Founding Artistic Director and Co Academy Director
Steve Beirens began his studies at the age of 12, at The National Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium, under the direction of Jos Brabants. There he received instruction from Annie Vancauwenbergh, TomVancauwenbergh, Pavel Vokum, Stephan Schullerand Alexander Prokofiev.
During his studies, Steve also worked with The Royal Ballet of Flanders, directed by Valery Panov. He was selected to participate in The Rencontres Internationales de La Baule in France, where he received the award for “Best Classical Dancer”.
Following graduation(1989), Beirens danced for one season with Le Jeune Ballet de France, where his numerous solo and principal roles included those in Flames of Paris, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, LaFille Mal Gardee, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire, among others. From 1990 to 1991 Beirens danced with The Zuricher Ballet, under the direction of Uwe Scholtz. Duringthis season, he danced many solo roles in Scholz’s choreography, including Schopfung, SchumanSymfonie, TausendGrusse and Tocatta, as well as the Pas de Huit in La Sylphide. In January of 1992, Pierre Wyss invited Beirens to Wiesbaden Ballet to perform the role of Apollo in his ballet Oedipus. In September of the same year, Steve joined The Royal Ballet of Flanders, directed by Robert D’envers. There he worked with such choreographers as Paolo Bartolucci, Peter Anastos, Attilion Labis and Menia Martinez.Ricardo Cue invited Beirens, while he was dancing with The Royal Ballet of Flanders, to participate in a gala performance in Murcia, Spain that honored Prima Ballerina Maya Plitzetskya. Cynthia Gregory also invited him to perform the “Pas de Deux” Stay With Me as part of The Career Transitions in Dance program.
In October 1995, Beirens joined The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, under the direction of Gerald Arpino, as a principal dancer. While with The Joffrey, Beirens performed in ballets including Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Ann Marie DeAngelo’s Stay With Me, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, Confetti, Suite Saint-Saëns, and Kettentanz. Choreographer Alonzo King created a role for Beirens in his Joffrey-commissioned Cante. From January 2001 through December 2005, Beirens has worked as a Guest Dancer and Coach innumerous companies across the United States, including Tulsa Ballet, The Civic Ballet of Chicago, Maddison Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Dance Galaxy, Westside Ballet, LA Dance Theater, LA Chamber Ballet and New Mexico Ballet. Since 2003 he has been invited to teach and coach in ballet schools across the United States, including New Mexico Ballet, New Mexico University, Reif Art Center Minnesota, Dance Arts Tennessee, Idyllwild Arts School, Los Angeles School of the Arts.
In April 2007 he was appointed the position of Artistic Director of Ballet Quad Cities, where he served for one season and choreographed ballets including The Nutcracker, Sentimenti, and Coppelia.
Since August of 2008 Steve Beirens has been a Faculty member of University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music Dance Department.
Steve Beirens co-founded and directed Le Jeune Ballet National 2011 summer project. The company focuses on helping establish first-time professionals. They successfully premiered the performance, Music and Dance in the Park. It was chosen as one of the top three events to see that weekend by local NBC channel 5 News.
From January 2014 until August 2014 Steve Beirens served as an interim Artistic and Academy Director for Ballet Theatre Midwest.
In 2015 Mr. Beirens and wife Hannah Dorfmueller opened the doors of Le Jeune Dance with the vision of a professional training program for young artists to develop skills and experiences to launch them into successful careers. Mr. Beirens is passionately committed to contributing to the dance world though educational teaching, coaching, advising, and choreographing for pre-professional and professional dancers.
