Who is Ethyln Lassiter?


    Ethyln Lassiter - Artistic Director

    Ethyln Lassiter is founder of the Ethlyn Lassiter’s Dance Ensemble (ELDE). Ethlyn graduated from Shaw University in 1992 wit a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and minor concentration in Communications. She studied at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and at Dickerson Performing Arts, both located in New York City. The Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center is the dance school where Ben Vereen, Michael Peters, and many other famous African American dancers began their careers.

    Ethlyn has danced and choreographed for many events including the Shaw Players of Shaw University; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; the United Negro College Fund; “Blues” and “Runaways”, both productions at the National Black Theatre Festival; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Lincoln Center Performing Arts and TV programs and numerous concert and local events.

    Ethlyn began her dance program 9 years ago at the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation (Green Road Center) with two students and grew to over a hundred students. She has now opened her own dance school, which further gives her an opportunity to enrich the lives of other children through dance. The school is a positive outlet for disadvantaged and at risk students and targets those from low to moderate-income levels.

    What is ELDE? The Ethlyn Lassiter’s Dance Ensemble (ELDE) is a multi-cultural; dance school providing instruction for ages three to adult. Ethlyn teaches classes in Ballet, African Dance, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop. The school offers professional groups including “E’s Delight”, “Prima Divas”, “Jr. Prima Divas”, and “Lil Divas”. The companies have performed at Shaw University, St. Augustine’s College, the CIAA Basketball Tournament, the All-Stars Step and Dance Show, the Blue Revue, Atlantic City Board walk Show and numerous other community and Civic events

    The school also offers professional groups including "E's Delight", Prima, Jr. and Lil Divas.

    The companies have performed at Shaw University, St. Augustine's College, The CIAA, and numerous community and civic events.

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    The Ethyln Lassiter’s Dance Ensemble (ELDE) is a Performing Arts Program, committed to educating youth and adult citizens on the fun and excitement of expressing ones self through the art of dance.

    Our dedication to the performing arts, encourage a healthy lifestyle and discipline for outstanding academic achievement. We are committed to providing an outlet for the disadvantaged, low-income citizens of the inner city.

    As Board Members, we stand behind this Mission Statement and value all contributions made toward the efforts of maintaining the integrity and educational standards we strive to provide for the people of our community.

Ethlyn Lassiter's Dance Ensemble (ELDE) - Tel: 919-247-9030 / 919-255-6899 - email: eldestudios@netzero.com

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