Our History

Great Lakes Dance Academy in Petoskey was established in 2007 under the direction of Debora Knight. GLDA is now owned and directed by Brandy Solberg. Under her direction the school has broadened the curriculum to accommodate the recreational dancer as well as those who want to compete. GLDA has held the philosophy that dance should be for everyone and that exposure to the arts gives young and old alike the best outlet of expression.

The staff provides safe positive self-discipline, a warm and caring atmosphere where many of our adolescents feel comfortable sharing problems and issues that could sometimes stop them from continuing. This is done through a listening ear but more importantly through a focus on their dance progress and positive learning.

GLDA has established a fine reputation in the dance community for offering excellent dance training and offering the community many opportunities to experience outstanding performances. Our goal is to continue into the future with solid dance training, continuing education programs for our teachers and to make dance available to all who wish to enjoy it.

GLDA Policies & Procedures 


Meet the Team


Brandy Solberg - Hogan

Great Lakes Dance Academy Owner and Instructor

Crystal Mason

GLDA Administrative Assistant

Lexi Norlander

GLDA Dance Instructor

Sherrie Hoshield

GLDA Dance Instructor


Audrey Marvin

GLDA Dance Instructor

Lydia Lanzinger

GLDA Dance Instructor

Shannon Pemble

GLDA Dance Instructor

Deborah Knight

GLDA Dance Instructor