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Artistic Director

Michelle Quenon

Michelle began her formal ballet training under the direction of Sergey Rayevskiy in her hometown of Novi, Michigan. She went on to earn a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University, where she performed various corps de ballet and soloist roles with Butler Ballet, including the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and the Arabian lead in The Nutcracker.

Following graduation, Michelle danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre and then with Ballet Theatre of Indiana. After her second season with BTI, Michelle took on the role of Ballet Mistress and had the opportunity to choreograph for the company—her works included a jazzy party scene to a score by Duke Ellington for The Nutcracker, the second act of Cinderella, and a full one-act production of The Great Gatsby.

While in Indianapolis, Michelle taught at several local studios where she emphasized strong classical training and artistic growth through a patient and positive atmosphere. She choreographed and directed a number of full length ballets, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Giselle. She also staged excerpts from the classical repertoire of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle.

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Assistant Artistic Director

Natalie Krienke

Natalie (she/her) began dancing with Ballet Chelsea at a young age and is always ready to share her love of dance with others. Pulling from her years of dance and movement-based education, she teaches a full complement of classes at Ballet Chelsea including Jazz, Contemporary, and Conditioning. Natalie graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology. Outside of Ballet Chelsea, Natalie works at MOVE Wellness in Ann Arbor as a Pilates trainer and is a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor. 

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Caitlin Jozefczak

Caitlin (she/her) received her early training from TeDee Theofil of Studio 1 and Wendi DuBois of Ballet Chelsea. She also holds a BA in Dance with a minor in Arts Administration from Mercyhurst College. Caitlin danced professionally with Ohio Dance Theatre and taught at various studios throughout Cleveland, OH and Erie, PA.  She has been featured in roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop in “The Nutcracker”, the Lilac Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty” and the Summer Fairy in “Cinderella” as well as had the opportunity to perform contemporary works by ballet masters Bruce Marks and Carter Alexander. Since returning to Michigan, Caitlin has been fortunate to work for Ballet Chelsea as both an Instructor and Rehearsal Director for the past 2 years.  She is also currently the Member Services Manager for the Dexter Wellness Center.  Caitlin is excited to continue working with such a wonderful organization. 

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Mathieu Dehoorne

Mathieu danced with Ballet Chelsea for ten years.  The breadth and depth of the training he received led him to pursue further dance education. In 2019, following his junior year of high school, Mathieu joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a trainee. There he performed with the main company in Nutcracker and was featured in several productions with other Professional Trainee Division dancers and with students of the Otto M. Budig Academy, including Paquita, Swan Lake pas de trois, Balanchine’s Phlegmatic from The Four Temperaments, and pieces from student choreographic workshops. Mathieu is looking forward to teaching at Ballet Chelsea’s Summer Intensive and is eager to share his enthusiasm and his dance perspective with his home studio. 
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Wendi DuBois

Wendi began her dance training at the age of 12 at the Virginia School of Ballet under the direction of Oleg Tupine, formerly of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. After receiving a scholarship with the School of American Ballet in New York, she danced with Dayton Ballet Company studying with Jon Rodriguez, Stuart Sebastian, Daniel Duell, and Rebecca Wright among others. During this time, Wendi performed works by many prolific choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Loyce Houlton, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Eugene Loring. Wendi has taught in southeastern Michigan for more than 30 years including the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Eastern Michigan University, and numerous community schools as a faculty member and as a master teacher.

Wendi has spent the last 25 years at Ballet Chelsea working to build curriculum and performance opportunities that serve serious young artists who show a passion for the arts and dance. In 2017, Michigan Dance Council selected Wendi as the Touchstone Dance Educator of the year, which she was honored to accept. Wendi received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in American Studies with an emphasis on gender studies from Michigan State University. Wendi currently teaches at Ballet Chelsea and directs their performing company.

