We are a local dance studio in LaPorte, Indiana that was created in 2017. We have a strong philosophy that believes every student should have the opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer in a safe and welcoming environment.
In March of 2018 we were awarded to Studio of Excellence award by the ADCC (Association of Dance Conventions & Competitions) for working together as a team and striving for excellence.
In July of 2018, we became certified in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance for all ages and all abilities.
In August of 2018, we began our Wingman for Dance program to strengthen our studio philosophy and encourage everyone to go above and beyond!
In August of 2019, we became a CLI Studios partnership program member which allows us access to 150+ top industry choreographers and teachers.
In November 2022, we became a provider for the Indiana ESA program allowing children with disabilities in our community to access our dance classes.
Meet our Staff
*Certified RWID teacher*
My name is Kristin, and I am the owner of DFLP LLC Studio. I graduated from Hope College with a bachelor's degree in elementary science education with a dance education minor. Also, I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Andrew's University which I plan to specialize in pediatrics. In addition, I have received my Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, RWID, teaching certificate to adapt dance/gymnastics classes for students with special needs. As a young girl, I took gymnastics and dance classes at local studios. I was trained in gymnastics on floor work and beam. My dance training includes tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, and a little bit of folk social swing. Growing up I performed in local recitals, at nursing homes, in parades, and I competed at the regional & national level. During my high school career, I was chosen to pursue a dancing position in a film titled "Through the Looking Glass". I began teaching dance over 15 years ago beginning with dancers/tumblers age 1.5 and continuing to teach in more advanced classes. I love to strengthen the student’s technique in a fun and active manner. I focus on encouraging each student to try his or her best to ensure the highest level of success is achieved!
My name is Ymunique (pronounced: I’m Unique)! I was a member of the Pom & Dance team for four years at La Porte High School. I am currently attending the Speech Therapy program at IUSB. My favorite dances to teach are Hip Hop, poms, and team. I took ballet and choreography throughout high school & I plan to continue my involvement in dance beyond high school. I’ve always loved working with children. I am so excited to be a part of a community with such young, interactive minds. I’m ready to share my passion for dance at DFLP, LLC studio!
My name is Jenna and I have been dancing for a little over 9 years now. Assisting and teaching dance has given me the chance to share my love of dance to my students and pushing young dancers to be the best they can be, which is my favorite part of teaching. I love teaching styles such as jazz, ballet, acrobatics, integrative and assisting in tap, but my favorite class overall to teach is jazz. Outside of dance I enjoy sewing and wish to continue exploring the art of doing so!
My name is Grace, I have been dancing for 12 years. I have always loved to teach; I love the challenge, but I also genuinely enjoy the opportunity to share what I know and love with younger dancers that also love it and want to learn it too. I don’t have a favorite style of dance to teach because they all have their own amazing things about them. In recent years my adoration for musical theater has heightened and it brings me so much joy to see how many others are learning to love it as well. Currently outside of dance I have been experimenting with a variety of art mediums and gardening. I thoroughly enjoy creating and learning new ways to do so.
Hello! My name is" Amanda 'Dance', born and raised in New Haven County. I discovered the love of dance at the age of 2. With a passion for the art form, I grew up extensively training along the east coast both in my hometown and New York City. Well devoted to various styles, I became first year certified with Dance Masters of America in 2015. From then on, I developed myself as a dance educator training with and a member of The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). In 2019 I founded and am the creator of my high school training program, Maximum Intensity, where I mentor/train high school dancers that are looking to pursue dance as a career. Landing my first professional job at the age of 13 in Las Vegas, I have multiple accomplishments and credits dancing with various dance teams/companies in major cities such as NYC, Atlantic City, Orlando and more. I have choreographed and have been a background dancer & actress in multiple Hallmark movies. Along my dance journey I discovered and became a professional model with multiple international publications. Most recently I can be seen on the convention & judging scene, teaching up and down the east coast and into the Midwest, as well as currently auditioning for major musicals such as Hamilton and continuing my dance education with NDEO. My ultimate goal as a dance educator is to teach my students to use their maximum potential in a safe and proper way. I teach dancers to understand their bodies through the science of dance. They learn how muscle groups work together to maximize their abilities while prolonging their dance careers. I want to share my passion and love of dance with each and every student as well as open up theirs, to teach the discipline and love of a beautiful art form. I wish to be more than just a teacher to them but a mentor in their everyday lives. My passion is to help each dancer to achieve their dreams, and provide all the capabilities in doing so.
Meet our Assistant Teachers
My name is Erandy. I have been dancing for 10+ years. I teach CDM, gymnastics/acrobatics, beginner level classes, and parent & me. My favorite age group to teach is beginner level. My favorite style to teach is jazz and acro. My favorite part of being on the DFLP LLC staff is watching the students grow up to be dancers and gymnasts. Personally, I take acrobatics, tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, improvisation/composition, lyrical, & contemporary. Outside of dance, I enjoy baking cake pops, going to my friend’s house, and drawing!
My name is Lilly. This year is going to be my 7th year of dance and my 5th year teaching. I love teaching at the studio because I love helping kids learn to express themselves in a new way. My favorite style of dance to teach is the CDM classes. I love to dance myself because it is a different way to express yourself through movement. My favorite styles of dance to do are Hip Hop, Tap, and Contemporary. When I am not at the studio, I like to hang out with my friends, paint, and cook.
My name is Emma. I have been dancing for about nine years. I enjoy all types of dances but recently my favorite has been musical theater. I love helping kids learn all the new dance techniques. I take pride in helping kids learn dance. I continue to grow as a dancer by passing my love of dance on to others. I want to be a teacher when I get older and enjoy having this experience to help with classes. My favorite classes to teach are CDM and tap.
My name is Leah Beth. I have been dancing for 5 years now, and I’m assisting for my third year. My favorite styles of dance are ballet, jazz, and acro. I love assisting because I am not only learning more about teaching, but also helping younger dancers learn about dancing. Also, I like seeing the progress that the dancers are making. Outside of dance I enjoy snuggling with my dog, reading, making bracelets, and practicing my acro tricks. I am excited to be part of the assistant teaching program this year. This year will be a blast!
My name is Kihyle and I have been dancing for 4 years. Personally, I take Adv Ballet & Pointe, Adv Jazz and Musical and I love to practice my dance moves, especially my Fouette Turns when I have time! Outside of dance I enjoy playing on my trampoline, playing with my dogs and watching movies. I've always loved dance and I hope to become the best teacher I can be. My favorite style to teach is Acro because I love doing backbends, cartwheels, and front walkovers. The most enjoyable part of being on the DFLP LLC staff is watching and seeing students develop into great dancers/gymnasts, and becoming the best wingman they can be. I wish the best of luck to all dancers/staff and that they never give up on what they are achieving/completing.
My name is Kazyual (Pronounced Casual like the clothing). I have been dancing for 4 years. I decided to become an assistant because I love seeing dancers have excitement while dancing. Their smiles bring my heart joy. My favorite type of dance would probably be Jazz or Tap. Outside of dance, I love to do other activities like painting or baking. If I had to describe assisting in one word, I would call it inspiring.
My name is Alexa and I have been dancing with DFLP for 2 years. I've been doing dance and gymnastics for over 6 years. I assist with beginner level classes and adaptive dance. My favorite dance class to take is advanced Musical Theatre. When I am not dancing, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends and going camping.