About Us

Elizabeth Shaffer – Costume Director and Public Relations Director

Elizabeth Shaffer, Kate Price’s mom wears many hats at the Academy of the Arts. She is the Costume director for our studio and for the Jackson Dance Company. She and her staff design, sew, order and alter all of the beautiful costumes used in the Academy and JDC performances. Elizabeth is also our Events manager,…

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Kendall Stephens – JDC Assistant Tap Director

Kendall began dancing when she was 3 years old. In the years that she studied at the Academy of the Arts she trained in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, and gymnastics. She was a member of the Jackson Dance Company for 7 years, and worked at the studio assisting and teaching classes during that…

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Christina Perry – Assistant Artistic Director JDC Rehearsal Director

Christina has been dancing for 20 years and her passion for dance was inspired from her early training under Betsy Carr, Marjorie Randazzo, and Melissa Ray at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City, MI. She then earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance at Butler University’s prestigious Jordan College of the Arts…

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Kate Price – Artistic Director and Owner, JDC Artistic Director

Kate Price is the Artistic Director and Co-owner of the Academy of the Arts, as well as the Artistic Director of the Jackson Dance Company. Kate and her husband Nate Price purchased the Academy of the Arts in 2010 from business founders, Steve and Lori Ladwig. Kate is a graduate of Spring Arbor University with…

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Jesyka Beers – Studio Manager and Irish Step Program Director

Jesyka Vetter is the Director of the Irish Step Dance Program at the Academy of the Arts. Jesyka started dancing when she was 4 and studied Ballet. She danced under the direction of Wendi DuBois and was a member of the Youth Dance Theatre in Chelsea Michigan (currently Ballet Chelsea). In 1999 she started taking…

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Nicole Khon – Acro Program Director

The Academy of the Arts is so thankful to have Nicole on staff and part of our AOTA family! Nicole Khon began working at the Academy of the Arts in 2012. She accepted the role as the Academy of the Arts Acro Program Director in 2015. Nicole is formally trained in gymnastics – training and…

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