Terrye J. Mock
Ballet, Parkinson's & Dance
Terrye received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance from Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana and a Masters in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Her professional career began as principal dancer with The Indianapolis Ballet Theatre under the direction of George Verdak, a long time member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and continued with The Texas Ballet under the direction of Soili Arvola and Leo Ahonen. In addition to her work as a ballet instructor for traditional ballet classes, Terrye has used her movement and music skills in a variety of settings: early childhood centers, senior residential homes, special needs individuals and those living with traumatic brain injuries.
Terrye has initiated her comittment to Parkinson's and Dance by completing the Dance Teacher course at the Mark Morris Dance Group/Brookyn Parkinson Group's introductory Dance for PD Training held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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.