About Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center
Fun Facts About MADPAC:
Opened in 2004 by longtime dance educator Michelle Marzejon
MADPAC has been voted #1 Dance Studio in Livingston County for many years running!
In 2016, we expanded the studio to include another 2,400 sq ft studio, plus a student & parent break room, and additional restrooms! This allows us to offer more high quality dance classes, and provide a state-of-the-art facility for your children's learning!
MADPAC is the annual sponsoring studio of the Brighton Dance Festival, and serves as a rehearsal space for several local professional music & theater artists.
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 is a life-long dancer, spending time living and training in Memphis, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit. She is the founder/director of the annual Brighton Dance Festival, and head coach of the Cleary University Dance Team. In addition to teaching full time at MADPAC, you'll find Miss Kathy traveling frequently to studios, universities and companies to teach master classes and set choreography. In April 2013, Kathy received the honor of being named to the Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20s" 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, Dance Odyssey Competitions, and many other studios and schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to teaching, Kathy has served as an adjudicator for Dance Masters of America, Dance Odyssey Competitions, and the Flint Youth Ballet. She founded and directed the professional dance company Michigan Dance Project 2006-2014. 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 three beautiful children, works full time in the Automotive Industry, choreographs, judges and continues to share her love of dance with her students.
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!
Amanda Reath | Instructor
Amanda Reath received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Dance and Public Relations from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, she performed in many pieces choreographed by students, faculty, and renowned choreographers through the Great Works Project. She worked for Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers administratively, was a company member of Detroit Dance Collective, performed with stbdance, and has performed freelance pieces across the United States. She was previously a teaching artist with Education for the Arts in Kalamazoo, has taught in the Dance Department at WMU, and at studios across Michigan and the Chicagoland area. Most recently, she was an instructor at The School of Performing Arts in Naperville, IL. Amanda loves spending time with her husband and their energetic daughter, Emily.
Meredith Clark | Instructor
Bio coming soon...
Noah Buczek | Boys Hip Hop Instructor
Noah Buczek began dancing at age three, and has competed both regionally and nationally since he was just four years old in all styles of dance. Noah won Mr. Junior Dance at eight years old with Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance, and has also placed in many overalls, received several judges’ special recognition awards, along with many convention scholarships throughout the years. Noah studied at other studios, but has been dancing at MADPAC since he was 10 years old, studying in every genre of dance under most of the instructors at MADPAC. Noah is starting his second year of college and will now be attending Cleary University where he received both an academic scholarship as well as an athletic scholarship as the first male dancer signed to the school’s competitive varsity dance team. Noah loves to produce music and does many of the music mixes for the studio. He is studying Entrepreneurship at Cleary in hopes of having his own music production company one day.
Kelly Waltz | Instructor & Front Desk Staff
Waltz began her dance training at a local studio in Michigan over 20
years ago. She has been teaching for over eight years, and has been
trained formally in multiple styles including Contemporary, Modern,
Improvisation, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and the Acrobatic Arts program. She is
a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Eastern Michigan University's Dance
Program with a focus in Studio Management and a business minor. Kelly is
a founding member of Pure Existence, a professional Ann Arbor based
dance company, as well as an instructor for their X2 Preparation
Program. She is Brighton Dance Festival's Programs Coordinator, Youth
Program Director, and instructs the youth and teen program students.
Kelly has trained and performed with many notable artists including
Michelle Behrens-Sileo, Wendi Dubois, Holly Hobbs, Jillian Hopper,
Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson, Kathy King, Kristi Malik, Joanna McNamara,
Jodie Randolph, Barbara Selinger, and Phil Simmons.