Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I couldn’t imagine a better place to live surrounded by family and friends. Grounded in Midwest values, I hold fast to my belief that with God in control… it’s all good.

Enthralled at the age of four by a weekly 15-minute TV program, Stairway to the Stars, produced by a local dance studio, I discovered my first and lasting passion. I had to dance! How lucky I was to become a student at that very same studio and begin my training. As a professional ballet and tap teacher for 21 plus years, the absolute best compliment I ever received was that I gave children the love of dance. Of course, that love was already there, I was just blessed to be instrumental in its development. Much of my teaching career was spent working with very young students including two of my own beautiful and talented granddaughters. Never having a daughter of my own, this was a dream come true.   Fully appreciating the tremendous physical and emotional benefits of dance and encouraged by its popularity, I began marketing  tap classes for adults and senior citizens. They became some of the most delightful and dedicated students I’ve ever taught. As the director of a successful community dance program, I also enjoyed teaching jazz classes.  When my son and future daughter-in-law asked me to choreograph their wedding dance as well as the father-daughter dance,  a treasured memory was born along with a new enterprise.   I’ve enjoyed choreographing several local elementary schools’ annual Spring productions and I never fail to learn more from my students than I can ever teach.

I’m convinced that the constant reinvention of oneself is the key to happiness. I was told, while in my 20’s, that I had a flair for writing but it wasn’t until November of 2002 when I connected with friend and fellow dance teacher, Pandre’ Shandley (Miss Pandy), that a new passion emerged. While she recovered from a serious neck injury, we decided to form a partnership and write a novel set in the dance world. The old saying “ignorance is bliss” was never more true! The brick walls were many, but the journey that began as our secret pastime eventually evolved into The Legend of L’Esprit, our laughter and tears worth every step. While we focus on publication, marketing and writing, we enjoy sharing the knowledge we’ve acquired through the creation of two workshops – Intro to Publishing to benefit local writers and  interactive, motivational speaking engagements  for middle school students extolling the virtues of strong language arts skills.

I love books, libraries and reading and I’m happiest when I have a good book, like a patient friend, waiting for me at the end of the day!

I sincerely hope you enjoy  The Legend of L’Esprit and may you be inspired to find your life’s true passion.

Love,  Miss Doris♥

Lauren                                                                                           Caroline