Whitney attended a Latin dance class on a whim two years ago and has been dancing almost every day since! She shares her love for bachata with LMDC in her group class and private lessons, but you can find her on the social scene dancing everything from salsa to blues to swing. Whitney hopes to bring the same passion and experience of personal growth that she found through dance to others, and her belief that dancing should be fun, transformative, and a little bit sexy is most evident in her LMDC nickname, Booty Boss.
Samantha has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She got her start in pole here at Lorraine Michaels in 2015 and fell in love with it. Sam encourages everyone to try pole not only for the moves but also for the amazing confidence boost.
Jake recently moved to Albany from Florida where he had been working as a dance instructor. He was immediately welcomed into our LMDC family and currently instructs salsa group classes and private lessons in most every style of dance. He brings with him a Southern enthusiasm that’s sure to brighten the spirits of all whom he instructs.
Gary has been dancing Latin for over 5 years now but it was three years ago that he discovered and fell in love with Kizomba on a trip back to his home in England. Since then, Gary has taken private study and attended regional congresses to perfect his skills and now shares this passion for dance in the local dance scene.
Vaughn initially started at LMDC as a student. She took exotic and pole dancing and upon completing Pole 2, she was asked to instruct which she has been doing for many years. Vaughn currently teaches exotic pole/chair as well as Pole 2.
Jason has been dancing for over 15 years. For over ten years, he has been an instructor in Swing, Latin & Ballroom dance. Currently, Jason organizes and promotes Swing and Ballroom Dance events throughout the capital region. He has been instructing Swing and Ballroom classes at the Troy and Greenbush YMCA from 2004 to the present and the Arts Center from 2009 to the present. Jason offers private instruction for individuals, couples, and even large groups.
David Wade Whittaker ("Doc") is an instructor and the Stage Arts Director for both Dancin' Ballroom & Stage Arts Center (Leesburg, FL) and the Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre (Albany, NY). He has been teaching for more than 40 years in the social/elegant arts (Social/ballroom dance, image, speech & charm) and stage arts (acting, modeling & pageantry). He is a graduate of Central College/RCA in Pella, IA (with an elementary education major-concentration in theatre, communications/speech) and is also a graduate of the Bette Bonn International School of Modeling & Charm (IA) and Louise Boyka Studio of Stage Arts/Charm (Schenectady, NY).
David's previous work experience includes: Actor/Model/Dancer in regional television & commercials, Instructor of modeling/image development & acting for a few companies (Vocational State Licenses- NY & FL), Instructor/Specialist and Counselor/Manager for Arthur Murray Dance Studios (NY & FL) and Agency Director for John Casablancas Model/Talent Management (Central & West Coast Florida).
Aside from producing his own programs, David devotes time for judging other events, including (past): NY State fianls to Miss World- USA, "Talent America" Awards (NY), Technics "Grand National Disco Dance Competition" (NY), Miss Teen (NY), America's Jr. Miss (FL), national finals for the Patriot USA Beauty Pageant, "Ujena's Cover Girl" with Swimwear Illustrated and recently, a judge for Miss Deaf International (world finals), among many others. He is currently writing books about self-refinement for different age groups and likes to keep up with all the news of his present and past students.
Beau started dancing in 1982 at the beginning of the Breakdancing Movement. He was a featured dancer on MTV's "The Grind" and has been teaching in the Capital District for the last 10+ years.
Lorraine is the owner & operator of Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre. She teaches Silver IV Ballroom, Silver/Gold Ballroom, Intermediate Ballroom, American Tango & Waltz, Samba, Advanced Big House Ballroom, Intermediate Big House Ballroom, and the Kinderhook Ballroom classes. Please see the class schedule and descriptions for more information on these classes.