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.
Katie Van Klompenberg
Katie Van Klompenberg grew up in western Michigan, in the Grand Rapids area. She graduated from Unity Christian High School. Throughout high school she attended the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet. There, she had multiple opportunities each year to perform alongside the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She studied under Patricia Barker, former ballerina at Pacific Northwest Ballet and current artistic director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company as well as Akop and Gaiane Akopian former dancers at Grand Rapids Ballet Company. For two summers she attended Joffrey Midwest in Flint, Michigan, where she studied under John Magnus, who was the former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School and the Portland Festival Ballet.
Katie attended Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi with a dance scholarship. She graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. In the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain on a mission trip to work at a summer camp at Aslan Performing Arts Center. She taught dance and English as well as helping choreograph and creating costumes for the musical that was put on by the students. During her time at Belhaven University, she worked in the costume shop for the dance department. She helped make and organize costumes for over 14 shows. Not only did she have the enjoyment of making the costumes, but also the opportunity each year to perform in different dance concerts at Belhaven University. She has performed original works by her professors and Steve Rooks, a former principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has also performed 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. Since graduating, her passion for dance and costuming has continued. She is looking forward to sharing the knowledge gained from her experiences and studies. Katie is excited to continue teaching at Balletmore this year!
Shannon Fauble 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!
Madalyn Anderson has been dancing since she was three years old. When she was three she went to Kathy’s Dance Co., three years later moved to the Grand Rapids Ballet Company under Laura Berman and Gordan Peirce Schmidt where she went from a Junior Trainee to a Senior Trainee, accomplishing all the school levels. She has performed soloist and pas de deux roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Le Corsaire. After studying at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company for ten years, she went to the Michigan Ballet Academy under the artistic directors Akop and Gaiane Akopian. She had the privilege of performing Sugar Plum, Snow Queen and Spanish, in The Nutcracker.
In 2012 Madalyn fractured her L5 vertebrae and started Physical Therapy with a former Grand Rapids Ballet Alumni, Rachel Stebbins-Billingsley. She then started focusing on correct placement to assist her future dancers. Now she pays close attention to physical movement and proper technique. Madalyn believes In a child’s dance profession, musicality, flexibility, and correct placement. These are the most important elements for success as a young dancer to build their foundation as a professional. She loves finding new ways to help others boost their self esteem and give them confidence to be more creative. Madalyn believes, “Dance not only teaches you how to think beyond your imagination, but gives you discipline and respect toward others.”
Alex Goodreau began his formal training in 2009 at Dance Avenue in Southgate, MI. He joined the dance community of Grand Rapids after receiving national awards for competition in ballet, jazz, contemporary,and lyrical dance. He studied at Thodos Dance Chicago with a full scholarship and is attending the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive on full scholarship as well. This season, Alex performed as a featured principal dancer in Carmen with Opera Grand Rapids. He is a senior at GVSU, double majoring in Public Relations and Dance. We are thrilled to have him instructing ballet, pointe, lyrical, and contemporary dance at balletmore, and look forward to him passing on his talents and knowledge to our dancers this season!
Samantha Shelton is currently the ballet professor at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, MI, teaching intermediate and advanced ballet, pointe, variations, pas de deux, setting repertoire, choreographing and directing the GVSU Dance Company. She received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She also studied in London with Anita Young (Royal Ballet) and at the Cecchetti International program in England. For the past eighteen years, she has been on the ballet faculty for American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, currently directed by Julie Kent, (former principal dancer with ABT), setting ABT repertoire and choreographing new ballets for the final performances. Currently, she is on faculty for the ABT Summer Intensives at the University of Texas, Austin, under the direction of Wes Chapman, former ABT principal, and has also taught at the ABT program at the University of Alabama, directed by Carla Stallings and the Detroit Opera House/Wayne State University, directed by Alaine Haubert. She has choreographed and taught for the professional ballet programs at the Walnut Hill School in Boston, directed by former ABT principal,Michael Owen, Ballet Tennessee, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and InterlochenArts Academy. She has performed extensively in both classical and contemporary ballets, including the Grand Pas from Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, also principal roles in Giselle and Raymonda. In her guest artist performances, she has partnered with Craig Salstein (of ABT), Arch Higgins (New York City Ballet) and Christopher Stowell (San Francisco Ballet) among many others. Samantha holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Thesis grant, and a B.A. in Political Science also from the University of Michigan. She has also done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Administration with internships in development, PR and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. For six years, she served on theUniversity of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors and in May 2012 spent three weeks in Taiwan, teaching and presenting a piece of choreography for Tainan University. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Curriculum Training Program and in August of 2014, co-taught the ABT NTC with Harriet Clark, at the Detroit Opera House.