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Lauren Miller

Lauren started studying ballet at age six at the Vaganova based Marsha Ismailoff Mark School of Ballet in Newtown, CT. Since then she has trained in many different ballet styles and techniques. She has studied and performed with schools and companies in Connecticut, Cambridge,UK, Chicago, NYC, Colorado and Michigan, and has been teaching dance on and off for over 20 years. She has studied locally with Carol Radovic, Wendy Dubois and Belen Guzman, and performed locally with Ann Arbor Ballet Theater and Ballet Detroit. Prior to living in Michigan Lauren worked, taught, choreographed and performed in Chicago as a freelance dancer and with the Joel Hall Dancers. She is a senior trainer and instructor trainer at MOVE Wellness in Ann Arbor and has been teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC® for the last 10 years. Lauren loves dance in general and ballet in particular and is devoted to the belief that everyone who wants to dance should be able to, regardless of background, skill level or previous training. Lauren holds a BA in English, a BFA in Theatre Performance, and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan.

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Nancy is a Permanent Examiner, Liaison Officer and National Executive Board Member of the Cecchetti Council of America. She was President of the Cecchetti Council in 2008 and 2009 and also has served as Assistant National Registrar, Eastern Michigan Registrar and Summer School Coordinator at Hope College. She began her training with Marjorie Randazzo, continuing at Joffrey Ballet in New York City. She accepted a scholarship and continued her training in the Professional Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  In 2006 Nancy was the winner of the Margaret Marsh and Sylvia Hamer Memorial Scholarship, representing the United States during the Cecchetti Society’s Summer Seminar in England. She is the former owner and Artistic Director of La Danse in Canton, Michigan.  Nancy currently teaches Master Classes throughout the United States and Canada in addition to being a faculty member at Ballet Chelsea. She received the Cecchetti Council of America Advanced Teaching Certification in 1990. As one of 30 examiners in the United States, Nancy travels extensively, certifying teachers and students in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet.

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Rhonda Kendzicky

Rhonda has been teaching ballet in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, and the surrounding area for more than 20 years, specializing in the correct development of the young dancer, as well as the training of aspiring dance instructors through assistant and demonstrator opportunities.

She began her dance training at age 7 with her mother, and prima ballerina, Pamela Rutledge, later expanding her studies with Sylvia Hamer, Marjorie Randazzo, Nancy Abby, and Tony Randazzo, performing as a member of the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet Company and Rutledge Repertory Dancers.

Rhonda is a member of The Cecchetti Council of America, holding certificates in Grades I - IV as both a teacher and dancer, and has attended numerous Cecchetti workshops and seminars over the years. Rhonda is a current instructor for Ballet Chelsea and Dexter Community Education. Additional experience includes director of Miss Rhonda's Dance, past instructor for Dance Arts of Chelsea and Jackson School for the Arts, former Ballet Mistress, Board member,
and Young Childhood Director for Ballet Chelsea, formerly Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan, and former owner and artistic director of Broad Street Dance Theatre and Dance Arts of Manchester.

She is most proud of her many students who have gone on to become beautiful dancers, wonderful teachers, and amazing individuals, who continue the tradition of sharing their talents with the world around them!

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Macks Kreps

Macks' (they/them) love and passion for dance instruction, performance, and
choreography began at a local studio in south-east Michigan where they trained in the styles of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, acrobatics, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, and liturgical. Macks’ dance education includes time spent training with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Kansas City Ballet, and the Russian Ballet Academy of Michigan/Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. Passing highly-commended on each level, Macks has completed the Cecchetti Method of Ballet, Grades I-V. Macks attended Eastern Michigan University on scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Performance. In addition to teaching an array of styles at various local southern Michigan dance studios, Macks strives to share their love of dance and movement with as many people as possible and does this through their leadership in Ballet Chelsea’s Adaptive Dance Program, where they instruct dance and movement classes for folks of all ages and abilities across Washtenaw County.

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Kaitlynn Liskiewicz

Kaitlynn began dancing when she was two years old at Taylor Dance in Taylor, Michigan, continued her training with Ballet Americana under Joy Squire, Patricia Lorenz, and Leif Lorenz and participated in Regional Dance America (RDA). Throughout her training Kaitlynn’s focus has been on ballet (pointe), tap, and jazz. Kaitlynn attended the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive where she was able to study under John Magnus, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Midwest workshop.

Kaitlynn went on to earn her BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. As a member of WMU’s Dance Team she continued to expand her dance vocabulary in jazz, pom, and hip hop and performed at football, volleyball, and basketball games. The team also took 6th place at the National Dance Alliance Nationals while Kaitlynn was a member.

