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Dazzle Dance Center

Dazzle Dance Center

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OUR MISSION

Our mission at Dazzle Dance Center is to provide students of all levels with more than just dance classes but a unique experience in which students can grow both mentally and physically as a dancer. Our highly trained and certified instructors have a wealth of experience in teaching and performing various styles and disciplines.

Here at Dazzle Dance Center, we have a passion for the art of dance and for helping others discover their inner dancer. Are you ready to get up and move? Contact us today to learn more about our studio.

 

OUR STORY

Dazzle Dance Center opened in 2013 in a building with only one dance room. DDC offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, danceline technique, clogging, and contemporary. Students start at 3 years old and grow every year in classes that are set up based on skill level not age.


Ms. Brandi and Ms. Lynda's main goal at Dazzle Dance Center is to create a safe positive environment for students. Technique is a priority but we know that what you learn at dance is way more then just technique. We want to instill a great work ethic, self confidence, and so much more. We push our students past their comfort zone so that they can see their full potential and recognize hard work pays off!


The first year the studio was opened the competition teams ROCKED the stage with very little prior experience and technique. This first year students went from not being able to do double pirouettes to being able to do triples and multiple 8-counts of second turns. At their very first nationals the team took home their first National Championship!


Since our humble beginnings the studio has moved to a location that has 2 dance rooms and have won a total of 14 National Championships in 5 years. Also in 5 years we have moved many routines and dancers from beginner level at competition to intermediate and this year we will have several advanced level dances. 


Ms. Brandi, Ms. Lynda, Ms. Mikie, and Ms. Joy work very hard to provide the best technique training to our students in a fun, family, and loving environment. The growth they have witnessed is amazing and keeps the studio moving forward.

 

Staff

Brandi Guillory Chasteen

Owner/Instructor/Choreographer

Brandi has been dancing since the age of 3. Her training started at the Gwen Reese School of Dance, then continued with Kim Berry through elementary school, and Sonja Palmer throughout middle and high school years. In 2005, she started her collegiate training as a NSU Demon Dazzler which lasted for 3 years. While at NSU, she performed with numerous groups including "The Rockettes" in the Annual Christmas Gala, intermission entertainment for the Lady of the Bracelet Pageant where she partnered with Donald Jones, Jr in salsa and tango, and with fellow Dazzlers, performed alongside the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band in New Orleans at halftime of a Saints game in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. She graduated from NSU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. 


Brandi has taught dance and gym for 10 plus years. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and acro. She also coached the Natchitoches Central Maroon Line from 2008-2010 and help polish and clean their performance routines whenever she is needed. She has also choreographed Tioga High School danceline competition routines. Several of her routines have won special judges awards.


She two beautiful daughters, Brylee (8) and Braelyn (6), both of whom she can’t wait to watch grow up dancing just like she did!!

Lynda Hammett

Owner/Instructor/Choreographer

Lynda has been dancing since the age of 3 and competing since kindergarten. Most of her training came from Karen Ogden Dance Studio in Sulphur, Louisiana. At Mrs. Karen’s she was on competitive teams and won at the regional and national levels. She continued dancing in college on the Demon Dazzler Danceline at Northwestern State University. This is where she met her colleague, Brandi! As a Dazzler, they attended camp in Louisville, KY and were awarded a bid to Nationals in Disney World. This was the first and only team to have received a national bid! She graduated from undergrad in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern and from LSUS with a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Administration in 2015.


Lynda has taught dance for 10 plus years. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary. She has also choreographed for many pageants' opening numbers and many pageant talents including a Miss LA talent. Lynda's choreography has won her several awards including Best Choreography, Most Entertaining Choreography, and many other special awards. Two special awards that are dear to Ms. Lynda are highest point in the entire competition with "Bring on the Men" a senior small group in 2018 and "Big Time" a tap solo performed by Halle that won 2nd alternate in talent at the Cinderella International Pageant. Lynda has also taught dance and twirling camps for high schools around the area and judged many high school and middle school dance tryouts. She has also added the job of competition judge to her plate.


Lynda also works at First United Methodist Church as the Director of Communications and Development. But what fills her the most outside of the studio is her foster children.

 

Mikalyn Russell

Clogging Teacher/Choreographer

Mikie is a junior at NSU currently majoring in Hospitality Management and Tourism with a concentration in Hospitality Services and a minor in Communications. She work in the Recruiting Office as an Ambassador for NSU. She has held several Miss titles and most recently was Miss Port Barre Cracklin Queen and has placed in the top 10 every year at Queen of Queens. She has a background in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Clogging and Cecchetti for 16 years. She was apart of The Bayou Babes and Dixie Darlins Competition clogging teams for 5 years serving as captain and co-captain. In those 5 years they won many top awards and special judges' awards. She is excited to be back doing what she loves-- dancing!

Joy Campbell

Tap Teacher/Choreographer

Joy started gym and tumbling at age 3 and dancing at the age of 4. She started competing at age of 6. She won many overall high point awards at the local and national level. She was co-captain and help choreograph her high school's state winning routine. After high school she was a UDA instructor. She attended LSU were she was a Tiger Girl and competed at UDA Nationals at Disney World where they won 4th overall.


She loves watching her two daughters, Halle and Lila, dance. Joy has been co-choreographer of many award winning tap routines at Dazzle.