Studio Director & Owner / Instructor / Office Manager / DACT Director / DACT Choreographer

Sarah Sieloff has over 30 years of experience in the dance industry. Her expertise lies in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Jazz, with extensive training in many other dance styles. Her choreography has earned numerous regional and national awardsincluding Overall Placements and Judge’s Choice honors. Ms. Sarah studied both Dance and Communications at Wayne State University, where she was a member of WSU’s award-winning Dance Company. She also had the pleasure of dancing Swan Lake with Detroit’s Ballet Renaissance. Other accreditations include membership in the Michigan Council of Dance and training in New York City. She opened Dance Avenue with Jessica Hall in 2006, becoming the sole owner and director in 2019. Ms. Sarah is married with one handsome child and a houseful of cuddly pets.


Assistant Director / Instructor / Office Manager / DACT Director / DACT Choreographer

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, returning in 2020. She has over six years of studio teaching experience and also works as a schoolteacher. Ms. 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. Ms. 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 Arts as Principal Dancer for the Body Cartography Projectfor which she is also a member of the guest artist residency program. Ms. 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. Ms. 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.


Assistant Director / Instructor / Office Manager / DACT Assistant Director / DACT Choreographer / Online Content Manager / Merchandise Manager

Since her student days at Dance Avenue, Madison Keaton has remained with us as an Office Manager and Teacher. She joined our Competitive Team teaching staff for 2020-2021, with choreography earning Overall Placements and Judge’s Choice awards. Ms. Madi danced competitively with DACT for five years, winning overall placements both as a soloist and in group dances. She also served as DACT Team Captain and Office Intern. Ms. Madison danced in Eastern Michigan University’s showcase as a high school senior. She later danced with Oakland University’s dance team. She has also worked as Lincoln Park High School’s Homecoming choreographer. Ms. Madison is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business / Small Business Management.



Cynthia Rogers joined the Dance Avenue staff in 2006. She has over 35 years of experience as a dance educator. Ms. Cindy’s performing credits include membership as both a dancer and choreographer for the Dearborn Civic Theatre, tenure as a member of the Fairlane Ballet Company and experience as a cruise line dancer. She has enjoyed performing nationwide in the US, as well as abroad in Spain and the Caribbean. She still performs annually in local productions of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic “The Nutcracker. Ms. Cindy is a Kent State graduate, having been certified by the University’s Teacher Training School. She also holds a teaching certificate from the Cecchetti Council of America. Ms. Cindy is proudly married with two children and two loving and talented grandchildren.


Instructor / Office Supervisor / DACT Choreographer

Lisa Walker started her training at Julie Andrews School of Dance and was part of the first graduating class at Dance Avenue! Ms. Lisa has over 20 years of performance and teaching experience. She specializes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Modern. At age 17 Ms. Lisa was selected for a summer internship at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she served as an assistant to renowned choreographers including Chio, Kat Wildish, Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Michelle Barber, and Traci Stanfield. Ms. Lisa later studied dance at Arizona State University. During her time teaching in North Carolina and all over Southeast Michigan, her competitive team choreography received Overall High Placements and Judge’s Choice honors. Along with teaching, Ms. Lisa works for Ford Motor Company and has two adorable children.


Instructor / Office Supervisor

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 pieces around the metro Detroit area at various festivals and events. In Summer 2017, Ms. Alexis traveled to Los Angeles with Next Level to perform for World of Dance. Ms. Alexis also dances with Melodic Nocturne Dance Tribe, performing in showcases in and around Detroit and Chicago. 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. Ms. Alexis is a University of Michigan-Dearborn graduate, earning her degree in Business Administration. When she isn’t dancing, Ms. Alexis enjoys her career as a Senior Recruiter at Quicken Loans in downtown Detroit.


Instructor / Office Supervisor

Cherie Shown joined the Dance Avenue team in 2016 with over 20 years of dance experience; specializing in Ballet (Cecchetti Method), Jazz, and Acrobatics. She is a former member of the Plymouth Metro Dance Company and Henry Ford’s Full Circle Dance Company. Ms. Cherie is also a former Promotional Model and Dancer for nearly 15 years, performing for nationwide events. She has over a decade of Figure Skating training, is a three time State Champion, and served as a coach for the Southgate Figure Skating Club from 2002 to 2016. Currently Ms. Cherie holds a long term, successful career with an all-encompassing Real Estate firm. She enjoys reading, fine art, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family.

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Instructor / Office Supervisor / DACT Choreographer

Irene Roberts grew up dancing in southwestern Michigan, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University prior to her performing career in Los Angeles. She has performed professionally with numerous companies including Blue13 Dance Company, SiZa Dance Company, Errant Movement and Ameratsu Dance Company. Ms. Irene has choreographed for LA Unbound and the inaugural NACHMO LA performance. She holds both a Bachelor of Art in Dance as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in management and nonprofit leadership from Western Michigan University. Ms. Irene is a certified nonprofit professional through the nonprofit leadership alliance as well as a certified Xtend Barre and TRX instructor. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Ann Arbor based nonprofit Young Dancers Initiative and Jodie Randolph Dance Company.


