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Our highly qualified professional educators vary training methods and are available to teach a broad range of dance, instrumental & fitness formats.

Dance Instructors | Music Instructors | Theater Instructors | Fitness Instructors

lisa bandemer ~ manager, ballet, tap, jazz, zumba 
Lisa Bandemer

Lisa Bandemer was raised in Mt. Pleasant, and graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Development with a minor in Communication Disorders. She moved to the Ann Arbor area and worked at the University of Michigan North Campus Children's center as a preschool teacher.

Lisa has over 18 years of dance training, starting from the age of 3. She managed a dance studio in the Mt. Pleasant area, coached high school dance teams, taught dance classes all around the mid-Michigan area and was apart of a dance team in College. She teaches a variety of classes and is the manager at Michigan Academy of Dance & Music.  Lisa loves working with the families and staff more directly as the manager.

She received her Zumba certification in July 2011, her Zumba for Kids training in August 2012 and is most recently certified to teach Zumba Step. She is very passionate about the MI-Fit program and all of the families at Michigan Academy of Dance & Music.

Melissa Arnett ~ front desk receptionist 

Melissa Arnett was raised in Dexter, MI, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with her Bachelors in Sports Management and Communication. She has a background in recruitment, human resources, and higher education development, and currently holds a full-time position at the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys kayaking, hiking and participating in a variety of fitness activities including yoga and zumba.

She loves interacting with children of all ages and enjoys being part of the Michigan Academy of Dance & Music studio family.

Carrie Baker ~ ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical 

Carrie Baker started her dance training at the age of three. Years later she went on to receive a Business Degree and currently holds a full-time administration position at the University of Michigan.

When she is not at the office she focuses her time to teaching and learning various styles of dance. Carrie has taught a variety of dance styles locally for the past 10 years. She continues to perform and teach at recitals and community events. Her primary focus is in ballet, jazz and lyrical.

jeanette soroka~ hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap
Jeanette Soroka

Jeanette Soroka started her dance training at the age of three in a variety of dance styles. She began teaching at the age of 15 in the inner city of Detroit; performing locally as well as internationally in a dance exchange program.

Jeanette has instructed dance in a studio setting for the past 7 years participating in recitals, community events as well as competitions. Along with instructing dance at a studio, she was a dance team instructor for 4 years at a local high school.

Jeanette's primary focus at Michigan Academy of Dance and Music is teaching hip hop, jazz and competition.

kim smith~ ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, modern
Kimberly Sable Smith

Kimberly Sable Smith has been studying dance for twenty-three years, and has been teaching for over ten. She is experienced in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. As a teenager, she competed competitively throughout the country; winning numerous awards including first overall soloist at Showstopper’s National Dance Competition two years in a row. She also received many scholarships at major dance conventions such as New York City Dance Alliance, West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine, and Co. Dance Convention.

Upon high school graduation, Kimberly received a scholarship to the dance program at The University of Michigan. While at U of M, Kimberly had the opportunity to study under Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Amy Chavasse, and Robin Wilson; as well as dance with The University of Michigan Dance Team. After attaining her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she accepted a scholarship to a summer intensive with River North Dance Company in Chicago, and moved to NYC in the fall to further pursue her dance career. While in New York, Kimberly performed throughout the east coast at renowned venues such as New York’s City Center, New York’s Summer Stage, Brooklyn Ballet Theater, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance Theater with companies including The Next Stage Project, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, and DoubleTake Dance Company.

Kimberly recently relocated to Ann Arbor with her husband. She is thrilled to be able to pass on her experience and passion for dance to all of her students at Michigan Academy of Dance & Music.

maggie maiville~  tap

Marguerite "Maggie" Maiville has been dancing since she was three and started tap when she was seven. She is not going to tell you how long that is, but it's a long time. Maggie is a University of Michigan graduate in theater arts; she also has minors in biochemistry and Spanish. She has been teaching both theater and dance since she was in high school. During that time she has also worked with Dexter area students in swimming and academics.

Maggie performed and studied with The Royal Shakespeare Company at University of Michigan, and from 2005 through 2006 she was a performer at Disney World. She has taken tap dance classes with Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Heather Cornell, and Max Pollack, all of whom are Masters of American Tap Dance.

