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Weeks 1 & 2: June 13 - 24

Mid Summer Performance Saturday, June 25

Weeks 3 & 4: July 25 - August 5

Community Foundation Performance Saturday, August 6

Week 1: June 13- 17

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A southern California native, Shannon Quirk began her training with Orange County Regional Ballet and continued her studies at UC, Irvine earning a BFA in Dance Performance – performing featured parts in William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and In The Middle Somewhat Elevated and have original works created on her by Jodie Gates and Molly Lynch. Upon graduation, she joined Madison Ballet.

Ms. Quirk has performed lead roles in Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Donizetti Variations, Elegié, Four Temperaments, Rubies, Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Who Cares?, Diana and Acteon Pas De Deux, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, This Bitter Earth, and W. Earle Smith’s Cinderella, Dracula: A Rock Ballet, and The Nutcracker. 

She has had the pleasure to be a performer with Avant Chamber Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Detroit Dance City Festival, UW Madison’s Dance Department 90th Anniversary Celebration and Summer Solstice Invitational, and ICMOVEMENT Project based in Washington D.C. 

Week 2: June 20 - 24

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Giuseppe Canale is an internationally recognized ballet dancer, choreographer, instructor and coach. Born in Palermo, Italy, he began his dance training at age 11 under the direction of Ludovico Durst. He then trained at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, as well as Maurice Bejart's famous Mudra dance school in Brussels, and has taken master classes at the School of American Ballet in New York. Giuseppe is a certified teacher for the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum from Primary through Level 7 and Partnering.

He has toured extensively as a dancer with such companies as Ballet Company of Germinal Casado (West Germany), Ballet Company Jean Deroc (Switzerland). He also danced professionally with the Het Nationale Ballet in the Netherlands. He has toured all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia, and has choreographed works for Het National Ballet and Teatro Massimo.

In 1994, the Mayor of Palermo invited him to return to his native home to serve as Director of corps de ballet for Teatro Massimo - a company which had been abandoned for over 20 years. As Director, he revived the company and revitalized the theater's repertoire. he worked closely with the 30 dancers - restoring confidence and motivation lost to years of inactivity and bringing in well-known dancers and choreographers. Within one year, the company had presented an outstanding performance, and Giuseppe was publicly congratulated by the President of Italy. As Director, Giuseppe also spearheaded multiple arts outreach programs for Sicilian children with little or no dance exposure.


Since moving to the United States, Giuseppe has become the Co-Director of the Northeast Academy of Dance in Oscoda, Michigan, where he brings his passion for dance to the youth in the area. He has appeared as judge at the Luxembourg International Ballet Competition, and as a judge/guest teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Dance Competitions in Chicago and New York City.


In 2004, he began teaching and choreographing for the American Ballet Theatre summer program. He has been a private coach for students from the School of American Ballet, a guest teacher for The Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale) in Amsterdam and has taught additional classes for Alpena Community College.  Giuseppe has been cited by the American Guild of Music Artists as having extraordinary ability in the field of dance.

Scott Heinrich began his studies in music and later started dancing at the age of 22. A native of Flint, Michigan, he received his BAA degree in music from Central Michigan University and began his dance studies with Jean Marc and Dafna Baier at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He has worked professionally for Ballet Michigan, The Netherlands Opera, The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, and as a soloist for Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy. He served as a teacher for the Kibbutz Company and has also taught as a guest lecturer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He has guest taught and choreographed throughout the US and is now an ABT certified teacher for the ABT National Training Curriculum - Primary through Level 3.  Scott has danced both full length ballets and contemporary works by choreographers Mats Ek, Rami Ba'er, Roland Petit, Susanna Linke, Loyce Houlton, Agnes DeMille, Giuseppe Canale, Krystof Pastor, Joseph Rusillo and Jean Marc and Dafna Baier.


In 1999, Scott conceived his first Dance/Theater work The Magi-Tour Travel Show for the students. Following that success, he choreographed an original Cinderella and co-choreographed two original Nutcrackers. In 2003, Scott choreographed a new work celebrating Great Lakes History entitled Lake Odyssey: Tales and Reflections on Our Maritime Past.   Since then, he has conceived the productions Sugar Plum's Nutcracker Fantasy, The Firebird, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, The Planets, Bluebeard’s Castle, Pictures At An Exhibition, Sleeping Beauty, Iphigenia In Tauris, The 4 Seasons, The Little Mermaid and Something Grimm - A (Very!) Dark Comedy.   Scott is the co-founder and director of The Northeast Academy of Dance in Oscoda, Michigan and is currently dancing with Dafmark Dance Theater in Erie, Pennsylvania.

As a West Michigan native, Deavondre Jones is an Entrepreneur, Artist, and Father. He's the Founder of DanceSpire, a dance brand working to build self sustaining outlets and communities for Dancers. Aside from DanceSpire, Deavondre splits his time running the DanceSpire Agency, a digital marketing company who's mission is to close the tech knowledge gap for artists and seasoned professionals.  Deavondre is passionate about dance, marketing, fatherhood and building community. He serves on a state-wide Fatherhood board the: Michigan Action Plan for Fatherhood Involvement (MAP-FI), serves in leadership for the Iota Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and volunteers for the West Michigan "Dads Count!" collective.


