What We Do
Our mission is to train students in dance to be versatile, technically proficient, and attain a love for performing. While quality
instruction is the essence of dance training, we provide "more than teaching dance." Positive self esteem, discipline that
carries over to life skills, and respect of self and others are only a few character lessons that develop with the study of dance.
LE Dance Company is for those students interested in the competitive realm of dance. Placement on the company team is by audition only.
The number of students auditioning and their ages will determine the company size. A student's skill level is the final determining
factor for placement in any company.
Our recreational dance classes are designed for students interested in learning dance technique and
develop an appreciation and love for dance. Our outstanding faculty is sure to engage your child,
while learning in a safe and fun environment. We offer a large variety of styles and levels for
every age dancer. If you are unsure of what is the best class for your child, please feel free to
contact our office and we will gladly guide you!
Private lessons are available for any student desiring one on one dance/performance instruction.
If a class time doesn't work for your child OR you have a specific dance need that is best served in
a private lesson setting, we are happy to work with you. To schedule a private lesson or set up a
private lesson schedule, please contact our office at 913-897-5551
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Burris, Tia Craddock, Liz Ernst, Hannah Ernst, Hallie Friend, Marcus Hurst, Haley Kostas, Jenny Pribyl,
Katherine Schneller,Tess Pattison Wade, Andrea Wescott
Our LE Dance faculty is comprised of very knowledgeable and talented dance professionals.
Our adult instructors have dance degrees from top universities, and/or have professional
dance experience (performing, teaching, choreographing). This fantastic faculty has won
numerous teaching awards, as well as many regional and national choreographic accolades.
This diverse and fun group of instructors are devoted to training all children and adults
who want to pursue the art of dance.
LE Dance studio, located at 15244 Broadmoor, has four dance studios with professionally
installed true sprung and marley dance flooring. In addition to the four studios, we have a waiting area
for our students, five restrooms, a large lounge, a study room and complimentary Wi-Fi. The office is located in the front of the building.
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints.
Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a
lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is
by choosing a studio with sprung Marley flooring.
True sprung dance floors have the right amount of give to them. Dancing on concrete or even floating
joists laid directly on concrete results in the body absorbing the energy of that impact.
A true sprung dance floor means that every point on the dance surface is separated from the sub-floor by air.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite marley floor
is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance.
A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of controlled slip, but is not slippery so
there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional marley floors
because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor.
LE Dance utilizes professionally installed marley flooring in all four studios.
Studio I is 500 square feet.
Studio II is 800 square feet.
Studio III is 2250 square feet. It includes a prop room, party room, restroom and surround sound.
Studio IV is 2400 square feet. It includes 2 bathrooms, a kitchenette, a carpeted entry and surround sound.
We teach several different dance techniques throughout the year.
Leaps & Turns
LE Dance is owned and operated by Liz Ernst, who holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Dance.
She received her bachelors degree in dance from Southwest Missouri State University,
and her masters degree in dance from The University of Iowa. Her teaching career began
as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa. She has performed professionally
and in the community. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kansas State University,
and on to Dance Chair at Paseo Academy of the Fine & Performing Arts High School.
She has taught locally at studios in Shawnee, Independence, and Overland Park.
Liz has been honored as Dance Educator of the Year both in the state of Missouri
and the central district. She represented the central district at the National
Dance Educator of the Year. Her choreography has received numerous awards both regionally
and nationally. Liz has written dance curriculum for Edison charter schools and Kansas City Missouri
performing arts schools. Liz is active in the dance community, as well as her parish and school communities.
Tess is excited to be part of the LE Dance staff! She recently graduated from the
University of Missouri Kansas City. Tess began studying dance early and continued
through Kansas City Middle School of the Arts as a dance major. At Paseo Academy of
the Fine & Performing Arts High School, she was a dance major and studied under Liz Ernst!
Tess has performed regionally & locally as a dancer. She has won awards for her
performance, as well as her choreography. This year Tess was awarded "Best Choreography"
at DanceXplosion Dance Competition! Tess has taught locally for Kansas City dance studios.
During the summers Tess joins Liz choreographing at The Theatre in the Park!
Tess is great with children of all ages and instills a love of dancing with all those
Tia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
and attended Paseo Academy of the Fine & Performing Arts where she was a dance major.
She has considerable experience teaching young dancers throughout the Kansas City area.
Tia has been an instructor at the Alvin Aliey summer camp in Kansas City.
Tia's choreography has won awards at various dance competitions and she has had equal
success with her own dancing career including work with the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre.
This year Tia was a seen on the television show "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE."
She made it to the Week Audition in Las Vegas and was cut prior to the TOP 20.
Hey, she made it long enough to be seen on TV (even if it wasn't the full run).
Tia is excited about teaching at LE Dance studio and sharing her energetic style
with the great dancers at LE Dance!
Andrea Wescott received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southwest Missouri State University.
She was a member of Inertia Dance Company from 1991-1995, giving various performances throughout the US,
including the Cunningham Space in New York City. From 1995-1996, Andrea was a member of the cast of
"Showdown at the Silver Dollar Saloon" in Branson, MO. During that time, she also traveled and
performed with the Cajun Connection. After re-locating to Kansas City, Andrea became an original
member of Reach...a movement collective. Andrea performed many roles throughout her five years
with Reach, including dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director. Locally, her choreography
has appeared in the Reach productions of Open Hands, Frontier, BLUE!, and City In Motion's Dance in the Park.
Her teaching credits include Ozark Technical Community College and the
Springfield Ballet. Andrea is excited to put her professional experience to work with the students of LE Dance.
Katie's enthusiastic attitude and passion for dance began at a young age. She received her dance
training through the Starfire Dance Company. Katie has assisted in several opening numbers for national
competitions and choreography across the United States. She has won many awards throughout
her years as a dancer and choreographer. She's currently on faculty staff at Midwest Movement
and remains connected in the dance world. Katie has performed at the Tanzommer Dance Festival
touring Austria, Germany, and Italy. She also has performed at Disney and Miss Teen America events,
commercials, music videos, and industrials. Her most recent accomplishment was being a Kansas City
Chiefs Cheerleader for 4 years being a co-caption. She has performed as a KCCC for several military
bases throughout Iraq and Alaska. She loves to choreograph routines for the cheerleaders and many
local high school dance and cheer teams. Currently, Katie teaches dance and enjoys showing her passion
through her own choreograph. She recently added Zumba to her training and welcomes you to any
Lindsey is originally from Northern Virginia, where she began her formal training at the Ravel Dance Studio. She was invited to join the studio's
pre-professional Company, and performed multiple featured roles in Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle, The Nutcracker and as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. She then attended Mercyhurst University on scholarship, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance, and
attended a summer intensive in New York City with American Ballet Theater. Her lyrical duet If has been performed at school lecture/demonstrations and
was invited to be presented at the National Dance Association's annual conference gala in San Diego in April 2011. Now in her fourth season performing
as a Senior Company Member and Soloist with Störling Dance Theater, she has been featured in Mona Störling-Enna's Ave Verum, Hung Out to Dry, and For Those Who Mourn, Tobin James' Janjara, as well as danced in the Willow Tree promotional video for Susan Lordi's sculpture Around You. Lindsey has filmed a how-to Dance & Conditioning video series for Nike's Livestrong.com, and teaches dance classes at
Johnson County Community College.