Linsey’s Cheer & Dance Center (LCDC), founded in 2006, provides instruction in various styles of recreational and competitive cheer and dance.
Co-ed classes for ages 18 months to 18 years old.
The studio includes a fully equipped 6,700 square foot gymnasium, two spacious waiting rooms, two mirrored dance rooms with floating Marley floors and a high-tech sound system.
Linsey Battle opened Linsey’s Cheer and Dance 16 years ago, a long-held dream from when she launched her own cheer team after college graduation. Linsey has been studying dance since she was 2 and cheer since age 12. Owning a studio was always something she wanted to do to give girls an opportunity to learn, grow and display their skills in recitals and shows.
Hers is a family-owned studio with a tight-knit staff and dancers and athletes who have grown up together. And whether a child is in cheer or dance, the entire family feels part of the group.
Linsey is grateful for the studio’s amazing coaches and instructors, many who are previous students. They inspire, excite, encourage, and their diverse backgrounds and experiences provide a wealth of life lessons to the kids.
Linsey loves when younger kids take pride in what they accomplish. They all have their own goals, and there is a special joy when they hit milestones. One of the her treasured perks is watching kids from the very beginning, knowing her studio will be part of their cheer and dance journey.
Linsey is married to her high school sweetheart, Nick, with whom she shares boys Hudson, age 9, and Grayson, age 6. Their shitzu Ella is the studio’s security detail. The family enjoys traveling together, especially to Disney World. Linsey credits the help of her parents for the studio’s success, and notes her mom has helped build, clean, paint and anything else that needs attention, and her extended family travels to competitions to cheer everyone on.
Amanda Doyle is the director of Linsey’s Cheer and Dance, overseeing and facilitating both cheer and dance programs. She has danced since she was two years old and competitively since she was 7. Amanda has worked with Utica and Birmingham public schools, teaching recreational programs and peer workouts. She is a group fitness instructor, Zumba-certified and CPR-trained. Oner the years, her choreography has been honored both regionally and nationally with top overall awards with most entertaining awards and best choreography awards.
Amanda met owner Linsey Battle while she was earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her minor in Marketing from Oakland University. Together since, the duo hold multiple national title awards and studio awards. For Amanda, dance has always been a passion, but teaching has become the most impactful, especially since she has been been able to coach the same group from their first hesitant steps until they’ve gracefully graduated out. Amanda believes dance doesn’t just teach technique, but also life skills, how to push through hard times, how to play as a team, and how to never give up.
Amanda’s loves anything Michael Jackson and Celine Dion, and the Irish theatrical show, “Riverdance.” The newlywed, enjoys traveling with her husband, Clint, especially to Traverse City, and she has a lovable Golden Retriever named Franklin.
Amy is a Company and Recreational Dance instructor who began dance when she was in high school, and then went on to earn a degree in Dance Education from Wayne State University and a master’s in Choreography from the University of Michigan. She has taught dance in public high schools and at Henry Ford Community College and is currently a middle school dance teacher at Oak Park Preparatory Academy. She is also working on penning a K-12 dance curriculum.
Amy is happy to have joined the studio three years ago, noting the staff focus of lifting one another up and encouraging teamwork.
In her role, Amy can look at ballet from a coaching perspective and see what’s happening in a student’s body and make changes anatomically that make sense for them. Instead of coming from a strictly ballet background — she has taught ballet, tap, leaps and turns, and contemporary — where everyone has to look the same and do it the same, she can see how the movement works for individual bodies. She believes it helps her students get into the dance more and feel like they belong.
Amy loves moments when the dancers confidently and excitedly master a move.
In her downtime, Amy practices yoga. She is mother to 18-year-old Johnathan and has a Golden Retriever named Rosie.
Ashley is a Desk Attendant and Recreational Dance Instructor who loves to be able to share her passion with others. A seasoned hip-hop dancer, Ashley got her start when she was 5 years old, working her way up as a member of a dance team for four years.
