We are always looking for experienced, enthusiastic & passionate teachers in any or all dance genres / ages! Have a new idea for class? We would love to hear from you!
IF you are interested in becoming a team member of: L.A.A., please send inquiries to: [email protected] / subject: dance teacher
Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
ERIN BLAIS (preschool, kinder dance, tap, hip hop, tumbling, jazz, jazz funk)
OWNER / OPERATOR / AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
At the age of 7 while watching her best friend dance on stage, Erin knew that she had to get into dance. Her parents finally giving in, they signed her up for classes.
What started out as one day per week, turned into 6 days per week. Erin had found her true niche. Carrying on the passion, she started teaching dance at the age of 12, eventually owning her own dance studio here in West Michigan.
Living close to Chicago, Erin was fortunate enough to study with Gus Giordano as an intern at the Giordano Jazz Company. Erin also studied with Greg Begley
(ballet master) at Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago. She attended Point Park University on a Dance Scholarship majoring in Dance with a Choreography
Emphasis. She graduated with honors earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While in College, she was a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Company performing in productions such as: "The Nutcracker", "Peter Pan" and "A Chorus Line". Erin also worked with Don Brockett (a.k.a. "The Chef" from Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood) doing commericials and industrials while in Pittsburgh.
After graduatioin, she moved out west to Los Angeles. Erin met up with an
upcoming pop sensation (Paula Abdul), and was able to gain a spot on the Tracey
Ullman Show as a chor dancer. She also performed in several music videos while
out west as well as being introduced to a new dance form called: "Hip Hop".
Erin had to learn this new style of dance so she enrolled in some classes at a
studio called "The Dance Barre" where she met a no name dancer (Jennifer Lopez)
who studied at the same studio who had just landed a job on "In Living Color"
as a "fly - girl". Her story was truly inspiring and Erin worked harder to
learn more about "Hip Hop". Erin also worked with Glen Douglass Packard on a video shoot in Lansing Michigan.
Erin currently resides in Spring Lake Michigan where she currently owns and operates her own studio,(Spring Lake East). She also runs dance classes at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics and North Muskegon. She choreographs for local show choirs, musicals and professional music and theater companies. Erin knows that she is truly lucky to make a living doing what she truly loves and can share her passion and knowledge with students of all ages and all dance capabilities.
Photo by: Chad Davignon
JACQUELINE BISHOP (ballet, point, variations)
Jacqueline Bishop is a dancer who grew up in Fair Haven, Michigan and has been pursuing dance for 18 years. She started her dance training at the age of four under the direction of Beverly Babcock, a Royal Academy of Dance certified teacher. Babcock’s training led to Bishop attending a summer intensive at Canada’s National Ballet School, which lead to her acceptance into the school. At the age of 11, Jacqueline moved to Toronto, Canada to train in NBS’s professional student program where she received training under various world renowned ballet faculty as well as artistic director Mavis Staines. Following five years at NBS, Jacqueline attended the Royal Winnipeg Summer Intensive for six weeks, then returned home to Michigan to train under Cornelia Sampson and performing with Michigan Ballet Theatre. In the summer of 2014 she attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre summer intensive in New York City and gained knowledge in various forms of modern dance. In the summer of 2015 she attended the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Detroit Summer Intensive under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Jacqueline attended Grand Valley State University where she studied dance. Under the training of professors Carrie Breuck Morris, Hannah Seidel, and Samantha Shelton Jacqueline earned her Bachelors of Arts in dance from GVSU in the spring of 2017. She is now pursuing a marketing degree and will earn her Bachelor's in Business in 2019. Jacqueline is very excited to be a part of Lakeshore Academy!
TEACHER / AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
(JAZZ / HIP HOP / LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY / CHEER)
Mike McCallum began dancing and choreographing routines while at Fruitport High School. He worked with the cheerleading squad on their routines and choreographed and performed in the school's Mock Rock competition. After graduating in 1990, he continued as a volunteer assistant coach and choreographer for the cheer team which culminated in a trip to the national championships in 1994.
Mike began formally dancing at Muskegon Community College during his freshman year doing a duet with his sister Michelle (McCallum) Lovse in the Overbrook Dance Theater in Concert. The following year, he began taking modern jazz dance classes there. He has choreographed and performed in numerous Dance Concerts at MCC over the years.
He began teaching cheer dance and hip-hop at Blais Dance Academy/Lakeshore Academy of the Arts in 1998. Over the years he has also added Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary to his repertoire. He was won numerous awards for his choreography and music-editing.
Photo by: Chad Davignon
ANDREA VAN BEEK (contemporary)
TEACHER / AWARD WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
Andrea began her dance career at the age of 3 in ballet. Her love and passion for dance bloomed, and by high school she was dancing four days/week in the Grand Rapids area. She soon became the dance director for Champion Gymnastics & Dance (formerly of GH), toured China with New Olympians International Show Teams, and was on scholarship with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. In 1995 Andrea's choreography received special recognition & was requested to perform at the ACDFA state convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1996 Andrea received her BFA in Professional Dance Performance from East Carolina University. While there, she performed with East Carolina Dance Theater, and received Dancer of The Year Award for 1996. Andrea has also been on scholarship at Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Dance Center) in NYC. She has studied under such world-renowned artists as Gus Giordanio, Lou Conte, Alan Arnett, Katiti King, Frank Chaves, Patti Weeks, and Joe Carow. Andrea has taught at Danceworks in GR, Ada Dance Company, Ballet Arts, Muskegon Community College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Muskegon Civic Theater, Holland Arts Council, and Dance Revolutions in Spring Lake. Most recently, Andrea has received multiple choreography awards at dance competitions and is a current pro dancer with Dancing With the Local Stars in Muskegon. She is very excited to share her knowledge and passion with the Lakeshore Dance Academy students this year!!!
2018-2019 STUDENT TEACHERS
Gypsy is 15 years old and in 10th grade at Mona Shores H.S. Gypsy has been dancing since the age of 5. In her spare time, she enjoys dance, painting, cooking, making YouTube Videos and hanging out with her friends and her cousins Grace and Kelsey. Science is her favorite school subject!
Photo by: Chad Davignon
Sophie Fuller has been dancing for more than 14 years, and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, pointe, and contemporary. She has attended various regional dance competitions including a national competition in New York City as well as many conventions. Sophie has been in theater productions as well, including "The Wizard of Oz" and "Annie". She has been a dance assistant for 3 years, and also assists Kim Beachum Gaver in musical theatre at the Summer WINGS program at MCC
Samantha is a junior in Grand Haven CyberSchool and has been dancing both recreationally and competitively with Lakeshore since the age of 3. Samantha discovered her love for choreographing and teaching at a very early age. She has danced three roles in the West Michigan Youth Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. She also had the opportunity to dance in the Michigan State Capitol building as a part of National School Choice Week. She has been to many intensives/conventions and taken classes from Dedrick Anthony (graduate from the Ailey school), Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, and Chloe Arnold to name a few.