La Danse Cleveland has put together a team of instructors with experience and expertise in a wide range of dances. These professional teachers love dancing and enjoy sharing what they know with both men and women, individuals and couples, of all ages and abilities. Their enthusiasm will make it easy for you to learn to dance, too. Click on instructors’ bio’s and our calendar of events to plan your dancing schedule. Whether your preference is for a private lesson or group class, and whether you want to dance for fun, fitness and/or friendship, there is something for everyone at La Danse Cleveland.



Esther Rehm-Cohen

Esther is co-owner of La Danse Cleveland. She became certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981 and is former coach of the Case Western Reserve Ballroom Team. She has owned four dance studios over the past 20 years, winning numerous “top studio” awards for sales, competitions, etc. Her largest studio had up to 10 full-time teachers, a receptionist, and half a dozen part-time instructors.

Esther is a talented ballroom instructor with an impressive background that includes being a winner of national Top Teacher Awards, in addition to being named National Top Female Competition “Teacher of the Year”. She has national certification as a judge in American Style, International Latin, International Standard and Theatre Arts. Esther has also served as teacher/coach of many top-ranked amateur competitive couples.


Tim Brown

Tim’s dance career spans almost three decades, and his passion for dancing is as strong as ever. He has competed professionally, as well as with his students; and he enjoys not only teaching, but choreography, judging and teaching workshops nationwide.
Tim’s dance background includes time with Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and 10 years as an owner and independent operator in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He prides himself on the ability to create both group classes and private lessons that are informative, humorous, fun and affordable.

Jim & Suzanne

Suzanne Gelinas & Jim Ferris

This high level couple are owners of Always Dancin' studio in Elyria but also teach at La Danse Cleveland on weekends.  Delightful teachers and coaches.

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Megan Bryars

Megan Bryars has been dancing for seventeen years and is educated in many different styles of dance. She enjoy’s the beauty and complexity of Ballroom and Latin dance. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Film, she continued to pursue her passion in dance. She also does freelance performing and choreography. She performed in the show “Eleanor Danced!” right after graduating. In 2022 and 2023 her dance film's "Coping" and "A Year Later" were featured in the Cleveland Dance Fest. Throughout her seventeen years of dancing, she has performed in the UK, Walt Disney World, Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Public Library, and many other places

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Johnathan Cross

Johnathan Cross is an American Artist and Dancer. Cross began his studies with Classical Ballet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, Cross studied the art of Flamenco Dance, Escuela Bolera and Other forms of Spanish dance. In 2016 he was one of the first
Flamenco dancers to perform on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Cross became a Certified Specialist Instructor In Ballroom and Social Dance with the Arthur Murray Dance franchise. Johnathan Cross began his career as a traveling artist in 2021, teaching and performing
around the United States as a freelance artist. Cross officially joined Dancing Wheels Company as a dancer in the summer of 2022, where he worked with physically Integrated and Non-Integrated Contemporary Ballet, Modern Dance and Classical Ballet. Putting roots down in Cleveland, Ohio in 2024 Johnathan Cross is excited to share his experience and knowledge in the world of dance with different communities of Ohio. Cross joined La Danse Cleveland in February, 2024 as a full time instructor.