Staff

Tracey

Miss TraceyOwner and Artistic Director
Miss Tracey is the artistic director and owner of Spotlight Dance Academy of Grand Haven, MI and the choreographer for the SDA regional and national award winning competition troupe. She began her dance career at age 9 and has not stopped since. She began teaching in 1985 and is a certified member of the Cecchetti Ballet Council and the Michigan Dance Council. Tracey is also the West Michigan Regional Director for National Dance Week and local talent across West Michigan in the year 2001. Tracey and Spotlight Dance are members of I.D.E.A- International Entrepreneurs of America.

She instructs all forms and levels of dance. Her choreography and talented young dancers have won numerous awards at regional and national dance competitions, West Michigan Student Showcase, and she has choreographed for Miss Muskegon and Miss Michigan contestants. Tracey’s dancers have performed in several renditions of the Nutcracker, and professionally all over the tri-counties. Tracey is a seasonal staff member of Muskegon Civic Theaters children’s program and has choreographed numerous children’s musicals. Tracey has performed in West Side Story and Best Little Whore House in Texas for Muskegon Civic Theater.

Miss Tracey’s philosophy: Be happy, enjoy each day God has given you and JUST DANCE!

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Miss Kristi –

Miss Kristi Cook has had a passion for dance since she was a young girl. She found her passion the moment she took her first dance class at the age of 11. She knew she wanted to be a dancer, a teacher and a choreographer. Throughout the years, Miss Kristi has been blessed with the opportunity to teach and share the love of dance with others. Miss Kristi has been dancing for 20 years, and teaching for 14 years. This will be Miss Kristi’s 13th year as an instructor at SDA, and she is proud to call Spotlight Dance Academy her home. Miss K works with our Competitive Troupe dancers as an instructor and choreographer. She is an instructor for our Recreational Program as well as our Children’s program. She is the instructor and choreographer for SDA’s Hip Hop Crew “Fresh Coast Funks”, which began its inaugural season in 2015. Miss Kristi is trained in all dance disciplines and levels. She loves and appreciates all dance forms and believes every dancer is special. There is nothing in the world Miss Kristi would rather do. Just dance!

 

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Miss Amanda – 

 

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Miss Melissa – 

 

 

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Miss Sam – 

Miss Sam has been dancing since she was five years old.  She has trained in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, and most significantly, tap.  For many years, she competed on the national stage in England (her home country), in both modern (jazz) and tap, taking 3rd place in the All England Senior Tap Championships when she was 16.  Miss Sam has since performed, taught, and choreographed for Durham University’s Instep Dance Company for four years.  She is also a qualified Dance Teacher through the Northern Counties Dance Teachers’ Association in England.  Miss Sam now lives in Grand Haven with her husband, and loves dancing with the lovely people of Michigan!

 

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Miss Sydne – 

For 14 years Miss Sydne has trained in all dance styles and is now sharing her knowledge with us here at Spotlight Dance Academy. Her dance training began at 10 years of age right here at SDA. She received a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography from Hope College in Holland, MI and during her years at college she studied from Matt Farmer, Sharon Wong, Anne-Rene Petraca, Steven Innacone and more. Miss Sydne recently moved back from her time living in California pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer as well as living in Colorado enjoying the mountains. In this time she had the opportunity to work at Nuvo Dance convention as a photo assistant, traveling every weekend and networking with the faculty. Above all Miss Sydne believes that dance is an athletic and beautiful work of art. She hopes to make a lasting difference in the dancer’s lives at Spotlight Dance Academy.

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Miss Amelia – 

Miss Amelia began her dance training in New York at Kozlov Dance Academy and SUNY Purchase Youth Ballet. She was a member of Kozlov Dance International under the direction of former Bolshoi Ballet principal Leonid Kozlov. When she moved to Michigan, she was thrilled to become a member of Spotlight’s competitive troupe and study with Miss Tracey. When she moved to Chicago, she trained at Giordano Dance Center and Joel Hall Dancers and Center, where she was a member of JDHII. Miss Amelia studied Dance Education, K-12 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Contemporary Dance Performance at Northeastern Illinois University and attended the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop summer intensive at the University of Colorado. She taught classes in a variety of genres at Joel Hall and numerous studios in the Chicagoland area and taught tap classes for Mark Yonally of Chicago Tap Theatre. Miss Amelia is delighted to be back at Spotlight, her true dance home.

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Miss Heidi –