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.
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!
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 first began dancing at the age of three and has been apart of the Lansing dance scene since. Starting with a ballet class, taught by studio owner Brigitt Boucha, she developed a life long passion for dance. Jacklyn continued her training within local studios, including Danceworks, to which she was briefly a member of Chamber Dance Company. Jacklyn also had the great opportunity of attending two visual arts magnet schools from third grade through high school. These magnet programs allowed dance as an elective, providing regular dance education as apart of school curriculum. Jacklyn sought her dance education further, first at Lansing community college, later transferring to Eastern Michigan university. There she obtained her bachelors degree, minoring in dance. Dance education has always been a passion of hers, its very important to spread the history and movement of dance in a fun a positive manor.
Rachel Miller has been dancing since she was four years old. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. Her first year was at Rosanne’s, then she came to Danceworks to dance here for 14 years. Rachel was on the competition team at Danceworks in her later years of high school, helping out with boosting the younger dancers’ confidence. This will be Rachel’s second year of teaching, but her first year at Danceworks. Currently, in college, Rachel is studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to go towards becoming a forensic biologist. Rachel has always enjoyed dancing and telling stories in the process. She strives for a fun environment where students can grow as dancers and learn to express themselves.
Stephanie Smith is a Lansing, MI native, who grew up dancing at Patsy Watson’s School of Dance, Lansing Dance Foundation, now Danceworks of MI and The Children’s Ballet Theater. After attending college at The Ohio State University where, she majored in Dance Performance and Business Operations Management, she pursued her passion of dance performing with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, in Beauty & The Beast at Walt Disney World, A’llure at Sea World Orlando, FL and The High School Musical Tour. She has studied at Broadway Dance Center and had the opportunity to perform with various artist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She is excited to share her passion and love of the art and hopes to inspire more to experience the joy she has found through dance.
Sara Spanogle started dancing at the age of three, right here at Danceworks. Over the next fifteen years she studied a wide range of styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, tap, acro, and musical theatre. For the last five years, Sara was a member of the competitive team. This was a great way to perform more often, which she loves, and to experience another side of the dancing world. Sara is in her first year of college at Michigan State University, where she will be studying Kinesiology in hopes of going to medical school. She is excited to return to Danceworks as a teacher and can’t wait to share her love and knowledge of dance with her students.