Lakeside Academy of Dance

Outdancing all the rest!

OUR INSTRUCTORS

MISS KERRI

I grew up in Stafford Springs CT, where I studied under Marjorie Serafin. I earned my Associates Degree in Dance from DEAN College, then went on to UCONN for Business. I have studied Master Dance classes in New York City at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway.  I have trained under Gregory Hines, Claire O'Donnell, Rhee and Renee Gold, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett and Roberta James, to name a few.  I have performed with the late Gregory Hines and on Crimson Cruise Lines during my college years.

Since the age of 15, I have been teaching and sharing my passion of dance. I am a very proud mom of 5 fantastic children, two of which are very accomplished dancers and teachers, Brailey and Chanse Williams, here at the Academy.   At 32 I opened up my first school of dance. My goal is to provide quality dance technique, self confidence, the skill of setting and accomplishing goals, a supportive community of peers and teachers and strong friendships.  I provide students the opportunity to take Master classes in NYC twice per dance season.  We also attend many local  dance conventions during the season. I have led my Competition Troupe to take home FIRST PLACE OVERALL IN BOTH REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.  Many of my students have gone onto college to major/minor in Dance, and are performing with companies throughout the states.  
As the Owner and Head Teacher of Lakeside Academy of Dance, I hope to inspire all of my students, past, present and future, to follow their hearts and dreams in dance and all that they do.


MISS MEHRI
Miss Mehri began dancing at a very young age in Memphis, TN, and in 10th grade, she moved away from home to train full time at The Harid Conservatory, where she was awarded the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for performance excellence. After graduating, she danced professionally with Colorado Ballet and Tulsa Ballet, performing in ballets such as Dracula, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pas de Quatre, Western Symphony, and Fancy Free. Some of her favorite roles were the lead in La Sylphide and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Miss Mehri retired from professional dance in 2006 and went on to get her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. She now works with Miss Kerri's husband in construction management but still loves to dance. She is a new addition to Lakeside and is very excited to teach the new generation of dancers.


MR. DWAYNE:

Mr. Dwayne started dance at the age of 6 in elementary school in a group called Lanketts Plus. He was the Plus, lol. After dancing with them for three years he left dance and tried gymnastics where he competed for 7 years at an Elite Level. During his high school career of Gymnastics, dance came back around thanks to a friend of his (Rori Hudson). From that day on he started his career again as a dancer. He began to take calls at Maple Avenue Dance in Rockville Centre New York. He decided to take Modern Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet classes there under the direction of many talented teachers. During that time, he also decided to take a few classes in New York at Broadway Dance Center. This is where he learned the real meaning of dance and what it meant to be a real dancer.

While studying at Broadway Dance Center, he had the best opportunity to dance with some of the world’s best teachers who you may know today, such as Jermaine Browne, Tyce Diorio, Franke Hatchett, Wade Robison, Brian Freidman, Darrin Henson and Mia Michaels. He was able to study under these famous choreographers and learned the best part about being a dancer... living in the moment.

His career in dance started to really develop when he became a choreographer for a local DJ entertainment company putting together shows and routines for showcases and entertainment parties. It was during that time that he met “Safire", the legendary freestyle artist. He became her choreographer and has been with her for about 14 years. Within that time, he has traveled to many places that he never thought he would ever go. And it was because of her that I was able to perform at some of the best venues ever, including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

Today he's looking to give back everything he learned and is trying to help other children find the love of dance so that it continues to do for them what it did for him.

MISS CHANSE

As the daughter of a dance teacher, Miss Chanse has been dancing almost all of her life. At the age of 2, Miss Chanse started sharing her mom's love of dance and has been teaching alongside her mom for the past 8 years.  Chanse has had 12 years of training with various professional teachers throughout the  New England Area with Masters including Charles Goddertz, Rachelle Rak, Lydia Haug, Cori Heckmann-Moody and Marco Cruz.  She has earned many dance scholarships for Dance conventions in the Ct area as well as in NYC  and New Jersey.  Chanse continues to place FIRST in her tap catergory and FIRST OVERALL at most competitions since the very young age of 5. This past season she took home the 2ND HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE AT STARBOUND NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION  where she was competing against over 130 performers.   As she enters high school she will also be attending  GREATER HARTFORD ACADEMY OF THE ARTS. 

This year she will be imparting her dance experience on the next generation of dancers. Teaching is one of her favorite things to do and is very excited to begin this new dance season!


MISS BRAILEY

As the daughter of Miss Kerri, Miss Brailey has been dancing 18 years. She found her passion for dance at the age of 5 when she first took classes at Jackie Lynn’s School of Dance. She continued her training studying with multiple choreographers at numerous academies including Marjorie Serafin at Stafford Academy of Dance, Alyson Portelance Ayer at Alyson’s School of Dance, and her mother, Kerri Lake, at the prior two studios and Lakeside Academy of Dance. She has been technically trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical; and has experience in modern, pointe, and hip hop as well. Brailey became a competitive dancer as a soloist and group performer at the age of 12 in 2006 at Alyson’s School of Dance. She continued competing studying under her mother at Lakeside Academy of Dance until she graduated high school in 2012. Throughout her competitive dancing stage, she also received training from choreographers at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City.  In addition to receiving technical training at dancing academies, Brailey also competed with Middletown High School’s Dance Team from 2010-2012 and York College of Pennsylvania’s Dance Team from 2010-2011. Even though Brailey spent two years in Pennsylvania for her Undergraduate studies and immersed herself into University of Connecticut for her last two years of her studies, she still returns to Lakeside Academy of Dance every Spring to not only assist her mother in running Lakeside’s recital, but to also perform a piece with Lakeside Academy of Dance’s Company consisting of the studio’s finest technical dancers and alumni.

As of May 2016, Brailey graduated from University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology. With new free time on her hands, she is eager to immerse herself back into two of her passions – children and dance. From ages 12-18, Brailey was an assistant teacher alongside her mother at Lakeside Academy of Dance. She has considerable experience working with children of all ages at dance academies, summer camps, mentoring programs, and having four younger siblings of her own. This year, Miss Brailey will be teaching Jazz and Ballet and hopes to bring entertainment, inspiration, guidance, and skill to the young dancers at Lakeside Academy of Dance.