Miss Tianna May- Melton: Owner, Instructor
Miss Tianna has been dancing for 30+ years and teaching for 19. She received training from various dance studios and danced competitively both on the regional and national levels. She was also a member of the Greater Lansing Ballet Company where she studied under Barbara Banakikowski Smith and also received training with Ballet Magnificat. Tianna graduated from Calvin College in 2005 with a degree in psychology and dance. She has a heart for those with special needs and has created dance programs for many local studios and churches. She Introduced "Joy In Motion" to the community, which is a nonprofit division of Integrity that offers free dance lessons to students with disabilities.
Miss Hope Welch: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet Instructor
Miss Hope has been dancing for 25 years and teaching for 12. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap and folk. Miss Hope trained with Lori Ladwig at the Jackson Ballet Company for many years and then later at the Greater Lansing Ballet Company with Barbara Banakikowski Smith. Miss Hope graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in psychology and a health promotion specialization. While there she also studied Laban and Modern dance. Miss hope also has a Master's in Psychology and is our Outreach Team Director.
Miss Courtney Houldsworth: Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical Instructor
Miss Courtney has been dancing for 22 years, teaching for 8, and is educated in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and pom. She trained at numerous studios in Grand Rapids, competing regionally and nationally. Miss Courtney has coached local high school dance teams, was a member of Davenport University's Dance Team, and has danced semi-professionally. Miss Courtney earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and a Master's in Management, both from Davenport University. She strives to share her passion with young dancers in a fun and positive learning environment and is our Marketing Director.
Miss Sarah Nichols: Preschool, Ballet, Jazz Instructor
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Miss Sarah has been dancing for more than 20 years and is proficient in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Contemporary dance. She received her training at Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts, Payne Academy of Performing Arts, and The Woodlands Civic Ballet in Houston, dancing with several different companies and competition teams throughout the years. Miss Sarah is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at Calvin College and has a passion for sharing her love of dance with children. She continues to bring that passion and joy to our IDA family.
Miss Taylor LaCombe: Preschool Instructor
Miss Taylor has been dancing for 15+ years and is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, pointe, and hip hop. She has received her training at Integrity Dance Arts where she has participated in many programs including the Outreach Team Captain, Demonstrator, and Joy in Motion. Miss Taylor is currently studying at Calvin University majoring in Kinesiology for Physical Therapy. She is very excited to continue being part of the Integrity family and to inspire and teach the next generation of dancers!
Miss Sarah Marley: Ballet & Pointe Instructor
Miss Sarah was born on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, training in the Cecchetti Method. She continued her training with the Orlando Ballet School and was accepted into the trainee program at age fourteen, performing in the corps de ballet alongside the professionals. She was invited to join the company in 2004 and danced with them for the next six seasons. That year she became part of the Orlando Ballet School faculty, teaching ballet, pointe, and conditioning classes. Miss Sarah has danced with the San Diego Ballet, Company C Contemporary Ballet, the San Diego Opera, and Smuin Ballet. Miss Sarah joined the Grand Rapids Ballet in 2019 and is in her 3rd season with the company.
Miss Riley Teunis: Preschool Instructor
Miss Riley has been dancing for 9 years training in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and modern. She is an Integrity Dance Arts alumni and participated in many programs including the Outreach Team Captain, Demonstrator Program, and Joy in Motion Coach. Miss Riley studied Dance and Elementary Education at Calvin University and is planning on continuing her studies at Grand Valley University. Miss Riley is also a children’s director at a local church. She is excited for this year and to continue to share her love for dance with students.