Alumni

 

Alex Goodreau

Alex Goodreau began his dance training with Dance Avenue at the age of 15. He danced competitively for three years and was recognized on the regional and national level for his solowork.  Alex was accepted into Grand Valley State University’s Department of Music and Dance on scholarship. During his time at Grand Valley, Alex has had the opportunity to work with various guest artists including Rebecca Lemme, Eddy O’Campo, Mike Esperanza and Josh Manculich. He has also attended intensives at Thodos Dance Chicago and Complexions Contemporary Ballet on scholarship. In December of 2016, Alex will graduate with degrees in Dance and Public Relations and will seek employment in both of his fields of study. Alex can be found at Dance Avenue as a Guest Teacher regularly through our Summer Program and occasionally through the school year. Photos courtesy of Darren Breen.


Alexis Guerra

Alexis Guerra is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.


Amanda Barger

Amanda Barger is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.


Ciara Yarrington

After completing her time as a student and competitive dancer at Dance Avenue, Ciara Yarrington taught as a member of our faculty from 2015 through 2018. Ciara is a Wayne State University graduate, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dance and Performance. She held the position of Studio Intern while training at our studio. Ciara has also interned with the Motor City Tap Festival. She is a former member of To Sangana Dance Company. She has performed at The Detroit Institute of Art as Principal Dancer for the Body Cartography Projectfor which she is also a member of the guest artist residency program. Ciara has trained under and danced in pieces for artists including Biba Bell and Lisa LaMarreShe performed at the 2016 Apple Awards, honoring Garth Fagan as a recipient. She has also been employed by and traveled with a major dance competition, helping manage nationwide events. Ciara is an award-winning choreographer on the competitive circuit. She credits her mother and father for their unconditional love and support, understanding dance in its truest form.


Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy currently studies Dance with a specialization in performance at Eastern Michigan University. She has performed in various dance festivals and showcases nationwide, including Going Dutch Festival in Chicago and a choreography showcase featuring the work of Detroit choreographers Chloé Gray and Abigayle Cryderman. She has worked with Michigan Dance Project founder Kathy King, as well as New York-based choreographer and performer Erik Abbott-Main. Colleen has been accepted into Mark Morris Dance Group’s summer intensive and will travel to New York City summer 2017 to train with the professional dance company. She will graduate from EMU in spring 2017 with degrees in Dance and Public Relations. After graduation, Colleen plans to move to New York City to pursue a career as a professional modern dancer.


Kayla Griffin

Kayla Griffin studied at Dance Avenue for the duration of her youth. She danced competitively for nine years, receiving honors for her solos. Kayla has also trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Dancerpalooza Dance Festival, where she enjoyed working with choreographers such as Mia Michaels and Mandy Moore. She is now a double major in Dance and Business at Florida Southern College, where she has been worked with Travesty Dance Group’s Kimberly Karpanty. After graduation in 2020, Kayla plans to open her own dance studio.


Kristie Begley

Kristie Begley is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.


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Lisa Avigne

Lisa Avigne grew up training at Dance Avenue in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern. She competed and traveled with the Dance Avenue Competition Team before graduating in 2008. Since then, Lisa found interest in teaching dance and decided to make it her life’s work. Lisa’s national training includes instruction and performance at the American College Dance Festival, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Lisa annually attends the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City and Long Beach, California. Lisa has toured the country working for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge and League of Champions National Dance Competition. She holds an Associate’s of Arts from Henry Ford Community College, where she was a principal dancer and soloist in the Full Circle Dance Company. She later graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dance. Lisa continues to teach dance throughout the Metro Detroit area with the specific intention to enrich students with fully-integrated technique, with a full understanding of performance, anatomy, history and theory.


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Lisa Gawenda

Lisa Gawenda trained at Dance Avenue for several years while also serving as a Student Teacher. At age 17 she was selected for an summer internship at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, winning the opportunity to take master classes from and assist many world renowned choreographers. She served as assistant for notable choreographers such as Chio, Kat Wildish, Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Michelle Barber and Traci Stanfield. Lisa later studied dance at Arizona State University. She has now been teaching for nearly a decade. Her competitive team choreography has received recognition including overall high placement and judge’s choice awards. Lisa is happily married with one adorable son.


Stephanie Knight

Stephanie Knight is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.