurs at The Music Box (Hollywood), award-winning DH Company, nationally recognized competition teams, numerous community events, and fundraisers, just to name a few. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers as professional dancers in the industry; i.e. Cirque du Soliel, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Executive Director of IHollywood, "Wicked", "Hairspray", So You Think You Can Dance contestants, Star Search contestants, Disney (Anaheim) Stage shows and parades, So You Think You Can Dance (Europe) winner, Artistic Director, and Choreographer at Knockturnallheads, owner of Sharp International, Julliard, and numerous college dance teams. She has also trained and choreographed for many Songleading, Cheer, and Dance Teams. Keli has judged for Dance Rave Talent Competition as well as the Culver City Figure Skating Championships (Artistic Judge). She is also a recipient of the Capezio Choreography Award for jazz. 

Lacie Lovitt

Lacie Lovitt is a life-long dancer from La Canada  California, where her family owned the Dance House Academy of Performing Arts. She became a teacher and choreographer at the age of 13 while continuing her dream in becoming a national title winner. Her titles include; Miss Starpower, Miss Dance Rave, Miss StarSystems, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge inductee and Showstoppers National video winner with the highest scoring solo over all ages in jazz. Lacie is thankful for her training with the top teachers in Los Angeles; Debbie Reynolds, Joe Tremaine, Bob Woodard, Wade Robson, Dee Caspary, Ray Leeper, Preston Lee and her sister Keli Lesker. She has appeared in a variety of productions ranging from classical and contemporary ballets, musical theater productions, and industrials. Some of her credits include; Debbie Reynolds Showcase/dancer, Star Search semi-finalist/choreographer, Good Morning America/choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance/pilot dancer,  Zombie Cheerleader Movie/cheerleader, The Magic Castle Hollywood/dancer, Team Rave LA, San Francisco and New York dance company/dancer and choreographer and a Sharp International/judge. Lacie is blessed with the gift of being able to connect with all ages and skill levels.

Tiffiny Wayland

Beauchamp

Tiffiny Wayland, a California native, has been dancing, performing, and teaching, for over 15 years, and is an award-winning choreographer.  Tiffiny grew up and trained in the Dance House family and soon became an outstanding teacher and choreographer. Her training includes ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, salsa, and hip hop. Over the past two decades, she has competed at the highest levels, winning awards in jazz and lyrical solo performances. She has also performed in the 1998 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, Team Rave LA, Dance House Company, LA Clippers Halftime, Sharp International Entertainers, and numerous community events and fundraisers. Tiffiny has choreographed for Team Rave LA (San Fransisco), Dance House competition teams, and performances; Nightmare on Rosemead, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Frozen, and Peter Pan. In addition, she has been an instructor and choreographer for several Southern California high school song leading, Cheer, and Dance teams.

Trisha Turns

Trisha Turns has grown up dancing around the St. Louis area. She has been dancing since the age of four and competing since the age of five. Although trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary, her favorite style of dance is tap. Trisha has won scholarships to California and New York for her tap solos as well as competed all over the United States. Trisha has been invited to travel with tap companies in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles! Trisha most enjoys sharing her love for dance with many young aspiring dancers!

Garrick Johnson

Garrick Johnson, II (G2) a native of Saint Louis MO, is our Hip Hop Instructor/Choreographer, and also one of our Competition Team Coaches.  At 12 years old, he pursued hip hop dance with the Anointed Feet Christian Dance Academy of the Arts, and has never stopped.  Over the years, he’s founded a youth dance, mentoring program called the Multicultural Family Center Hip Hop Kidz in Dubuque, IA, became a member of Dreaming Allegiance Dance Crew, taught hip hop dance as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dubuque, choreographed the Madagascar Jr stage play at Dubuque’s Grand Opera House, and opened up for various artists and dance companies — including, but not limited to, Chicago Dance Crash and Las Vegas’s Michael Jackson LIVE.  Garrick returned to Saint Louis at the end 2018, and continues to share his passion for the fine and performing arts with studios and artists throughout the Missouri and Illinois regions. 

