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Selecting a studio for your dancer can be challenging, to say the least. Let us share some information on why Great Lakes Dance Factory might the right choice for you.

​Excellence in Training

GLDF is owned and directed by nationally acclaimed and awarded choreographer, Crystyl Mitchell-Fritz. She has been training and inspiring young dancers for over 20 years. Her youth dancers are regularly recognized with scholarships, top awards and national titles. Many of her students have continued on to professional careers in the dance and entertainment industry. You can find her former dancers on Broadway, featured in music videos, commercials, television and feature films. Many students have also continued their dance training through college dance programs, have opened their own studios and are working choreographers in the industry. There is no question that GLDF offers some of the best instructors, training and choreography in the state of Michigan.

Empowering Youth

It is our mission to not only teach local youth how to dance, but to also instill them with confidence, self-respect and a sense of responsibility. We offer student mentoring programs to help dancers achieve their goals and develop their skills as future teachers/choreographers. We encourage, support and instill the exploration of creative expression. We strive to help dancers find value in who they are and the unique talents they bring to class.


Great Lakes Dance Company (GLDCo), our competitive program, participates in several volunteer opportunities throughout the season. From collecting food/necessities for the homeless to adopting a family during the holidays - we like to give back!

Dance Fam

From celebrating birthdays, hosting holiday parties or doing team-building picnics, we've got the best Dance Fam around! We are proud of the supportive, inclusive, creative space we have cultivated for your dancers.

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