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Dancers Only Dance Studio Metairie Louisiana
 Meet Our Faculty

Lindsey Labit EsquerreLindsey Labit Esquerré
Owner & Artistic Director
Competition Team Director/Choreographer


Ms. Lindsey is the proud Owner/Artistic Director of Dancers Only Studio & Instruction. She established the studio back in July of 2007 and is thrilled to be entering her 10th Anniversary Season with a thriving studio consisting of over 250 students. Lindsey has been studying all forms of dance for the past 30 years and has over 15 years of teaching experience. She has worked extensively with accredited dance teachers and choreographers throughout the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas as well as participated in several competitions and conventions across the U.S. receiving numerous awards along the way, both as a company member and solo performer.

Lindsey is a graduate of Louisiana State University holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Minor in Dance. She was a 4-year member of the LSU Dance Ensemble and had the privilege of choreographing for the ensemble for 2 consecutive years as well as performing in various faculty and student choreographed works. She was honored in 2005 with an invitation to the Louisiana Alliance for Dance choreographer showcase. She has appeared with Fox Kids, Sports Illustrated, and Louisiana Casting. She was the co-choreographer for the 2003 Miss LSU Pageant opening number, has danced down the streets of The Magic Kingdom in Disney, Orlando, composed several song and dance productions for the LSU Greek system, and was an improv performer for the Baton Rouge Art Melt. However, one of her most cherished accomplishments was leading the Chapellette Dance Team to a State Championship victory back in 2000!

Lindsey remains active in the Dance Team community, choreographing, judging and lending her expertise to local dance teams in the area. Several of her students have gone on to make their high schools dance teams as well as being appointed Captains & Co-captains. Lindsey established the National Award Winning "DOCC", the studio based competitive team, back in 2008 and over the past 9 years her students have been recognized for top honors at various competitions both regionally & nationally, have been title holders & scholarship recipients and have won National Championships 4 times in the past 5 years. In the summer of 2013, her students were offered the opportunity to be filmed, appear & compete in the Masters of Dance Arts competition for the Season 3 Finale of “DANCE MOMS” here in New Orleans and walked away being awarded one of Top 5 schools in the competition. In 2014, Lindsey was awarded the Teacher Scholarship at THE PULSE Dance Convention.  She continues to travel to take classes from and expose her students to the most sought after choreographers in the dance industry...Mia Michaels, Twitch, Sonya Tayeh, Brian Friedman & Nick Lazzarini, just to name a few.  She continues to educate & push herself year after year to keep up with the latest trends developing in the dance community.

Lindsey has a true passion for performing, choreographing and especially teaching dance and she is happy to be sharing her knowledge and experiences with her students!

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Kat D'AntonioKat D’Antonio
Instructor — Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Stretch & Progression
Competition Team Assistant Director/Choreographer


Ms. Kat is the Department Head for our Ballet Program and is the Assistant Director of the DOCC. She has been studying all types of dance for the past twenty-five years. She has worked closely with knowledgeable choreographers and teachers throughout her career. Katherine has participated in several dance competitions and conventions across the country. She has choreographed for studios and dance teams throughout the New Orleans and Tangipahoa Parish areas. She has judged local and state dance competitions for the Universal Dance Association for cheer/dance teams in Louisiana.

Katherine has traveled nationally as a member of the Sudden Impact Dance Company and is a former member of the Hammond Ballet Company. She has also performed during New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets half time shows. Katherine attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School where she was captain and choreographer of the Dominican Debs Dance Team. Katherine has graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with two Bachelor of Art Degrees in Business and Marketing with a minor in English Literature. She was a five-year member of the nationally ranked Lionettes Dance Team where she choreographed dances performed during Southeastern football and basketball seasons. Katherine also had the pleasure of performing winning competition dance routines on ESPN. She has also been seen on FOX news, CST, WWL and The Southeastern Channel.

Katherine is a former dance instructor of Lemoine Academy of Dance in Hammond, LA and and has been with Dancers Only for the past 7 years. Katherine is honored to share her love and knowledge of dance with others and hopes to inspire students to reach their fullest potential in their dance training!

