Jennifer Deane is the Owner and Director of Michigan Dance Alliance. She has been teaching for 12 years specializing in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary and Technique classes. She started dancing at the age of three at Masters of Dance Arts under the training of the late Mary Helen Stewart. She was a competition dancer for 15 years and won numerous awards at the Regional and National level. After graduating high school Jennifer studied dance at Eastern Michigan University before transferring to Marygrove College. At Marygrove she double majored in Dance Performance and Business on a full presidential scholarship while performing as a member of the prestigious Marygrove College Dance Company. While at Marygrove, her choreography was selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival. Jennifer graduated from Marygrove College with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and a B.A in Business which led her to open Michigan Dance Alliance in 2014. Over the years she has worked with numerous accomplished artists and chosen for many performance opportunities. Besides being an accomplished dancer, Jennifer is also an inspiring teacher and choreographer. Her students have won countless Overall, Excellence, Entertainment and Choreography awards both Regionally and Nationally.
Kelley began dancing at the age 4 at the American Dance Academy. She furthered her training all four years of high school while being a member of the Varsity Pom/Dance Team, as well as the dance program, where she performed in numerous school events. During this time, she was offered to attend the World Jazz Congress in Chicago where she was able to take from instructors such as Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Joe Tremaine, and many others. After high school, Kelley continued her dance studies at Marygrove College under the direction of Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson, Penny Godboldo, Babara Selinger, and Susan Panek. She graduated in 2011 with a B.F.A in Dance Performance, along with a minor in Business. Kelley has had the opportunity to train with the River North Dance Company of Chicago, as well as perform works for artists including Pattie Obey, Ray Mercer, Kim Bears-Bailey and Kevin Iega-Jeff. She has also been casted as a performer in the Dreamworks Production of “Holiday Shrektacular”. She has recently completed her second season as the Assistant Coach for the Pom/Dance team at West Bloomfield High School. Kelley is also going on her fourth year as a member of the Detroit Tigers Energy Squad, using her enthusiasm and rhythm to pump up the crowd.
Breanne (Bree) Ranta has trained since the age of 3 in all styles of dance, but specializes in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz techniques. Bree grew up dancing at Joanne’s Dance Extension under the direction of Joanne Zavisa (Current National President of Dance Masters of America). Bree began her college dance performance training with Oakland Dance Theater at Oakland University. She received her B.F.A in Dance Performance at Marygrove College on talent, and academic scholarships. There she performed with Marygrove College Dance Company under the direction of Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson. Over her 17 years of dancing she has had many opportunities to study, train, and perform in works choreographed by various accomplished artists. She is currently performing as a founding member of ConteXture Dance Detroit since it’s first season under the direction of Tracy Halloran Pearson. Bree is excited for her future as a dance artist, and hopes to inspire others to fall in love with the art of dance.
Molly has been trained in all styles of dance including ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and modern. She has a particular passion for tap. It is her dream to use tap dancing to help bring joy to the lives of others, and to especially bring happiness to those less fortunate through the dance. Molly is a member of the Detroit Tap Repertory and Madd Rhythms in Chicago. She has trained under many tap masters such as Anthony Morigerato, Chloe Arnold, Gregg Russell, Bril Barrett, Sarah Reich, Denise Caston, Star Dixon, Mike Minery, Christopher Broughton, Angela Carter, Dormeshia Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, and many others. Molly is a student at Wayne State University majoring in Public Relations and Theater. She has tap danced on and off Broadway. She has also performed and choreographed for plays such as Wizard of Oz and Annie. She was featured in a WDIV commercial as well as a Henry Ford Health Systems public service announcement, a limited release feature film where she played Demi Moore’s daughter, and several short films. Molly strives to improve her skills every day and wishes to share her passion with the students at Michigan Dance Alliance.
Tracey is excited to embark on this journey with Michigan Dance Alliance. Tracey was first introduced to the world of dance when she was just three years old. Growing up, she competed locally and nationally and was recognized with many overall and special awards for her eye-catching performances. Appearing in Kimbo Productions “Everybody Dance” Video in 1999 was a wonderful and memorable experience for her at a young age. Tracey started choreographing when she was still just a student herself, for both her Cheerleading Team and The Dance Program at her High School. Given the opportunity to participate in the first ever “Project Choreography” at her previous studio was an easy transition into teaching. Post-Graduation, Tracey continued her dance career as a teacher at a few local studios where she taught many different levels of students numerous styles of dance including: Modern / Contemporary, Tap and Jazz. Tracey is looking forward to this year and she can’t wait to inspire the future generations to come!
Rachel Andes is a native of the metro Detroit area. For the past five years she has received her versatile training in styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop from Mt. Zion School of Performing Arts as a member of their Elite Company. As a company member, she has received recognition for her solo works at multiple regional competitions. Rachel has attended various conventions such as Dance Revolution in Chicago and Project Dance in Detroit, as well as received training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her professional experience includes performing at the 9th Detroit Dance Race, the 2015 RAD Festival in Kalamazoo, as well as performing at the annual Michigan Dance Festival in Grand Rapids. Currently, Rachel is a member of Pure Existence Dance Company, while she is also attending Marygrove College to receive her B.F.A in Dance Performance.
Corinne Wangbichler is an aspiring dancer, choreographer and instructor. She is presently pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and is the recipient of both an academic and talent scholarship. She is also the recipient of the Oldani Performing Arts Scholarship (2016). She has been performing with the Marygrove College Dance Company for the past three years. Corinne is also apart of the elite National Honor Society, Nu Delta Alpha. She is also a founding member of ConteXture dance Detroit, a contemporary based professional company in Detroit. She is trained in dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and tap. During her professional career, Ms. Wangbichler has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Kiki Lucas, Brian Hare, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson, Tracy Halloran-Pearson, Teresa Muller, Jill Cassidy and many more. Corinne has performed in multiple festivals such as the Detroit Dance Race, Brighton Dance Festival, Motor City Movemebt, Art Lab J and many more. In 2015, she appeared in ConteXture dance Detroit's first full-length concert, Illumination of Process. Corines has also dance in adjudicated pieces at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) in 2013, 2014, and 2015 with the Marygrove College Dance Company.
Dominique’s heart, life, and soul was quickly filled with the love for dance. Dominique attended her 1st dance class when she was just 3 years old. Dominique has trained locally and nationally in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern and Pom Pon. Dominique danced competitively throughout her youth and won multiple Titles and 1st overalls at a Regional and National level. Dominique was named Dancer of the Year, and was consistently awarded special awards for her passion for dance. She has worked with numerous choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Joey Arrigo, Josh Allen, and Misha Gabriel. As well as with the Rockets in New York City. In 2015 Dominique won the Title of the Distinguished Young Woman of Westland. Currently Dominique is a member of the Contexture Dance Detroit Company under the direction of Tracy Halloran Person. In addition, Dominique is perusing a B.F.A. in Dance performance at Marygrove Collage on a Dance and academic scholarships. Dominique is thrilled to be a part of Michigan Dance Alliance, and looking forward to working with the students.