Fhol Dancing Feats :: Farmington , Michigan

Lisa Schwartz, Director, Owner
MBA, Wayne State University. BA, Michigan State University.
Certified by Dance Educators of America and Musicworks Teacher Training.
Miss Lisa, a native of Farmington, has been teaching dance in the Farmington area for over 20 years. She has trained extensively under Al Gilbert and uses his Tap Syllabus. She has also taken Master Classes with many Legendary Dancers: Henri LeTang, Savion Glover, Cholly Atkins, Pat Rico, Dianne Walker, Debbie Dee, Darryl and Thommie Retter, Janice Barringer. She owes her original teacher, Betty Johnston, much credit for getting her started in teaching dance.

Sue Clayton
DDCdances company member and company ballet teacher proud to be dancing her 24th season 2013/2014. Past company work includes MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company, Harbinger Dance Company, Ballet Michigan, MI, Opus Dance Ensemble, NV, Dance & Company, Il, review shows in FL, NV, PA, as well in Japan and Italy. Sue has danced with Sigfried & Roy at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, and with Carlton and Company as a featured act in Jubilee in Las Vegas, NV. Sue toured the Caribbean as dancer, dance captain and company manager of the Norwegian Cruise Lines, Fl. Sue is an experienced teacher and has directed her own school, been on staff at many local studios, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Oakland Community College, and Oakland University. Susan has studied Vaganova Ballet through teacher's course work at Lake Michigan College, MI and at Nutmeg Ballet, CT. Comprehensive study in creative movement at Wayne State University, MI. Full Dance Merit Scholarship (one year) at Giordano Dance Center, IL. After becoming interested in more injury prevention work, Susan completed and is a certified registered RYT 200 yoga therapist through Yoga Medics in spine care, and Sun Moon Yoga. In 2013 Susan completed course work in Pedagogy For Different Learning Styles through NDEO, and Ballet Based Biomechanics and Orthopedic Analysis Level 1 through the Humanitarian Resource Institute. Other related studies have been in nutrition and anatomy, always trying to learn more to protect dancers from injury.

Jeannie Theisen
Miss Jeannie started tap, jazz, ballet, and swing dancing at the age of 6. She is a native of Farmington and studied at the Betty Johnston Dance Studio in Farmington throughout her childhood and teens. She has been teaching dance for close to fifteen years, several years at Birmingham Dance Academy and eight years at Dancing Feats. She has studied under Al Gilbert’s tap syllabus and periodically attends Master Classes with Darryl Retter, Reagan Marie, and Janice Barringer. She has performed in Hawaii and Las Vegas. Miss Jeannie is the “Daddy/Daughter” specialist at Dancing Feats and has a great time every year working with the Dads, helping to create a special memory for all the dancing daughters.

Esther Weddell
B.A. & Michigan Secondary Teacher Certification in Mathematics and Sociology
Completed one year of Education Through Music, a course designed for Elementary Music and Physical Education Teachers.
Miss Esther studied Scottish, International, and Irish Step dance as a child. Several years ago, she restarted her dance career by studying both tap and ballet at Dancing Feats. She is also an avid student of Bikram yoga. Her best training came from her many years as a “dance mom” guiding her two daughters through many years of tap and ballet classes. She is the “Creative Movement” specialist at Dancing Feats and also enjoys teaching beginning tap and ballet.

Carolyn Pikula
B.S. Oakland University, Human Resource & Development, Minor in Childhood Development.
Miss Carolyn has over ten years of dance training, with emphasis on Ballet. She has studied locally under Tamara and at Geiger Dance School. She has been teaching beginning tap and ballet at Dancing Feats for seven years. She has remarkable patience with our little dancers and is always in high demand. She is also a “dance mom,” who has experienced a wide variety of events in the local dance world.

Loni Mecham
B.A. University of Michigan, minor in Spanish Studies
Miss Loni has trained under Miss Lisa in tap and jazz since she was 9 years old. She became an assistant teacher when she was 12. She furthered her dance studies in ballet, pointe, and hiphop at Dancing Feats. She has taught off and on at Dancing Feats since 1998. She spent four years on the Novi High Pom Squad and one year on the Cheer Squad, making the Mid-American Allstar Team for one year. She was an assistant pom coach at Novi High for two years, and coached the Farmington High JV summer camp and Varsity Squad for one year. She has taken Master Classes with Al Gilbert, Darryl Retter, Janice Barringer, and Heidi Anderson.

