Faculty

 

FOUNDER OF ANN PARSLEY SCHOOL OF DANCE

Ann Parsley holds a BFA in Dance from Oakland University, graduating summa cum laude with honors in dance.  She holds the highest accreditation of Diploma Fellow of the Cecchetti Council of America.  She is a Permanent Examiner, Liaison Officer and Past President of the Council.  She has presented numerous students for examination and has presented teachers through the Diploma examination. Ann teaches at workshops and seminars throughout the country.  She also directed Ann Parsley School of Dance for over 30 years before selling the studio in 2009.  Ann has taught many students who have danced professionally in ballet and modern companies, industrials and videos.  She founded the Macomb Ballet Company in 1983.  Ann received the first Outstanding Alumni Award in Dance from Oakland University, has visited Taiwan three times to teach and examine, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. 

OWNER OF ANN PARSLEY SCHOOL OF DANCE

Amber Megna Michalik is the owner and director of Ann Parsley School of Dance. She first connected with the school as a dancer when she was just 7 years old. Her love for the art, coupled with an inexhaustible passion to learn, create, and share, sustained her journey from student to teacher. A former member of the Macomb Ballet Company, Amber served as the Assistant Director to Ann Parsley from 2001-2006. Ms. Michalik founded the Junior Macomb Ballet Company in 2006, the first non-profit ballet company for young children in Macomb County. In 2007, she became the Artistic Director of the Macomb Ballet Company. Trained by many of the area’s finest teachers including Ann Parsley, Iacob Lascu, Laurie Eisenhower and Gregory Patterson, Ms. Michalik is certified to teach both students and teachers in the Cecchetti Method. Amber attended Oakland University on an academic scholarship, where she pursued dance and business, and was a member of the Oakland Dance Theatre. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts Management. She was awarded the Eastern Michigan Committee Board of Directors Scholarship in 2012 from the Cecchetti Council of America. Ms. Michalik currently sits on the Executive Board of the Cecchetti Council of America, and is currently the Chair of the Cecchetti Council of America Eastern Michigan Committee. She has trained many successful dancers and teachers since 2000. Her students have received numerous awards and recognition in the dance community across the country and around the world; many have continued their study of dance at the college level, and have pursued professional careers in dance, choreography and teaching. Taking part in various conferences and workshops across the country fuels Ms. Michalik’s desire to continually learn and impart her love of dance and the methods and philosophies that she embraces.

FACULTY

Sarah (Boik) Komara has been assistant director to the Macomb Ballet Company since 2006, choreographing and inventively putting her passion for the art of ballet onto the stage. She holds the Cecchetti Council of America Student Certifications Levels I-VII. She also holds the highest level of certification in the Cecchetti method of ballet also making her FDCCA status in the Cecchetti Council of America and is qualified to teach grades I-Diploma. She was awarded the Eastern Michigan Committees Board of Directors Scholarship to attend the CCA Teacher's Diploma course in 2015. In 2016, she was hand selected by the Cecchetti Council of America National Executive Board to attend England's Cecchetti Society Teacher Symposium as the United States Sylvia Hamer Award recipient and traveled there this past July. She has presented many successful students and teachers to the council. She is a former member of the Macomb Ballet Company and has performed many principle roles in classical ballets in Coppelia, Un Encuentro, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Sarah has also trained many successful dancers at Ann Parsley School of Dance since 2004. She augmented her training with the Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey Midwest, American Ballet Theatre in NYC and American College Dance Festival. Sarah has performed in several professional operas such as Turandot and was a member of the Detroit Opera House’s theatre ballet company, The Civic Dance Ensemble under direction of Samantha Shelton and Michael Anderson. She has been able to guest teach at various local studios over the years, as well as education facilities such as Wayne State University. She received a dance scholarship to Oakland University and danced as part of the Oakland Dance Theatre. She has also taught ballet at their University Summer Dance Intensive. Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from nursing school and is a licensed registered nurse with her BSN from OU.

Hannah Budny has been a part of the Ann Parsley School of Dance family her entire life. Taking her first creative movement dance class at the age of two, this formed in her an infinite passion for dance. Hannah has been actively involved with the Macomb Ballet Company since she was 7 years old. First as an extra and then as a MBC junior company member at the age of 9 and working her way up to become a senior member at the age of 14. Hannah has danced in every show the Macomb Ballet Company has performed since 2001. She has been in shows such as Cinderella, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and recently as Snow White in the ballet company’s performance of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. She has also performed with The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, The Enchanted Princess Ball and DDC Dances as a trainee for the 2014-2015 season. Hannah has completed Cecchetti Student Certification Exams, Levels I-VII as well as Teachers Grade I-V. She also received scholarships to attend The Cecchetti Council of America’s Summer Intensive Camp in July 2013, APSD Dance Summer Intensive in 2012 and 2013 and for this coming summer she has received a scholarship to attend a ballet intensive in Santa Barbara, California. Hannah was excepted and competed in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in fall of 2014. Hannah has been offered a traineeship to be in Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi and also for Joffrey N.Y, Joffrey Chicago and a company position for the 2015-2016 season with DDC Dances. 

