Michelle Larnard, an MSU graduate and dance enthusiast, is the studio’s owner and longtime Lake Orion resident. She, along with three other instructors, will offer lessons in varying levels and dance styles.
These courses include jazz, pointe and ballet, plus a variety of other courses, including “Broadway Babies," an introductory dance class which inspires creative movement in the youngest dancers. The studio will also offer fitness classes, like vinyasa yoga, slow burn yoga, regular yoga and zumba. Drop-in classes and clinics featuring guest choreographers will be offered throughout the year.
“Our dance classes will be a max of 8 for younger students ages 2-6 and a max of 15 for the older children,” Larnard said. “Smaller class size allows the teacher to monitor each child's growth, and design the class so that all needs are being met. You can work with the technical level of the group and customize a syllabus that benefits everyone.”
Larnard incorporates her philosophy of being “present in the moment” into each lesson.
“Come to class prepared, focused and hungry to learn and grow,” Larnard said. “We try to find something new to teach the students to make them more aware of their art form.”
The public will be given the chance to tour the space during an open house on Saturday, Sept. 8, and from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Walk-in registration, free classes, a meet and greet and games with multiple prizes will also keep the crowd engaged throughout the day.
“What students will learn at my studio and carry with them for the rest of their lives are the positive dance memories we are creating every time we step into the studio. They are learning how to be prepared, confident, independent, as well as a team players. It is priceless; the benefits of dance,” said Larnard.
Broadway Dance Co is located at 698 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion, in the old ONTV location. More information, such as a calendar of events and registration information, can be found at the studio’s website or Facebook page. If you wish to contact the studio please call 248-693-2555.