Expression Through Dance - Directed By: Brandi J. Archer

INTRO TO DANCE INSTRUCTOR:
Mrs. Jennifer Mirelez
 
Jennifer has been a ballerina for as long as she can remember. She studied the Cecchetti method of ballet for 12 years at The Dance Center in Adrian. She also studied tap, jazz and of course, ballet, for four years during her time at Grand Valley State University.
 
She was a teacher’s assistant at a dance studio in Grand Rapids for a year while in college before moving home for the summer. She began teaching ballet on her own at her church in January of 2009 and joined the Expression Through Dance team during its first semester in May of the same year.
 
Jennifer grew up on the same farm her father grew up on in Palmyra, Michigan and graduated from Blissfield High School in 2002. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. After graduation she worked as an intern for The Toledo Hospital and R/P Marketing Public Relations. Currently she is employed by the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank as an Outreach Coordinator 35 hours a week during the day. Jennifer will be starting sign language interpreter classes in January in hopes of moving into that career field in a couple years.
 
Jennifer married another Blissfield native, Rudy Mirelez, in July of 2008. They live in a family farmhouse in Ogden Center. Outside of dancing she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, especially her three nephews and one niece. She also enjoys traveling, reading, scrap booking and working with children at her church, Zion United Brethren in Ogden Center.
 
Dance and theatre have always been a part of her life. She got the chance to perform with The Toledo Ballet as a Candy Cook in high school. She was also in Babes in Toyland as a dancer and chorus girl at the Croswell Opera House in high school. She is the choreographer and Co-Director for the Christmas program at church.
 
Jennifer also competed in the Miss River Raisin Festival for four years during in high school and college and was a competitor in the Fair Queen contest in high school. Although she didn’t place, she did earn scholarship money for college.
 
Jennifer is super excited to be teaching dance in Blissfield after taking a break from it after college. She looks forward to many more years of teaching girls the art and gracefulness of ballet in her hometown.
 
Jennifer's Musical performance & choreography credits include:
Once Upon A Mattress, You Can’t Take It With You, Anything Goes, Cinderella, Box Office Poison, Babes in Arms, Flyin’ and the Million-Heirs

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Directors Assistant/Back stage Manager:
Ms. Charlotte Hawver

Ms. Charlotte is a tremendous asset to our studio and we are very thankful to have her on our team! As mother of 4, two of which dance at the studio, she is a gracious caregiver to our students, a professional to our parents, and a savior to Mrs. Brandi's endless list of jobs to do! We would not be successful with out her continuous support!

YOU ROCK MAMA!


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Tumbling Instructor:
Mrs. Nicole Cheney

Nicole is a Blissfield High School Graduate of 2000.  There after she attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical & Health Education, and a Masters in School Counseling.  She now works as an Elementary School Counselor for Hudson Area Schools, and is now happily married, with two children!

Her love of tumbling began at an early age, which has lead to over 8 years of gymnastic experience!  Floor exercises and routines were always her favorite form of gymnastics! 

Her goals for ETD students is to teach them how to so basic tumbling safely!  Students will greatly increase their flexibility, and will learn and strengthen skills in these areas (but not limited to): backward and forward rolls, cartwheels, handstands, splits, round-offs and  back bends into back walk overs! 

She is looking forward to another great season at ETD  Productions!
 

KICK BOXING INSTRUCTOR:
Ms. Becky Albright

Becky is a lifetime resident of Blissfield, MI.  She works full time for Cardiac Services at the Toledo Hospital in Toledo, OH. She is also an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  

Becky has always had a passion for fitness! As a kid, she played years of sports in school, which carried into her young adult years, playing on a variety of wreck leagues. Becky also strives to live a lifestyle of very clean eating, that includes eating natural & organic foods as much as possible, while incorporating essential oils into her diet and body care.  This lifestyle and information she shares with her family & friends as well as clients who are interested in learning about eliminating toxins from your daily life!

Becky is the mother of Owner/Director Brandi Archer!  She loves being able to work along side of her daughter, encouraging their community to increase their daily fitness and improve their overall health into a new healthy lifestyle!

Becky's Women's Kick Boxing class is a great representation of her energetic and passionate attitude towards  healthy living and fitness!  Anyone can take this Kick Boxing class! Becky will push you to do your best, while respecting your limitations!  You've got nothing to lose, except  "fat & calories!"

Come check it out!

Remember, your first class is FREE!


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BALLET FIT INSTRUCTOR:
Mrs. Catherine Kendrick

Cathy Kendrick lives in Blissfield with her husband and 4 year old son!  She has been dancing since she was a little girl, and is extremely passionate about ballet!  Cathy is a certified massage therapist in the State of Michigan, which gives her a unique perspective and an advantage in her knowledge about a dancers body and how it works!

Cathy wishes to share her unique range of skills with Adults who have never had the opportunity to experience ballet, or Expression Through Dance, Production  students who are eager to strengthen their muscles, flexibility and overall knowledge about the techniques required for the makings of a successful dancer!

No matter your past or current fitness level, you can experience graceful movement, therapeutic stretching, and overall body & balance strengthening  in "Ballet Fit"! 

No better day to start, than today!!

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