Our fitness and dance instructors are committed to the success of your workout goals! They are highly trained and certified to give you the best in fitness and health. While focusing on endurance and form, the workouts these instructors provide make every minute count. Spartan Fit Center staff believes in making our big variety of classes fun and energizing to keep your workouts exciting every time!

SDStaff_LR-44 Tiffany Russell, Owner & Instructor, has been dancing all her life. She was trained at Bay Valley Academy, Perry Woodard School of Dance, Russian Ballet Academy and Broadway Dance Center. She traveled internationally (1998-1999), touring in 7 countries and 55 cities and completed over 100 performances. In 2002, Tiffany obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion design from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. Her artistic talents, knowledge and passion for the art of dance is the foundation for Spartan Dance Center. In 2011 Spartan Dance Center added another program to our schedule and Spartan Dance Company was launched under the instruction of Leah Seery. Our Company dancers compete at regional competitions. A couple years later in 2013, she opened Spartan Fit Center, which is our adult group fitness and dance program.
SDStaff_LR-10 Leah Seery, Instructor & Company Director, trained at Big City Dance Center and was a member of their nationally award-winning competitive company. She studied at Broadway Dance Center, the EDGE in L.A., and with choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance. Performance experience includes: Walt Disney World, Premiere Cruise lines, the Moscow Ballet’s 2002 production of The Nutcracker, sporting events, and the premiere of Jeff Daniel’s “The Goodbye Girl.” Leah’s passion for performing, choreographing and teaching led her to coach high school dance teams; she has previously coached Walled Lake Western JV Poms and currently coaches South Lyon Varsity Pom, while teaching all levels of tap at studios across Michigan.
SDStaff_LR-35 Becky Newcombe,Fit Manager, Instructor & Personal Trainer started dancing and cheerleading when she was in middle school and high school.  Becky is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and a minor in Biology. She was an elementary school teacher in California for 5 1/2 years before raising her three school-aged children in Michigan. Becky started her passion in fitness with Zumba and continued further to get her specialty certifications in Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Gold, Zumba Sentao and Zumba Step. She later added Z-box, Bokwa and Pound to her repertoire. In 2016 she became an AFFA licensed personal trainer. Becky manages Spartan Fit Center, runs our Off site fitness programs and teaches classes. She teaches her classes to all levels and believes that all students should leave her classes feeling successful and confident.
SDStaff_LR-38 Shawn Heethuis, Studio Manager, grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and came to East Lansing as a student at Michigan State University.  She has been active in the fine arts since a young age.  After spending 9 years at home raising her 3 children, she started working for Spartan Dance & Fit Center in 2014 and couldn’t be happier!
SDStaff_LR-16 Meghan Laskos, Manager & Instructor, was captain on her high school’s dance team and danced at nationally awarded dance studio, Suzette’s Masters of Dance. She attended Central Michigan University and danced on their modern dance company, Orchesis Dance Theater, while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with a Major in Interior Design and a minor in both Dance and Business Administration. She has been teaching and choreographing for 7 years at competition dance studios, attended regional and national competitions and conventions, and helped organize dance workshops with SYTYCD dancers. She also teaches Zumba® and other adult fitness classes at Spartan Fit Center.
Emily Kieliszewski, Instructor is an Alpena, Michigan native, who graduated from Michigan State University majoring in both Political Science and Spanish. A dancer in her hometown for 16 years, she put her passion to work by becoming a tumbling instructor before moving on to instructing hundreds of athletes as a Cheer! Michigan staff member. Her training and talent in acrobatics helped secure a local title within the Miss America Organization, giving her the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Michigan in June 2010. Emily has been lucky to be able to share her personal passion of dance with others throughout her life, and is excited at the opportunity to help others discover their own passion through SDC. And now we congratulate her on winning the title of Miss Michigan 2015, and we'll be cheering for her at the Miss America pageant in the Fall of 2015! Emily Kieliszewski, Instructor, is an Alpena, Michigan native, who graduated from Michigan State University majoring in Political Science and Spanish. A dancer in her hometown for 16 years, she put her passion to work by becoming a tumbling instructor before moving on to instructing hundreds of athletes as a Cheer! Michigan staff member. Her training and talent in acrobatics helped secure a local title within the Miss America Organization, giving her the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Michigan in June 2010. Emily has been able to share her personal passion of dance with others throughout her life, and is excited at the opportunity to help others discover their own passion through SDC. And now we congratulate her on winning the title of Miss Michigan 2015!
