Lake Orion, MI 48360 Phone No. (248) 393.1339
Meet The Staff
Miss Laura has been dancing since the age of three. Growing up, she took classes in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz dance. She started competing at the age of 11 and won many regional and national awards. She has been teaching both recreational and competitive dance for the past seventeen years, fifteen of those years as owner and director of L. A. Dance. Her students have won numerous first place awards and Platinum medals. Some of her past and current students have won titles such as “Miss Petite Dance of Michigan,” "Mr. Petite Dance of Michigan," “Mr. Teen Dance of Michigan,” and "Miss Dance of Michigan." They have also gone on to perform in ballet companies, compete and place at the Youth American Grand Prix, study at Blue Lake, Ballet Met, and Interlochen. She has won many Choreography Awards at Regional and National competitions. She is also a judge for the Hall of Fame National Dance Competition, Kid's Artistic Revue National Dance Competition and Rainbow Dance Competition. She continues to travel around the United States to learn from master teachers. Miss Laura is also a Tap Instructor/Choreographer at Spotlight Dance Works.
Miss Laura is available for choreography in tap, hip-hop, & jazz. Please call the studio to set up your master workshop or for private and group choreography.
Carmen Wade, Ballet InstructorMiss Carmen comes to us with a wealth of knowledge. She runs our Pre-professional Ballet Program. Some of Miss Carmen's credits include: Conducting classes and workshops to teach technique, pointe, variations, conditioning and pas de deux. She maintains state and regional reputation for ballet program and has the ability to help students earn scholarships to major dance institutions, such as Oakland University, Michigan State University and The Joffrey Ballet. She sponsors young students to compete successfully in major ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix. She has founded and managed summer programs and intensives for dance students. She has directed 75 dancers and artistic staff, setting and staging for ballets and special events such as The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Cinderella, Detroit Tigers pre-game show, and the Michigan State Fair. She has directed and staged dance presentations for various forms of learning/entertainment including public school demonstrations. She has instructed and placed students with national and international dance schools, such as Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Met, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Rock and Universal Ballet Academy.
Miss Carmen's dance education includes Steps on Broadway, New York, NY 2004, 2006; Ballet Academy East, Steps on Broadway, New York, NY 2005; Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Summer Teacher Seminar), Canada 2003; David Howard (Teacher Seminar), Kalamazoo, MI 2002; Dimitri Roudnev (Teacher Intensive), Lansing, MI 2001; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 1992; Further training includes Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York, NY, 1987 to 1988; Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 1986 to 1992; Full Scholarship Chicago City Ballet, Chicago, IL, 1986. Summer Program Chicago City Ballet, Chicago, IL, 1985; Summer Program Lascu School of Ballet, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1981 to 1986; Robert and Norma Tayton Ballet School, Detroit, MI, 1975 to 1981. We are very excited to have Miss Carmen at L. A. Dance!
Linda Fournier, Tap/Jazz InstructorBio Coming Soon!
Nicole Neff, Ballet InstructorBio Coming Soon!
Miss Ann has been with L. A. Dance since its start in 1998 and is available to everyone to answer questions and assist with any problems or concerns. She is in charge of shoe, tight, and leotard orders. Please feel free to contact Miss Ann for anything you may need!
Nick DiNicolangelo, Tap Choreographer
Beginning his teaching career at the age of 15, Nick has become one of the most in-demand tap choreographers in the country. His efforts to incorporate aspects of others forms of dance while remaining true to classic rhythm and style has set his work apart from the rest. With his unique and energetic approach to teaching, Nick hopes to inspire students across the country to embrace tap dancing and explore its rich history and culture. Nick was a charter member and captain of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble as well as an original member of Mike Minery’s Tapaholics. Entering his sixth year on the Adrenaline Dance national tour, Nick feels blessed to be able to travel, teach, and choreograph for studios across the country. Recently, syn.co.pate, Nick’s own summer tap intensive, brought together many of the most talented tap dancers in the nation.
Liz Schmidt, Contemporary Choreographer
Liz Schmidt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dance from Wayne State University. As a performer she has danced with top jazz and contemporary companies around the Detroit area including Detroit Dance Collective and Gravity Dance Company. As a teacher / choreographer, Liz spends most of her time pursuing her main passion as the artistic director of Spotlight Dance Works. Her students at Spotlight have consistently earned her recognition for best choreography at various regional and national pre-professional dance organizations. Liz has also been a national talent judge for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge for many seasons. Liz was named by Dance Teacher Magazine as Best Contemporary Choreographer of 2008. Liz has been on faculty at the University of Michigan, teaching advanced jazz technique to dance and theater majors. She has also enjoyed guest teaching positions at the Wayne State University Dance Department, Western Michigan University Dance Team, Michigan State Dance Team and many local studios and workshops. She is currently on faculty for The Sessions; a contemporary workshop featuring some of the best up and coming teachers and choreographers in the nation. In the past, Liz received choreography grants under the Wayne State University Dance Umbrella Program and has also accepted a position as a guest writer for Movmnt Magazine.
