Saturday, July 11, 2009

Spotlight Staff


Owners & Directors Dede DeCamp & Lindsay DeCamp Fullwood

Dede DeCamp: For the past 47 years, Dede has taught dance in the Flint area. Dede started dancing at the age of 6, and has studied dance in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Grand Rapids. Dede has studied with Tap masters such as Fayard Nicholas, Robert Reed and Dianne Walker to name a few.  She also founded and coached the Kearsley Varsity Pom Pon Squad from 1992-1998. In 1985, Dede opened Dancin’ With Dede, and was owner and director for 10 years. After that, she went on to be an instructor and Tap Director in the Davison area for 9 years. Dede specializes in teaching Tap, and has choreographed and danced in numerous competitions receiving superior and national awards with her dance companies. She wants to remind all of her students to remember to take life by the hand and dance!

Lindsay DeCamp Fullwood: Lindsay is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she was a 3-year member of the WMU Dance Team. As the team’s head choreographer, she was presented with their “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Outstanding Choreography. Lindsay has studied dance through studios since the age of 3 and has been choreographing and teaching for 21 years. Lindsay has taught dance for Universal Dance Association, the University of Michigan Flint’s Dance Department and the Flint Music Academy. Lindsay specializes in teaching Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop and her routines have placed in many overalls and received Platinum ratings at regional and national competitions as well as consistently winning many special judges awards for things like “Creative Concept” and “Entertainment.” Her Lyrical routine “Piece by Piece” won the most entertaining routine of the entire Dance Force Express competition this season. Lindsay and her husband are blessed to have 2 beautiful ballerinas of their own, Avery & Addisyn. Lindsay loves sharing her love for dance with them and each and everyone one of her students and staff. She is so proud of all the hard work they have put in to make this show a success!

Teachers & Choreographers

Courtney Dolan: Courtney began Ballet lessons at the age of 8 at the Rochester School of Dance under the tutelage of Cornelia Sampson. She feel in love with Ballet and continued training throughout all of her schooling, while also attending summer dance intensives on scholarship at BalletMet Dance Academy and Boston Ballet. Courtney graduated fro Indiana University with dual degrees in Ballet Performance and Elementary Education and joined the Festival Ballet Providence where she danced professionally for 4 y ears. She had the chance to perform as a guest artist in performances throughout New England and as far as California and also had the opportunity to be coached by legendary ballerinas such as Violette Verdy, Juile Kent and Amanda McKerrow. After retiring from Ballet, she began working in healthcare and currently works in medical education at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Courtney and her husband live in Grand Blanc with their 4 year old twins and she has thoroughly enjoyed working with the company students this year.

Michelle “Meeshi” Edgar-Enos: Meeshi is a native of Visalia, CA where she studied dance under the direction of Sue Sampson-Dalena, Martha Kelly-Fierro, and Shirley Winters of The Dance Studio of Fresno. Her training also includes Visalia Dance Center, Lemoore Dance Workshop, The Long Beach Ballet and Performing Arts, The Edge in Los Angeles, CA, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, NY, and The Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, CA. She started competing at the age of five and soon after that she was dancing during the halftime shows at the East/West Shrine football games and the San Diego Chargers football games. Since then she studied with many choreographers such as Jeff Amsden, Rhonda Miller, Brian Friedman, Kim Wolfe, NappyTabs, and Mia Michaels to name a few. She has received dance scholarships from West Coast Dance Explosion and Be Free Productions/The Pulse on Tour. She was given a scholarship to dance at the Millennium Dance Complex for a summer and during her time there she was asked to audition to be a backup dancer for Backstreet Boys. She enjoyed and learned so much from that experience but knew in her heart that she rather be in the teaching scene than the performing scene. Meeshi started teaching at the age of fifteen and had her own mini dance company at the age of seventeen. Till this day she continues to teach and create wonderful masterpieces in the dance world. She lived in Massachusetts for nine years where she taught various classes from contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and progressions throughout the New England area. She also choreographed for Fairfield University's Dance Team in Connecticut where the team qualified for Nationals in Florida on ESPN two years in a row. Meeshi has been an active member in the competitive dance world and her diverse choreography has won many accolades over the years and continues to grow. Her students have won Regional and National Dance Titles, her routines have been awarded Overall High Scores, she has been given Judges Choice Awards, and Meeshi has also won the Prestigious Diamond Choreography Award at American Dance Awards for seven years. Her “Ave Maria” lyric routine was also nominated by the Federation of Dance Competitions (The FDC) in Texas to compete against the best of the best. Many of her students have continued to dance in college and professionally in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, London, and Boston. Meeshi and her family recently moved to Michigan and would like to continue to expand her knowledge of dance. She continues to choreograph in Colorado, New England, and now in Michigan. Throughout her busy teaching schedule and before having a family she also adjudicated for Fire and Ice International Talent Competition and Showstopper Dance Competition. She loves to create not only beautiful dances but movement that expresses oneself.