Ashely started at Linsey’s in 2018 to help at the front desk and teach a few classes. Her fun choreography and friendly but firm teaching style inspires each young student to strive and reach their potential as a dancer.
As a teacher, she strives to familiarize her students with the basics first, then moves forward combination routines and a recital that incorporates current and popular skills such as leaps, turns, handstands, backbends and hip hop freezes.
Ashely believes dance is more than just dancing – it’s a great tool for memory practice and discipline, and teaches students life lessons and team work. She finds rewarding the improvements her dancers make, and especially enjoys working one-on-one.
Ashely is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Oakland University. When she isn’t at the studio, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Breanna is a Desk Attendant and Recreational Cheer and Dance Instructor. She began her cheer and dance journey when she was 10 as a member of the junior high cheer team and by high school, she was captain of a local varsity dance team, where she was awarded most dedicated. Breanna also competed through the United Dance Association.
She is currently in the pre-med program at Wayne State University. She has the dual joy of watching her kids learn and grow in a stage of her life where she is still learning and growing. Breanna’s goal is teaching her students how to be disciplined, how to learn in a different environment outside of school, how to control their bodies and the importance of exercise and strength. She says it can be a struggle for some at times, but she encourages them to be motivated and dedicated because she knows it will pay off at the end.
She loves spending time with her 3- and 5-year-old nieces, being a nanny and taking bike rides.
Bridget is a Desk Attendant and Recreational Dance Instructor with over two decades of experience in the dance industry.
Her passion for dance started when she was eight years old, progressing to studio dance and a member of her high school dance team. By 17, Bridget became a dance instructor and desk manager at the studio she attended, and then was quickly promoted to studio manager.
She attended Oakland University, studying during the day and teaching and managing the studio in the evening. Bridget earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1997 and left dance behind.
She started her career as a public relations coordinator at a local advertising agency. Moving on to several other marketing positions and worked at the local schools as a substitute teacher. Her career highlight included working on nationwide campaigns in the marketing department for The Taubman Company.
In 2001, Bridget decided to be a stay-at-home mom as she was expecting her first child and worked as a marketing consultant from her home office. It wasn’t long before she yearned to be back in the dance arena.
Bridget joined Linsey’s in 2015, during the day Bridget works as a preschool dance instructor teaching all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. In the evening, she runs the front desk and over the past several years, has also helped oversee marketing and operations at Linsey’s.
Dance is a passion that needs to be in her life. It’s an industry she knows well, and one she hopes to remain in for years to come.
She enjoys teaching kids, watching them learn and grow knowing dance is a foundation for much of their social and mental well being. And as a mom and an instructor, she can help from both perspectives.
Bridget is a first-generation American, embraces her Sicilian heritage and can speak the language fluently. When she isn’t at work, Bridget enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband, Brian and her three children ages 20, 18 and 15.
Caitlin is a Company Dance instructor whose passion for ballet began when she was just 3 years old.
She attended a performing arts high school in Fraser and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marygrove College. Degree in hand, Caitlin moved to Los Angeles to dance professionally for a small company that combined ballet, theatrical magicians and contortionists, while at the same time, teaching dance.
A desire to be closer to family moved her back to Michigan, where she began teaching again. She believes ballet teaches dancers how to be sharp and strong, yet graceful.
Caitlin most enjoys the connection she makes with her students, and the moment a child finally conquers something they’ve worked hard to achieve. Caitlin believes ballet carries over into different aspects of life, teaching discipline, versatility and sticking with something though it may be difficult.
When she isn’t at the studio, Caitlin is a biomedical operations coordinator and manager at a hemodialysis company, where her golden-doodle Miss Maisel rarely leaves her side. She enjoys the outdoor activities the state provides, including hiking and water sports.
Carrie is a Competitive All Star Cheer Coach, Special Needs Cheer Coach, Prep Team Choreographer and Cheer Social Media Liaison.