Chris Jacobsen, Lyrical/Modern Choreographer
Chris was born and raised in San Francisco, California and graduated from San Francisco's school of the arts high school. He now resides in New York City. Chris has also toured with PUSH Entertainment, dancing and choreographing for such artists as Jackie Chan and Coco Lee. Chris is a nationally sought out choreographer and teacher. He travels the country setting pieces and teaching for many studios and workshops. Chris and his students are known for their versatility and 'raw' style of dance. His classes emphasize strong technique and exploring different movement. Chris is on faculty with Adrenaline Dance Competition. Chris likes to challenge and bring out the best in each of his students
Sean Harrington, Jazz Choreographer
Bio coming soon!
Sonya Tayeh, Choreographer
Detroit, MI is the home of Motown, Techno, and many forms of inventive dance. Growing up in such a diverse environment, sound and movement became Sonya Tayeh’s nature. Listening, feeling and analyzing music as a child, allowed Sonya to move according to the sounds she heard and felt. She experienced the freedom of freestyle movement until she reached the age of 17. At this time, Sonya realized that with this rooted style there had to be a base, a form, and a technique. Searching for a foundation, she decided to study dance at Wayne State University. She received her BFA in dance studying dance history, anatomy, and performance. Indulging herself in this art, she graduated one year early. Sonya now teaches a self-titled class called Combat Jazz, which incorporates her deeply rooted form with the essence of contemporary technique mixed with her own 'quirky' style. This stylized, free-flowing movement is aggressively formulated through one on one physical contact. In this form of movement, the importance of core strength and body awareness is a constant. Sonya Tayeh now resides in Los Angeles where she is faculty at the Edge Performing Arts School and is represented by MSA Agency for choreography. Her work has gleamed through television screens on So You Think You Can Dance. She also travels the world teaching workshops, intensive master classes, and setting works. Sonya has had the pleasure of collaborating with choreographers such as Tabitha and Napoleon, Shane Sparks and many more. She also choreographs and conceptualizes for Kerli, a new innovative singer signed with Island Def Jam. She has received much recognition and prestigious accolades at various choreography competitions and University Gala performances. “I believe having a strong sense of self as a human being allows movement to become natural like nature. Nature changes…it’s constantly evolving. Being of this earth, we must do the same. If we move with nature, our bodies will never lie, it will simply be natural.”
Nick Zborowski, Hip-Hop Choreographer
Nick began his training at the young age of eleven, studying all forms of dance and attending various workshops across the country. Specializing in hip-hop and tap dancing, Nick has been able to work with artists, choreographers, and dancers all over the world. Based out of Dallas for four years, Nick’s entertainment career took off. He began teaching for Adrenaline and Showbiz “The Class” National Convention. He also began choreographing award-winning pieces for dance studios all over the country and sharpening his skills in music/video editing. He quickly became known for his smooth style and energetic choreography. Nick has since relocated to Los Angeles and added acting to his many talents. Nick has appeared on episodes of MTV’s hit television show Punk’d, print advertisements, and commercials. He was selected as a dancer for Latin superstar Cheyanne for his World Tour and MTV’s Latin Video Music Awards. He also performed in Europe and Panama for the Ms. World Pageant and the Ms. Universe Pageant consecutively. His choreography is in demand from studios all over the United States and he also teaches hip hop at one of LA’s premier dance studios: Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio. In 2007, Nick became the director of Urban Legends Hip Hop Workshop and has enjoyed watching it grow. Nick is also traveling with some of the Urban Legends faculty offering mini workshops at studios in the Los Angeles area. He is enjoying educating serious dancers on the realities of the professional dance industry. Nick’s many talents have paved the road to success. Nick’s hard work, unique style, and professionalism make him one of the most the brightest talents in the entertainment industry.
Kyle Molter, Jazz/ Lyrical Choreographer
Kyle is a Backstage Manager for Nextstar Dance Competition as well as an employee of Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. He is a Platinum winning soloist winning an incredible 7 regional titles in 2006. He has been recognized for his amazing performance quality at Rainbow Dance Connection by becoming a "Dancer of The Year" Candidate. He has worked as a Teachers Assistant for 3 years and now works as a competitive dance instructor. Kyle has a love for dance that is seen through his teaching and his ablity to motivate dancers to believe in greatness! Kyle is a 3 time competitive scholarship winner as well as an inspiration to the students at Haja where he is an Assistant Director.
Kyle is also currently working with the Toledo School for the Arts, Burn The Floor, Flex Pointe and L.A. Dance doing master classes as well as choreography.