When Maggie was younger, she thought she wanted to be a choreographer. As she got older she discovered that being a dance teacher not only allows her to make up dances, but to share her love of performance with a new generation. In her classes here she often asks the students what kind of music or steps they want to use. Her goal is to encourage creativity and to allow her students to have more ownership of their dance by including them in the process. Maggie lives her life by the Walt Disney quote, "If you can dream it, you can do it."

ana lossing~ ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop
Paula Modafferi

Ana was raised in Big Rapids, MI, and began her dance training at Rhythmic Sky Studios. As a high schooler, she also served as the lead choreographer of her church’s dance team and instructed elementary to high school aged dancers.

Ana attended Central Michigan University where she studied dance as her minor. In her time as a student, Ana had a variety of performance opportunities, including choreographing and directing a modern dance performance to raise awareness about human trafficking. 

Ana has worked with kids in a variety of capacities, including as a dance instructor and a camp counselor, and she loves to share her passion for dance with young dancers while inspiring them to creativity, progress, and expression.

christina hawkins~ ballet, tap, jazz, special needs 
Marguerite Wooley

Christina Hawkins is originally from Virginia, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and then went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.  
 

Christina has decades of dance training, starting from the age of 6 and was a dance instructor for 17 years at Martinique School of Dance in Richmond, Virginia.   Teaching all ages, ballet, jazz, tap and modern and continued dance training at multiple schools such as Broadway Dance Center in New York and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.   In addition, Christina has conducted bootcamps, Zumba and many other fitness classes. 

She is very passionate about adaptive dance for those with physical and mental challenges.    

rebecca sproul gushue~ ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical
Rebecca Sproul

Rebecca Sproul Gushue is a dance artist, educator and choreographer.  She acts as the artistic director and choreographer at Gushue Moving Arts, a multifaceted dance organization she runs with her husband Charles Gushue.  Her choreographic work has been presented at the Collage at Brockport, the University of Rochester, Goucher College, the Goose Route Dance Festival, Green Space NYC, the Built on Stilts Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts NYC and Hoover Dam Collective NYC.

 She holds an MFA in choreography and performance from the College at Brockport and a BA in dance from Goucher College.  Along with running a dance company, Rebecca is a certified Pilates instructor, she was certified by SCOTT Pilates in Toronto, Canada, and through the Movement Salon in New York, NY.  She teachers group mat/reformer clases and private clients, specializing in pre/post-netal and senior care.  Rebecca is recently returned from spending her summer dancing at ResExtensa Dansa and touring Italy. 

natalie gervais ~ gymnastics
Natalie Gervais

Natalie is a current student-athlete going into her senior year on the gymnastics team at Eastern Michigan University. She moved all the way from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to continue my competitive gymnastics career, which now spans to 13 years. In addition to competing, Natalie has been coaching gymnastics for 8 years, including working in a dance studio teaching dancers creative acro and gymnastics elements they can include in their dances. She has always had a passion for teaching and kids, which has led her to study Elementary Education during my time at EMU. Natalie is excited to get to work with the dancers at Michigan Academy of Dance & Music!

ciara gresham ~ gymnastics
Ciara Gresham

Ciara Gresham is a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University and is part of the EMU gymnastics team. Ciara has been a gymnasts for 18 years, and also had training in ballet, tap and jazz. She has taught gymnastics in a variety of developmental groups ranging from ages 4 and up. Ciara enjoys spending time volunteering at a girls scout camps and teaching a variety of activities including gymnastics!

Music Instructors

jeffrey nicholas~ piano
Jeffrey Nicholas

Jeffery Nicholas is a pianist and composer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2013, having entered the Alexander School of Music with only a year of formal piano training under his belt. He studied piano with Dr. Joel Schoenhals and composition with Dr. Anthony Iannaccone, both alumni of the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

As a pianist he has accompanied extensively in his short career, performing with both the EMU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra as soloist and frequent ensemble member, accompanying solo recitals and voice classes as well as high school and college competitions.

As a composer Jeffrey has had premiers both at home and abroad: his Suite for Piano was premiered at EMU by Dr. Joel Schoenhals in 2012, and his choral work The Snow Manwas premiered at Pease Auditorium by Dr. Beth Everett and the EMU Chamber Choir in 2013. He also received his first commission and international premier from the soundSCAPE summer music festival in Maccagno, Italy, where he participated as a composition student. He will be attending Bowling Green State University as a graduate teaching assistant working toward a Master of Music degree in composition.

