Lynn D. Raley
Owner and Artistic Director
She has won many state and national awards for choreography and is the teacher of Teen Mister Dance of America. She has many dancers that are performing and teaching in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. Lynn is instrumental in making sure that her dancers don’t just learn “A” dance, but learn “How To” dance.
While teaching children is her primary passion, performing is a close 2nd. Lynn can be seen in film, television, and live theatrical performances. She has been the Dance Captain and performer with Opera House Theatre Company for such productions as “Chicago”, “Victor/Victoria”, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “Singing in the Rain,” “42nd Street”, ” A Chorus Line”, “Anything Goes”, “Will Rogers Follies” and “George M!”.
In addition to teaching dance, Lynn maintains her commitment to community service. She gives back to her dancers an extra opportunity to perform as well as an opportunity for her dance families to contribute to a local charity during the Annual Christmas Concert. She also recognizes those dancers that hold monthly Service Society projects as well as those that volunteer time or items to projects. Lynn works hard on teaching life lessons not just dance lessons.
graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While attending VCU she had the privilege of performing choreography by accredited staff and colleagues whilst also participating in a Pedagogy Internship under the guidance of Courtney Harris and Village Dance Companies director Melissa Gravely. Taylor traveled abroad to Doha, Qatar and participated in the VCU- Qatar Taseem conference; an international arts event. Taylor has also had the opportunity to showcase her own choreography on many stages including The Grace Street Theater, The Druker Center, and at Carolina Dance Masters solo-title weekend at the Khoury Convention Center. Since graduation, Taylor relocated to Chicago and has interned with Thodos Dance Chicago, performed as a company member with Cocodaco Dance Company, J. Lindsay Brown Dance, and as a founding member of Peckish Rhodes Performing Arts Society. As a free lance performer she has also been featured in several pop up performances for dance festivals, and performance showcases including THAW, Dance Chance at Lou Conte, Going Dutch, Delve, and many others. Taylor most recently took over as South East Dance Academys Performing Team Director, has became Level 1-3 Acrobatic Arts Certified, and travels setting choreography and teaching master classes for studios across Chicago and Eastern North Carolina.
LaVonda has appeared in local theater productions in the Wilmington area including “42nd Street”, “Guys and Dolls” and “A Chorus Line”. Film credits include “Track 29”, “Cats Eye”, “Firestarter” and most recently onset of the film “Adrenaline”. Industrial credits include Daisytek, Ross Stores and IBM.
For the past 17 years, she has taught dance to recreational and competitive students. LaVonda is a 6-year Breast Cancer Survivor. In her spare time she is very dedicated to volunteering for charity organizations such as Women of Hope, Susan G. Komen and Pretty in Pink Foundation. LaVonda is a single mom of two beautiful children Brooke (15) and Trevor (11) of whom she shares life’s treasurable moments! She is excited for the “new” chapter in her life and delighted to share her passion and love of dance to children of all ages!