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Meet the Team

Qualified Professional Instructors

Mary Lorraine 

Owner and Director

Mary Lorraine is the Owner and Director of Mary Lorraine's Dance Center

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 onstage, 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 bringing dance and all of its benefits to students of every age.

Dance Teacher Kellie Satterly

Kellie Satterly 

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.


Katelyn Meyer

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 three young children, but previously taught 3rd grade for Millard Public Schools. She started as an MLDC 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. 


Sam Fry

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. Sam is a strong part of our dance family... her wedding proposal even took place at the studio!


Deb Hayden 

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. Having taught all forms of dance, she has choreographed regionally, and served as a talent judge with a national competition circuit. 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.

Dance Teacher Maddy Miller

Maddy Miller

Mary Lorraine's daughter sometimes called "Mini Mary Lorraine", Maddy grew up at MLDC and under the training and business guidance of her mother. Following her mom's love of dance, she received her BA in Dance and minor in Entrepreneurship from Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. She also was a student at Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester. She has performed in several musicals in Pittsburgh including "Sweet Charity", "Grease", and "Saturday Night Fever". Maddy has traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America while working on Norwegian cruise ships as a dancer and aerialist. Recently she performed in "Christmas in the Air" in Mississippi and in "9 to 5 The Musical" and "La Cage Aux Folles" at the Little Theatre on the Square. She is also a freelance writer for Dance Teacher Magazine and MLDC's Marketing Manager.

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Brianna Botts

A former competitive dancer, Brianna started dancing at Mary Lorraine's Dance Center at the age of 3. She was on Hastings College Dance Team and was their dance captain.  She is in her 3rd year as a member of the Omaha Beef Prime Dancers and choreography for the team.  We are happy to have Brianna back home!

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Ashley Koluch

Ashley grew up at MLDC, starting at the age of 3 thru age 18 studying ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and was also on the competition team. She attended Goucher College studying ballet, pointe, modern, and was in the school’s tap troupe. After transferring to Doane University, she joined the dance team and competed for three years in jazz, pom, and hip hop. She is currently a Patient Care Coordinator for Nebraska Cancer Specialists, and one of the head coaches for the Elkhorn North High School cheer team. She loves teaching technique and making sure students have a strong foundation! 

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Leigh Chaves

Leigh began dancing at the age of 5 and trained at Beth Gaynes Dance Studio from age 8-18. At Truman State University, she participated and was president of the Truman Society of Dance Arts. Leigh owned the Sedalia Ballet School in Sedalia, Missouri for 6 years while continuously learning at conventions across the country. She holds a BA in Communication and a Master of Arts in Education. She is a founding member of Rugged Soles Tap Troupe, a volunteer adult tap performance group. In addition to teaching at studios, Leigh has choreographed for show choirs, charity events, community theater productions, and high school dance teams. When not working or dancing, Leigh enjoys biking, reading, and spending time with family.

Guest Master Teachers 

MLDC believes in the importance of exposing our students to other teachers and their styles. We create several opportunities each year for our students to benefit from these experiences.
Past master teachers have included:

Nick Drago - Professional Dancer/choreography visited to set choreography on our competition team.


Nicholas Drago and Grant Chenok of FLOW 40 (based out of L.A.)

Ashley Becker - Point Park University Graduate and Director of Quest Intensive. Set Choreography. 

Geoff Meyer and Jose' Silva of the Lion King cast.

Master Teacher Avram Gold, formerly of the Houston Ballet and The Omaha Theatre Ballet.

Michelle Pugh, a former MLDC dancer and now professional contemporary dancer in Denver.

Sarah Jo Fazio and Angie Sellers from NYC to teach master classes and set choreography for our award winning competition team.

Leigh Anne Wencker:  a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway Dancer!

Amy Schulke from Just Plain Dancin' of Ontario, CA worked with MLDC dancers. Her studio has been ranked the #1 competitive studio in the U.S. by Dancer Magazine. 

Danielle Laurion - Contemporary master teacher and Director of The Moving Company 

Bosco - Master Hip Hop teacher from L.A. has been to MLDC twice

Jeremy McQueen from NYC - studied with Alvin Ailey, has danced with numerous companies and the Radio City Music Hall show.

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