Lindsay Rumohr began her dance training in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. During high school she was the captain of her high school dance team which consistently placed 1st in national competitions. As a senior, she competed her solo throughout the west and placed as runner up at USA Nationals. She continued her dance training with a Distinguished Artist Scholarship to Hope College and earned a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography. She danced for 4 years with professional companies including Michigan Dance Collective. She has been teaching dance for the last 20+ years at venues like studios, public schools, health clubs and camps. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. In her free time Lindsay loves "hanging out" outside with her husband Luke and their 3 children.
Mackenzie Gabara, Director of Collective Dancers
Mackenzie started dancing at three years old in Cadillac. She has attended several dance seminars and camps including Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, New York City Dance Alliance, NUVO and Onstage New York. While at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, she won many awards including a scholarship for their elite ballet seminars. Mackenzie was a member of Company Dance Traverse, a pre-professional dance company. Mackenzie graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she was awarded the role of Clara and Snow Queen for the Nutcracker Ballet. Mackenzie studied dance and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Theater Arts. She currently directs our Collective Dancers.
Tiffany grew up dancing at Dance Arts Academy & competed with Company Dance Traverse nationwide. She attended the Cecchetti Council of America Summer Program at Hope College when she was 14 and 15 years old. Thereafter, she was awarded the Northern Michigan Dance Council Ballet Scholarship, an audition she later judged. At sixteen, she attended the Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, PA. She won the ballet scholarship from New York City Dance Alliance and went on with CDT to perform in New York City,where the seniors were honored to be invited to perform in the Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Austria. At seventeen, she was accepted to Ballet Austin’s Summer Intensive. At eighteen, Tiffany won the Top Senior Solo at NYCDA and then headed back to Austin to train with the company. Tiffany has worked and performed with Ballet Austin, Northern Michigan Dance Collective, Forklift Dance Productions, and the Fitness Angels in Houston Texas.
Sara Roorda, Studio Co-Founder
Sara Roorda began her formal dance training in Caledonia, Michigan and was quickly hooked for life! She furthered her education by taking classes and workshops across the country and at the collegiate level by taking dance classes at Hope College. She has performed at various recitals, competitions, and at the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts for many years. While at Hope College, Sara was a member of the Leadership Team for Sacred Dance where she choreographed and performed for several worship services. She has been teaching a variety of classes in the studio setting for the past 13 years. Sara enjoys working with students of all ages and believes in dance as an expression of the soul as well as dancing for fun!
Bridget Coffey has a BA with a minor in dance from Western Michigan University. She started dancing in Saginaw and continued in Traverse City. She is now thrilled to be back in Cadillac with a studio for her and her daughter to dance. When she is not dancing, she is spending time with her husband, children, black lab. She's also the talent behind "Megan's Cupcakes" and recently authored her first book, Adventures of The Chief Cupcake.
Julie Rice's dance training began right here in Cadillac with Jeannie Wallin at the J-Mar Dance Studio. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics and soon became an assistant teacher, which laid the foundation for her life-long passion. During high shool, Julie choreographed and perfomed in local pageants, theater productions, and talent shows, and was a member of the gymnastics team. At Michigan State University she received formal training in ballet, jazz, modern, choreography, improvisation, dance history and dance production. She continued her intensive ballet training at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City where she became an integral part of its development and later partnered in the studio for 9 years. Julie co-founded and performed professionally with Company Dance Traverse and was a long time faculty member. She has also attended U of M/Interlochen's summer programs where she received additional training from nationally acclaimed teachers. Julie and her husband Dale have three grown children.
Whitney studied dance in Traverse City at The Dance Centre and went on to earn a BA in Dance at Western Michigan University. She danced professionally with America's original jazz dance company, Giordano Jazz Chicago. She taught and choreographed for several years in Madison, Wisconsin before heading home to northern Michigan. Whitney is a nurse at Munson Cadillac. She and her husband have 3 children. We are excited to welcome Whitney's enthusiastic energy and award-winning choreograpy!
Julia began her ballet training here in Cadillac with our very own Miss Julie! Miss Julie instilled a love of ballet in Julia that has stayed with her all her life. Julia runs a daycare and her peaceful and patient demeanor is the perfect fit for inspiring young students. Julia says, "I love working with children and couldn't ask for a more wonderful experience than watching them learn to dance while having fun"!
Hannah is a native of Big Rapids where she grew up dancing. She worked her way up to teaching at her home studio. Her innovative choreography helped her couple win the 2017 YMCA's Dancing with the Y Stars competition. You can also catch her choreography onstage at many Cadillac Footliters productions. Her favorite dance styles are tap and lyrical. Hannah and her husband have one son.
Bethany has danced at the Conservatory of Dance since the age of 3 and Dance Project throughout High School to present. Bethany started teaching in 2016 and has continued her dance knowledge by attending two years of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School in Buffalo, NY. One of her main interests has been in proper stretching for safe flexibility. She has been certified through Alixa Flexibility’s modules one and two. She enjoys teaching a variety of styles which include Ballet, Acrobatics, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and recently starting an Intro to Contortion class. She loves being able to expand her love of dance to her students!
Amy Jo Rowland
Amy Jo conducts our Irish Program. Amy Jo danced competitively, taking all Gold in 2007 in all dances. She trained with the Heinzman School of Irish Dance, now the Ardon School (Detroit). She trained with Liz Heinzman (Grand Rapids) and Kolleen Quinn (Cadillac). She was granted permission to teach the Heinzman steps to dancers in our area. "The student becomes the teacher" is a legacy in Irish Dance. Amy Jo enjoys sharing the love of Irish music, history and dance. When not dancing she can be found making pottery and soap for her store, The Plump Pumpkin.
Miss Aspen has long been a studio parent, and now she's joining our staff! Dancing and singing are true passions for Aspen. She began taking dance classes around age six. Aspen continued to dance on and off throughout her childhood and held onto that passion into adulthood. She feels very fortunate to have spent the last nine years working in a preschool setting, where she can utilize these passions on a daily basis. Aspen is an Instructional Coach with NEMCSA Preschool and is excited to spend her evenings teaching at the dance studio.
Lindsey grew up in Cadillac dancing at the Landing Dance Academy. She took ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and modern classes throughout her time at the studio. She began in our teacher assistant program and loved working with the little ones. She went on to get a special education degree at Grand Valley State University. During her time in Grand Rapids she taught several dance classes at a studio called Hearts in Motion Dance Project. Lindsey recently became an early childhood special education teacher at Kenwood and she is so happy to be back teaching dance at the Landing!
Leah has been dancing at the Landing Dance Academy since 2010 and started teaching as a student teacher in 2018. She hopes to continue dancing as a minor in college as well as study physical therapy. Her favorite types of dance are contemporary and hip hop. She loves to share her passion for dance with her students and loves to help each student gain confidence in expressing themselves.