Edna Lee Dance Studio was founded in 1957 by Edna Lee Kuhn with Saturday classes at the Linthicum Fire Hall, moving to Linthicum Elementary Auditorium and later to The Women’s Club of Linthicum. In the mid 1960’s when Edna Lee and husband, Gene, built a new house for their growing family, the studio was moved to the basement of that home until 1981. Now located in the Burwood Village Center in Glen Burnie, with four studio rooms and a dance attire store, the school is equipped to handle over 300 students. In 1992, the studio was recognized by the Senate of Mayland for “35 years of instruction, entertainment and joy in many young citizens of the State of Maryland”. The studio was purchased in 2000 by Mary Moran who continues to follow the educational standards set by Edna Lee.

Several generations have grown up through Edna Lee Dance Studio , many achieving careers with Ballet Companies, Broadway, Las Vegas, Cruise Ships, Studio Ownership and Dance Teaching. Others have won National titles, choreography awards and medals at International Ballet Competitions.

Throughout its history, Edna Lee Dance Studio has had high standards to equip students through all walks of life. The school’s impeccable reputation has drawn students from distant counties and continues to do so. ELDS proudly produces an annual professional level production of “The Nutcracker” in conjunction with “Maryland Festival Ballet”.


Edna Lee Kuhn educated three generations of students in the field of dance while raising 4 children of her own. She is a long time member of Dance Masters of America where she is now a “life time” member.  She is also a past chair-woman of the Cecchetti Council of America   Her achievements include choreography and dance production and  her success as an educator prepared many students for professional dance careers.  Her teaching methods have inspired and equipped numerous teachers and successful studio owners.  Edna Lee and husband, Gene, are now enjoying their retirement in Myrtle Beach, SC.  They now have 8 grand children and 5 great grand children.

Mary Elizabeth Moran

Mary Moran received her early training under the tutelage of Edna Lee. While in high school and college, she performed in various productions at Annapolis Summer Garden Theater and Colonial Players. After graduation from UMBC with a B.F.A. in theater, Mary moved to New York and danced professionally using the stage name of “Lizzie” Moran. She performed on Broadway for 7 1/2 years in the 1980’s production of “42nd Street”, while modeling, doing commercials and movie extra work. After 17 years in the Big Apple, she returned to her roots and is proud to continue the education traditions with which she grew up. Mary enjoys teaching all ages and levels, coaches and choreographs for the competition students and is the proud recipient of several choreography awards. She has judged dance competitions at the National level and is a member of Dance Masters of America where she served as President of Chapter 17 from 2006 – 2008.

The Nutcracker

Edna Lee Dance Studio has just completed it’s 9th Annual professional-level production of “The Nutcracker”.

The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well known French author.  His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.

At Edna Lee Dance Studio, we’re proud of our highly trained faculty.  Educated in various styles of dance, our team is excited about working with students of all ages and skill level.  Whether for recreation or with professional aspirations, Edna Lee’s has faculty and classes ready to meet your dance education needs.

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Lyrical
  • Modern
  • Musical Theater
  • …and more.