Teachers at LM Premier
Lynn Gelatka , Owner
This is my 17th year in business, but I have been teaching dance education for the past 25 years. I have taught at various dance studios and choreographed for many dance teams both in Illinois and Indiana. My dancers and dance teams have won incredible awards such as "ADCC Studio of Excellence Award", "Best of Show Awards," “Most Entertaining," "Choreography Awards," “Dancer of the Year," "National Title Awards", & numerous scholarships and recognitions.
I am a well-respected dance team judge in the state of Illinois. Currently I serve as the Head Clinician of Dance for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). I have been the Head Judge for the Dance State Championship for the past consecutive 9 years. In 2015 I was selected out of 13,000 other officials to be named IHSA "Dance Official of the Year" for my outstanding judging and leadership qualities. As Head Clinician, I train other judges and coaches on the IHSA scoresheet and rubric. Currently, I am also a judge for the prestigious StarQuest Dance Competition. In 2019 alone, I have judged over 2,000 dance routines around the country.
I have 2 lovely girls and 1 awesome son, and an extremely supportive husband!
I have a true passion and love for dance and I can't wait to be a part of your child’s experience!
Ryanne Abraham grew up training at Susan’s School of Dance in Munster, IN as an elite competitive dancer as well as a JV and Varsity captain of Munster High School’s dance team from 2009-2013. After MHS, she went on to spend 4 years dancing and choreographing with Orchesis II Dance Company and graduated from Iowa State University in 2013.
After college, Ryanne spent time training at top tier Chicago studios including Visceral Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and Beyond Words Dance Center. She began her teaching career at the age of 21 and currently teaches at various studios and works with high school teams in the Chicagoland area, recreationally and competitively.
Ryanne has a passion for dance education and loves to challenge and push each of her students to new heights. She takes each class as an opportunity to educate her students on relevant history, terminology, and anatomy to improve their body awareness and knowledge as dancers and movers. In 2019, she co-founded Activ8 Dance Company, a not-for-profit dance organization and acts as Co-Artistic Director for the company. Ryanne is heading into her 2nd year as a company member with The Kate Jablonski Statement, a professional contemporary dance company based in Lyons, Il, and will be traveling to Croatia in Summer 2021 to perform in a dance festival with KJS.
I have been dancing for 13 years in many styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and contemporary. I am an alumni of Lynn Marie’s School of Dance where I danced for 11 years as a soloist, in group routines and production dances. I also studied ballet with Ballet Chicago, The Ruth Page School of Dance and the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in Austin Texas. I am currently working on my undergraduate degree in Communication at Governors State University. I am also serving as President of the GSU Dance Company where I manage all business and choreograph for the company. Assistant taught dance at Lynn Marie’s for 6 years and am very excited to return as an instructor and share my love of dance.
With a passion for dance beginning at the age of three, Brooke has trained in all genres of dance and trained and competed nationally with some of the most decorated companies in the Chicagoland area. She found a love for the stage and knew that that’s what she wanted to do for the rest of her life… dance. She trained as a competitive dancer from the age of 5 and has received various awards, titles, State Championships, and scholarships throughout her years. Training with instructors such as Julianne and Derek Hough, Nappy Tabs, Brooke Lipton and Chris Judd as well as training as a protege for The Pulse On Tour. Her training continued professionally dancing and performing for some of the world’s leading entertainment companies such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando. Brooke wanted to share her passion for dance with others and she then fell in love with teaching and choreographing. From being a Varsity dance team head coach to an artistic director- she takes pride in her dancers, choreography, and the education she brings to every class and workshop that she shares with aspiring dancers. With her award-winning choreography and strong technical background in dance, teaching, and coaching- she strives to bring out the best in every dancer she gets to work with and wants to continue to inspire and motivate young dancers every single day. She lives, breathes, and loves everything dance.
I have over 25 years of dance experience with a background in tap, jazz, ballet, tumble, adult classes and hip hop, but my true passion is teaching toddlers how to dance. I have instructed at various studios in both Illinois and Indiana for the past 20 years. This will be my 12th year working at Lynn Maries studio teaching various classes and choreographing for the Rising Stars dance team. I am heavily involved in the Beecher community, I am on the Beecher PTO and and The Beecher Youth Commission and promote the dance studio and its dancers through community organized events. I am passionate about dance and excited about starting another year together!
I have over 20 years of dance experience with training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. I joined the Lynn Marie’s School of Dance family in 2005 where I trained and competed with the Dance Team earning regional and national awards. While always having a love for dance, I found my love for teaching after becoming an assistant at LMSD during high school.
I received my B.A. in International Studies and minor in Management from Loyola University Chicago while performing and choreographing for The Dance Company. During my time at Loyola, I became an instructor at LMSD and have been part of the family for over 15 years now.
Currently, I am working towards my M.B.A. from Loyola and becoming a certified instructor of mUvmethod, a program that promotes safe and effective stretching.
I look forward to working with your child and helping them find their love for dance!
I started dance and acrobatics at the age of 3. I took ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics through Grade School, Junior High and High School. I began teaching acrobatics and jazz in my hometown of Sandusky, Ohio at the age of 18. My true passion is acrobatics and watching children grow while having fun. I was recently certified through Acrobatic Arts, a technique that includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to be teaching at such a great studio!