Mid American Studio takes pride in providing our students with a group of teachers that are motivational, talented and dedicated. Our instructors come from various backgrounds, and each brings an exciting element to their classes due to their unique personal experiences in the dance field.
Miss Abbie – Director of Dance
Abbie Richardson is a recent graduate of Alma College, graduating top of her class with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. As a member of the Alma College Dance Company, she danced in concert pieces by Rosely Conz, Ben Munisteri, and Kristen Bennett, and performed in two American College Dance Association concerts in 2019. Abbie was a two-year member of the Alma College Competitive Dance Team and won the NDA DIII Team Division Championship title in 2019 along with her teammates. Abbie is currently dancing for Third Coast Dance Company under the direction of Kristen Bennett and Lynn Bowman.
She began her dance career at three years old, and has studied Scottish Highland dance, Cecchetti ballet and pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, Afro-Brazilian, and Pompon. As a member of the DuHadway Dance Dimensions Elite Competitive Team, she was highly successful in the Michigan dance competition scene for eleven years. Over the years, she received multiple regional and national titles. In 2015, Abbie spent a semester traveling Europe while living in Skopje, Macedonia and teaching Pre-Ballet at the Bullfrogs Ballet School.
Abbie has been teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, strength & technique, and rhythm & gymnastics, as well as choreographing competitive dance routines for the past few years. She is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and loves taking Hot Yoga classes when she is not in the studio dancing!
Rachel began dancing at the age of 3 at local studios, and continued to passionately engage herself in the field until she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance through Wayne State University in 2008. During her time in school, Rachel studied in all genres of dance, such as modern, ballet, jazz and African, as well as completed coursework in the areas of dance history, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, movement analysis, dance pedagogy and choreography. Rachel has had the pleasure of dancing with Mack Avenue Dance Company since 2010 and stays involved by performing and presenting at many Detroit-based events. Following her degree, Rachel wanted to share her knowledge and love of movement with others, not just dancers, and has recently completed her Full Certification as a STOTT PILATES Instructor. Rachel has been with Mid American since 2008 and couldn’t be happier to now have two teaching jobs (teaching kids and their parents!) that challenge and inspire her on a daily basis.
Natalie graduated with highest honors from Wayne State University in 2009, majoring in Dance Education. Soon after, she obtained certification as a Michigan K-12 dance educator, and became a trained STOTT Pilates instructor. While at WSU, Natalie not only practiced various dance styles (including modern, ballet, jazz, pointe, and African), but also studied dance history, choreography, anatomy, kinesiology, curriculum design, and educational psychology. Natalie has been teaching dance since 2003, and has worked with Spain School, Farmington High, Harrison High, Novi High, and Cranbrook Middle and High Schools. Natalie loves to challenge students artistically, and works together with them to create choreography unique to their individual talents and personalities. Leaving her students with much more than a recital routine, she values a well-rounded class and shares her knowledge of movement science and dance history as much as possible. Above all, Natalie believes dancing should be challenging, freeing, and FUN!
Kamdyn Price began dancing when she was just three years old and has been dancing ever since. She has studied jazz, Cecchetti ballet and pointe, tap, lyrical, and contemporary styles. Kamdyn has danced competitively for more than eight years. During high school, she was a member of the South Lyon Varsity Pompon Team for four years and the Mid-American All-Star Team for three years. Currently Kamdyn is a member of the Atomic Pom Collegiate Team and pursuing her degree in Interior Design at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Kamdyn plans to transfer to the College of Creative Studies or Michigan State University in the next few years. Kamdyn says she is very excited to start her teaching career at Mid-American and to be able to share her passion and love for dance with so many young students.
Olivia Mueller started dancing at the age of three and continued until high school, when she joined the Canton Varsity Pom Team. She was a four year member of the Varsity team and was selected as captain for two years. Olivia was also chosen as a member of the Mid American All-Star team for three years and currently works as a member of the Mid American Pompon Summer Camp Staff. Olivia has continued her love of dance through participating community theater, performing in many shows such as Bring it On and Newsies. Olivia is currently working towards her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Wayne State University and plans to attend medical school upon graduation.
Miss Gina Binder has been studying dance for nearly fourteen years. She has taken Master Classes from many artists throughout Michigan, as well as others from New York City and Los Angeles. Gina feels that these experiences have brought her a stronger relationship with the art form. Gina is currently a Junior at Farmington High School, and a member of the Harrison Dance Company. Gina was also an original member of the Mid American Studio Dance Company, and has danced in Company for seven years now. Upon graduation from high school, Gina will be continuing her dance career in Los Angeles, California at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA College). Miss Gina is so excited to take this step in furthering her dance experience as a part of the Mid American Teaching Staff!
Allison is a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She began doing pom ten years ago starting in middle school and continuing throughout her time at Stevenson High School. During her time in high school, Allison was on the Mid American All-Star team for two years and was Captain of the team during her senior year. In college, Allison continued her love for pom on the Michigan State University Pompon Team for three years holding both the Assistant Captain and Captain’s position during her time. Allison was a member of our Mid American Pompon Summer Camp Staff for four years during this time as well. We’re so excited to have Allison teaching at Mid-American Studio where she can share her love for pompon with all our students!