Anna Marie Bethune
(Hip-Hop, Jazz & Musical Theatre)
Anna Marie Bethune is a junior at Wayne State University and is an Honors Dance major with a Musical Theatre minor. She is originally from Northeast Alabama and moved to Detroit in 2019 to pursue her degree. She has danced competitively and recreationally since she was 3 in many styles and has performed and choreographed for musical theatre productions at the community college in her hometown where she also obtained an AA in Theatre under the direction of Mark Webb.
Growing up she found herself working alongside her family on their farm spending her free time outdoors, swimming, baking, and learning new skills. In 2017 she founded a dance studio, Unleashed Dance Company, in the small town of Fort Payne, AL in an attempt to bring dance to the small area she is from. UDC serves the surrounding towns and provides dance education to children 3+ to young adults. She is proud of her attempt to introduce dance to an area that doesn't see much entertainment aside from sports as it is important to her that children from rural areas have an opportunity to dance and learn from those that have a passion for teaching.
“I have always had a passion for teaching dance, it’s an opportunity to instill self-expression and art into kids and adults alike, exposing them to something they may have never experienced, and being able to share my passions with students is something I’m grateful for.”
OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
(Ballet, Modern, and Pre-Primary)
Ida (pronounced "ee-dah") is the founder and director of The Institution of Dance Arts. She began her training in Oakland County and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University with a major in dance studio management. While at EMU she was the recipient of the Dance Major of the Year Award, received the Music and Dance Service Award Scholarship and also served as President for the university’s student dance organization Dance Forum. In addition to performing and choreographing for annual university concerts and showcases during her time at EMU, she also and had the honor of having her choreographic work presented at the American College Dance Festival.
Ida has had the privilege to study with and perform works by former Martha Graham Dance Company members Tom Smith and Christopher Huggins, and current members of the Limon Dance Company including its Artistic Director Carla Maxwell. She also has had the opportunity to learn from master teachers from across the country while attending numerous workshops and intensives including the Horton Teacher Workshop at Alvin Ailey, Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program, Limon Dance Company in Residence Professional Training Workshop, Pulse Teacher Workshop, and the Giordano Teacher Certification Program. Through her continuing education she has gained certifications in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet, Giordano (Jazz) Technique, and the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum. Ida is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Ida taught extensively in Washtenaw County, before pursuing opening her own studio, teaching at Dance Steps Studio, Inc. under Laurie Stoianowski, Dance Xplosion under Heidi Wuerthele and Randazzo Dance under Sara Randazzo and Heidi Vitso. Through these studios her dancers performed in annual dance performances and competitions where her work received regional and national first place overalls as well as choreography, costume, and special judges awards. Ida’s true love in life is teaching and choreographing dance and she is excited to share her passion with as many people as she can.
(Ballet & Modern)
Kendell Burks was born and raised in Detroit, MI and began dancing later in life at the age of 15 at his local high school, Cass Tech. In his senior year he decided to further his training at the collegiate level and auditioned for the Marygrove College Dance Company. At Marygrove he studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap before transferring to Wayne State University’s Dance Program. At WSU he was the recipient of the Department of Theatre & Dance Talent Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in dance.
Kendell has trained in various dance methods including Dunham, Horton and Graham modern techniques as well as Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet. He has studied with several freelance artists including Levi Marsman, Roger Jeffrey, Meredith Dincolo and Brian Hare and furthered his training attending American College Dance Festival and Complexions Detroit Summer Dance Intensive. He was also an apprentice for the dance company ConteXture Dance Detroit.
Having started his dance journey at a later age than most dancers, Kendell has a unique perspective in learning and teaching dance. He has also developed his own artistic voice through WSU’s choreography courses where he was given the freedom to explore his own movement vocabulary and discover his love of creation as a choreographer. Kendell’s ultimate goal is to create his own dance company in the future and have the opportunity to choreograph for different companies across the country.
