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Michelle Thayer is the Director of Dance FX Academy of the Arts and has over 40 years of personal and professional dance experience. She instructs tap, jazz and has developed an early learning curriculum for her students, ages 2-6, called “I’m A Star”. She feels that every student should be treated with love and respect.
She has choreographed for the Springfield Middle School, the Maumee High School, Ida High School and Christ the King. She is proud that Dance FX is known for its family atmosphere and positive learning environment.
She is dedicated to the development of the dancers and instructors of her school. She creates the desire in her students to learn and to succeed.
Stephanie L. Dennehy
Stephanie L. Dennehy has performed with such pretigious groups as Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Purple Rose, Performance Network, Tipping Point and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. She has done choreography for all previously mentioned groups as well as Croswell Opera House and various high schools and colleges in Ohio and southeast Michigan. She has taught dance and theatre in both MI and OH at Toledo School for the Arts, BGSU, and Dance FX. She has received Excellence in Acting and Outstanding in Performance awards from the Ohio Community Theatre Association for her roles in Songs For A New World and Little Women, The Musical (3B Productions). Stephanie also just received an Outstanding in Direct/Choreography for CHORUS LINE at OCTA. Stephanie was also honored for her achievements on the Wall of Fame in her hometown of Grayling, MI. She received her BFA from Western Michigan University in Musical Theatre Performance and continues to increase her knowledge by taking classes from Purple Rose and dance teachers in the area.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Taming of the Shrew, The Moor’s Pavane.
Mr. Fellows is a teacher of Classical Ballet and a freelance dancer. He taught at Danceworks in Milwaukee and at the Milwaukee Ballet School. He has also taught for the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Toledo Classical Ballet Academy, the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater and the Illinois Youth Dance Academy. \Mr. Fellows received his training from the School of American Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and from Rafael Grigorian. He was previously a member of the Milwaukee Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Alabama Ballet and the Chautauqua Ballet Company. He has danced principal roles in ballets such as Dracula, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Taming of the Shrew, The Moor’s Pavane.
Kate Archer began her training with British and Polish teachers in Tanzania and at Nairobi Conservatory of Music (Kenya) in East Africa. She continued ballet, modern dance and piano training at Interlochen Arts Academy. Kate danced with Bristol Concert Ballet Company while at Virginia Intermont College. She has a B.S. degree in ballet pedagogy from Indiana University. While studying for an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Oklahoma, Kate danced in K & K Dance Duet which opened for comedy acts such as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld. Kate has danced and taught for the Georgia Ballet, Rose State College, Ballet Oklahoma and many schools throughout Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia and Indiana. She has also competed in teacher categories winning dozens of regional and national titles in the southeast. Kate’s life experiences have influenced her unique approach to teaching.
Christina Roque Bachelor of Music degree~UT
20 years of piano experience
Wendy Wisniewski BFA Music & Performing Arts ~ BGSU
Opera, Classical Voice Training & Technique