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The Dance Shoppe traces its roots back 367years, when it was owned and operated by Terri Newman, formerly called Terri Newman’s Dance Shoppe. The traditions and values of strong technique with a family friendly atmosphere continue to thrive today, under the ownership of Lauren Lenter. Everyone truly is a star at the Dance Shoppe, from our youngest recreational dancers in our outstanding preschool program, to our award winning Classy Dancers competition team.   

Some Of The Dance Shoppe Staff



Lauren Lenter, has owned and operated The Dance Shoppe for the past eleven years.  She is professionally certified by examination through Dance Masters of America in
the disciplines of tap, acrobatics, and jazz.  She is certified through the Cecchetti Council of America at both the student and teacher levels.  She is active in Dance Masters Chapter 4, and currently serves as co-director of their teen title competition.  In addition to running the studio, at The Dance Shoppe, Lauren heads up the preschool, tap and tumbling programs.  Her competitive students, the Classy Dancers, have achieved numerous accolades on both the regional and national level.  Lauren has trained former and current Dance Masters and ADA title holders at all age levels.  Lauren loves working with all of her students, in nearly every subject The Dance Shoppe offers.  She enjoys spending time with her “little dancers” just as much as she enjoys working with the more experienced ones.  Lauren is also the founder of the studio’s popular Dazzling Stars performance group, now in its 12th year.  Lauren is proud of her roots growing up at The Dance Shoppe, where she was a member of the "Classy Dancer" intensive program, as well as the Lakes Area Civic Ballet.  Following graduation, she spent two years studying Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University. She also performed with the RhythM Tap Ensemble, while studying at the University of Michigan.  Lauren toured with the cast of "Sesame Street Live” as well, in the lead role of Zoe.  Lauren continues to study around the country with master teachers, to further her dance studies, and stay up to date with the latest dance innovations.  She is a proud new mommy to Finn, and when not at the studio, loves spending time with her little family (including their five pets!)

Questions about the studio? Email Lauren directly at misslauren@thedanceshoppemi.com 

Terri Newman owned The Dance Shoppe for the first 26 years and continues to teach full time.  She founded the Classy Dancers 26 years ago when her dancers were invited to perform in the Soviet Union.  Terri’s extensive teaching credits include being a master instructor at both the Dance Masters of America and American Dance Awards National Conventions.  Terri has taught her turning technique throughout the country and produced the DVD entitled, “Turn Your Dancing Around.”  She is proud to have trained numerous dancers that have pursued successful dance careers, including an LA choreographer, an Alvin Ailey Company member, a Miss Dance of America, an American Female Dancer of the Year, a Juilliard graduate,  several NYC Rockettes, and many  teachers & studio owners.  Terri is certified by examination as a professional dance instructor by both Dance Masters of America and the Cecchetti Ballet Council of America.  She has judged in both the U.S. and Canada.  Most importantly, in her 38 years of teaching, Terri is proudest of the thousands of strong, confident, and courageous young women that danced at The Dance Shoppe.  She finds fulfillment in maintaining contact with so many alumni, and in teaching many of their children.

Megan Cook is a graduate of Oakland University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching and the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science in Pure Mathematics.  She is certified by examination through Dance Masters of Michigan in Ballet, by the Cecchetti Council of America at the student and professional levels, and the State of Michigan in Secondary Education for Mathematics and Physics.  Megan is an alumnus of The Dance Shoppe’s “Classy Dancers,” the Lakes Area Civic Ballet Company, and the Pre-Professional Group.  As an instructor, she has won various awards for her choreography; the Diamond Choreography Award (ADA), the Mary Helen Stewart Choreography Award (DMM), Best Solo Choreography (ADA), Best Choreography Award (Access Broadway), and Choreography Recognition (LA Dance Magic & Revive).  Megan was an award-winning dancer as well.  She has performed with the Dance Department and Impact Dance Company at the University of Michigan.  In addition to teaching dance, Megan currently teaches math and physics at Renaissance Alternative High School.

Chelsea Contway is in her twelfth year teaching at The Dance Shoppe where she has developed a unique, award winning, and always entertaining hip hop program. She is an alumni of The Dance Shoppe Classy Dancers and the Lakes Area Civic Ballet Company. Chelsea is certified by examination by the Cecchetti Council of America at the student level as well as certified in jazz through Dance Masters of America. Through her creativity, humor and out of the box choreography, Chelsea has brought hip hop at the studio to a highly competitive level for the last eleven years. Her routines have received numerous special awards and high scores. She has been honored with the Shirley Raitz  Costume Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 (DMM). In addition, the Hollywood Vibe Competition awarded her with costume awards for three of her pieces in 2016. Chelsea has been recognized for her choreography with The Diamond Choreography Award (ADA 2013), the Mary Helen Stewart Choreography Award (DMM 2014, 2016) and the Choreography Award for ” Out of This World” (Legacy 2016). Chelsea was the proud choreographer of the 2016 Miss Dance of Michigan and the 2017 Mr. Teen Dance of Michigan. In addition to teaching dance, Chelsea is employed as a licensed cosmetologist in Commerce Township. She received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College. She currently resides in White Lake with her husband, Scott and two boys, Weston and William.

Emilie Arb has known The Dance Shoppe to be her second home for as long as she can remember. Growing up there, she had the privilege of dancing as a Classy Dancer, as well as a member of the Select Program. She started teaching right after high school in 2008. Emilie absolutely loves teaching and working with recreational students and Classy Dancers. Her Classy Dancer pieces have been recognized with the Shirley Raitz Costume Award from DMM, “Entertainment Award” from Bravo Dance Competition and 1st Place overall for 12 & Under Large Groups at Legacy Dance Championship!  She is an alumni of Oakland University, with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Elementary Education. Emilie loves working with children and it has been her passion for many years! 

