Lakeshore has recently moved into a 27,000 square foot facility and is one of the largest gyms in the area. While we have settled in we are in the process of some renovations and additions.
The Dance area has two large studios boasting custom built dance floors.
Recreational gymnastics and preschool classes have their own dedicated equipment with 4 different bars, 5 beams, a vaulting area and use of our full-size spring floor.
There is nothing more adorable than watching our preschoolers in their very own preschool area utilizing state of the art equipment, including a large floor, 4 beams, 4 bars of various styles, vaulting Area and Tumble Track.
The Girl's Competitive Gymnastics area includes a full-size spring floor, 4 uneven bars, high bar over in-ground pit, 2 vault tables, 6 regulation balance beams, including low and floor beams, and 2 Tumble Tracks.
The Boy's Competitive Gymnastics area includes rings, 2 sets of parallel bars, 2 Pommel horses, 2 high bars (one over an in-ground pit), uneven bars, a full-size spring floor and 2 Tumble Tracks.
The Rhythmic Gymnastics Team uses a second full size spring floor.
Irene started her journey at Lakeshore when she was just a teenager studying dance, under our previous owner Sally DeAngelo. Quickly she climbed the latter from student to teacher to a manager and now to taking over the 41 year business of Lakeshore Dance and Gymnastics. In her college years Irene went to Kent State and Cleveland State University to study dance, coming home every weekend to teach at Lakershore! Back in 1999 Irene even ran the recital while pregnant with her daughter Sarah, which we are sure is why Irene was a dance & cheer mom for 18 years here at Lakeshore. Dancing is her heart and soul. Irene has always taught our babies, in dance and gymnastics. Still to this day Irene loves helping our young dancers and gymnasts by teaching around 10 classes each week when she is not running the business. Everyone knows her as Miss. Irene but now-a-days she is just Irene being a friend, mentor, mom and girl boss. Being a female business owner has been such an empowering journey for her.
Dance Director, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro
Alex began dancing as soon as she could stand, she grew up dancing at her mom, Carol's, studio. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. Alex started dancing competitively at age 7 and has won many national titles throughout the years. Alex was on the dance team at Miami University where she received her undergrad degree in Biology, she also holds a Masters degree in Physiology from Case Western Reserve University. Alex began teaching at Lakeshore in 2015, and in 2017 she started our youngest ever dance company of 4 & 5 year olds! She is currently the Dance Director and teaches rec and company classes! Alex is an Acrobatic Arts certified instructor.
Tap and Ballet
Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop
Ballet & Acro
Amelia Foreman was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, and has been dancing since she was ten. She started out as a competitive gymnast. Amelia has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, pointe, lyrical, character jazz, musical theatre, acrobatics and modern technique. Special skills include tumbling and training in Lyra. Amelia started dancing at Academy of Dance, in Jacksonville, Fl. Her first two years of college, Amelia attended Florida State College at Jacksonville, where she was in “danceWORKS” Repertory Company. She graduated from Troy University, as a dance major of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Training includes the Florida Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet summer intensives. She has danced with the Montgomery Ballet and is currently dancing with Inlet Dance Theatre. She also participated in the DAP Festival and performed multiple times in Italy. .
Bobby Ford holds a Multidisciplinary Fine Arts Degree from Lake Erie College. He specializes in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Bobby has twenty years of dance experience performing and competing. Although skilled with a variety of dance Bobby focuses on Hip hop. As a college Internship student, Bobby has interned in Hollywood, California working for Capitol Films and Sennett Entertainment. After Interning and learning the ropes of production, Bobby made the professional leap as choreographer. He began at Kehoe Music and dance. Here he choreographed and became performance coordinator; planning, directing, and staging their concert. He believes in creative freedom and expression through dance. Hip Hop has no barriers or boundaries.
