Melanie Anderson Brossiet
owner . artistic director . instructor . choreographer
After graduating with top honors from The Interlochen Academy of Arts, Melanie spent eighteen years dancing professionally with Cleveland Ballet, Washington Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Das Ballett Augsberg, before returning to Grand Rapids Ballet as a principal dancer. As a professional she shared the stage with Rudolph Nureyev in Ireland and Scotland, performed for President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, took center stage at the The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Sadler's Wells in London, the Joyce Theatre in New York, and on tours to France, Spain, Portugal, Hawaii, and throughout North America.
Working with legends in the dance world, such as Alonzo King, Violette Verdy, Suzanne Farrell, Melissa Hayden, Lupe Serrano, and Marcia Dale Weary, helped her refine her vision for a studio founded in traditional technique, while incorporating modern principles with a compassionate and encouraging approach. Training, instructing and choreographing for The Cleveland Ballet School, Washington School of Ballet, many West Michigan Public Schools, Wealthy Street Theatre, The Grand Rapids Ballet, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Grand Valley State University Dance Department, all helped to shape her educational philosophy.
As a mother of two, melanie knows that small class sizes, patience, clear communication and individual attention are key to each child's fulfillment. She models her school after her original instructor, coach, and role model, Nancy Baum, who too was dedicated to her students and traditional instruction taught with a kind heart.
administrative manager . instructor
Melody began dancing at age four at Turning Pointe School of Dance, and continued her training at numerous studios including Happendance School of Dance, Danceworks of Michigan LLC, Class Act Studio of Dance, and Elite Dance Company. During her time at Grand Valley State University, she has performed pieces by guest artists Kathryn Alter, Richard Bowman, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Bryn Cohn, Francesca Harper Project, Mina Estrada, Marlayna Locklear, Joshua Manculich, Leslie Scott, Takehiro Ueyama, and Jesse Zaritt. In Summer 2016, Melody worked and trained at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and desires to pursue a career in dance. In Spring 2017, Melody graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Dance. She also is an artist in the Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) Exhibition at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) 2017. In the Summer of 2017, live performances of her work will be presented at the UICA.
Katie Van Klompenberg
instructor . ensemble choreographer
Katie trained at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet where she studied under Patricia Barker, former ballerina at Pacific Northwest Ballet and artistic director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She also trained under Akop and Gaiane Akopian, former Grand Rapids Ballet company members. Katie attended Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi with a dance scholarship. In the summer of 2014, she traveled to Madrid, Spain to work at Aslan Performing Arts Center, where she taught dance and English as well as choreographed and created costumes for their musical. During her time at Belhaven University, she worked in the costume shop and performed original works by Steve Rooks, a former principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Mikhail Fokine’s Les Sylphides staged by Henry Danton, former soloist for the Royal Ballet, and George Balanchine’s Serenade staged by Shawn Stevens, former dancer for the New York City Ballet and Twyla Tharp’s Company. Katie graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. Since graduating, Katie has used her passion for dance and costuming as an instructor at balletmore dance studio.
instructor . ensemble choreographer
Shannon has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University. She was recognized as an Outstanding Dance Major at WMU and her choreography was chosen to represent the department at the Academy College Dance Festival Association. Shannon has performed with the Kalamazoo Ballet, The University Dance Theater at WMU, and with various dance studios in the Chicagoland area. She teaches pre-dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance. Shannon is also a licensed Zumba instructor and a certified Massage Therapist. Shannon believes dance can be found everywhere and anywhere you look. She enjoys seeing her students progress and discover their own love of dance!
Hannah began her dance training at the age of 3 at Conservatory for Dance Arts, and continued training at Happendance School of Dance, Class Act Studio of Dance, and Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan. Hannah competed locally and nationally as a soloist and group member for numerous companies in the Lansing area. At age 16 she began her studies at Capital Ballet Theatre of Michigan where she performed solo roles in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Hannah went on to attend Grand Valley State University (GVSU) studying clinical exercise science and dance. Hannah has studied with guest choreographers Amy Rose, Eddie Ocampo, Elizabeth Fadell, Jesse Powers, Joshua Manculich, Kathryn Alter, Leslie Scott, Marlayna Locklear, Mina Estrada, and Richard Bowman. In Fall of 2016, Hannah had the opportunity to perform with Francesca Harper Project. During her time at GVSU, Hannah was awarded with the Marlene Kenneway Love of Dance scholarship in 2016, attended Michigan Dance Festival, fulfilled an internship at Brighton Dance Festival, and presented her choreography at American Dance College Association Festival. In the Summer of 2017, Hannah will fulfill her position at American Ballet Theatre Austin, as a residential mentor.
Sarah began dancing at a young age and trained locally at Academy of Dance Arts in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary. The special trainings Sarah has accomplished during her dance career include: achieving Cecchetti levels 1-4, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern classes with Hope College Dance Department, attending workshops through River North Chicago, and Dance Ad Deum in Texas. In 2006, Sarah toured the United States and Canada with Sidewalk Productions, a dance company in Lakeside, Montana. For five seasons, she was a company dancemember with balletmore dance ensemble of Grand Rapids. Sarah also performed with Dance In The Annex at Wealthy Theatre. Some of the choreographers she has worked with include Melanie Brossiet, Linda Graham, Carrie Morris, and Amy Wilson. She is currently a ballet and tap instructor at balletmore dance studio and has also taught at Ada Dance Studio, Hearts In Step, Rhythm Dance Center, and Academy of Dance Arts. Some of her greatest accomplishments include becoming a Registered Nurse, getting married, and having a son. Sarah graduated from Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing program in 2014 and works part-time as a homecare nurse with Mary Free Bed. She looks forward to another exciting year teaching at balletmore!
Susanna began her dance training in Brighton and moved to Mississippi to study in Ballet Magnificat!’s Pre-Professional Trainee Program. She continued her training under Kathy Thibadeaux and Jiri Voborsky among others. She showcased her choreography in Florence, Italy in collaboration between the Trainee Program and Gallery 4, Italia. Susanna completed her training with Ballet Magnificat! in the Spring of 2016, and moved to Suzhou, China. During her time in China, she danced as a member of Gallery 4’s professional dance company, Yahweh. She was able to perform in numerous pieces, a few of which were self-choreographed. She also had various teaching positions throughout the city. Susanna now lives in Brighton, Michigan, and is pursuing degrees in business and graphic design.