Brigitt Boucha is originally from Lansing. She grew up studying ballet and attended, 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, and Kinesiology 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, modern and body Sculpting/Conditioning this year, along with running her store, Allegra Dancewear. Her most recent accomplishment is her 2009 Board Certification in Medical Massage Therapy. She opened Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork, next door to Danceworks in 2009 and has since built her practice to include her newest certification in prenatal massage, Sports and nutritional training.
Janice Eslinger was born and raised in North Dakota, where she started dancing at the age of six. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop, Break Dancing, Acro and Drill Team. Janice started teaching dance at the age of 14, and graduated from Bismarck State College with an Associates in Theatre Arts and Dance. After college, Janice took a full time position as the Academy Director and Lead Dance Instructor for a non-profit dance studio in North Dakota. In the past 18 years of teaching, she has gained an extensive choreography background, including choreographing for several local and national dance competitions. She has been the recipient of numerous 1st place and specialty awards, including judge's choice awards, outstanding choreography, outstanding entertainment and showmanship. She is currently in her 9th year of teaching dance classes at Danceworks and is Director of the studio's Performance Team Divisions. Janice loves to motivate dancers to keep trying difficult dance moves and improve their overall technique, while having fun doing what they love. Janice can't wait for her toddler daughter, Oona, to start taking dance classes. Even at such a young age, she is already showing her love for music and dance, just like her Momma.
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.
Anna Rodriguez has been dancing for five years. She is experienced in jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary. She studied ballet and jazz at LCC, where she received her certificate for the Dance Internship Program. She has choreographed and danced for various LCC spring shows and DanceLansing, formerly known as the Community Dance Project. She has also choreographed for many weddings and quinceañeras. Anna loves teaching and is excited to be in her third year at Danceworks.
Natalie has been dancing since she was four years old. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. Natalie was on competitive dance teams for ten years starting at age 10, including the team here at Danceworks for five years. She has won many awards and has competed across the state She has also competed on the National level with performances in Disney World and Chicago. In addition, Natalie has attended many dance conventions where she has taken classes and learned from renowned choreographers and dancers. She is currently studying at Michigan State University for anthropology. Natalie has been a student and teacher for many years at Danceworks.