About the Studio:


Welcome to The Dance Shoppe!


You can check out this Season's Preschool, Kinder and Beginner class options here!!  

Classes for the season start Sept 12!


Registration Dates: 

Sept 8 - 5-7pm


You can email MissLauren@TheDanceShoppeMi.com to register anytime!!




Click Here to read our Parent Handbook for the 2022-2023 dance season. The handbook includes important policy updates for the season, tuition rates (also found HERE), a calendar of events, and more!


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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) 

Lauren has owned and operated The Dance Shoppe for the past 15 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 works on many facets of their organization.  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 4 year old Finn and 18 month old Oliver, and when not at the studio, loves spending time with her family.  
Questions about the studio? Email Lauren directly at misslauren@thedanceshoppemi.com 

Terri Newman

Terri 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.  Currently, Terri is teaching her owned adjudicated system of ballet called “Metamorphosis.”  She has judged in both the U.S. and Canada.  Most importantly, in her 42 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

Chelsea is in her 16th 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’s Classy Dancer program 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 twelve 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, the 2017 Mr. Teen Dance of Michigan, and the 2020 Miss 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 Wade.

Jamie Hetherington

Jamie 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. She was one of the original faculty members at Tap Dance Detroit in Ferndale, MI.  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

Bernadette 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 enjoys sharing her talents with The Dance Shoppe students.  She is the proud mommy of Finn and Oliver, and enjoys being a mom as much as she loves her time in the classroom.

Elizabeth Westlake

Liz is a 2020 alumnus of The Dance Shoppe. 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 fifth season teaching our TDS students.  She teaches many dance classes, but some of her favorites include Jazz, Ballet, and Dazzling Stars. Her favorite days are the ones that she spends with her students, and she is so grateful to be able to call TDS her second home. Along with teaching at the studio, Elizabeth is heading into her third year at The University of Detroit Mercy, where she is a part of the 5-Year Accelerated PA Program.  Miss Liz is very excited to be back for the new season and can’t wait to see all of her favorite people!

Laurie Papovich

Laurie has been teaching dance for 46 years.  Her professional career includes modeling, performing with the Detroit City Ballet, Detroit Express Soccer Team’s Cheerleader/Dancers, the Maui Maidens Hawaiian dance line and in 1990, traveling throughout the U.S. with the International Auto Show as a narrator for Jeep/Chrysler. In 1979, Laurie 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 a Permanent Examiner and serves as a Liaison Officer for the Method.  She is a member of the CCA Development Committee, serves as the Scholarship Chairperson for students and teachers and is a member of the Summer School Committee as the Dorm/Counselor Coordinator.  Laurie is the co-owner and Artistic Director of Main Stage Center for the Arts and Nouveau Dance Company. Laurie’s teaching career has included training students, coaching teachers, teaching at university dance departments and workshops throughout the U.S., as well as at the CCA International Summer School and Teacher’s Course.  Many of her former students have the honor of performing with and/or receiving dance scholarships to university dance programs or professional training schools, including National Ballet of Canada, Austin Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Oklahoma City University, Ballet Memphis, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Wayne State University, Grand Valley State University, Point Park University, Marymount Manhattan College, Rutgers University and many other community dance productions. She largely attributes her current and former students’ successes to the technical discipline and artistry of the Cecchetti Method. Laurie is very excited to once again join the TDS teaching staff for the 2022-23 season and share her love of ballet and the Cecchetti method.

Nicole Piette

Nicole is a 2015 Dance Shoppe alumna. She was a student of The Dance Shoppe for 12 years and was a student demonstrator and classroom assistant for 3 years. Nicole is excited to begin her fifth season of teaching! She enjoys working with the pre/kinder program students, as well as our recreational combo, jazz, ballet, tap, and tumbling students. Nicole graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Science-Pre Physician Assistant Studies and from Oakland University’s Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. When Nicole is not around the studio, she is working as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac in Labor and Delivery! She cannot wait for the new and exciting dance season to begin and is grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with her students!

Mallory Marshall

Mallory 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 has also had the pleasure of teaching at intensives, masterclasses, national conventions, and numerous studios throughout the state. 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 recently graduated from Wayne State University as a dance major, where she continued to broaden her education and appreciation for the art of dance.

Caylee Price 

Caylee is a 2016 Dance Shoppe and Clarkston Varsity Dance Team alumnus. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in packaging. Currently, she is employed as a sales specialist at Kautex in Troy. Even while away at college, Caylee always found time to come back to TDS to substitute teach, work the front desk, and help out at recitals. Caylee thoroughly enjoys working with children and is so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach again this year! 

Rhyan Marshall  

Rhyan was a student at The Dance Shoppe for 15 years, and a 2022 graduate.  She is a part of the Oakland ACE program, with dual enrollment allowing her to graduate in 2023 with an Associate’s Degree.  She has assisted in the classroom the past six years, began teaching last season, and is excited to share her love of dance within our preschool and kinder program again this season.  

Claire Little

Claire graduated from Oakland University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, was the recipient of the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award, and was named the O’Dowd Scholar in Dance. At Oakland, Claire was a member of the Repertory Dance Company where she worked with choreographers Lauren Edson, DIAVOLO, Shaun Boyle, Rebecca McLindon Blanchard, Kristi Faulkner, and a project with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. She also participated in intensives with TL Collective, SALT Contemporary Dance, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Jacob Jonas the Company, Mamluft Company and Dancers, and Visceral Dance Chicago. Claire worked with Jodie Randolph Dance for three years before accepting a two year apprenticeship with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. With Eisenhower, Claire had the opportunity to work with top choreographers such as Micaela Taylor, Christian Denice, Hanna Bricston, and Joshua Manculich. Currently, Claire is working as a freelance artist and is a second year company member with ConteXture Dance Detroit. This year, Claire was chosen as the choreographer for the Darling Endowment (a fund that provides professional opportunities for emerging artists). Her new work “wonder” will premiere in August of 2022!

         Sophie Olson

Sophie is a member of our prestigious Select Team as well as a familiar face in our preschool and recreational classes. She is a senior at Clarkston High School. Sophie is part of the education program at CHS, where she spends two hours each day at Pine Knob Elementary leading lessons for students. After graduation, she plans to major in Elementary Education. We are excited to welcome her to our staff 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.  There are 4 bathrooms available to our students. 


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