We hope you’re as excited as we are for the upcoming year. We have several vents and performances
This year we are welcoming back the Moscow Ballet. Academy of Dance Arts is the host studio for their
Nutcracker. We will be hosting auditions Saturday October 15th for dancers ages 7-17. Dancers will work
with a professional dancer from the Moscow Ballet as well as members of our staff for this performance.
This is open to all dancers in our area and is an amazing experience, so please share this with friends.
Dancers must pre-register for this audition at Nutcracker.com/auditions. Want to dance with tWitch, Allison Holker and Kathryn McCormick? We are excited to announce that we are partnering with CLI Studios this year to give our students access to the dance industry's top choreographers. Register with our studio this season
and you'll be able to take online master classes from world-renowned choreographers!
Meet the Teachers
Miss Carly grew up in Walled Lake, MI and has been dancing for 18 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz,
modern, lyrical, and hip hop. Carly is also a veteran performer in Cedar Point’s production of Luminosity and
Halloweekends. We are very excited to have her back for her fourth year at ADA.
Miss Marisa is currently pursuing her BFA in Dance at WMU. She is a Presidential Gold Scholarship recipient.
Marisa also has extensive training in Modern, Jazz, and Ballet techniques. We are excited to welcome her to our
Miss Abby has been dancing since the age of 2 years old. After graduating High School, she attended The University of Arts in Philadelphia where she pursued her BFA in dance. Abby transferred to WMU where she continued to major in dance and also be a part of the WMU dance team. This is going to be Abby's third year teaching at Academy of Dance and she is thrilled for another year or working with the kids!
Miss Allison has been dancing for 17 years in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She has been trained in many areas of
dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Miss. Allison has performed
with Inaside Dance Chicago in their youth training program, and has performed in Disney World. She is
currently studying Dance and Community Health Education at WMU and is excited to join ADA for her
Miss Leandra hails from the great state of Ohio. We are so happy to have her join our team. Leandra’s background
in dance and working with children coupled to her sweet demeanor make her a great fit to our team.
Miss Allie is currently studying dance and criminal justice at Western Michigan University. She has danced her whole life doing all styles including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Allie has studied with Joffrey Ballet Company,
American Ballet Theater, New York City Dance Alliance, Complexions Ballet Company, and The Grand Rapids
Ballet Company. After college she plans to continue her dance career and hopefully one day own her own studio.
Miss Hailee grew up dancing since the age of 2 in Rochester Hills and is joining ADA for her fifth year.
Hailee is currently studying nursing at WMU. She most recently performed at Cedar Point in Luminosity. Hailee is
a talented teacher and choreographer we are very happy she is on our team. We have an amazing staff again this year, with extensive backgrounds in Ballet, Tap, Jazz,Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Musical theatre, and Dance team styles. Our staff is in a class of its very own. They are all very excited to teach your children and look forward to an outstanding dance year to come.
Ms. Emily has been teaching for over 20 years. Her passion for dance is undeniable. She is trained in all genres of dance with an emphasis in ballet. In her long dance career, she has made a lasting impression on so many little ones.
Miss Alex has a strong background in jazz, cheer, pom and gymnastics. She has performed at three bowl games, as well as Disney and Universal Studios. She is very proud to have been captain of the WMU Dance Team and was honored as a National Dance Association All American
Miss Carmen has fulfilled her love of dance since the age of 4. She has danced at Disney, and recently became a member of the Kalamazoo Cobras’ Venom Dance Team. She is a second year student at KVCC. She is looking forward to another great year of dance!
Miss Kelley grew up in South Elgin, Illinois and has been dancing since the age of three. She has worked with many well-known choreographers in the Chicagoland area while performing with Motions Dance Company. Kelley is pursuing a double major in dance and exercise science at Western Michigan University.
Miss Anna comes from a strong classical ballet background along with ten years of modern, contemporary, and jazz. She trained at the School of Dance West Ballet in Naperville, IL for seven years. Anna was captain of the Naperville Central High School Orchesis Dance Troupe for three years. She is a third year student at Western Michigan University. No longer performing, Anna is excited to be a part the ADA family, and to share all of her experience with young dancers.
Miss Mandy has been dancing since she was three years old. She danced for Grand Valley State University's dance troupe for two years. She also danced for the Michigan Mayhem dance team. She has a strong passion for tap and hip hop and absolutely loves to dance. She loves working with her students and watching them excel as beautiful strong dancers.
Miss Allie has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She has danced with The Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, New York City Dance Alliance, and Grand Rapids Ballet. She is also a grade V certified cecchetti ballerina. She loves working with dancers of all ages and is so
proud to be a part of the ADA family.
Want to dance with tWitch, Allison Holker and Kathryn McCormick? We are excited to announce that we are partnering with CLI Studios this year to give our students access to the dance industry's top choreographers. Register with our studio this season and you'll be able to take online master classes from world-renowned choreographers!
The Kalamazoo Baby and Family Expo is Sunday Feb, 7 from 11am untill 4pm at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Join us for a FREE day of family fun and connection!
Ideal for pregnancy - age 8.
Exhibits, music, activities,
Recital Costume Update
Everyone should have received an email with a picture of their students’ costumes for our annual June recital. If for some reason you missed it, please feel free to stop at our front desk and take a peek through the look book. We will be reviewing measurments this week to choose sizes. If we missed your dancer on the first round of measurments we will be measuring them this week,
Children sizes are $60/costume and Adult sizes are $70/costume. Your dancers costume will be ordered once payment is received. We apologize for any confusion this change has cause
View your account and pay online
Did you know you can view your studio account and see your registered classes, payments, current balance and attendance, as well as make payments online? Login at https://www.thestudiodirector.com/acadofdance/portal.jsp.
When you login for the first time enter the email address you gave when registering for classes. Then click on “Forgot Password.” You will then receive an automatic email with a link to create a new password. From there, remember the password and you can check your account at any time.
Important Email Information
If there is bad weather and the studio needs to close, we will be sending out studio closures and class cancellations via email. Please check in at the office and make sure your email is current!
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