Her love of cheer began at Fuhrmann Junior High, and continued through her high school years at Warren Mott, where she began coaching following graduation.
Carrie took a short break from cheer while she worked as a paraprofessional to 3- and 4-year olds for Fitzgerald Public Schools, but then rejoined the cheer arena as a coach for Sterling Heights City Cheer, and then Janette Junior High School in Utica. From there, she met Linsey Battle and the two began coaching together, renting out gymnastics centers before the studio was launched 15 years ago.
Carrie is an experienced choreographer, and has put together routines for junior high competitive cheer, as well as the Shelby Lions City League Cheer.
In her time at the studio, Carrie has worked with athletes from ages 5-18, and in her many roles, from running cheer camps to coaching special needs cheerleaders, she strives to instill confidence in her athletes. Whether they accomplish a goal, gain a new skill or win at competition, they are always eager to share their excitement with her.
Carrie enjoys being able to bring her daughters to the studio with her. The 12-year-old is in All Star Cheer, and both she and her 8-year-old sister are in competitive dance. Because of the studio’s family environment, their coaches can help guide and encourage them just as Carrie would.
In addition to coaching, Carrie is a crossing guard, paraprofessional and lunch mom at Beck Centennial Elementary School. She also is a substitute preschool teacher. She enjoys traveling with her family, especially to Walt Disney World.
Jason is a Competitive All Star Cheer coach and an All Star Teams choreographer.
For the past 17 years, he has lived and breathed cheerleading and gymnastics. Jason began his career with a dance company and quickly climbed the ranks to be placed on Morenci High School’s varsity cheer team for all four years of high school. He went on to win numerous All Star national championships and compete in Worlds Finals in back-to-back years.
Inspired by the result of hard work and dedication, Jason decided to become an instructor, and for the past 15 years, he has coached over 1,000 All Star cheerleaders. His teams have followed in his footsteps to win national titles, as well as repeatedly qualify for Worlds.
His passion lies in mentoring athletes of all ages and skill levels, to teach them to overcome difficulty and personal fears, and learn time management. Using discipline and guidance, his interactive coaching style assists in the development of positive, respectful and driven young adults.
In addition to his leadership skills, Jason is recognized for his choreography and judging expertise. His achievements have awarded him the opportunity to choreograph national commercials, coach on MTV’s “Made,” and take his talents global.
This is Jason’s fifth season with the studio. He attended Paul Mitchell Beauty School and owns a choreography company, and he enjoys traveling, especially to Bali.
Jenn is a Desk Attendant who also has two daughters that are part of the Performing Dance Company since 2006.
Jenn happily shares her knowledge and experience with parents coming into the studio. Jenn is a hard worker who is always willing to do the extra mile, and because she understands the sport, can help guide parents with the ins and outs of dance.
She most enjoys watching the excitement of the kids as they attend their various classes and the fun they experience at competitions. Because the studio is family-oriented, rather than a business, students don’t feel like just another number.
When Jenn is not at the studio helping at the front desk, she usually is “backstage” helping with the dance programs.
Jenn works a full time job during the day, helps at the front desk on Monday evenings and enjoys spending time with her family. Her soft and kind smile is always wonderful and welcoming to see when you walk into Linsey’s Cheer & Dance lobby.
Jessie is a Competitive Cheer Coach with a cheer and advanced gymnastics background that spans 12 years, and a role in teaching for the past seven years.
As a former coach at Shelby Junior High School, Jessie led her cheer team to two undefeated titles, as well as other accomplishments, in numerous competitions.
She enjoys connecting with her students at a prime age, and finds it most rewarding when they achieve the skills they’ve worked so hard on. In cheer, she says, there isn’t one muscle an athlete won’t use, from how they turn their body to the flips they land.
Jessie is looking forward to All Star competitions and new experiences as she begins her first season with the studio.
Jessie has additionally worked in the dental field, and is currently an oral assistant as she works toward her advanced Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
Katie is a Competitive All Star Cheer Coach who gets to combine her lifelong love of cheerleading with her joy of education.
