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!

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!  

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."

Jessica Sutton

Jessica has been dancing, singing, and acting since she was 3 years old. She fell in love with all genres of dance and studied many different types as she was growing up. Starting out in Tap, Jazz and Ballet, Jessica took direction from her ballet teacher and grew into her first pair of pointe shoes. She found Acrobatics/Gymnastics and a love for Hip-Hop later on and hasn't looked back. As the flame continues to burn, Jessica received her Yoga certfication from Amazing Yoga, Pittsburgh, and is so excited to embark on that journey as well.

An alumni to Pine-Richland High School and The Pine-Richland Dance Team, Jessica participated in summer intensive programs at La Roche College, Point Park, and continues her dance education at Millennium Dance Complex, Pittsburgh. She has choreographed for local actors and musicians in the Pittsburgh area and performed these routines along side of them in a wide variety of venues in both Pittsburgh and New York.

Jessica auditioned and performed with local companies including The North Star Kids, Pittsburgh CLO, The Steel City Angels, Docherty Talent Agency in Pittsburgh, and The Mary Grady Agency (RIGA Talent) in California. She danced in Disney World, sang with Celine Dion, and performed with John Lithgow.

Jessica holds a high respect for the creativity & 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 these fundamentals. She is certain her life would not be complete without dance and is honored 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!

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.

Hope Gast

Hope was raised in Lima, Ohio where she danced for 14 years. Her dance career began at the age of 3 at Steppin' Out Dance Center in Elida, Ohio. In 2008, she became a company member at The Arts Center in Lima where she studied several styles of dance, including jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, acro, and modern. In these styles, Hope competed at many regional and national competitions in the Midwest. She was a part of many group dances which earned Regional Champion titles, and she also won Senior Solo Regional Champion in 2016. Her and her teammates have won 8 National Grand Champion titles at Nexstar and Hall of Fame as well. Along with competing, Hope enjoyed attending conventions where she trained under dance professionals such as Travis Wall, Alex Wong, Stacey Tookey, Mark Meismer, Anthony Morigerato, and many more.

After graduating, Hope wanted to spread her love and passion for dance by educating others. In the summer of 2018, she was an instructor at Lima Dance Acacemy where she taught weekly. She also taught master classes throughout the summer at TAC and LDA in jazz and lyrical. Hope is excited to continue her teaching career and hopes to inspire dancers at RLSD for years to come! Hope is also attending the University of Pittsburgh as a chemistry major with a minor in Administration of Justice.