Deena Laska-Lewis: Founder and Choreographer
Ms. Deena trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Julliard School of Music in New York City, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. Her education includes training in Horton, Graham, Limon, and Vaganova techniques. At CCDE, Deena employs a graded Russian syllabus that stresses education on muscle structure for correct placement and alignment for dance development. Her professional experience includes principal ballerina with the State of Israel Ballet Company as well as artistic director with other dance companies including the Tennessee Ballet in Memphis and Evansville Dance Theatre. Deena is also currently adjunct professor of dance at the University of Southern Indiana in the Theater Department. Among her many recognitions statewide, she has been named the Mayors Arts and Educator of the Year, Outstanding Leadership in the Arts Award from Leadership Evansville, Athena nominee, and most recently received the Indiana Coalition for the Arts’ Community Art Leadership Award for Arts Educators. This rich experience brings to CCDE a caliber of training, technique and style that have provided the foundation for many former students to enter the world of professional dance.
Sadia Brimm: Instructor
Sadia Brimm graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Art and a minor in Education. Brimm was a cheerleader with the Indianapolis Colts for two seasons. Sadia has had professional training through a summer internship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York where she was trained in Horton, Graham and different modern and African techniques. Sadia has been a Company member with Children's Center for Dance Education and has performed throughout the Tri-State region. Brimm now teaches dance at CCDE and has children enrolled in the dance studio.