About Us

Our Studio

Award-Winning Cheer & Dance Studio

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. 

Our Staff

Our staff pride themselves on their dedication to teaching, coaching and meeting the various needs of each student and athlete. Meet our family friendly staff…

Linsey Battle

Linsey Battle opened Linsey’s Cheer and Dance 15 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 7, and Grayson, age 4. 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

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.

Alexa

Alexa is a Recreational Cheer Coach who started teaching at Linsey’s in 2020. As an All Star cheerleader for the past nine years she brings a lot of  skill, technique and leadership to the recreational program. Alexa underscores the importance of teamwork, as well as taking correction. 

She enjoys teaching her students new skills and reminding them they need to be brave if they want to move to the level they want, since so many cheerleading moves involve tumbling, flips and even flying through the air. She emphasizes that cheer is a team sport and one that takes courage and strength. Traits she loves seeing develop in her classes. 

The Eisenhower High School junior  enjoys working with younger children, listening to the stories they tell and sharing all she’s learned and loved over the years.

Amy

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.

Angela

Angela is a Competitive All Star Cheer Coach who has been immersed in the cheerleading arena for more than three decades. 

Her  journey began in junior high and continued when she was recruited by The University  of Detroit Mercy. From there, she joined Cheerleaders of America, which allowed her  the opportunity to teach middle and high school athletes in camps all over the country  and across Europe. Angela was hand-selected by Cheerleaders of America as a  candidate for the USASF’s National Advisory Board, and has served as the Director of  the Detroit Pistons Cheer Team and the Pistons Academy Cheer division. 

She is an  award-winning choreographer and has been honored by American Cheerleader  Magazine’s “Who’s Who of All-Star Coaches” for 16 years. Angela also formed the  state’s first special needs cheer program.  

Twenty-five years ago, she and her husband, Steve Goralski, founded the state’s  original competitive All Star travel cheer and dance program, Trilogy Athletics. In that  time, the couple helped train upper level, nationally competitive gymnasts and  cheerleaders and served as guest speakers at cheer conventions, national  championship judges and USASF Worlds Bid judges. Trilogy’s program was crowned  two-time Summit Champions and earned many accolades, but Angela made the  difficult decision to close her studio this year due to the pandemic. 

She joined  Linsey’s, where she, her staff and students were welcomed with open arms. She  believes in training her athletes hard and holding them accountable so they can be  rewarded by their own accomplishments. Angela has always tried to teach her athletes  good life skills so when they leave, it isn’t about trophies, but something more  intangible they can take with them when they go into the world.  

Now that she has a little more time on her hands, Angela has enjoyed more time with  family, including dinners around the table, bonfires and learning to play euchre.

Ashley

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.

Bella

Bella is a Competitive Cheer Coach. As a former IEC All Star athlete who cheered for more than 8 years, and junior coached for several years she earned her position as an IEC coach in 2020. 

Her vibrant attitude and patience is what makes Bella a perfect coach for our younger competitive athletes. Her creativity and determination as a leader is an asset to our cheer program as well. Bella enjoys coaching athletes because she can provide her own experience as an All Star athlete to push through challenges, optimize every opportunity the coaches provide to succeed in reaching goals. 

Bella, is a senior at Eisenhower High School where she’s on the student council and a member of the Varsity lacrosse team. She will be attending Michigan State University in the fall to study law. Although she will be away at school in the fall, there’s no doubt you will be seeing Bella stopping in and helping at many of our drop in programs throughout the seasons because cheer is her passion and IEC is her family. 

Breanna

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

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 family. She is often on the road with her three children ages 19, 17 and 14, traveling to soccer games and cheer competitions.

Caitlin

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

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.

Dakota

Dakota is a Competitive Cheer Coach. She has been cheering since she was six years old, beginning with Shelby Lions sideline cheer and then two years later with IEC All Star Cheer program. She also participated in competitive cheer during her years at Eppler Junior High School. She has twice attended the D2 Summit, once being named a finalist on her team and has twice competed in the U.S. Finals.

Dakota was given the opportunity to take up coaching at Linsey’s in 2019 and is happy to be able to teach something she loves. She brings a unique and calm style of coaching to the program. A perfect role model to our youngest athletes, her passion for cheer shows in her practices and routines. 

For her, cheer is more than a sport, it’s like family. And as a young coach, she has earned the trust of the littlest athletes who know she is there for them. She enjoys introducing them to cheer basics, including forward rolls, jumps, stretching and stunts so as the move on, they understand the terminology and are comfortable with what comes next.

The 11th- grader at Eisenhower High School likes to keep herself busy and spend time with others, and enjoys playing with her two dogs.

Jason

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

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

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.

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn is a Competitive All Star Cheer Coach, with 19 years of experience in the  cheerleading arena. 

She joined All Star Cheer as a 6-year old, and her involvement and  achievements, including winning numerous Cheerleading National championships,  continued until she graduated high school. 

After leaving Saginaw Valley State  University, Kaitlyn began coaching athletes from ages 5 to 19, all at different levels,  including national champions and grand champion-winning teams. 

Now in her seventh year, her third year with the studio, Kaitlyn enjoys being able to watch them grow up through  the sport, and how they progress as both an individual and an athlete. 

She believes  being on a team is an experience like no other, as team members learn to rely on each  other, and work together. 

In her downtime, Kaitlyn enjoys reading and taking care of  her 11 pets: six reptiles, two cats and three dogs.

Katie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Rileigh

Rileigh is a Recreational and Company Dance Instructor. 

She began taking  classes at the studio 11 years ago, learning all different genres of dance, but  particularly loving the movement element of lyrical and contemporary styles. Rileigh was ecstatic when she was offered the opportunity to teach in an environment where she always felt a strong sense of family, positivity and support. 

Over the years, she has  watched the dancers amazing progress, and believes they have come to appreciate  the sport as a meaningful outlet. 

Growing up in the dance world with her cousin Amanda by her side,  Rileigh says she looked at competition as a way of improving her skills, while learning to accept critique pushed her to strive harder. 

She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students, showing them new and different ways to express themselves through the  movement of hip hop and jazz. 

Rileigh attended Eisenhower High School, and is  currently exploring different career avenues to pursue after she transfers out of Macomb Community College. She is an assistant manager at Francesca’s, where she can live out her affection for fashion and shopping. Rileigh’s other interests include reading, music, exercise and tie with her golden retriever, Ollie.

Samantha

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.

Shayla

Shayla is a Competitive Tiny and Mini Cheer Coach. 

She has been dancing for 12 years and cheering for 11 years, and added coaching to her resume four years ago, beginning with the studio’s Special Needs Cheer Team to now working with littlest athletes. 

The junior at the Arts Academy in the Woods in Fraser has experience in everything from tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance to All Star Cheer. She enjoys watching her athletes learn new techniques and interact with each other, and finds that as a cheerleader herself, she can give her girls something to relate to.

Over the years, Shayla has earned accolades at dance conventions, winning tap and hip hop awards, and received a scholarship to the Dance Awards in Las Vegas. 

Shayla is also a professional singer and actress. She has participated in singing competitions and been a part of several films through her acting agency.

At home, she is one of five siblings, enjoys being around the family’s two Pomeranians, Paws and Buddy.