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! 


Owner & Management

Meet Our Staff

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Leah Seery

Leah’s passion for performing, choreographing and teaching has helped her develop and cultivate the Spartan Dance Center competitive program as Company Director for over 9 years. Her training began at Big City Dance Center as a member of their nationally award-winning competitive company. She then continued to study at Broadway Dance Center, the EDGE in L.A., and work with choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance. In her professional career she has coached high school dance teams, such as Walled Lake Western JV Pom and South Lyon Varsity Pom, in addition to teaching all levels of tap and choreographing at studios across Michigan. Performance experience includes: Walt Disney World, Premiere Cruiselines, Moscow Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (2002), the premiere of Jeff Daniel’s “The Goodbye Girl.”.

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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!

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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.

Dance Staff


 Tiffany Burton, Leah Seery, Meghan Laskos, Isabella Metzner, Courtney Webster, Jennifer Fosdick, Taylor Walker, Sung Mok Park, Gina Newsome, Lydia Rogier, Kristen Zylka, Katie Lakkidas, Shawn Heethuis, Alicia Erickson, Lauren Vollinger, Erika Ranck, Lizzie Ranck

Our dance education program at SDC teaches students the building blocks to creativity and athleticism.

We provide children ages 2 through 18 the skills they need to be dancers and athletes . Using proven teaching methods, classes in the Jr. Spartans program are dynamic, developmentally-appropriate and fun! 


 Tiffany Burton,  Stephane Awuro, Emily Kieliszewski, Chris Stewart, Courtney Webster,  Connie Benedict, Haley Phillips, Jana Micomonaco, Lauren Vollinger, Mary Vandecar, Meghan Laskos,  Nick Rzepecki, Sheree Oviedo,

Taylor Walker, Amanda Gilpatrick, Gina Newsome, Allie Jones, Chris B

Our fitness staff is ready to help you reach your personal goals.  In our boutique style classes, you will instantly feel welcome by not only your instructors, but also your new workout family!  We are committed to helping one another with our health and well being.

Fitness Staff


Ninja Staff

 SungMok Park, Connor Henderson, Tiffany Burton, Shawn Heethuis, Chris B, Lucas Hardy

By opening up the world of Ninja Sport our staff is committed to providing a unique way to help your

child focus their energy. Practicing the sport of Ninja will exercise the body and mind, but also builds

character and cultivates discipline. 

Turning Energy Into Ambition!


Spa Staff

Amanda McCord, Mary Hall

Every therapist at Spartan Dance & Fit Center is licensed and trained in advanced massage, facial and lash techniques.  This, along with their own unique skills allows us to ensure a consistent and beneficial experience with every visit.


Desk Staff

 Marie Getzen, Jessica Palarchio, Peri Magruder

Every client matters at Spartan Dance & Fit Center.  From the time you walk through the doors, to the time

you exit at night, your desk staff is here to answer questions, address problems and/or concerns

and is here to provide you the best experience possible!