Ilka Doubek - Artistic Director, Owner
& Tom Fox
Ilka Doubek has been a professional ballet and modern dancer since 1973. She has collaborated with various renowned choreographers, theater and opera directors around the world. Ilka has guested as a solo dancer and/or choreographer in many of the major European opera houses where most of her performing career was focused. She has choreographed ballets, modern dances, opera dances, and movement internationally. She studied in Omaha, San Diego, New York, Canada and France, where she also performed.
Ilka, who received numerous scholarships and grant awards, was a member of the Omaha Ballet, the San Diego Ballet, the Frankfurt Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet before touring many nations of the world with her solo dance concerts. Ilka is a certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a ballet examiner with the Dance Masters of America. She formed Litchfield Dance Arts Academy in 1995 with husband and partner Tom Fox and teaches a variety of classes there. In addition, Ilka is a guest master teacher and choreographer for ballet and modern dance with professional companies, schools, universities and dance organizations in many countries.
Our Dance Instructors
Linelle Yates has taught dance for over 40 years. Her career includes professional theatre, choreography, and owning studios in both North and South Carolina. She taught for Southern Strutt in Columbia, SC for 20 years before moving to Pawleys Island, SC in 2014. She started teaching at LDAA and says it was the "cherry on top" of her long devotion to teaching the art of dance.
Marissa McCaslin has danced since the age of 3. During her college years, she was on the dance team at Gannon University. For 3 years she danced for NBA G-League's Erie Bayhawks. Since 2013, Marissa has been working in healthcare as a respiratory therapist. She loves being able to teach dance, because it allows her to bring back her creative side again.
Kayla Suda took her first dance lesson at the age of 4 and has trained in various styles of dance including the Royal Academy of Dance under Ilka Doubek at LDAA. Kayla was the inaugural founding coach of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans cheer and dance team. Besides having taught conditioning, jazz, lyricial/contemporary, tumble, open ballet, & preschool combo classes, Kayla is also an award winning choreographer.
Benjamin Shaw has been dancing for 24 years. He began his love for Hip Hop at the age of 9, where in middle school and high school he started performing street dancing. He quickly mad a name for himself and was asked to train and assist with David White, where he dedicated 4 years focusing on choreography. Benjamin was the dance leader of the "Gitt'em Boyz", a local undefeated dance crew where he created routines inspired by his favorite Hip Hop artists. He always makes his belief clear; "Children need dancing to express themselves in life."
Lauren Hyatt was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC and has always had a love for anything to do with the arts. From a young age she performed in plays and throughout middle school and high school she played violin. She went to college at State University of New York at Purchase College and recieved a BA in Playwriting / Screenwriting and a minor in Theatre and Performance. During her time at Purchase College, she worked on student films, was the director of the campus Late Night Show, and even co-wrote and directed a campus TV show. After college she felt as if something was missing, and she was so glad to find LDAA.