About the Studio:

Registration Dates for the

2021-2022 Dance Shoppe Season


August 19, 2021 - 5:00-7:00  [Open to returning and new families]


August 26, 2021 - 5:00-7:00   ** STUDIO OPEN HOUSE! **

Tour our facility, register for classes, enjoy a bounce house, face painting, magic show, food and lots of fun!!  


September 2, 2021 - 5:00-7:00


September 9, 2021 - 5:00-7:00 




Click Here to read our Parent Handbook for the 2021-2022 dance season. This includes important policies updated for the season, tuition rates (also found HERE), a calendar of events, and more!


Take a look around The Dance Shoppe!



Email Miss Lauren or call the studio today for more information!

248-623-1950   or    misslauren@thedanceshoppemi.com


Our Staff | Our Studio | Contact & Location Info

The Dance Shoppe traces its roots back 40 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.   




Lauren Lenter (owner), has owned and operated The Dance Shoppe for the past twelve 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.  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 the proud mommy of 1-year old Finn, and when not at the studio, loves spending time with her little family (including their four 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 in 1989 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 39 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.

Chelsea Contway is in her thirteenth-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 three boys, Weston, William and newborn Wade.

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 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.

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.  Bernadette is the co-owner of our sister studio, Tina Marie School of Dance.  Her dancers have received extensive nationwide 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 and 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.  She is the proud mommy of Finn and enjoys being a mom as much as she loves her time in the classroom.

Elizabeth Westlake is a 2020 graduate of Everest Collegiate High School.  She was a member of the Dance Shoppe's Classy Dancer team for eight years and a student of the Dance Shoppe for 15 years.  This is her third season teaching our TDS students.  Elizabeth is very grateful that she has been given the opportunity to teach and to share her love of dance with her young students this season and cannot wait to continue to share her passion.

Laurie Papovich has been teaching dance for over forty years.  In 1979, she was certified to teach by examination from Cecchetti Council of America and Dance Masters of Michigan/Dance Masters of America.  Laurie is one of few who hold the honor of achieving the Diploma teaching certificate of Maestro Cecchetti’s Method of Ballet.  In addition to serving as a member of the Cecchetti Council of America’s National Executive Board, she is an Examiner for the method.  She serves as the Scholarship Chairperson for students and teachers and is on the Summer School Committee as the Dorm/Counselor Coordinator.  She largely attributes her current and former students successes to the training they have received through the Cecchetti syllabus.  Laurie is very excited to join the teaching staff of The Dance Shoppe in 2019 and share her love of ballet and the Cecchetti method.

Nicole Piette is a 2015 Dance Shoppe alumnus and danced at The Dance Shoppe for 12 years. Nicole graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Allied Health Science-Pre Physician Assistant Studies and will be attending the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program at Oakland University this fall, to earn her Bachelors of Nursing. Throughout her schooling career, she always makes time to come back to the studio to teach, work the front desk and partake in recital activities. She is so excited to be staying close to home and to have the opportunity to teach again this year!  When Nicole is not around the studio or at school, she is working as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician for Alliance Mobile Health and teaches BLS at Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy.  She cannot wait for the new and exciting dance season to begin!

Mallory Marshall is a performer, educator and choreographer based in the Metro Detroit area. She was a student of The Dance Shoppe, where she trained in all subjects of dance, for 16 years. Outside of The Dance Shoppe, Mallory had the experience of training in some of the country's most popular dance hubs — including Los Angeles, CA; New York City; and Chicago, IL. In 2016, she became a faculty member at The Dance Shoppe. She also teaches at Noretta Dunworth School of Dance, and various other intensives and masterclasses as well. One of her most humbling teaching experiences was at the Dance Masters of America National Convention in 2019, as the reigning Miss Dance of America. Mallory’s passion for teaching and choreography goes as far back as her early years of childhood, and she is proud to now be pursuing both at a professional level. She attends Wayne State University in Detroit as a Dance Major, where she continues to broaden her education and appreciation for the art of dance.




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.  We have 4 bathrooms available to our students as well. 


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