About Fenton School of Dance

Founded in 1981 by Susan Carter (owner, choreographer and instructor), Fenton School of Dance (FSD) quickly outgrew its first location and in 1987 added an additional facility called The Dance Extension. In 2013, both locations were consolidated to one state-of-the-art, multi-studio facility in historic Downtown Fenton.

The Academy within Fenton School of Dance provides advanced training and opportunities for students serious about the art form of Dance.

Instruction is provided by certified teachers, who consistently produce National Champions in the Competition Dance circuits. FSD fosters an excellent environment for students to have fun, make new friends, grow personally, grow creatively, and grow professionally.

Class sizes are limited, students cannot be younger than 2 years old. Call us at (810) 629-3551 to learn more about enrollment.

FSD Staff

Mrs. Carter, Owner/Director/Instructor
Susan began her early dance training with Enid Ricardeau in Detroit. She performed and was a major company member with The Detroit City Ballet. She attended Butler University as a dance major. Following college she lived, worked and studied in N.Y.C.. She danced with Joffrey, Luigi, New York City Ballet & American Ballet Theatre. She performed with Regional Summer Stock Theatre in Virginia, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Susan is a teacher member of the Dance Masters of America and The Cecchetti Council of America. Her students are regularly examined and receive the highest honors. Her students have gone on to dance professionally around the country. Many attend college on dance scholarship and perform on dance teams. She has also worked as a judge at Regional competition. Susan is thrilled with Fenton School of Dance & Academy’s newest location in Downtown Fenton. She is also very proud of her talented all adult staff.


Chelsea Carter, Co-Director Academy, Instructor
Chelsea trained at the Fenton School of Dance and Academy for 16 years as part of a team that attained regional and national awards, as well as performing for 5 consecutive years with the Jazz Dance Theater Youth Project. She then went on to train at the University of Michigan Flint, undertaking several choreography opportunities and performing in the UofM ensemble. She intermittently took classes in New York at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway from such artists as Mark Begasse, Savion Glover and Suzi Taylor and has since worked at/with multiple studios and schools teaching master classes and constructing dance team choreography. Chelsea has trained and choreographed for the Mr. Teen and Junior Mr. Dance Master’s of Michigan as well as multiple other DMM contestants. She currently holds a Grade IV Cecchetti certificate and works mainly with FDA’s competitive dancers. Her love of dance and her students is reflected in their continuing successes. 


Crystyl Mitchell-Fritz, Co-Director Academy, Instructor
Crystyl Mitchell-Fritz grew up dancing in MI and began working as a teacher and choreographer directly after high school. She moved to NYC where she studied on multiple scholarships at Broadway Dance Center while working as a dancer and choreographer in the city. Her work spans across every genre of the industry and has been featured in Dancer and Dance Teacher Magazine. CMF’s resume includes the NY Knicks City Dancers, NYC Cher Farewell Tour After-Party, pop group Twenty One, R&B artist Camilla, Wella, Cedar Point Live Entertainment, Make Your Move and has been a guest choreographer for schools, companies and workshops all over the Midwest including MSU, Grand Valley, Western MI, LCC, Jamnation, Get Up and Dance, danceSTATIC, thePROJECT and many more. CMF counts her students accomplishments among her greatest achievements. Her students are featured throughout the entertainment industry and have been seen on Broadway in Mama Mia, The Producers, MTV Music Awards, Veggie Tales, The Wade Robson Project, feature film Across the Universe, Nickelodeon, VH1, MTV’s The Mall and NFL Half-Time showcases to name a few. She has won numerous choreography awards and helped Fenton Dance Academy become one of the premiere dance companies for talented youth in Michigan. CMF loves working with young dancers of all ages and helping them realize their full potential through choreography, hard work and creative expression.  


Mrs. Waterfield, Instructor
* Studied, trained and competed in the UK from the age of 5.
* Passed primary through grade IV ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) exams with honors in ballet, tap and jazz.
* Bronze, silver and gold junior medalists in tap with ISTD.
* Attained gold standard in adult tap with IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association).
* Part of world record-breaking team for most tap dancers tapping at one time.
Lisa is our professional Little People’s instructor. She is the “Mary Poppins” of dance and her students adore her! She also works with our Pre-Academy dancers teaching tap. They have won many awards at competition, which attests to her expertise with our young dancers. 


Danielle Emerson, Instructor
Danielle has been a dancer since the age of 6 at the Fenton School of Dance & Academy. She was a member of the “Academy” for 9 years and competed in many Regional & National competitions. She is an “Overall Placement” winner. Danielle holds a Grade IV Cecchetti Ballet Certificate. As a college student, she is a member of the Honors Program as well as the Nursing Program at the University of Michigan-Flint. She is projected to graduate in May 2018. While at the University, Danielle is a member of the Student Dance Organization as both a performer and choreographer. As a teacher and choreographer at the Fenton School of Dance, Danielle works with many of the recreational dancers as well as the award winning Junior TapLine. 

Stephanie Sacker and Lisa Johns, Instructors

Stephanie comes to FSD from New York City where she earned her degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Dance Theatre. She has loads of experience in all disciplines of dance and theatre and an outgoing personality that we know will be a great fit with our students. Stephanie will be teaching Twinkle Tots, Primary and Adult classes.

Lisa’s background includes a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Dance from Oakland University. Her expertise is combining her dance knowledge and gymnastics/acrobatics experiences to enhance and support our dancers. She has a strong foundation as an acrobatics and gymnastics coach and will be teaching our Acrobatics classes on Saturdays. We are excited about the opportunity for our students to learn from her!


Karen Bowns, Administrator
Karen Bowns joined Fenton School of Dance in April of 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Karen enjoys working with people and is excited to be part of the “dance family”.