Brittni Kennedy is a 2011 Dance Shoppe alumnus and danced with the award winning Classy Dancers and Select Group. She is certified by examination by the Cecchetti Council of America at the student level. This is her fifth year teaching at The Dance Shoppe. She enjoys working with the pre/kinder program students, as well as our recreational combo, jazz, ballet, and tap students. She also works with our Dazzling Stars performance group, and works as a substitute teacher for all other classes. Outside of The Dance Shoppe, Brittni is actively involved in the community. She has choreographed for kindergarten and first grade students at Gretchko Elementary School. Brittni graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Biomedical Diagnostic Therapeutic Sciences and a specialization in Radiation Therapy. She is currently working as a Radiation Therapist at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn in the Radiation Oncology Department.

Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in Southeast Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, Michigan Dance Council, and the National Organization of Dance Educators. Jodie received her B.S. from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied dance and management.  She recently completed her MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University in Florida.  Jodie is the Creative Director and Resident Choreographer for Pure Existence, a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer of dance at Eastern Michigan University, is on faculty at Brighton Dance Festival, Company C Dance Club and the Platinum Dance Experience. She teaches master classes throughout the country for notable organizations including Detroit Dance City Festival, Dance in the Mitten and Oakland Dance Festival.  Her students have gone on to study at the Julliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Point Park University and among other prestigious schools. Jodie’s work has been recognized across the Midwest.  She was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. Her Choreography has been commissioned for Brighton Dance Festival, Dance Masters of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University, as well as many schools in metro Detroit. Jodie has presented work at Biomorphic Festival (NY), Brighton Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival,  Detroit Dance Race and Oakland Dance Festival, in addition to producing full scale concerts for Pure Existence.  Her passion is mentoring dancers to find their own unique voice by embracing their individuality.  Her organic practice combined with highly athletic movement allows dancers to push physical and emotional boundaries.

Mallory Marshall is a recent graduate of TDS, having been a student there for 15 years. She was a member of the Classy Dancer program, as well as the prestigious Select Team. She has won numerous awards for her dancing, including Petite Miss Dance of MI 2010, Teen Miss Dance of MI 2016, and the current title of Miss Dance of MI 2018. In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Mallory has always had a passion for teaching and choreography. She began assistant teaching and directing her own summer recitals at 9 years old, and has been an official faculty member at The Dance Shoppe for two years.  Mallory plans to continue sharing her love for dance through instructing and choreographing for many years to come, and hopes to own her own dance studio someday 

Jamie Hetherington has been tap dancing for over 20 years. Her most extensive training was at The Dance Shoppe.  Although she trained in all forms of dance, tap quickly became her passion.  She has attended many classes/workshops all around Michigan and studied two weeks at The EDGE performing arts center in Los Angeles on scholarship. She has guest taught and choreographed tap numbers for numerous studios including Star Strut Dance Center in Oxford. Her competitive tap numbers have placed in the overall high scores for their age/category. Jamie has a BFA from Grand Valley State University, where she studied many types of art, but specialized in ceramics. Her commissioned wall hangings are displayed throughout the GVSU campus and in other Michigan businesses and homes. Jamie’s passion for all areas of art makes her a stronger teacher, by encompassing a focus on art into her teaching. Jamie is married with two young sons and lives in Clarkston. She hopes to instill her love and passion for tap dancing into her students. 

Bernadette Foth is an accomplished dancer with a diverse performance background, as well as being an award winning choreographer, master class instructor and sought after competition adjudicator. She is a certified member of Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of Michigan, Universal Dance Association and Dance Masters of America. She has performed with Enrique Iglesias, Sesame Street Live, West Side Story, The Wiz, and also was a principal dancer for Detroit Talent.  Bernadette is the co-owner of our sister studio, Tina Marie School of Dance.  Her dancers have received extensive nation-wide accolades for their technique and performances, and many have gone on to dance on Broadway, cruise lines, commercials, music videos and for the Radio City Rockettes.  She currently travels throughout the country teaching at conventions & intensive programs, along with judging for many competitions such as Lifetime’s hit show, “Dance Moms.”  She also choreographs the opening routines, television appearances and various floats for the Hobble Nobble Gobble and Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bernadette has dedicated her entire life to cultivating talent and enabling her students to reach their fullest potential, and has enjoyed sharing her talents with The Dance Shoppe students this season.  Besides teaching, she is enjoying a new role in her life, as she and Miss Lauren build their family together with new arrival Finn. 

Elizabeth Westlake has been a student at The Dance Shoppe for the past 13 years.  She is an advanced student studying all dance forms, and has assisted in classrooms with students of all ages.  Her hands on experience also helps caring for her five younger brothers and sisters!  She is excited to join the TDS faculty this season!


The Dance Shoppe has equipped each of its 4 dance rooms with raised wood floors, which are friendly to dancers’ bodies as they jump and turn. Each floor is covered with professional Marley flooring. All four rooms are spacious, with large observation windows, surrounded by benches, where you may view your child’s dance class every other week. For our dancers that spend many hours at the studio, we have a picnic table, refrigerator and microwave. There is a study area for dancers who need to do homework at the studio.  We have 4 bathrooms available to our students, and plenty of waiting room space for parents.



Each year, our dance season culminates in a full-scale dance production that every dancer is involved in. Our June productions are more than just a recital; they are a story incorporating dance, acting, scenery and special effects, to make a show that is enjoyable for everyone who is watching. Dancers will begin learning their routines for the show in January.


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The Dance Shoppe
3549 Airport Rd, Suite 112
Waterford, MI 48329
Phone: (248) 623-1950

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The Dance Shoppe | 3549 Airport Rd, Suite 112 | Waterford, MI 48329 | Phone: (248) 623-1950