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Our highly qualified professional teachers with varied training methods are available to teach a broad range of dance formats.

 

jenna adamson
 

Jenna Adamson began her gymnastics career at age 4. She finished her career at Level 9 with Vault being her favorite event and was the President of Colorado State University Gymnastics for 2 and a half years.

Jenna danced on professional teams in Colorado and was on the Varsity Cheer team at Colorado State University for 1 year. She was on the Dean's List and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a criminal justice concentration from Colorado State University.

Jenna is currently in Law School here in Michigan and has been on the Dean’s List there as well. Jenna enjoys spending time with her nieces, scrap booking, reading and watching football in her spare time.

 

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 recently became the manager at Michigan Academy of Dance & Music & is loving working with the families and staff more directly.

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.

 

korry chavey
 

Korry Chavey has over 24 years of dance training, which include ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, and tap. She is also a certified fitness instructor. She received her dance training from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance, where she was selected as "Dance Major of the Year" in 2008.

While attending EMU, Korry was selected to take her choreography to American College Dance Festival at Ohio University in 2006, and Western Michigan University in 2007. She also traveled with the EMU dance department in 2008 to Italy, where she performed in faculty choreography, and also had her own choreography performed.

After receiving her degree in dance, Korry studied with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York in 2009. Growing-up, she was a student performer with Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan and more recently, a professional dancer with MamLuft&Co. Dance company in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Along with teaching primarily ballet and modern at Michigan Academy of Dance and Music, Korry also teaches a wide variety of fitness classes for MI-FIT

 

 

amy holland
Amy Holland

Amy Holland began teaching fitness classes in 1985, and was a full time instructor until 1998. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 1990 and has taught a wide variety of fitness classes including: aerobics, step, toning, water fitness, cardiac rehab, senior fitness, personal training and specialized arthritis classes.

In 2000, she completed a Masters in Medical Science, and has been working as a Physician Assistant since then.

Amy enjoys other unique forms of exercise including gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do and most recently, dancing with MI-Fit's own performance group, The Gemini Collective. She returned to teaching in 2012 and now teaches toning and FitBarre.

 

marguerite maiville
 

Marguerite "Maggie" Maiville has over 12 years of teaching and directing experience, 15+ years acting experience and 20+ years dance experience. She is a University of Michigan graduate in theater arts, specializing in stage management. Maggie performed and studied with The Royal Shakespeare Company at the University of Michigan, and from 2005 through 2006 she was a performer at Disney World. Maggie has extensive experience working with area children teaching dance lessons, swim lessons, acting and after school tutoring.

Her philosophy on acting is based on the imagination and her belief that the most important part of performing is a good imagination. And that opens the door to all children as a way of expression.

 

paula modafferi
 

Paula Modafferi began her dance training at Dance Arts of Chelsea and Youth Dance Theatre where she studied and performed ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and tap. She joined the studio's Pre-Professional Program in 2010 and performed at Michigan Youth Arts Festival to receive more intensive and involved training for her future career. Later, she chose the University of Michigan for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Management. Therein she has choreographed for Shakespeare in the Arb, travelled/performed with Freshman Touring Company and numerous productions, joined Collaborative Student Assembly, and became Vice President of the Aughts, Community Assistant for the Residential Staff, and Freshman Representative for the Dance Department.

Aside from dance, Paula has great experience in voice and theatre. Singing 9+ years at Mrs. Yanz's Music Factory, St. Mary's Church Choir, Theatrically, Paula has performed with Chelsea Area Players, Pinckney Players, Dexter Community Players, Arbor Opera Theatre, and Washtenaw Community College.

Paula someday hopes to combine a children's dance studio and theatre to enrich young artists both crafts conjoined as one.

 

jeffrey nicholas
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 frequest 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 Evereett 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.

 

kimberly sable smith
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, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. 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.

 

jeanette soroka
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.

 

 

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.

 

marguerite wooley
 

Marguerite Wooley began her dance journey at the age of 3 at Dance Unlimited in Plymouth Michigan where she danced for 13 years under the direction of Barbara Rashke and Sarah Carlson. She was a member of its Dance Unlimited’s youth dance company Dance Ensemble West, as well as an assistant dance teacher for their company while she was at Dance Unlimited.

Throughout her youth, Marguerite also danced with the Moscow Ballet in their production The Great Russian Nutcracker. Upon the closing of Dance Unlimited in 2009, Marguerite moved to Dance Alliance in Saline Michigan where she danced under the direction of Adam and Lisa Clark, she was a member of it’s premiere youth company Dance Alliance Repertory Company for 2 years before graduating high school. Marguerite is now refining her skills in dance education, she has taught and choreographed at local studios for the past 2 years. She greatly enjoys sharing her passion for dance with others through teaching.

Marguerite is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in dance education at Wayne State University. During the summer of 2013, she received an internship with the well-known dance agency McDonald and Selznick Associates in Los Angeles, California where she was able to get a taste of the commercial dance industry. Marguerite was also invited by Joori Jung to present and perform choreography in the first annual Detroit Dance City Festival in the Summer of 2013. She had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Dance Master Class in Spain during the summer of 2014 which she greatly enjoyed. Marguerite is aspiring to become a professional choreographer in the film, television and music industry as well as a dance educator.

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