About Us

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. 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.


What makes APSD different?

Strong Foundation

We believe that building a strong foundation is key. Ballet is the cornerstone of all dance disciplines, and APSD offers and unsurpassed program. Our goal is to give students individualized training through the focus of technique and discipline. In addition to providing a solid classical foundation, we also firmly believe in training our dancers to be versatile. We apply the same principles that we use for our ballet program to every genre of dance that we teach. With a strong foundation, our dancers are able to excel in various styles of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and more. 


Unique Focus

Dedicated to providing quality dance instruction in a non-competitive environment, APSD values individual excellence over competitions or trophies. We are passionate about helping students find and strengthen the best in themselves, and believe in the innate potential that exists in every student. High technical standards are maintained and a joy of movement and sense of artistry are instilled through encouragement and positive reinforcement. 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.  


Family Friendly

Ann Parsley School of Dance offers a family oriented atmosphere where movement, music and costumes are tastefully chosen and always age-appropriate. 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, and are proud to have an APSD student in the 2019 and 2020 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in NYC. 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

Joffrey Ballet

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

At APSD, we believe that dance can be life changing. Let us show you how. Click here to get started.  

Ann Parsley School of Dance

51504 Danview Technology Court,

Shelby Township, MI 48315

Phone. 586-286-8300