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ERIN BLAIS -OWNER/OPERATOR

PRESCHOOL/KINDERDANCE/JAZZ/TAP/BALLET/CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL/

                 MUSICAL THEATER/COMPETITION TEAM DIRECTOR

*Yoga certification / Group Fitness Certification / BLS / CPR / FIRST AID 

Erin L. Blais is the owner / operator of Lakeshore Academy of the Arts (est. 1996). Erin was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she started taking gymnastics classes at the age of 7 which later progressed to classes in jazz, ballet, tap, point, modern and musical theater. Erin spent her summers in Chicago as an intern at both Hubbard Street Dance Company and Gus Giordano Dance Company. Erin earned her teachers’ certification at Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Erin attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh where she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in choreography. While in Pittsburgh, she was a commercial dancer (Nike, Coca Cola) with Don Brocket Productions, performed in Peter Pan, A Chorus Line and The Nutcracker (Pittsburgh Ballet Theater). After college graduation, Erin moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream as a professional dancer. While out west, Erin performed in several music videos, industrials and worked as a troupe dancer on the Tracy Ullman Show (Paula Abdul). Upon returning to her roots in Michigan, Erin has taught at Grand Valley State University, Cecchetti Council of America, Guest teacher and choreographer for local studios and organizations and worked with Glen Douglas Packard in Lansing. Erin founded Lakeshore Academy of the Arts where she currently teaches all dance forms for ages 2 through adult. Erin resides in West Michigan teaching at her 2 dance studios, teaching original choreography for high school musicals and show choirs. Her choreography has been performed by students as well as professionals and she has extensive experience instructing and coaching dancers of all ages in acrobatics, ballet, cheer, jazz, hip hop, tap, and modern/contemporary styles. Erin is a dance adjudicator with several dance competitions Nationwide.

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                    KAYLA HUNGERINK
          (JAZZ/HIP HOP/CONTEMPORARY

Kayla started dancing when she was 6 years old at a local dance studio. In middle school she started competition dance for hip hop, jazz and tap. While competing she also was in Dance Ensemble at her high school. With her High School Ensemble group they traveled to Florida and danced at Disney World. Kayla has also been in music videos for local artists and has competed/performed with multiple professional hip hop dance companies located in Grand Rapids, MI, Chicago, Il and Los Angeles, CA. She has been teaching dance since she graduated in 2015. In 2019/2020 Kayla was an extra cast member on the CW Television show' "Legacies"  filmed in Covington, GA.

                          JENNIFER JORDAN 

    Certified in Event Management / Certified Holistic Nutritionist /

             Certified Senior Fitness /Certified Personal Trainer

        YOGA FLEX / DANCE FIT / SLOW FLOW

Jennifer Jordan graduated from Baker College with a Business Management degree majoring in Paralegal studies. 

    Jennifer has over 22 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Starting in high school through college and transitioning from different careers and goals hospitality industry has been a passion of mine and a stepping stone to the next chapters. 

     For the previous five seasons, she worked  at Buzz's Lakeside Inn.  Within the first couple weeks on the job Jennifer was seen by management as an asset and soon was assisting in supervising and management.  She has worked at many different types of restaurant establishments from chains restaurants, seasonals, Puerto Rican cuisine restaurant in NYC, pubs/ road houses and Inns and contracted private events. 

     Jennifer has always had  a big passion for the restaurant industry from working with both BOH & FOH staff in every aspect to a successful evening to planning events.

Jennifer has worked closely with chefs to plan wine themed dinners, family reunions,  weddings and corporate events of all kinds. 

     Currently building a career in health and fitness care, incorporating nutrition, specializing in geriatric care. 

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                             BRANDON MEIER 

BALLET / CONTEMPORARY/JAZZ / CONDITIONING

Brandon Meier began his dance training in West Michigan through the Maycroft Square Tappers, Lakeshore Dance Academy, and Lakeshore Ballet Arts. In high school he toured internationally with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp ballet ensemble. While studying dance in college, Brandon trained with Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Inlet Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, and d’shire dance collective. After receiving his BA in Dance from Grand Valley State University, Brandon went on to dance as a member of Wellspring Cori Terry and Dancers from 2014 to 2017. He now lives and teaches in West Michigan.

SAMANTHA PORTICE

(TAP/JAZZ/MUSICAL THEATER/AWARD WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER)

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' fourth year as part of the Lakeshore Dance Family!

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                                                EMILY SCHEPEL 

                    SENSORY SATURDAYS / PRESCHOOL / KINDER DANCE

                                 *LICENSED & CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 

    SENSORY REGULATION / SENSORY PROCESSING / BACHELORS IN PSYCHOLOGY 

Emily has always loved music and has been dancing since she can remember.  She danced for 12 years growing up in Grand Haven, and came back to dance in 2021 after more than a decade.  She has been working with children with disabilities for 14 years and professionally practiced as an occupational therapy assistant with kids. In her free time she loves spending time with her 2 dogs and husband, playing piano, and traveling.

