About Us

The Academy of the Arts was established in 1996 by founder and director Mrs. Lori Ladwig. The AOTA provides an array of diverse dance training for children ages 18 months to 18 years old. Located in Spring Arbor, MI (just outside of Jackson MI), in our four studio beautiful 8,000 sq. foot facility.

 

Mission

Academy of the Arts was created to serve the community by providing a Christian atmosphere for the development of positive attitudes and values for all students and by offering programs that are fun, encouraging and uplifting. Academy of the Arts strives to provide a safe learning environment for students with loving, encouraging teachers, quality and competitive technical training, as well as artistic and challenging choreography.

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Faculty

Kate Price

Kate Price

Kate Price

Artistic Director and Owner
JDC Artistic Director

Jesyka Vetter

Jesyka Vetter

Jesyka Vetter

Studio Manager
Irish Step Program Director

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Elizabeth Shaffer

Elizabeth Shaffer

Costume Director
Public Relations Director

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Christina Perry

Christina Perry

Assistant Artistic Director
JDC Rehearsal Director

Erin Miller

Erin Miller

Erin Miller

Ballet Program Director
JDC Ballet Company Director

Elizabeth Shaffer

Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson

Preschool Program Director
Youth Tap Program Director

Nicole Khon

Nicole Khon

Nicole Khon

Acro Program Director

Kendall Stephens

Kendall Stephens

Kendall Stephens

JDC Assistant Tap Director