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248-623-1950   or    misslauren@thedanceshoppemi.com



Our Staff | Our Studio | Contact & Location Info

The Dance Shoppe traces its roots back 36 years, 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 decade.  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 a director on their board, as well 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, including the current Junior Miss Dance of MI 2017.  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 Star performance group.  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 theRhythM 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.
Questions about the studio? Email Lauren directly at misslauren@thedanceshoppemi.com 

Terri Newman owned The Dance Shoppe for its first 26 years and continues to teach full time.  She founded the Classy Dancers 25 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 NY 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 36 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 Baker 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.  Megan is certified through Dance Masters of Michigan in Ballet, by the Cecchetti Council of America at the student and professional levels, and through the State of Michigan in Secondary Education for Mathematics and Physics.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Dance Masters of Michigan, Chapter 4.  Megan is an alumnus of The Dance Shoppe’s “Classy Dancers,” the Lakes Area Civic Ballet Company, and Pre-Professional Group.  As an instructor, she has won various awards for her choreography such as the Diamond Choreography Award 2006, 2011, & 2014 (ADA), the Mary Helen Stewart Award 2007 (DMM), Best Solo Choreography 2015 (ADA) and Best Choreography Award 2012 (Access Broadway).  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 an alumnus of The Dance Shoppe’s Classy Dancers and Lakes Area Civic Ballet Company.   She is certified by examination by the Cecchetti Council of America at the student level.  She is also certified through Dance Masters of America in Jazz.  This is her 10th year teaching at The Dance Shoppe, where she has developed an award winning and entertaining Hip Hop program.  Her unique style has brought Hip Hop at the studio to the competition level, for the last seven years.  Her routines have won numerous special awards and high scores, as well as receiving the Shirley Raitz Costume Award from DMM in 2012, 2013, & 2014.  As a choreographer, she was awarded The Diamond Choreography Award (ADA 2013) and Mary Helen Stewart Choreography Award (DMM 2014).  In addition to teaching dance, Chelsea works in Commerce Township as a licensed cosmetologist.  She earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College.

Emilie Hamlin grew up dancing at the Dance Shoppe for eight years.  She had the privilege of dancing as a Classy Dancer as well as being a member of the Select program.  This is her eighth year working and teaching at the studio.  She is a recent graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelors of Arts degree with honors in Elementary Education.  Emilie loves teaching and working with the Dance Shoppe’s Classy Dancers and recreational students. This year Emilie’s Classy Dancer routine received 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 Competition!

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 fourth year teaching at The Dance Shoppe. She enjoys working with the pre/kinder program students, as well as our recreational combo, jazz, and tap students.  She also works with our Dazzling Star performance group, and works as a substitute teacher for all other classes as well.  Brittni co-choreographed her first Classy Dancer routine this year and the routine received multiple awards including Bravo’s “Entertainment Award”, DMM PAC’s “Costume Award”, and 1st Place Overall for 12 & Under Large Group at Legacy Dance Competition.  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 recently graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Biomedical Diagnostic Therapeutic Sciences with a specialization in Radiation Therapy.  She is currently doing her clinical studies at Beaumont Hospital in the Radiation Oncology department.

Jodie Randolphiis a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. She received her B.S. from Eastern Michigan University where she studied dance and management.  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, and teaches master classes throughout the country including Platinum Dance Experience, Versatile Dance Company, Michigan Dance Project, and Wayne State University. Jodie is a regular guest instructor at various festivals in the Detroit area including Detroit Dance City Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, Dance in the Mitten, and Oakland Dance Festival. Her students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. Jodie's passion is helping dancers find their unique voice by encouraging them to embrace key characteristics that set them apart. Her organic approach, combined with highly athletic movement, allows dancers to push physical and emotional boundaries.

Mallory Marshall is a member of The Dance Shoppe’s Classy Dancer program as well as the prestigious Select Team.  She was Teen Miss Dance of MI 2016, with the honor of placing 4th at nationals and winning the tap class award.  Mallory also choreographed her sister’s award winning tap solo the past two seasons.  In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Mallory has assisted inside the classroom the past 5 years, for all ages and levels.  Her love for teaching dance and choreography has been evident since she was very young, and she is thrilled to share that love with her students this season. 

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.  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 2 young sons and lives in Clarkston.  She hopes to instill her love and passion for tap dancing in all of 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 on conventions & intensive programs, along with judging for many competitions such as Lifetimes Hit Show, “Dance Moms.”  She also choreographs the opening routines, television appearances and various floats for the Hobble Gobble and Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bernadette has dedicated her entire life to cultivating talent and enabling her students to reach their fullest potential, and is so excited to share her talents with The Dance Shoppe students 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