In addition to working at Ballet Chelsea teaching Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop on Tuesday evenings, Kaitlynn is also a personal trainer and believes exercise and movement are important for everyone!

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Niya Wharton

Niya (she/her) began dancing with Ballet Chelsea in 2015 after moving from northern California. She has been dancing since she was five years old and has loved it ever since. Niya currently attends Washtenaw Community College and also works at the Chelsea School District Preschool. She is excited to be in the studio sharing her passion for dance and the technique and life lessons she has learned from this amazing organization that has shaped her into the person she is today.

Guest Faculty

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Michael Lee

Michael is the Artistic Director of Opus Mime. His work ranges from solo family shows to full-length mime dramas.  Two of his mime plays, This, Uh, Body (Texas) and “Lascaux, Dawn of Art (Michigan) won State Thespian Festival competitions and were performed MainStage at the International Thespian Festival.

Michael performs, teaches and coaches at festivals, theaters, schools and colleges across the U.S. He has directed The Hobbit, Our Town, Agamemnon, and A Comedy of Errors.  He also coaches physical acting for World and Olympic champion figure skaters (ice dance gold and silver 2010, 2014) along with numerous other top teams from around the world, including perennial collegiate champion Miami University Synchronized skating teams.

Michael is one of the last and most advanced students of the late French mime Marcel Marceau, along with numerous other mime masters from around the world. He is a graduate of the Spacial Dynamics Institute in New York, and attended the International School for Theatre Anthropology in Denmark.

 

Student Faculty

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Amanda Barron

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Abby Plavnick

Abby has been dancing since the age of 10 and has loved every moment. For the last two years, Abby has been a student representative for Ballet Chelsea's Performance Company, working to connect with younger dancers while building an environment where everyone feels welcome and supported. Most recently Abby has shadowed Ballet Chelsea Artistic Faculty members, working as a class demonstrator to improve upon her teaching skills. Abby is excited to bring her knowledge and love of dance to Ballet Chelsea's Young Dancer Program this year!
 
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Onnika Trimmer

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Adaptive Dance Program Faculty

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Reeves Devoe

Bio coming soon

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Macks Kreps

Macks Kreps’ (they/them) love and passion for dance instruction, performance, and
choreography began at a local studio in south-east Michigan where they trained in the styles of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, acrobatics, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, and liturgical. Macks’ dance education includes time spent training with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Kansas City Ballet, and the Russian Ballet Academy of Michigan/Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. Passing highly-commended on each level, Macks has completed the Cecchetti Method of Ballet, Grades I-V. Macks attended Eastern Michigan University on scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Performance. In addition to teaching an array of styles at various local southern Michigan dance studios, Macks strives to share their love of dance and movement with as many people as possible and does this through their leadership in Ballet Chelsea’s Adaptive Dance Program, where they instruct dance and movement classes for folks of all ages and abilities across Washtenaw County.

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Carrie Schotte

Carrie Schotte is from Martin, Ohio and received her early dance training from the Toledo Ballet School, The Martha Graham School, STEPS on Broadway, The Broadway Dance Center and The Lake Erie Ballet School.  Later, Carrie graduated magna cum laude from Wright State University with a BFA in dance. At WSU, she was a part of the pre-professional Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble where she had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Debbie Blunden-Diggs (current DCDC artistic director), Jon Rodriguez (former artistic director of the Dayton Ballet), Pat White and Suzanne Walker. Since graduation, Carrie traveled to North Carolina to work professionally with the Goldsboro Ballet, and also worked with Mary Helen Mayfield and John Dennis of the Greensboro Ballet Company.   She performed in musical theater productions such as Guys and Dolls, Chicago and Oklahoma with the North Carolina Theatre; she worked at  Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was offered a contract by Jean Ann Ryan Productions and Norwegian Cruise Lines four times. Since moving to Michigan in 2001, Carrie has taught for Dance Arts of Chelsea and Ballet Chelsea, as well as founded her own jazz dance ensemble company.  Carrie looks forward to the future; the continuation of motivating, encouraging and inspiring young artists to create and train with passion.