Stephanie Heinbuch holds a bachelor of Arts from Oakland University, with a concentration in dance. As an undergraduate, she studied extensively under Laurie Eisenhower of the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and Greg Patterson of Patterson Rhythm Pace, just to name a few. She was also was an active member of the Oakland Dance Theater and had the opportunity to participate and perform at the American College Dance Festival Association in 2003 & 2004. A Michigan native, Miss Stephanie began her dance career at the age of 10 where she soon began competing both regionally and nationally. In 2004, she had the opportunity to perform at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City as part of a fund raiser for the families of the New York Firefighters. In the following year, Stephanie also appeared as a dancing extra in the Telugu movie, Venella. Her dedication to spreading the joy of dance is what led her to become an instructor and in 2007, one of her jazz dances was selected to perform at Disney's Magic Music Days in Orlando, Florida. During that same year, Stephanie and her husband relocated to Graz, Austria, where she was able to further her dance training under Alexandra Gedaze, a former student of the Royal Ballet School in London.
Miss Stephanie brings over 20 years of dance training paired with over 10 years of teaching experience to Studio 3 and is also a certified Zumba Instructor. She currently resides in Plymouth with her husband Ryan and adorable, television watching dog, Maggie.
Rachel Adams has been dancing for over 23 years and has been teaching and choreographing for eleven years. She graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University, earning a B.S. in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at EMU she studied ballet and modern technique extensively and performed in numerous faculty and student concerts. Prior to attending college she danced on her studio's competitive team, studying with industry professionals at conventions across the country. Ms. Adams feels fortunate to share her love of dance with children, and hopes to instill that same passion in them.
She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and beautiful daughter, Alice. We are excited to be celebrating Rachel's fourth season with Studio 3 PAC, and first season as a new partner/owner! You can now contact Miss Rachel directly at: MissRachel@studio3pac.com
Katie has been teaching gymnastics and flute lessons since she was 16 years old. She was a music major at MSU before transferring to Franciscan University of Steubenville earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She loves gymnastics and music, and loves to teach! She has nine active children of her own and she "likes to send your child home tired"! In addition to teaching gymnastics, Katie has experience teaching mom-and-tot gymnastics, homeschool co-op tumbling classes, and acro. This multitasking teacher also enjoys music, giving flute lessons, and leading flute choir and children's church choir. One of her eight sons has been with the Studio 3 PAC's competition crew. Kate is excited to be teaching with us and says, "I'm so glad to be joining the amazing Studio 3 staff!".
Multi-talented, Katie also has her own photography business, and is our resident photographer.
Avalon Guenther is currently a student at Eastern Michigan University. Dancing since she was 6 years old, she has spent the last 8 years competing both at the regional and national level, earning both platinum and overall awards. In addition, she has also spent two years of on the DHS dance team. Throughout her experience as a competitive dancer, she has had the opportunity to take class from some well known dancers and choreographers in the industry, including Travis Wall, Stacey Tookie, Chebar Williams, Mark Meismer, Kim Micswain, Brandon Bryant, Brooklyn Jai, and Ivan Koumaev. Upon graduation, Avalon is currently studying study nursing with a minor in dance. She has been student teaching since Studio 3 opened its doors three years ago and is excited to be a part of the teaching staff for her second season. "I really like helping students... and leading them in the direction to improve and be the best they can be!". We are excited, too!
Dontez "Just" Jones is our resident Hip Hop guru, inlcuding the stlyes of B-boying (breakdancing), and popping. This is his fifth season with Studio 3 PAC! He has performed in many events including numerous battles and competitions in Michigan and across the country. He has also had the privilege of acting as a judge in many battles and competitions throughout the Midwest."Just" is currently a part of the extremely talented all-styles crew "Ill Minded Stylez". While in school at Eastern Michigan University, he continues to perform, compete and battle throughout the country and hopes to soon compete worldwide.
Meghan Pope enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher, and director. She received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Stephen Lusmann and Carmen Pelton. Meghan Pope has worked with various opera coaches and conductors, including Martin Katz, Kamal Kahn, and Jerry Blackstone. She has performed in Master Classes with David Daniels, Gianna Rolandi, Pamela Hinchman, and Laura Aikin.
Pope has performed in a variety of opera scenes and fully-staged productions, most recently as Naiad from Ariadne auf Naxos, Konstanze from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Norina from Don Pasquale. She regularly performs in concert as a soloist, or in her own recitals.
