The Academy of the Arts was established in 1996 by founder and director Mrs. Lori Ladwig. Nathan and Kate Price purchased AOTA in 2010. AOTA is the official training school for the Jackson Dance Company. A pre-professional dance company that connects the artistry of dance with our passion for Christ. AOTA provides an array of diverse dance training for children ages 18 months to 18 years old. Located in Spring Arbor, MI (just outside of Jackson MI), in our four studio beautiful 9,000 sq. foot facility.


Kate Price

Artistic Director and Owner
JDC Artistic Director

Jesyka Vetter

Studio Manager and Irish Step Program Director

Elizabeth Shaffer

Costume Director and Public Relations Director

Natalie Anderson

Early Childhood Program Director

Nicole Kohn

Acro Program Director

J.P. Krick

Hip Hop program Director

Youth Tap Program Director

JDC Tap Director


Academy of the Arts was created to serve the community by providing a Christian atmosphere for the development of positive attitudes and values for all students and by offering programs that are fun, encouraging and uplifting. Academy of the Arts strives to provide a safe learning environment for students with loving, encouraging teachers, quality and competitive technical training, as well as artistic and challenging choreography.