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Faculty

Sandy Glenn - Founder

Sandy is a Past President of the Cecchetti Council of America, a member of Cecchetti International and a Permanent Examiner for ballet exams. She holds the Advanced Certificate in the Method and is the Liaison Officer for Ontario Canada. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and has studied and performed various methods of classical ballet and character. She taught in Howell for several years before opening Glenns’ School of Dance in 1977. As a member of the CCA Executive Board, she has also taught at workshops and the summer program for students and teachers at Michigan State University, Cleveland School of Ballet, and Hope College. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the dance community.

Ginger Gray - Owner & Operator

Ginger is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography. While training there, she was a member of the University Dance Company and the recipient of several merit scholarships. She spent more than 15 years as an administrator and choreographer for an organization instructing pom and dance teams in the Midwest. She has passed through Cecchetti Grade 6 as both a student and a teacher, qualifying her to send teachers as well as students through the exam syllabus. She has served as a judge for regional and national dance competitions, a guest teacher for state art festivals, and a guest choreographer and visiting lecturer for Eastern Michigan University. She has been a member of the GSD faculty for more than 20 years.

Anni Ulman

Anni is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and social work. While there, she continued her dance training under Dixie Durr studying various styles of jazz. She spent more than 10 years as an administrator and choreographer for an organization instructing pom and dance teams in the Midwest. She has been a part of our core faculty for more than 10 years, sought after for her movement style in jazz and lyrical combined with her approach to our young dancers. She is also a certified massage therapist, specializing in the kinesiology of the dancer’s physique

Jodie Austin

Jodie is an alumni of Performing Arts Dance Theater and a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, accomplishing five student and four teacher exams. She has been teaching all forms of dance and has been instrumental in developing our children’s program. She attended Michigan State University to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Development.

Cara Zonca

Cara graduated from the University of Michigan as a merit scholarship student, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Movement Science minor with her training focused in ballet, contemporary, yoga and pilates. Prior to U of M, Cara was a principal dancer and soloist with Performing Arts Dance Theater, earning annual honors as an NYCDA Outstanding Dancer, and WCDE Elite Dancer. Additional honors include being a member of the University of Michigan Dance Team and scholarships to study at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. She has accomplished seven levels of Cecchetti Ballet instruction. She has enriched many young dancers as a teacher with many studios in Michigan and Ohio. She has performed with many great artists in Ann Arbor and New York City. We are thrilled to welcome to our facility

Alison Chekosky

Alison joined our staff many years ago after several years as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher with us. In high school, she was a member and captain of an award-winning high school dance team. Alison accomplished four Checchetti ballet student exams and was a soloist with the Major Company of PADT. She is highly respected for her hiphop classes but is a well-rounded instructor in all forms of dance. We congratulate Alison on her recent graduation from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Business.

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams grew up with Glenns' School of Dance, performed with PADT, and passed 5 Cecchetti Ballet exams as a student as well as her first teacher exam. She choreographed for concerts and shows while studying at Western Michigan University. After graduating she attended Everst Institute to become certified in Massage Therapy. Jessica is proficient in all forms of dance and has been successful in teaching students of all ages.

Stacey Jackovich

Stacey has returned again as a much sought after instructor at our studio. Prior to starting her teaching career, she spent several years performing in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago on television shows and commercials. She is accomplished as a teacher and a performer in all fields of dance, as well as passing six Cecchetti student exams. She initially attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, but completed her undergraduate work in Advertising at Michigan State University where she was the captain of the award-winning "Motion" Dance Team. Her choreography has won numerous awards nationwide and was recently showcased in Costa Rica.

Travis Staton-Marrero

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Travis began his dance training at a young age studying hip hop, breakdancing, latin ballroom, jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary. He continued his training, studying dance and theatre at Oakland University, and spent time studying at several professional studios in New York and Los Angeles. Travis is an avid hip hop instructor and choreographer throughout Southeast Michigan, teaching students of all ages at many studios in the area and at the American College Dance Festival. His professional experience includes principal roles as a dancer with the Sensuality Latin Dance Show, the Motown Music Awards, NHSMBA Hispanic Scholarship Fundraiser, Chicago Salsa Congress, and the Puerto Rican Travel and Tourism Company Performance. Other professional roles include The Wannabe’s TV Show, Miley Cyrus ensemble dancer, Motor City Movement, Michael Jackson Tribute and the Detroit Salsa Congress. Currently, Travis is the assistant artistic director of the Michigan Dance Project, and attends Michigan State University studying Theatre and Acting.

Leslie Scobie

Leslie continues this year as one of the most versatile teachers with whom we’ve been blessed to work. She trained extensively in all forms of dance and has a degree in Biochemistry and Psychology. Recently, she received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. We are delighted to share not only her knowledge and style in our core curriculum, but are also excited to share her experience in all forms of ballroom dance as well.

Jordan Leonard

Jordan began her training with Glenns' in her early childhood. Since her start with us, she has excelled in all genres of dance, been an integral part of our company in residence as a principal dancer and soloist, been selected by our guest artists for group work as well as solo performances, and been recognized by all convention organizations that we attend as an "outstanding" and "elite" dancer - invited to perform solos in New York City and Las Vegas at various summer dance nationals. Recently, she was selected as the recipient of a prestigious scholarship to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh where she may continue into a professional dance career. She has passed with high honors through her Cecchetti Grade Six, and we are thrilled to have her share her knowledge and inspiration with our next generation of dancers.