FLEX POINT STAFF
Sally has been training dancers for the past 40 years. Sally was the owner of the Sally Doerr Dance Studio in Cass City, Michigan for many years. She was the co-director of Burn The Floor...with the Doerr's Performing Arts Camp for 10 years, an annual camp that took place in Fenton, MI every summer. She loves working with children and adults and is a firm believer in positive dance training. Sally is also a staff judge for a national competition company based out of Los Angeles, where she was also hired to teach
elite master workshops in Las Vegas. She was the co-choreographer, along with Cameron English of the movie "A Chorus Line", for "Hooray for Hollywood", a benefit to raise money for the Michigan Diabetes Foundation. Her students have won many prestigious awards and titles, and have enjoyed many scholarships to places like Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp, the Edge, Tremaine, Broadway Dance Center, Gregg Russell's Tap Into The Network and more. Many have gone on to enjoy professional careers. Sally's students have toured in Russia, Australia, and Europe. Some have toured with "A Chorus Line", "Mamma Mia", and in Disney's new Broadway show "Tarzan" in New York City. Former students have been on scholarship to the Chicago Performing Arts School, have been
attending the Juilliard School in New York City and one student was a principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Ballet of London. They have also performed on Live! with Regis and Kelly and On Air with Ryan Seacrest and onstage with the Rolling Stones kick off concert in NYC. Other students have been back-up dancers for Walt Disney's singing sensation Myra. Many former students have also become dance instructors. It is important to Sally that her students achieve self-confidence, a love for dance, poise, a respect for themselves and others, and an opportunity for challenge and growth. Sally is an enthusiastic instructor who wants to create a positive and inspiring atmosphere for her students. Sally's positive attitude and love for teaching dance, opens up many styles and fun experiences for her dancers. Sally loves to teach tap, lyrical, musical theatre, and jazz and is looking forward to inspiring her dancers for many years to come.
Nicole is an award-winning dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and she has been teaching at studios and camps since she was 16. She was the co-director of Burn The Floor...with the Doerr's Performing Arts Camp, an annual camp that took place in Fenton, MI every summer. Nicole developed a love for dance growing up in her mother's studio, Sally Doerr Dance Studio. She has won many top awards at regional and national competitions, including the title of Miss Dance. She was a member of the Detroit Pistons Dance Team: Automotion. During her time with Automotion she was chosen by Brian Friedman to perform in the opening number of ESPN's PRODANCE along with many other great opportunities. Nicole was one of the honorary selected judges for the Miss Oakland County Pageant 2012. Nicole has performed at a Superbowl XL event in Detroit and was a back-up dancer for singer Tiffany Queen to promote Britney Spears' perfume line, Curious. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, and was a member of Impact Dance Theater on campus. Nicole has traveled all over the United States through her dancing, and she also toured in Australia performing. Nicole has won numerous scholarships to performing arts centers in New York and Los Angeles, including the Edge, Tremaine, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center of New York, Paula Abdul's Company Dance and more. She has performed in 3 promotional commercials for Jammnation/Lansing Community College. She has also modeled in numerous editions of Starmaker Designs Costume Catalog. Nicole has trained with the Joffrey Ballet of New York and many professional choreographers and instructors including Cameron English of the movie "A Chorus Line", R.J. Durell of Movin' Out, Joseph
Alexander of the Morgan Scott Ballet Company, Keith Clifton, Emmy-Nominated Brian Thomas, Glen Douglas Packard, and more. She was also accepted into the National Ballet of Canada School. Nicole currently is a regional and national judge for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. League of Champions, BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition, REVEL Dance Convention, Kids Artistic Revue, and Rainbow Dance Competition . She has had students perform in several Broadway shows and Cirque de Soleil. Although performing is one of her favorite activities, her teaching experiences have brought her many rewards. She can currently be seen teaching on the staff of KAR Convention, throughout the US and Canada. Nicole is looking forward to being able to share her experiences, knowledge, and love for dance with all her students!
