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!
In 2020, we introduced virtual learning options!
MADPAC is the annual sponsoring studio of the Brighton Dance Festival, and serves as a rehearsal space for several local professional music, theater artists & college dance teams.
Michelle Marzejon | Owner, Director, Instructor
Michelle Marzejon has over 30 years of teaching and 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 multi-cultural Splendor of the East production in Dearborn, MI for many years, and is frequently called upon as a dance adjudicator nationwide. Currently, Michelle is a board member and choreographer 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 international summer event, the Brighton Dance Festival, and runs a dance business consulting company, Kathy King Strategies. In addition to teaching regularly at MADPAC, you'll find Miss Kathy traveling nationwide as executive director of Artists In Training In-Studio Dance Retreats. In 2013, Kathy was named to the Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20s" for her work as a dance educator in metro Detroit, and in 2019 she was honored with a "Special Tribute" from the State of Michigan to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Brighton Dance Festival.
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), and was recently the head coach of the Cleary University Dance Team (2017-2020). You can also find her serving on the board of directors for Jodie Randolph Dance Company, and recently with the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts and the Arthur Secunda Museum. When not teaching, she is an avid home cook and loves traveling with her husband Nick.
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 Bachelors of Science in Dance from Wayne State University, she was a member of the WSU Dance Company, where she performed, choreographed and also toured with the WSU Reparatory Company. Acceptance into The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, England was an opportunity for her to study dance abroad, and she was privileged to be chosen to perform with the Leni Wylliams Dance Company while at WSU. Along with teaching at several Metro-Detroit and Lansing area dance studios over the years, Sharla has been a member of the Lansing, MI dance company Happendance, as well as a member of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons Dance Team. Since leaving the NBA as a dancer, she has adjudicated for both the Detroit Pistons Dance Team and the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders for several years. Sharla spent the last five years as a member of DDCdances, Metro Detroit’s longest running Modern Dance Company…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 children, Emily and Max.
Sara Ray | Instructor
Sara Ray began dancing at the age of four and fell in love with the art of dance. She completely absorbed all levels and styles of dance, advancing to competitive dance. While a student of dance, the multiple instructors at various studios exposed her to a wide variety of dance styles and instruction techniques. Her passion for dance quickly evolved into teaching others. Sara became a teacher assistant under the mentor of her mother, Marcie Fergus. Her desire to learn more led her to enroll in the dance program at EMU. This experience enhanced her skills for instructing all levels and styles of dance. Her choreography has won her choreography awards as well as top overall scores. Continued enrollment in various workshops and relationships with many other studio owners and instructors led to ongoing personal and professional development and enhanced her desire to teach all children and adults with varying interest in dance from beginners to advanced levels.
Emily Clark | Instructor
Emily Clark discovered her passion for dance at the age of five years old. She has trained and competed with various studios throughout her school age years. Her recent training includes three years on the Grand Valley State University Dance Team, as well as two years studying in the GVSU dance department. During her time with the dance team, she had the honor of being captain for two years. Her training with the team primarily focused on lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. She holds two jazz and two hip hop national titles. During Emily’s time in GVSU’s dance department, she trained in modern, ballet, and jazz. This training culminated in her performing in many pieces choreographed by both students and faculty. In addition to dance, Emily also has a passion for education. She recently graduated from GVSU with her degree in special education and now teaches at Fowlerville High School.
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.
Sarah Mervyn | Instructor
Sarah Mervyn began her dance career over 20 years ago at a local studio. Following several years as a competitive dancer, she found a passion for ballet and switched focus to the classical Vaganova technique. Sarah's experiences at the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet, BalletMet, and the Milwaukee Ballet School lead her to be accepted to train in pre-professional ballet programs around the world. As a student, she had the opportunity to perform pieces from The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and many more. Over the past few years, Sarah has choreographed and taught many award-winning dancers, most recently receiving an "Excellence in Choreography" award. In addition to training competitive dancers, she has directed multiple full-length ballets, including Giselle, the Nutcracker, and Coppelia, as a part of a multi-location ballet and pre-professional program she created in the Upper Peninsula. Since relocating back to lower Michigan, Sarah is pursuing a degree in secondary education, as well as expanding on her Alixa Flexibility certification.
Jada Roulo | Instructor & Front Desk Staff
Jada Roulo has been dancing since the age of six. She grew up competitively dancing under the training of Michelle Marzejon, Kathy King, Cyndi Buczek and Laura Burdick. She also worked closely with choreographers Brooklyn Jai, Robert Schultz, and Marcus Shields. She has recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Holistic Health. At WMU, she worked with faculty choreographers Jeremy Blair, Carolyn Pavlik, and Sharon Garber. She also performed in numerous Department of Dance productions including the Orchesis Dance Concert, BFA Graduating Presentations, and the Winter Gala Dance Concert. Jada soon plans to move to Los Angeles to start her career as a professional commercial dancer.
Mindy Guastella | Instructor & Front Desk Staff
Mindy began dancing at age 5 at a local dance studio, where she acquired her love for dance. She continued dancing through the years at a couple local studios and began training at Rose Marie Floyds Studio of Dance, where she became a company student and performer . During this time, she had also grown a heightened passion for gymnastics, Pom, and fitness, which continued into her college years. Mindy is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University , where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management. While there, she gained extensive fitness training under Kristi Jacobs, EMU’s Rec IM Fitness Director, and became an aerobic fitness instructor teaching a variety of fitness classes at the Rec IM. During her time as an undergraduate, she joined in dance classes, earned certifications, was an active member in many professional organizations, and assisted in creating EMU’s Pom Dance Team, where she then choreographed pieces and performed at many events. After college, Mindy instructed tap and ballet classes in a couple local studios. She gained extensive training and certifications in gymnastics/acro. She brings over 15 years experience instructing students in gymnastics/acro and in training new instructors. She also appeared in a local gymnastics center commercial.
Mindy loves working with children of all ages at MADPAC, sharing her passion for dance and acro. She also enjoys interacting and supporting staff and clients at the front desk. Mindy has always loved the MADPAC family, as her daughter was a competitive Company dancer here for years. MADPAC has always created a warm and positive environment where students, parents and staff can feel “at home”. Mindy continues her passion of working with children in Howell Public Schools in Special Education. She just completed the CDA program and is now studying to receive her CDA certificate. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She has two grown children pursuing degrees in Art and in Nutrition & Dietetics.
Cyndi Buczek | Assistant Director, Instructor
Cyndi Buczek is starting her 40th year as a teacher and choreographer of dance. She attended Wayne State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Dance. Cyndi has taught at many different dance studios through the years as both a staff member as well as a guest master teacher. She is the owner of Cohesion Dance Company and ran a pre-professional dance company for young dancers in the Southeast Michigan for many years. She began her professional dance career at the age of 16 and was a member of the Fairlane Ballet Company, under the direction of Pamela Dunworth, where she had the opportunity to perform in several ballet productions. She has taught many master classes and workshops throughout the Detroit area, which includes many years as a faculty member of Brighton Dance Festival. Cyndi has choreographed for many theatre productions throughout her career and has received recognition for her work including the 1995 Copperfoot Award from Wayne State University, many Top Teacher awards as well as overalls in both the regional and national levels of competition. Cyndi finds joy in sharing her love of multiple genres of dance with her students of all ages and levels, and strives to always encourage them to be the best version of themselves.