Fusion Dance Studio

Our Approach

Our Story

At DBL, we are grateful for all of the volunteers who give graciously of their time to get to know their dancer, support and challenge their dancer, and ensure opportunities to participate in adaptive dance!   Volunteers are students and professionals, aspiring dancers, siblings and friends.  Without our volunteers, this program would not be possible.

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Meet the Team

Suzanne

Suzanne Dougherty

Founder

As the founder of DBL, Suzanne wanted to share her passion for dance with the youth she encountered as a pediatric physical therapist.  In 2012, she introduced dance to 9 eager young girls in wheelchairs and several still dance with the troupe.

 

Ashley

Ashley Hedden

Co-Founder

Ashley, director of Omaha “Bella” Dance, is a pediatric occupational therapist who has undergone training in both adaptive dance and pediatric yoga.  She enjoys incorporating props and creative movement into class and teaches dancers poise, dance etiquette, and how to shine on stage.

Stephanie Chase

Stephanie Chase

Artistic Director

Stephanie, a former Rockette and director of Chase the Spirit of Dance in Lincoln, NE, enthusiastically joins DBL with a lifetime of dance experience. She serves as the Artistic Director of DBL, bringing creative and challenging choreography to the dancers and instilling passion.

Angel Racpan

Angel Racpan

Volunteer Coordinator

Angel comes to DBL from Honolulu, Hawaii! She moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University and majored in Exercise Science. During her time as a Bluejay, she danced on the Creighton Dance Team and was captain her senior year.  Angel works with students with learning disabilities and she also coaches at the Dancer’s Edge.

Maggie Fleita

Maggie Fleita

Volunteer Coordinator

Maggie has been dancing since age 3. After growing up in the Chicagoland area, she attended Creighton University studying Exercise Science and Dance. She later earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Maggie loves to move and groove and is excited to be back in Omaha dancing with DBL!

Lily Lautenschlager

Lily Lautenschlager

Volunteer Coordinator

Lily is a  Senior at Lincoln East High School. She was one of the original members of Dancing Beyond Limits in 2012. Lily participated as a dancer for 6 years before becoming a buddy. She is serving as an instructor in the Lincoln group for her 2nd year.  Her favorite part of DBL is meeting and working with all the amazing people!