Mr. Devon is known professionally as “Uri Mercury” and has been an active Michigan dancer/choreographer/instructor for the past nine years. He got his start in high school, dancing for a team started by he, and his bestfriend Brandon Burton also known as "Skilz" under the schools newspaper committee called "Unpredictably Krazy". Post highschool, Uri auditioned for his first Agency which was called "Toni's Dance Company" Which was ran By Toni Webb Washington. Uri danced with TDC's hip hop division, "The Detroit All Stars" for almost 2 yrs before the company disbanded after the ABDC season 2 audition, leaving him to his own independent pursuits. While in TDC, Uri was heavily trained by his mentors and Choreographers: Brandyn Thomas, Jennifer Webb Peeples, Khalil Lamar, and Logan Bledsoe in more intricate styles of hip hop, breaking, street jazz, gymnastics, and a touch of modern dance. Post TDC, Uri's most notable work includes being a featured dancer on “Screamtour 2012” with Mindless Behavior, OMG Girls, and Diggy Simmons, opening for Lil Wayne, backup dancer for The Shop Boyz, R&B singer Princeton, R&B Songstress Loreal, Female MC B. Focus, R&B/Pop singer Rodney Howard, R&B Singer Ryan Allen, impersonators Ric Key, Kourtney Breeze, Melanie VonKruz, and singer Rocko.
Uri also had the opportunity to choreograph over 11 sets for "Motor City Movement: A Collaboration of Choreographers", as well as a set for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. His signature style is a unique blend of Contemporary hip-hop and jazz-funk he likes to call “PerFUNKtory” which stands for “Perfect Funk Factory”. Being that his style has a bit of a different approach to mainstream hip-hop, Uri began to develop a following and soon began teaching. He has taught at other various studios including Michael & Beverly Stone School of the Arts (2 yrs), Angie Hahn’s Academy of Dance (Going on7yrs), The University of Michigan, Fantasy Fitness Studio, Warner Rogers Academy of Performing Arts (4yrs), Big City Dance Center (Going on 3yrs), Heritage Works Dance Company, Teen H.Y.P.E Youth Arts Organization, Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Crowell Recreation Center, and has traveled teaching in different workshops and intensives all over the midwest including "The Transformation Movement" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The "Above The Barre" Dance workshop and Intensive, Kays Dance Academy Grand Intensive in Worthington, Minnesota, "The Trinity Dance Experience: The Power of 3", "The Quartet Dance Experience: The Power of 4", Sole Matter Company Class alongside Joey Hernandez in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and teaching alongside Choreographer Sean BankHead at Bowling Green State University.
Outside of studio work and commercial work, Uri’s true love comes from Dance Crews. His most notable piece of work is his dance company, “Melodic Nocturne Dance Tribe”. Since creating this group, Uri’s work took on a new form spreading toall areas of the Michigan dance scene. Melodic has done countless shows in lines of humanitarian work such as: benefit performances catering to Breast Cancer Awareness, Lupus Awareness, Domestic Violence Prevention, And Fights Against Hunger. Melodic Nocturne are also the reigning champions of Blaze The Stage 2010, as well as the 2014 Savage Dance Tournament Champions. Melodic Nocturne's influence has also reached into Chicago as well by making guest appearances in The Puzzle Leagues "Masterpiece Dance Competition", as well as competing in 2014 World of Dance Chicago.
Current day, Uri still proudly stands as choreographer and artistic director of Melodic Nocturne, while also wearing the hat of Co-Director and central board member of Next Level Dance Company alongside David Summerlin. Uri is also a principal dancer for
the Tiffany Rene Dance Project, as well as Project Epsilon.
Kim has been dancing since the age of five. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Dance and Health Education. She was very active in the dance program and choreographed and performed throughout her college career. Kim was the founder and owner of The Dance Force Studio for ten years, along with ownership she was responsible for staff management, competition groups, choreography and instruction, recital production, and all business functions. Most of all, the experience with all the dancers and staff was extraordinary. She has taught at many different studio's and dance program's to include guest instructor at Eastern Michigan University, and has helped students in the dance program with Dance Studio Management. She is dedicated to the art of performing, teaching, and inspiring students to reach their full potential. Kim also believes that dance builds a strong foundation in all aspects of life.
After watching some “big kids” doing back handsprings on their front lawn in Detroit, Jeff decided he wanted to try. So, in Jr. High, he joined a club where he learned the basics of men’s gymnastics. This took him to High School, where he made the men’s team at North Farmington High. He still holds the school record there for Floor Exercise, Parallel Bars, and All Around. (Should we mention at this point, that men’s gymnastics was phased out after his Senior year, so no one was ever able to challenge his record?!) His work ethic and solid gymnastics skills landed him on the team at Western Michigan University, where he competed for 4 years.
