Great lakes dance academy in Petoskey was established in 2007. Under the direction of Debora Knight, the school has broadened the curriculum to accommodate the recreational dancer as well as the serious student. GLDA has held the philosophy that dance should be for everyone and that exposure to the arts gives young and old alike the best outlet of expression.
The staff provides safe positive self-discipline, a warm and caring atmosphere where many of our adolescents feel comfortable sharing problems and issues that could sometimes stop them from continuing. This is done through a listening ear but more importantly through a focus on their dance progress and positive learning.
Great lakes dance academy has provided outreach classes to underprivileged dancers in the out lying communities. Many of our own students dance on scholarship based on financial need. We’ve also established a dance education fund for students to attend outside dance training programs such as Interlochen, and Blue Lake fine arts camp. Many of our students continue to dance as part of their college program or have gone directly to professional dance careers.
GLDA has established a fine reputation in the dance community for offering excellent dance training and offering the community many opportunities to experience the outstanding performances of either the whole studio in the form of our annual student concert, or the many formal Ballet productions presented by our higher level dancers such as our original adaptation of “Aurora the Sleeping Beauty, A not so Fairy Tale” and “The Dollmaker”.
Our goal is to continue into the future with solid dance training, continuing education programs for our teachers and to make dance available to all who wish to enjoy it.