About The Studio

Living Arts Dance Studio opened its doors in September of 1992 in the town of Mason by the founding director Susan Byrd. For several years we had just the one location until she decided to open a second studio in the town of Williamston. We currently still have studios in both towns to serve our customers throughout the area.

Miss Susan has danced since the age of 5 and always knew she would have a studio one day. She began assisting classes at the age of 15 and started teaching at 16. Once she graduated from high school she attended Lansing Community College and studied dance. During her college years she traveled to Barcelona, Spain to study dance abroad in three very reputable studios with several of their premier instructors. She was also a member of Happendance Modern Dance Company for 10 years.

Meet the Instructors

Both Miss Susan and Miss Olivia periodically attend dance teacher conventions in New York to stay up on all the latest teaching trends. Keeping our instructors educated gives us the knowledge to teach our students new approaches to dance instruction and is fundamental in keeping things fresh, fun and new.

Miss Olivia started dancing at Living Arts when she was 3 years old and hasn’t stopped. Once she was in high school she pretty much went on the same path as Miss Susan by assisting classes for several years and then becoming an instructor. She has a passion and true talent for instructing young children. Miss Olivia has also earned a degree in business from Lansing Community College and is taking on some of the business aspects of helping to manage the studio.

Miss Brielle is the newest instructor and has also grown up at Living Arts. She has been assisting for several years and taught part time last season. She has a passion for dance like no other and students will love her teaching style.

We also have assistants that help out each week in several of our classes. This is a tremendous help to our instructors and our students love it.


All Living Arts instructors love what they do. Their true passion and love for dance is evident in their teaching style in which all dancers, young and old, beginning to advanced benefit from their teaching style.