March 15, 2020
Petite Level students 7-9 years old
Junior Level students 10-12 years old
Teen Level students 13-15 years old
Senior Level students 16 years +
(these are guidelines and placement is done by the DMM teacher)
Faculty: Marc Holland, Maegan Brown Kitrell and Ahslee Knecht & 2019 Teen Miss Dance of America Gianna Morette
The Spring Workshop are classes taught by the judges we have for the PAC. Students that participate in the workshop, getting a discounted rate on their PAC entry fees. This workshop is open to all students of DMM Members.
If you would like to help out at the workshop or need more information please contact our Workshop Principal Adrienne Gallagher
Marc Ellis Holland is Broadway and touring dance veteran whose credits include Cats, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and La Cage Aux Folles. He has performed with Deca Dance Company of New York City and Kineolab in Rochester, NY. Internationally, he has performed in Japan, Austria, Hungary, and Mexico with both Cats and Deca Dance Company tours. Marc also has experience in the television industry, appearing in commercials and industry events throughout his career. He also appeared in summer stock at Pittsburgh Playhouse and West Virginia Theater in Morgantown, WV performing in La Cade Aux Folles, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Chorus Line, Music Man, and West Side Story.
Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. He also was a recipient of a scholarship with the Iowa Ballet Company. He is Cecchetti certified and has been a faculty member for the last ten years for the Cecchetti International Ballet Camp in Holland, Michigan. Marc has also been a returning Guest Faculty Members for Ann Parsley School of Dance’s annual ballet camp in Michigan, as well as conducting master classes and workshops for thousands of students and teachers in almost a dozen states.
Marc has numerous choreography credits for community theater including Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gypsy, White Christmas, TITANIC, Miracle on 34th Street, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rent, Cats, Children of Eden, Cabaret and School House Rock.
Marc was on the faculty of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he taught dance and choreographed shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, and High School Musical. As Adjunct Professor of Dance at Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf, he currently teaches jazz and hip hop classes. He also teaches ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and contemporary dance classes and choreographs competitive numbers for studios in Rochester, NY. Marc has collaborated with the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, bringing his students to perform with them, and recently appeared on stage at Rochester Fringe Fest in Invoking Justice, by Curtis Stedge. He was selected to perform in Open Heart, Closed Hands, by Zachary Frazee, at So You Think You Can Choreograph in Saratoga Springs, NY.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Marc currently resides in Rochester, NY with his husband.
Ashlee Knecht is a third generation dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Growing up, Ashlee competed regionally and nationally in all disciplines, winning numerous high score awards and titles. After graduating from high school she attended Pace University in New York City as a commercial dance major. She is a graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester and is currently a second year student at Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School. Ashlee currently co-owns and manages Knecht Dance Academy, now in its 60th year. She is thrilled to be joining Dance Masters of Michigan this weekend!
Maegan Brown Kittrell
Maegan Brown Kittrell
Maegan is a current resident in South Carolina and a graduate of Winthrop University, where she received a Bachelor in Performing Arts and Business. She is currently the Vice President of Southern Council of Dance Masters Chapter 44 and is a member of Dance Masters of America.
As the owner of Center Stage Dance Academy in Fort Mill, South Carolina, she has won many choreography and technique awards. The studio is a current three-time National Champion, has been nominated for several Industry Dance Awards, and has been awarded membership into the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions. Center Stage takes pride in giving back to their community. They have received the Helping Hands Award from the Palmetto Children’s Hospital, donated and participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Light the Night”, and is a proud sponsor of the Jeremy Belvins Oral Cancer Fund.
Growing up in the Dance Masters of America system, she is honored and proud to be the teacher of record for several title holders from Southern Council of Dance Masters. Her title holders have placed among the top ten, and have won class, interview and choreography awards. Maegan is excited to have the current Teen Miss Dance of America 2018.
Maegan specializes in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, contemporary and acrobatics. She has judged and choreographed for several competitions and studios. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and furthering her dance education by attending workshops and conventions.
Our guest performer 2019 Teen Miss Dance of America Gianna Morette
Gianna Morette moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina in 2011. Her love for the Dance Masters System began when she started dancing at Center Stage Dance Academy under the direction of Maegan Brown Kittrell. She was crowned Petite Miss Dance of Southern Council in 2013 and received the Interview award and placed second runner up at Dance Masters Nationals in New Orleans. In 2015, Gianna became Junior Miss Dance of Southern Council and attended Boston Nationals where she placed first runner up. She continued to pursue her dream and in 2018 was crowed Teen Miss Dance of Southern Council. She attended Nationals in California and received a perfect score in Interview and was crowned Teen Miss Dance of America 2019. Gianna is honored to be representing Chapter 44 and the Dance Masters Organization and finds it exciting to travel to different chapters and meet new people. She had been accepted into the UNCSA performing arts academy in 2018 and currently auditioned at the South Carolina Govenors School for the Arts for the 2019 school year. Gianna looks forward to continuing her studies in classical ballet as well as modern and hopes to someday attend a college dance program such as USC Kaufman and/or pursue company dance.
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