Michi has been teaching Dance since 1982 and has spent 20 years developing a unique Dance Curriculum for preschool age students. Additionally, she has:
Decades experience working with pre-school children
Experience teaching: Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Lyrical, Swing, Ballroom and competition dance teams
Experience as a movement instructor for developmentally disabled
Project Heart movement specialist
Artist in Residence, Sunnyside School
Co-authored Comprehensive Arts Curriculum for Decatur School District 61
Suzuki Society Eurythmics workshop instructor
Certified in Brain Dance
Leslie has been teaching dance since 2001 and has studied dance since the age of two. Additionally, she has:
Received a BS degree with emphasis in dance from Millikin University, December, 2005
Participated in Millikin University dance courses: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Ballroom
Choreographed for Best of Summer Stock (B.O.S.S.) program
Assistant taught for Gary Shull, Millikin University Preparatory Departmen
Experience as a Workshop instructor: Swing, Show Choir and Jazz/Hip-hop
Performed Greek Folk dancing with the Athenian Dancers since age 5
Ari started ballet with Michi at the age of 2 and has been honored to teach all dance styles and ages at The Dance Center since 2012. Aditionally, she has:
Experience with a variety of dance forms including ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz/hip- hop, tap, and contemporary/Modern.
Danced 2 seasons with the Springfield Ballet Company.
Studied ballet, modern and tap at Millikin University where she performed in their dance ensemble and teacher assisted Ballet
Received a BS degree in Business Marketing in 2016 and a Masters in Business Administration in 2017 from Millikin University.
Instructor and Marketing Director
Kati started dancing with Michi at the age of 5 and not only gained skills as a dancer but confidence in her abilities. Additionally, she has:
Experience in many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and her favorite, tap.
Choreographed for her college dance team at Illinois State University
Received a BA degree in History in 2016 from Illinois State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2018 from the University of Illinois.
Kati is excited to be back at The Dance Centre!
Loree started dancing with Michi at the age of 2 and has grown as a dancer and gained the confidence teach. Additionally, she has:
Experience in many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, lyrical and contemporary.
Studied ballet and modern and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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