Tracy Burton joined the Alma College staff in February of 2016 and was charged with the responsibility of creating a dance team, which began performing at Alma College athletics events during the 2016-17 season.
Burton began development of the Alma program after serving as the coach for the Laker Dance Team at Grand Valley State University from 2009-11. Under her leadership, GVSU's Laker Dance Team launched into the top 5 ranking for the first time by bringing home a fifth-place trophy at the NDA National Dance Team Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla. In 2010, GVSU experienced even greater success by taking third place in both categories of dance and hip hop at the NDA national competition. In 2011, Burton concluded her career at GVSU with a first-place win for the Laker Dance Team in the dance division category. The team also brought home a National Championship trophy for the first time in history for either of GVSU's dance or cheer teams.
Burton began her dance training at the age of 5 and continued taking formal lessons in various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop and tap. This led her to become a part of the senior company at Sonja's Elite Dance Academy in Kentwood, Mich., which included traveling to regional and national competitions in Michigan, Chicago, South Carolina, Florida, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. While in high school, Burton also was a member of the East Kentwood Varsity Dance Team, which repeatedly placed within the top five standings at the UDA National Dance Team Competition in Orlando, Florida. She continued her dance education at the collegiate level while attending ballet and contemporary dance classes at Grand Valley State University during the 2003-04 academic year.
Burton is married to Drew Burton, who is the offensive line coach at Saginaw Valley State University. The couple resides in Alma with their daughter, Kinley.