JILL O'KEEFE - Director 1989 - 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 / life member of Dance Educators of America (DEA) and Dance Masters of America (DMA) since 1988 * she has passed rigorous dance exams and is one of only three members on 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, lyrical/contemporary, & 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, 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, performed at Long Islands “Got Talent”, choreographed for LI Dance Consortium and modeled for Fina and Blasia costume catalogues. Through the years Jill was asked to judge for DEA, Dance X-Plosion, Starbound, Sophisticated (etc.) but chose to focus on LIAD.
She has been awarded ~ the National Grand Champion in 2021 at TIU “The VMAS” & 2016 at Starbound “Are you Ready for a Miracle” which won a perfect score 300/300 and included her son Connor as the lead dancer :) She has received yearly nominations since 2015 for the ‘Industry Dance Award’ for most outstanding tap at a competition! She is the winner of The Odyssey Award, Apogee Award &/or X-Calubur Award (most entertaining dances) every year since 2013! Some of her recent Best Choreography &/or Overall Hi-score Awards also include “Lockdown”, “Rescue”, “Wild Hearts”, “Skool”, “Bang Bang”, “Get Me Bodied”, “Bang”, “I know U”. Her students have won the Title of “Miss Dance” 2008 ~ “Mr. Teen Dance 2011, 2012, 2013 ~ “Jr. Miss” 2012 & 2013 ~ “Tn. Soloist” 2016 . Many of her students have received Dance Scholarships to College, are chosen for Dance Team as Freshman and have toured in shows nationwide. PLUS Dancing With The Stars, Ralph Macchio & Katrina also rehearsed in our studio.