About Us

pittsburgh dance lessonsRichelle Lyn School of Dance is a first class dance studio in Pittsburgh offering classes for children and adults of all ages and dance abilities.  We strive to provide quality dance instruction in a warm and friendly environment in order to build self confidence as well as coordination and control.  RLSD employs qualified dance teachers in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater.  We also offer Mommy and Me classes for younger students. Private dance lessons as well as duo and trio classes are offered based upon instructor approval.  The recital in June gives students a goal to strive for and is always a thrilling experience for everyone!

RLSD will provide some unique and exciting offers throughout the year!  Let us help you celebrate your child’s birthday with our dance themed birthday party packages.  Visit the parties page for more details!  Also during the year, there will be three Lock-In nights.  Parents can enjoy a Friday evening out while the kids are “locked in” at RLSD.  We will have a Halloween, Christmas, and Disney themed Lock-In night where we will play games, learn dances, and more!  Look for these fun-filled events in our monthly newsletters as the year goes on!

Located in the north hills of Pittsburgh, Richelle Lyn School of Dance will celebrate it’s grand opening in September, 2012!  You can find our studio in Pilsung Plaza, right off of Route 8 in Allison Park.  We are between Cuts Gym and Kaminski’s ATA Black Belt Academy.

Instructors

Richelle Tropeck

Richelle started dancing at the age of 2 and never stopped.  She grew up in Indiana, PA and was a member of the Kurtz Dance Kompany at the Kurtz Dance Studio.  While she was a member of KDK, she won numerous awards at competitions throughout Pennsylvania and nationally, including Junior Miss Dance in PA at the Performance Plus State Competition.  She was honored to be a part of a goodwill national tour of the former Soviet Union, where she performed for Soviet audiences in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Krasnador, and Moscow.  She has also studied at Point Park University and with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater during summer intensive programs.  Before leaving Kurtz Dance Studio, she completed a teacher training program and began student teaching.  She was also a member of the dance group, the I-Ettes, at Indiana High School and served as co-captain her junior and senior years.   As an I-Ette, she performed locally and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

She went on to study Spanish and business at Indiana University of PA and was a council member of the IUP Concert Dance Company.  She also became a mentor for the I-Ette squad at Indiana High School, who won awards locally and took first place at the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Tempe, Arizona.  

After graduating from college, Richelle moved to San Jose, California and began teaching for Dance Force all over the bay area.  She taught students of all ages, and her groups and soloists won numerous awards at local competitions.  She also became a dance and modeling judge for Dance Showcase USA, a dance competition based out of Dallas, TX.  She has judged numerous local and national competitions throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas for the past ten years.

Richelle moved back to Pittsburgh in 2007 where she met her husband, Kevin, and got married in 2011.  In 2010, she started operating a local branch of Dance Force at the Peters Township Recreation Center.  In 2012, she decided to go on her own and created Richelle Lyn School of Dance.  The dance program at Peters Township is now offered as part of RLSD, and the grand opening of the studio in Allison Park will be in September of 2012.  Richelle has been privileged to share her love of dance with students for over ten years, and she is excited to continue teaching children to love the art of dance as much as she does!  

Molly O'Donnell

Molly will be teaching the Musical Theater camps and classes starting in summer 2014 at RLSD. She is an experienced theater practitioner with a bachelor of arts in Theater from Messiah College. Some of her various theater positions include stage manager for "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," Assistant Director for "Pippin," and the role of Sister James in "Doubt."

Lisa Julian

Lisa began dancing at the age of 3. A native of the Pittsburgh suburb Murrysville, her childhood included intense training and a very active dance competition lifestyle. She worked hard and received many high awards at national competitions as a member of the famed Abby Lee Dance Company. While growing up, Lisa also studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Civic Light Opera. Upon graduating high school, she was offered full scholarships to attend Point Park University and the Jacob’s Pillow Festival for Jazz. She chose to broaden her dance education by choosing The Ohio State University where she received a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance. At O.S.U. she studied ballet and a wide array of modern/afro-modern styles and performed in many works by renowned choreographers. During college, her exploration of improvisation landed her a job as a professional freestyle/break dancer in nightclubs. Along the way, she has worked closely with dozens of world famous D.J.’s and has had the fortune to dance on stage with musicians such as Moby and George Clinton and the Pfunks. Lisa conquered her dreams of being a professional dancer in NY, during which she was on the teaching faculty at the Peridance Capezio Center and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting (N.Y.U. Tisch acting program). While in the big apple she performed with numerous modern, contemporary, jazz and cabaret companies. Some include the Amy Marshall, Juniper, Push Factor dance companies and Cirq de Soleil.

