Meet Our Instructors
Stephanie Ledwig is a native of Victoria, Texas. She started dancing at the age of two and has been teaching dance since 2006. She began her training in Victoria with a local studio and has taken classes with three other studios. In 2013, while still working to earn her bachelor's degree, Stephanie opened her studio. She graduated, after just four years in college, in 2015 from the University of Houston-Victoria with her Bachelors of Science in Communications.
She has training in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, pointe, and contemporary by local instructors as well as some from various parts of the country - Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Marty Dew, Melissa Glouchkova, & Desiree Robbins. Stephanie started dancing competitively at the age of five, even competing her first solo then. She was able to travel to conventions such as Tremaine & Manhattan Dance Project where she trained under many choreographers. In 2010 Stephanie traveled to New York City and took classes at Broadway Dance Center and had private classes with Broadway dancers and choreographers. In 2015 Stephanie took her own company dancers to New York where they took classes. She returned to New York in 2018 for more classes. In the summer of 2019, Stephanie was given the opportunity to go to Los Angeles for two weeks. During her time there she experienced many amazing opportunities - attend a live taping of So You Think You Can Dance, sit in on many dance classes, attend business seminars, spend a whole day doing photo shoots, and participate in a private music video at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Stephanie was asked to choreograph for the musical, The Wizard of Oz for Victoria East HS in 2012. For her choreography she was inducted as an Honorary Member into the VEHS International Thespian Society. She then choreographed the musicals for VISD the next two years. In 2017 she worked with Misty Calvez to choreograph the district musical, The Music Man. In 2011 Stephanie was brought on staff for the VEHS Golden Saber Dance/Drill Team. She is a current staff member who choreographs and instructs for the team.
Her most recent accomplishments include becoming a member of the National Dance Education Organization in 2015. Also in 2015, she became certified to teach acro dance with Acrobatic Arts. In 2016, Stephanie joined the creative team at Crosspointe Dance Project - a nonprofit dance company that serves the Lord. After 4 years on staff, she founded a dance/drill team, the Diamond Belles, at Crossroads Christian School in Victoria in 2017. She was the director for two years of the junior high and high school teams.
She loves working with children and sharing her passion of dance with them.
Megan Ledwig Newman is a native of Victoria, Texas and has been dancing for seven years. She has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop dance. She is in her third year of teaching dance. Mrs. Megan is also trained in gymnastics for eleven years at Manning's Gym in Victoria and Gymagic also in Victoria. She was State Champion in tumbling. She teaches kids ages 2-10 and loves teaching the kids at Ledwig Dance Academy. Mrs. Megan teaches dance and acrobatic dance classes at Ledwig Dance Academy. In July 2015 Mrs. Megan attended an acrobatic dance convention and teaches the Acrobatic Arts syllabus as a certified acro teacher to her students. Mrs. Megan has assisted in getting the acro dance program at the studio on its feet.
She also teaches private lessons to young children in competitive dance. Her strong leadership skills and desire to help kids succeed is why she is an amazing teacher.
Mrs. Megan graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria in May 2015 and received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her and her husband have three children.
Mrs. Chelsea Diebel is a native of Victoria. She started dancing at the age of two years old at Busby Dancenter. She took ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, and contemporary classes throughout her years in dance. At the age of ten she joined the Victoria Ballet Theatre. She danced with the company for seven years with leading roles in many productions - The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, etc. With VBT, she traveled around different states learning from world scholars in dancing. She attended Regional Dance America as well.
Chelsea has had the opportunity to choreograph for the Theatre Victoria production of Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors. She also danced in college for a year while achieving her academics. She has attended, and continues to attend, many dance conventions.
This is Mrs. Chelsea's fifth year teaching at LDA.
She has a strong passion for dance and teaching others how to be passionate about it as well. Chelsea is a registered respiratory therapist. She is blessed with being the mother of two children.
