Meet Our Staff
Linda Rau started DMG after serving the local YMCA by teaching dance, gymnastics, aerobics and Disco. She first opened a small location in 1982 with 35 students on Farabee Dr. in Lafayette. She has since grown to over 600 students and moved to a new location with her daughter, Heather Circle taking over in 2001. Currently she is our front desk guru, and subs gymnastics classes from time to time. She is also an avid Boilermaker fan, Boiler Up!
Director of Operations
Heather was born a raised in Lafayette. She attended Lafayette Jefferson High School and participated in gymnastics team, dance team, cheerleading, marching band and art club. She furthered her education by attending Purdue University and followed her love for art and design and graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in Industrial Design. While at Purdue she became a Golduster Dancer with the Purdue All American Marching Band for 2 years until coaching gymnastics and taking care of her mothers business (DMG) became her focus. She now is the Director of Operations at DMG and loves to energize her staff and students with her love of dance and gymnastics!
Gymnastics Manager & Gym-N-Learn Instructor
Sarah has been a part of the DMG family since she was 2 years old, and has coached gymnastics to boys and girls of all ages for 13 years now. Her favorite part of coaching is seeing the kids light up when they get a new skill! She also worked 5 years at Lafayette elementary schools as a paraprofessional for children with special needs, 4 of those years in a kindergarten class. She is now in her second year as the instructor of DMG's educational preschool, Gym-N-Learn.
Geri has been working at DMG since 1985, and has been the Business Manager since 1992. She started working with Miss Linda when DMG was at their first location, and has been at DMG ever since! After graduating from high school, she went to business school in Indianapolis. She has been married to her longtime husband, Bill, for 50 years and they have one child together, and two grandchildren. You can find Miss Geri in the gymnastics building behind the front desk or back in her office. She is an IU mom, but an avid Boilermaker fan!
Hollie has been teaching at DMG since 2009 and has been the Dance Director since 2016. Hollie grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky and trained in Ceccheti method ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballroom, and competed in jazz, hip hop, and lyrical around Kentucky. After high school, she began teaching classes at Frankfort School of Ballet while dancing in their company, and also taught ballroom classes at Dance Sport in Lexington while studying at the University of Kentucky. Hollie then transferred to Purdue University where she pursued a degree in sociology. While attending Purdue, Hollie participated in the Purdue Repertory Dance Company, and following graduation she danced in "RECKLESS," a local dance company in Lafayette, Indiana. She took the role of Dance Competition Director in 2015 before taking the role as Dance Director in 2016. Hollie is now in her 4th year as Dance Director, and says her favorite thing about teaching dance is watching the kids light up when they get a skill they've worked so hard for, and watching them get creative in their movement.
Assistant Dance Director & Marketing Manager
Kaitlyn is in her 4th year teaching at DMG, and has been working with the Star City Dance team for 3 years. She has been dancing since the age of 5. She started competing in 5th grade, and went on to compete for Homestead High School Dance Team for 2 years, and trained and competed with Elite Dance Center in her hometown, Fort Wayne for 3 years. She assisted dance classes during her time at Elite Dance Center before coming to teach at DMG. Kaitlyn is also a recent graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Management. She is our social media guru, and loves everything digital marketing! Kaitlyn looks forward to the upcoming competition dance season to see how much the girls grow and can't wait to see the girls shine on stage!
DMG is also blessed to have great part-time dance and gymnastics staff who keep the program going!
Dance Staff: Maddie McLaughlin, Megan Miller, Maggie Rawls, and Laura Schafer
Gymnastics Staff: Taylor Burhans , Hannah Hawkins, Mandy Limiac, Hunter McMindes, Victoria Mier, Carly Schafer, Laura Shafer, Emma Strysniewicz and Megan Wilson