Studio 55 School of Dance has proudly been serving Hillsdale County and its surrounding areas for 15+ years! We strive to create a loving and encouraging environment for all of our dancers, dance families, and staff! We aim to provide professional dance training while also nurturing each one of our students to be the best that they can be.
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It is our mission to foster a Christain atmosphere where we will provide our dancers with professional dance training, a safe and loving environment, and the ability to grow as creative, well-rounded, servant-hearted individuals.
It is our vision that each of our students will find, develop, and share their gifts of dance and hearts for Christ with the world.
MEET OUR TEAM
Owner & Director. Instructor of Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, & Ballet
Kirstin is from Reading, Michigan, and began her dance training at age 3. At age 4, she began taking lessons at Studio 55 where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, competitive pom, and hip-hop. In 2015, she became a member of the Jackson Dance Company where she studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz under the instruction of Kate Price and Erin Miller. She danced competitively and attended several dance conventions, including Dance Makers Inc. and 24Seven Dance. In 2016, Kirstin began her teaching career at Studio 55!
In 2018/2019, Kirstin studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance at Slippery Rock University in PA. She trained in both the Graham technique and the Luigi Jazz technique. While there, she trained under Jesse Factor, Ursula Payne, Jennifer Keller, and Lindsay Fisher Viatori. She even dabbled in classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam.
When Kirstin is not at the studio, she enjoys spending her time hiking and exploring! She loves baking and spending time with her dogs!
Sarah is from Pleasant Lake, MI, and began her dance training in 2000 with the In Motion competitive dance team. In 2007 she joined the Jackson Ballet Company and continued to dance competitively until 2014. During this time she had the opportunity to study both Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet technique under Lori Ladwig, Barbara Banasikowski Smith, and Erin Miller. Sarah also furthered her ballet studies with the Greater Lansing Ballet Company, Ballet Magnificat, and Ballet 5:8. In 2018 Sarah graduated from Hillsdale College, where she studied Chemistry and Dance. While attending, she performed with the Tower Dancers and was a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Sarah also had the opportunity to choreograph for the Hillsdale College Opera Workshop.
Sarah has been teaching at Studio 55 since 2015. While not dancing, she enjoys running and baking. She currently dances remotely with the Leigh Purtill Ballet Company in Los Angeles, CA. Sarah resides in Hillsdale, MI with her husband Aaron, and their many pets.
Ballet and Tap Instructor
Addie Loveberry has been dancing with Studio 55 School of Dance for 12 years . During her time at Studio 55 as a student, she studied ballet, pointe, tap, Irish, Scottish, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary and musical theatre. She has also spent the past 6 years assisting classes. She is ecstatic to be returning to teach this up coming dance season to pass on her love of dance!
When not dancing at the studio, you can find Addie doing a variety of different things. She loves to work in her flower, herb and vegetable gardens, spending time with her beloved cats and goats and photography the mundane moments in her family. She also loves to read a good book, as well as writing her own stories.
Addies favorite day of the week is her Bubble Tea Fridays, when she gets to go to her local coffee shop and get a few cups of bubble tea.
Kirk is from Columbus, OH, and a recent graduate of Hillsdale College where he majored in Economics and Mathematics.
Kirk was a competitive gymnast for over 13 years, but chose to pursue academics over athletics and has yet to regret it! Beginning at the age of 5, Kirk eventually reached the highest level, before collegiate gymnastics, and appeared at three J.O. National championships. Finishing his career at the International Gymnastics Academy, Kirk had phenomenal coaches including DeRon McIntyre, as well as several former Olympians including Casimiro Suarez, Rustam Sharipov, and Dmitry Bilozerchev. Kirk's most accomplished event was the floor exercise.
Before coming to Studio 55, Kirk led his team of young men through basic tumbling and stretching nearly every day for three years, and he loves sharing all of his knowledge with our students. In his free time, Kirk enjoys listening to music, conversing and joking with friends and family.
Ballet, Tap, and Hip hop Instructor
Alaina is from Hillsdale, Michigan and began her dance training at the age of 2 at Studio 55! There she studied ballet, tap, tumbling, hip-hop, competitive cheer, jazz, musical theater, Scottish, and lyrical. She took a few year gap to continue competitive cheer but came back to Studio 55 in 2012 and danced there until 2017 when she graduated high school.
In 2017, Alaina began her time at Alma College where she studied Business Management and Dance! During her time at Alma College, Alaina was a member of the Alma College Dance Company and the Dance Honorary, Pi Delta Chi. She studied Modern, ballet, tap, jazz, Afro-Brazilian, improvisation and creative movement. She got to work with guest choreographers and perform in many dance concerts! Alaina graduated in 2021 and is excited to begin teaching at Studio 55, where her love for dance first began!
When not dancing, Alaina enjoys camping and spending time with friends, family, and her dog!