Our staff is committed to the success of your goals!
We are highly trained and certified to give you the best in your families overall wellbeing. Whether you walk through the doors to join a group fitness class, bring your ballerina or breakdancer to dance, relieve stress with a massage, grab a snack from our cafe or shop our boutique; our staff is ready to make it the best experience possible!
Tiffany Burton, 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) 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 2013, she opened Spartan Fit Center, which is our adult group fitness and dance program.
Becky Newcombe, Fit Manager, Instructor & Personal Trainer. Becky is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and a minor in Biology. She taught elementary school in California for 5 1/2 years before raising her three 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.
Shawn Heethuis, Studio Manager, grew up in Muskegon on the shores of Lake Michigan. After graduating High School, she moved to East Lansing to attend Michigan State University. Being active in the fine arts since a very young age lead her to seek a job opportunity that followed in this path. 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!
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. Performances 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 and eventually brought her to Spartan Dance Center!
Meghan Laskos, Instructor & Manager, 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 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 Political Science and Spanish. A dancer in her hometown for 16 years, she put her passion to work by becoming a tumbling instructor. Her training and talent in acrobatics helped secure a local title within the Miss America Organization, which lead her to the crown in 2015! Emily has been able to share her personal passion of dance & fitness at SDFC for years!
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. She 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. Graduating from Michigan State University, Kathryn is currently teaching elementary school in the Lansing area.
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!
Sam Barra, Instructor, has been dancing since the age of 4. She studied 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. As captain of her HS Dance Team, she choreographed numerous routines. Sam spent the two years on the MSU Dance Team. 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!
Dance Instructors: Tiffany Burton, Leah Seery, Meghan Laskos, Kathryn Hale, Sam Barra, Taylor Walker, Sung Mok Park, Lauren Vollinger, Emily Kieliszewski, Lexi Brimmeier, Aubrie Clingaman, Dom Yuzon, Jessica Mills, and Lawrence Newman.
Fitness Instructors: Tiffany Burton, Becky Newcombe, Stephane Awuro, Alice Zajic, Anna Kaschner, Anne-Michelle Tessier, Ashely Keimach, Connie Benedict, Emily Kieliszewski, Gillian Seals, Haley Phillips. Jana Micomonaco, Lauren Vollinger, Mary Vandecar, Meghan Laskos, Miranda Meachum, Rita Wieber, Ron Corden, Tony Novello, and Belen Feight.
Massage Therapist: Greg Wytka and Kristen O’Maelmona
Desk Staff: Dom Yuzon, Shannon Birney, and Kristi Croteau
Anne-Michelle, 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.