Michelle Marzejon | Owner, Director, Instructor
Michelle Marzejon has over 20 years of international performance experience, including Japan, Canada, and the U.S.A. She spent many years as artistic director at several dance studios before finally opening Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center in 2004. Michelle not only continues to teach and study a wide range of dance genres, but she is also a certified Stott's Pilates instructor and an avid student of yoga. Her students have graduated from her programs to continue their training at area universities and pursue professional careers in dance nationwide. Teaching credits include Wayne State University, Albion College, Hope College, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan Dance Project and Brighton Dance Festival. Her choreography has received top honors nationwide, including the 2007 Copperfoot Award from Wayne State University. Michelle was the artistic director for the Splendor of the East production in Dearborn, MI in 2010 and 2011, and is frequently called upon as a dance adjudicator nationwide. Currently, Michelle is a board member with the Dionysus Theater (Pinckney, MI) and is on faculty for the annual Brighton Dance Festival.
Kathy King | Assistant Director, Instructor
Kathy is a life-long dancer, spending time living and training in Memphis, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit. Currently, you can find her teaching the college kids in the Department of Music and Dance at Eastern Michigan University, and working with students of all ages at Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center. In 2006, Kathy founded the Michigan Dance Project, a professional contemporary dance company, which eventually lead to the creation of the Brighton Dance Festival in 2010. In April 2013, Kathy received the high honor of being named to the Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20s" Class of 2013 for her work as a dance educator in metro Detroit.
Kathy has studied intensively at Wayne State University, EDGE Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, and the Bates Dance Festival. She began dancing professionally at the age of 15, and has been assistant to choreographers Robert Schultz and Joaquin Escamilla. Teaching credits include the Cecchetti Council of America's Eastern Michigan Committee, American College Dance Festival, Eastern Michigan University, Rhythm Plus Dance Company (Hamilton, Ontario), Dance Extreme (London, Ontario), The Movement Dance Company, Dance Odyssey Competitions, Fusion Dance Studio (Torrance, CA), University of Michigan Dance Team, and many other studios and schools nationwide. In addition to teaching, Kathy has served as an adjudicator for Dance Masters of America, Dance Odyssey Competitions, and the Flint Youth Ballet. Through her work with MDP, Kathy has founded and directed the Brighton Dance Festival, Get Up & MOVE! Choreographers' Showcases, and the Jumping Through the Lens photography and dance exhibit. You can also find her on faculty with in-studio convention Artists In Training, and serving on the boards of directors for the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, the Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University, and the Pure Existence Dance Company.
Cyndi Buczek | Assistant Director, Instructor
Cyndi Buczek has been a teacher and choreographer of dance for over 30 years. She attended Wayne State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance. Cyndi has taught at many dance studios through the years. Along with being on faculty at MADPAC, she is currently Artistic Director of the Cohesion Dance Company, a pre-professional company for youth in Southeast Michigan. She began her professional dance career at the age of 16 and was a member of the Fairlane Ballet Company where she had the opportunity to perform in classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote just to name a few. She has performed and toured with various dance companies in Michigan and was the lead in several productions. She continues to teach master classes and workshops throughout the Detroit area, which most recently includes the Brighton Dance Festival. She is a certified Zumba instructor as well. Cyndi has choreographed for many theatre productions throughout the years and has received recognition for her work including the 1995 Copperfoot Award from Wayne State University. Her choreography has won many Top Teacher awards as well as overalls in both the regional and national levels of competition. Cyndi finds joy in teaching students of all ages and levels and sharing her love of dance with them.
Laura Burdick | Ballet Director, Instructor
Laura Burdick attended Western Michigan University on scholarship where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance along with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While at WMU, Laura performed in various Great Works Projects, such as George Balanchine's Who Cares, Giselle, as well as Gus Giordano's Sing, Sing, Sing. After graduation, she went on to dance for Holland America Cruise Lines, followed by a move to Chicago where she continued to dance professionally, making an appearance in the movie The Break Up. Laura has trained nationally under an extensive list of professionals, and has won numerous awards, scholarships and recognition for her dancing. Laura was a founding company dancer with the Michigan Dance Project, performing throughout Southeast Michigan 2006-2011. Along with running the Ballet program at MADPAC, Laura is a mommy to two energetic girls, works full time in the Automotive Industry, choreographs, judges and continues to share her love of dance with her students.
Becky Aramino | Instructor
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Kristi Malik | Instructor
Kristi Malik has been a student of dance for over 20 years and brings 10 years of instructional experience in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical to MADPAC. While studying dance at Sheryl’s School of Dance in Novi Michigan, she danced competitively until the age of 17. While attending Michigan State University, she was a dance instructor in East Lansing and continued to teach at various studios in Walled Lake, Tecumseh, Saline, and Novi well after college. Kristi has attended and completed levels 1,2,and 3 of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School in Buffalo, NY. Kristi has two elementary age children and works full time as an accountant.
Sharla Desentz | Instructor
Sharla Desentz grew up in a dance studio and has always had an absolute love of dance and fitness. While obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Dance from Wayne State University, she also studied dance abroad at The Laban Centre in London, England. After her graduation from WSU, she became a member of the Lansing, MI dance company Happendance, as well as a member of the Detroit Pistons Dance Team. Sharla worked as an Executive Assistant at the Palace of Auburn Hills before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. She currently teaches Zumba Fitness classes, after becoming an instructor in 2010. Sharla has taught and choreographed all types of dance forms for all different ages over the years and is excited to continue teaching at MADPAC!
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Katie Mann has been studying health and fitness and the role it plays on the human body for many years. She studied human biology at Michigan State and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan where she studied dental hygiene. Katie currently holds a group fitness certification from ACE (American Council on Exercise). She is am also certified in R.I.P.P.E.D., barre based classes and barbell strength. Katie's goal with group fitness classes is to create a fun atmosphere with high energy so that participants want to come back for more!