Meet our Team

The Magic Behind It All

Lucy Mitchell
Owner/Artistic Director
Holds teacher certification through the Cecchetti Council of America and had taught dance for 32 years. Her training also includes study with Christina Kammueller, Jacob Lascu and Rose Marie Floyd. Her background is in the Arts and Photography were she had a successful studio in Pontiac. Former Director of Dance at Detroit Country Day Lower School were she implemented the first after school dance program for 17 years. Member of the Cecchetti Council she is dedicated in providing quality dance instruction in a warm and personal environment.
Lisa LaMarre Wilmont
Lisa LaMarre Wilmont
Holds a Master in Arts in Teaching Artistry, in Theater and Dance, from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University where she was a Presidential Scholar. She is a member of both Michigan Dance Council and National Dance Education Organization. Her work has been produced for Wayne State University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, ArtPrize7, Defibrillator Gallery, DDCdances, People Dancing, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Music Hall, Sidewalk Detroit, and numerous public and private spaces nationally. Lisa has created over 100 original live art performances, 6 dance films, and was a 2018 Kresge LiveArts Panelist. Her focus is on the utility of the human body in response to sites, sounds, and surrounding stimulates. She is the director of LaMarre and Dancers, teaches at Wayne State University, and is a teaching artist for VSA Michigan where she shares dance with special education classrooms.
Sarah McCormick
Sarah is certified in Autism Movement therapy and a choreographer for Cranbrook Theatre School. She is a graduate from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in dance, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has experience in the performing arts for over 20 years, and began training and later teaching at the Metropolitan Dance Center and Metropolitan Russian Ballet Company. We are excited to welcome Sarah to our teaching staff.
Courtney Furman
Courtney Furman has recently obtained her Bachelors Degree of Science in Dance in May 2021. She is admit in continuing her education to obtain her Masters Degree in Teaching Artistry at Wanye State University. She is an experienced dancer with over 20 years of training and a dance instructor with 5 years of experience. She has an excellent ability to break down movement and incorporate dance pedagogy theories, and different technique styles. Such as Bartenieff Fundamentals, Horton Technique, Graham Technique and limon Technique. She is a strong choreographer with a ballet, jazz,, contemporary and modern influences.
Derrick Finley
Derrick is a lifelong lover of all things Dance! From Woodhaven, Michigan Derrick discovered his passion for dance at an early age by watching his favorite artists on MTV. He was on the "Next Level Dance Company from 2014-2017 and is currently on Blackout Dance Crew and Melodic Nocturne dance tribe. We are happy to have him on staff at the DABH to instruct our Hip Hop classes.
Dynasti Smith
Has been one of Detroit’s very own hip hop dancers for over ten years now. Dyansti has done showcases & competitions throughout Michigan as well as other states Having trained and worked with local artists, performing at Summer Jamz. She also had a cameo appearance in Detroit film “Birthday Behavior“. She has a fresh approach to Hip Hop and the new trends in dance as she is currently actively performing around the city. Having worked as a substitute last season we are excited to have Ms. Dynasti back to the studio this Fall.
Nia Silao
Nila Silo
Nia Silao is a professional dance educator with a Bachelors Degree in Dance from Wayne State University.  Nia is dedicated to providing quality dance education, nourishing local talent, and strengthening passion for dance. Nia has performed for causes such as Alternatives for Girls and Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. She has volunteered with Dance Masters VIP Junior Members encouraging young dancers to find their own path to dance education. Her students have won various scholarships, gone to work on Broadway, with touring companies, and for Disney Corporation, in addition to competing in the World Tap Dance Championships.
Yvette Johnson
Ms. Yvette has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been a teacher for 25 years in the Bloomfield Hills area. Ms. Yvette has her Degree in Business, and a Minor in Dance (Graduate of Oakland University). Ms. Yvette has Regional and National Talent Competition winners ranging from Myrtle Beach, California, New York, and Las Vegas, NV; 1st place winners in Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Yvette will be teaching Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical and is looking forward to sharing her continued Love of Dance with the students!

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