As soon as he stopped competing, Jeff began coaching. He started as an Assistant Coach at North Farmington High School in 1987, and then Head Coach of the Tri-Farmington Gymnastics team in 1994. He continues today as the Head Coach of the Farmington Unified Gymnastics team. He has coached 3 State Champion teams, 1 State Runner-Up team, and many more teams that landed in the top 5 in the State. He was the MHSGJCA Coach of the year in 1999 and the Observerland Coach of the Year for the past 3 years.
He is well respected by gymnasts, parents, fellow coaches, and judges – for good reason! He doesn’t start and stop coaching with the High School season. While coaching the High School girls, he also developed an off-season program that is widely respected and still going strong. High School girls from many different school districts sign up to work with him. He also helped to establish the annual Farmington Invitational Meet, where he makes it a point to award as many girls as possible fortheir accomplishments.
Mr. Jeff's team has won back-to-back state titles!
Adam Early began his dance training in Northern Michigan 18 years ago. Dancing at the competitive studio Superior Motion Dance Company where he was an award-winning soloist and company member. Adam then went on and earned a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy to continue his training in Ballet and Modern dance. After Interlochen, Adam began his professional career in New York City training at Broadway Dance Center and working with various choreographers, theaters, and dance projects throughout the city. After spending some time in New York, Adam was given the opportunity to dance with the company Think/Dance Collective, dancing in ground-breaking pieces such as "Open Heart Surgery" and "The Bone Marrow Transplant." Adam studied dance at Central Michigan University and was a member of the school's dance company Orchesis Dance Theatre. He was not only a valued member of the company but a choreographer as well. As a choreographer, Adam has worked with the Les Cheneaux Arts Council choreographing many theater productions including My Fair Lady, The Music Man, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Adam started training some of Mt. Pleasant's young dancers working at Vision Studio and Performing Arts Center. It was here that Adam found his love for working with children and helping them reach for their dreams and goals. Since then, Adam has worked with many dance studios all around the Metro-Detroit area bringing his love of dance, excellent training, and award-winning choreography.
SUE LOWE-OFFICE MANAGER
Miss Sue is a part of our happy family at Flex Point as our office manager.
She has 12 years of experience as a dance studio office manager, under her belt. She has been in the dance world for over 20 years with most of those years on the "Dance Mom" side of things. She has one beautiful daughter named Candice who danced from ages 4-18. Miss Sue has been married to her wonderful husband, Dennis, for 33 years.
Miss Sue brings many talents with her such as her organizational abilities, rhinestoning costumes flawlessly, and excellent people skills. Her responsibilities include phone reception, class registrations and account receivable. She also enjoyskeeping our studio home very clean. Always service with a smile!
Her special interests include photography and scrapbooking. Sue's love for children and expertise as a childcare provider for 14 years is an added bonus to our family.
Miss Sue is often the first face you see when you walk in the studio, and she greets each family with a bright smile and helpful hand. We couldn't do this without her. Miss Sue is also getting ready to welcome her very first grandchild this October!
Susie's objective is to share constructive and informative critique with the intention of instilling proper technique while promoting evolution of the art of dance.
Western Michigan University-Department of Dance- BFA Major Guest Faculty included: MaryHinkson, Donald MacKayle, Jan Erkert and David Howard.
Geiger Classic Ballet Academy- Vaganova syllabus
American Dance Academy- Jazz, Horton, Ballet Cecchetti and Vaganova, Tap, and Musical Theatre
Dance Theatre Studio- Jazz.
Dance Gallery Studio- Modern Graham technique.
Virginia School of the Arts- Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Flamenco. Cleveland School of Ballet, Summer Program.
Performance and Choreography Experience
Halloween Fever “Thriller”, Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac
Jill Zmijewski Goddess Inkcorporated Dance Company, Royal Oak,
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers Dance Forum, Kalamazoo
Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival, Hart Plaza
Benefit for Women’s Shelter with the band MacPopdz, State Theatre Ann Arbor
Western Michigan University, Dept. of Dance American College Dance Festival
Competitor/ Choreography purchased for WMU’s Children’s Repertory Dance Theatre, Director: Lindsey Thomas