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!
Dance Instructors: Tiffany Burton, Leah Seery, Meghan Laskos, Taylor Walker, Sung Mok Park, Lauren Vollinger, Emily Kieliszewski, Lexi Brimmeier, Aubrie Clingaman, Karen Gibson, Courtney Webster, Isabella Metzlner, Jennifer Fosdick, Ray Love, Kathryn Hale and Lawrence Newman.
Fitness Instructors: Tiffany Burton, Becky Newcombe, Stephane Awuro, Alice Zajic, Chris Stewart, Collin Jensen, Ila Zielke, Jenna Brown, Anna Kaschner, Anne-Michelle Tessier, Connie Benedict, Emily Kieliszewski, Haley Phillips. Jana Micomonaco, Lauren Vollinger, Mary Handcar, Meghan Laskos, Rita Wieber, Ron Corden, Tony Novello, and Belen Feight.
Massage Therapist: Deanna Mitchelle, Greg Wytka, Anna Evanson
Desk Staff: Shannon Birney, Kristi Croteau