Amanda started dancing 23 years ago as a competitive dancer under the direction of The Dance Connection's very own Carol Jackson. She has training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Contemporary/Lyrical. She has won numerous local and national awards in dance and performed at various festivals and events throughout the country. It was The Dance Connection that helped her launch her career as a professional dancer for Stiletto Entertainment where she danced on Holland America Cruise Lines for four years. She now returns home to start another chapter of her life as well as share her talent and love of dance with other young aspiring dancers at The Dance Connection.
Sharon has been dancing since the age of five. She has had training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and modern. She began teaching at the age of eighteen while taking dance classes at Henry Ford Community College where she was in the Dance Company for two years. She then attended Bruno's Academy of Beauty and received her license in Cosmetology in 1997. She continued teaching dance for several years before coming to the Dance Connection in 2006. She teaches both competitive and recreational classes. Dancing is her passion and has become such a big part of her life. She hopes to continue for many years to come.
Megan started taking dance and gymnastics at four years old. She was on the competition team for 10 years and danced for a total of 14 years. Megan trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and modern. She was on the Varsity Gymnastics team for all 4 years of high school and captain for 2 of those years. Megan competed and trained in vault, bars, beam, and floor. She went to Division 2 Regionals all four years in gymnastics and competed in the All Around. Her favorite events are floor and vault. Megan graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. She is currently going to school at Baker to get a degree in Occupational Therapy. While at CMU, Megan coached recreational gymnastics to kids ages 3-13 for five years. After graduating from Central she coached her old high school gymnastics team for two years before joining a local gym to coach recreational gymnastics for students ages preschool through age 14, tumbling skills of all ages and private lessons for a year.
Growing up in Flushing, Michigan, Brooke began taking dance classes at the age of 3 at Judy's School of Dance. At the age of 15, she began working as a teacher's assistant for pre-school level ballet classes as well as beginning tap and jazz classes. Soon after, at the age of 17, she became a part-time instructor, teaching a wide range of ages a variety of classes from ballet to hip-hop. After graduating from Flushing High School, she attended Eastern Michigan University as a dance major, specializing in studio management. During her time at EMU, she received many opportunities to perform in faculty and student concerts. She has studied with and has performed works by Barbara Selinger, Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson, Kathy King, Wendy DuBois, and Joanna McNamara, as well as works by various EMU students. Brooke has also attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival multiple times, performing in the adjudicated concerts. She graduated Cum Laude in December 2015 receiving her Bachelor's Degree. Today, she continues to advance and further her knowledge in dance education and technique. She would like to open her own studio someday in the Mid-Michigan region, and share her passion and love for dance with her community.