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Lenore Brown

Lenore Brown is the Program Director of the City Kids Dance Program as well as an Instructor and has been dancing for over 25 years and began teaching in 2011. She teaches Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop. She danced competitively for over 15 years and won several top awards including a First Place Student Choreography award and First Place Overall in the Pro-Am Jazz Duet/Trio category. She has taken class from renowned dance masters such as Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Joel Hall, Mia Michaels, Diana Cruz, and Yamila Viana. Lenore continues to perform in showcases and competitions throughout the Midwest and continues to further her dance education through numerous workshops, conventions, and festivals throughout the year. In addition, she is expanding her dance training with respected teacher James Valentino, studying Argentine Tango, Bachata, Salsa, and ballroom styles of dance. She is currently a member of the Detroit Tango Nuevo dance team. In addition to her dance training, Lenore has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. “Never stop learning. Allow yourself to be a beginner. Even the greatest dancers had to start somewhere. You can learn anything; you just have to take the first step.”

Meredith Gagnier

Is a DVIDA certified pro/am competitive teacher and professional dance competitor. She began dancing at the age of three studying jazz, tap, ballet, and contemporary styles of dance. While in high school, Meredith danced competitively for a nationally recognized dance studio. Meredith studied dance at Western Michigan University and became a certified ballroom dance instructor after graduation. She continued her education working as an instructor at Chicago’s famous dance studio, Chicago Dance under World Theatre Arts Champions Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day. After moving back to Michigan, Meredith worked as a choreographer and principal dancer for a music video called “Let’s Mambo” by Sean Forbes, which stars Academy Award Winning Actress Marlee Matlin and Professional Dancer Fabian Sanchez from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Meredith enjoys working with dancers of all ages and skill levels. She loves to teach because dance has been her long time passion, and she cannot imagine doing anything else. Meredith’s greatest joy is watching others fall in love with dancing just like she did. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than watching even the most “dance-challenged“ individual turn into a winner on the dance floor, whose newfound confidence and style can light up an entire room.