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Julie Briscuso DeYoung

Owner and Teacher

CLI Certified Instructor

Dancing is in Julie Briscuso DeYoung’s blood. With her mother’s influence, she began training at a young age, and she started teaching at Briscuso Dance Studio when she was 16 and the studio was just getting started in her family’s basement.

She is a graduate of Parkway South, where she was captain of the Pom Squad all four years.  Julie then attended Mizzou, where she studied secondary education and social studies. After graduation, she taught history and government at Mehlville High School.

Julie took over Briscuso Dance Studio when her mother “retired” in 2015. She focuses her teaching time on ballet, tap, and combination poms/jazz, and LOVES working with the younger students at the studio. Julie is inspired by her education background and her faith, in developing curricula for the studio. She focuses on developing strong dancers who are kind, respectful, and family-oriented using age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate lesson plans.

Julie lives in Town and Country with her husband of 23 years, and their daughters, Zoe and Audrey, both sophomores at Parkway West. Zoe is a student and teacher at the studio.

 
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Mrs. B

Founder and Teacher

Judy "Mrs. B" Briscuso is the founder of Briscuso Dance Studio and has over 50 years of experience as a dancer and teacher with specialties in ballet, tap, and jazz.

Judy spent her youth in St. Louis and Florida, where she began her career as a dancer. During her 20s, she apprenticed at St. Louis’ famed Lalla Bauman School of Dance. She regularly performed in dance productions aboard the iconic Admiral at the Port of St. Louis.

Judy began teaching in St. Louis area community schools during the 1970s. To help meet increased demand for her classes, she started Briscuso Dance Studio from her home basement in 1980. During the early years, classes and recitals were all held in Judy’s basement, creating a close-knit, family-oriented culture that continues to be the bedrock of the studio today.

As demand for Judy’s classes continued to increase, the studio moved in 1988 to the Sutton Place Shopping Center near Manchester Road and 141, and finally to its current location in the Lafayette Shopping Center at Manchester and Baxter Roads in 2001.

Judy and her husband, Jim, have been married for 50 years. Their experience raising a son with special needs informed their approach to starting and growing Briscuso Dance Studio. Judy strives to raise great dancers AND great people by nurturing empathy in her students and encouraging them to look out for and help others. She is a staple at the studio, where she currently teaches the annual father/daughter dance and adult tap classes.

Judy is a graduate of Jennings High School in St. Louis. She lives in Town and Country with her husband and son.

 
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Amber Lewis

Competition Team Director and Teacher

CLI Certified Instructor

A native of Ballwin, Missouri, Amber received training at Beutell School of Dance, Motion Express School of Dance and Renee Johnson's Dance Studio.  She has been trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, and ballroom.  While attending George Washington University, she taught, choreographed and performed with Balance: The GW Ballet Group.  As a member of the group, she had the opportunity to dance her dream role of Clara in The Nutcracker.  She was a professional dancer with Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company for two years under the direction of Marilyn York.

Amber has been teaching and assisting for over 20 years and has worked with dancers in all levels and styles. Her students have won platinum awards and placed in the overalls at regional dance competitions and made it to the semi-finals of the Fox Teen Talent Competition.  She is also a regional choreography winner.  She uses her extensive dance background to instill strong technique in the classroom, while inspiring her students to bring their unique creativity to every exercise and performance.  What is most important to her, however, is that her students take away life skills like responsibility, confidence in front of a group, work ethic, and positive self-esteem.

Amber joined the Briscuso dance family in 2016 and serves as head coach of the competition team.

On the side, Amber shares her love of all things Disney by planning trips to Walt Disney World and sharing her knowledge as The Organized Disney Mom.

Amber lives in Manchester with her husband and two sons, Max and Henry.  Max is also a student at the studio.

 
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Kaitlynn Keller

Teacher

CLI Certified Instructor

Kaitlynn began dancing at age 5 in an effort to break her of her shyness and hasn’t stopped since. Kaitlynn received her training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, poms, and pointe from Dance Expressions and A&B Dance Center in Springfield, MO. She then went on to Southeast Missouri State University where she continued her dance training and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Theatre and Dance.

While at SEMO, she performed in multiple dance concerts and stage managed many of the Theatre and Dance Department productions.

Kaitlynn struggled with a knee injury throughout college which ultimately led to surgery in 2013. Because of this, Kaitlynn stresses injury prevention and recovery in many of her classes. She also has a passion for teaching the young dancers of the studio and helping build their love of dance through fun and energetic instruction.

Outside the studio, Kaitlynn is a dog mom, an active member of her church, and a nanny for 3 children. This will be Kaitlynn’s fourth year as a member of the Briscuso Dance faculty and she looks forward to seeing what adventures the year holds.

 
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Sophie Pellegrino

Acrobatics Teacher

Sophie began dance lessons at age two.  She grew up taking ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes.  At age 12, Sophie began cheerleading and tumbling.

As a member of the Parkway West Cheer Team, she competed at the MCDA championship competition where her team placed first.

Sophie loves spending time with the students and watching them achieve new skills while having fun.

Sophie recently graduated from Parkway West High School and will be attending school at Baylor University in the fall.

 
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Kelsey Long

Acrobatics Teacher

Kelsey began dance and gymnastics lessons at a very young age. As she got older, she looked for a way to combine the two and began competitive cheerleading for an all star gym, traveling around the United States for competitions. She placed 8th in the world at The Summit International Competition in Orlando, FL.

When Kelsey entered high school, she made the varsity cheer team. Kelsey is a leader on the team, choreographing several routines, and serving as team captain. She won first place at the MCDA Championship.

Kelsey also enjoys serving as a mentor for a middle school girls group at her church, sings with the worship team, and is on the senior high leadership team.