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                 JENNA HOFFMAN 

HIP HOP / JAZZ / CONTEMPORARY

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         MIKE MCCALLUM

JAZZ  / CHEER / LYRICAL

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                     TONY SPRINGS

HIP HOP / JAZZ / TAP / BALLET / MUSICAL THEATER

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Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio and moving from Chicago, Illinois to Michigan, Tony was on staff at the Devonshire Cultural Center with the Skokie Park District for 12 years as a dance instructor, choreographer and artistic director. He has choreography credits in musical productions such as Cabaret, Monty Python's ‘Spamalot’, Hello, Dolly!, Follies, Company, Les Misérables

(High School Edition), Tarzan Jr., Catch Me If You Can,Young Frankenstein and Something Rotten to name a few. He began at the park district with the Summer on Broadway theatre camp in 2012 as Dance Specialist for Fiddler on the Roof Jr. and Willy Wonka & amp; the Chocolate Factory Jr. and remained on
staff to teach hip hop, ballet and jazz. In 2015 he became Artistic Director of Devonshire #39;s resident dance company, the Devonshire Dance Ensemble creating over10 conceptualized dance concerts. Tony was a company member of Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble from 2015 to 2020 under the direction of Artistic Directors Sara Maslanka and Max Robinson and Executive Director Ellyzabeth Adler. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, Tony has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a minor in Dance. During and after college, Tonychoreographed for and performed with many theatre companies in the greater Cincinnati area including Showbiz Players, Jersey Productions, Cincinnati Landmark Productions, Cincinnati Music Theatre and The Carnegie Theatre in Covington, Kentucky.  He’s received “Excellence in Choreography” Orchid Awards from the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz and The Music Man. To those who say they can #39, dance, just wait…

                                          Mr. Tony WILL make you a dancer!

Meet the Junior Crew!      Teachers' Assistants 

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REBECCA BLASER           AVERY ELLIS           LYNNZIE FISHER            CLAIRE GILLARD        KELSEY JOURDEN
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 NORA KINZIGER                     EMME MALLON                   BRADLY PALMER                     SIERRA SIKKEMA                ARIA TINDALL

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REGISTER TODAY FOR OUR SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM!  CLASSES BEGIN JUNE 11, 2024!

JANUARY 8:  DANCE CLASSES RESUME AT BOTH LOCATIONS

JANUARY 8 - MAY 25:   SEMESTER 2 DANCE (20 WEEKS)

FEBRUARY 1 - 10:  FEBRUARY DANCE TUITION DUE!   

FEBRUARY 12-16:  "SHOW THE LOVE WEEK"  WEAR YOUR FAVORITE VALENTINES COLORS

FEBRUARY 12:  RECITAL T-SHIRTS GO ON SALE!  $25.00 EACH.  LOGO ON FRONT, CAST LIST ON THE BACK!

MARCH 1 - 10:  MARCH DANCE TUITION DUE, COSTUME PAYMENTS DUE FOR THE RECITAL!

*PRESCHOOL:  $50.00   *KINDERDANCE:  $55.00    ALL OTHER CLASSES:  $60.00 

MARCH 8: LAST DAY FOR NEW STUDENTS TO REGISTER FOR SEMESTER 2

MARCH 29 - APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK (NO DANCE CLASSES)

APRIL 1 - 10:  APRIL TUITION DUE! 

APRIL 15 - APRIL 22:   IN STUDIO TICKET SALES FOR ANNUAL RECITAL

APRIL 23:  ONLINE TICKET SALES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

MAY 27:  MEMORIAL DAY (NO DANCE CLASSES) 

MAY 28:  MONDAY NORTH MUSKEGON STUDENTS & TUESDAY NORTH MUSKEGON STUDENTS REHEARSAL 5:00-7:30PM

MAY 29:  MONDAY SPRING LAKE STUDENTS REHEARSAL 5:00-7:30PM AT WMAAA

MAY 30:  WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NORTH MUSKEGON STUDENTS REHEARSAL 5:00-7:30PM

MAY 31:  DRESS REHEARSAL AT MONA SHORES 6:00PM

JUNE 1:  ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL 1:00 & 6:00PM  (END OF SESSION)   

JUNE 11 - 27:  3 WEEK SUMMER SESSION BEGINS

JUNE 25,26 &27:  DANCE CAMP (AGES 6-12) 9:00-12:00PM

JULY 16-18:  DISNEY THEME CAMP (AGES 5-11)

JULY 15 - 18:  COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHY

AUGUST: COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHY CAMP 

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