At Conservatory of Dance, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance, welcoming children and adults who can’t help but feel the rhythm! Established in 1990, we aim to create a positive, welcoming environment that is encouraging for all.
Located in Manistee, MI, Conservatory of Dance is the most comprehensive dance studio within Manistee County. We offer 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 disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging. Enroll for group lessons or book private lessons at a time that suits you.
Meet The Staff
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 has completed level 3 of Dance Masters of America Teacher Training and continues to further her dance education yearly. Tarah has choreographed for the Drama department at Manistee High School and works with the Manistee High School dance team as manager and choreographer. She has co-choreographed and co-produced four productions performed at the Ramsdell Theater. Tarah loves all things Disney, her dogs, Gunner and Meiko and her cat, Binx.
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. She has also 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.
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 has co-choreographed and co-produced four productions in the past four years. She has completed Level 3 of the Dance Masters of America curriculum and continues her dance education yearly. Shelli is married to her awesome husband, Jason, and mother to their adorable daughter, Quinn.
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.
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!