The first-grade teacher coaches athletes ages 5 to 10, and has previously coached those involved in the studio’s special needs teams. Katie spent 11 years with All Star Cheer, and at one Worlds event, her team took second place in the small co-ed division.
After graduation from L’Anse Creuse High School North, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development from Oakland University.
Katie decided to become a coach so she could share the same skills, discipline and life lessons that cheer instilled in her at a young age. She also feels the team atmosphere offers opportunities to form lasting relationships.
Katie proudly wears the title of ‘aunt’ to her nephew, and enjoys coloring and relaxing with her pekingese poodle, Bitty.
Kennedy is a Prep Team Company Dance instructor who has loved dancing since she was two years old. She’s in 11th-grade and is a member of the Eisenhower High School Varsity Dance Team, a Worlds Champion Dance Team.
As a 10 year, former All Star Cheer athlete and 12 year Production Dance Company member, Kennedy brings a lot of experience and the latest moves to our Pre Team program. Her advanced skills, technique and trendy moves in all genres of dance is an asset to the pre team program.
She began assisting three years ago at her aunt Linsey’s studio, which she calls her second home. The studio is a special place to Kennedy because it’s where she is able to express her creativity in the dances she prepares for her classes. As the perfect role model for our youngest dancers, she embraces each dancer to do their best, push through challenges and work hard. She feels that making every moment count in class is the key to a successful performance on stage.
She’s won regional competitions, and in 2015, she won Junior Miss Legacy at Nationals.
Kennedy loves teaching and being with the littlest dancers. She knows no matter what her future holds, dance will continue to be a big part of her life. She is a former model enjoys going to the mall and hanging out with friends.
Leslie is a Company Dance Instructor with more than 30 years experience in entertainment.
She got her start in dance at 10 years old, and by age 13, was simultaneously dancing and coaching. Following graduation from Henry Ford II in 1996, where she also danced for and coached the high school dance team, Lesley became a member of the Detroit Piston’s Dance Team and lead the Detroit Lion’s On-Field Promotions Team for eight years.
She has worked as head choreographer for the Detroit Lion’s halftime show and has performed with Boyz II Men, Jon Bon Jovi, Vanessa Carlton, Enrique Iglesias, Jesse McCartney, Kid Rock, Rita Orr, Martha Reeves, Goo Goo Dolls, Debbie Gibson and Gladys Knight. She is also a featured performer in PlayStation’s NBA Live.
Lesley was the founder and director of the Detroit Dolls Dancers, performing for Audi at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, as well as other events in Atlanta, Orlando, Las Vegas and Chicago. Lesley was the head choreographer on Walt Disney Picture’s, “Oz The Great and Powerful,” and Amy Heckerling’s,“Vamps.” Additionally, she has choreographed commercials in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for Little Caesars; the San Francisco 49ers; the Sacramento Kings; the Minnesota Timberwolves; the Atlanta Falcons; and the Buffalo Bills.
From 2012-17, Lesley worked as a professor of dance at Oakland University. She currently teaches dance at Detroit Country Day School and is the director of the 250-member USPBL Dance Crew. Her students have toured nationally with Khalid, Rihanna, B.O.B, Lil Wayne, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, and the Harlem Globetrotters, and have placed 3rd on Fox’s SYTYCD. Her students can also be seen dancing in Pharrell’s “Happy” music video, Sia’s “The Greatest” music video and Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,” and well as with sports performance teams in Detroit.
Lesley began working with Linsey’s studio five years ago as an outside choreographer, and officially joined the teaching staff this past year. Her experience with the studio dance ranges from jazz and contemporary solos to hip hop and lyrical to musical theater. Lesley’s driving force is watching the students’ happiness from perfecting a new move, learning a new technique and climbing the ranks of technique and dance.
She believes her students thrive on the discipline and structure of dance and a desire to constantly improve.
