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REGISTER TODAY FOR SUMMER  2022  CLASSES! 

 REGISTRATION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL CLASSES ARE FULL (CLOSED).   

CLASSES START JUNE 6,  2022 AT BOTH LOCATIONS! 

REGISTRATION FOR FALL CLASSES BEGINS ONLINE JULY 11!   

LOOK FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE DATES TOO!

JUNE 6 - SUMMER DANCE CLASSES BEGIN (BOTH LOCATIONS), SESSION 1 (JUNE 6 - JUNE 30 / SESSION 2:  AUGUST 1 - 25  

              *DANCE CAMP - JUNE 21, 22, 23    *ENCANTO THEME CAMP - JULY 19, 20, 21     *DANCE CAMP - AUGUST 2, 3, 4


JUNE 21, 22 & 23 - DANCE CAMP:  Dance Camp: June 21, 22 & 23 (9:00AM-12:00PM), ages 7 - 12. Cost is $75.00 per student. Jazz / Hip Hop / Tumbling / Arts & Crafts / Student Showcase

JULY 11 - ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR FALL CLASSES OPEN!  FALL CLASS SCHEDULE AVAILABLE! 

JULY 21, 22 & 23 - ENCANTO THEME CAMP:   ENCANTO MUSIC, ARTS & CRAFTS, GAMES, STUDENT SHOWCASE, $75.00 /STUDENT (AGES 5 - 9)

AUGUST 2, 3 & 4:  Dance Camp: August 2, 3 & 4 (9:00AM-12:00PM), ages 7 - 12. Cost is $75.00/student. Jazz / Hip Hop / Tumbling / Arts & Crafts / Showcase

AUGUST 30 - OPEN HOUSE AND FALL DANCE REGISTRATION AT NORTH MUSKEGON LOCATION (1500 WHITEHALL ROAD, 49445) 4:00-6:00PM 



2022 FALL CLASSES SEMESTER ONE


SEPTEMBER 8 - OPEN HOUSE AND FALL DANCE REGISTRATION AT NORTH MUSKEGON LOCATION (1500 WHITEHALL ROAD, 49445) 4:00-6:00PM

SEPTEMBER 12 - FALL CLASSES BEGIN AT BOTH LOCATIONS!  SEMESTER 1:  9/12 - 12/17   (14 WEEKS. 3.5 MONTHLY PAYMENTS) 

OCTOBER 3 - NOVEMBER 11 - SIX  WEEK DANCE SESSIONS BEGIN.  

SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 1 - BRING A FRIEND TO DANCE CLASS!  *CURRENT STUDENTS OF ALL AGES CAN BRING A FRIEND OR SIBLING TO CLASS!  

OCTOBER 17 - OCTOBER 21 - COSTUME FEES DUE FOR CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE.  ALL STUDENTS WILL OWE $30.00.  

OCTOBER 24 - 29TH - SPOOKY SPIRIT WEEK!  WEAR YOUR BEST HALLOWEEN GEAR, COSTUMES OR ACCESSORIES TO CLASS!

NOVEMBER 7-  TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT.  TICKETS ARE $10.00 EACH.  ONLINE AND IN-STUDIO SALES. 

NOVEMBER 14 - REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SEMESTER 2 (JANUARY 9, 2023-JUNE 3, 2023)

NOVEMBER 23 - 26 - THANKSGIVING BREAK, NO DANCE CLASSES!  

DECEMBER 17 - CHRISTMAS RECITAL (ALL STUDENTS) 4:00PM  MONA SHORES HIGH SCHOOL.  *THIS IS AN ELECTIVE PERFORMANCE! 

DECEMBER 19 - JANUARY 1  - CHRISTMAS BREAK, NO DANCE CLASSES!  

 

2023  SEMESTER  TWO 


JANUARY 9, 2023 - CLASSES RESUME, SEMESTER 2 BEGINS!   JANUARY 9 - JUNE 3, 2023  (20 WEEKS, 5 MONTHLY PAYMENTS) 

*CURRENT STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER IF THEY ARE CONTINUING WITH THE SAME CLASS. *PLEASE CHECK SCHEDULE FOR ANY CHANGES! 

