Instructor: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Lyrical
Karly Pierce Lystad began her dance journey at the age of four in Fargo, ND. She credits her strong jazz technique to training with Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts under the professional instruction of the Gasper family. During her time with Gaspers she studied classical ballet, pointe, tap, modern, and jazz technique rooted in the styles of Luigi, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Jack Cole. In addition, Karly gained instruction at Minnesota State University Moorhead, the University of Montana Missoula, Luigi’s Jazz Studio NYC, and has attended several dance conferences and workshops across the United States.
Karly began her musical theater choreography career at the age of sixteen under the guidance of her mentor Matt Gasper, and has since choreographed for area high schools, community theaters, fine art camps, and children’s theaters. She has been teaching dance for eleven years in the styles of jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, and fitness at various studios including Gasper’s School of Dance, DanceworX Studio Bismarck, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and International Music Camp.
Aside from instilling her passion of dance and movement in her students, Karly has a degree in Mass Communications with minors in Psychology and Dance from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has a love for working with children with diverse backgrounds and is happiest when helping elevate students to being their best selves. She is so thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the studio that gave her so much as a young dancer and continue the tradition of excellence at GSDPA.