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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.


 (receptionist, 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 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 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


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! 

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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! 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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