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 for an ultimate Hollywood dance experience. During her time there she experienced many amazing opportunities - attended a live taping of So You Think You Can Dance, sat in on many dance classes, attended business seminars, spent a whole day doing photo shoots, and participated in a private music video at Universal Studios Hollywood. While there she also met famous choreographer Tyce Diorio and Carmit Bachar from the Pussycat Dolls.
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, The studio was chosen as the WINNER in Victoria Advocate's Best of the Best Awards in 2021 for Best Dance Studio, Best Women-Owned Business, and Best Youth Sports Coach - Stephanie Ledwig.
She loves working with children and sharing her passion of dance with them.
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 Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique to teach their programs.
Mrs. Laura resides in Victoria with her husband and two pups!
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.
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.
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 graduating 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.
Ms. Emily works at the Children's Discovery Museum full time while teaching at LDA. We are so glad she's back in Victoria and back on our team.
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.
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.
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!
Kelsy Spiller begin dancing 'officially' at age 3 but actually began dancing much earlier while watching her sister's classes. She could hardly wait to join in! She has studied ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and lyrical in her 14 years at Hermann Sons Dacosta School of Dance. One of her favorite moments was dancing the lead in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle to cancer in the contemporary piece "Home" in 2011. Kelsy also danced, sang, and acted in her role as "Brigetta" in the ADD production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" in 2013. Kelsy has also been very active in her church dancing as Shirley Temple in 15 performances of the 2009 Victoria Christmas Pageant, "Hooray It's Christmastime", and dancing alongside her sister in February of 2013 in the interpretive Worship Choir piece, "God Thou Art Love". She also served as head cheerleading intern for the mission & outreach Upward Sports Flag Football & Cheerleading program in 2013 & 2014 where she coached 21 and 24 girls, respectively.
Kelsy attended DanceWorks Unlimited in 2015 and was a student there for five years. Within those five years she attended classes including ballet, pointe, contemporary, and tap. She was a teacher/assistant there for four years. Teaching ages from 3-12 she taught ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. In 2018 she participated in CrossPointe Dance Project's performance, The Anti Bully Dance Project and performed it once again in 2019. Kelsy has such a passion for dance and is so blessed to be able to teach dance to young and excited new dancers. Kelsy finds great joy in dancing and in teaching and leading students as they discover their love for dance as well.
Kaila Spiller began dancing at age 4. She danced with the Hermann Sons Dance program in Dacosta for 14 years. She has studied ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. She became the assistant dance teacher in Dacosta in 2012, head instructor for the Hermann Sons program in Dacosta in 2013, and is now the head instructor in Ganado since 2014. Some of Kaila's favorite dance moments with Hermann Son's over the years have included playing "Annie" in the jazz piece "It's a Hard Knock Life" and dancing the lead in a contemporary jazz number "Circus".
Kaila has also danced at her church as she and her sister, Kelsy, performed an interpretive dance to the Worship Choir piece "God Thou Art Love" in February 2013. In 2013, Kaila was the choreographer for a local drama companies production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music". Kaila also danced the part of the 'Mamma" in "The Lonely Goatherd" in that same production. Kaila loves dancing and enjoys working with dance students and watching them explore different dance styles as they accomplish learning new techniques and stretching their abilities as dancers.
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.
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