Mid American Studio takes pride in providing our students with a teach of teachers that are motivational, talented and dedicated. Our instructors come from various backgrounds, and each brings an exciting element to their classes due to their unique personal experiences in the dance field.
Miss Natalie – Youth Studio Director
Natalie graduated with highest honors from Wayne State University in 2009, majoring in Dance Education. Soon after, she obtained certification as a Michigan K-12 dance educator, and became a trained STOTT Pilates instructor. While at WSU, Natalie not only practiced various dance styles (including modern, ballet, jazz, pointe, and African), but also studied dance history, choreography, anatomy, kinesiology, curriculum design, and educational psychology. Natalie has been teaching dance since 2003, and has worked with Spain School, Farmington High, Harrison High, Novi High, and Cranbrook Middle and High Schools. Natalie loves to challenge students artistically, and works together with them to create choreography unique to their individual talents and personalities. Leaving her students with much more than a recital routine, she values a well-rounded class and shares her knowledge of movement science and dance history as much as possible. Above all, Natalie believes dancing should be challenging, freeing, and FUN!
Jillian has been dancing since she was three years old where she studied various styles and competed in numerous competitions held all over the United States. She was a Varsity member of her high school pom team for four years and won back to back Mid American pompon State Championships. During high school Pom career she was also a three year Mid American Pompon All Star member. Jillian has had the opportunity to dance at events with celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Tabitha and Napoleon, Wyclef Jean, Mandy Moore, etc. She was a member of the Detroit Piston Dance Team Automotion for five years, where she was Captain and Choreography lead of Automotion for three years. Jillian has choreographed both pom and dance routines for many high schools teams, Detroit Shock Dancers, and Automotion. She started working at Mid American Studio in 2007. She currently teaches Pom, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop.
Rachel began dancing at the age of 3 at local studios, and continued to passionately engage herself in the field until she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance through Wayne State University in 2008. During her time in school, Rachel studied in all genres of dance, such as modern, ballet, jazz and african, as well as completed coursework in the areas of dance history, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, movement analysis, dance pedagogy and choreography. Rachel has had the pleasure of dancing with Mack Avenue Dance Company since 2010 and stays involved by performing and presenting at many Detroit-based events. Following her degree, Rachel wanted to share her knowledge and love of movement with others, not just dancers, and has recently completed her Full Certification as a STOTT PILATES Instructor. Rachel has been with Mid American since 2008 and couldn’t be happier to now have two teaching jobs (teaching kids and their parents!) that challenge and inspire her on a daily basis.
Erica always had a love for dance. Starting at the age of 4 her passion for dance soared. She studied dance under various instructors and world renowned choreographers. Erica won high awards in regional and national competitions, studied at various dance conventions and was a dancer on a competitive hip hop crew for 3 years. Erica has been teaching dance for over 10 years. In addition to teaching classes at local studios in the Metro Detroit area, she was the Competitive Tap Coach at an award winning dance studio in Lansing. Erica has won multiple high overall awards for her choreography, in addition to receiving an Outstanding Teacher award in 2011. Erica has a passion for teaching and working with children. She has over 6 years of experience volunteering at Able Abe Summer Camp for children with Autism. Her last year with the camp, she was the Assistant Director and music coordinator. Erica graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science, with a major in Animal Science and completion of the Pre-Vet program.
Shelby has been involved with pompon for over 10 years, and has mentored and coached pom girls from all over the State of Michigan. She was on the Varsity Pompon Team in high school for four years, and was a two year All-Star Team Member. While in high school Shelby performed at Disney World, Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Detroit Piston’s Games. After high school Shelby was a member of the Mid American Pompon summer camp staff for four years. During that time she worked with teams from all over the State of Michigan on skills such as team building, strength, and speed learning. After completing her years on staff while attending Western Michigan University, she became the Varsity Pompon Coach at Davison High School for three years. On top of the years of pom and dance experience Shelby also has experience coaching youth baton classes, and hopes to bring in that experience to create a fun and energizing atmosphere in her classes at Mid American.
Brooke is currently working on her degree towards Marketing and Advertising at Wayne State University. She has been doing pom since she was in 7th grade. She has been on two different teams including her high school varsity team in Livonia, Michigan. She continued her love for pom by joining the Mid-American Pompon Staff and Atomic pom Collegiate Team! Brooke loves teaching her students different moves and ways to do pom and the importance of showmanship. In addition to teaching these skills, Brooke wants her students to have fun! For her, Pom is her escape from the world and it’s her all time favorite thing to do. Brooke can’t wait to spread her love for pom to all these young ladies!
Andi’s life changed at age 4 when she stepped on stage for her first dance recital. Since then, she took every opportunity she could to learn about the art. Between attending ballet masterclasses, dance workshops, and the dance program at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, she has always kept herself busy learning new choreography and new techniques from world-renowned dancers and instructors. In the meantime, she also gained experience assisting in dance classes to learn how to present material to all different age groups. In 2007, Andi began teaching her first jazz class at a local metro-Detroit studio. Since then, she branched out to teach ballet, pointe, lyrical, hiphop, musical theatre, and basic ballroom. Aside from teaching at the studio, Andi assisted in choreography for local high school musicals and instructed dance lessons through church. When it was time for college, Andi decided to work towards a degree in electrical engineering. Fully determined, she met her goal and graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in April 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. After working in the field for a few years, she quickly realized she needed to return to the dance scene. She is also entering the fitness community after attaining certifications to instruct Zumba and Barre fitness classes. Overall, Andi is eager to begin sharing her choreography, ideas, and dance experiences with the students at Mid American Studio!