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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 

Artistic Director

Michi Barber

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​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

  • Experience teaching: Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Lyrical, Swing, Ballroom and competition dance teams

  • 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

Instructor

Leslie Sullivan

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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

Ariana Shelton

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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!

Instructor

Kati Garner

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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 

Instructor

Loree Hunter

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