about the founder 

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 and director 

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 the past 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.


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) Carden grew up in Clinton Township; she was homeschooled for her entire K-12 education. Hannah has been 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 was actively involved in local homeschool co-ops for several years. Hannah was a member of the Macomb Ballet Company since she was 7 years old. Through dance education, Hannah blossomed in her musical abilities in her co-ops and through performing in her church choir and band. Dance gave Hannah the confidence she needed to be the outgoing and driven woman she is today. Through the Ballet Company Hannah has been in shows such as Cinderella, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and she has taught as the Rehearsal Director for the last 5 years. Hannah performed with The Enchanted Princess Ball for 4 years and DDC Dances as a trainee where she was then offered a company position. Hannah has furthered her dance education by completing the Cecchetti Student Certification Exams, Levels I-VII as well as Teachers Grade I-VI. She also received scholarships to attend The Cecchetti Council of America’s Summer Intensive Camp and CICB Santa Barbara and both student and teacher scholarships to the Cecchetti Council of America’s summer school. Hannah competed in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in fall of 2014 and in summer of 2017 she went to Florence, Italy with two competitors who represented the United States in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition. In addition to teaching for the Ballet Company and teaching at Ann Parsley School of Dance Hannah is also active in her community teaching adult special needs dance and leading small groups for the young professional program at her home church.

Carley Glugla has been dancing for 16 years and for the past 8 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 20 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 8 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 in 2005, 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, Oakland University and Alma College. He has appeared with the Michigan Opera Theater in the productions of “ Aida" and "The Merry Widow". He was the choreographic assistant on the set of Disney’s “Oz, the Great and Powerful” and a credited dancer in “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas". Brandon has served as a faculty member with the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and Southern Association of Dance Masters. He is a current faculty member in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University in Detroit, a current dancer with Take Root dance company and a company instructor for Eisenhower Dance Detroit. Brandon has recently began teaching Dance for Parkinson’s classes hosted at the Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit to individuals afflicted by Parkinson’s disease. 

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 6 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.

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.  

Jenica Tremberth has been cultivating her love of dance for 37 years at ASPD. Her love for ballet began at 3 years old under the guidance of Ann Parsley. She was a member of the Macomb Ballet Company and performed lead roles in various ballets including; Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Cinderella. Jenica holds the Cecchetti Council of America student certifications for levels I-VII and Teacher certification for Grades I and II.  has been cultivating her love of dance for 37 years at ASPD. Her love for ballet began at 3 years old under the guidance of Ann Parsley. She was a member of the Macomb Ballet Company and performed lead roles in various ballets including; Sleeping Beauty, Copellia and Cinderella. Jenica holds the Cecchetti Council of America student certifications for levels I-VII and teacher certification for Grades I and II.   


  Kathy Megna and Renee Sun


  Sara Domke  

Ann Parsley School of Dance

40730 Garfield Road,

Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone. 586-286-8300