Professional and Passionate Instructors at
(Ballet, Jazz Funk, Contemporary)
Jenna began dancing at the age of 3 years old. She grew up in Shorewood, Illinois
where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Minooka High School in 2022. She trained at
Encore Dance Productions and was a member of the competitive dance company for 7 years.
Jenna grew up with experience in a variety of dance styles, with an emphasis on Ballet, Jazz,
Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Her senior year she was selected to instruct a Jazz class at her
home studio and choreograph a piece for their Spring recital. That year she also choreographed
3 state qualifying and placing routines for Troy Middle School. Currently Jenna is a Junior at
Grand Valley State University with a major in psychology and a minor in dance. In the dance
program she is studying Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, West African, Choreography, and
Improvisation. Over the summer Jenna was given the opportunity to develop and instruct a
dance program for the Boys and Girls Club of America in Elgin, IL. Jenna is so excited to share
her passion of teaching at Lakeshore Academy of the Arts!
SONNY FRANKS MILLER
(Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Theater)
Sonny discovered her love for dance and theater as a child. Now, as an adult she relishes the opportunity to continue training as a student and teacher at L.A.A. whiule also getting to share her passion with students. Sonny trained at the John Cooper School (Woodlands, Texas), under Elizabeth DeMonico with a special focus on musical thearer, jazz and ballet. As a teen, she spent summers eahing dance and theater at youth summer camps through the Piccolo Theater Company as sewll as performing in a number of professional Magic productions in Houston. Her favorite thing about teaching is helping students find their confidence!
At L.A.A., we LOVE our assistant teachers and so will you!
LYNNZIE FISHER - Lynnzie has been dancing for 4.5 years. She is 8 years old and attends Reeths Puffer Twin Lake Elemtary. Heer favorite
hobbies are: art, gym and music! This is Lynnzies 2nd year as an assistant teacher. She loves dance and is part of the Lakeshore Academy Dance Competition Team. "Dancing is fun and I get to make new friends!"
CLAIRE GILLARD - My name is Claire Gillard. I’m 12 years old and entering 7th grade at North Muskegon Middle School. I have been dancing for 4 years now and a member of the company team for 3 years. Dancing is my favorite activity. I also participate in gymnastics and have been a softball pitcher for a few years. I play the cello and sing in the school choir. When you don’t find me dancing, I like to hang out with my friends.
BRADLY PALMER -
Hello! I’m Bradly. I’m 9 1/2 years old. I’m in 4th grade at Reeths Puffer Elementary School.
My favorite subject in school is Math. My hobbies are Dancing, acting, and drawing. I’ve been Dancing since I was 18 months.
I love dancing because it makes me so happy and it makes me feel good. I also love entertaining people! I hope you love dancing as much as I do! See you at class!
ARIA TINDALL - Aria is a fun loving, hard working 12 year old who enjoys assistant teaching. At school, Aria participates in school musicals and the newspaper team. Sje has been dancing since the age of 2 and has been dancing under Erin Blais' direction since she was four. Aria has been a pat of the Lakeshore Dance Competitive Team since the age of 8 and has been assistant teaching for over a year. Aria loves all styles of dance but mainly focuses on jazz, musical theater and hip hop. Aria loves seeing new faces and personalities of her students.
Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
(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.
(TAP, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATER)
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, Samantha choreographed for "The Pajama Game,""Anything Goes,""Music! Movies! Mayhem!," and "Hello, Dolly!"
This is Samanthas' third year as part of the Lakeshore Dance Family!
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At Lakeshore Academy of the Arts, we are always looking for experienced, enthusiastic and passionate teachers in any or all dance genres/ages!
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