Mrs. Blair started dancing at the age of two years old and was hooked for life. She continued her dance education by attending several studios in North Carolina and Florida. While living in Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. Blair attended a performing arts middle school and high school where she received focused instruction in ballet and modern dance styles. She began her dance teaching career at Dansations Performing Arts Center, where she also danced and competed on the competition team. She has studied all styles of dance, performed all over the United States, won dance scholarships from many organizations, and has taken countless master classes with numerous dance professionals from New York to LA.
She attended college on a dance scholarship at Gainesville Community College where she graduated with an Associates in Dance and Minor in Education. While there, she was nominated to hold the Dance President position for a year. While pursuing an Elementary Education degree and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Florida, Mrs. Blair taught all ages and dance styles at Joni Messler Studio of Dance. She also worked for the Gainesville Ballet Theatre as an artistic staff member and choreographer for six years.
Mrs. Blair moved to Victoria recently with her husband and daughter due to military relocation.
Laura Grahmann started dancing at the age of 14 years old. She was on the Victoria East Golden Saber Dance Team for four years. Her junior and senior year of high school she was the head officer of the team; the only one to be head officer for two consecutive years. Ms. Laura started working at LDA while attending Victoria College. After a year at VC, she transferred to Texas State University to pursue a BFA in Dance Education. In December 2019 Ms. Laura completed her degree and became certified to teach dance. While at Texas State, she continued to choreograph for Ledwig, performed in many student choreographed dances and shows, along with professor pieces created by Misti Galvan, Amanda McCorkle, and Nicole Wesley. During the summer of 2017, she traveled to the University of Bedfordshire in England to perform. While there, Ms. Laura took classes and participated in the creation of a dance that was later performed at Texas Tech University. During her last year at Texas State, Ms. Laura completed her certification to teach yoga. She also is certified by Progressing Ballet Technique to teach their program.
Ms. Laura is excited to be back in Victoria at Ledwig Dance Academy. She will be getting married in late 2020.
Hannah Guerra took dance classes as a young student. She took time off and went back to dance during junior high. She started with hip hop and then added ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She took dance classes at Ledwig Dance Academy under the instruction of Stephanie Ledwig and Chelsea Diebel. All throughout high school she continued her training and even became a student assistant in high school.
After graduation from high school she decided to continue taking classes. She attends the University of Houston-Victoria while teaching at the studio.
Miss Hannah teaches creative movement classes as well as elementary age classes. She is great with the kids and her outgoing personality is welcoming in the dance room. She also has taught many company classes at the studio.
Mrs. Caiti grew up in Victoria and graduated from Memorial High School in 2003. She began her dance education with Manning’s Dance School at age 3 and continued there throughout elementary until Mrs. Manning retired. There she participated in ballet, tap, and jazz classes as well as the competitive dance team. Caiti continued her dance education with Carol DeAtley School of Dance throughout junior high and her freshman and sophomore years of high school. She also began working as a student assistant for Carol DeAtley her freshman year of high school and continued this until Carol DeAtley’s retirement. Caiti then continued her dance education with Jan Moore School of Dance throughout her junior and senior years of high school. Mrs. Caiti was also a member of her high school drill team.
Caiti is certified in classical ballet instruction through The Texas Association of Teachers of Dance. She is also in her final year of college to receive her Bachelor’s in Education Studies. Mrs. Caiti is a mother of 2 children, both boys ages 11 and 13 years old. She has always had a passion for dance and truly loves teaching and passing on that passion to her students. She is very excited to get back into teaching with LDA.
Emily Weaver is from Victoria, Texas and she has been dancing since she was four years old. She has had training in ballet, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, contemporary, pom, jazz, kick and military. She was a St. Joseph Starlighter all four years of high school and she was an officer three out of her four years. She was a co-captain her senior year along side her twin sister, Leann. As an officer, she also choreographed dances. She has won awards at many competitions and she is a National Champion Dancer. Emily has danced on drill team and competition teams. At competitions she has competed with solos, duets, officer ensembles, group dances, co-ed dances and show productions.
Miss Emily started working at LDA in 2016 after graudating from high school. After attending Victoria College for two years, she decided to transfer to UTSA where she is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree. She spent the last semester working as an intern in the College Program at Walt Disney World in Florida.
We are so glad she's back in Victoria and back on our team.
