Ada Dance Academy provides excellent dance instruction by experienced professionals
- Andrew Amos
- David Braciak
- Laura Berman
- Margie Vizuragga
- Stephen Sanford
- Christen Snyder
- Danella Pistano Shroeder
- Erica Edwards
- Jenna Sisk
- (Guest Choreographer: Matt Farmer)
Our instructors have performed everywhere from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company in West Michigan
to Broadway in New York City. Some have taught at the collegiate level and others have advanced
degrees in dance. We also have professional choreographers with years of experience.
Andrew Amos attained his BFA in dance from Stephens College in
Missouri. He has worked with companies such as Indiana Ballet Theater,
Ballet Fantaaque, and San Angelo Civic Ballet. Andrew has been the ballet
master for West Michigan Youth Ballet since 2011 and assistant Artistic
Director for two years. He has performed leading roles in The Nutcracker,
Coppelia, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty.
Laura Berman danced principle roles with the Garden State Ballet, Chicago
Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet, and for 7 years with the Pacific Northwest
Ballet where she performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ms. Berman served as
ballet mistress, Interim Ballet Artistic Director, and Associate Artistic Director
of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company from 19922010. She also served as
Director of the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company from 19982010.
Some of her students went on to major ballet companies such as the New
York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet
and Royal Ballet of Antwerp.
David Braciak trained with the School of American Ballet in New York City.
He has danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City
Ballet, the State Ballet of Missouri and the Grand Rapids Ballet.
Danella Pistono Schroeder began ballet training at the Pat Brown School
of Dance in Jackson, Tn. She attended several summer programs, including
Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, School of Ballet Chicago, and Diablo
Ballet. She attended Butler University’s Jordan School of Fine Arts where
she majored in dance and graduated in 2011. Performances with Butler
Ballet include Cinderella, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping
Beauty, La Vivandiére, Balanchine’s Walpurgishnat. Danella continued with
dance as a guest artist, instructor, and choreographer in the Indianapolis
area. Since relocating to West Michigan, Danella has taught and
choreographed for various dance schools. She is also receiving a
certification in Pilates.
Christen Snyder grew up in Detroit , MI where she trained with Shelly's
Spotlight School of Dance and later Juliana's Academy of Dance where she
trained in the styles of Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Partnering, and
Ballet (Cecchetti and Russian). Some of her work includes, Choreographing
for the Vixen's Dance Team (Predators), Macy's Thanksgiving Parade,
Opener for local artists Stefano Garrissi, character performances at Meadow
Brooke Music Hall, and several Motorcity Movement shows. Most recently
she has been teaching and has won numerous awards at dance
competitions such as, Hall of Fame, Showstopper, VIP Dance and K.A.R.
Stephen Stanford trained at Southhold School in Indiana. He then attended
the North Carolina School of Arts. He later went to the Ballet Chicago Studio
Company. He has been employed with Grand Rapids Ballet as a principal
dancer for 14 years. Stephen has been a guest artist at New Theatre Ballet
and other ballet companies across the nation. Stephen has taught master
classes at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Ada
Margie Vizurraga studied dance at the Cleveland Ballet. She has
choreographed portions of the second act of the Nutcracker for the West
Michigan Youth Ballet’s productions in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She is an
accomplished and dedicated teacher at Ada Dance Academy, where she
teaches numerous courses in ballet, tap, and jazz. She also choreographs
and coaches dance competition teams at the Academy.
, Guest Choreographer, was formerly the head of dance at
Anderson University as well as coartistic director of Rustic Grove Dance
Company. Matt has appeared in Dance Teacher Magazine. He receiver his
MFA from the University of Michigan in dance performance & choreography.
He received his BA in theatre and dance from Hope College. His credits as a
soloist and guest performer include Dance Chicago, and companies in
Germany, Liverpool, UK and Belgium.
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