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.
MISS MEHRIMiss 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 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.
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.
Miss Maddie is entering her tenth year of dancing, even though it seems as if she danced before she could walk. Under the direction of Miss Kerri at Lakeside Academy of Dance for the past nine years, Miss Maddie has progressed from jazz and ballet to tap, lyrical and acro, making her a well-rounded and progressive student in dance. As a troupe member Miss Maddie has participated in both group and solo competitions. She has won an abundant number of awards and placed in the top ten. Miss Maddie is a pivotal member of the Sr. Tap routine, whom of which scored an Elite Gold and First Place in category and National Grand Champion of all teen competitive duo/trios during Starbound National Competition this past season. Last year Miss Maddie was invited to join Lakeside Academy of Dance’s Company consisting of the studio’s finest technical dancers and alumni. Miss Maddie has been a Teacher’s Assistant for several years to Miss Kerri and Miss Chanse. Under their direction she has advanced to teaching her own troupe class. Miss Maddie is truly happiest when she is in the studio learning new choreography and working with her students.
Miss Chelsea began her technical dance training in Staunton, VA at Valley Dance Theater under the direction of Kimberly Field. Her passion for all dance forms was enriched with training under the guidance of dance masters such as Frank Hatchett, Joshua Bergasse, Dustin Phillips and Tony Vitale enabling her to become proficient in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, modern, and tap. During her time in high school, she also completed the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum and attended the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts.
Her studies continued at Shenandoah University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a BFA in Dance Education earning her a Virginia State Teaching License in Dance. She has toured her own choreography in Macedonia, Greece, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Cataluyna Region of Spain. Miss Chelsea has also been commissioned to choreograph works for various individuals among which have been a Miss Virginia pageant contestant, many competition solos and several groups participating in regional charity events.
Most recently, Miss Chelsea received her MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College under the direction of Sara Rudner. Her thesis work focused on movement empowerment, authentic musicality, and improvisational storytelling. Along with her ongoing creative projects and endeavors, Miss Chelsea finds shaping creative artists to be an enticing challenge and loves using movement and dance as her educational outreach initiative.
Miss Tiffany started dancing at the age of 6 and never looked back! Over the past 25 years, Miss Tiffany has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe and Lyrical/Contemporary. She was a competitive dancer for 10 years, and has been with Lakeside Dance Academy since it opened in 2006. Over the course of her training, Miss Tiffany has taken master classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. She has also attended several conventions throughout New York City and Boston. To this day, Miss Tiffany continues to take classes and attend conventions and Master classes whenever possible! She also belongs to the Lakeside Dance Academy’s Company and performs in the Spring Showcase every year both as a soloist and group performer. Miss Tiffany has also been both a teacher’s assistant and a teacher in the past, and is so excited to be back for the 2018-2019 season!