Ms. Jessica started dancing at age 3 and knew from a young age that she wanted to teach dance when she grew up, so she started assisting her first dance class at age 13. Competition was a big part of her life as she competed in both dance and Varsity Poms until her graduation from Pinckney High School in 2006. JJ then went off to college to study many different styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, african, modern, and contemporary/lyrical. Ms. Jessica graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Education and Physical Education while recieving the Cavenagh Choreography Award. During college JJ was featured in People Magazine for being a member of the "All For One" dance group, helping children get off the streets after school and dance. After college she toured the country with "Veggie Tales Live" as a professional dancer and Puppeteer, staring as "Bob the Tomato". Ms. Jessica started teaching at Academy of Dance in 2010 and has loved every minute of it. JJ has been teaching and choreographing for the Brighton High School Dance Company since 2011. She recently Choreographed the Scranton Middle Schools Musical the "Lion King Jr". And in her free time, Ms. Jessica loves to draw and paint.
Rachael Nardozzi (Choreographer/Teacher)
Ms. Rachael has been dancing since the age of 2, started assisting at age 14 and teaching at age 16. She has attended college at UNLV for a 3year summer program called "Dance Educators Of America". In this program she learned how to teach all ages, levels, subjects, anatomy of the body as well as the business part of being a studio owner. Ms. Rachael also attended Lansing Community College to become a licensed EMT, as well as worked at U of M in the O.R. In her free time she likes to spend time with family, friends animals and gym time. A passion of hers is to help take care of children and family pets as she nannies and pets sits on the side. Dance is her life and passion and inspiring children of all ages to feel confident, successful and happy is her goal.
Kori Snow (Ballet Director/Choreographer)
Ms. Kori comes from a dancing family that includes her Grandpa, Mom, Brother, and sometimes her reluctant dogs Cash, Colt and Duke. She graduated from Alma College with a Dance Major (as well as a Business Administration Major and a Psychology Minor) and was PR rep, VP, and President of the local dance honors fraternity, Pi Delta Chi. Ms. Kori is primarily trained in tap, jazz, modern, kick line, and ballet, but ballet was and remains her first love. When not at the dance studio or working she can be found with her family working on her new (old) home, cooking, gardening, and playing with her dogs. She has loved every minute teaching ballet at Academy of Dance since 2012 and is extremely excited to continue to direct the Nutcracker and Spring Ballet. "See you at the barre!"
Ms. Abby is a performer of many talents as well as a creative choregrapher. At age 2 she started dancing and after graduating high school Ms. Abby moved to Las Vegas to continue her training. She was accepted into the Theater Arts Preparatory School (TAPS) where she not only danced but found a love for singing and acting as well. Ms. Abby enjoys the physical and emotional connection performing allows and hopes to teach students all that she has learned. Some of her credits include being an industrial model for the event, “Cinemacon” hosted by Coca Cola, dancing in a web episode of Disney’s “Descendants Pop Talk series,” and being the lead actor/dancer in a community theater production, “Tomorrow’s Answer.” Ms. Abby’s hobbies (aside from dance) include photography and drawing.
Theresa Mitchell (Teacher/Secretary)
Theresa has danced “pretty much her entire memory”, she likes to joke, and has participated in competitions since the age of 11. Thanks in part to moving around a lot as a child, Theresa was able to study many forms of dance. It was in North Carolina that she discovered clogging, the dance she considers her specialty. She graduated from the Howell College of Cosmetology with a license in Cosmetology in 2005. Theresa arrived at Academy of Dance by way of needing an activity for her son James, who is now a current member of the Elite Competition Team here at the studio, and immediately felt at home in the studio. She manages the front desk, as well as teaching jazz, tap, clogging and preschool classes, and enjoys participating in the adult classes at the studio as time permits. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, spending time on the internet, and spending far too much time and money trying out new makeup!
Substitute TeacherRachael Cupples
Substitute TeacherRoss McDonald
Assistant / Student Teacher
Assistant/Student Teacher Haleigh Mitter
Assistant/Student Teacher Kaci Verdonk
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