Miss Kathryn danced competitively from 5th grade through high school with Dance Unlimited in Buda, TX. She competed with their company teams in jazz, lyrical, and contemporary pieces. Miss Kathryn also danced with the Hays Highsteppers drill team during high-school holding the position of Junior Lieutenant and Lieutenant Captain. She was able to teach ages 3-8 at Dance Unlimited during her junior and senior years of high school, as well as worked the front office and store.
Miss Kathryn majored in dance at Texas Tech University, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. She was involved with the University Dance Company and served as Vice President of the student organization Vitality Dance Company during college. She worked as a lead teacher as well as assistant teacher at The Dance Gallery School of Dance Arts in Lubbock, Texas for 5 years. Miss Kathryn taught classes from ages 3 through high school seniors in ballet, tap and jazz, as well as assisted with the Junior Ballet Company, and the Starlets Dance Company.
She is currently attending Victoria College and working towards being a Physical Therapist. We are so glad she's a part of LDA.
Ireland Davis Hughston
Ireland Hughston is a native of Victoria, Texas and began her dance training at the age of two. She has attended several studios in Victoria which has helped her dance background. Ireland is trained in all dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and competitive dance.
She joined the competitive dance team at her studio as a young dancer. Shew grew to love dance even more and was able to get more experiences.
Ireland attended St. Joseph High School where she joined the Starlighter Dance Team. She was an officer on the team for two years.
After an injury, Miss Ireland had to stop dancing herself. She has devoted her time and energy to the students at Ledwig Dance Academy since then. The students love her style of dance and she has enjoyed working with them this past year.
She loves being involved at the studio sharing her passion with others.
Ireland recently got married and graduated from the Victoria College dental assistant program. She works for a local dentists office in Victoria.
Miss Kodi is from Victoria. She began dancing the year before starting high school. She took classes as a local studio and then tried out for the Saberette Drill Team at Victoria East High School. She made the team her freshman year. Her sophomore year she auditioned for the Golden Saber Dance Team. After making varsity she tried out to be an officer and was chosen to be one of two sophomore lieutenants. She continued as an officer on the team her junior year and was chosen as the Lieutenant Colonel (2nd highest rank) her senior year on the team. Her leadership skills have grown since being an officer.
While on the team Miss Kodi learned several dances in all styles of dance including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, pom, kick, and hip hop. She competed many solos and scored a division one on all solos - the highest rank at a contest. Miss Kodi won many awards while attending Crowd Pleasers and Showtime International contests and camps.
Miss Kodi is very excited to be a part of LDA. She loves kids and sharing her knowledge with others. She plans to go off to school to be a dance teacher.
Candis Meyer is a native of Victoria, Texas. She started dancing at the age of three at Jan Moore School of Dancing and continued her dance training there for over twenty years. She became an instructor at sixteen and taught ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and lyrical for over ten years. She choreographed many dance routines and performed many solos for the studio’s annual recital.
Working with children has always been something that Candis has loved to do. She graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been a certified teacher for VISD for thirteen years. In 2017, she was named Teacher of the Year for her elementary school and continues to teach for VISD.
Mrs. Candis has been married to her husband Clayton for thirteen years. They have a beautiful daughter named Lexi, who is currently a dancer at Ledwig Dance Academy. Watching her daughter perform at her first recital, inspired Candis to get back to teaching dance. She is excited to share her passion of dancing with others again!
Meghan McKittrick is a native of Victoria and just recently moved back from working in Tennessee.
Meghan has studied the art of dance since she was the age of two years old with a local studio. She auditioned and became a member of Victoria Ballet Theatre at the age of nine years old. She performed several roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Aurora and more. She has also continued her education of dance in New York City attending summer classes three years in a row with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and American Ballet Theatre. Because she took classes on the side at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, she was able to extend her vocabulary from classical ballet and pointe to jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary.
She moved to Tennessee for a few years after teaching with LDA for two years. She was able to teach at a studio there where she learned much more. Meghan recently moved back and now continues her love for the art of dance at Ledwig Dance Academy teaching all of her education to others who feel the same passion towards it as she does.
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