Having danced since age 5, Mary Lorraine received her degree in dance from Webster University's Performing Arts Conservatory. She studied on scholarship with Chicago's famed "Hubbard Street Dance Company", as well as such great as Joel Hall, Gus Giordano, Luigi, and Joffrey II Ballet. During her five years in Chicago she was a professional choreographer, dancer and actress for opera and musical theater, performing on-stage, in films, and commercials. She has over 40 years of teaching experience, and has participated in over 65 musical theater productions throughout the Midwest. She opened MLDC in 1990, and started Omaha's first jazz and tap company—Mid America Theater Dance Company. At home, she is the mother of three. She is passionate about brining dance and all of its benefits to students of every age.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Sam started her journey of musical arts at the age of two. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Tap, but has found her artistic home in the dance form of Hip hop. Sam has traveled teaching workshops, leading master classes and staging choreography for various show choirs, musicals, dance teams, and musical groups. Locally, she has been instructing dance since the age of sixteen. Samantha started dancing for the Omaha Beef Prime dancers at the end of high school and is now the proud director and choreographer of the program.
Katelyn started taking dance at the age of three and grew up taking ballet, tap and jazz. In high school she was active in theatre, performing in musicals like Highschool Musical Onstage, and in show choir, which performed in Branson in Onstage Live and opened for the Legends Show in Branson, MO. She has also attended Dance Olympus and Showbiz master classes, performed professionally at corporate events and has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Katelyn is currently staying at home with her young daughter, but previously taught 3rd grade for Millard Public Schools. She started as an assistant, and then became a teacher for the MLDC program. Katelyn loves being part of the MLDC program, and sharing her passion with the students.
Kellie began her career in Grand Island, NE where she studied with the Royal Academy of Dance under Karen Jamleson. She went on to receive a BFA in dance from UNL where she performed in dance concerts, musicals, and operas. After graduating, Kellie moved to Seattle, WA where she continued to dance and teach. While in Seattle, Kellie had the opportunity to take classes from choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, and Tyce Diorio along with performing with Ruth Davidson Hahn, formerly of the Mark Morris Dance Co., at Jacob’s Pillow, MA. Kellie has found a home at MLDC where she can teach and create. She is proud to a part of the MLDC competition team and company and to work with such amazing students and families.
Janel is a 4th generation dance instructor, beginning her dance training at the Garret-Harvey Dance Studio in Chicago--the same studio her great grandmother opened in 1933. Janel began dancing at her family's studio, and in 1987 moved to St. Louis. While studying dance, she took tumbling and gymnastics classes and studied with Bulgarian Olympic Gymnastics Coach, Illia Nedev. At age 16, she was instructing children's classes throughout the St. Louis area. Janel attended the College of DuPage in Chicago as a Performing Arts Major, and later moved to Omaha and started her own dance company called Legacy Dance; a community based recreational dance program for children. Since then, Janel has professionally choreographed dance styles such as ballroom, hip hop, modern jazz, ballet, and musical theater jazz. She loves sharing her experience here at MLDC!
Deb grew up in Omaha and has been dancing since the age of 3. She joined MLDC at the age of 11 moving through the ranks as a student, assistant, competition dancer, founding company member for the Mid-America Theater Dance Company, and eventually joining the teaching staff. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Oklahoma City University where she received a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She has studied with famous performers such as Donald O’Conner, Cholly Atkins, Al gilbert, Debbie Dee, and many more. She was the dance captain for the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and appeared in several other musical productions in Branson, Missouri. She also spent many years and a talent judge with a national competition circuit. She has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, Music Theater, and hip hop, as well as choreographed regionally for the past 16 years. The most important roles in her life are that of wife to husband, Jeremy, sports mom for son, Tyler, and dance mom for daughter, Lily.
Zoë Harris – Having danced since the age of 4, Zoë started attending MLDC in 2006 where she was on the competition team for 6 years and studied all dance genres: Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe and Jazz. She also was involved with varsity dance team, varsity show choir, community theatre and productions at the Rose Theater. She is a 2016 graduate of the prestigious Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University with a B.S. in Dance Pedagogy. There she performed as part of the American Spirit Dance Company and in Student Choreography showcases.