Miss Adrianne
Miss Adrianne is currently a student at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC), studying nursing and, of course, dance. She has studied hip hop for 10 years, and tap for 6 years. She has won Solo Gold Medals at Starpower Dance Competion for the past five years. She is a member of HFCC's Full Circle Dance Company, studying jazz, modern, ballet, and lyrical. She has performed in the 2006 MS Plus Michigan Beauty Pagent and the 2005 Superbowl halftime show with the Rolling Stones. She has a passion for dance and LOVES what she does. Previously, she has taught at the Southfield Civic Center under the tutelage of Shirley St Mary, who she considers her mentor. This is Miss Adriannes first year at Dancing Feats. She is having a great time and looking forward to many more years on the staff.

Reina Vendramini-Fickel
Miss Reina began her dance training at Toni Vadnais Dance Center in Livonia. Under Toni, she was 1st runner-up for the Junior Miss Dance title in a Dance Masters of Michigan pageant, and received several gold medals in other solo competitions. She is an alumna of the CAPA dance program in Livonia. Miss Reina furthered her dance education at the Rochester School of Ballet with Cornelia Sampson, and then at Hope College in Holland, MI. She studied abroad in Tours, France, where she danced under the tutelage of Suzanne Oussov, former Kirov ballerina and certified Vaganova pedagogue. She has been teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap for the past 12 years at studios in West Michigan and the Detroit area, including the Rochester School of Dance, where she also performed principal roles with the school’s resident company, Michigan Ballet Theater. Miss Reina enjoys sharing her love of dance with children of all ages, and is excited to be joining the excellent teaching staff at Dancing Feats.

Lindsey Schwartz
Lindsey has trained in dance since age four and has taught numerous classes over the years. She teaches jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and, pom pon. Lindsey has trained at five different dance studios, both competition and non-competition, and with Eastern Michigan University’s dance program, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. She has won many awards, including first place overall in a lyrical solo. Lindsey performed on a Royal Caribbean Cruise and in ten concerts at EMU; she attended and performed at American Dance College Festival annually.

Amanda Thompson
Miss Amanda is currently attending Michigan State University where she is majoring in nursing and minoring in child development and dance and is also a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has had the honor of studying with some of the best choreographers world wide: Angie Carter who has done choreography for Mary J Blige; Jay Fagan who received the American Dance Award; and Mario Valez Jr. who has trained dancers for artists such as Lady Gaga and Jason Derulo, and has also choreographed for "Automatic Response Dance Crew" and the Jabbawockeez from America's Best Dance Crew. Miss Amanda is trained in Graham's technique for modern/contemporary dance, Cecchetti ballet, and is a certified Acro Tumbling instructor, but has also studied and taught tap, jazz, clogging, hip-hop, lyrical, pom pon, pointe and musical theatre. She is a 4 time national tap champion, and won the title of 'Dancer of The Year' in 2003. Amanda is currently obtaining her teaching certification from Dance Masters of America in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz and modern/contemporary. Amanda has taught both recreational as well as competitive dance for over 5 years, and she can't wait to keep sharing her love of dance with bright new faces!

Cathy Taister
BA in dance from George Washington University Cathy Taister has extensive experience a performer, dancing with Saint Mark’s Dance Company, Joe’s Movement Emporium, World Dance Focus, Avadance in the Washington DC area. In Michigan, she has performed in the Detroit City Dance Festival. She been teaching for twenty years and she is trained in many styles of movement. Cathy trained in tap dance with Ray McBain former casting director for Disneyland, CA. She trained in jazz and tap from Keith Clifton, the original “Dr. Pepper guy”. She has taken master classes with former ABT dancer Patrick Bissell and New City Ballet dancer Melissa Hayden.

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July 1 Annual Payment Deadline for 2014-2015 Dance Season (up to 10% discount) Performance Competition Team Contracts Due
August 1 Recreational Competition Team Contracts Due
August 19-21 Dance Season Registration from 1:00-300 PM
August 26-28 Dance Season Registration from 3:00-7:00 PM
September 2 Classes Begin
September 10 Annual Payment Deadline for 2014-2015 Dance Season (up to 5% discount) 1st Trimester Payment Due
10th of each month Monthly Payments Due
October 31 No Classes - Closed for Halloween
November 15 Costume Payments/Deposits Due
Nov 28-30 No Classes - Thanksgiving Break
December 10 2nd Trimester Payment Due
Dec 24 - Jan 2 No Classes - Closed for Holiday Break. Classes resume Jan 3, 2015
February 15 Costume Balances Due
February 14-17 No Classes - Closed for Winter Break
March 10 3rd Trimester Payment Due
April 3-10 No Classes - Closed for Spring Break
April 18 Festival of the Arts Performance - Costick Center
May 25 No Classes - Closed for Memorial Day
May 26-29 Dress Rehersals
May 30 End of Season Recital