Dance Faculty

Susan Panek

Assistant Professor, Chair of the Dance Department

Susan PanekSusan Panek: Received her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and a B.F.A. in dance from Marygrove College. Her teaching credits include The University of Michigan, Julianas Academy of Dance, Lascu School of Ballet, The Pointe Academy of Dance, Geiger Ballet Academy, remiere Music & Dance, Cre8tive Fine Arts Academy and many others. Ms. Panek has choreographed for and performed as a back-up dancer with the Fabulous Fakes, a Las Vegas revue of renowned impersonators and has appeared in concert with Dance Nonce, Dance Detroit and Writhm Dance Company, as well as in the Nutcracker with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra serving as its Ballet Mistress, Childrens Rehearsal Director and Executive Managing Director. She is a former co-owner and co-director of the Premiere Plus Youth Dance Program in cooperation with various local recreation departments. Ms. Paneks choreographic works can be seen at Marygrove College, Orchestra Hall, The Hillberry Theatre, Actors Alliance and various community and high school productions. Ms. Panek has recently earned certification to teach Pilates Mat through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) and also holds certification to teach Zumba as an active member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN).

Jonathon Cash

Dance Recruitment Counselor, Company Manager

Jonathon CashJonathon Cash: Has been training as a dancer since the age of 10. Jonathon has studied at various studios around the country including Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. He has formerly been awarded the titles of Mr. Dance of Michigan and Mr. Kids Artistic Review. His choreographic works have been performed at local studios and in numerous high school musicals. He has danced professionally with Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Celebrity Cruise Lines, and Hardrive Productions in Orlando, Florida. He received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and is very excited about joining the dance department in a new venue. Mr. Cash will now be serving as the Company Manager for both Marygrove College Dance Company and Company II, while enjoying his new endeavour in collegiate teaching for the dance majors & minors.

Penny Godboldo

Associate Professor of Dance

Penny GodboldoPenny Godboldo: Completed her Ph.B. degree in Education at Wayne State University and holds an M.A. Degree in Humanities from University of Detroit in English, with a cognate in Dance/Theater. She trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps Dance Studio and the Martha Graham School in New York City. She mentored under dance Icon Katherine Dunham for over 20 years and is the only certified instructor of the Dunham technique in Michigan. She has taught and performed in the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) as well as Toronto, Canada and various countries including England, Scotland, France and Japan. Godboldo has conducted research: Traditional Dance and Dance in Religion in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Benin, and West Africa. Since 2006 she has frequently presented papers on her work at the KOSANBA Academic Colloquium, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Massachusetts University, Wayne State University, among other places. Professor Godboldo is currently in her 32nd year on faculty at Marygrove College, Artistic Director of the Hartford Baptist Church Liturgical Dance Ministry, and directs a community mentoring program through the arts, "Discovery: GAP" for adolescent girls and directs the Detroit Legacy Project each summer.

Debra Cherveny

Adjunct Faculty

Debra ChervenyDebra Cherveny:  Began her classical ballet training at the Taynton School and the Center for Creative Studies, in Detroit, with Mme. Mao and Joanne Danto. Her studies continued with scholarships at the Dance Theatre of Harlem Professional Ballet School in New York City. She then earned her BFA/Dance Performance degree at Marygrove College. Ms. Chervenys professional credits include performances with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Onyx Modern Dance Company, on tour with Ms. Aretha Franklin throughout the United States and Canada, including the Radio City Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Debra serves as the ballet instructor at DMX Dance Center and is currently adjunct faculty for the Marygrove College undergraduate dance department and the Institute of Music & Dance.

Tracy Halloran Pearson

Associate Professor

Tracy Halloran PearsonDetroit native, Tracy Halloran Pearson, received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and is currently a M.F.A. candidate in Choreography at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a performer, professor, choreographer and rehearsal director in the dance world. Most recently, Tracy produced and choreographed a performance in Detroit entitled Intersections at the Rabbit Hole, which performed to sold-out audiences. She has been the rehearsal director for works choreographed by Peter Sparling, Artistic Director of Peter Sparling Dance Company, Denis Caspary, Los Angeles choreographer, and Sidra Bell, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York. Tracy has choreographed works for Illinois Ballet Theater, the Marygrove College Dance Company, the University of Michigans Department of Dance, The Academy Dance Alliance, and Dance Masters of Michigan. She is an accomplished teacher in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and stretch and strengthening techniques. Tracys students are currently performing with Zurich Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet of Arizona, Illinois Ballet Theater, and Disney Worlds Beauty and The Beast. She has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, the University of Michigan, Marygrove College in Detroit, and various studios in the Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas. Tracy is currently working on starting a contemporary dance company that will rehearse and perform in the city of Detroit.

Gwen Lindsay

Adjunct Faculty, Technical Director/Production Manager

Gwen LindsayGwen Lindsay: Is the all-encompassing theatre technician at Marygrove College, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the dance department. She is the Charge Artist at Meadowbrook Theater. A local area scenic and lighting designer she acquired her B.F.A. in theater tech from Wayne State University and her M.F.A. in Scenic and Lighting Design from Michigan State University. She continues her design work at Marygrove College and in various local professional theatres.

Gregory Grobis

Adjunct Faculty

Greg is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at UDM. He earned his MFA in Theatre Management from Wayne State University in 2008. UDM credits include: Director of This Is How It Goes, Music Director of Anatomy of Grey, Director of Cabaret and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - which received four out of four stars from the Detroit Free Press. Grobis teaches Fundamentals of Acting, Acting 2, Introduction to Theatre, Music of Theatre and Principles of Arts Management. During the summer he is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He performs throughout Michigan and is a professional singer at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan. He released his first album A Fireside Christmas in December 2012 (Itunes) and is hoping to record his second album in the spring of 2014.

Stephen Hadala

Adjunct Faculty

Stephen began his dance training at the age of 6 at Allard Academy of Dance. After graduating from Grosse Pointe North High School, he attended Marygrove College as a dance performance major. While attending Marygrove, he studied ballet under Jacob Lascu and Jordeen Ivanov. He also studied modern dance with Penny Godboldo. He performed in Dance Detroits production of the Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet. Stephen also attended summer programs at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chicago National Ballet Forum and the School of American Ballet. In 1998, Stephen left Detroit to study in Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Later that fall, he was hired as a fulltime company member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While dancing with PBT, he performed various soloist and principal roles of their eclectic repertoire. Some of Stephens favorite roles he performed include, Dracula, in Ben Stevensons Dracula, George in John McFalls Great Gatsby, Elegy Boy in George Balanchines Serenade, Mitch in John Neumeiers A Street Car Named Desire, Dr. Copelius in Terrence S. Orrs Coppelia, Johnny in Paul Taylors Company B, Stomper in Twyla Tharps In the Upper Room, Stepsister in Septime Webres Cinderella, Von Rothbart in Terrence S. Orrs Swan Lake, Gamache in Terrence S. Orrs Don Quixote. Stephen also performed several original roles created on him by choreographers, Lynn Taylor Corbitt, Dwight Rhoden, Viktor Plotnikov, Derek Deane, Kevin ODay and Susan Shields. Stephen has performed in Hokkaido Japan, Austria, Germany, and Israel as well as all over the United States. He is currently the co-artistic director and owner of Great Lakes Dance Centre in Clinton Township. Stephen is excited to be rejoining the Marygrove dance department as an instructor.

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