At eight years old, Lynn began taking dance classes from Miss Machita at BREC Park. Lynn’s family moved out of state, but she always dreamed of dancing with Miss Machita. Years later, she met her future husband, who was from Brusly, and discovered that there was a “Machita & Co., Inc.” dance school nearby. The dance teacher that made such an impact in her life was still teaching dance.
Lynn’s three daughters also trained with that same sweet, loving, talented dance teacher. They began dancing at Machita & Co., Inc. at three years old, and each joined the Machita & Co. Competition Team at the age of ten. Because of their commitment to dance, Lynn was very involved “behind the scenes” in the business throughout the years.
She has worked in the medical field at the Baton Rouge General Hospital for thirty two years, with twenty one of those years as a Registered Nurse in Intensive Care. Nursing is her passion and love, but witnessing dance positively impact children’s lives has always been very close to her heart. As Studio Owner/Director, Lynn continues working as an RN and directs the studio.
Lynn feels very blessed to be in partnership at Machita Dance Company with Blaine and Tiffany Chiasson. They have added a tumbling room, a fourth dance room and added a ballet program to enhance their dance curriculum. Together they continue to make many improvements to the facility and the program.
Her students have received many scholarships, awards and titles to leading workshops and conventions across the country and several are members of the Tremaine National Performance Company under the direction of Miss Keri LaGrand. This past year many of her students were invited to be Junior Company Members of La Dance Magic under the direction of Jackie Sleight. Her students have continue training at some of the best universities in the country, and can be seen performing across the country. You can also see one in a Weinersnitchel commercial! Lynn is also very proud that her teachers continue their dance education by attending prestigious workshops and conventions.
Lynn has been married to Brian Prejean for 29 years. They have three beautiful daughters, Jordan, Jillian and Jade, who have all graduated from LSU. Jordan is a certified Barre 3 instructor, and teaches classes at Barre 3 located in Baton Rouge, LA. Jillian has taught for four years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at St. James Episcopal Day School, and is now in her third year of marriage to Dexter Courville. On April 18th, 2018 they welcomed their 1st child, Kaitlee Marie Courville into the world! Jade is on her 2nd year at Saint Joseph’s Academy as the Dance Director. She married the man of her dreams, Kurt McCune, on December 29, 2017. All three daughters plan to continue teaching dance, and Jordan and Jade will remain involved in the business aspect of the studio.
Together, the Prejeans and Chaissons are very excited to continue the legacy of Miss Machita Eyre. It is our goal to provide a facility where dancers and tumblers train while developing self-confidence, self-discipline and feel happy, loved, and comfortable at Machita Dance Company.