Lindsey Dechant, Owner/Professional Dance Instructor
Lindsey is one of the top-ranked Ballroom dance instructors in the United States and is certified to teach all styles of Ballroom and Latin dances. She has competed professionally as well as with amateur partners in competitions in all regions of the United States with students consistently winning Top Student awards. She also is one of the rare, recurring lady winners of Top Teacher prizes at almost every competition she attends.
She acquired Overstreet in October 2014 to continue to provide social and competitive dance lessons to students, as well as to provide a venue for other independent dance instructors and dance schools.
She began her professional dance career in Minnesota with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. She instantly rose to the top of her school and began winning many Fred Astaire sponsored competitions in the American Smooth and Rhythm.
In 2006, Lindsey moved to Colorado and began teaching at Colorado Dancesport where she taught for 8 years. When there she continued to compete professionally in American Rhythm along with choreographing and performing in several shows. She constantly works to improve on her own dancing and teaching skills. She also has developed special techniques to teach dance skills to individuals with disabilities. Lindsey is the Founder and President of the Freedom Through Dance Foundation and this studio is the home for providing instruction to dance teachers from across the nation.
Dances taught by Lindsey:
- American Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz)
- American Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo
- International Standard (Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango and Viennese Waltz)
- International Latin (Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive)
- Club Dances (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango)
- Country and Western (Two Step, Waltz, Cha Cha, Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Polka)
Terra has been dancing Swing for 8 years. She began teaching Country and line dancing and quickly became involved in West Coast Swing. She has won numerous awards on the West Coast Swing competition circuit and is sanctioned by the World Swing Dance Council. Terra is frequently traveling and competing Swing, and teaches West Coast Swing at Overstreet Dance Center with her partner Michael Miller and at the Rocky Mountain Swing Dance Club upon request. She is also the instructor for the Dancing With Friends program and is making a huge impact helping dancers with disabilities.
Jennifer is a two time National and three time World Champion competitive country dancer who moved to the Denver area this past May. She is ranked as a Superstar dancer on the ACDA circuit and dances in the Crown Masters Classic Division on the UCWDC circuit. She is excited about sharing her passion for dancing with you, no matter your age or skill level!
Belarusian from birth, Maria graduated from Belarusian State Medical University and worked in the Children Infectious Disease Hospital as a pediatrician. Aside from children and medicine, one of Maria’s greatest passions has always been dancing. She started when she was 6 years old doing International Standard & Latin back in her hometown. She danced and competed in the ballroom circuit for about 20 years until she found her favorite dance style in West Coast Swing in 2014. Not only has ballroom training, but also ballet and contemporary. Trying to always incorporate and blend the different styles together, she enjoys the opportunity that dance brings to express yourself and improvise, that’s why she is in love with WCS. In her own words ‘each dance is so different, you can feel so free and open, every dance is a new story’. She has been focused on teaching WCS in Belarus since 2015 (technique, styling, private lessons) and she is very happy to be part of the Denver dance community. She has also studied psychology for dancers for 2 years and is very interested in the benefits that dancing can do for yourself. She loves not only teaching but also social dancing and interacting with other people. She is open to any dance, not only WCS, so feel free to ask her. “I think that dancing lets me express in ways that words can’t, it is it’s own language. Let me help you create your own stories and express yourself in new ways through dance.”
Brett began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling, Modern/Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theater dance. Brett received her B.F.A. in Dance Choreography from Arizona State University and studied under the direction of Shouze Ma, a founding member of the first Modern dance company in China. At ASU, Brett participated in the inaugural year of the ASU Summer Study Abroad Dance Program in Beijing – the first Chinese summer dance program offered by a U.S. institution. During the program, she lived in China for a month studying in the art of Tai Chi as well as Contemporary and Folk dance with some of the country’s most renowned instructors. She has performed and choreographed in works for ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Phoenix Suns halftime show, and various musical theater productions in South Jersey including Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Footloose, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, Into the Woods, Seussical the Musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,and Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up?. Brett also served as a co-captain for the 2011 Philadelphia Soulmates, the professional dance team for the Philadelphia Soul arena football team. She is a founding member and guest choreographer of Project Dance, an annual dance festival in Haddonfield, New Jersey aimed to increase community awareness of the importance of arts education in our nation’s schools. Brett has also performed as a company member in the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project (AMDP) at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburgh, PA in 2012. For the last 5 years, she has taught competitive dance for studios in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with her students and choreography winning numerous overall high scores and judges awards. With her recent move to Colorado, she is thrilled to bring her love of dance and the stage to the students of Overstreet Dance Center.