He’s been featured or made appearances on: WOOTV8, So You Think You Can Dance, World Of Dance - Michigan, Revue - West Michigan, The Rapidian and more media outlets. To follow his work just Google, YouTube, FB or Instagram: "DanceSpire"  

Week 3: July 25 - 29


Anna Liceica was born in Bucharest, Romania. She studied at the National Ballet School during which time she received the first place in Romania's National Ballet Competition. She went on to study at the School of American Ballet in New York where she won the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. She was invited to join the New York City Ballet where she performed in most of the company's Balanchine repertory from 1992 until 1996, including NYCB's 'The Nutcracker' movie.

She joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1996 and has performed with the company in all the great classics throughout the world during which time she was also awarded the Diagilev Award and the Silver Medal at the third Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition as well as The Viewers' Choice Award at the Maya Plisetskaya International Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anna was promoted to soloist with the American Ballet Theater in year 2000. Since then, she gave numerous performances throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Japan, China, Korea, Spain, Brazil, Russia, France, Mexico, with the American Ballet Theater, and as a Guest Artist with other companies abroad. Her repertory includes all great classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Bayadere, Raymonda, Coppelia, Cinderella, as well as many contemporary master works. 

She is a judge and master teacher for Youth America Grand Prix, an American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive faculty, and also a principal guest artist with Deutsche Oper in Berlin where she has performed in La Gioconda and Onegin, among others.

Throughout the years she has produced, directed and staged a series of performances called 'Classical Moves - Evening of Dance with members of ABT and friends' that include legendary classical works as well as new choreography by American Ballet Theatre members.

Week 4: August 1 - 5

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Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann began her professional career with Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivitt. She was a leading artist with Milwaukee Ballet Company for 13 years. In her long-standing career with the company she has an extensive classical repertoire. She has been featured in principle roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. She has worked with notable choreographers such Enrique Martinez, Robert Forsythe, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jean Paul Comelin, and Margo Sappington. During the joint venture of Milwaukee and Pennsylvania Ballet, she danced principle roles in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Square Dance, Scotch Symphony, and Serenade. Ms. Keaggy Brinkmann has toured nationally and abroad as a guest artist with Yves De Bouteiller and as a principle dancer with Williams/ Gerard Productions of New York.

She began her early training in Erie, PA at age five under the direction of Suzanne Orlando. Moving to Chicago, IL at age eleven to age 18 she and trained with Larry Long at Ruth Page Foundation of Chicago. During that time, she had the fortunate opportunity to perform yearly with Chicago Tribune Charities production of “The Nutcracker.”

Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann founded Performing Arts of Spring Grove in 1999 and its non-profit performing company, Illinois Youth Dance Theatre in 2000. Alyce has been a faculty member for Milwaukee Ballet School and is a guest teacher throughout the US. 

In 2010, together with her partner Louis Dixon established Center Academy of Dance, now known as Illinois Dance Conservatory (IDC). IDC and Illinois Youth Dance Theatre provide a training and performing program of classical daily work and repertoire. Ms. Keaggy Brinkmann’s artistic vision for rigorous training and performance bring excellence to the aspiring young dancer.
Together with her husband Steve, she resides in Spring Grove, IL with their two children, Luke and Marlayna.

Jenny Hegarty is a professional dancer, teaching artist and repetiteur currently living in NYC. Her career spans both the concert and commercial world. She has worked with multiple companies throughout the country including Elisa Monte Dance, Emerge125, Dance Now Miami (Senior Company Member and Rehearsal Director), DeXdance, Gehring Dance Theatre, Florida Grand Ballet, Heritage Dance Project and RIOULT.

Some of her favorite theater credits include Seize The King (Classical Theatre of Harlem) Chicago, On the Town, Cabaret, Flashdance (Dance Captain), Saturday Night Fever (Asst. Dance Captain), La Cage Aux Folles (Asst. Choreographer).

Jenny has had the opportunity of performing works by José Limón, Doris Humphrey, David Parsons, Stephen Petronio, Robert Battle, Daniel Lewis, Carolyn Dorfman, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Edward Stierle, Johannes Wieland, Eduardo Vilaro, Bradley Shelver, and Elisa Clark, and also was selected to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House in the Kirov Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty. She has set works by José Limón, Daniel Lewis, Carolyn Dorfman, Edward Stierle, and Doris Humphrey, and has worked as a repetiteur for multiple choreographers, including Daniel Lewis (Limón Dance Company / Daniel Lewis Dance Repertory Company) and Hannah Baumgarten / Diego Salterini (Dance Now Miami). 

Jenny is on faculty at New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, directed by Nancy Turano, and also recently began freelance teaching at Mark Morris Dance Center. Through Elisa Monte, she was previously on faculty at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, teaching ballet and modern to ages 8-18 and also worked within NYC public schools teaching dance via the Police Athletic League (PAL). She is faculty at Interlochen Arts summer program in Michigan, and is an adjudicator for multiple competitions, including VIP Dance. Jenny was previously the Associate Director and Ballet Faculty at TAME Dance Academy in Pembroke Pines, FL and she holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College.

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