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About us

The La'Nita Rocknettes School of Dance provides cultural arts & educational programming during non-school hours in varies locations in West Louisville for children and families ages 3-18. The La'Nita Rocknettes School of Dance has been a safe haven for young people offering more than just dance classes.


At the La'Nita Rocknettes School of Dance we help young people gain self-confidence, self-worth, self-value, and self-pride as we assist them with gaining life skills.


Dance is a demanding and complex skillset that requires patience and determination from both the student and teacher. With an emphasis placed  on proper and strong techniques, creativity, self-expression and music appreciation, we teach children to follow their dreams and believe in themselves.  It is our goal as a dance family to work together with our students to help them fulfill their potential  & live their dream through hard work and determination.

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We Offer

Jazz

Student must learn and master jazz hands, know how to flex their feet, and Jazz terminology.

Tap & Ballet

Students must master shuffling, basic time-step, know parts of the tap shoe, know how to kick-ball change, and tap terminology.  Students must master all ballet positions, both arms and feet, heads spotting, ballet terminology (French), and learn the 9 positions of the stage. 

Hip Hop

Students need to have rhythm and be able to stay on beat, be flexible,  and have head & eye coordination.

African

Students must master head & hop rotation, learn body isolation, and African terminology.

Salsa

Students learn how to work with a partner, hip & shoulder rotation, flexibility, and salsa terminology.

Liturgical

Students must learn how to interpret words and facial expressions to gospel songs, know liturgical walk, and liturgical terminology.

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About Us

Anita Neil, Founder

Photograph of Anita Neil, Founder of the Lanita Rocknettes

The La’Nita Rocknette School of Dance is the vision of the founder and artistic director, Mrs. Anita Neil of Louisville Kentucky. She was introduced to the world of dance by Mrs. Jewel K. McNairy and her Dancing Dolls, the only African-American School of Dance in Louisville. She wanted to give that same joy, love and respect for dance that she felt to children for free, so she created her dance school. For over 55 years in West Louisville she has taught hundreds of children, parents, grandparents to love creating and performing dance. She has received many awards for her work in the community from JCPS school system, 3 different Mayors of Louisville, the Louisville Metro Council & many other Louisville organizations.

Harlina Trumbo, Artistic Director

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She is the founder & artistic director of Imani Dance and Drum Company. Ms. Churn-Diallo started dancing as a young girl living in the Park Hill housing project in Louisville Kentucky. She has degrees in Pan-African studies, Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s in Teacher Leadership Education with a  focus in equity and diversity from the University of Louisville. Additionally, she possesses a certificate from The Institute for the Study of African Culture, Senegambia Educational and Exchange Program in Senegal West Africa.

She is the dance educator at Lincoln Performing Arts School, Kentucky’s only elementary school with a full focus on  the arts for students in grades K-5.

Ms. Churn-Diallo has studied and performed dance in six West African countries, London England, Japan, Canada, Paris France and throughout the United States.

In addition to African dance, she has studied, performed, and taught tap, ballet, liturgical, Native American, salsa, and jazz.  She has choreographed for Stage One Children's theater in Louisville, Experimental Black Actors Guild of Chicago, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, University of Louisville Theater Department, Theater Workshop of Louisville, Epcot Theme park in Florida and Kentuckiana African American Arts Series.

She has taught African and modern dance at University of Louisville, taught dance at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville, and has served as Arts and Education Director for youth outreach programs at Louisville's Chestnut Street YMCA. She was the dance educator for the Kentucky Center for the Arts “Arts Academy for teachers for 15 years.

Crystal Grisby, Admin & Enrollment

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Crystal Grisby is Mother to 2 wonderful daughters one of which is a part of the Lanita Rocknettes  School Of Dance family. We have been a part of the organization for 5 years.  I am excited to serve you and your beautiful children this season!!!

Delories Smith, Lead Instructor - Choreographer - Tap/Modern/Babies

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Delories Smith joined the Lanita Rocknettes when she was 10 years old. A member of The Rocknettes class of 1969, Delories Smith has devoted her life to working with kids. When Delories is not working with the Rocknette Babies, some as young as 3 years old, Delories works as an Early Childhood Development Specialist. Along with specialized work with children ages 3 to 6 years, Ms. Smith also instructs the 12-18 year old students in modern, tap & liturgical dance.

Tanesha Washington, Instructor-Choreographer Hip Hop

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Dancing since she was able to walk Tanesha has had a passion for hip hop since a young child.  Born and raised in Chicago, Il Tanesha found her way to Kentucky by attending Kentucky State University where she was a member of the Golden Girls the universities basket ball dance team. 

At 30 years young she has danced behind Performing artists, been in parades to local performance to choreographing half time shows for the the Harlem Globetrotter games in Louisville and coordinating pageants Tanesha has done it all. Tanesha now resides in Louisville,Ky where she is an Administrative Assistant and Coach for F3 Entertainment. She is also a Dance Teacher for Upstage Dance Centre! Her dance style  is Hip hop and she loves every minute of what she  does!

John Keen, title

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John Keen is a native of Louisville, KY. He has studied at the Ailey School, Steps On Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York, NY, Gus Giordano Dance Center in Evanston, IL, Louisville Ballet, and Louisville Dance Academy Louisville, KY. John has danced with Modern Dance Companies: Art Art Barking Dog Dance Company (Louisville, KY), Heavens Radical Contemporary Company (Brooklyn, NY) and Seasons Dance Theater(New York, NY). John also starred in an Off Broadway show called "Miyorka' A Different Kind Of Love Story where he played a sassy, back talking butler. John has taught and choreographed for various small companies and dance studios in New York and Louisville. He started his own dance company, Keen Dance Theater in 2008 and traveled to Guyana in 2012 where his company was named Cultural Ambassadors of Guyana.

Lisa Peebles, Director of Administration & Enrollment

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Lisa Peebles is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 2  Students  currently participating in the Lanita Rocknettes Dance program. The Peebles Family joined LRSD in Fall 2010. Lisa Peebles goal as she works behind-the-scenes is to help all of the students in the program have a successful and wonderful experience. 

Ashley Thursby, Ballet & Point Instruction - Louisville Ballet (Guest Instructor)

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Ashley grew up in Richmond, Missouri and began her studies in tap, jazz, and ballet from Tammie Sullard and Tanya Duncan. She received her formal training at age 9 from the Kansas City Ballet School on full merit scholarship and went on to study at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, LINES Pre-professional Program, and Jillana. After spending her senior year as a student apprentice with KCB she went on to study ballet and journalism through Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While at Indiana University she had the privilege of being coached by Violette Verdy, Helen Starr, Cynthia Gregory, Deborah Wingert, and Michael Vernon, and was awarded the Friends of Music Scholarship, the National Society of Arts and Letters award. In 2008 Ashley joined Louisville Ballet and enjoys dancing in the classics as well as contemporary works by Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Adam Hougland, and Amy Seiwert. Ashley is a passionate advocate for the power that performance art can give to a community, and was honored in receiving the 2015 Artist Enrichment Grant for her choreography through the Kentucky Foundation for Women. After a day of dancing Ashley teaches within the Louisville Ballet School and at Core Fluency Pilates.