Anna Marie Bethune
(Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre Jazz & Company)
Anna Marie Bethune is a senior 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 three 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 & Company)
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, Contemporary Modern & Company)
Lisa began dancing at the age of three and has been sharing her love of dance with her students for over 20 years. Teaching dance is her calling. Her classes infuse the art and joy of dance with play-based learning, growth mindset development, and body positivity.
Lisa has taught dance in studios, daycares, preschools, nonprofit organizations, and public schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina, where she served on the board of the South Carolina Dance Association, and as an adjudicator for Charleston County School of the Arts. She was an instructor and administrator for Dance Moves of Charleston, and the Associate Director of the Dance Moves Youth Company, Charleston's only modern-based pre-professional dance company.
Lisa returned to her home state of Michigan where she continued her path as a dance educator and administrator and served as an artist in residence with VSA Arts of Michigan and DDCdances, focusing on inclusion and accessibility through the arts. She has had the opportunity to marry her passion for dance education with her belief in outreach and community service through her work with the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project, BalletMet’s education outreach program, Momentum, and in running a series of empowering workshops for adolescents called Girls Dancing.
Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance Education. She has performed with People Dancing Company, Dance Nonce, Annex Dance Company, Charleston Characters Dance Company, Coalesce Dance Company, Louisville Ballet, and Indianapolis Ballet Theatre among others. Lisa’s choreography has been shown at Detroit Dance Exchange, Women's Work presented by Kristi Faulkner Dance, North Charleston Arts Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival, Jail Break Arts Festival, and Charleston Dance Festival. Her improvisation-based work was selected to be a part of Enough Pie's community arts event, Awakening II: Fieldwork.
Lisa lives with her husband and their dog, Chewy, in the downriver area in her mother's childhood home, two blocks from her father's childhood home. She enjoys tending to her vegetable and flower gardens outdoors and attempting to keep houseplants alive indoors.
She considers sharing her passion for dance a privilege and an honor and she is excited to dance with the students and families of IDA.
(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.