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About the Studio

Living Arts Dance Studio opened its doors in September of 1992 in the town of Mason, MI by our 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, MI. We currently have studios in both towns and provide a high level of dance education that's mentally and physically healthy and fun.  

All of our instructors periodically attend dance teacher conventions in places like New York and stay up on all the latest teaching trends through groups like CLI Studios. 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.

We live by the motto that Dance Makes You Happy! 

Meet Our Instructors

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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 Owosso High School, she attended Lansing Community College and studied dance. During her college years she traveled to Barcelona, Spain to study dance abroad. She was also a member of Happendance Modern Dance Company for 10 years.  

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Brielle Densmore began dancing at the age of three and is a Living Arts Alumni. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, and Musical Theater. She was also a member of Living Arts Dance Team and the Lansing Community College’s dance company. During her career she has participated in LCC’s Choreographer’s Showcase, as well as being entrusted to choreograph musicals for the Williamston High School including their productions of Singing in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, and Elf. In her more recent personal pursuits, Brielle has enjoyed performing in Music Man and Mary Poppins with the theater company Evolve Theatrics. As a dance instructor at Living Arts, Brielle is honored to share her passion for dance with her students.

A special note of thanks to

Marcie Kay Photography

for these beautiful photos. 

2023/2024 Dance Assistants

Living Arts has assistants that help out each week in several of our classes. This is a tremendous help to our instructors and our students love it.  


This season's dance assistants are:

Macey Carlson

Morgan Carlson

Anna De Le Cruz

Gabriella McCann

Emily McCann

Kaitlyn Oversmith


All Living Arts instructors and assistants 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. 

They know Dance Makes You Happy!

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