Instructors

Michaela

Michaela Clark

Hello! My name is Michaela Clark, I am a new face here at Opera Block Academy of Dance. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to teach this season!

I began dancing when I was 3 years old and continued all the way through high school. I studied ballet at Donna Marie’s Studio of Dance and at Michigan Ballet Academy. I also studied Irish Step Dancing with the Hubbardston Irish Dance Troupe lead by Emma Jandernoa.

In my down time, you will find me with my two year old son, boyfriend, and my family. I’m a lake girl at heart, so during the warm summer days you’ll see me at my family’s lake house.

I look forward to seeing what this season brings and to build relationships with you!

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Maddi Kempa

Hi everyone! My name is Maddi Kempa, you may have seen me around last season. I am beyond excited to teach again at Opera Block Academy of Dance!

I began dancing when I was three years old and continued until I graduated high school. Ten of those years were competitive dance. During my 15 years of dance, jazz and ballet grew to be my favorite styles. I love jazz because it brings so much fun and attitude to the stage. I love ballet because of the technique and beauty.

Growing up, being at the studio was an escape and something I always looked forward to, and I hope this is something I can bring to your children as well! I can’t wait to watch them grow, develop their skills, and reach their goals throughout the season!

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.”

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Nick Lemmer

Nick Lemmer studied theater at Lansing Community College before working on a wide variety of shows around the Lansing area. He had the great pleasure of working with companies like Ixion, Riverwalk and Peppermint Creek while also training and coaching an improv team that performed all over Lansing as well as yearly at the Renegade Theatre Festival. Having gotten his start at All of Us Express Children’s Theatre, Nick is excited to be passing on skills and tools that have helped him even in his non theatre life.
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Dillon

Let’s give a warm welcome to Dillon. Dillion will be teaching Tik-Tok classes this season.

Hello! I am thankful for this opportunity to be working with children again. I worked with youth as a Youth Care Worker for 7 years. I very much enjoyed teaching and being a positive influence to our younger generation. I since have followed my dreams as a photographer/video creator and am very excited it lead me back to youth once again.

I enjoy creating and expressing art through my camera and lens. Since I was a child I always enjoyed taking photos but never pursued it as a potential career. I started my photography and videography journey as a profession about a year ago. I since have fell in love with capturing moments in time. I have been exploring many types of photography and videography to see where my passion truly lays. I found I really enjoy being a part in capturing couples wedding day. What’s not to love about love? Most recently I have been working with local businesses of Portland in creating photo and video content for advertising. I have found much joy in being involved with the community of Portland.

I am excited to be a part of something new while working with youth. TikTok is in. TikTok is a great platform filled with endless talent. It’s going to be fun seeing the children express their talents in a creative way. My role will be in coaching and helping students design, sing, dance and be creative while capturing their talents through video. I will edit the videos in a creative way to be uploaded to TikTok once a week. I am passionate about teaching and bringing the best out in children but also excited to see what the children bring out in me.

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Olivia Powers

Hi everyone! My name is Olivia Powers and I am so excited for the upcoming year. I have been dancing for about 12 years and I have practiced many styles. I mainly stuck to jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet. I spent many years of my life falling in love with the art of dance and finding my favorite styles. Jazz has always been my favorite style of dance because you can really bring attitude, sass, and personality. I’m excited to show students that jazz can be so much fun.

I began my dancing career when I was 4 years old (for only one year. I was afraid to do the recital because I thought I would fall off the stage). I began dancing again for Donna Marie’s when I was 9 years old. When I was about 14, I moved to Elite Dance Company in East Lansing and really started to find my passion. When I was a junior in high school, I started the PHS Dance Team and taught a few fellow students, while also dancing multiple nights per week at Elite Dance Company.

I am very excited to help students be able to express themselves through movement and fall in love with the art of dance. This next year hold a lot of opportunity and I hope you are all as excited as I am. 

“Everybody can dance. It’s the drive and passion that makes you a dancer”