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Meet our professional and experienced instructors! 

Eleanore Brown
Director, FCCA

Cecchetti Council Teacher Certified, DMM Member
Miss Eleanore has been a teacher in Lenawee County for many years.  Some students are now third generation dancers. She is a member, permanent examiner, coach, and liaison officer for the Cecchetti Council of America.  She is a member of Dance Masters of Michigan.  She has performed in and choreographed many productions for area theater groups.  She is a past faculty member of Sienna Heights University, working with the Madrigal Singers, and Children's Theater, with Trudy McSorley. Eleanore received the Sylvia Hamer Scholarship, being selected by the Cecchetti Council of America’s Executive Board, to attend The Cecchetti Society Teacher Course in England. She was also honored to receive the Lenawee Arts Award in 2009 for her years of commitment to the art of dance. Miss Eleanore traveled to Italy in the summer of 2017 and was able to participate in the Cecchetti International Counsel of Ballet. Classes and competition were held in Florence Italy. She was also able to do some sightseeing in Rome and Venice. See Photos page for more information. 

Miss Eleanore is currently working on the following projects for 2019:

  • Setting dance  choreography for the TCA Big Band Concert series

  • Participating in a recital given by Dr. Marty Marks @ Adrian College

  • Working with Wayne State University to establish an archive for the Cecchetti Council of America's documents and historical records

Beth Beard CTCI

Miss Beth has been dancing ballet since she was 4 1/2 years old. She is a Certified Health Coach, a certified Tai chi instructor, is certified to teach Cecchetti Ballet Grade 1, and has her BA from the University of Michigan School of Education. She has studied dance at Sylvia School of Dance, Pamela Rutledge's Studio, and the Dance Center, as well as attended workshops at the University of Michigan, Jackson School of the Arts, and Broadway Dance Center, NYC. "Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching" is her focus and passion, and her teaching objectives include:

  • Being able to teach classical Cecchetti ballet and other forms of dance movement to children and adults, and encourage them to participate in an art form which has many life-long health benefits.

  • To learn more about and work with children and adults who have health issues which affect their physical movement abilities,  and balance, especially those with arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Continuing Education Study courses include:

        1. Full Body Flexibility Course through Exercise Etc. Inc. 

        2. Fall prevention protocol assessment and exercise training                          through Mobility Matters

        3. Tai Chi workshops and classes at Hidden Lake Gardens

        4. Open the Door to Tai chi  & Functional Aging Institute current                   memberships

Grace Beard

Miss Grace has been dancing since she was 7 years old, beginning her training at the Dance Center in Adrian, MI under the instruction of Eleonore Brown. Grace has passed Cecchetti Ballet Grades I-IV exams, and the Professional Elementary Exam, and has taken: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Contemporary, Character Dance, Hip-Hop, and Acrobatics classes. Grace graduated from Eastern Michigan University, with a double major in Dance-Studio Management and Accounting and is currently employed with AVFuel in Ann Arbor. Grace has been cast in Eastern Michigan University’s Cinderella ballet, and has worked with Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson, Christina Sears-Etters, Abigale Cryderman, Kathy King, Jodie Randolph, and many others. Grace was a member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts International Ballet Ensemble which toured Europe, and she has also attended the Rockette’s Summer Intensive and audition in New York City, New York.

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