 SDStaff_LR-26 Kathryn Hale, Instructor, began dancing at the age of four. She began learning and performing at Miss Kathy’s School of Dance, and completed 6 years of competitive dance with the Encore Dance Company. Kathryn is founder and of the MSU Spartan ShowStoppers. Kathryn has choreographed over 40 different performance numbers ranging from recreational classes, regional and national competitions, master classes, high school musicals, and Spartan ShowStoppers’ annual performances. After graduating from Michigan State University, Kathryn is currently teaching elementary school in the Lansing area. She loves to share her passion for dance and enjoys working with her students at SDFC!
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Lauren Vollinger, Instructor, is a Chicagoland native with over 20 years of dance training from various studios and companies including the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and River North Dance Company. She began teaching group fitness classes during undergrad while on DePaul University’s dance team. After graduation Lauren became the Head Dance Team Coach and Fitness Trainer for the DePaul University Spirit Squad. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Community Psychology at MSU with a research focus on human trafficking. Lauren’s classes combine her love of dance, music, and fitness to give all levels a fun and challenging class!
 SDStaff_LR-29 Anne-Michelle Tessier, Instructor, has been a dancer and a rhythmic gymnast since she was 5, and she has been hanging around the Spartan Dance family since its very beginnings. For the last five years, AMT has been a certified instructor of cardio kickboxing, step aerobics and group strength classes for YMCA Canada in Edmonton, Alberta. As of 2015, she is now based in Okemos and very happy to be teaching at Spartan Fit. Her specialty is teaching classes that blend high intensity, co-ordination skills and functional strength. She is also a East Coast swing dancer (especially Lindy Hop and 1930s Charleston) and a long-distance runner, and one of her favorite half marathons is the Lansing Capital City river run.
SDStaff_LR-47 Carmen Ruiz-Sanchez, Instructor, is originally from Seville, Spain. She has taught Flamenco Dance, Kickboxing and Core classes in the United States since 1999. She is also a certified Zumba and Zumba Tone instructor. Carmen brings lots of fun, energy and a little bit of a Spanish flavor to her classes.
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Rita Wieber, Instructor,
Molly Nevins, Instructor,
Shannon Birney, Desk Staff / Nutrition,I am currently a junior at Michigan State University studying kinesiology with a minor in health promotion and bioethics. I began working the front desk for Spartan Dance and Fit Center in September where I am lucky enough to share my passion for both fitness and dance.  I have a large interest in living a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and nutrition.  My board background in nutrition has allowed me to lead grocery story tours and assist fitness members  with nutrition advice during boot camp.  Growing up, I was an Irish Dancer for 8 years, so I love being able to reconnect with my dance background here.
  Dom Yuzon, Instructor / Desk Staff, has been dancing since 7th grade, and is still dancing with the Spartan ShowStoppers – a dance club at MSU. Her favorite styles of dance are jazz and contemporary. She began with cheerleading then onto varsity dance team and competitive studio dance, winning regional and national titles in Virginia Beach, Traverse City, and Sandusky, Ohio. Continuing her dance career, she currently does backup dancing for singer-songwriter, Sofi K.  Dom is a sophomore at Michigan State University and is currently studying Media & Information with an IT minor.
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  Sam Barra, Instructor, has been dancing since the age of 4.  She studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary at Gotta Dance Studio and attended various competitions and conventions all across Michigan for 12 years.  She performed in the Joffrey Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker and was on the dance team for the WNBA Shock. Being captain of her High School Dance Team, she choreographed numerous routines for basketball and football games.  Sam spent the past two years on the MSU Dance Team performing at multiple events. She is currently enrolled in the education masters program at Michigan State and student teaching in a high school math classroom.  She is excited to be working at SDFC and to share her passion for dance with her students!
Taylor Walker, Instructor,
 Lexi Brimmeier, Instructor,
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Erin Quinn, Instructor, has over 32 years of Irish Dance experience and 20 years teaching experience. She has competeted all across the US, Canada and Ireland and has performed at the Whitehouse, DTE and was part of an LG Electronics commercial. She also toured with Trinity Irish Dance Company and Riverdance. In 2001, after graduating from MSU with a degree in Zoology, Erin opened The Quinn School of Irish Dance. Over the years she has shared her passion for Irish Dance with hundreds of students and is excited to share her culture with the students at Spartan Dance Center.

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