Lisa Sisco, 42, started dancing when she was 18 months old and many of her students can claim the same.
Sisco owns Lisa's Dance Factory in Woodhaven and her dance crew has agreed to be featured dancers in the Trenton Mid-Summer Festival.
Her team recently won first, second, third and honorable mention in a number of categories at a recent dance competition in Novi where judges sifted through 300 dance numbers before choosing winners.
Dancers from toddlers to adults competed including students from Trenton, Brownstown-Township and Woodhaven.
Sisco's first place squad was a group of energetic and highly motivated 9 to 12-year-old girls who competed in the hip hop category.
Sisco credits her success in competitions to her positive reinforcement approach to teaching dance.
"Out of 100 kids probably 85 of them call me mom," Sisco said. "It's a very close knit, family-oriented place. There's no drama around here."
Dance Factory instructors like Mike Cummings, 20, and Logan Block, 16, had great success in dance and gymnastics, but came back to mentor young dancers.
"I love Mrs. Lisa and all the little kids," Block said as a swarm of young dancers hugged her.
Many of Sisco's young students agree on one thing--they love dance and they love "Mrs. Lisa."
Madie, 11, and Emily, 12, said they love all of the teachers at Lisa's Dance Studio.
"The people are the greatest thing about this dance studio," nine-year-old Haley said.
Shelby, 8, said she likes learning new things and hanging out with the best teachers ever.
Sisco said she has trained several students who have gone on to be professional dancers. Some went on to study dance in New York, NY and another became a professional ballroom dancer who competes all over the U.S.
Dance Factory students go to workshops in Detroit and Chicago a few times each year to hone their skills.
The teams from the Dance Factory competing in the competition almost suffered a catastrophic circumstance when they had to ditch their costumes due to a mix-up at the designer. It was lucky for her the judges weren't judging the dancers on costumes at the event Sisco said.
Sisco said she is currently accepting new dancers now through August for classes starting in September at Lisa's Dance Factory, 22905 West Road. For more information call 734-675-8160.
Dance crews from Lisa's Dance Factory can be seen from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 on the main stage during the Trenton Mid-Summer Festival.