Anastasia Coleman began dancing at Ann Parsley School of Dance at the age of two. Having taken a break for several years and craving the art she began seriously studying ballet again at age fourteen. In four short years she completed Cecchetti student exams grades I-VI and subsequently completed teachers examinations I-II and is currently studying for her third Cecchetti teachers examination. As a former member of the Macomb Ballet Company for five years, she has performed in several full length ballets including Les Sylphides, Peter and The Wolf, Coppelia and The Nutcracker. She had leading roles in Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker and principal roles in Snow White and several Nutcrackers. Anastasia has studied with Monique Sgro, Julie Merkle, Ann Parsley and Amber Michalik. She has augmented her training with some workshops including the CCA’s Teachers Seminar Intensive in Holland, Mi. Anastasia began teaching at Ann Parsley School of Dance in 2008 and has been teaching ballet since. She relocated to Phoenix, Az in 2012 and has subsequently performed as a guest dancer across the valley specifically; The Nutcracker with Backers of Ballet in Scottsdale. She was also a principal member of The Youth American Ballet Co. and with them has danced principal roles such as Sugar Plum, The Snow Queen and The Arabian soloist in The Nutcracker as well as Myrtha in Giselle. While in Arizona, Anastasia has also appeared on television as The Sugar Plum Fairy, performed at several Nutcracker Tea Party Gala's and was a guest dancer at The Herberger Theatre's Festival of the Arts. Anastasia also taught all around the Phoenix area and directed the ballet program at Power Elite Dance Academy for 2 years and has successfully produced ballets such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Peter and The Wolf.

Sara Domke In addition to studies in Early Childhood Development, Sara has been teaching, guiding, mentoring, or caring for local youth over the last 16 years. During her 14 year relationship with the APSD, she has been a student and has taught yoga and beginning toddler dance classes. An active Macomb Ballet Company board member for the last six years, she has served as publicity chairperson for four of them and is currently serving her second term as Treasurer. In addition to pursuing her degree in Communications, she is eager to engage with her students during their early stages of introduction to music, movement, and lyrics.

Carley Glugla has been dancing for 15 years and for the past 7 years , she has been working with special needs children in an adaptive dance class. She also has experience with providing child care to children with special needs, and has been a camp volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Karen Glugla, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for the past 19 years. She works as a Clinical OT Specialist at Children's Hospital of Michigan/Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Stilson Specialty Center. She works with children from birth-20 with a very broad range of diagnoses. She works in the MDA clinic where she monitors children with Muscular Dystrophy diagnoses. Karen has 7 years experience working with children in an adaptive dance class.

Sydney Henderson grew up at Ann Parsley School of Dance starting with her first creative movement class when she was three. Shortly after, she began dancing with the Macomb Ballet Company starting with her first performance in Un Encuentro. Sydney has supplemented her classes at Ann Parsley School of Dance with additional training with the American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Chicago and on scholarship with the Ruth S. Shur Carolina Ballet Company. She has also trained and performed at the Youth America Grand Prix in Pittsburgh 2014 and Chicago 2015 where she performed the Odalisque Variation from Le Corsaire and the Kitri Variation from Don Quixote. She studied at Arts Academy in the Woods and has attended master classes with Samantha Shelton, Meg Paul, Michael Vernon, Kristin Sudeikis and Ashley Bouder. Her training and her determination helped her achieve lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. Sydney has completed her Cecchetti Council of America Student Certification Exams Levels I-VI along with her teacher Grade I Exam. In the fall of 2015, she attended Wayne State University as a BFA major in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance as a talent scholarship recipient. She was also a member of their dance company, Company One. Sydney is honored to be a member of the APSD faculty.

Brandon Koepsell is a Detroit native and graduate of the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. After graduation, Brandon spent time performing with “Companie Coline" in Istre, France, Rapture Dance Project and Ron DeJesus Dance in Chicago. Brandon has been a guest performer and choreographer with several college programs including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Alma College. He has also been seen dancing with Michigan Opera Theater in the productions of Aida and The Merry Widow. He was the choreographic assistant and movement coach on the set of Disney’s “Oz, the Great and Powerful” and a credited dancer in “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas". Brandon is a current faculty member in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University as well the Chicago National Association of Masters. He has dedicated the last 10 years to educating and inspiring his students in the art of dance. He has been able set his ballet and contemporary choreography with various studios, workshops, college programs and professional companies nationwide.

