Meredith began her dance training more than 30 years ago, under the instruction of Judy Shamanski-Menna. She focused primarily on Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, and later broadened her knowledge in the art of Lyrical, Modern, and Contemporary. Meredith has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dance Studio Management with a minor in Business from Eastern Michigan University. She is a certified instructor of the Cecchetti method of ballet, which is renowned for training professional and knowledgable ballet dancers. Meredith has participated in many professional workshops and seminars, including the Cecchetti Council of America summer seminar at Hope College. Miss Meredith teaches Ballet, Cecchetti, Lyrical, Jazz, and Pointe. She most recently became certified in Dance Masters of Michigan. Miss Meredith is passionate about working with intermediate and advanced dancers who she has built a special relationship with over many years!
Anne began her dance training at Trenton School of Dance under the instruction of Judy Shamanski-Menna. While there she trained in ballet, tap, and jazz and studied the Cecchetti method. Anne’s passion for dance grew throughout the years and was formative in shaping her future direction as an adult. Anne has her Secondary Education degree from Western Michigan University and worked as a teacher for 10 years in the Michigan public school system. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and incorporates her extensive dance background in her Yoga practice and teaching. Miss Anne teaches early childhood at Trenton School of Dance. She enjoys steering every young dancers first steps in dance with the hope that they will grow to love dance as she did. When Miss Anne is not dancing, she is spending time with her husband and two children!
Charlie Howard grew up in the Metro Detroit area where he studied under the direction of multiple instructors and choreographers. His focus was primarily jazz, lyrical, ballet, and tap with a heavy concentration on the competition circuit. He is a passionate instructor who is knowledgeable in training and strengthening dancers to go on to a professional level if they so desire. He is a certified instructor in the renowned Cecchetti ballet method. Mr. Charlie began teaching at Trenton School of Dance in 2012 as a guest choreographer and became a faculty member a year later. He draws his daily inspiration from the students, who continue to show a desire to improve and grow in their dancing. He most recently became certified to teach Jazz by Dance Masters of Michigan. Mr. Charlie teaches Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz and works extensively with our Company and competition dancers.
Miss Maria began her dance training at the age of 3 under the instruction of Judy Menna and Meredith Shamanski at Trenton School of Dance. Her training was primarily focused in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, and Cecchetti along with Hip Hop, Hawaiian, and Tahitian dance. Miss Maria graduated from Wayne State University as an Honors Student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance. She is now in graduate school pursing a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. She has been further trained in Modern and Contemporary styles, Pointe, Improvisation, Afro-Modern Dance, Contemporary Ballet, and African dance. She is a certified instructor of the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and has attended their Summer Seminar at Hope College. Miss Maria is also a certified instructor of the Stott method of Pilates and she has been trained in Postural Analysis. She has recently begun her training in the Gyrotonics & Gyrokinesis Method. She is also certified in First Aid through American Red Cross and she recently completed her certification in Acro Dance through the Acrobatic Arts Organization. She is especially interested in the kinesiology of dance, which includes topics such as the anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, stretching, injury management, and conditioning methods for dancers. She is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, which is an international organization made of dance medicine professionals that enhance the enhances the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.
Sarah has been dancing since the age of four, and began her training at Trenton School of Dance when she was nine years old, where she remained until she graduated high school. She now attends Wayne State University working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in dance. Her training is focused primarily in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. At Wayne State, she is continuing her studies with an additional focus in Modern and African. Sarah is continuing to progress in her training and is constantly learning new methods and techniques that she is excited to implement in her classes at Trenton School of Dance. Sarah teaches Pre School classes, Leapers, and Tap.