Carole Straub, Director, (pictured with grandchildren, Liam and Caroline) has been mentoring dancers since 1967 and believes “the proof is in the pudding.” Her passion for dance and love of children led her into this business, where she believes in providing opportunity and encouragement for each student based on desire, ability and effort. She has an awareness and concern for each and every student and believes in finding the best possible teachers to develop proper technique in a quality environment. Carole feels that details and technique are the hallmark of Straub Dance Center and she is very proud of the staff she has assembled. Her skills and tenacity have landed some dancers with professional and semi-professional performances including 15 students appearing in a Professional Summer Stock Production as well as the Straub Dancers providing (ala Rockettes) a dance line for the Ohio Theatre’s Summer Movie Series, movie premiers of “That’s Entertainment”, as well as performances at Wendy’s International, Busch Corporate Center, Columbus Blue Jackets, United Way, Veterans Memorial Grand Celebration and many more special events, including local charities and nursing homes performances. The Performing Arts Company only goes to quality competitions, as Straub believes you “soar with the eagles or drown with the ducks.” She also is heavily involved in the community, and is actively involved with the St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Westerville Ballet Company and WARM (the Westerville Area Resource Ministry and Food Pantry). She is a generous contributor to many, if not all, animal rights organizations. Carole Straub is the proud mother of five, grandmother of ten, great-grandmother of five and “stand in” mother, mentor and grandmother to many. She resides in Westerville and is very active in the Westerville Community.
Suzy Straub Kiefaber (pictured with son, Liam), Artistic Director and Instructor, has been passionate about dancing since she was a little girl. She loves teaching and her commitment is demonstrated by the achievements of her students. She has been a Member of Dance Masters of Ohio and America since the age of 17. Suzy has had the Top Overall Winners in the State of Ohio every consecutive year since 1992 and has had countless National Champions including the Top Junior Line in the Nation ten different years. She has won top choreography awards from Ohio Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America, Showbiz, American Dance Awards, KAR Productions and OnStage America. Suzy has trained and coached many award-winning and recognized soloists, including three Radio City Rockettes, three dancers who toured in “42nd Street”, a Broadway dancer and numerous title winners. Another student of Suzy’s performed in Germany and as Ariel in Toyko’s Disney. Suzy is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Dance Masters Teacher’s Training School (certified in tap, ballet, and jazz). She was certified in ballet by the Cecchetti Council of America. She has taught and judged for Dance Masters as well as other national competitions all over the country, including the Miss Dance of America Pageant. She also has been the choreographer for the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant, the Miss SEO Pageant and the Kroger Gala. Suzy studied dance all over the country from Los Angeles to Chicago and New York City at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and the Joffrey Ballet. Suzy is the proud mother of two, Liam (pictured) and Caroline (although many children consider her a second mother), and Suzy is the loving wife to husband, Bill. The family resides in Westerville. Suzy’s family is actively involved in the Westerville Community.
Melynda Straub Lott
Melynda Straub Lott was a founding teacher at Straub Dance Center having trained in all forms of dance since the age of five. When she was 10, Melynda became a Junior Dancer with Columbus’ “Christopher Ballet Company” and at 12 she was an apprentice at the Columbus Civic Ballet (the forerunner of Ballet Met). By the summer she turned 16, she auditioned for Professional Theatre and became a member of the professional theater union “Actor’s Equity”. For seven summers, while going to school and teaching dance, she performed all over the country with Juliet Prowse, Tommy Tune, Robert Horton, Florence Henderson and many other stars. Randy Skinner, famous Broadway Choreographer, was Melynda’s dance partner in his first professional show, “Pajama Game”. Melynda and the dance center has maintained a friendship with Randy and Randy has taught master classes at Straub Dance Center. Randy has hired several Straub dancers to dance in professional theater. Melynda was certified in Cecchetti Ballet and by Dance Masters of America. Melynda has studied with many great master teachers through the years, notably, Duard Farquhar, Russian Tatiana and Deitzi Nagy. Melynda’s daughter, Christy, teaches at Straub Dance Center as one of Straub’s Performing Arts Company instructors and choreographer. Melynda has three grandchildren that she adores: Alex, Sofia and Cooper and also is a fantastic Aunt “Ninna” to all of her nephews and nieces. Melynda resides in Westerville and is very active with St. Paul's Church in Westerville.
Choreographer and Instructor
Christy Lott Weigand (pictured with son, Cooper) is one of Straub Dance Center’s primary teachers and is an outstanding asset for the studio. Christy is the granddaughter of Director, Carole Straub. She is a former Pre-Teen Miss Dance of Ohio, Teen Miss Dance of Ohio and Miss Dance of Ohio. Christy studied with the Kirov Ballet and received a dance scholarship to Wright State University. She was also a member of the Dayton Ballet Junior Company. Christy teaches tap, pre-jazz and jazz, pre-ballet and ballet, contemporary and hip hop and is one of Straub Dance Center's outstanding Performing Arts Company instructors and choreographers. A teacher at Straub nearly 20 years, Christy is a favorite among the students. Her PAC routines have received her and her dancers state and national recognition. Christy and her husband, Rick, reside in Westerville with their son, Cooper who takes tap and hip hop classes at Straub.