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Bridget WiederholdBridget Wiederhold
Instructor — Pre-School Tap and Ballet

Ms. Bridget joined the Dancers Only faculty in the inaugural year. She is the Department Head for our Pre-School Program. She has studied dance since the young age of 4, training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe & Lyrical at various schools including Debbie’s Dance Academy, formerly located in Kenner, LA as well as Company One & Tari’s School of Dance in Baton Rouge.

Bridget grew up competing in numerous local and national dance competitions winning several awards as a member of the competition team. While in high school, Bridget was a member of the award winning Chapellette Dance team, State Champions in 2000. She was also an assistant teacher for several ballet classes ages 4-12 during her high school years. Bridget went on to graduate from Louisiana State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. While at LSU, she also managed to find time to study Ballet. She is a former second grade teacher at St. Pius X and has been teaching dance for the past 9 years. She is an extremely dedicated and nurturing teacher and makes sure the young dancers get the best experience out of every class they attend.

In addition to being a dance teacher, Bridget is also a stay at home mom for her 3 wonderful children, Lucy, Grant & Millie. Her daughters Lucy and Millie are in their 6th and 1st year here at Dancers Only.  Ms. Bridget is a wonderful asset to our staff and we love having her!

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Brook RafidiBrooke Rafidi
Instructor — Hip-Hop

Ms. Brooke has been dancing since age 3 and performed as a studio dancer for Helena Hosch School of Dance until age 13. Brooke was a Jesuit Jayette in High School for 4 years. She became Co-Captain her junior year and Captain her Senior year. At 18 years old, Brooke auditioned for a spot on the New Orleans Saintsations and was a dedicated member of this team for 4 years.  Now as a Saintsation alum she represents the Saints as a former NFL Cheerleader choreograping for the team.

Brooke attends Tulane University where she is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Dance. She is a Staff member at VIP DANCE Competition and also choreographs and instructs private lessons by appointment. Brooke performed at the famous artist, Ray Donley’s Birthday Party and at Blaine Kern’s Annual Halloween Party in the “Thriller” performance in 2009. Since 2011, she has appeared in Music Videos as a Dancer/Choreographer and/or Model for the New Orleans “Voodoo Dolls” band, Lynne Spears’ client, Amanda Ducorbier, “The Jonas Brothers” and country singers, Billy Currington and Clay Walker! Brooke received her first SAG/AFTRA credit as a professional choreographer for the movie Sticky Notes, filmed in 2014. While shooting this film, she had the opportunity to work one on one and teach choreography to famous actress, Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones. The latest SAG Music Video/Commercial Brooke worked on this year was the DIRECTV “Fantasy Football” video posted on YouTube featuring Peyton, Eli, and Archie Manning. She worked with famous dancer, Danielle Polanco from the movies, Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D for this commercial/music video.

Brooke’s favorite part of what she does is being able to share all of her experiences with younger dancers all over New Orleans. All you need is motivation, courage and faith and you can do it all! The children adore Ms. Brooke and we are lucky to have her heading up our Hip-Hop program here at Dancers Only!

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Tarah ArcuriTarah Arcuri
Instructor — Contemporary, Tap & Jazz

Ms. Tarah has over 20 years of performance and movement experience. Beginning her training in Lafayette, she attended Sugar ‘N Spice Dance and The Ballet Studio. She gained valuable modern dance technique as a member of the national award-winning Comeaux High School Colorguard and Winterguard programs. During this time she competed at Bands of America (BOA) and Winterguard International (WGI) and performed with the band through special invitation for occasions that include the 1999 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the team’s co-captain.

Tarah continued her training at Louisiana State University where she made an impact as the Tiger Band Colorguard Assistant Captain in 2001, Co-Captain in 2002, and was named the Most Outstanding Tiger Band Freshman in the 2000 Sudler Trophy year. She has taught various Colorguard camps in the Baton Rouge and Acadiana areas and learned from the best Drum Corps International (DCI) choreographers available, always emphasizing dance/movement as a standard component. Tarah was a member of the LSU Dance Ensemble for two years with Ms. Lindsey before graduating with a dance minor in 2005. In 2007 she moved to New Orleans to receive a Masters in Preservation Studies from the Tulane School of Architecture and was thrilled to begin dancing again at Dancers Only in 2008. Tarah used her dance background in conjunction with her preservation degree to manage and co-produce with Newcomb and Lusher High School faculty an Arts Council of New Orleans grant-funded site specific performance.  She currently continues her dance and movement growth by attending conventions with the studio and taking classes throughout the New Orleans area.