Nia Lighter holds a B.A in theater and dance from Winona State University Minnesota. Ms. Lighter was a two-time recipient of the Jacque Reidleberg Performing Arts Scholarship. She has been teaching dance for 15 years, in three different states. Nia continues to enhance her dance education; she has completed a Grade I -III Cecchetti Teacher Exams. She has also taken the Music works Unlimited dance teacher connection workshop, as well as classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, New York City, and classes at The Edge Dance Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Lighter is a member of Grace Dance Ensemble Christian Ballet Company, under the direction of former Joffrey company member, Deanne Essian, as well as a dancer/choreographer for Community Christian Church Dance Worship Company. Nia just finished her 13th show as the makeup designer for the Macomb Ballet Company. She has also been a guest performer as Mother Ginger for Macomb Ballet Company for three years. Originally from Minnesota, Nia and her family have lived in the area for 7 years. She has taught at APSD for 5 years.

Julie Merkle has been sharing her love of dance with students and teachers for the past 37 years. She is qualified to teach tap, ballet, Pointe, jazz and Hawaiian dancing. She has danced professionally, attended various master classes, workshops, seminars, and has been trained by highly regarded teachers in the field of dance. She holds the highest level of certification possible through the Cecchetti Council of America, the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma. She has successfully presented many students and teachers for exams through the Diploma level of the CCA. Julie is currently serving the Cecchetti Council of America as 1st Vice President and CCA Summer School Administrator. National Executive Board positions that she has held in the past are President, Assistant National Registrar, and Recording Secretary. In January 2016 Julie attained Permanent Examiner status on the CCA Board of Examiners. In January of 2017 the National Executive Board appointed Julie to the position as Liaison Officer serving the Western Michigan Committee. Many of her students enjoy successful careers in the field of dance. They have danced professionally with major ballet companies, accepted college scholarships, teach students and teachers and operate their own flourishing dance studios.

Megan Montgomery is currently a company member of DDCdances, based in the Detroit Metro area, and a graduate of Wayne State University's Department of Dance. She has performed the works of Biba Bell, Sidra Bell, Harriet Berg, Rachael Harbert, Stephanie Laipis, Chris Masters, Addison O'Day, Kristi Faulkner, Elizabeth Schmidt, Sonya Tayeh, Colleen Thomas, Ronnie Todorowski and Marcus White. She studied on scholarship in Chicago at Giordano's Dance School, on scholarship in Detroit at Complexions Contemporary Ballet Intensive, and in Detroit at Sidra Bell Dance NY Intensive. Megan is the 2013 recipient of the Harriet Berg Endowed Scholarship for Choreography. Prior to DDCdances, Megan was a three-year member of Detroit-based Mack Avenue Dance Company, and a three-year member of the Detroit Pistons Dance Team, Automotion. In addition to creating work, and performing all over Michigan, Megan is a dance educator at numerous pre professional studios. She is also a Pilates Mat instructor, trained in the Stott Pilates Method.

Christine Smith began her dance training in Chesterfield, Michigan, in 1992. As a competitor, Christine ranked as a highly awarded top 5 dancer in her divisions, allowing her to travel the US with her team. She brought her studio training to her high school as a Varsity Dance team member. A recipient of numerous awards, her top achievements include, but are not limited to: 2005 titled Elite Dance Champion of Footloose Dance competition, 2006 titled Miss Teen Elite Dancer of West Coast Dance Explosion and All Star Dancer. She held this title annually in the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge from 2003-2008. Christine has worked with many world renowned choreographers in addition to performing at Paul Mitchell-Kelly Cardenas hair salon in Chicago and the local Emerald Theater. She was a guest performer at Wayne State University with Gravity Dance Company She has performed at the Detroit Institute of Art- Pecha Kucha night, St. Andrews Hall as a Member of Mack Avenue Dance Company, and at the Crofoot Theater in the Motor City Movement Choreography Collective. Christine has also performed in the Super Bowl held in Detroit, as a featured dancer with Mariah Carey. Ms. Smith has taken her work into public schools, teaching Hip Hop, Broadway, Jazz and Contemporary classes at Harrison High School, Novi High School, Arts Academy in the Woods, L'Anse Creuse H.S North, and to the adult students at Wayne State University. Christine choreographed the musical “Chicago” for L'Anse Creuse North's show choir. She has been working as a professional dance instructor at pre-professional dance studios since 2008. Christine continues to teach and perform professionally inspiring and educating inspiring and educating  young dancers in the studio and in their lives.

Ann Parsley School of Dance

40730 Garfield Road,

Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone. 586-286-8300