Last week for new students 1/30-2/2/23!
Miss Jen is the Artistic Director and Owner of Dance Revolutions of Spring Lake, MI and a choreographer for the Dance Revolutions regional award winning competition troupe. She began her dance career at age 8 and started competing at the age of 13. Jen began teaching at the age of 16 and realized this was something she loved to do. Jen continued to follow her passion for dance and teaching by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance at Western Michigan University. She has over twenty years of experience as an instructor of multiple disciplines including jazz, tap, hip-hop and creative movement. Throughout her college career at Western, she had the opportunity to perform in many dance concerts. She also was chosen to be a dancer in a piece that was selected to compete at The Jazz Dance World Congress, which is an international showcase of jazz choreographers. Her choreography and talented young dancers have won numerous awards at regional competitions. She has also choreographed award winning dancers for other studios in Michigan. It has always been a dream for Jen to own a dance studio and use her talents to teach others. She not only has a passion for dance but for children as well. Jen was blessed with her first child, Brecklyn in January 2013 and Jaelyn in 2016. Her philosophy in life as well as in dance is… LIVE, DREAM, DANCE!!
Erica Edwards started dancing at the young age of 5. Right away she knew dance was her lifelong passion. By the time Erica was 10 years old she was competing with the Center Stage Showteam in Battle Creek, Michigan. While on this competitive showteam, she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. Erica competed on this competitive team from the age of 10 until the age of 18. During those 8 years, she attended several competitions and conventions around the United States and worked with great names such as Ray Leeper and Mia Micheals. Throughout her high school dancing career, she won several National and Regional titles. After graduating high school, Erica went on to college at Western Michigan University. While at Western, she studied dance and concert performance and earned her BA in dance and communications. She was also a part of the Western Michigan Dance Team and performed at the football, volleyball, and basketball games. When Erica graduated from WMU in 2006, she moved back to her home town of Battle Creek and started her teaching career. Erica taught at Center Stage Dance Studio for 8 years. Over those 8 years, she won several choreography awards and her students received great recognition for their excellence in ballet technique. She also played a big role in developing the hip hop program at Center Stage. While living in Battle Creek, Erica also spent time as the head coach for the Harper Creek High School Dance Team and held this position for 5 years. Under her direction, the HC Dance Team started a hip hop dance workshop for the kids in the community each winter. She has also held several workshops and intensives with private schools and studios in and around the Kalamazoo area. In 2013 Erica moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned a teaching position at Dance Dimensions and continued to receive recognition for her choreography. She stayed there for 2 years and in 2015 started teaching at Ada Dance Academy. Erica loves teaching and bringing out her student's passion and love for dance.
Jaqueline 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 four 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 five years at NBS, Jacqueline attended the Royal Winnipeg Summer Intensive for six 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, Stephen Sanford and Samantha Shelton Jacqueline earned her Bachelors 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 December 2019.
Kristi Schneider was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of MI. She was drawn to dance at the age of seven and has been dancing her way through life ever since. Kristi’s early dance training and teaching experience was with the First Street Academy of Dance in Menominee, MI under the direction of Susan Bunting. During these years, Kristi also participated in summer intensive training at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Dance Masters of America conventions. Kristi continued her training at Alma College where she studied Exercise and Health Science and dance. Kristi performed with the Alma College Dance Company from 2000-2004 and spent a term studying dance and theater in London, England. Kristi now works as a physical therapist and continues to integrate her professional skill set with her personal passion for dance. Kristi has been an instructor with Dance Revolutions since 2010. She enjoys sharing her joy of movement and respect for the physical capacity of the human body with her students. Kristi likes teaching dance skills, but also aims to instill confidence, wellness, and artistic creativity. In 2015, Kristi trained with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY to instruct Dance for PD® (Parkinsons Disease) classes. Kristi believes that dance is a medium for students of all ages to build life skills, foster physical and emotional wellness, and harness artistic expression.
Miss Ãndrea started studying dance at Carol Ann’s Dance Studio at the age of eleven. She began teaching dance while in high school in East Tawas, West Branch and Pinconning, MI. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Integrative Public Relations and Journalism. During the summers while attending Central, she would attend Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School at S.U.N.Y Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. As a post graduate of their program, she has successfully passed her exams in ballet and jazz. She has been a member of Dance Masters of Michigan, Chapter 4 since 2011.
Miss Ãndrea continued teaching throughout Michigan in other studios and taught ballet to competitive figure skaters until she moved to the west side of the state to attend law school. While in law school, Miss Ãndrea, albeit minimally, kept dance in her life by teaching ballet and hip hop in a recreational program in Wyoming, MI and doing choreography for various types of performances. In 2018, Miss Ãndrea earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and also studied at Hertford College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.
