This is Our Story

Ann Parsley School of Dance was founded in 1976 by Ann Parsley. It is a school dedicated to providing quality dance instruction in a non-competitive environment. High technical standards are maintained, and a joy of movement and sense of artistry are instilled through encouragement and positive reinforcement. The goal of the studio is to give students a solid dance foundation through the focus of technique and discipline, by allowing them to embrace the spirit and soul of dance as an art form. Ann Parsley School of Dance offers a family oriented atmosphere where movement, music and costumes are tastefully chosen and always age-appropriate. 

Dance, in a disciplined, non-competitive environment gives children, as well as adults, the opportunity to express themselves freely through music and movement. It enhances the ability to pursue individual goals and to work together as a group while also building skills such as coordination, musicality, self-discipline, creativity, arts appreciation and self-esteem. 

The studio faculty are all adult, highly qualified and professionally trained teachers. Many of our instructors train teachers throughout the area, and prepare them for Cecchetti Teacher Examinations.

APSD is home to dancers with an array of aspirations. Whether students choose to dance professionally, or move on to other interests, the skills they learn at APSD benefit them throughout life. Several APSD students have been offered full or partial scholarships for summer intensives around the country, and have placed in the top 12 in the Youth America Grand Prix Semi Finals. Many APSD dancers have gone on to attend highly regarded collegiate dance programs, accepted traineeships, and/or have had professional careers in dance. Below are some of the programs and schools that our dancers have attended after their training with APSD:

Traineeships:

Alabama Ballet

Cincinnati Ballet

Disney

Pittsburgh Ballet

Grand Rapids Ballet

Ballet Met Columbus

KS Dance - England

Summer Intensives:

American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Met Columbus

Ballet West

Carolina Ballet

Cecchetti International Summer School

Cecchetti USA

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Cincinnati Ballet

Ellison Ballet

Grand Rapids Ballet

Joffrey Ballet

Joffrey Midwest

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Royal Winnipeg Ballet

College Dance Programs:

Butler University

Eastern Michigan University

Grand Valley State University

Indiana University

Oakland University

Western Michigan University

Wayne State University

Ann Parsley School of Dance

40730 Garfield Road,

Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone. 586-286-8300