MEET OUR INSPIRING TEAM OF TEACHERS AND STAFF!

Come learn with the best at LDI DanceWorks! All of our dance instructors are personable and excited to be helping each and every one of our students reach their fullest potential in dance. Whether your focus is technique, a fun pastime, or you’re just looking for a new way to work out, you can find it here!  Try a class today and feel the differencerence of a "family-focused" studio!

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Lynn DeNisi

Office Manager

Lynn does so much more than just working the front desk! She can answer (almost!) all of your questions about the studio and helps keep things running smoothly from day-to-day. She does so much behind the scenes and we wouldn't be LDI DanceWorks without her! 

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Lisa Hengelsberg

Instructor

Teaches Monday-Wednesday in the styles of Ballet, PBT, Lyrical, Modern, and Technique/Conditioning.

 

She is certified in PBT: Progressive Ballet Technique - A revolutionary program to enhance ballet technique.

Miss Lisa is a graduate of Point Park College, taught for Laura Lynn School of Dance for 17 years before taking some time off to be a Mom to Lyla (who now dances at LDI!), and then joined us for our inaugural year of LDI DanceWorks! 

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Emily DeShantz

Instructor

Miss Emily Teaches Saturdays in the styles of Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Intro to Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop.

 

Emily began her training at South Jersey Ballet Theatre and also studied jazz, tap and Horton modern at Southern NJ Academy of the Performing Arts. Emily moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 where she studied dance and cinema at Point Park University. Since graduating with her MBA in Entertainment Management, Emily has worked as a production coordinator on Lifetime’s "Dance Moms", along with other television and feature films. Today, Emily is a producer at Brunner and is excited to be a part of the LDI family!

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Amy Guerriero

Instructor

Miss Amy  teaches on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the style of Tap, Creative Movement, Intro to Jazz, and Intro to Hip-Hop!

 

Amy is an LDI DanceWork's graduate! She danced with us all 15 years of her dance career and we are happy to have now have her on our teaching staff! She is currently pursuing a career in Nursing and excited to grow as a dance teacher here at LDI for the second year! 

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Heather Kelly

Owner, Director, Instructor

Miss Heather teaches Monday -Thursday & Saturdays in the styles of Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Tap, Pre-Ballet, Intro to Hip-Hop, Technique, Conditioning, Acrobatic Arts, and fitness classes: Zumba®, and STRONG 30!

She has been a Certified Zumba® Instructor since 2009, Certified STRONG Nation™ Instructor since 2017, and an Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher since 2018.

 

Miss Heather grew up dancing at Laura Lynn School of Dance (where she learned from our very own Miss Lisa!), and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Kent State University. She danced with 2 professional modern dance companies in Ohio and then became a founding company member and performed with Continuum Dance Theater (a Pittsburgh-based dance company) for 5 years. She had been teaching at LLSOD since 2004 up until opening LDI DanceWorks in 2017 with Miss Rachel! She truly loves being able to share her love for dance with her students and staff. She is so happy and proud to be part of such a wonderful dance family.

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Melissa Kemp

Instructor

Miss Melissa teaches Thursdays in the styles of Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Jazz.

 

Melissa's passion for dance began at the age of 3, with Miss Lisa as her first ballet teacher at Laura Lynn School of Dance. She also danced pre-professionally starting at the age of 12 and trained at La Roche University, Point Park University and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While in high school she was a part of school musicals, was on the Hampton Dance Team for all 4 years, and was captain her senior year. Melissa went on to receive her Bachelors in Science at Duquesne University where she was also on the Duquesne Dance Team. After graduating, she started teaching for Laura in 2012 and continued on with LDI DanceWorks in 2017!

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Claire Peoples

Instructor

Miss Claire Teaches Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays in the styles of Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap,  Contemporary, Conditioning/ Technique, & our newest Pop Fitness class: Ballet Blend!

Claire Peoples graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Georgia with a BFA in Dance and was one of thirty undergraduates awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence. At UGA, she was a member of the contemporary African ensemble CADE:NCE and the ballet company Dance Repertory Project. She performed in the Spring Dance Concert, Young Choreographers Series, and at conferences across the east coast and internationally. Peoples attended the American Dance Festival in 2018 on full scholarship. For the summers of 2019-2020 she worked as Head Resident Advisor for the Joffrey Ballet School's summer programs in Georgia, Colorado, and Texas. From 2020-2021 she was a Trainee with Boston Dance Theater, training alongside the company and learning the repertory of notable choreographers such as Itzik Galili, Marco Goecke, Yin Yue, Micaela Taylor, and more. She is excited to move to Pittsburgh this fall to dance as a Trainee with Confluence Ballet in their inaugural season and start teaching the students of LDI DanceWorks!

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Shayne Cameron

Instructor

Miss Shayne teaches on Wednesdays in the style of "Move with Me", Boys intro to Jazz, and technique. 

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Owner, Director, Instructor

Miss Rachel teaches Monday-Friday in the styles of Tap, Musical Theater, Jazz, Pre-Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Technique.

Rachel grew up in New England, and moved to Pittsburgh in 2003 with her husband and now has three children. She holds a dual bachelor's of science degree and has over 20 years of teaching experience at various dance studios throughout Vermont, Boston, and Pittsburgh. In addition to her years of teaching, she has an extensive business background in sales, business development and marketing including entrepreneurial programs.  She was a lead choreographer and has performed in several musicals throughout her career. She began her teaching at LLSOD in 2010 and is happy to now be a co-owner of LDI DanceWorks with Miss Heather since 2017!

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Adrianna Amodei

Instructor

Miss Adrianna Teaches on Mondays in the styles of Contemporary, Jazz, Technique, and Stretch.

Adrianna is a Bethlehem, PA native where she attended the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Point Park University, where she earned her BFA in Dance with a concentration in Modern.  Before attending Point Park, Adrianna attended the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. During her time there, Adrianna had works she choreographed gain recognition to be chosen to be performed at both the National and the Regional High School Dance Festivals. As a dancer at Point Park, Adrianna had the opportunity to perform in Martha Graham's "Steps in the Street" as well as Doug Bentz's "Transmigration of Souls." She also spent time choreographing and performing in numerous student works during her college dance career. Following college, Adrianna taught contemporary for various workshops throughout the Lehigh Valley as well as taught jazz and tap for Lehigh University's Dancin' Club this past year. She also is a current company member of fireWALL Dance Theater, a contemporary dance theater company based in Pittsburgh.

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Isabella Porta

Instructor

Miss Isabella  teaches on Tuesdays and Fridays in the style of Acrobatics and Tumbling, Beginner Acro, Basic Acro,  Pre-Ballet, Hip-Hop, Ballet, and  Jazz.

 

Isabella is a LDI DanceWorks graduate! She has a safety certification from USA Gymnastics that allows her to coach rhythmic artistic gymnastics, boys, and acro. She currently is attending Duquesne University for Mathematics and Modern Languages. and loves that she is still close enough to stay connected with her LDI family! She also was crowned Miss Pennsylvania International of 2021 and is so excited to spread confidence and inspire the next generation through positive encouragement at LDI!

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