Jessica Hush: Jessica has been dancing since the age of 4 and has danced at Spotlight for 12 years. She began competing at the age of 8, receiving high awards at both the regional and national levels. She has trained under the direction of Bruce Bradley and is a former member of the Tapology Youth Ensemble. Jessica has taken classes from instructors such as Dianne Walker, Gregg Russell, and Jason Janas just to name a few. She was honored to receive Spotlight's Dancer of the Year in 2013. Jessica will graduate from Powers Catholic High School this year and is currently teaching 7, 8, 9's tap. She enjoyed choreographing competition routines this season as well. She is thankful for all the opportunities Spotlight has given her and she can't wait to see her dancers shine on stage!

Emileigh Lewis: Emileigh has been dancing since the age of 4, and at age 11 started dancing on a competitive dance team. Emileigh began dancing at Spotlight in 2010, competing with Red Company and Funkdafied. Emileigh has competed in regional and national competitions and Spotlight gave her many opportunities to learn from some of the top choreographers at conventions. Emileigh currently teaches Creative Movement and is so happy to be a part of the amazing teaching staff here at Spotlight!

Kacy Perry: Kacy began dancing at the age of 3, and has yet to stop! At 8 she began competing across Michigan, as well as taking lessons from Dede DeCamp. Kacy also performed with Clio Cast and Crew during her summer breaks. At 15, Kacy began teaching dance for a local Kiwanis summer program. While attending Michigan State University, she also taught at a local dance studio as well as a high school dance team. Kacy currently teaches many Spotlight classes for ages 3 through company dancers. She is very proud of all the dancers here at Spotlight!

Madison Powell: Madison has been a party of Spotlight since they opened their doors in 2004 and was even a student of both Dede and Lindsay before that! She was an original Red Co. dancer as well as a member of Adagio, Funkdafied and the teaching staff. Madison was honored to be named the 2009 Dancer of the Year. She attended Central Michigan University where she earned her degree in Elementary Education and Child Development and was a member of the CMU Dance Team. She is currently the Nature Preschool Director at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland where she lives with her husband Kyle and daughter Lennox. Madison has continued to choreograph competition dances for Spotlight and teaches weekly classes at a dance studio in Bay City.

Alana Prine: Alana has studied dance in the Flint area since the age of 5, and has danced in several companies throughout her career. She has competed and danced with Spotlight since 2004 as a member of the Red Company, and was honored to be the 2nd Spotlight Dancer of the Year. In 2004 Alana began giving private dance lessons and assisting at Spotlight and has been teaching for 11 years. Alana was an assistant coach and choreographer for the Bentley High School’s dance team in 2008 and with the Grand Blanc High School’s Varsity Pom team as an assistant coach and competition choreographer from 2009-2011. Alana has received many awards, both regionally and nationally, and now has started doing competition choreography which has received high awards as well. Alana has taken many classes outside the studio from top choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Chris Judd, Diane Walker, Van Porter, Dave Scott and Arthur Duncan just to name a few. Alana teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Jazznastics and Adagio at Spotlight, and is honored to be a part of Spotlight’s teaching staff.

Alli Seeley: Alli has been dancing since the age of two, and has been dancing with spotlight since 2004. Alli became a member of our Blue Company in 2008, White Company in 2010, and Red Company in 2011. Alli was our 2011-2012 Dancer of the Year. She is currently a freshman at Kettering University and is studying Applied Biology and Biochemistry. Alli has been an assistant teacher at spotlight since 2011 and an instructor and choreographer since 2014. This season she also choreographed two Red Company solos for this year's competition season.

Kasey Stark: Kasey Stark began her time at Spotlight as a member of Blue Company thirteen years ago, when Spotlight first opened their doors. Having trained under Dede and Lindsay since a very young age, she has learned to love and appreciate the art of dance. She has competed in productions, lines, large groups, small groups, trios, and solos with Spotlight since the age of eleven and has won many awards both regionally and nationally. Having participated in countless conventions and intensives, she has learned from many dance greats, including Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, Lady Diane Walker, Brill Barrett, Gregg Russell, and Harold Kromer. She was awarded Spotlight’s Dancer of the Year two times, one of her greatest honors and accomplishments. During her time at Spotlight, she was also a member of the Flintstone Hoofers under the direction of Bruce Bradley, and she was captain of Powers Varsity Dance Team for four years. Kasey earned her bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy, and was captain of the Detroit Titans Dance Team for three years. She is graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry May 2017, receiving her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She is extremely grateful to be continuing her passion for teaching as a guest choreographer at DeCamp’s Spotlight School of Dance.

Ashley Symons: Ashley has been dancing since the age of three and has bee a part of the Spotlight family for nine years. Being a company dancer, she won many awards for many solos and group dances. In 2013, she went to New York City for a summer intensive with the Radio City Rockettes. Ashley was the 2015- 2016 Dancer of the Year. During her years as a student, she was also an assistant teacher. This year, she choreographed for competition and recital, along with teaching dance to children at an elementary school. Ashley attends the University of Michigan- Flint majoring in Sociology with a minor in communications. She love her Spotlight family!

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