Experienced Professionals

Our instructors have performed everywhere from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company in West Michigan to Broadway in New York City.

Some have taught at the collegiate level and others have advanced degrees in dance. We also have professional choreographers with years of experience.

Our instructors include: Laura Berman, Margie Vizuragga, Stephen Sanford, Erica Edwards, Noah Trulock, Hannah Trulock, Joanne Jaglowski, Summer Reed, and Lisa Peasley.

Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards studied dancing at Center Stage Dance Studio. She attended Western Michigan University where she earned a BA in dance & performance. Erica has taught and choreographed for competitive teams and was recognized for excellence in ballet technique and received numerous awards. She was a dance coach at Harper Creek H.S. for 5 years. She developed a hip hop program for kids in her community. Erica was also a judge for Primetime National Dance Competition.

Laura Berman

Laura danced principle roles with the Garden State Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet, and for 7 years with the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ms. Berman served as ballet mistress, Interim Ballet Artistic Director, and Associate Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company from 1992­2010. She also served as Director of the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company from 1998­-2010. Some of her students went on to major ballet companies such as the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Royal Ballet of Antwerp.

Stephen Sanford

Stephen has had a strong performing career with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.  He joined in 2001 and has been the lead man in many productions. As Principal dancer he has had the opportunity to work with famous choreographers from all over the world such as Mario Radacovsky, Kirk Peterson and Olivier Wevers to name a few.  Stephen has performed as a guest artist for New York Theater Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Geiger Ballet, Southhold Dance Theater and Ohio Theatre Ballet. He has been teaching ballet for over 20 years. He is currently a professor at Grand Valley State University.  Also he has taught for Grand Rapids Ballet School for 14 years and Ada Dance Academy for 18 years. He has been the Artistic director of West Michigan Youth Ballet since 2015. Leading hundreds of young dancers in the art of dance. As Director he has brought forth Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Stephen is a family man with five children of his own. Julia, Andrew, Elaina, Nathan, Lucy and wife, Jennifer are the love of his life.

Margie Vizurraga, Director

Margie Vizurraga has over 40 years of dance teaching and choreographing experience. At age 5 she started her training at Gremore Dance Studio under Lois Gremore in Oberlin, Ohio. Lois was classically trained under Serge Nadejdin from the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet, Alex Martin from the Saddler Wells Ballet, and John Begg with DeBasil Ballet Russe Metropolitan Opera as well as on Broadway. Lois was a huge inspiration, like a second mother, remaining close until the day she died in 2011. Margie studied various forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, musical theater, and Spanish/Flamenco throughout her career. Classical ballet was always her main focus and foundation. She attended annual classes in New York City at ABT and Steps. She also studied under Alex Martin and Jose Greco and at the Cleveland School of Ballet and Fairmont Center for the Arts. At 16 she won the only Teacher’s Training Scholarship for the state of Ohio from Dance Masters of America. Her dance instruction started at age 15 with the Gremore Dance Studio and she performed with the Oberlin Performing Arts Club. She was a Ballet Major at the University of Cincinnati and helped form a dance company at Cleveland State University. She was also principal dancer with the Chagrin Valley Dance Company and toured briefly with a Spanish company as a solo Flamenco dancer.

In 2001 Margie moved to Grand Rapids and started teaching at Ada Dance Academy under the direction of Marlene Kenneway. After Marlene retired Margie took over as the director, partnering with Stephen Sanford.

Noah Trulock

Noah received his formal ballet, ballroom, and contemporary dance training at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he was born and raised. After his versatile training in many modern dance techniques, he studied on scholarship at The Martha Graham School in New York City.

Noah danced professionally at Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis, IN where he moved through the ranks from apprentice to principal dancer. His award winning choreography was performed by the company.

Noah brings to Ada Dance fifteen years of teaching experience in over twenty stated across the US. He feels blessed to be at Ada Dance and is inspired daily by his loving wife, Hannah.

Lisa Peasley

Lisa started dancing at the age of 8. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance in the Grand Rapids area until she was 15. She then moved to Arizona to study ballet at the Tucson School of Ballet. From there she move to Phoenix and studied at the Phoenix School of Ballet. She has also lived in Indianapolis where she studied tap, jazz, and ballet at the Jordan College of Fine Arts.

In all Lisa has over 30 years of teaching experience during her time in Grand Rapids, Arizona, and Indiana.

Samantha Shelton

Samantha received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She also studied in London with the Royal Ballet and at the Cecchetti International Program in England. For 18 years she has been on the ballet faculty for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Currently she is on the faculty for the ABT Summer Intensive at the University of Texas.

Samantha has choreographed for professional ballet programs at the Walnut Hill School in Boston, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy and Tainan University in Taiwan. She has performed in both Classical and Contemporary Ballets including the Grand Pas from the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and principal roles in Giselle and Raymonda.

Samantha holds an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Michigan and has done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Adminstration with internships in development, public relations and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Curriculm Training Program and in August co-taught ABT NTC at the Detroit Opera House. She is currently the ballet professor at Grand Valley State Univerity.

Joanne Jaglowski

A Grand Rapids native, Joanne spent the majority of her ballet education with former Joffery artisits Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner. Guest teachers and artists helped her fuel her determination, and various summer scholarship opportunities, including San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, helped launch her professional career with Cleveland San Jose Ballet. During these years, she performed at Chautacqua and on the Drew Carey Show. Ms. Jaglowski originated solos in The Dying Swan and Marilyn (both choreographed by former ABT artist and choreographer Dennis Nahat). Thanks to Mr. Nahat’s abilities as a director, the dancers were blessed to work with ballet greats such as John Clifford, Donald MacKayle, Fleming Flindt, and Rudy VanDanzig.

After leaving Ballet San Jose, Joanne joined Ballet Tucson for three seasons as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. While there, she and other dancers were coached by former ABT principals, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. During this time she began studying pilates training and yoga. Since her return to Michigan, she has taught locally for competitive and no-competitive students and studios. She has acted as ballet mistress and choreographer for both the West Michigan Youth Ballet and Michigan Ballet Academy. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Jaglowski completed Pre-primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. In 2017 she completed he certification with levels 6, 7, and Partnering. She enjoys working with students of all ages and is always inspired by not only talent, but also intelligence and hard work.

Hannah Trulock

Hannah was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she began her ballet training at age 3 with her mother, Nancy Schenck. She later attended the Grand Rapids Ballet School directed by Laura Berman and performed featured roles with the Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company. She also performed alongside the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

Hannah competed in the Youth American Grand Prix and placed in the top 12 in the senior division. She attended summer programs at Southland Ballet Academy, V & T Dance, Ballet Chicago, Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet Met, and Indianapolis School of Ballet.

Hannah completed her training in Indianapolis, Indiana. Featured roles include Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. She was chosen by Balanchine instructors to perform works such as Concerto Barocco, Serenade, and Raymonda Variations. Hannah served on Indianapolis Ballet faculty as an instructor and choreographer and performed company and guest artist roles for Indianapolis Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Grand Rapids Ballet.

Hannah is excited to be back in her hometown. She is living her dream teaching alongside her dance partner and husband, Noah, whom she married in August 2017.

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