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About LA Dance

Voted "Best Dance Studio in Oakland County" by the readers of the Oakland Press 3 Years In A Row!

L.A. Dance has been serving the local community and surrounding areas for 19 years, under the direction of Laura Farrell.

L.A. Dance began with the mission:

Mission Statement

Our mission at L.A. Dance is to instill in our students self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-discipline. To provide quality instruction in the performing arts. To teach students not only how to set goals, but how to achieve them. To not only create strong performers, but strong individuals.

Our highly-trained staff is driven to give students an experience that will last a lifetime. Whether students are recreational or competitive, proper technique is taught in every class. All classes are taught with positive re-inforcement. L.A. Dance has a program for everyone. It is a place where any age can learn and enjoy dance and feel that they are part of a well-rounded extended family. Whether it be ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, contemporary, lyrical or tumbling, students have a chance to experience, explore and excel in all areas of the performing arts.

Students at L.A. Dance come away with more than just trophies or a dance. They leave with the confidence, organizational skills, poise and attitude to set and achieve higher goals for themselves for a prosperous future!

Give us a try and Experience The Difference!

L. A. Dance has been recognized as one of the TOP 50 STUDIOS IN THE NATION according to "Dance Spirit" and "Dance Teacher" Magazines!

L.A. Dance offers Pre-Professional Ballet, Progressive Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pointe, and Acro. Classes are offered for ages three to adult. We have recreational, pre-competitive, and competitive instruction. Our well- trained instructors are continually attending workshops to continue their dance education and stay current with the latest steps.

Auditions are mandatory for students interested in competitive dance who are not currently enrolled through L. A. Dance. Students who are already enrolled will be recommended by their instructors. Current team members do not need to re-audition. Auditions will be held every in the Spring. Competitive teams will compete regionally and nationally in tap and jazz dance. Ballet, Tap and Jazz are mandatory for competition classes.

Note: Competition requires a strong commitment from not only the student, but families as well. Please see the Competition Policies and Procedures Manual for additional information.

L.A. DANCE FUN FACTS

L.A. Dance Instructor, Jenny Meeks, won "Best Choreography" for her contemporary number at the 2011 Nexstar National Dance Competition.

L.A. Dance Competitive Students won the "Backstage Award" at 2011 Nexstar National Dance Competition.

L.A. Dance students Chloe Resch and Emily Koon won 1st place in their category for their tap duet in "Lake Orions Got Talent 2011."

L.A. Dance has been voted "BEST DANCE STUDIO IN OAKLAND COUNTY" by the readers of the Oakland Press 2009 for the 3rd year in a row!

L.A. Dance has been voted "Best Dance Studio," "Best Web Site," and "Best Place To Exercise" in Lake Orion by the readers of the "Lake Orion Review" 2009 contest.

L.A. Dance has been voted "Best Dance Studio," "Best Customer Service," and "Best Place To Exercise" in Lake Orion by the readers of the "Lake Orion Review" 2008 contest.

L.A. Dance students Autumn Battiata and Melissa Mars won the Junior Duet/Trio Showdown at the 2009 National Hall of Fame Competition

L.A. Dance student Nicole Bell won the Junior Solo Showdown at the 2008 National Hall Of Fame Competition

L.A. Dance student Ryan Plecha won the Senior Solo Showdown at the 2008 National Hall Of Fame Competition

L.A. Dance students Lauren Butterworth and Gillian Ward won the Junior Duet/Trio Showdown at the 2008 National Hall Of Fame Competition

L.A. Dance student Brian Hernandez won the title of "Preteen Mr. Nexstar 2008".

L.A. Dance won the "Backstage Performance Award 2008" at the Nexstar Competition.

L.A. Dance Director, Miss Laura, won the "Best Choreography" award at the Nexstar 2008 Competition.

L.A. Dance student Savannah Moeller has performed in the 2008 production "Peter Pan" at the Detroit Opera House.

L.A. Dance student Austin Reynolds performs in the Meadowbrook Theatre production of "A Christmas Carol."

L.A. Dance has been voted "Best Dance Studio in Oakland County" by the readers of the Oakland Press in April 2007 & 2008.

L.A. Dance Director, Laura Berger, is interviewed for an article in "Dance Teacher Magazine" entitled, "Balancing Competition and Recreational Dancers."

L.A. Dance student Lauren Zakrin has been awarded the "OUTSTANDING VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2007" Award from the OnStage NY National Competition.

L.A. Dance students Lauren Zakrin and Devin Compton received a call back from a casting agency in New York as a result of their national competition performances.

L.A. Dance students Brian Hernandez & Courtney Zanni won 1st place in the Duet Showcase at the Hall of Fame 2007 National Competition!

L.A. Dance was featured in "The 3rd Annual Competition & Convention Yearbook 2005" from the publishers of "Dance Spirit" and "Dance Teacher" magazines as one of the Top 50 Studios in the NATION!

L.A. Dance's all boys hip-hop class was featured in the February 2006 Edition of "Dance Teacher Magazine" in an article entitled, "Men of Influence."

L.A. Dance opened in the fall of 1998. Since then, L.A. Dance has expanded into a studio three times as large as it once was.

L.A. Dance student Brian Hernandez won the title of "Mr. Junior Dance of Michigan" at the 2007 Kids Artistic Revue Competition

L.A. Dance student Frank Ciccone won the title of "Mr. Teen Dance of Michigan" at the 2007 Kids Artistic Revue Competition

L.A. Dance student Brian Hernandez won the title of "Mr. Petite Dance of Michigan" at the 2006 Kids Artistic Revue Competition

L.A. Dance student Frank Ciccone won the title of "Mr. Teen Dance of Michigan" at the 2006 Kids Artistic Revue Competition

L.A. Dance student Austin Reynolds won a scholarship to the Acting/Singing Workshop at the 2006 Access Broadway Competition

L.A. Dance student Lauren Heibeck has been awarded the title of 2005 Outstanding Vocalist

L.A. Dance student Brian Hernandez has been awarded the title of 2005 Master Dance of Michigan.

L.A. Dance student Alicia Moyer has been awarded the title of 2005 Miss Dance of Michigan.

L.A. Dance student Alicia Moyer has been awarded the title of “2003 First Runner Up of Miss Teen Dance Michigan”.

L.A. Dance student Nicole Bell has been awarded the title of “2003 Miss Petite Dance of Michigan”.

L.A. Dance participates in the Oxford, Lapeer and Lake Orion Holiday Parades in December of each year. We are pleased to announce that L.A. Dance has won an award in the following years for their float.

"Best Commercial Float" 1999
"Most Uniquely Illuminated" 2000
"Best Children's Float" 2001
"People's Choice Award" 2002
"Most Uniquely Illuminated" 2003
"Best Children's Float" 2004
"Best Commercial Float" 2006
"Best Theme Float" 2006
"People's Choice Award" 2006
"People's Choice Award" 2007
"Best Overall" 2007"
"Best Theme Depiction" 2008
"Best Commercial Float" 2008
"2nd Place Winner" 2009
"Best Walking Group" 2010
"Best Commercial Float" 2014
"Best Commercial Float" 2015

L.A. Dance received the following awards at national competitions:

"Best Production"
"Top Secondary Studio Award"
"Studio Spirit"

L.A. Dance has taught at the Waldon and Scripps Middle School Dragon Days. We also provide introductory classes through Lake Orion Community Education.

L.A. Dance also volunteers its services to the Lake Orion Senior All Night Party and contributes to the Lake Orion Lamp of Learning Fund.

If you are a member of a school or church organization and provide auctions, L.A. Dance will gladly make a donation. Please contact Miss Laura for more information.