Lakeside Academy of Dance

Outdancing all the rest!



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 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.

Thomas attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas on a dance scholarship and received his BFA in Dance. He then joined the Hartford Ballet and danced there for nine years doing many principal roles including Romeo in Michael Uthoff's Romeo and Juliet, the Prince in Nutcracker and the title role in Tom Dula, as well as dancing in pieces by choreographers such as Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Dennis Nahat, Lar Lubovitch, Anna Sokolow and Kurt Jooss. After retiring from dance, he pursued a career in photography, specializing in Dance Photography. He has worked with many dance companies and schools in the New England area, as well as being asked to photograph Mikhail Baryshnikov's one man show in 2004. He has also done work for corporations and educational institutions. In addition to his photography work, he teaches ballet in the Greater Hartford area at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, as well as several dance studios. He is married to his former dance partner, Jeanne Tears Giroir and they have two children, Christopher, a software engineer in California and Megan, a dance teacher in Charleston, SC.


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 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!