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Tabby Prokopf

Tabby began dance at age 6 & joined competitive dance. She has danced with different teams but ended up finding her forever "home studio" with SLDC when she was 15. Tabby has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acro/Tumbling. She currently teaches one of our Tumbling classes, but has also taught Tap classes in the past..Growing up in a dance studio and teaching has made her have a soft spot for kids.

Tabby is currently attending SIUE to be a pediatric nurse.

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Ally Poe

Ally began dancing at Studio L when it first opened over 10 years ago. 

Ally continues the SLDC legacy as Alumni and a teacher/choreographer.  During her formative years with us, Ally danced both recreationally & competitively.  Currently, Ally teaches our Pre-Dance class (ages 2-3) and Musical Theatre classes. She also teaches Beginner's Tumbling as well as Turns classes.

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Brian Morris

Brian grew up training in local dance studios and competed in all large circuits. Throughout his formative years, he has won many titles such as  Mr. Starquest, Mr.Legacy, Mr.Spotlight, and more! Brian has a passion for lyrical and jazz, and loves to clean routines to get them stage-ready! . While dancing for Civic Memorial High School, Brian won 4 State Titles, 4 Grand Championships, All-American Dancer, Top Gun Turns, and more.

 Brian currently is a dance judge for studio and drill team dance competitions all over America. He began his dance adjudication career with a vow to provide more than just a score, but to include constructive critiques to help the teams/soloists evolve & grow artistically. Brian judges for many associations like IDTA (Illinois Drill Team Association) certified general effect judge, IHSA (Illinois High School Association) certified official, IHSDTA (Indiana High School Dance Team Association) advanced judge, DTU (Dance Team Union), NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), TeamDance National Chamionship (Studio Competition). Brian also has received a certification from NDCA as an advanced dance judge.

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Journee Brownridge

Journee is currently a High School Senior at O’Fallon Township High School. She has been training and dancing on the Competition with SLDC for the past 5 years. Journee is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop, and Tap. While a competitive dancer, Journee has won Titles including Miss Teen Starquest and two consecutive Miss Headliners wins. Though she has not been dancing as long as some have, she quickly found a passion and love for dance and teaching.  Her commitment to perfecting technique along with her incredible work ethic propelled her progress, and her star quality shines onstage. Journee currently teaches Ballet 1, Petite Tap, Tiny Tappers, Hip Hop, Jr Jazz 1, and Jazz 1. Her love for dance and teaching others has inspired her to pursue dance as a career after high school. Journee aspires to become a professional dancer and choreographer in the industry.

Christina Martin

Digital Marketing/Advertising Strategist &
SLDC Parent Ambassador 

Christina has over 20 years of extensive experience in areas of project management, systems design and implementation, client communications and employee management. 

     From the age of 14, Christina began working part time in retail in various departments, including procurement, service, collections & credit. She continued working throughout high school, college, and obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Central Florida. 

     Christina began her professional career with a benefits consulting firm, which managed investments and health & welfare benefit plans for many Fortune 500 companies. As a Project Manager; her position included oversight of client services, process implementation, enrollment deadline management, procedures development, as well as supervising a team of over 30 representatives.

     Once Christina moved to Illinois in 2004, she furthered her career experience by working in different industries, including Practice Management for Metro Investigations Inc., Private Duty Staffing Manager for Bayada Nurses and a Business Analyst for Heartland Dental Care. 

     In 2009, Christina followed her entrepreneurial spirit and began her own business management company, which provided virtual project management services for several international companies. She also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Global Association of Small Professional Practice Owners.   In 2011, Christina semi-retired from the corporate world and has been a stay at home & homeschool teacher to her two children, Gavin & Avery. 

     Recently Christina has jumped back into entrepreneurship and started an online business, focusing on branding/marketing/advertising strategies tailored to small business owners.

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