Associate Artistic Director and Co Academy Director
Co Director/Ballet Instructor & Children’s Program Director
Hannah Dorfmueller began her formal ballet training in the Greater Cincinnati under former Cincinnati Ballet principal dancers and current Joffrey Academy of Dance Artistic Directors Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. At the same time she studied modern dance under former Dayton Contemporary Dance Company dancer Terrence Greene. In summer intensives she studied under coaches such as Bolshoi Master Teacher Aleksander Bondarenko and former prima ballerina of the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theater Eleanor D’Antuono. Ms. Dorfmueller attended the prestigious Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in a two-year residency program where she studied under Elena Tchernichova, former Ballet Mistress for American Ballet Theater and coach to Mikhail Baryshnikov. While at Nutmeg she was chosen to perform choreography created and coached by Momix Director Moses Pendleton. Ms. Dorfmueller became a member of Ballet Quad Cities in the 2002 where she performed many principal and soloist roles in choreographies by Johanne Jackelln, Mathew Keefe, Deanna Carter and Steve Beirens.
Throughout Ms. Dorfmueller’s career she has enjoyed teaching and coaching in pre-professional schools as well as developing and fulfilling outreach programs in elementary schools. Many of her students have gone on to be accepted in to national ballet programs. Others have won national recognition in competition.
After retiring from the stage Ms. Dorfmueller and husband Steve Beirens founded and directed Le Jeune Ballet National in its premier production of Music and Dance in the Park.
In 2015 Ms. Dorfmueller and husband Steve Beirens opened the doors of Le Jeune Dance. Inside the studios of Le Jeune Dance Ms. Dorfmueller enjoys instilling the passion for the arts in her students while providing the technique and discipline of pre-professional training. She is equally passionate about growing a dancer though strength and technique as she is about growing a dancer’s methodology knowledge for complete awareness of movement precision. Ms. Dorfmueller has taken her creative approach to developing young dancers into the composition of two children’s workbooks for ages 3-6. The Essential of Ballet Training Workbook: Creative Dance and Pre Ballet to aid young dancers’ educational and creative journey.
Ann Marie DeAngelo
Ann Marie DeAngelo, former principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, is an artistic director, choreographer, teacher and producer. She was a founder of her own experimental troupe in the late-80's called Ballet D'Angelo, which toured extensively in Europe; founding Artist Director of Ballet de Monterrey-the first privately funded arts organization in Mexico; and Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet.
Ms. DeAngelo has created nearly 50 works which include: Zeitgeist I & II; The Last of the Best; Gypsie Band-all full-evening works; Paradise, Mademoiselle de Maupin, and several works for Ballet de Monterrey; works for The Joffrey Ballet, The National Ballet of Cuba, Ohio Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, Ballet Pacifica, Nevada Ballet Theater, BalletNY, Goucher College, Marrymout Manhattan College, and ABT Studio Co. Ms. DeAngelo created a one act ghost story based on The Bell Witch with original music by ConniEllisor. The work used 3-D scenic design with 3-D glasses for the audiences, and was performed by The Nashville Ballet. The Bell Witch was nominated for a "Benois de la Danse" Award and a segment was performed at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. She participated with Linne-Taylor Corbett, Peter Pucci, and James Sewell, in the inaugural season of The National Choreography Initiative. And Ms. DeAngelo choreographed for Dance Break 2006, a high-profie showcase for choreographers in the Broadway community.
Ms. DeAngelo has created and produced shows and events such as "The Variety Show-Jugglin' Styles" featuring award winning artists such as juggler/illusionist Michael Moschen; environmental visionary JohanneHaigood; performance artist Ann Carlson; Hip Hop pioneer Steve "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente; and US Team rhythmic gymnast Charlene Edwards; "An Evening of Jazz and Dance" for Boy Harbor in East Hampton; Shall We Dance; Dancing on Air; That's Entertainment; and One World Gala Shows, for Career Transition for Dancers at City Center in New York.
Ms. DeAngelo has taught for numerous dance companies, universities and summer courses. She continues to teach workshops to non-dancers at high-end resorts and spas such as Rancho La Puerta. She was movement coach to Bette Midler.
Her non-profit company, Projectdance, Inc., has a mission to develop, promote and produce collaborative dance related projects between artists.