She has had the honor to share her eclectic knowledge of dance as a teaching artist with both children and adults of all levels for more than 18 years. Lisa’s experience as a teacher and performer has taught her that no matter what type of dance you are pursuing, your level of dedication to the discipline of ballet can make or break you.

Lisa is a certified yoga instructor and hopes to continue with her pursuit of a physical therapy doctorate in the near future. By bringing balance to your body and facilitating a deeper mind - body relationship, a yoga practice provides an effective path to a pain free, peaceful and harmonious lifestyle for many. She is also an experienced Pilates teacher. Pilates can also alleviate pain and prevent injuries by implementing various core strengthening exercises. She is excited to be offering yoga and pilates at Richelle’s in the coming year as well as sharing her love of dance with your kids.

Jessica Sutton

Jessica has been involved in dance, voice, and acting since she was 3 years old. She performed with local companies including North Star Kids, The Pine-Richland Dance Team, Pittsburgh’s C.L.O. and The Steel City Angels.

She pursued her acting dreams out west, but in the end returned to her hometown. She dug her toes even deeper into the dance scene, participating in local dance showcases and the summer intensive programs at La Roche College and Point Park.

Jessica holds a high respect for the creativity and athleticism of dance, for the technique, the discipline, the understanding of teamwork and respect, the progression of skills and choreography, and of course all the fun interlacing all of these fundamentals. She is certain that her life would not be complete without dance and is excited to bring many years of both training and performing to her classes here at Richelle Lyn’s!

Katherine Ching

Katherine began dancing at the age of six at the Palos Verdes Ballet Company in Palos Verdes, California. She has over 16 years of dance training including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. She has competed and won various awards at dance competitions all over the U.S. including the Youth American Grand Prix, United Spirit Association and National Dance Alliance She is a Pennsylvania State University alumnus and was a part of the three time National Champions Lionettes Dance Team. Katherine is very excited to continue sharing her passion of dance and is looking forward to teaching at Richelle Lyn School of Dance!

Erin Kleinman

Erin began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown. Her parents put her in a ballet class as a way to improve her balance as per the request of the pediatrician. Little did her parents know that the decision to start ballet would turn into a lifelong love and passion for dance. Dancing ballet throughout her elementary and middle school years, when her family moved to Chicago she joined a ballet company while in high school. Her time at Von Heidecke’s School of Chicago Festival Ballet provided her with opportunities to tour with a company performing The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Firebird, and many other full length classical ballets. While attending Hope College in Holland MI Erin majored in Communication and minored in Dance. The program at Hope exposed Erin to a variety of dance forms and provided opportunities to dance and perform with guest artists such as Jon Lehrer. After college Erin spent time dancing in Chicago and then teaching at a dance studio in Nashville TN. Erin has experience teaching dance to 2 year olds all the way through adults in a variety of disciplines, but her favorite is ballet. Taking a break from dance Erin then went to The Ohio State University for a PhD in Communication. Since ending up in Pittsburgh in 2013, she has taught at a variety of studios and looks forward to joining the dance family here at Richelle's!

Nicole Gauthier

Nicole was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to a town just outside of Paris, France when she was six years old. She started tap dancing in France and then moved to York, PA when she was eleven years old. While living in York, she enrolled at Linda B’s School of Dance and broadened her interest in other dance genres. Nicole is trained in both the Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet technique, various styles of modern dance (including Graham, Cunningham, Hawkins, and Limon methods), Umfundalai, and improvisation. While studying dance pedagogy and composition at Temple University, she received the 2014 Dean’s Grant to produce, direct, choreograph, and perform in an original piece for Clark Park’s “Party in the Park” (Philadelphia, PA) entitled “Reactions through Spaces: An Interaction.” Nicole received her dance performance Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Temple University in December of 2014. She now lives in Monroeville, PA and enjoys teaching the hard-working students at Richelle Lyn's School of Dance!

Jessica Pollock

Jessica Pollock was a competitive Irish step dancer for 13 years at the Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance in Pittsburgh, under the direction of Theresa Burke. She has competed on regional, national and international stages; qualifying for the World Championships at the age of 12. With the Burke School, Jessica had the privilege to perform with premier groups including The Chieftains, Gaelic Storm, The Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh CLO. In addition, she had the opportunity to train yearly with top dance instructors from Ireland and England. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Information Technology from Saint Vincent College and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Waynesburg University. She is currently an 8th-grade teacher for the Norwin School District.