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.
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.
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.
.Jessica Gabrielle Thomas is a native of Detroit, MI. She obtained a M.F.A in
Dance from New York University's
Tisch School of the Arts. Thomas also received a B.F.A in Dance from Wright
State University. She currently instructs/assists classical ballet at Christina’s Adult Ballet, The Foundation House, and Juliana's School of Dance. Thomas is also a part time classical ballet professor at Wayne State University.
Marie (Aversa) Rabey began her ballet studies with Connie Reppa in Dearborn, Michigan, and also studied under Sandra Severo, and at the Interlochen Arts Camp. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance at Marygrove College, where she studied with Iacob Lascu. Taking Christina Kammuller’s classes since Christina began teaching in Michigan has also been a highlight of her learning experience. Performing as a principal dancer in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's annual Nutcracker for 17 years, Marie also acted as the production's Ballet Mistress. She also danced solo and principal roles in the Michigan Opera Theater productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo and Juliet, and in several operas. Marie danced in a national touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, and performed on tour with the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin. Other company credits include Harbinger Dance Company, More and More Dances, and the Ohio Ballet. Her teaching credits include four decades at Angie Hahn’s Academy of Dance (formerly Bunny Sanford’s School of Dance), and locally at Oakland University and Eastern Michigan University.