Dance Practice

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide quality dance instruction with a focus on classical ballet as the main foundation. We believe that each dancer has the ability with proper guidance and technical training to develop as a well-rounded dancer or performer.

Instructors

Abigail School of Dance has trained professional dance teachers who are skilled and knowledgeable in their dance genre. ASD instructors will make sure that each student receives one-on-one dance training by providing positive and instructional feedback. 

Randol Betancourt is a native of Holguin, Cuba. He is currently living in Belgrade, Serbia. He comes to Abigail School of Dance with 10 plus years in dancing. He is a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Ecuador and a lead teacher at the school. He graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba as a ballet dancer and a professor.  Also, is a soloist with the National Theatre of Belgrade and with the Joburg Ballet. He speaks two languages fluently. He received the B.I.B.C. Beijing International Ballet Competition Award for the best pas de deux dance in 2015.

 Instructed for: Intermediated Ballet 3 

Aimee Ozeki began her dance training with Riverside Ballet Arts in California. She went on to study with a variety of schools including American Ballet Theatre summer program, School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and under UCLA’s esteemed dance faculty. In addition she has performed with a multitude of dance companies including California Riverside Ballet, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, City Ballet of Los Angeles, and Amaterasu Dance Theatre.

 

Throughout her dance career, she has taught students of all levels. Aimee is thrilled to be joining Abigail School of Dance. She believes classical ballet is for everyone and strives to help students reach their fullest potential.

 

Instructed for: Beginning Ballet 1 

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Elaine Sledge is the Founder and Artistic Director of Abigail School of Dance, LLC. Elaine is a native of Detroit, MI, and her training began with classical ballet at Marygrove College and Center of Creative Studies. She was also trained in modern dance. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from Wayne State University where she received a full dance scholarship from the Maggie Allesse Department of Dance.

 

While training at WSU, Elaine has been featured at the Detroit Institute of Art for the Degas and the Dance exhibit. She has performed with Detroit Dance Collective (guest dancer), Mme. Cadillac Dance Theater, Havana's International Festival of Dance in Cuba, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (guest dancer) and the Detroit Michigan Opera Theatre. 

 

With over a decade of experience in her field, Elaine has created and developed dance programs for the following: Commonwealth Academy, Detroit Parkman Public Library, and The Youth Connection. 

 

This year, she created and designed a program for the  Michigan Opera Theatre’s Education and Community Program Department. 

Instructed for: Pre-Ballet and Basic Beginning Ballet 

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