OUR INSTRUCTORS

OWNER/DIRECTOR

AMBER GILBERT

  • Trained At American Dance Academy.
  • BS in Dance/Business from EMU.
  • Specializes in Modern.
  • Successfully owned and operated TDA since 2001.
  • Also owns Maestro Music Academy in Westland, MI.

KIM ALEXANDER

  • Trained At American Dance Academy.
  • Danced Internationally in Russia, Poland and Denmark as well as in Walt Disney World.
  • Bachelor’s in Elementary Education & Master’s in Early Childhood Education from EMU
  • Specializes in and runs TDA’s Hawaiian/Tahitian and Preschool Programs
  • Also teaches ballet and tap.
  • Owner of Polynesian Entertainment Group, Na Wahine O Ke Anuenue. For group information, go to www.michiganhula.com.
  • Certified in Zumbini. 
  • Certified in Rhythm Works Integrated Dance for Special Needs. 

ML EDMONSON

  • Trained At The O’Day School For Dance and The Dance Academy.
  • Competed in Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Swing, Lindy Hop, and Latin Hustle winning the title of Jr. Latin Hustle Champion any years running.
  • Specializes in Hip Hop, ballroom, and rhythm dances. 
  • Works as a party host and DJ.

ARLETH GONZALEZ

  • Studied dance for 12 years.
  • 6 years competitive experience at The Dance Academy.
  • 3 years experience as a teaching assistant for both competitive and recreational classes.
  • Cecchetti Grade 1 Teacher Certified
  • Progressive Contemporary Technique Certified
  • UNLV Teacher Level 1 Certified
  • Studying at Wayne State University.
  • Specializing in Student/Staff Relations Development.
  • Co-Director of Drive Competitive Team

MICHAEL HICKS

  • Trained with Toni Lewis, Luigi, Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, and Gus Giordano. 
  • Worked as an advisor to the Cecchetti Council of America.
  • National award winning choreographer.
  • Specializes in jazz/production style choreography.

CHRISTINA LETIZIO

  • Trained at The Dance Academy for 16 years.
  • Specializes in Tap, and 6-12 year old's jazz as well. 
  • Co-Director of Drive Competitive Team
  • Studio Community Coordinator
  • UNLV Level 1 Certified
  • Certified in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance for Special Needs.
  • Specializing in Student/Staff Relations Development.
  • Head competitive tap instructor.
  • Performer in Na Wahine O Ke Anuenue - Professional Polynesian Group

JON ROSS

  • Studied at American Dance Academy and various workshops.
  • Trained in gymnastics with previous experience as a competitive gymnastics coach.
  • Accomplished performer/entertainer in both dance and illusion.
  • Specializes in getting dancers ready to enter the professional performance world and couple’s/social dance.
  • Also works as a master MC / Party host.