Sarah embarked on her dancing journey at age 6. She started at Diane's School of Dance in her hometown of Fruitport, Michigan. Competition dancing (age 10) stirred her interest where she excelled and won many awards including Best in Show, Top Overall and Judges Choice Awards.
At age 13, Sarah studied and competed with the Moving Company in Grand Rapids followed by Retters and then Body Language Dance Company in Jenison, Michigan. Her teaching years extended from 2002-2012 at Body Language Dance Company.
Sarah's dance expertise includes jazz, lyrical, ballet and her favorite style of dance, tap. Proper dance terminology, technique and body alignment / placement are important precepts of her dance instruction. Teaching a Toddler & Me class along with her Preschool Dance class launched her into a fun combination parent/child teaching experience. These classes were held at Steph's Step located in Fruitport (2017- present)
Ms. Luker received an Associate's Degree in Arts & Science from Muskegon Community College (2000) where she participated in dance performances there. Sarah went on to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing at Grand Valley State University in 2002. She is presently employed at Baker College as an Enrollment Specialist assisting students with college and career counseling (2003-present). Throughout her college studies and alongside her work at Baker College she has continued with her love of dance instruction accumulating 11 years of teaching.
Sarah currently happily " hangs her hat" in Fruitport, Michigan, and looks forward to introducing the joy of dance to more of the local community!
Kimberly Beachum Gaver began her dance training at 8 years old at Diane’s School of Dance in Fruitport where she developed performance skills and her love for dance. At 13, she started assisting in classes and soon began teaching on her own. Kimberly has studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, step dance, and African dance with various master teachers across the United States. Kimberly loves performing, and her numerous performance experiences include: Overbrook Theatre Dance Concerts (Muskegon Community College) 1994-1998, Jazz Dance World Congress in 1999 and 2000 (Buffalo, NY), and as a company member in Danceworks 2003-2008 (Valhalla, NY). Kimberly also performed in multiple concerts 1998-2001 at Western Michigan University where she earned her BA in Dance. In 2001, she auditioned for the Mia Michaels dance intensive in NYC which included the opportunity to perform one of Ms. Michaels’ technically challenging and emotional contemporary works.
Kimberly has been teaching jazz, tap, creative movement, and musical theatre at Dance Revolutions since 2014. Kimberly has a passion for musical theatre, and choreographed the musicals My Fair Lady (2001), and Oklahoma (2002) for Kalamazoo Central High School. In 2016, Kimberly developed musical theatre performance classes for the Summer WINGS program held at MCC. Kimberly has her MS in education from Mercy college in NYC, and has taught special education, preschool, and young five’s at elementary schools in NYC, Maryland, and MI since 2006. She has been a Young Five’s teacher at Ross Park Elementary since 2018, and feels blessed to share in the lives of so many children! Kimberly and her husband- Matt, daughter- Ellery (dancer at Dance Revolutions since 2016), and two cats live in Norton Shores.
Anna Gradwohl has been training as a dancer since the age of four and has been teaching and choreographing for the past 15 years. She grew up and began her training in Chanhassen, MN where she studied ballet, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, and contemporary styles. After performing competitively through high school, Anna attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where she studied and received her undergraduate degree in Dance Performance with a minor in Exercise Science. Her collegiate studies focused on Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Composition and Improvisational techniques. After college, Anna spent 4 years directing the dance program at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, CA and teaching at Miss Anita’s School of Dance. She implemented a dance curriculum for beginning to advanced levels, choreographed the school’s musicals, and created/directed an after-school dance company. Mrs. Gradwohl continued her studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her MA in Dance Education. She then moved to Ann Arbor, MI where she taught dance at Michigan Academy of Dance and Music, Ann Arbor public elementary schools, and was the Assistant Dance Team Coach at Concordia University. Since her recent move to the west side of Michigan, she has been teaching virtual classes, doing private dance lessons, and is a full-time mom to her adorable 2-year-old son. She is looking forward to teaching and connecting with more dancers in the Spring Lake area!
Annika has been dancing since the age of 4. When she was 7, she moved to Spring Lake and began dancing with Dance Revolutions. She joined the competitive team after a year of doing recreational classes. Since then, she has continued to take classes at Dance Revolutions and has also performed with West Michigan Youth Ballet. She has also trained at Grand Rapids Ballet School’s summer intensive. Annika is experienced in many styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Throughout her journey of dancing with Dance Revolutions, the teachers have been incredibly supportive. She is excited to be a part of the great community of teachers that Dance Revolutions has to offer.