Robin Sykes (Founder of Jillian Rian’s Dance School and Instructor of Tap, Acrobatics, and Pre-Dance Classes) is celebrating 27 years of business that began in the Grafton area in November of 1997. The studio opened with 40 students and has grown to 150 students today. Robin has been married for 39 years and her family of 4 children grew up in the dance studio.

​Robin started dancing at the age of 2 1/2 at the Dusti O’Conner Dance Studio in Parma, OH. She grew up being mentored by Miss Dusti herself, and started teaching along side her at a young age.

“Jillian Rian’s Dance School is a family-oriented dance studio just like the studio I grew up in, over 55 years ago. We are still teaching kids the love of dance as I was taught by my mentor Dusti O’Conner.”-Miss Robin

After graduating with a degree in restaurant management, getting married, and having two children of her own, Robin was approached by her former dance teacher to return to the studio in Parma to teach. She taught there for the next 4 years before moving to Grafton to open Jillian Rian’s Dance School.

Fifteen years ago, Jillian Rian’s Dance School moved to North Ridgeville and has been serving that community ever since.