Tarah is excited to continue in her fourth year as a Lead Instructor at Dancers Only. She enjoys learning from and being inspired by the talented students and other instructors at the studio and loves watching her students grow into performers! 

 

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Caitlyn MilliganCaitlyn Milligan
Instructor — Acro

Ms. Caitlyn started her dance career at the early age of two. After dancing for 17 years, Caitlyn started student-teaching in 2008, and was licensed to teach at Labourdette School of Dance in 2009. Caitlyn first started taking acro and tumbling classes in 2002 and was on both the dance and cheerleading team at St. Catherine of Siena. She continued to dance and cheer at Jesuit High School and graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican in 2010. In April of 2010, Caitlyn joined the New Orleans Saintsations after auditioning and continued to cheer for the New Orleans Saints for four consecutive years. She has had the opportunity to dance in several music videos and work with artists such as, Billy Currington, the Jonas Brothers, Beyonce Knowles, and even a European music video staring Akhiyan.

Caitlyn has also had the opportunity to model in fitness with companies such as NOLA Bikini's, The Parks Health & Fitness Gym, the Saintsation website and the Saintsation swimsuit calendar, The Tennis Shop, GTM, and being featured in and on the cover of Louisiana Health and Fitness magazine. Caitlyn is expected to graduate with her Bachelor’s in Health and Wellness from Tulane University in August of 2015. Caitlyn developed her drive and passion for physical fitness and overall wellness while cheerleading in high school. Since then, she has dedicated the majority of her time learning all about the human body, how it functions, and how to keep it in its top mental/physical state. She hopes to one day receive her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Until then, she spends her days studying French, working out, reading, playing with her English bulldog, gardening, and meal prepping.

We are excited to have Caitlyn join our faculty as the new beginner acro teacher for our tumbling tots.

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Kate Clark 
Guest Instructor  

Originally from Clinton Township, Michigan, Ms. Kate has an extensive dance background. Growing up dancing at Spotlight DanceWorks in Chesterfield, MI, she danced competitively with her studio, as well as on her high school dance team. In high school, she served 2 years as Captain of her team and received several awards including NDA Top Gun Dancer, NDA All Star and Team MVP.
While attending Western Michigan University, Kate was a 4 year member of the WMU Bronco Dance Team. She was Captain her Junior and Senior years, and led the WMU Dance Team to their 2007 NDA Collegiate National Championship. She received several awards throughout her college career including “Rookie of the Year,” “Leader of the Year,” and was voted “Most Valuable Dancer” her senior year. 
In 2008, while continuing her studies at WMU, Kate opened her own studio in Kalamazoo, MI, “West Michigan Dance Center,” and formed the WMDC competitive company. Upon graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Spanish & Dance, she also took over the roll as Head Coach of the Western Michigan University Dance Team.
Kate served as owner and artistic director of West Michigan Dance Center for 7 years, during which time her competitive company received numerous awards for technique, choreography and national recognition. Kate’s students have gone on to attend prestigious university dance programs and dance teams including NYU-Tisch, Marymount, Western Michigan, Grand Valley State, etc. 
While she spent a majority of the past 7 years choreographing and teaching technique classes to her WMDC students, Kate also traveled several weekends each season serving as an adjudicator for VIP Dance Competition.
In June 2015, Kate sold her studio and moved to Metairie, LA to begin a new chapter of her life as a National Director for VIP Dance Competition. She continues to take class and train from master instructors at professional studios, as often as possible. Kate continues to enjoy teaching and choreographing for studios and collegiate dance teams across the country. 
Kate is beyond excited to continue her love for teaching dance this year at Dancers Only!

 

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Dancers Only Studio & Instruction  •  4416 York Street  •  Metairie, LA  •  (504) 304-4589  •  Lindsey@dancers-only.net