artistic directors

 

About The Founder

Ann Parsley is the founder of the Macomb Ballet Company. A teacher of ballet and professional choreographer for more than 35 years, she holds the highest certification in the Cecchetti method of ballet – the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma. She is a Permanent Examiner and Past- president of the Cecchetti Council of America. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Oakland University, and accepted the first Outstanding Alumni Award in Dance presented by Oakland University in 1997. Many of Ms. Parsley’s students have achieved both degrees in Dance and professional status as dancers, teachers and choreographers in the theatre, film and television industries.

About The Director

  Amber Megna Michalik became the owner and director of Ann Parsley School of Dance in 2009. She began dancing at Ann Parsley School of dance at the age of seven and has been teaching at the studio since 2000. In addition, Ms. Michalik is in her ninth season as the Director of the Macomb Ballet Company. She is also the founder of the Junior Macomb Ballet Company, the first non-profit ballet company for children in Macomb County. Prior to becoming director of the ballet company, she served as the Assistant Director to Ms. Parsley for six years. A former member of the Macomb Ballet Company, she has danced in Les Sylphides, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella and The Nutcracker and has danced solo roles in The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. Ms. Michalik is a certified Cecchetti teacher. Amber was awarded the Eastern Michigan Committee Board of Directors Scholarship. She was trained by many of the area’s finest teachers including Ann Parsley, Iacob Lascu, Laurie Eisenhower and Gregory Patterson. She attended Oakland University on an academic scholarship where she pursued dance and business. While at Oakland, Amber was a member of the Oakland Dance Theatre under the direction of Laurie Eisenhower before graduating with honors from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts Management. Ms. Michalik continue to serves on the Executive Board of the Cecchetti Council of America, and is the Chair of the Cecchetti Council of America Eastern Michigan Committee.  

 

About The Assistant Directors

 

Sarah Boik has been assistant director to the Macomb Ballet Company since 2006, choreographing and inventively putting her passion for the art of ballet onto the stage. She holds the Cecchetti Council of America Student Certifications Levels I-VII. She also holds the highest level of certification in the Cecchetti method of ballet also making her FDCCA status in the Cecchetti Council of America and is qualified to teach grades I-Diploma. She was awarded the Eastern Michigan Committees Board of Directors Scholarship to attend the CCA Teacher's Diploma course in 2015. In 2016, she was hand selected by the Cecchetti Council of America National Executive Board to attend England's Cecchetti Society Teacher Symposium as the United States Sylvia Hamer Award recipient and traveled to England there this past July. She has presented many successful students and teachers to the council. She is a former member of the Macomb Ballet Company and has performed many principle roles in classical ballets in Coppelia, Un Encuentro, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Sarah has also trained many successful dancers at Ann Parsley School of Dance since 2004. She augmented her training with the Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey Midwest, American Ballet Theatre in NYC and American College Dance Festival. Sarah has performed in several professional operas such as Turandot and was a member of the Detroit Opera House’s theatre ballet company, The Civic Dance Ensemble under direction of Samantha Shelton and Michael Anderson. She has been able to guest teach at various local studios over the years as well as education facilities such as Wayne State University. She received a dance scholarship to Oakland University and danced as part of the Oakland Dance Theatre. She has also taught ballet at their University Summer Dance Intensive. Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from nursing school and is a licensed registered nurse with her BSN from OU. 

Mary Sherman has been involved in the dance arts for over 55 years. In 1976, after graduating from Oakland University with a B.A. in Sociology, Mary founded the Romeo Civic Dance Center and in 1978 the Romeo Civic Ballet Company. She has had the pleasure of training many successful dancers whose careers have taken them to professional companies. Her students have received awards and scholarships both nationally and through the Cecchetti Council of America of which she is a Qualified Teacher Licentiate and a pass General Board member. She currently teaches the Cecchetti Method Grades I- VII. In 1990, she was named Michigan Dance Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Council for the Arts. Mary remained director of RCDC till 2001 and has continued to teach at area dance schools where she heads their ballet programs. She became Co-Assistant Artistic director of the Macomb Ballet Company in 2007. In 2012 she was recipient of the Jane Miller Scholarship awarded by the Cecchetti Council of America.

Macomb Ballet Company

40790 Garfield Road,

Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone. 586-946-4622