Dance Academy Coordinator
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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!
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 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.
Kelsey Lewinski received her BFA in Dance from Wayne State University with both academic and dance honors. She received two artistic study scholarships and her choreography was performed at the American College Dance Association. Ms. Lewinski has attended programs and worked with companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Gallim Dance, Dance Italia, Movement Invention Project and b12 Berlin. She has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Meg Paul, Trey McIntrye, Shannon Gillen, Faye Driscoll and more. Ms. Lewinski has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Movement Research at the Judson Church and is currently performing with the nationally acclaimed Eisenhower Dance Detroit for their 28th season. Kelsey is also a Stott Pilates instructor and teaches both mat and equipment to dancers, athletes and moving bodies of all kinds all around the metro-Detroit area in addition to teaching dance.
Brooke Mainland is originally from Wisconsin where she began her formal dance training. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with a Business minor, from The University of Arizona. Upon graduating, she apprenticed with Thodos Dance Chicago, where she trained with many artists in the area including Hubbard Street, Visceral, and River North dance companies. Since Fall of 2016, Ms. Mainland has been a professional dancer with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, where she has performed at the NYC Lincoln Center, Tel Aviv Opera House in Israel, as well as the Detroit Opera House and various theaters around Michigan and the U.S. with the company.
Ms. Mainland has over 12 years of teaching experience. She has trained competitive dancers, professional student companies who performed at the Detroit Opera House, students in Italy and Israel, and at Universities in the U.S. with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. She focuses on Ballet, Modern, and Jazz technique, focusing on proper body alignment and kinesiology. Ms. Mainland strives to provide a secure environment where students can be free to express themselves and find dance as a second language.
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).
Born and raised in Detroit, Michael Teasley, III, began his dance training under the direction of Jeri Sterrett at Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit. In 2009, he enrolled in the Dance Program at Oakland University where he performed with Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company. Since then he has appeared as an apprentice and guest dancer with Eisenhower Dance, toured to Poland with the Company in July 2014, and was promoted to company member in 2015.