JANUARY 16 - 21 - BRING A FRIEND TO DANCE CLASS WEEK!  *CURRENT STUDENTS OF ALL AGES CAN BRING A FRIEND OR SIBLING TO CLASS!

FEBRUARY 13 - 18 - SHOW THE LOVE WEEK.  WEAR YOUR BEST "LOVE" COLORS FOR A SPECIAL TREAT! 

APRIL 3 -7 - SPRING BREAK, NO DANCE CLASSES.  *THIS WEEK IS NOT INLUDED IN YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE! 

APRIL   30, MAY 7, 14, 21 - "DADS AND DAUGHTERS"  DANCE REHEARSAL FOR THE RECITAL  

MAY 1 - TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR 27TH ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL - ONLINE AND IN-STUDIO SALES.  TICKETS ARE $15.00

MAY 29 - MEMORIAL DAY, NO CLASSES! 

MAY 30 - REHEARSAL FOR RECITAL AT REGULAR DANCE LOCATION. TIMES T.B.D.

MAY 31 - REHEARSAL FOR RECITAL AT REGULAR DANCE LOCATION. TIMES T.B.D.

JUNE 1 - REHEARSAL FOR RECITAL AT REGULAR DANCE LOCATION. TIMES T.B.D.

JUNE 2 - DRESS REHEARSAL AT MONA SHORES HIGH SCHOOL (IN COSTUME, MAKEUP WITH HAIR DONE), 5:00PM

JUNE 3, 2023 - 27TH ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL!  MONA SHORES HIGH SCHOOL, 2:00PM & 6:00PM.  TICKETS ARE $15.00  END OF SEMESTER

JUNE 12 - SUMMER SESSIONS BEGIN (3 WEEKS)  JUNE 12 - 30 / DANCE CAMP:  JUNE 20, 21, 22   9:30-12:00NOON / 




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About Us


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/Dance Adjudicator


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 1 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 commercials and industrials while in Pittsburgh.


After graduation, 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.

GYPSY BATES  

  (teacher)


Gypsy is 18 and attends Muskegon Community College earning her Associates degree.    She has been dancing for 13 years. 12 of those have been at Lakeshore where she has danced both recreationally and on the competitive team as well. Not only has she danced at Lakeshore but, she has been an assistant and teacher as well.

If Gypsy isn’t dancing, or spending time on school work, she is at a coffee sh​op reading or at the drive ins with her friends. 

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 4 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 5 years at NBS, Jacqueline attended the Royal Winnipeg Summer Intensive for 6 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 Bachelor 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!  

MADELYNE FRANG

(ASSISTANT TEACHER)

Madelyne is 12  old in 6th grade at Reeths-Puffer Intermediate School in Muskegon. I started dancing when I was three years old and compete with Lakeshore Dance Academy. I love to do art, make-up, and hanging out with my friends.  

CHLOE NELUND

(BALLET,JAZZ,TAP TEACHER)


Chloe Nelund has been dancing since the age of 3 and competing since she was 12. This is her 12th season at L.A.A and she couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this awesome company. This is her first year teaching, and she is so excited! She is currently a junior at Mona Shores High School. When she isn’t dancing, she likes to go to the beach and hang out with friends.

Samantha Portice

(TAP, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATER, KINDER DANCE)


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. In January 2012 - March 2014, shechoreographed for "The Pajama Game,""Anything Goes,""Music! Movies! Mayhem!," and "Hello, Dolly!" Samantha is excited to be part of the Lakeshore Dance Family! 


SONNY FRANKS 

(Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Theater,  ) Teacher

   Sonny Franks Miller discovered her love of dance and theater as a child. Now as an adult, she relishes the opportunity to continue training as a student at L.A.A while also getting to share her passion with children as a substitute instructor. Sonny received a well-rounded dance training at The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas under Elizabeth DeMonico with a special focus on musical theater, jazz and ballet. As a teen, she spent summers teaching dance and theater at youth summer camps through the Piccolo Theater Company, as well as performing as a dancer/assistant in a number of professional magic productions in Houston. Her favorite thing about teaching is helping students find their confidence.  

Be Part of Our Team

At Lakeshore Academy of the Arts, we are always looking for experienced, enthusiastic and 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.

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