A singer in the University of Michigan Chamber Choir for four years, Pope also directs her own choir at Old Saint Patrick's Church in Ann Arbor, where she is also the primary organist and cantor. Pope has had success in teaching both male and female voices of a variety of ages, as well as teaching piano and music to children. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband. You can contact Miss Meghan directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
JessiCa (Jessie) Wise
Jessica Joy Wise, originally from Ann Arbor, MI, has been involved in dance and theatrical arts since her youth. Miss Jessie received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, with a Certificate in Sound Production and Engineering, from Washtenaw Community College, 2008. In Spring 2011, she graduated with a BA in Dance, Dance Making focus from Columbia College Chicago where she danced in works choreographed by renowned artists Joe Goode and Renee Wadleigh. She has been intensely trained in modern, ballet, jazz, choreography and musical theatre stylings as well as had instruction in contact improvisation, tap, contemporary, african dance styles, hip hop, yoga and liturgical styles. Jessica has performed for the Oh Be Joyful Dance Company and Fueled & Aflame Dance Company, as well as guest choreographing for OBJ. She has also trained under the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Ballet Magnificat. From 2008-2012, she produced shows with her own youth musical theatre company, Jiggawhat Productions, where she directed, choreographed, and produced the work. Jessica performed for two years as a company member of DDCdances, a professional modern dance company in the Detroit Metro area. Jessica currently teaches dance technique at studios around the Ann Arbor area. She also choreographs musicals for Dexter High School and Ann Arbor Christian School.
Dance Instructor / Acro Instructor
Erica Wykes has been dancing for 17 years and teaching for 9. She is studying at Eastern Michigan University to earn her Bachelor's of Arts and Science degree in Studio Management. Before college she was on the competitive team at Kathy's School of Dance in Durand, Michigan. She was a vital performer in countless group dances as well as regional and national award winning solos and duets. Erica studied Cecchetti ballet for 16 years and passed grades 1 through 4. During the 16 years of dancing she brings years of experience in gymnastics, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, jazz funk, and clogging. While dancing at KSD, Erica was also part of the teaching staff for 8 years. She assisted in class as well as choreographed competitive group and solos/duets for her students. During her senior year of high school she was awarded the Go Pro scholarship by Talent on Parade competition.With this scholarship she went to Branson, Missouri to perform at the Clay Cooper Theater. In Missouri she had the chance to work with some well known choreographers such as Helene Phillips, Janet Langer, Tina Cooper, and Don Mirault. Erica is excited to bring her years of dance and teaching experience to Studio 3.
Miranda Galbraith is currently a student at Eastern Michigan University. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and started competing when she was 5 years old at the regional and national levels, earning both platinum and overall awards. She was part of the teaching staff for 6 years as well as choreographed competitive group and solos/duets for her students. Miranda has studied Cecchetti ballet for 15 years and passed grades 1 through 5. During the 15 years of dancing, she brings years of experience in ballet, lyrical, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, gymnastics and tap. Miranda is currently studying Occupational Therapy and Studio Management with a minor in dance.
This is her first year at Studio 3 PAC, and we are excited to have her!!
Born and raised in Levelland, TX, Miss Megan began dancing at the age of 3, studying under her mother, Jill, at Jill Atchison's School of Dance. She is versed in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. She has competed locally and state-wide and attended dance conventions throughout her training, studying under some of the top dancers and choreographers in the country. It is her mom's passion and their shared love of dance that led Megan to begin teaching at the age of 17. She worked under her mom for almost 7 of her 9 years teaching.
Miss Megan was a cheerleader for two years at South Plains College and transferred to Texas Tech University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family studies, a Master's of Education degree in Language Literacy Education, and is certified to teach on the elementary level. Megan studied and worked as a fitness instructor in pilates, yoga, and step at the Texas Tech University Rec. Center.
After college, Megan and her husband Mark relocated to Ann Arbor, MI. She has judged high school and college dance team and cheer team try-outs in both Texas and Michigan, and taught and choreographed award winning routines in Michigan regional competitions.
She moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2013, and then to Knoxville, TN in 2015, with her husband Mark, son Jack, daughter June, and precious, yet bipolar, black cat, Sophie. We expect her to start dancing at Studio 3 PAC via Skype very soon! ;)
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