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Our Instructors

Bailey Ahles began her training at Dance Theatre Studio. Bailey earned an undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University for Dance Performance and has a minor in Arts Management. Bailey’s academic performances include: American College Dance Festival (2009, 2010, 2011), "Coppélia", "A Mid Summer Night’s Dream" and EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium of Excellence (2010). After college, Bailey moved to New York City where choreographed for Dance New Amsterdam. Bailey holds a certification in Russa Yog.

Jayme Crabtree began her training at Dance Theatre Studio. As a youngster, Jayme passed her Cecchetti exams, attended the Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program and the Rockette Summer Intensive. Jayme went on to earn a B.S. in Kinesiology and Contemporary Dance with Fitness Minor from Indiana University. During her time at Indiana University, Jayme had the opportunity to study with Bill Evans, David Parsons, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Nai-Ni Chen Company, Nora Reynolds Daniel (Former Lewizky Company Member), Liz Koppen (Parsons Company Member). Jayme has performed choreography by Martha Graham, David Parsons and Anna Sokolow. Jayme is ACE Personal Training, ACE Group Exercise and Pilates certified.

Kenny Crabtree holds a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a focus in strength and conditioning from Eastern Michigan University. Kenny has been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2008. He holds additional certifications as a TRX Instructor, TRX Level 2 Sports medicine/musculoskeletal injury and prevention, Cancer Exercise Specialist, and Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructor. Kenny is also First Aid, CPR and AED certified through the American Red Cross.

Amy Fulton has been dancing for 23 years and teaching ballet for 10 years. Amy was named Montana’s Junior Miss and competed nationally in Mobile, Alabama in America’s Junior Miss 2002 and has assisted with Utah’s Distinguished Young Women program in past years. She received her BFA in Ballet Performance at the University of Utah in 2006, as well as an Honors BA degree in English Literature. While enrolled in the U of U’s prestigious ballet program, Amy studied under professors Attila Ficzere, Sharee Lane, Conrad Ludlow, Barbara Hamblin, Carol Iwasaki, Richard Wacko, Jane Wood, Bene Arnold, and Maureen Laird. In 2008 Amy completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. Although classical ballet and pointe is her passion, she has training in modern, jazz, and tap. Amy has also completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification. Amy has been teaching ballet and pointe classes in Utah since 2005. She recently moved to Michigan to pursue her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Michigan.

Dammy Ikwe started dancing at a young age studying contemporary and modern. While studying psychology at the University of Michigan he danced with a branch of the International dance company Dance 2XS, eventually becoming one of the branches Co-Artistic Directors. This year he became the Creative Director of Next Level Dance Company, a youth and adult hip-hop dance company based in Detroit. Level Up competes across the mid-west region and took 3rd place at Word of Dance Chicago, earning an invitation to compete at World of Dance International Finals L.A. in 2015. Dammy loves working with both adults and children and is always looking to push dancers to think outside of their box and find their personal style.

Miranda Lum started dancing at the age of 3 at the Movement Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. There she studied tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. She also danced ballet with Punahou Dance School. Miranda started teaching other young dancers at the age of 14, and her passion to share her love for dance only continued to grow. While completing her degree at the University of Michigan, Miranda continued to dance in performance club organizations through the University. She started attending classes at Dance Theatre Studio in 2016 and is excited to become more involved with the DTS community.

Michelle Millard has been dancing since age five and received her training at Annette and Company School of Dance in Farmington Hills, Michigan. While at Annette and Company, Michelle excelled at ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She spent the first part of her dance career competing in dance competitions throughout the Midwest and nationally. Michelle worked at Star Trax as a "Flight Crew" dancer where she traveled the country for corporate events. She has taken Master Classes at The Edge in Los Angeles and at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Michelle trained under Joshua Bergasse, a NYC based teacher and choreographer of the NBC series "SMASH". At the age of 15, Michelle taught her first dance class and that is when the second part of her dance career began. In 2001, she became a full-time instructor at Dance Theatre Studio. While completing her degree from Eastern Michigan University, Michelle instructed both youth and adult students and developed her love for choreography. In 2009, Michelle became a choreographer of Ann Arbor Dance Theatre dance company. Her choreography has been featured at various dance competitions throughout Metro Detroit and during the Detroit Pistons halftime shows. She has choreographed for up and coming musical artist Fatima (ESPN) and singer/songwriters "Ariel, Zoey, & Eli, too."

Katherine Mousel is a dual degree Dance/Movement Science sophomore at the University of Michigan. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old with particular interest in ballet and tap. However, Katherine has trained in jazz, ballroom, contemporary, modern and lyrical. She is a Cecchetti Level 5 ballerina having studied under Grand Rapids Ballet principle Dawnell Draja-Black at Academy of Dance Arts. She currently studies under UM professors such as Judy Rice and Missy Beck. She loves being a Dance major at UM and the opportunities it provides - like the chance to dance on the field during halftime at football games. Katherine has a love for musical theatre and has both performed in and been choreographer for many musicals. Katherine has a strength in leadership and she looks forward to sharing her passion for dance at Dance Theater Studio.

Carly Ornstein grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she studied ballet and modern dance. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a BA in dance and taught ballet for many years in Maryland. She also chaperoned the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell summer intensive in Washington, DC for four years, where she was able to observe Ms. Farrell's teaching. She went on to receive or masters degree in public health from the George Washington University and currently works for the American Lung Association. Carly is also a massage therapist and certified Pilates instructor.

Kelly Schmidt has been dancing for over 12 years. Her training includes tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theater, and ballroom. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2014 earning a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Education. During her time at BGSU, Kelly danced and choreographed for the University Dance Alliance which held showcases every semester. She also danced for the University’s performance company, Dance Repertory Ensemble, and performed each year in their January Concert. Kelly has previously taught at Julie’s Dance Studio in Bowling Green, OH, Viva Dance Company Sylvania location and recently choreographed The Sound of Music for Lake High School. Kelly loves teaching young kids and sharing her love of dance!

Dance Theatre Studio Ann Arbor Michigan

OWNER/DIRECTOR: Jayme Crabtree

OWNER/MANAGER: Kenny Crabtree

LOCATION: Dance Theatre Studio
711 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

PHONE: (734) 995-4242


Mon.-Thurs. 3:00pm-9:00pm
Fri. 3:00pm-7:30pm
Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm