Meet the Faculty
Dance is our passion and we want to share it with you!
Dancers Only is committed to giving every student a superior dance education, taught by an experienced and dedicated staff. Our goal is to instill a sense of confidence and achievement in each of our students. Our faculty promotes dance as an art and strives to bring out the absolute best in every child we teach. We hope to provide an educational and exciting experience for all!
Lindsey Labit Esquerré
Owner | Artistic Director
Instructor, DOCC Director & Choreographer
Ms. Lindsey Labit Esquerré is the proud Owner and Artistic Director of Dancers Only. Established in the summer of 2007, the studio has been in business for 13 years. Lindsey has studied extensively in all subjects and styles of dance over the past 35 years and has over 18 years of teaching experience. She has trained under and worked with several accredited dance teachers and choreographers throughout the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Growing up as a “Comp Kid”, she participated in several local and national dance competitions and conventions across the U.S., receiving numerous awards both as a company member and solo performer.
Lindsey is a graduate of Louisiana State University holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a Minor in Dance. During her years at LSU, she was a 4-year member of the LSU Dance Ensemble and had the privilege of being selected to choreograph for the ensemble for 2 consecutive years in addition to performing in various faculty and student choreographed works. She was honored in 2005 with an invitation to the Louisiana Alliance for Dance choreographer showcase. She has appeared with Fox Kids, Sports Illustrated and Louisiana Casting. She was the co-choreographer for the 2003 Miss LSU Pageant opening number, has danced down the streets of The Magic Kingdom in Disney, Orlando with her former high school dance team, composed several song and dance productions for the LSU Greek system as a member of her college sorority, Delta Zeta and was an improv performer for the Baton Rouge Art Melt back in 2006.
Lindsey remains active in the Dance Team community by choreographing, judging and lending her expertise to local dance teams in the area. Several of her students have gone on to not only make their high schools dance teams, but have been appointed Captains, Presidents, Co-captains and Officers. One of her most cherished accomplishments will always be leading her local High School Dance Team, The Chapellettes, to a State Championship victory back in 2000!
As the Director of Dancers Only, Lindsey established the national award-winning studio based competitive team in 2008. For the past 12 seasons, the DOCC has been recognized for top honors at various competitions both regionally and nationally, have been title holders, scholarship recipients, scouted by talent agencies and are also a 5 time National Championship Winning Team! In the summer of 2013, her students were offered the opportunity to compete and be filmed in the Masters of Dance Arts competition for the Season 3 Finale episode of Dance Moms held here in New Orleans and they walked away being awarded one of the Top 5 schools in the competition.
Lindsey enjoys traveling with her students in order for them to take classes with the most sought after teachers in the dance industry. She continues to educate and push herself year after year to keep up with the latest trends developing in the dance community. Her more recent accomplishments in furthering her education is obtaining her “Acrobatic Arts” Instructor Certification and "Alixa Flexibility" Certification. She wants to ensure her students not only thrive in dance, but also in Acro which is vital in the current dance scene. Lindsey has a true passion for performing, choreographing and especially teaching and she loves to share her knowledge and expertise with her students!
Instructor - Tap, Jazz, Technique
Ms. Kat is an Instructor and Choreographer for the studio. She has been studying all types of dance for the past twenty-five years. She has worked closely with knowledgeable choreographers and teachers throughout her career. Katherine has participated in several dance competitions and conventions across the country. She has choreographed for studios and dance teams throughout the New Orleans and Tangipahoa Parish areas. She has judged local and state dance competitions for the Universal Dance Association for cheer/dance teams in Louisiana.
Katherine has traveled nationally as a member of the Sudden Impact Dance Company and is a former member of the Hammond Ballet Company. She has also performed during New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets half time shows. Katherine attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School where she was captain and choreographer of the Dominican Debs Dance Team. Katherine has graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with two Bachelor of Art Degrees in Business and Marketing with a minor in English Literature. She was a five-year member of the nationally ranked Lionettes Dance Team where she choreographed dances performed during Southeastern football and basketball seasons. Katherine also had the pleasure of performing winning competition dance routines on ESPN. She has also been seen on FOX news, CST, WWL and The Southeastern Channel.
Katherine is a former dance instructor of Lemoine Academy of Dance in Hammond, LA and and has been with Dancers Only for the past 10 years. Katherine is honored to share her love and knowledge of dance with others and hopes to inspire students to reach their fullest potential in their dance training!
Instructor - Hip Hop / Jazz Technique / DOCC Choreographer
Ms. Peppy was born and raised in New Orleans and began dancing at the age of four. She grew up training as a competitive dancer and has received numerous awards at both regional and national levels. After losing everything in Hurricane Katrina, Peppy moved to North Carolina for a year where she was exposed to many different dance styles and choreographers. This experience began a new phase in her dance training that would now include more traveling and expanded dance opportunities.
After graduating from the University of New Orleans, Peppy kick started her professional dance career by performing alongside Beyonce in the 2013 Pepsi Superbowl Halftime Show. Other performance opportunities soon followed. She has performed in nationally broadcast Miss USA pageants alongside such artists as Nelly and Florida-Georgia Line. Peppy has also danced on the ABC hit series Astronaut Wives Club, and most recently danced on a national Popeye's commercial. She continues to share her talents by teaching and choreographing throughout the southeast region. Some of her choreography credits include the 2019 Calvin Klein Summit's LipsynCK Battle, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), and the award winning Dancers Only Competition Company.
Peppy loves working with the students at Dancers Only and always looks forward to wonderful classes!
Instructor - Contemporary / Lyrical / Jazz Technique / DOCC Choreographer
Born and raised in New Orleans, Ms. Amanda has a long history of extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Tap. Growing up involved in the competition and convention circuit, she has won scholarships and awards such as Brian Friedman's Intensive in New York, Edge studio in Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Amanda relocated to Los Angeles in 2004 where she furthered her dance training and began her professional career in industrials and commercial work. She has been a featured dancer at Harrah's Casino in Thrillusion's Rock/Magic Concert and Le Royal Rouge.
She has had the honor of performing in the Superbowl Halftime Show with Beyonce, the Jonas Brothers Video: Americana, Grand Celebration Cruise line, and recently returning from Singapore where she performed as magicians' assistant with America's Got Talent's Rob Lake. Currently residing back in New Orleans, you can find her passing along her passion for the art of dance to her students, who have won both regional and national competitions. We are so happy to have Ms. Amanda on staff here at Dancers Only.
Instructor - Technique Coach / DOCC Choreographer
Sydney Knudson has been dancing since the age of two and comes from a big family of artists. Growing up as a competitive dancer in California, Sydney has had many opportunities to take class and learn choreography from teachers and companies such as, Michael Schumacher, Travis Wall, Bonnie Story, Brooke Lipton, Mia Michaels, Repertory Dance Theater, Dance Undercurrent, and many more. She holds two Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Dance and Organizational Sciences from the University of Idaho, as well as a BASI Pilates Certification.
In her college years she danced, choreographed, and produced many concerts. She participated in two major tours of the Pacific Northwest with the school's spring dance and music collaboration of Dancers, Drummers, Dreamers. Sydney was on University of Idaho's Dance team, dancing at both basketball and volleyball games. While on this team she had the honor of choreographing side lines and half times to be performed for the University.
Since graduating, Sydney has been involved in teaching, choreographing, and attending classes all around the country. She is currently residing in New Orleans, LA taking classes with dance companies and studios, teaching masterclasses in technique, setting freelance choreography and working for various dance competitions. Through her work on the Competition circuit she has planned and directed multiple dance events and traveled the United States and Australia teaching master classes for the companies.
Instructor - Kinder I & II Classes
Ms. Amanda grew up locally and began dancing at the young age of three. She attended Thibodeaux Dance where she developed a love for tap and hip hop. In addition to training in dance, she was also a competitive cheerleader.
