Anne Bak Marine

Dance Academy Coordinator | 248-332-3000 ext. 113

Anne Bak Marine received her BFA in Dance (magna cum laude) from Western Michigan University/Lee Honors College and spent more than ten years touring and performing across the country and overseas with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, an internationally recognized professional contemporary dance company. She has also performed with Patterson Rhythm Pace, Company Dance Traverse, and the U.S. stage tour of “The Toy Castle,” a Canadian PBS children’s show. Ms. Marine has choreographed and taught master classes at many colleges and universities as well as at Interlochen Arts Academy, and she has served as adjunct faculty at Oakland University. She also served as founding director for the EDE Center for Dance, Artistic Director for the Center Dance Ensemble, and choreographer for the Archdiocese of Detroit’s “Art for God’s Sake.” In an administrative capacity, Ms. Marine has served as Director of Operations for the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Managing Director for the Rackham Symphony Choir, and project manager and lead curriculum designer for “Healthy Kids,” a collaborative residency project between EDE, Beaumont Hospital’s Weight Control Center, and the Pontiac School District and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Community Foundation for S.E. Michigan.

Ms. Marine has been on staff at the Detroit Skating Club since 1995 teaching group and private classes in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, choreography, creative movement, and yoga-based stretching. She also works with skaters on artistic presentation and choreography both on and off the ice. Her teaching methodology is an anatomically based movement technique. She loves to see her students grow in self-confidence, creativity, and expression!

Lindsay Chiro

Lindsay Chirio began her training at a young age as both a dancer and a gymnast. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and, for a short period, apprenticed with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills where she received training in different styles of ballroom. Lindsay apprenticed with Eisenhower Dance for two years and was promoted to a company member in 2014. She has taken classes and trained with many professional companies, such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Eisenhower Dance. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Paul Christiano, and Lauren Edson, among others. She has been teaching at Big City Dance Center for 10 years and works with competitive gymnasts at Oakland Gymnastics. She continues to teach at intensives and master classes throughout metro Detroit.

Amber Czisny

Amber Czisny was born in Ohio and began dancing, figure skating, and studying gymnastics at a very young age. She traveled to the Detroit area for many years to further her figure skating career and eventually relocated to Michigan. Ms. Czisny competed at her first U.S. figure skating nationals at the age of eleven and continued to compete nationally and internationally (for the United States) at the junior and senior levels until injuries prevented her from continuing. She has received her Gold Tests in freeskate, moves in the field, and ice dance.

Ms. Czisny danced at both Bowling Green State University and Oakland University. Dancing with a ballet/modern company, as well as with a hip hop/acrobatic company, helped her to develop a broad range of skills to pass on to students. Ms. Czisny is a rehabilitation specialist, a certified Pilates instructor, and a certified Belly Dance instructor. She is also a certified sports nutritionist, and an advocate for women’s health.

Ms. Czisny has taught dance to skaters in Ohio and at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in the Detroit area. She has taught dance, Pilates, and flexibility classes at the Detroit Skating Club for the past eight years. Additionally, Ms. Czisny has worked with the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics teams on their flexibility. One of her favorite teaching memories so far has been teaching ballet to Bowling Green State University football and soccer players.

Meghan Koivunen

Meghan Koivunen graduated Cum Laude from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While at OU, she danced with Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company. Ms. Koivunen was the recipient of the Maggie Allesse Distinguished Dance Student Award, and her choreography has been showcased in the Young Choreographer’s forum. She danced professionally with Rustic Groove for several years performing works by Matt Farmer and Kristen Berger. She has also been a guest performer with the Port Huron Nutcracker Ballet and with Eisenhower Dance Ensemble in “Motown in Motion.” Ms. Koivunen has taught a variety of styles of dance for many years. Wanting to have a deeper impact in the dance community with regard to injury prevention and the utilization of dance as an intervention for children with special needs, she pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan. She now works full time as a physical therapist with experience in pediatrics and orthopedics.

Matthew Schmitz

Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Webster University where he received departmental and general academic honors. He was a scholarship recipient at The Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (Chicago), Kansas City Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has performed choreography by Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, Iyun Harrison, Eddy Ocampo, Michael Uthoff, Antonio Douthit, Kirven Boyd, Maggi Dueker and Christine Kardell. Matthew’s professional credits include Dawn Karlovsky and Dancers, Ashani Dances (Seattle, WA) and the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (MUNY).

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