JILL O'KEEFE - Director - received her Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University, CW Post Campus in 1988. She graduated Magna Cum Laude (high honors), and is a member of Delta Mu Delta (National Business Honor Society). Jill is an active member of Dance Educators of America (DEA) and Dance Masters of America (DMA) since 1988 * one of only three members on all of L.I.
She began dancing in 1969, teaching in 1982 and opened L.I.A.D. II, Miller Place in 1989. Her studies include ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyr/cont, & theater. She studied at LIAD under the direction of Sandra Jemal (her mother), the Broadway Dance Center with such greats as Frank Hatchett, Charles Kelly, A.C., Herve LeGoff, Judy Bassing, etc., and at many regional, national and master workshops with cutting edge instructors such as Joe Michaels, Mia Michaels, Debbie Dee, Karen Hebert, Gus Giordano, & A.C. etc. Jill was a Long Island representative in a showcase for "Dancers against Drugs" sponsored by Jaques D'Amboise, and she was a 1st place High Score Overall Winner at the 'Fred Astaire International Performing Arts', DEA, DMA, and many National Talent Competitions throughout the 80's. Jill also modeled for Fina and Blasia.
Through the years she was asked to judge for DEA, Dance X-Plosion, Starbound, Sophisticated (etc.) but chose to focus on LIAD. Presently Jill is teaching all levels at LIAD and choreographs for the multi-talented high score competition dancers. Her special choreographic achievements include “Miracle”, “Bang“, “Lockdown”, “Asking Too Much“, “Gatsby‘, “Boogie Shoes”, “Greece“, "Stomp", "Roaring 20's", 'Be Wild", “Transformers”, “Move Dance Be Born”, “Seussical”, “Skool”, “Techno”, “I Like The Way You Move”, “Hit The Dance Floor”, “NFL”, “Emerald City”, “Sing, Sing, Sing”, which have won “Best Choreography” and/or “Overall High Score of the Entire Competition”. Jill’s students have won the Title of “Miss Dance”~ “Endangered Species 2008 (Arielle P), “Mr. Teen Dance” ~ ”Better Man” 2011 “This Time” 2012 "I Remember” 2013 (Dan S), “Jr. Miss” “Show Off” 2012 & 2013 (Alexis G). Tn. Soloist “Down To The River” 2016 (Kailey G.) The “Odyssey Award” 2010, “Apogee & X-Calubur Award “ 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (for the most entertaining choreography), National Hi Score Duo 2010. She also participates in choreography for the L.I. Dance Consortium. Many of Jills students have also received Dance Scholarships to College and were chosen for Dance Team as Freshman.