Certified, Professional Dance Instructors
meet our dance instructors
All of our instructors at Dance Dimensions of Grand Rapids, Michigan have degrees in dance. They travel the world gaining knowledge and keeping up with the latest trends in performing arts. Your child will enjoy professional lessons from certified instructors – at a reasonable price that won’t break the bank.
msu motion dance alumni
Melissa is a Michigan State graduate with a B.S. in Kinesiology/Dancec certification. She belonged to the MSU Motion dance team, ranked 3rd in the nation. She also studied and performed in Los Angeles, was a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet Co. and danced with the Rage Dance Team. Some of her credits are BMW motorcycles, Harley Davidson motorcycles, Mrs. Field Cookies, Beezil Design, Paul Mitchell, and Redkin. She has been featured in Grand Rapids Magazine and performed with Neil Young in concert. Melissa has won several choregraphy awards at the regional and natonal level.
"Life is the dancer and you are the dance." - Eckhart Tolle
GVSU Dance ensemble & dance team alumni
Sarah is a Grand Valley graduate with a B.A. in dance and a minor in business. Sarah was a member of the GVSU Dance Ensemble and Dance Team. She has taught at Dance Dimensions 10+ years. Sarah prides herself in being a technical based dance instructor that wants to share her love for dance with her students. For fifteen seasons Sarah took her dancers to the platinum level and won top honors at national this past season.
"When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you". - Paulo Coelho
CHOREGRAPHER & Dance instructor
Tracy has grown up at Dance Dimensions. She danced competitively since the age of 7, winning many Titles along the way. After graduating high school, she got her BFA in dance from Western Michigan University. She traveled around the country teaching and choreographing for various studios, dance companies, and dance teams. Tracy has judged competitions as well as choreographed award winning numbers at the regional & national level.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." - Martha Graham
Maryanne ward (tucker)
MaryAnne has been studying dance since childhood and with over 20 years of teaching experience, she cannot wait to share her love of dance with the next generation. She grew up in the competitive dance world where she won numerous outstanding awards for her technique. She has previously taught the Cedar Springs Middle School dance team and has choreographed for the Grandville and Jenison High School Dance Teams. MaryAnne prides herself in being a well-rounded teacher/choreographer and is so excited to be a part of the Dance Dimensions family.
Madison studied for two years at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, California where she graduated early with a professional certificate in Dance Theatre. There she learned from and performed for working industry professionals and became well rounded in an array of styles including modern, contemporary ballet, tap, heels, jazz, and hip hop. During her years as a competitive dancer she received multiple titles and scholorships while competing at the platinum level. She is so excited to share what she’s learned with her students while helping them develop their own artistry and a strong work ethic that will translate beyond the studio.
Lauren is a choreographer, dancer, and videographer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2017. As a dancer she has worked with choreographers such as: Peter Chu, Rennie Harris, Marlo Martin, Carolyn Pavlik, Jeremy Blair and Annie Franklin. Lauren’s choreography and videography has been presented at Radfest dance festival, NACHMO dance festival, Detroit City Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, and the Dance Shorts College Film Festival. Lauren has received awards for her work including: Best in Show from the Detroit City Dance Festival, Top Ten at Dance Shorts Film Festival and other film finalist awards.
Anthony "Ant" Riskey
Anthony “Ant” Riskey is a mentor and teacher utilizing HipHop Culture, athleticism, and human connection to help children achieve self-confidence and a stronger sense of self-worth. Ant is a talented Bboy (Breakdancer) with a style similar to no one. He teaches out of 61syx Street Dance Academy, which has been spreading HipHop Culture throughout Grand Rapids since 2010. He is a member of 61syx Technique, a breaking crew who has worked hard to create 61syx Street Dance Academy, and push each other to constantly improve.
Professional dance instructors
Our team of Dance Instructors is ready to teach your child ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, break dancing, & more.