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Professional and Passionate Instructors at Your Service

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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.

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!  


(Preschool, K​inder Dance, Ballet, Jazz and Tap)

Rachel Fetterley loves teaching all styles of dance to all ages! She has her BA in Dance from WMU and her Dance Ed Certification from Hope College. She is also certified in health and psychology.

Rachel is currently a middle school teacher for Holland Public Schools. She has been a dance instructor for more than 28 years and has been an instructor of fitness and personal training for more than 15 years.

Rachel was also the dance teacher at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics and has performed with local dance companies in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Seattle, Washington. In addition to her teaching, she has choreographed for many school performances and several musicals in the West Michigan area.

Rachel and her husband Jarrid, have three children: two daughters, Chase and Lulu, and a son Jude. She enjoys dancing, being active, traveling, yoga, reading, being outside, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Samantha Portice

(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, shechoreographed for "The Pajama Game,""Anything Goes,""Music! Movies! Mayhem!," and "Hello, Dolly!" Samantha is excited to be part of the Lakeshore Dance Family! 


(Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary) Teacher

          Sydney Zelent began her early to intermediate training in Grand Rapids, Michigan under the direction of James and Lucia Martin and Akop and Giane Akopian. When she was fifteen, she was invited to join Turning Pointe School of Dance’s Senior Ensemble under Debra Burr and Tess Sinke. One year later she joined Michigan's first faith based professional ballet company, Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet. She was a Company Apprentice for two years and had the opportunity to choreograph for their 2015-2016 season. In 2011, Sydney had the privilege of studying at ABT’s summer program in Detroit under Samantha Shelton and Elaine O’Beare. In 2014, Mrs. Zelent was awarded a full scholarship to Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Intensive where she was placed in the pre-professional level. She has toured Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, and NYC performing in both classical and original works. Not only has she been a part of large-scale productions, but has been a part of outreach events and workshops for underserved communities. Mrs. Zelent has choreographed original works for pre -professional schools. She has appeared as a Guest Artist with Deos Contemporary Ballet Company in Holland, Michigan and has been on the summer faculty with Turning Pointe School of Dance since 2014. Sydney joined Ekklesia as an Apprentice in 2016, and was promoted to Company Artist in the fall of 2017. With Ekklesia she has had the opportunity to work with Duke University on several occasions as well as your to NYC often. Most recently she was on faculty with Ekklesia School of Ballet and The Dance Center in Old Lyme in Connecticut and currently resides in Holland,MI with her husband Ben. Sydney is very excited to be part of the Lakeshore Academy Dance family! 

2019-2020 Student Teachers


Teacher Assistant - Office Assistant

Gypsy is 17 years old and is a graduate of  Mona Shores High School. She has been dancing for more than 10 years. Jazz and tap are her favorite dance genres.

Gypsy has been a member of the Lakeshore Competitive Dance Team. She has won many awards for her solo and group routines at Regional Dance Competitions. Gypsy has been an assistant for LAA for the past 4 years. She is excited to start her 5th year in assisting!

Sophie Fuller

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. She assists inteaching in the WINGS program through MAISD.

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 ofL.A.A., please send inquiries to: [email protected] / subject: dance teacher.

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