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Please join us for our first Summer Intensive Week June 24th - 28th from 9:00am-3:00pm.
This session is best for dancers ages 12-18yrs. Ages 11yrs please inquire.
The Fee is $300 for the five full days.
Dancers will experience an amazing week of intensive training in Classical Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique, Stretch and Strength Conditioning, Contemporary Ballet, Jazz and more!
We have an amazing line up of special guest teachers and regular faculty:
Special Guest Teachers:
A Grand Rapids native, Joanne Jaglowski spent the majority of her ballet education with former Joffrey artists Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner. Guest teachers and artists helped fuel her determination and various summer scholarship opportunities including San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School helped to launch her professional career with Cleveland San Jose Ballet. During these years she performed at Chautacqua and on the Drew Carey Show. Ms. Jaglowski originated solos in The Dying Swan and Marilyn (both choreographed by former ABT artist and choreographer Dennis Nahat). Thanks to Mr. Nahat’s abilities as a director, the dancers were blessed to work with ballet greats such as John Clifford, Donald MacKayle, Fleming Flindt, and Rudy VanDanzig.
After leaving Ballet San Jose, she joined Ballet Tucson for three seasons as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. While there, she and other dancers were coached by former ABT principals Amanda McKerrow, and John Gardner. During this time she began studying pilates training and yoga. Since her return to Michigan, she has taught locally for competitive and non-competitive students and studios. She has acted as ballet mistress and choreographer for both the West Michigan Youth Ballet and Michigan Ballet Academy. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Jaglowski completed Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum and in 2017 she completed her certification with Levels 6,7, and Partnering. She enjoys working with students of all ages and is always inspired by not only talent, but intelligence and hard work.
Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers
Carolyn Pampalone-Rabbers joined Wellspring in 2017. She graduated from Western Michigan University with her BFA in Dance, and was awarded Presidential Scholar in 2010. Carolyn’s has worked in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles, dancing for The Union Project Dance Company, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Clairobscur Dance Company, Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera, LA Unbound, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company. Past projects include dancing for music videos including Coldplay and Omi, acting in national commercials for Starbucks, Kaplan University, and Jockey Bra, and dancing for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Poet Theatricals. Carolyn can been seen dancing and acting as "Abby" in the film Moondance (2018) by Squatchagawea Films.
Carolyn has trained at The American Dance Festival and studied under the instruction of Tere O'Connor, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Randy Duncan, John Lehrer, Jen Nugent, Jessie Zarrit, Pamela Pietro, Jerri Houlihan, Miguel Guiterrez, Theresa Graziano, and Dolores Shearer. Carolyn teaches Yoga, and is an American Ballet Theater National Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level V.
Katie Stull is the owner and manager of Excel Dance Centre. She has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 and plans on continuing to dance until someone takes away her shoes!
Ms. Katie graduated from Western Michigan University with a Child Psychology major and an Art minor. She also studied dance at Western for 4 years. She has trained throughout her career with Gus Giordano, Joe Tremaine, Darryl Retter, Wade Robson and many more.
Ms. Katie has received many awards and recognition for her training through Tremaine Dance, L.A. Underground, Showstoppers, Dance Educators of America and New York City Dance Alliance to name a few.
Ms. Katie is a very happily married wife to her husband Kyle, who is a chiropractor in Texas Corners, and an exhausted, yet loving mother of twins, Ella and Wyatt.
Ms. Katie is very passionate about her work with the students at Excel; her students and parents mean the world to her. She prides herself on having a studio that offers a friendly, inviting and loving environment where students can come get away and just have fun doing what they love, dance! She also is pleased to share that the studio, it’s music and costuming is age appropriate for every dancer. Ms. Katie is very excited to share her passion and love of dance with her students and looks forward to every new year!
Julie began dancing at the young age of 3. She began her formal ballet training at the age of 11 under Liz Legget, training in the prestigious pre-professional division at the Milwaukee Ballet. While at the Milwuakee Ballet, she went on to study under Taras Kalba, Jeanette Makaroff, and Nicole Sowinski and performed various roles in the Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She also enjoyed training under notable teachers throughout the Chicagoland area including the late Larry Long of the Ruth Page Center for Dance, Regina and Ricardo Moyano of Dance West Ballet, and Preston Miller to name a few. In 2000, Julie graduated from Hope College with a BA in Psychology and Dance. After graduation, she began teaching at Turning Pointe School of Dance in Holland, MI. Upon moving to Chicago in 2006, Julie founded the former Turning Pointe School of Dance, Chicago (now Ballet 5:8) where she served as Artistic Director, faculty member, resident choreographer, and school administrator for over 10 years. She set numerous full length original ballets including Creation to Revelation, Noah and the Ark, Created to Worship, and various works for For Such a Time as This, and the annual Christmas ballet The Promise.
Julie loves sharing her passion for dance through providing excellent classical ballet training to her students. She resides in Portage with her three children, Alexis-18, Olivia-16, and Ethan-14.
Amy Russell is from Paw Paw, Michigan. She started dancing at the age of 4, the beginning a life-long love of dance. This passion has driven her to recognition as a prima ballerina for a semi-professional company. There, she partnered and collaborated with professional artists from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Her favorite roles as prima ballerina include the lead in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette in Swan Lake, and Swanhilda in Coppelia.
In September 2016, Amy launched her own ballet company called Ballet Kalamazoo to share her love for ballet and passion for helping others. Amy's choreography has been featured in original ballet stories such as “Snow White”, “Rapunzel ~ A Fairytale Ballet” and Princess Aurora ~ The Sleeping Beauty.
Amy was the proud recipient of a 2013, 2016 and 2018 Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Grant with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo which funded her teacher studies with American Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Amy is committed to continuing education and preserving the high standard of technique required as a ballet teacher and dancer. Amy Russell is an AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Amy most recently attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Training Workshop and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 4-day Intensive Teacher Training Seminar. In August 2016, she trained in the ABT® National Training Curriculum Teacher Training in Levels 4 and 5 in Detroit, Michigan. Amy is proudly certified in the innovative Progressing Ballet Technique and with “If I was A Bird Yoga” for children ages 2-13 years old. Amy is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
Amy and her husband Kirk have two daughters named Sylvia and Juliet and live in Downtown Kalamazoo.
We hope you can join us!