Miss Jessica started dancing at age 3 and competitive dancing at age 8. Jessica knew from a young age that she wanted to teach dance when she grew up. 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. Jessica then went off to college to study many different styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, tap African, modern, contemporary/lyrical and swing. Miss Jessica graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Education and Physical Education. While in college, Jessica 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. Miss Jessica started teaching at the Academy of Dance in 2010 and has loved every minute of it. In her free time, Miss Jessica loves to draw and paint.
Miss Kori comes from a dancing family that includes her Grandpa, Mom, Brother, and sometimes her reluctant dogs Cash and Colt. 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. Miss 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 is happy to be starting her fifth year teaching ballet at Academy of Dance and extremely excited to direct the first annual Nutcracker Ballet. "See you at the barre!"
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 runs the front office, as well as teaching jazz, tap 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!
Miss Rachael started dancing at age 2 and started teaching at age 16. She has gone to Dance Educators of America for teacher certification courses in all ages and subjects of dance. She attended Lansing Community College to become a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. When she is not working at the dance studio, she works at Banfield Pet Hospital in Brighton. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, friends, dog and cat.
Colleen Donisch (Substitute Teacher)
Miss Colleen started her dance training at age 3 at Fenton School of Dance, and then continued training at Theresa's Academy of Dance until her graduation from Brighton High School in 2008. During her time training at AOD she studied ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary/lyrical, taught beginning classes and participated in regional and national level competitions. Miss Colleen graduated from DePauw University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Civilizations. While in college, Miss Colleen taught at Dance Workshop (Greencastle, Indiana), and was a "Professional Partner" for Dancing with the Putnam County Stars (a benefit fundraiser for the at-risk youth of Putnam County, Indiana) placing in the top three all four years. Miss Colleen moved back to the Brighton area in 2014 after briefly teaching Latin dance in Boulder, Colorado. She is so excited to be teaching back at her home studio. When she isn't teaching or dancing, Miss Colleen enjoys playing video games, cooking and spending time with her husband and three kitties.
Christina Sauchak (Substitute Teacher)
Miss Christina is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Education, where she received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in English Language Arts, and minors in Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Miss Christina absolutely loves working with children, and has experience with kids of all ages. She has extensive experience in childcare, working in K-12 classrooms, tutoring, mentoring, coaching, and teaching children's dance classes-- Including creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, and pom. During the upcoming school year, Miss Christina will be student teaching in a second grade classroom in Walled Lake and beginning her master's degree. Miss Christina's passion for dance began at age three and never stopped. She is very excited to be teaching at Academy of Dance this year, as many of her fondest dance memories happened at this studio, where she competed as a member of the Elite Team and performed in numerous ballet productions. In addition to taking classes at AOD, she worked as an instructor. She began assisting ballet classes at age thirteen. During her senior year of high school, she instructed the studio's competitive pom teams, one of which placed first overall at Applause Talent nationals. Miss Christina was a four-year member of the Brighton High School Dance/Pom program, and continues to follow her passion for pom as the head coach of the Walled Lake Northern JV Dance/Pom Team.
Ross McDonald (Substitute Teacher)
Assistant / Student Teacher
Assistant / Student Teacher
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