Ann Cooley

Producing Artistic Director
NYC based Director – Choreographer
Ann‘s career in Dance and Theatre spans the spectrum. The Radio City Rockettes, Musical Theatre, Television, Film, Industrials, devised storytelling and commercial work both onstage and from the directors viewpoint. In her teaching performance, technique, precision, style and grace are stressed in Ann‘s classes. The mission of Dance North is to present our dancers a unique opportunity for fantastic growth in performance and foundation over five days of immersion in all styles of dance. Doing what they love the most, for the applause!


Jo Cooley

Producing Artistic Director
Jo’s extensive knowledge in teaching and creativity brings a wealth of experience to Dance North!  With an MA in Dance from the University of Michigan she owned a thriving dance studio downstate influencing countless minds for nearly three decades. Jo continues her choreography and educational out reach all over the north coast and loves presenting this once a year experience for local and visiting dancers!


Josh Ekblom

Direct from LA, Josh’s super fun, energetic classes continue to make us jump for joy. Collaborator and teacher for California’s Ryan’s American Dance Josh’s Professional credits range from Film and Television, National Tours, Radio City, Regional productions and a multitude of Choreography and Teaching. Aces in our book, we know you will agree!

Vincent Ortega

An LA born New York City based performer, choreographer and director constantly working in the world of Pop Music,Theatre and Dance. Onstage, for Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Janet Jackson,Usher, Ricky, Britney, Black Eyed Peas and more. Choreographing Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up”, for Michael Jackson and Beyonce. Vincent has a multitude of Musical Theatre credits both on Broadway and regionally. His many talents energize our dancers and his choreography is amazing!

Jake Knight

Jake started dancing at the age of 7 and eventually became the owner of Conservatory of Dance, located in Manistee, MI. Having since sold the studio, Jake continues to teach Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jake is trained in the Dance Masters of America curriculum and is certified in Ballet and Jazz. He has also danced professionally with the Northern Michigan Ballet Theater and the Michigan Dance Collective.


Lori Phelps

Director and CEO of the Center Stage Dance Company – Lori’s Up Beat Fun style is a testament to her dedication to teaching – we are proud to offer her fantastic energy and choreography!


Amanda Lehman


AMANDA LEHMAN has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of NYC for over a decade. She received her training on the prestigious Richard Ellner Scholarship at Broadway Dance Center. Amanda is a featured dancer and choreographer for Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma, CA. Her work in California gained her a Broadway World award for Best Choreography. Most recently, Amanda choreographed and performed in a national Ford Car Commercial. She has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and was an original cast member for Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical at Walt Disney World written by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner, Robert Lopez.  Amanda could also be seen in the CBS commercial America for the Arts and is well known in Tokyo for NHK’s television documentary Broadway Dreams: The Life of a Dancer. Amanda is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Stephanie Carrier

Stephanie has been a part of the Dance North intensive since it’s inception, from student to faculty. She’s choreographed and managed the Detroit Tigers “Energy Squad” and the Piston’s Dance Team “Automation”.  Her busy teaching schedule has included; Center Stage Dance Company, Dance North and currently at The Fusion Center for Dance.  Stephanie holds Regional and National Championship titles and many choreographic awards.  She has appeared on stage in Las Vegas with Tina Landon, in television spots for MGM Grand, Energy and Automation.  Her unique style and energy will keep you grooving, were thrilled to have her on our teaching roster and as part of the Dance North family!

Noelle Millis

Noelle has been dancing her way through life and loving every single second of it since her very first dance class at the age of two at Center Stage Dance Company in Oxford, Michigan. Noelle recently graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, where she was a member of the Repertory Dance Company and Patterson Rhythm Pace. Here she had the opportunity to not only work and perform along side two professional companies, but also work within multiple outreach programs for children. She is now ready to take on the dance world, both as a performer and a choreographer. She will set your feet on fire with her fantastic tap!

Danielle Black


I started dancing at Center Stage Dance Company when I was 3 years old, and upon graduating high school have been lucky enough to begin my teaching career there also. I danced at the collegiate level as part of Oakland University’s Athletic Dance team, and professionally as part of the Detroit Tiger’s DTE Energy Squad. This will be my 3rd year as part of the Dance North faculty! As for now, my dance journey is still in progress, and I’m excited to see where it takes me!

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