(Ballet & Contemporary)
Natalie has been dancing for 14 years and ever since her very first class she has had a great love for dance. This passion has continued to grow and deepen throughout the years, leading her to pursue a degree in dance education. Natalie has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She has over 6 years of teaching experience including teaching advanced tap and competition tap classes at Teresa's Academy of Dance and teaching at School for the Arts in Brighton where she will become co-head teacher this fall.
Natalie is a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor. This is a dance program geared towards teaching classes for children and adults with special needs. Last year she co-taught childrens and adult Rhythm Works classes. Currently, Natalie is studying as an apprentice ballet teacher at Gift of Joy Dance Company under their head ballet instructor Kayla Dayley. She will also be shadowing Ms. Ida’s classes at our studio this year to learn more about the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Natalie loves any opportunity to share the joy of dance with anyone who is willing to learn.
(Ballet & Modern)
Maddie Parker is a junior at Oakland University and is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance. At Oakland University, Maddie is the Vice President of the student organization “DANCERS.” Originally from the Grand Rapids area, Maddie grew up training with the pre-professional company at HIS Dance Academy. Maddie has taught students ages three to adults in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and creative movement. She believes that dance offers important lessons about self and life, and that dance can be for anyone and any body! In addition to the physical benefits that dance brings, Maddie emphasizes emotional healing and understanding in her classes. When she’s not dancing, Maddie enjoys baking, spending time in nature, and taking naps.
Carrie and her husband Nick live with their two young, dancing sons in Ferndale. Her family and friends are everything to her. She loves music. She loves dancing. She danced competitively for many years and taught beginning dancers in tap and ballet at her childhood studio. She has sung in the Detroit Concert Choir, at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and with Kenny Rogers.
Carrie Randall graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Literature and coursework in Computer Engineering. Carrie has gone on to get degrees in, or study: architecture, urban planning, data analytics, drafting and design, and art. Her “9 to 5” in publishing and digital learning helps lifelong learners access educational materials by developing global partnerships with publishers such as NPR, The Economist, Oxford University Press, Merriam-Webster, and Conde Nast.
Carrie’s a lover of animals, culture, travel, and language. She hopes her passions for musical expression, education, architecture and the environment will continue to symbiotically lead her in interesting directions in life.
Jessica started dancing at the young age of three. She continued her training through high school at her local dance studio. She began her teaching training during high school as an apprentice and quickly moved to teaching after only one year. She then graduated with a BS degree from Eastern Michigan University in dance studio management and a BBA in general business. During her studies at the university she continued teaching at her childhood studio where she became the assistant artistic director. At Eastern, Jessica spent her time with guest artists, and faculty performing in various productions and dance pieces. During her spare time in her final two years at the university, she dedicated it to Dance Forum where she held the position of fundraising coordinator and the following year as president. This past spring, Jessica completed a masters of science degree in leadership from Central Michigan University.
Jessica has completed and attended various training programs and festivals, such as, Acrobatic Arts, Bates Dance Festival, Motor City Tap Fest and numerous teacher classes at conventions like Nuvo. She has also frequently traveled to NYC to take classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
Jess loves to share her joy of dance and is excited to begin teaching again after starting a family.
(occasional assistant instructor)
Brianna Zamborsky grew up in Traverse City, MI where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and character dance. She was a member of the Traverse City Youth Ballet Company and danced in many community theater productions with the Olde Town Playhouse as well as the Interlochen Arts Academy's production of The Nutcracker. In high school, she was captain of her marching band's award winning Pom squad and the spring musical's dance team. As a freshman at Oakland University, she performed on a hip hop dance team called Intrigue.
Decades later, in an attempt to find movement that brings her body joy, she found her way back to dance. She shares this joy with her daughter, Helen, who also dances at The IDA.
When not dancing or working, Brianna is hanging out with her family, hiking, gardening, reading, walking her dogs, and doing social justice work at her UU church in the areas of LGBTQ rights, racial equality, and fat activism. Or braking dangerously for yard sales.
Also she got her Masters in Poetry from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, so she's bad at choosing useful degrees but good at choosing amazing places to live.