“I was hired my first summer, as the tap and Jazz instructor. Who knew that it would be the start of a great relationship!”
From her first summer at Brant Lake Dance Camp Linsey was a great teacher, roll model and advocate for our campers. Brant Lake Dance Camp has become part of her heart and soul. We couldn’t be more excited to have such a perfect person for the job. Linsey is now the Director of Dance and focus on all dance class, workshops, teachers, student works, mentoring and mentors and performances. Linsey will also continue to be one of our fabulous dance teachers.
Q&A’s with Linsey:
What was it about BLDC during your first years that made you want to come back?
Simply BLDC is an amazing place! It literally feels like it belongs in a movie and I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my summers in this little oasis. Getting to dance and teach everyday to great kids in a comfortable and encouraging space, dedicated just for dance is an amazing opportunity in its own right, and then add in the lake, incredible views, sunsets and water activities, it is truly like a dream. Everyone at BLDC is amazing and so welcoming, it is a magical place.
Why did you keep coming back?
Good people attract good people and this place is full of incredible ones. I didn’t know that summer camps, or anything like this existed and it is truly an incredible experience. The way everyone is encouraged to explore their own creativity and develop into the best version of themselves in a safe place is amazing. Also the setting creates a great escape from the hustle of the winter months. It is best kind of get- away.
What would you say the camp experience gives a girl that first summer that she’s a camper?
Camp allows you to be you and to find out who that is. You will grow more as a human in that first summer then in most seasons of your life. Being able to make choices for yourself and explore new activities opens up a maturity in you that can not be undone. It gives you massive amounts of fun, excitement and new friends that will stick with you for years.
What makes you excited about coming back to camp this summer in this new position?
Linsey loves to teach and share her passion with dancers and student worldwide. She has taught across the US, including guest classes for the Dana Foglia Dance Mentorship programs, Steps on Broadway, and at Conventions across the country. In addition, she has taught internationally at Dassain Camp at BlinkNow in Nepal, at Tap Festival UK, and in Montreal, Canada. Linsey is super excited to be back at BLDC this summer and can’t wait to dance with you!
Linsey O’Neal recently moved back to New York City after living in Los Angeles and is currently a performer, teacher and choreographer. Some of her favorite performing credits include the MTV’s Video Music Awards with Ariana Grande, performing with James Corden, Kevin Hart, at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center and The Javits Center in NYC. She was a company member of Chloe Arnold’s Apt 33 and was a dancer with Dana Foglia Dance. Television credits include: Fox and Friends, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Good Morning America, as well as commercials for Comcast and Crowd Tilt. Linsey’s choreography has been featured at The 2018 Chita Rivera Awards, The Astaire Awards, NYC Festival of Dance, LA County Fair, Broadway Care’s Nothing Like a Dame, and the OC Fair.