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
(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!
Brenna started dance at the age of 5 in Grand Rapids; focusing mainly on hip-hop, it became her life long passion. As she competed in high school, she won several national top scores and special awards for hip-hop in the solo division. It wasn’t until she won a senior title competition, that she decided to pursue dance as a career. Shortly after, Brenna began to work for EnerGy National Dance Competitions, and was able to enter a whole new world of dance. She was able to work closely with amazing choreographers, and was exposed to several modern dance styles all across the country. Because of this, more opportunities were presented, as she was then invited to choreograph pieces in LA, and also performed in Hollywood. Brenna has also taught locally in Grand Rapids and is the current director of a dance program at Grandville High School. She also specializes in show choir, as she has choreographed a local Revue Show for the past 3 years. Brenna has always had a passion for dance, and is excited to to help build confidence and growth in dancers at Lakeshore Academy of the Arts!
(ballet, pointe, pilates, progressive ballet technique, body barre)
Sara began her dance training with Irish dancing and then pursued her love for ballet at the Academy of Performing Arts. She has completed grades 1-5 of Cecchetti ballet exams. She was a dance major at Alma College where she was a member of the Alma College Dance Company. In May of 2018, Sara received her certification in in PBT (progressive ballet technique). Sara has been teaching ballet and pointe for the past 6 years. She is very passionate about her dance studies as well as fitness.
MUSICAL THEATER / JAZZ / TAP
Samantha Portice is a graduate of
Michigan State University Dance (majored in Education / dance minor). She is a Kindergarten teacher at Reeth's Puffer Elementary. Samantha has choreographed for
Owosso Community Players in the production of Willy Wonka (2015), she also assisted with the
choreography for Damn Yankees (2011). She has worked with Lansing Eastern High School as the lead Choreographer
JANUARY 2012 - MARCH 2014
Choreographed for :
"The Pajama Game", " Anything
Goes", "Music! Movies! Mayhem!" , and "Hello, Dolly" ! Samantha is excited to be part of the Lakeshore Dance Family!
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!!!
GRACE VANDE WAA
ballet / pointe / jazz / musical theater
Grace VandeWaa began her dance training at Zeeland High School under the direction of Nancy Clyde. She then went on to earn her Bachelor's of the Arts in Dance and Theatre from the University of Alabama. There she studied ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and tap under esteemed artists/choreographers such as Cornelius Carter, Qianping Guo, Rita Snyder, Stacy Alley and Lawrence Jackson. Grace also spent a semester abroad studying modern dance and ballet at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. Her performance credits include Sanspointe Dance Company, "Ragtime" (Dance Captain/Soloist), "Cabaret" (Dance Captain/Texas), and Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre where she performed in many original works as well as classical ballets including "Giselle" and "Diane and Actaeon". Grace's choreographic career grew quickly beginning in high school and continuing on through college where her works were selected to be performed in University productions. Throughout her dance career Grace has had the privilege of sharing her love of dance through teaching many different levels and styles and is excited to be a part of Lakeshore Academy of the Arts
2018-2019 STUDENT TEACHERS
Allyssa Buelow is a senior at Spring Lake High School. She is also a student at Muskegon Community College. Allyssa has been dancing for 9 years. She has taken many different styles of dance and especially loves contemporary and hip hop. Allyssa has also been in a few musicals and plays such as: "Guys and Dolls" and "Big" . She has also received top awards in multiple dance competitions. Allyssa loves dancing with her teammates and learning from new teachers at dance conventions.
Sophie Fuller is a Senior at Spring Lake High School and has been dancing for more than 14 years. she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, pointe and contemporary. She has attended various regional dance competitions including a National Competitionin New York City. She has received top awards for her dance performances in Regional Competitions. Sophie also enjoys theater productions, performing in: The Wizard of Oz and Annie. Sophie also assists in teaching in the WINGS program through MAISD.
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.