Preschool Dance & Social Media Manager
Sarah Graber started dancing and doing gymnastics at Lakeshore at just 16 months old doing our parent & tot classes with her mom, Irene. Sarahs passion for performing started at very young age, always entertaining all of the Staff. Sarah was apart of our Dance Company studying under many teachers including our own- Jen Esposito & Carol Landis. She was also apart of our (ended) All-Star Cheer program as a level 4 cheerleader. As a dancer Sarah trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, Acro & Lyrical. She was apart of many of our winning dances from the mid 2000s till her graduation in 2018. In addition to her love of Dance Sarah is studying Event Planning at Tri-C. Now you can find Sarah teaching some of our preschoolers or on her laptop creating content for our Instagram and Facebook
Preschool Gymnastics Director
& Prestige Coach
Anna has been a lifelong gymnast! She competed at the national level at the age of 11 in level 10 Trampoline and Tumbling. She has been coaching since the age of 15 and with Lakeshore since 2004. She is the co-creator of our pre-team program and in 2018 her Level 3 team took 2nd place at State Meet! Anna is currently the head of our preschool, pre-team and competitive Bronze program. While preschool is one of her favorite ages to teach, she loves the sisterhood that her pre-team and competitive athletes develop with one another. When not teaching, Anna loves to drink coffee, listen to music or get out and enjoy a long nature hike!
Prestige Gymnastics Coach
Prestige Gymnastics Head Coach
Whitney was a level 10 gymnast, qualified to level 10 nationals and was a level 10 state champion. She also graduated from Kent State with a middle childhood education degree in 2018. She began coaching at 15 and started at Lakeshore in June of 2020 to take over as our head team coach and team director.
Prestige Gymnastics Coach
Janet competed collegiately at Kent State, and was even the captain of her team. Janet has been coaching for over 40 years and has produced handfuls of college athletes and successful level 10s. She has been at Lakeshore since 2018 and works with all of our team athletes.
Gymnastics Coach and Boys Team Head Coach
Tom was a college gymnast at Ohio State. He has been coaching boys and girls for over 40 years. He has coached level 10 boys and girls, and is currently our boys team director and also assists with coaching some of our team girls as well as recreational classes.
Recreational Gymnastics Coach
Abby recently graduated from John Carroll University and studied both political science and history. She has been involved in the world of gymnastics since she was 8 years old. Abby competed for both Lakeshore and her high school gymnastics team. She’s been coaching for the past 3 years and says it has been an extremely rewarding experience. In the future, she hopes to become a high school history teacher and continue coaching gymnastics.
Marianne has been coaching gymnastics since 2016 when her daughter started on a competitive team. While maintaining a full-time job and school, her love for the sport has kept her in the gym teaching everything from preschool to competitive USAG level 5. She’s been with Lakeshore since 2019. Currently Marianne teaches every level in our Stepping Stones program, but has taught preschool classes to Team Xcel Bronze. In her downtime, you will often find her reading a good book, working out, or cuddling with the family pet, Steve the Guinea Pig!
Kim was a competitive gymnast for 10 years which included Collegiate Gymnastics at Kent State and she is proud to have been part of the first MAC Championship team. She began coaching and judging of gymnastics at age 16 and gymnastics has remained a major part of her life since. Kim was the head coach at the West End YMCA for 14 years and began with the Lakeshore in 2009. She still loves to coach and watch as our students learn this amazing sport. Whether it is on one of our completive teams or just learning basics which will lead into development and strength for their future, it is a great place to be!!
Alayanna began her gymnatics journey here at Lakeshore Dance and Gymnastics at just three years old. She competed as a gymnast in high school, and competed on the cheer team with Lakeshore shortly before graduating. She started coaching over ten years ago, at the age of 15. In the future she hopes to make a success of her personal cleaning business, nannying service, and continue coaching gymnastics.
Hi my name is Kristen has been coaching at Lakeshore for about 5 years is the co-head coach to the bronze team and also helps with the recreational program. During the daytime she works at the Cleveland Clinic. Her daughter is currently a level 3 gymnast and she loves to share the passion for gymnastics.
Elena Furman started practicing Rhythmic Gymnastics at age 6 and fell in love with it. Over the course of 15 years she had progressed from a beginner to a title of “master of Sport of SSSR’, participating in Ukrainian regional and College teams. When she moved to Israel at age 21 she continued actively participating in the development of rhythmic gymnastics and worked as rhythmic coach, while pursuing her education as a dentist. When she moved to the U.S. Elena joined Lakeshore to help to introduce the beautiful world of rhythmic gymnastics to little kids as a part time instructor. Since 2008 Elena has been working with beginner gymnasts, helping them to develop flexibility, strength, coordination and self-discipline by sharing her knowledge and passion for rhythmic gymnastics
Kathy started rhythmic gymnastics at Lakeshore when she was 9 years old and continued up until level 9. She competed and won numerous first places in her career. Kathy started assistant coaching when she was 15 and has really enjoyed leading practices for the young rising gymnasts.