Lesley and her 15-year-old son Aiden Debbs, a sophomore at Dakota High School, enjoy taking care of animals, share a love of history and are self-proclaimed museum junkies.
Lorri is a Recreational Dance Instructor, Special Needs Coach and Special Needs Dance Instructor.
Lorri has spent 29 years as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, with experience in tap, jazz and lyrical, pointe, ballet, Hawaiian, and Tahitian fire baton.
She joined Linsey’s six years ago after her daughter enrolled in competition cheer, helping to form the special needs cheer and dance programs. Working with Cheer and Dance Buddies (middle and high school student volunteers), Lorri teaches stunts, tumbling and flexibility, rhythm and jazz dance steps, as well as partner moves and lyrical, with the goal of improving the dancers’ fine and gross motor skills while they learn to work with others.
Her desire is for students to fall in love with dance, become leaders and believe in themselves. Her 22-year career with Utica Community Schools as an award-winning K-3 special education teacher has helped in her role at the studio. Because Lorri is trained in calm-classroom strategies and behavior management, she can guide her special needs dancers if they are feeling stressed, upset or tired. Lorri can meet the needs of all levels of learners.
Lorri applies her gentle, patient spirit when working with students to maneuver steps and improve their skills, but also instills her classes with energy and fun. She wants all of the students to believe in themselves, even if they come with no skills. She believes dance allows them opportunities for growth, for staying fit and for expressing themselves.
Her accomplishments include winning the Macomb County Make A Difference Award; being nominated for Michigan Teacher of the Year; choreographing staff dances at Duncan Elementary School; dancing at Detroit’s birthday celebration; filming a commercial for Greenfield Village; and authoring the book, “Interacting with Informational Text for Close and Critical Reading,” a reading comprehension guide for teachers.
Lorri also holds a degree in child psychology from the University of Michigan and is trained in social emotional learning strategies and differentiated instruction. The mother to a 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Marchon is a Competitive All Star Cheer Coach with 34 years of involvement in the cheerleading arena.
Her love of cheer began as a Top 10 State Varsity High School athlete, and continued through her college years when she served as a camp instructor and speaker at Cheer!Michigan.
Marchon is a former high school junior varsity and varsity competitive cheerleading coach, and for 25 years, she has judged local and state cheer competitions for the Michigan Cheerleading Coaches Association (MCCA) and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).
In addition to coaching and judging, Marchon is a former MCCA Marketing Director and a MCAA Scholarship panel member. She is concussion awareness-certified, and trained in blood-borne pathogens and allergen safety.
Marchon is dedicated to coaching athletes to be dynamic cheerleaders and learn lifelong skills to guide them to be the best leaders in life. She enjoys seeing her athletes set goals and work together toward a common goal. In 2019, Marchon helped her team win Gold Bid, High Point Award and Grand Champs.
Marchon taught first grade for 22 years and has spent the last two years as a literacy coach. She and her husband, Brandon, have two children: Lauren, a junior at Utica High School who has cheered at IEC since she was four, and Kyle, a freshman at Michigan State University. Together they enjoy spending time up north with family and friends.
Michelle is a Competitive All Star Cheer Coach and Creative Designer.
Her love of cheer began in eighth grade and continued to the varsity cheer team throughout all four years of high school. When she was 20, upon encouragement she heard when she was an athlete herself, Michelle began her coaching career. Fifteen years later, she discovered Linsey’s and after enrolling both of her daughters, she began coaching at the studio.
For the past nine years, cheer has been a shared passion between Michelle and her girls; 14-year-old Ella is in competitive cheer, and 12-year-old Hannah is in competitive cheer and dance. The family’s three Shitzus, Izzy, Ivy and Ivan, are also well-loved among the studio clan, as is Michelle’s husband, who lends constant support and never misses a competition.
Michelle most enjoys getting to know her athletes individually and understanding what type of coaching works for each one. Some respond to fair, but tough teaching, while others perform better positive reinforcement. Michelle believes it’s important for an athlete to have a place to go to feel they are successful, and knows the studio provides that.
