Since 1994, Lyn’s Academy of Dance has provided a comprehensive dance training to both the pre-professional and recreational dancer in the greater Lima area. It is our mission and commitment to provide quality dance instruction and artistic training of the highest possible caliber, while offering all students a positive learning experience that promotes an atmosphere of fun and excitement. We want each dancer to reach their full potential and gain an appreciation for the art of dance!

We are proud to have several alumni who have pursued careers in dance, or careers that have been heavily influenced by their dance training, and are eager to showcase their outstanding work in the arts. Please continue to look back at this tab on our website as we build our artist-alumni archive.

***Former dancers who danced in dance companies or on college or professional dance teams, are dance/arts teachers, work for arts programs, or any other career that was heavily influenced by their dance training – send your headshot or another professional picture and bio to Miss Lyn’s email ( to be featured on our website archive. We can’t wait to see all of your responses and show off our amazing alumni who we love dearly.***

Lena Lauer

Lena Lauer is a dancer, dance maker, teaching artist and arts manager based in NYC.
As a dance and teaching artist, Lauer has created and performed work from the Sonoran Desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America.

She has taught at universities, inner-city schools, private studios, for adults, youth, the aging, pre-professional dancers, dance enthusiasts and for dancers with disabilities. She has performed the works of Charlotte Adams, Miguel Gutierrez, Jennifer Kayle, Pamela Vail, Zoe Rabinowitz, amongst others.

Lena currently holds teaching positions at Mark Morris Dance Center and The Ailey School in NYC, is the Institute Director at the José Limón Dance Foundation, makes work as a freelance artist and is the co-founder and co-director of The Lovelies, a dance improvisation company. She was quoted in Dance Magazine (Jan 2022) and serves on the Board of Directors for White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

The uncertainty and challenges of Pandemia have also presented the opportunity for Lena to create the Limón Foundation’s Second Company: Limón2, which she directs.

Lena sends all her love and gratitude to the teaching artists that fostered her initial passion for and life-long love of movement through technique, performance and choreography: Lyn & Barbara Lynne! 

Emily Stepleton

Emily Stepleton is a dancer and movement educator in Chicago, Illinois. She has danced professionally with Mordine and Company Dance Theater since 2016 and represents the Mordine Legacy Project in its continuation of the 50+ years of repertoire. She has had the pleasure of performing throughout the Midwest as well as touring internationally with Azagano, a multi-ethnic dance company under the direction of Zelma Badu-Younge and Paschal Yao Younge. Emily’s passionate relationship with the arts first rooted in her hometown of Lima, Ohio and spread to Athens where she earned a BFA in dance performance and choreography from Ohio University. There, she began her journey with the Pilates method and eventually continued education to become a comprehensive certified instructor. Emily enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Pilates method teaching others to build strength and confidence to feel their own sense of empowerment through movement.