Instructor / Office Supervisor / DACT Choreographer

Ms. Sam has danced with Dance Avenue for 15 years, beginning as a preschooler in our first year of operation. Aside from studying every discipline we offer, Ms. Sam competed on the Dance Avenue Competition Team for eight years, serving as Team Captain her senior year. As both a team member and soloist, Ms. Sam earned numerous Overall Placements and Judge’s Awards. Most of our younger dancers already know her as “Ms. Sam,” since she has worked as a beloved Assistant Teacher for the past seven years. Ms. Sam is attending Wayne State University with honors, majoring in biological sciences with a pre-med track. She is a wonderful role model, fabulous dancer, and caring teacher. We cannot overstate how proud we are to have Ms. Sam onboard!



Instructor / Office Supervisor

Sophia Deault joined the Dance Avenue staff in 2006 and has over 20 years of teaching experience. Ms. Sophia specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Modern with a certification in Pilates. She has trained at the Center for Creative Studies and Wayne State University, where she belonged to the WSU Dance Company and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Dance. She was a member of the Brown Shoe Tap Company and the Cuban Festival Dance Company. Ms. Sophia received the Copperfoot Award for choreography for work performed in the WSU Children’s Dance Concert. She has taken part in the Grand Prix Italia International Dance Competition in Cesena, Italy. In 2016, Ms. Sophia worked in collaboration and performed with the Detroit Dance Collective and Kristi Faulkner and in 2019 she took part in the WSU Alumni Dance Performance. Ms. Sophia loves spending time with her wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters and handsome son.


DACT Choreographer

Tiara Cruz trained with Dance Avenue throughout her childhood, studying Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Ms. Tiara danced competitively with us, earning numerous Overall Placements and Judge’s Choice Awards, both as a team member and soloist. She served as DACT Captain and Studio Intern her senior year. Ms. Tiara then joined Oakland University’s Vitality Dance Company, where she was voted Most Valuable Dancer in her first year, worked as a choreographer with Overall Placements, and served as President her senior year. Professionally, Ms. Tiara was a dancer, cast member and co-choreographer for Gabriel Duran’s official short film, “Dragonfruit.” She also has worked as a Guest Choreographer at other Michigan Dance Studios. Ms. Tiara is an Oakland University graduate, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society Member, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and Concentration in Addictive Studies, receiving Academic Commendation. Ms. Tiara is a Probation District Court Clerk, working toward becoming a Probation Officer.


Advertising Manager / Web Designer / Graphic Designer / Substitute Teacher

Angela Henderson joined the Dance Avenue faculty in 2007. She has over 30 years of dance, performance, and teaching experience. She specializes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Musical Theater, with an extensive background in Modern, Fitness and Pilates. She has choreographed pieces that have garnered regional and national recognition, including Overall Placement and Judge’s Choice competitive awards. Ms. Angela graduated with honors from Wayne State University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a Minor in Dance. Ms. Angela is a past Associate Editor for WDET Detroit Public Radio’s Art and Culture desk, where she covered many dance and arts-related topics. She was a Marketing Director in the Retirement Industry for 10 years. Aside from teaching, Ms. Angela is also our Web Designer. She is very happily married with two wonderful children.


Substitute Instructor / Office Supervisor

Stephanie Follebout began dancing at 4 years old. While she is trained in numerous styles, her true passion lies in Tap and Modern dance. During her student years at Dance Avenue, Ms. Stephanie served as Assistant Teacher in the preschool and kindergarten classes, worked the front desk as an Intern and was a five-year member of the Competition Team, serving as Team Captain her senior year. Ms. Stephanie was a 2018-2019 dance company member of Fun Girl, directed by Chloé Gray. Ms. Stephanie is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, earning her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Dance. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 and is now a Social Worker at Michigan Medicine. She is a happy newlywed and proud dog mom of retired greyhounds.


Substitute Instructor / Office Supervisor

Emily Leich trained with Dance Avenue for 12 years and served as an Assistant Teacher for six years. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop during her time as a student, and she enjoys sharing her dance knowledge and enthusiasm with our younger dancers now as a Substitute Teacher. Ms. Emily is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. We are so proud of Ms. Emily and excited to have her on our teaching staff as a wonderful role model to our students!



Jessica Hall has been in the dance industry for over 30 years, with extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop. She and Ms. Sarah opened Dance Avenue in 2006. Ms. Jessica has choreographed and taught numerous regional and national award-winning competitive pieces, often earning Overall Placement and Judge’s Choice honors. Her past students have gone on to be dance teachers, performers and business professionals. She and Ms. Sarah are past recipients of the Marjory Perry Spirit Award from Dance Makers Inc. and the Studio Spirit Award from Dupree Dance. Outside of the studio, Ms. Jessica has loaned her talents to local High School dance teams and productions. She is also a traveling judge and emcee for a major dance competition. Ms. Jessica holds a business degree from Baker College and is always looking to gain more training to develop her students. Ms. Jessica is married with two children, and she is very proud of her wonderful and supportive family.

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