As a teacher, Jeffery seeks in instill a love for music in all of his students. He works to make lessons more fun than chore and hopes all of his students come away with a passion for music making inspired by their dedication to having joyful experience throughout their practice.

tony tomshany~ guitar
Tony Tomshany

Tony Tomshany is a life-long resident of Dexter. He has been playing guitar for over eight years and teaching guitar privately for two years. After high school graduation, he studied jazz guitar and music theory with John E. Lawrence and Michael Naylor at Washtenaw Community College. He also earned a certificate Guitar Building and Repair from Galloup School of Lutherie. He continues to develop his professional skills through private study and performance. Tony strives to learn new songs, teaching techniques and to improve his musical vocabulary.

Tony is a well-rounded guitarist and is comfortable playing and teaching rock, metal, jazz, classical, blues and acoustic guitar. Tony has played in a variety of bands, performing at many local and regional venues. He currently plays lead guitar in the band, Eyes Once Mine. His experience as a student, teacher, performer and recording artist has created his strong passion for playing guitar. He is dedicated to sharing his love and knowledge of guitar with students.

In his teaching, Tony strives to establish a comfortable environment for learning through a friendly, patient approach. His lesson plans are based on students’ interests and goals. Tony hopes to instill his enthusiasm and love of guitar and music to all of his students.

natalie copeland~ piano 
Natalie Copeland

Natalie Copeland is currently a junior at Eastern Michigan University where she is a Music major in Piano Performance. She has over 14 years of experience training, teaching and performing. She studied with Carol Ivkovich of Spring Arbor for four years, concert Pianist Zhihua Tang for a year and currently studies with Garik Pederson at EMU. 

Natalie has performed in Solo and Ensemble for four years and recieved superior ratings. 

Natalie loves sharing her passion of piano with children and introducing them to the joy of music! 

Scott Marlowe ~ guitar
Natalie Copeland

Scott Marlowe is a versatile musician and songwriter with over twenty-five years of experience in performance, production, and composition. As a seasoned guitarist, bassist, and vocalist, Scott's well-versed in many different styles and genres of music.  Under the direction of band leader Michael Naylor, Scott performed for several years in the WCC Jazz Orchestra while also studying under local jazz legend, John E. Lawrence.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, Scott was a music instructor at the Ann Arbor YMCA before joining the staff of the Michigan Academy of Dance and Music.  Working with students of all ages and abilities, Scott has developed an effective and flexible teaching method that uses a personalized approach for improving skill-level, technique, knowledge, and creativity.   

janet copeland~ piano 
Janet Bandemer

Janet has been teaching piano lessons for 15 years to students of all ages. For 6 of those years she taught at the Jackson School of arts, produced musicals, and shared our music to many community event including nursing homes.

Janet takes a creative approach to teaching and likes to combine several methods, theory, and games in order to become musically successful.

Janet strongly believe that we all have been given unique talent. Her gift and and special talent is to cultivate those gifts in others.

 

 

Theater Instructors

john daugherty ~ voice, violin 
Emily Smokovich

 

Originally from northern New Mexico, John Daugherty is currently in the second year of his Doctorate at the University of Michigan, where he also received his master's degree in Vocal Performance. While at U of M, Mr. Daugherty has performed the roles of Mercurtio in Grounod's Romeo et Juliette, Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's Dead man walking, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte. He has recently appeared as a pre-concert guest soloist for the Detroit Symphony's Tchaikovsky festival. 
daniel braunstein~ voice
Luke RandallDaniel Braunstein is currently a Senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a degree in Performing Arts Technology. He is a singer, pianist, composer, and sound engineer. He spent three years studying classical vocal technique under baritone Stephen Lusmann, and has performed in a variety of vocal styles, from acapella groups to chamber choirs. In his five years at Michigan, he has served as an accompanist and vocal coach to undergraduate voice students of all voice types.

Daniel believes that a through a combination of healthy vocal technique, theoretical knowledge, and musical appreciation, a lifelong love of singing and music can be instilled in every student.

elise vikari~ voice
Amy HollandElise Vikari is currently a Masters of Music student at the University of Michigan studying voice. She has her Bachelor's degree in voice from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Elise has been teaching voice and piano for 10 years. Her main focus is classical music, specifically opera. She loves all music and wants lessons to be a fun learning experience for each student. She loves to have fun and laugh. Her favorite activities outside of singing are being outside, white water rafting and ice cream!
lauren henderson~ fitness
Lauren Henderson

Lauren has been hooked on group fitness since she participated in an exercise class in 2009. She is a firm believer that it's easier to become motivated in a group setting and fun for everyone involved.

Inspired by the instructors she met at the classes she attended, Lauren decided to pursue getting her Zumba license. Since getting licensed in February of 2013, she has been teaching ever since and loving it.

Lauren is also certified in Turbo Kick.

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