Miss Diana has been teaching dance and working with children for over ten years! She received her training at Charmaine's Studio of Dance in Roseville, Michigan, and has also trained with professionals from New York and LA. She is a varsity dance team coach for seven years and has also taught at numerous private studios. Diana's choreography has won awards and her dancers have won regional and national recognition. Diana's specialties are in hip hop, tap, and jazz.
Miss Jenny completed a teaching work study position at the prestigious Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago, and has a degree in Communications with a minor in Dance from U of M Flint. While attending she was the President of the Student Dance Organization and presented her choreography at the American College Dance Festival. Miss Jenny also is certified in the Vixen Workout, a fun new workout for women that feels like a fun night out dancing with the girls!
Miss Rebecca has over 15 years of teaching and professional dance experience. She received her BA in Dance and Technical Production from Western Michigan University. She has danced professionally for the Pistons Automotion and Royal Caribbean International. Her teaching credits include the Kansas City Ballet School and being a dance/cheer coach for the Young Champions of America. She is also our Pom Squad director!
Miss Kerry has over 30 years of dance experience and over 20 years of dance teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts; Dance from Oakland University. Miss Kerry studied dance at Tecumseh Dance Workshop, Dancin’ Inc. (where she went on to be the Director of Dancin’ Ballet Company), Rochester School of Dance, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and throughout the Mid-West with American College Dance Festival, Dupree & Dance Olympus as well as studying in New York with world renowned dance educators and choreographers. Miss Kerry began apprentice teaching during high school and went on to study dance at Oakland University under Carol Halsted, Laurie Eisenhower and Iacob Lascu. Her list of choreography also includes musical productions at Brandon High School for Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables. The former owner of Kerry’s Dance Stages and Oakland Regional Ballet has a passion and joy for dance that she loves to share with all of her students. She is very excited to be a part of the teaching staff at 2nd Street Studio of Dance.
Melissa is trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater. She brings along her teaching experience of over 15 years! Melissa has taught classes for ages 2.5 to adult as well as choreographed and held the title of competition director. She very much enjoys teaching and is also a preschool teacher and mom giving her lots of experience! Melissa is also CPR and life saving certified.
Miss Summer has over 30 years of dance experience! She started her dance training in Texas at the Frances Jennings Schofield School of Dance and later with the Harlingen Ballet Center and the Edge Performing Arts Studio in LA. She has placed as well as had her choreography place in numerous regional and national competitions. Summer has also choreographed for high school dance teams, regional theater productions, pageants, and countless dance recital productions. She was a company member of Jazz Shop and Co Motion Dance Company while in Texas. Summer loves teaching and is also a mother of two dancers!
Julia Moore (substitute):
Julia is currently attending Wayne State University as a dance major. She previously was a member of the Macomb Ballet Company. Julia also attended the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive in 2014 and has performed with American Ballet Theater in their production of "The Sleeping Beauty" in 2016. She teaches at Troy Gymnastics and is an alumni of 2nd Street Studio of Dance.
Miss Johannah is often seen in the office and handling the books! She is originally from Alexandria, Virginia. She began dancing at the age of 6 at the Alexandria Ballet. Her formal training began when she attended The Washington School of Ballet. She spent summers at The Washington School of Ballet, Richmond Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy, and Z Mullins Dance Company’s Summer Intensive. Johannah received her B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet Performance from Radford University where she graduated summa cum laude. She danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet where she has performed soloist roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. She was also on the faculty at Atlanta Festival Ballet School where she taught ballet to ages 3 to adult.
Cindy started dancing at the age of two at Royal Dance Company in Richmond, Virginia, wanting to follow in her older sister, Lisa's footsteps. She later trained with Martinique School of Dance, Richmond Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, Sun King Dance, and Alonzo King LINES Discovery Project. Her teachers have included Inessa Plekhanova, Aleksey Plekhanov, Galina Vorotynova, Frano Jelinic, Dagmar Kessler, Margaret Devaney, and Danah Bella. She received acceptance into numerous summer dance intensives including Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Maryland Ballet Theatre. Cindy attended Radford University on scholarship where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Education. While there, her choreography was presented at the American College Dance Festival, Big South Research Symposium, her own full length production, and at many choreography showcases. After graduation she moved to Florida to dance professionally. Cindy danced with the Tampa Bay Ballet (now Tampa Ballet Theater) and the Florida Dance Theatre. She has danced soloist and principal roles in productions of "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Chopiniana," "La Bayadere," "Alice in Wonderland," and numerous contemporary works. While in Florida, Cindy discovered a love of swing dancing and met her now husband, Tom, at a dance! Cindy and Tom moved to Rochester in 2012, where he works as a professor at Oakland University.
Cindy has taught dance for over 10 years in every kind of atmosphere: public schools, competitive dance studios, strictly recreational dance studios, and professional ballet schools. She was an adjunct faculty member at Southeastern University and teacher at Dickinson College. All these experiences have given her a vast knowledge of the dance community.
Ever since she was little, choreographing on her friends and performing shows for her parents, Cindy has envisioned owning her own dance studio and performing company. She believes in creating a school that does not focus solely on one group of dancers, but gives equal attention and enthusiasm to all students no matter their age, skill level, body type, or career aspirations. Cindy believes strongly in fostering a positive and happy environment where the focus is on the students' love of dance and not on competitiveness and winning. She is thrilled for this dream to come true and be a part of Rochester Community!