Meet the Team
Qualified Professional Instructors
Owner and Director
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.
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 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.
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 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.
As 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 Bachelors of Arts in Dance and minor in Entrepreneurship from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She has performed in several musicals in Pittsburgh including "Sweet Charity" and "Grease". Upon graduating, Maddy started working as a professional dancer. She traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America while working on cruise ships as a dancer and aerialist. Recently she performed in "Christmas in the Air" in Mississippi. She lives in New York City but is in Omaha until shows reopen. She is also MLDC's Marketing and Social Media Manager.
Lanna started dancing at MLDC at the age of 5. She quickly grew passionate about dance and started taking Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical. She became part of our competition team and one of our most elite soloists. She currently is working on her Biology degree at University of Nebraska Omaha with the intention of applying to Dental School. We are so happy to have Lanna on as one of our newest teachers! She is currently teaching Acrobatics (Acro) and Hip Hop. She has helped many of our dancers achieve new tricks such as aerials!
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 was a guest teacher at MLDC.
Michelle Pugh, a former MLDC dancer and now professional contemporary dancer in Denver with two well known companies was a guest teacher.
Sarah Jo Fazio and Angie Sellers returned to us for their 7th visit 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.