Brigitt Boucha is originally from Lansing. She grew up studying ballet and attended (on scholarship), Lansing Community College, The Lansing Ballet Company, Gus Giordano’s Dance Center, and Columbia College in Chicago, where she received a BA with honors in Teaching Dance Therapy. She has studied and performed Ballet, Jazz, and Modern works throughout major cities in the US. Ms. Boucha has conducted workshops, private classes, and year-long sessions in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern as well as Creative Movement for children and Theatre Dance. Her studies in Dance Arts, Dance Therapy, Anatomy, Kinesiology and Medical Massage Therapy have provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the theory and mechanics of teaching dance. Ms. Boucha provides the best possible training with a strong dance foundation. She previously served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Children’s Ballet Theatre from 1990-1995. In the fall of 1997 she founded and became Co-Director of the contemporary dance company, Lansing Chamber Dance. While on staff at Lansing Community College, Brigitt taught Ballet and Modern classes as well as choreographed for many dance concerts. She served on the Arts and Planning Council for the Greater Lansing Area and is also a member of the Michigan Dance Council, NDEO, NDA and MAHPERD. She is the Director of Danceworks of Michigan, LLC and will also be teaching ballet, pointe, body sculpting/conditioning and modern fusion this year, along with running her store, Allegra Dancewear. In 2009, she became Board Certified in Medical Massage Therapy. She owns Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork and, in addition, works at the Chiropractic Professional Center on Pine Tree Road.
Jennah Gray has been part of the dance scene since she was a young child. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and hiphop, and loves to experiment and learn new styles. Jennah specializes in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, street jazz, and hiphop. Her main goal is to not only provide an open space to learn and grow as a dancer, but to engage students with the how's and why's behind what they are learning to do with their bodies—to engage their minds, bodies and souls as one.
Jennah also is a level one Crossfit certificate holder, is passionate about continuing to grow and learn in Crossfit. She is currently attending LCC for Business and Accounting. Jennah is in her third year of teaching for Danceworks of Michigan.
Alex Krueger has been dancing for 15 years. Growing up in Chicago, she was a member of the Soul2Sole Dance company for 11 years, training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She's had the opportunity to work with Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Pieroti, Jenn Freeman, Chris Jacobsen, and Kason Parsons. She also spent three summers in Los Angeles, to take master classes at the Edge, Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, and more. Alex is in her second year of teaching for Danceworks and continues to show us her love for dance.
Natalie (Otto) Solace is a Lansing native and has been dancing for 20 years. She started training at Danceworks 11 years ago in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical and Tap. Natalie was on competition teams at other studios for several years and was one of the first dancers on the Danceworks competitive team. She has been teaching at the studio since 2012, predominantly tap and jazz. Natalie is a graduate of Michigan State University and was married this fall. Her focus for teaching students is to create a fun and educational environment where personalized relationships with students aids in their learning. Natalie is excited to be part of another year of growth for the students of Danceworks!
Tina Marie Cooper-Minar
Tina Marie Cooper-Minar is originally from Frankenmuth Michigan. She started dancing at the age of 3 with the Susan Aaron Academy, and continued to dance in High School at the Center for Performing Arts and Science in Saginaw and Midland. When it came to college, she received her associates in Dance from Lansing Community College, and finished with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona. Tina Marie also trained and danced with the Alvin Ailey Company in New York City from 1995-1998. She has taught over 1000 students, in many programs from Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Tina has taught Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Irish. She loves impacting our youth and young adults through the arts and dance. “Dance is my soul, my haven and where I can always be true to myself and others” .She can’t wait to work with Danceworks of Michigan Students.
Scotty Bee started dancing at the age of five at Patsy Watson's, studying ballet, jazz, and tap. She later auditioned and got into a performing arts middle school where she studied ballet, jazz, pom, hip-hop, lyrical, African, and Latin. Scotty started to perform in productions all around town, and later choreographed for some of them. She also studied at Danceworks and other local studios, taking classes in modern, hip-hop, lyrical, and jazz. She was choreographer and captain of the Poms as well as the dance team at Sexton High School. In college, Scotty studied dance at LCC, while taking private ballet classes en pointe. Since college, she has taught dance classes at Jubal Arts, Hope Academy, and iDream Dance Studios. Scotty is currently a dance director at Mount Hope Church. We welcome her back to Danceworks to share her talents.
Jacklyn (Helman) Taylor
Jacklyn (Helman) Taylor first began dancing at the age of three, and she has been a part of the Lansing dance scene ever since. Starting with a ballet class, taught by studio owner Brigitt Boucha, Jacklyn developed a life-long passion for dance. She continued her training with local studios, including Danceworks, and was briefly a member of the Lansing Chamber Dance Company. Jacklyn also had the great opportunity to attend two visual arts magnet schools, from third grade through high school. These magnet programs allowed dance as an elective, providing regular dance education as part of the school curriculum. Jacklyn sought to further her dance education, first at Lansing Community College, and later at Eastern Michigan University, where she minored in dance. Dance education has always been a passion. Jacklyn strongly believes that it is very important to spread the history and movement of dance in a fun and positive manor.