Miss Ginny Durow is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School. She is certified by test to teach all levels of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics and Modern. She is currently President of Dance Masters of Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America and Cecchetti Council of America. She has completed Kiddance Teacher’s Training Course, passed Cecchetti Grades I-V Teachers exams and is a certified national examiner for DMA. She has served on faculty at DMA Teachers Training School and The Dance Teachers Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course teaching dance instructors how to teach children. She has traveled all over the US teaching instructors and students and judging competitions. She has choreographed productions of Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Scrooge, The Music Man, Beauty and The Beast, Seussical and The Wiz. She is currently serving on the content committee for IDEA, International Dance Educations Association. She loves being a member of IDEA! She is also a certified examiner for Dance Masters of Michigan certifying teachers in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acro & Modern.
Miss Beth has been dancing for over 25 years. She not only runs the competitive team, but she teaches Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop and more. She has been teaching at Ginny’s for 17 years. Her own dance experience started with the Livingston Dance Theatre where she danced and competed for 18 years. She has vast experience in all forms of dance and has attended lots of workshops. She has won numerous awards for choreography and is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School where she has also served on faculty teaching children’s work. She has also traveled to othere states judging competitions. She currently serves as the Past President of Dance Masters of Michigan and the Co-Director of the Miss Dance Pageant. She has served as Director of the Teen Miss, Junior Miss & Petite Miss Dance Pageants and as a chaperone at Dance Masters of Americas Student Honors Intensive Program for many years. She is truly an asset to our program and is loved by the students.
Miss Lisa was born and raised in North Carolina where she began dancing at 10 years old. Specializing in Acrobatic Dance, Miss Lisa is certified by test to teach all levels of Acrobatics, Ballet, Tap and Jazz thru Dance Masters of America. She is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School. She is also a member of DMA and DMM. She is a Nationally Certified Examiner for Dance Masters of Michigan in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Acrobatics. She examiners other dance teachers to become certified. She was the City Finalist 3 years in a row in High School. She has assisted and taught collectively for over 20+ years. She has been with us for 14 years. She is always full of energy and keeps us smiling at all times. She is a gal of many talents. When asked to list any special achievements Miss Lisa wrote:
“I’ve made it this far!”
Miss Beth has been with us since 1999. Like most of our teachers she began assisting with classes. Her 25+ years of dance experience have instilled in her a deep love of ballet. She is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School. She is certified in all levels of Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She has choreographed for the Pinckney Players production of Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Seussical, Aladdin and Little Woman. She works with Miss Beth B on the competitive team. As an example of what we believe dance does for a student, Miss Beth was the recipient of an award for honesty, integrity and fair play as a high school student. She is always there to guide us all in the right direction. Her true passion for ballet comes out whenever she is in class. She is determined to help every student become the ballerina they all want to be.
Miss Jodi has danced most of her life. “I LOVE CHILDREN!” is the first thing out of her mouth when asked to share a little something about herself. She attended Hope College, where she studied Ballet along with Jazz and Tap. Ballet is definitely her first love. She is a certified United States Gymnastics Association Kinder Accredited Teacher. She has been with us for over 15 years. Miss Jodi is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School in Buffalo, NY and is certified by DMA in all levels of Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She is a member of DMA and DMM. Her specialty is with our little ones and our pointe students. She is truly an asset to our program.
Miss Emily has been dancing most of her life. She has been at Ginny’s for 25+ years. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern. She danced on our competitive team for many years. Miss Emily is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she studied Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz. While at Eastern she performed in many concerts including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, an Experimental Concert “Say, What’s New? II” and many student choreographed concerts. She attended the American College Dance Festival for 3 years. She is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School in Buffalo, NY and is certified by DMA in all levels of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. She is a member of DMA and DMM. She is also Zumba Certified. Miss Emily got married in July 2018 and is going to live in Hawaii for a year. We hope to have her back with us in Fall 2019.
Miss Caitlin has been dancing for 20+ years. She has attended many Dance Masters of Michigan Conventions. She is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School and has attended the Dance Masters of Americas Student Honors Intensive Program at the University at Buffalo, NY. She was honored to dance with many title holders from different states. Her dance horizon is wide, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Pointe and Modern. Caitlin is a member of Dance Masters of Michigan and America. It is awesome to have a student grow and become a teacher here at Ginny’s Danceworks. Caitlin is one of our certified Acro Instructors.
Miss Sandy began dancing in the Brighton area at a young age and has been dancing, assisting and teaching at Ginny's Danceworks for 5+ years. She has studied Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She has attended 2 years of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School and plans to continue this education and become a certified dance teacher. She is currently studying Cecchetti Ballet and looks forward to sharing this knowledge with the students. She enjoys going to workshops and increasing her knowledge of dance. Most of all, she loves being in the classroom with the students. She feels honored and privileged to teach dance at Ginny's Danceworks.
Miss Shelley has been dancing her whole life. She is a graduate of Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School and is certified by Dance Masters of America to teach all levels of Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She is a member of DMA and DMM. She is also a member of Cecchetti Council of America and has passed her Grade I teachers exam. She loves to work with the kids. She has 4 of her own children and one granddaughter. She is proud to have studied with many wonderful teachers and loves to share her knowledge with our students. She loves spending time in Florida, especially in the winter! She is also a certified Zumba & LaBlast instructor. Miss Shelley can be found teaching all sorts of classes through out the summer here at Ginny’s Danceworks. She also teaches our Dance Fitness program, a combination of Zumba, Lablast and jazz using weights and therabands.
Miss Sam has grown up as a student of Ginny's Danceworks and is proud to be teaching with the lovely ladies who are responsible for her love and passion for dance. Sam has passed Cecchetti Levels I-IV and has graduated from Teachers Training School thru Dance Masters of America. She was awarded the Bachna Scholarship for her love and passion of teaching. She looks forward to becoming a new member of Dance Masters of Michigan & America. Sam was a member of the Ginny's Gems Competition Team for 8 years winning numerous special judges awards. Her proudest moment was being awarded a Platinum at Dance Masters of America's National Convention in Orlando for a solo she self-choreographed. Sam can be found teaching or assisting any class here at the studio as well as workshops and summer camps, and loves to choreograph pieces for the competition team. Congratulations Miss Sam for becoming our new certified dance teacher. She is certified in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro & Modern. We are proud of all your accomplishments!
We have guest faculty to come in through out the year. They are all Alumini and we are always happy to have them teach master classes and do choreography. Please welcome:
Reese Durow - Chicago
Meredith Bowles - Alma College
Madeline Kreps - Eastern Michigan University
Madison Daoust - Concordia Chicago
Kristin Titus - North Carolina