Michelle’s other role is an ideal fitting for her graphic design degree, which she earned from Specs Howard School of Media Arts. She creates the artwork for the studio’s apparel, T-shirts and flyers.
Nate is a Competitive Cheer Coach and former athlete who recently joined the IEC team. His passion for cheer started when he was young. Growing up and training at his family owned gym, Trilogy Athletics for 15 seasons. He’s earned a two times Summit Champion, two times UCA Champion, and a three times World Championships participant.
Learning from some of the best people in the industry, he now shares his exclusive skills to help gain confidence, strength and initiates technique in all the athletes he coaches. It’s not uncommon to find Nate challenging each athlete to learn new skills and strive for perfection. Cheer is an industry he knows well, and one he hopes to remain in for years to come.
In addition to coaching, Nate attends Alma College studying Education and plays on the Alma Football team as the wide receiver.
Nick is a Competitive Cheer coach with a wealth of experience in the cheerleading arena. Although he played a variety of sports while he was growing up, cheer found a special place in his heart.
He joined Pro Cheer All Stars in 2008 and competed in the World Cheerleading Championship five times, helping his team secure a third place win. Nick cheered at Columbus State University in Georgia, where he earned a degree in biology, and attended UCA College Nationals, winning a national championship. After college, he and his roommate began coaching, which is what he lives for now.
Nick’s goal is to see his cheer kids work together and have positive attitudes. He believes cheer is the one sport that teaches athletes to come together, to train long and hard for months – all to shine in the spotlight for just over 2 minutes.
Nick has a 9-year old German Shepherd-Golden Retreiver Mix named Mila, and enjoys snowboarding.
Nikki is a Company Dance Instructor who has spent 10 years helping students master the most critical element in dance: technique.
Nikki has enjoyed a long career in dance, beginning when she was just three years old until her last stage performance for Carnival Cruise lines at age 25.
Her role at the studio involves working with many different dancers to ensure they are executing skills properly, from correct body alignment to turns, leaps and jumps, regardless of their style of routine. To Nikki, it doesn’t matter if she is working with a veteran dancer or one who is more difficult to mold because they’ve joined the studio at an older age, she is still amazed to see growth, particularly when she can see the light in their eyes once something has clicked.
She and her husband have two boys and one daughter, who is a company dancer at the studio.
Rachel is a Competitive Prep Cheer Team coach whose role involves teaching athletes everything they need to know about cheer and competitions.
She started lessons at the studio when she was six years old, working her way up from cheerleader to junior coach to now head coach.
Rachel most enjoyed the indescribably excitement and joy she experienced competing in a sport she loved. With the studio, she has been a multi- and national champion, and won a state championship. As a coach, she can impact young lives, not just with the cheer techniques that make them amazing cheerleaders, but the advice she can share and the memories they can make together.
Rachel graduated from Chippewa Valley High School in 2017, and works as a resident assistant at Rose Senior Living. Her German Shepherd mix dogs, Kali and Duke, keep her company at home.
Samantha is a Company Dance Instructor with lifelong experience in ballet, contemporary jazz and tap, as well as training in ballroom dance, musical theater and hip-hop.
She followed her two older sisters to a dance studio when she was just 2-years-old and never looked back, beginning first with recreational dance and then competition from ages 6-18.
Samantha has traveled for dance intensives to Chicago and cities in California, Florida and Texas. A perfectionist at heart, her passion is teaching and correcting technique, and the achievement that comes when her dancers can master the skills they work so diligently on.
As a young dancer, Samantha looked forward to team-building opportunities, and now as an instructor, she can incorporate similar activities that get the students involved with one another. She also enjoys working with different groups of students each week.
Her teaching role at the studio still keeps her involved in the dance world while she works full time as a hair stylist and chases after her 4-year-old son. When she is able to find free time, Samantha loves drawing and creating paintings.