Melissa started her dance training at the age of 2 under the direction of her Mom, Carol Jackson. She started her professional career at the age of 16 as a performer at Bush Garden’s in Williamsburg, VA in the Das Festhaus show. During her junior and senior year of high school she was accepted into the Broadway Dance Center training program in New York City. After graduation she started her first of many contracts with the Peter Grey Terhune productions working on numerous cruise ships sailing the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Europe. Upon completing her final cruise contract in 2001 Melissa came back home to The Dance Connection where she became the Artistic Director of the competition team. In 2005 Melissa was named co-owner of The Dance Connection with her mom Carol. Melissa assumed full ownership of The Dance Connection in 2012. Her additional performance credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Walt Disney World’s Kid’s of the Kingdom show. Melissa is certified through the Cecchetti Council of America as a Grade I and II Cecchetti instructor.
Sharon has been dancing since the age of five. She has had training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and modern. She began teaching at the age of eighteen while taking dance classes at Henry Ford Community College where she was in the Dance Company for two years. She then attended Bruno's Academy of Beauty and received her license in Cosmetology in 1997. Sharon us currently a student at Madonna University pursuing her Nursing degree. She continued teaching dance for several years before coming to the Dance Connection in 2006. She teaches both competitive and recreational classes. Dancing is her passion and has become such a big part of her life. She hopes to continue for many years to come.
Camyle has been dancing since the age of two. At 15 she began assisting and substitute teaching and has continued teaching since then. Camyle is trained in the disciplines of tap, jazz, Cecchetti ballet, pointe, hip hop, and lyrical. Near the end of her studio career, Camyle began training in the art of toe-tap, which involves tap dancing while up on the box of pointe shoes.
Camyle specializes in tap dancing and tap technique and shares her talent with dancers within many studios in the area. She is also certified by the Cecchetti Council of America as a Grade I, II, III, and IV Cecchetti instructor. Camyle has her certification for Acrobatic Arts module 1 with special training in back handsprings and aerials. She has an Associate's degree in business administration and is always looking for new ways to grow her dancing and teaching skills.
Katie started dancing at the age of 5, right here in Canton, MI. Upon graduating high school, Katie was picked up by the Jean Ann Ryan company, and performed as a dancer/aerialist all over South America, and Alaska. She furthered her education at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where she was able to turn around, guest teach and further shape the dancer program at the Manhattan location. She then was employed by Stiletto Entertainment (Barry Manilow’s company) and RWS Productions as a dancer/aerialist/dance captain/company manager, which allowed her to perform in the Baltic and Europe. She stayed in America for a while with shows such as Grease, before going out to Japan with Dublin World Wide Productions to do Broadway Christmas Wonderland for a few seasons. Katie is excited to be back teaching after having her first son with her husband last year.
Mia has been dancing since the age of 4. In 2008, she became a member of the TDC Competition Team and has trained in many styles of dance, including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Over her ten years of competitive dancing, Mia has earned many overall high score awards, special judge's awards, and scholarships for several prestigious dance conventions. Mia was also a varsity member on her high school dance team. Assisting and substituting for staff members at The Dance Connection in the past has given her valuable teaching experience. Currently, Mia is a student at Wayne State University and will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Science. She is also employed at EnerGy National Dance Competitions as a tabulator.