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 mistress proud to be dancing her 26th season 2015/2016. 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 is currently the ballet mistress for the Farmington High dance company. 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 YogaMedics 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. 2014-2015 became certified in the EasyFlexibility Kinesiological Stretching Technique and is now working on a Sports Injury Specialist certification through NESTA.

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.

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.

Nicole Campbell
Although Nicole began dancing in the local parks and rec program at the age of 3, it wasn’t until the age of 10 that she realized her passion for dance extended beyond merely a hobby. The following year she enrolled at Robert Lee School of Dance in Garden City and began her intensive training. It was through Robert Lee she enjoyed a successful run with their competitive team through the end of high school, affording her performance opportunities across the country and several distinguished awards. Nicole was also a four-year dance major in the Creative and Performing Arts program at Churchill High School in Livonia. Being a part of programs that concentrated on both commercial and concert dance prepared her for college-she is currently a senior dance major at Wayne State University in Detroit. In addition, Nicole has trained with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, University of Michigan, Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Millennium Dance Complex (LA) and Atlanta Ballet/Gotta Dance Atlanta/Dance 411 (ATL). Nicole has completed a semester-long choreographic residency with the Churchill CAPA dance department and assisted backstage at a Dance Force Express regional event. In addition to school, Nicole teaches for several studios in the metro Detroit area and is interning with Kristi Faulkner Dance. Post-graduation, she plans to relocate to Atlanta to further pursue her performance and choreography career.

Grace Stevenson
Miss Grace has been dancing, in at least one way or another, for the last twenty years. At first, it was a hobby at the local park and recreation program. But after truly developing her passion for dance with her high school's dance company, Miss Grace went on to graduate from Central Michigan University where she became an elementary school teacher who made sure to study a minor in dance! Her favorite styles and areas of expertise are jazz, lyrical, and swing. Additionally at CMU, she participated in as many master classes as possible, performed original choreography, and danced in Dance United for Isabella County's United Way (a local rendition of Dancing with the Stars) for two years straight.

As a teacher, she's taken a professional interest in the use of movement in the elementary classroom and kinesthetic learning. Outside of school and the studio, Miss Grace enjoys any outdoor activity, volunteering, cooking, and practicing yoga!

Nicole Ross
B.S. Dance, Wayne State University. K-12 Certified Dance Teacher.

Miss Nicole’s passion for dance started at a young age. She grew up dancing at local studios in the Farmington area and participated in numerous regional and national dance competitions. She went on to study dance at Wayne State University and received her degree, along with her Michigan teaching certification. Miss Nicole has studied with Eva Powers, Lisa LaMarre, Meg Paul, Kristi Faulkner, Toi Banks and Melissa Poli, along with many others. Currently she is teaching in the local area and is a dancer with the Luna Dancers, directed by Nia Silao. Miss Nicole is very excited to begin her first year teaching at Dancing Feats!

 
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July 1 Payment Deadline for 10% ($100 max) off annual payment for 2015-2016 Dance Season. Performance Competition Team Contracts Due
Aug. 1 Recreational Competition Team Contracts Due
Aug. 17-19 Dance Season Registration from 1:00-300 PM
Aug. 24-26 Dance Season Registration from 3:00-7:00 PM
Sept. 8 Classes Begin
Sept. 10 Payment Deadline for 5% ($50 max) off annual payment for 2015-2016 Dance Season1st Trimester Payment Due
10th of each month Monthly Payments Due
Nov. 1 Costume Payments/Deposits Due
Nov. 25-29 No Classes - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 10 2nd Trimester Payment Due
Dec. 23 - Jan 3 No Classes - Closed for Holiday Break. Classes resume Jan 4, 2015
Feb. 1 Costume Balances Due
Feb. 13-19 No Classes - Closed for Winter Break
March 10 3rd Trimester Payment Due
March 25-27 No Classes - Closed for Holiday Weekend
April 4-8 No Classes - Closed for Spring Break
Mid_April Festival of the Arts Performance - Costick Center
May 30 No Classes - Closed for Memorial Day
May 31 - June 3 Dress Rehersals
June 4 End of Season Recital
Other Events: Community Service Holiday Performances will likely take place on December Additional Community Service Performances may be scheduled in the Spring Founders Festival Parade is mid-July