Amanda attended Louisiana State University and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering. During her years at LSU, she became a certified group fitness instructor. She has choreographed and taught a variety of group fitness classes since 2007, including strength training, cardio fitness, indoor cycling, and Pilates. Ms. Amanda is CPR certified and is experienced in safely teaching a wide range of abilities. She is also a licensed Zumba dance fitness instructor and previously co-owned one of the premier group fitness studio’s in Metairie. Ms. Amanda is well-versed in the proper execution of stretching, strength and conditioning, which is vital to the success of our dancers, making her an asset to our staff.
Amanda currently works as an engineer for Entergy, teaches Pop Pilates at the local YMCA and is now teaching Tap Technique and assisting in the Acro Program here at Dancers Only.
She has 2 daughters, Addison and Cassidy, who share her passion for dance and performing. Her girls love every minute being members of the Dancers Only Competition Company. Ms. Amanda loves teaching at Dancers Only, instilling enthusiasm and confidence in young dancers and we are happy to have her with us!
Instructor - Pre-School / Kinder Classes
Ms. Crystal was born and raised in New Orleans and began dancing at the age of three training in ballet, tap & jazz techniques. Crystal is a graduate of Archbishop Chapelle High School and Loyola University New Orleans, holding a B.A. in Political Science. While at Loyola, she also studied Vocal Performance and was a member of the Loyola Ballet Program studying the Vaganova Method.
From a young age she had a love for and enjoyed being part of a team and went on to make her grade school, high school and college dance teams, including the St. Christopher Cristolettes, the Archbishop Chapelle Hi- Steppers & Loyola Dance Team. Not only was she a member these teams, she was also named Captain of all 3 teams.
Ms. Crystal was a professional Staff member of American All-Stars Inc. heading up several camps specializing in instructing middle & high school dance teams. She has performed in several Half-time and Pre-game shows for the Super Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the former New Orleans Hornets. She coached and choreographed for her college Alma Mater, the Loyola University Dance Team, for 10 years. While under her direction, the team was an NDA National finalist numerous times and she received choreography awards for her work with the team.
Currently, Ms. Crystal works for Varsity Spirit Fashion working as the representative for several local elementary, middle & high school dance teams. Through her work she has been afforded the opportunity to judge, choreograph and be a professional speaker on a local and national level.
Above all, Ms. Crystal’s favorite thing to do is teach the Art of and instill the Love of dance in all her students and she is enjoying being a part of the Dancers Only staff as a Lead Instructor for our youngest dancers!
Instructor & Director - Ballet Program
Ms. Jessica was born and raised in Metairie, LA and trained at Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She extended her training by attending Intensives with the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street. Her professional career includes being a principal dancer at Smuin Ballet for 8 years based in San Francisco as well as performing with various companies such as Delta Festival Ballet and LaJAZDANZ.
Jessica has been teaching for the past 20 years in cities around the United States some of which include faculty at the Cincinnati Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School. Since moving home and retiring from her professional career, Jessica has been an active Faculty member at her home studio, Giacobbe Academy and is also in her 7th season as the Director of the Ballet Program at Dancers Only.
We are so grateful to have Ms. Jessica. She has a true passion for teaching and choreographing...always striving to motivate and instill a love for Ballet into her students!
Instructor - Pre-School / Kinder Combo Classes
Ms. Caitlin has been training in dance since the young age of 2, completing a total of 18 years as a student. She is a 2021 Teacher Graduate of Dancers Only and in her second year as a Lead Instructor at the studio. She is currently a student at Delgado Community College majoring in Nursing. During high school she was a member of the dance team and was an invested Class Assistant at Dancers Only in her spare time.
Throughout her years at Dancers Only, she has always been a strong presence in the younger classes volunteering several days a week to assist in classes of all styles, gaining a plethora of knowledge in how to approach teaching curriculum to the younger age groups. Caitlin thrives in our Pre-school and Kinder Programs. The young dancers love her and she certainly loves working with them!
Ms. Janessa is a retired principal dancer at Cincinnati Ballet, and is known for her exuberance onstage. Critics have often called attention to her virtuosity, describing her as “vigorous,” “energetic,” and “fast on her feet.” She’s been featured in Dance Spirit, Pointe Magazine, and in 2006, she was a finalist at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. Perhaps most impressive, that same year (while still a soloist) she and a fellow dancer from Cincinnati Ballet were nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse prize — the only Americans to receive the honor.
