Studio 55 School of Dance is a safe, friendly and fun environment for our students to train in dance and tumbling.  We are committed to providing a well rounded, quality dance program for our students and to serve our customers with integrity. Our purpose is for our students to feel loved and safe and to develop a skill of which they can be proud and which will bring them poise and confidence to take into the rest of their lives!

 

Studio 55 offers a complete dance education for ages 3 and up. All of our classes have age appropriate costumes, song lyrics and dance movement.  Our director and staff continue to train, perform and participate in professional development activities throughout the year.  We are confident in the quality, appropriateness, safety and correctness of our instruction and operation policies.  ​

Meet the Staff

Laura Slager

Owner and Director

Laura has owned Studio 55 since 2006. Laura began her dance training at the Academy of the Arts under Lori Ladwig in 1995.  She studied ballet, tap and jazz for eight years at the Academy and continued her training at various dance conventions throughout the United States, including MusicWorks and the Tremaine Dance Convention.  Laura has been married to Justin Slager since June 2008 and resides in Cookeville, TN with Justin and their two daughters, Ella and Sophia.   

Erin Reinker

Office Manager

Erin lives in Horton, MI with her husband Andrew and her daughter, Jordyn and her son Dawson. They love being outside and enjoying God's creation. Erin graduated from Douglas J Aveda Institute in November of 2007 and has worked as a hair stylist and make up artist since then. She is also a Rodan and Fields consultant and homeschools her children - she stays busy!  She also enjoys crafting and sewing and making costumes and head pieces for the studio. Erin is the Office Manager at Studio 55 and loves her job!

Laura Madden

Instructor of Scottish, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Tumbling

Laura is excited to continue teaching at Studio 55 this coming year. She has trained since the age of 4 in all genres of dance and spent several years on a competition dance team while living in Florida, competing across the state in hip-hop, lyrical, pom, and jazz.  Laura graduated from the University of Florida before moving to Michigan in 2012.  While at college, Laura continued dance with a student choreography dance company as well as attending ballet class at Pofahl Dance Studio. Laura's favorite dance form to compete in is Scottish highland dancing. She started competing at the age of 4 and hasn't stopped since. Born in Canada, Laura is a four time Canadian national champion in highland dance. Now living in the USA, she has been in the top 3 at the US national championship for the past four years, winning the national title in 2013. When not dancing, Laura spends her time at the family farm with her husband, Patrick, and their dogs, horse, cow, goats, and chickens!

 

Sarah Kilgore

Office Assistant and Instructor of Ballet, Jazz and Modern

Sarah is from Pleasant Lake, MI. She graduation from Hillsdale College, where she majored in Economics and minored in Chemisty and Dance. 

Sarah has been dancing for over 15 years. She started dancing competitively at age 5 with the In Motion dance team and at age 12 joined the Jackson Ballet Company, continuing to dance competitvely until age 18. During this time she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, salsa, and modern. Sarah was trained in both Vagonova and Cecchetti styles of ballet, and she hasalso studied dance with the Greater Lansing Ballet Company, Ballet Magnificat, and Ballet 5:8. 

Before teaching at Studio 55, Sarah taught and choreographed for 4 years at Academy of the Arts. Sarah was a part of Tower Dancers at Hillsdale College, and continues to choreograph for a variety of events. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in swing and ballroom dancing, bible study and choir.
 

Shelby Hassall

Instructor of Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Ballet

Shelby was born in Toledo, OH, and moved to Osseo in 2009. She is currently earning her degree in Data Networking & Security through Liberty University's online program.

 

Shelby has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and began attending Studio 55 in 2010. While training at Studio 55, she’s taken classes in Ballet, Jazz, Pom, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Tumbling, Tap, Musical Theatre, Scottish, and Pointe. She has also briefly studied with Ballet 5:8 during a summer intensive.

 

On the rare occasions when not dancing, or busy with schoolwork, Shelby likes to spend time with her friends and family, watch a show on Netflix, or play computer and card games.

Kirk Williams

Instructor of Tumbling

Kirk is from Columbus, OH, and a recent graduate of Hillsdale College where he majored in Economics and Mathematics. 

Kirk was a competitive gymnast for over 13 years, but chose to pursue academics over athletics and has yet to regret it! Beginning at the age of 5, Kirk eventually reached the highest level, before collegiate gymnastics, and appeared at three J.O. National championships. Finishing his career at the International Gymnastics Academy, Kirk had phenomenal coaches including DeRon McIntyre, as well as several former Olympians including Casimiro Suarez, Rustam Sharipov, and Dmitry Bilozerchev. Kirk's most accomplished event was the floor exercise.

Before coming to Studio 55, Kirk led his team of young men through basic tumbling and stretching nearly every day for three years, and he loves sharing all of his knowledge with our students. In his free time, Kirk enjoys listening to music, conversing and joking with friends and family.

Kirstin Seager

Office Assistant and Instructor of Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop

Kirstin is from Reading, Michigan. She has been teaching dance at Studio 55 since 2016 and is excited to continue! 

 

Kirstin began dancing at the age of 3. At age 4 she began taking lessons at Studio 55. She studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, competitive pom, and hip-hop. In 2015 she became a member of the Jackson Dance Company where she studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz. She danced competitively and attended several dance conventions, including Dance Makers Inc. and 24Seven Dance.  

 

Kirstin studied ballet, jazz, modern, and classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam under Lindsay Fisher Viatori, Ursula Payne, and Jesse Factor at Slippery Rock University. She is also a certified yoga teacher! 

 

When Kirstin is not dancing she enjoys doing yoga, playing with dogs, baking, and hanging out with friends and family!

Ariannah Gaiser

Instructor of Ballet

Ariannah is from Medina, OH, and is a junior at Hillsdale College where she is pursuing a BA in Theatre with a minor in Spanish.

 

Ariannah began dancing in 2014 and studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre dance at Olmsted Performing Arts. Since then she has performed in over 16 productions and princess shows and has assisted in choreography for musicals. She also worked for OPA as a dance class assistant and taught an Introduction to Musical Theatre class.

 

 

When she’s not studying or acting, Ariannah enjoys writing, singing, playing ukulele, spending time with her friends, or watching movies. 

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Studio 55 School of Dance          *          116 North Broad Street, Hillsdale, MI          *          517.437.9500  

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