Reverence Dance Academy

(Located within the Frontline Church Building) 
4411 Plainfield NE   
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 

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Email:          Phone:  616-951-1148


Reverence Dance Academy is located at:

4411 Plainfield Ave NE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Phone:  616-951-1148
(Located within the Frontline Church Building)


Reverence Dance Academy Instructors:

Catherine Shaw:
Catherine started as a student of ballet at the age of 3 and has danced ballet, as well as a variety of tap classes throughout her life. She has participated as a student of ballet at Park's & Recreation dance program, Hearts In Step Dance Academy, and Dance Dimensions. Dancing for 12 years she has gained the mastery over the basics of ballet, and has become proficient in ballet and tap, as well as learned the basics of pointe. She enjoys interacting with her students, and welcomes the aspect of not only being a teacher, but being a student in a way. Miss Cate says,  "Here at Reverence, I have learned just as much as I have taught, if not more so. I may know more about dancing then my students do at this point, but they have taught me so much about living life slowly, and living life to the fullest, and I would not exchange these experiences for the world." She is very excited to be a part of the years to come with Reverence Dance Academy, and hopes that she may in one way or another, be a godly influence to her students, and in the process, teach them the beautiful and fundamental basics of ballet and tap. 

Isabel Shaw:
Isabel has been dancing for over 12 years.  She began assisting as a substitute teacher for Reverence two years ago and has been working with children most of her life. She is excited to begin teaching as a full instructor and has a very special gift of making them feel comfortable while helping them to achieve their goals.  Isabel is involved with Koinonia High School Drama, plays with St. Cecilia's orchestra and hopes to teach or work with children for a career.

Maria Shaw: 
Maria started dancing at the age of 3 ½ and has been dancing for 10 years. She loves working with children of all ages and is very excited to teach for Reverence Dance Academy. She has been a leader for her Church’s VBS for 4 years in a row, and loves to babysit. She has a lot of experience with children, and hopes to keep working with kids in the coming years. She looks forward to teaching children the beautiful art of ballet and tap and to give her students an opportunity to express themselves while giving the glory to God.

Avreil Koory:
Avreil began dancing at the age of 3. At age 11 she decided to focus more on ballet training. After a total 14 years of dancing, she still loves it and continues to pursue it with passion. She was a student at Ada Dance Academy, Tutus and Point Shoes, and Hearts In Step. At those companies she not only was a student of ballet, but also contemporary, modern, and tap. With that experience and knowledge, she is excited to share her love of dancing for Christ with her students at Reverence. One of Avreil's favorite parts about teaching is the visible excitement and joy on her students' faces when they love the dance steps and songs. 

Maddie Parker:

Maddie has been dancing for 14 years and has mainly trained at HIS Christian Dance Academy as part of the Graded Technique division where she trains in ballet, pointe, and contemporary/modern. She is currently a member of the Senior Ensemble as well. As part of the Ensemble, she has performed in several original ballets. Maddie has a passion for ballet and contemporary/modern and hopes that she can help others find their love of dance through her classes. She believes that everyone was made to dance, and that dance can be extremely rewarding, challenging, and beneficial in many aspects of life by helping to explore many emotions and truly build a foundation of a good work ethic, perseverance, and worship.

Alyssa Meilleur: 
Alyssa started teaching at Reverence in the fall of 2016. She started dancing at the age of 4 and has been under the instruction of several different ballet teachers. At the age of 9, Alyssa had the privilege of performing with the Grand Rapids Ballet in the performance of the Nutcracker. She has been in many ballets with the Flat River Dance Company including performances at the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts and St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids.  Alyssa has taken ballet, pointe, and tap classes. She enjoys watching her students grow and learn and is so happy to be teaching at Reverence Dance Academy.

Abby Mulcahy:

Abby started dancing in 2000, and she has danced on pointe since 2009. She has performed in many ballets for the Flat River Dance Company including The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz. Abby has choreographed dances for her church’s Junior Choir and an Irish dance for Montcalm Community College's Summer Fine Arts Camp. Abby graduated from Grand Valley State University in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and a minor in Dance. She studied with many well-known modern and ballet instructors at GVSU, and she is excited to share her knowledge with her students. While at GVSU, Abby took classes in ballet, modern, and jazz, as well as choreography and dance history. She is passionate about dance and loves sharing her enthusiasm for dance with other people.

Ambrei Koory:
Ambrei began ballet and tap dancing at 2 ½ and had her first performance before she  was three.  She has trained at Ada Dance Company and Tutus and Pointe Shoes.  She has  been training intensely for the past 6 years at Hearts In Step Christian Dance Academy.  Her  focus  allowed her to quickly advance to the pre professional Ensemble Dance Team.  She  loves dancing for the Lord and is an enthusiastic member of the Outreach Dance Team at  Hearts In Step. Ambrei loves the artistry and challenge of ballet.  She has danced pointe and  contemporary and has participated in four original productions at Hearts In Step. She is excited  to teach at Reverence and share her love of dance with her students.

Miss Carissa:
Carissa began dancing when she was 3 years old. She took classes with Dance Explosion and Cincinnati Ballet as a young child, and trained with Hearts In Step Christian Dance Acadamy as an older student. As a part of the Hearts In Step ensemble, she participated in 5 major productions.  Carissa has trained mostly in ballet, but also in contemporary, tap, and pointe. She continued to dance through her freshmen year, and has broadened her experience through helping to teach and participating in dances as a part of Koinonia High School Drama productions the past two years. Carissa loves dance and the creativity and emotion which can be portrayed through it. She is excited to get to know her students and teach them this truly beautiful art form!

Jessica Eddy:

Jessica began dancing at the age of 3 in the vaganova method and has since trained in various dance methodologies. Over the past 9 years, she has trained at HIS Dance Academy, focusing on ballet, pointe, modern, and contemporary while performing in many original ballets as a member of the Senior Ensemble, and participating in many Outreach events. At the age of 1 Z, she had the privilege of performing in West Michigan Youth Ballets production of the Nutcracker, and spent the summer of 2016 training at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She has been teaching and assisting dance for 4 years for ages 5-18. Jessica values strong technique in a loving, encouraging, Christian environment. She is so excited to share the joy and freedom found in dancing for Christ with her students.