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.
Since her student days at Dance Avenue, Alexis Guerra has remained busy in the dance industry. She is a member of Detroit’s Next Level Dance Company, performing Hip Hop around the metro area at various festivals and events. She is the former coach of Woodhaven High School’s Dance Team, guiding them to 1st Place victories and gaining senior student invitations to join the Universal Dance Association (UDA) staff. Alexis currently attends the University of Michigan-Dearborn, working on her degree in Business Administration.
Amanda Barger is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.
Ciara Yarrington is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.
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 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 will graduate in 2020. After graduation, Kayla plans to open her own dance studio.
Kristie Begley is a Dance Avenue Instructor. Please see our Faculty page for full bio.
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.
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.