Gaining such international attention as a dancer at a regional American company is no small feat, but Janessa took it all in stride. She credits much of her success to sound training in her hometown of Metairie, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. She started dancing at Giacobbe Academy of Dance at age three, and remained there for 15 years.
She supplemented her Louisiana training with summer intensives at the Hartford Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet, then spent a year at Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Professional Division, before embarking on her professional career. Janessa remembers that last year at PNB as feeling tedious, but is grateful now to have such comfort with the Balanchine technique.
At 19, Janessa joined Cincinnati Ballet as an apprentice, beginning her steady rise to the top of the company’s ranks. Her first soloist role was as Tinkerbell in Septime Weber’s Peter Pan. Janessa then went on to perform principal parts in ballets ranging from The Sleeping Beauty to Jorma Elo’s quirky Plan to B.
Since her retirement, Janessa is getting more involved with coaching. She’s loved working closely with her own coaches — notably Kirk Peterson for The Sleeping Beauty and master teacher and former Kirov Ballet principal dancer Eldar Aliev for Swan Lake (Janessa gushes that he is BRILLIANT). Recently, she started teaching, and found that she enjoys being on the other side of the exchange, as well. And Janessa will always credit her mother Pamela for supporting her in this beautiful art form we all know as BALLET!
Dancers Only is incredibly excited to have Jessica join our Faculty this year and we can't wait to see all our young ballet dancers grow with her!
Lindsey has been studying all forms of dance since she was 2 years old both at her home studio and from master teachers nationally. She was part of the Competition Team for many years at her home studio and was the captain of her high school dance team. Her senior year in high school, she passed her certification tests in tap, ballet, and jazz and has been teaching ever since. Lindsey was certified in Twinkle Star™ Dance and Leap N Learn dance program and has completed the certification tests from Dance Maters of America in tap, ballet, and jazz. She continues her dance education by attending conventions and teacher workshops. Since her first dance class, she knew she wanted to be a teacher.
In 2011, Lindsey graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelors of Science in Finance. During a short period of time off from teaching, her and her husband welcomed their son, Kaleb, and daughter, Payton, into their family. Lindsey is happy to be back in the classroom teaching and excited to share her love of dance with her students.
Ms. Haley has been training in dance for the past 16 years and is a 2021 Teacher Graduate of Dancers Only. She is currently attending the University of New Orleans majoring in Civil Engineering. Haley is a former member of the award winning Dancers Only Competition Team through which she has been awarded several awards and scholarships as a soloist, group dancer and recently, as a choreographer for the team.
While in high school, Haley was a Co-Captain of her Dance Team. She has been a Class Assistant for various classes while attending Dancers Only as a student. Haley has been actively training in the Acrobatic Arts program under the direction of Ms. Lindsey, the studio owner and is excited to be stepping into a Lead Instructor position in this genre as well as taking on a role as a choreographer for the DOCC. A talented acrobatic dancer herself, Haley will be able to relate to her students through her own experience and training, giving them first-hand knowledge on how to execute the skills they are working to obtain.
We are so excited to have Haley as a member of our Faculty this year!
Ms. Ma’Kayla has been training in dance for the past 16 years and has been a student at Dancers Only since the studio opened its doors, recently achieving her Teacher Graduate certificate this past season. Ma’Kayla has been a member of the award winning Dancers Only Competition Team for the past 12 years, winning numerous awards, scholarships and recognitions as a soloist, group dancer and this past season as a student choreographer. She has also been an active Class Assistant over the years in a variety of ages and genres.
Ma’Kayla is currently in her first semester at the University of New Orleans and is currently touring with “The Streetz” Convention as a Company Assistant. Ma’Kayla joins our Faculty this year as a Jazz and Tap instructor as well as a DOCC choreographer. Ma’Kayla is a versatile dancer who thrives in all genres and we are excited to see her share her talent with our students this year!