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.


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!  

Heather Richardson: Heather Richardson started dancing weeks after she learned how to walk and never stopped. At the age of eight her parents enrolled her at a local dance studio in Narragansett, RI where she fell in love with ballet. Heather has previous teaching experience with a variety of student ages, levels, and styles of dance.

Heather went on to study dance at the college level at Slippery Rock University, graduating in May 2012 with a BA in Dance. While at college she both performed and choreographed for SRUDT, the Jazz/Tap concert, and the Senior Synthesis concerts. Heather recently moved to Pittsburgh, and looks forward to teaching at the Richelle Lyn School of Dance!

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."

Nora McBurney: Nora began dancing at the age of six with the Burke School of Irish Dance in Pittsburgh under Theresa Burke, who was one of the first and most successful teachers in North America and has been teaching for over fifty years. Nora competed in Irish dance competitions for close to twenty years, placing in the top three at the Regional Championships and qualifying for the World Championships on several occasions. During Nora's competitive years, she had the privilege to train with several of the top Irish and English teachers in the world in yearly workshops.

Nora began assisting with classes at the Burke School at the age of 14. After 10 years of assisting, she took and passed the certification exam to become a registered teacher with An Coimisuin le Rince Gaelacha (The Irish Dance Commision in Dublin, Ireland) in March 2006. As well as participating in the recital and local shows, Nora's students are eligible to compete in Irish dance competitions (called “feiseanna). Nora continues to attend local feiseanna and teachers’ conventions to keep up on the latest techniques and teaching styles. She is also a registered member of the Irish Dance Teacher's Association of Mid-America and the North American Irish Dance Teacher's Association.

Several of Nora's students have competed and done very well at local feiseanna. The dancers also perform in local community shows, especially around St. Patrick’s Day!