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Conservatory of Dance was established in 1990 and is located in Manistee, MI.  Our studio is the most comprehensive dance studio within Manistee County, offering 10 different styles of dance and classes for students from ages 3 to adult. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit or finally ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you. The teachers at Conservatory of Dance have a vast range of experience across many disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.


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Our Journey

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Meet The Staff

Tarah Hodges

Co-Owner / Instructor
Teaching since 2004
Tarah started at the Conservatory of Dance at age 5. During her time at the studio she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. After graduating high school she auditioned and was hired at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a famous princess. She is certified in Ballet and Jazz through Dance Masters of America. Tarah has choreographed for the Drama department at Manistee High School and is the past manager and choreographer for the Manistee High School Dance Team. Tarah loves all things Disney, her dogs, Gunner and Meiko and her cat, Binx.


Alissa Solberg

Teaching since 2011

Alissa began her dance training at the Conservatory of Dance at age 4. While growing up at the studio, she enjoyed all kinds of dance but developed a real passion for Acrobatics. She is certified in the Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Arts and has completed Level 3 of the Dance Masters of America curriculum. She loves to share her knowledge of Acro and dance with her students and see them progress!  Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, her twin sister and her fluffly peek-a-poo, Finley.


Kaylan Kolanowski

Teaching since 2020

Kaylan is a COD alumni and has danced at the Conservatory since the age of 3. She graduated from Manistee High School in 2018 and is now pursuing a career in Nursing. In her spare time she likes to shop and travel the country!


Jenna Fortier

Teaching since 2021

Bio coming soon.


Shelli Golembiewski

Co-Owner / Instructor 
Teaching since 2009 
Shelli was born and raised in Manistee and loves this area! She took her first dance class at the Conservatory of Dance at age 4 and continued through high school.  As a high school junior she was chosen to be a member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Ballet Ensemble and toured three countries in Europe. Her senior year she choreographed, as well as performed in, the Manistee High School musical "42nd Street". She is a graduate of Dance Masters of America with certifications in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Shelli is married to her awesome husband, Jason, and mother to their adorable daughter, Quinn.


Beth Socher

Teaching since 2016

Beth is a COD alumni and has danced at the Conservatory since the age of 3. She graduated from Manistee High School in 2016 and is now pursuing a career in Dance Education. In her spare time she likes to practice hairstyles on her friends and spend time hanging out with her family. She is also involved in the Peer to Peer program at the high school working with kids with Autism.


Jadyn Baker

Teaching since 2021

Bio coming soon


Lauren Judkins

Teaching since 2021

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