While in high school she began her performance career with the Macomb Ballet Company and the pre-professional Civic Dance Ensemble. After graduation from high school, Hailee went on to dance with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. While at the Joffrey Ballet, Hailee received a scholarship to represent the Cecchetti Council of America at the second Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in Manchester, England. In 2012, Hailee left the Joffrey Ballet to dance with the Louisville Ballet. While at Louisville Ballet Hailee performed numerous roles in "The Nutcracker", as well as in ballets such as "Paquita, "Romeo and Juliet, "The Lady of the Camellias," and other contemporary works.
Tara started dance classes in tap, jazz and ballet at a young age.
She has performed in and choreographed numerous dance pieces. Having a special appreciation for the beauty and grace of ballet, she continued her dance education at Center for Creative Studies and Marygrove College. Tara has spent the last 20 years teaching ballet.
Marianne has over 25 years of dance experience. She received her bachelor of arts
in dance from Western Michigan University in 2010 with focus in ballet, modern and jazz. While at WMU she double majored in athletic training with dreams of one day helping to bridge the gap between the performing arts and medicine. Marianne now works at Mercy Elite Sports Performance and Physical Therapy, the sports medicine program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia. Between her passions of dance and medicine she works with many dancers of all ages and levels to help achieve their goals in the classroom and on stage. She is also a part of the new company Ballet Edge along with other dancers from Christina's Adult Ballet.
From an early age, dance was special
to Leslie. She has been dancing for
43 years with Sandra Severo and later with Christina Kammuller. She performed Peter and the Wolf, Coppelia, Madeline and Nutcraker to name a few. As she often says, "Teaching is not work for me, it's a passion." We welcome Leslie to our teaching staff.
Jillian RIchardson was born in
Detroit and has been involved in danceher entire life. In her early years she began training in ballet, tap, jazz, figure skating and ice dancing. Her serious ballet training began with Carol Cotter and Livonia's CAPA program under Mary Murphy. Jillian has danced with the
CIty Ballet of San Diego training under David Howard and Susan Jaffe and was also accepted into Atlanta Festival Ballet.
Jillian has taught ballet for 12 years and enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students.
Patricia is an AFAA certified group exercise instructor specializing in dance fitness! After college a friend introduced her to Zumba and she was instantly hooked! After a few years of being just a participant, she took a leap of faith in 2012 and became Zumba certified. While living in Maryland, she obtained her Bang™️ Certification- a mixed fitness format that fuses world dance, hip hop, boxing, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into one fun hour. She is also trained in Freedom Barre, a pre-choreographed ballet-inspired workout.
Lastly, she is CPR certified and is studying for the NASM Personal Training certificate.