Meet The Teachers
Roxana is a graduate of Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Program. She is certified to teach Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She is an active member of the Cecchetti Council of America, Dance Masters of America. She is certified through CCA at both the student and teacher levels. Ms. Roxana has attended numerous dance workshops in the past 30 years which have focused on all genres of dance. Shespecializes in teaching dance to children of all ages and levels. Her love and vast knowledge of dance enables her to provide the best dance training in a positive, fun, family atmosphere for each student. Roxana has been a successful dance studio owner in the Clarkston community for over 20 years. Her studio has been voted the "Best Studio in Clarkston
Ms. Carrie has been dancing since the age of three and working at Roxana's since the age of 16. She chose to be a dance instructor because she loves dance and working with children. She doesn't ever see dance not being a part of her life. She is also a kindergarten teacher at North Sashabaw Elementary School in Clarkston. She is married to Chris and they have a daughter named Samantha, a son named Cooper and her newest addition Maggie born in 2016. Ms Carrie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BS in Elementary Education and from Oakland University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching with and Endorsement in Early Childhood. She attended Dance Masters of America's Teacher Training School at Kent State University for three years where she became certified to teach ballet, tap and jazz. She is a member of Dance Masters of Michigan and Dance Masters of America. During the summer months, she studies through the Dance Masters Teachers Program at the University of Buffalo, New York. As a teacher, she has choreographed routines which have received Choreographers Award, Overall Best Performance Award, Entertainment Award and several Showmanship Awards at various competitions. She wants her students to remember that she taught them how to dance from the heart, how to be disciplined but have fun at the same time, to never give up, always believe in themselves, dream big and always reach for the stars.
Carly Schroeder - MacKay
Carly is an alumni of RDE. She graduated in May 2018 from Western Michigan University with a Masters in Behavioral Science. She is currently working on her PHD from WMU. She was a member of the Western Michigan University Dance Team. She choreographs for our competition team. She enjoys traveling to far away places and has visited Thailand, Ireland, Netherlands Scotland and England. She is married to Andrew MacKay and has two cats. Carly works in the Kalamazoo area with young children of all ages and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children.
Shelby Franklin began her dance training at the age of 3 at Roxana's Dance Expressions in Clarkston, Michigan where she was able to study a wide variety of dance techniques for 14 years. In combination with this, she was able to get other technical and performance opportunities as a member of the Lake Orion Varsity Dance Team and Detroit Shockwave Crew. Shelby then continued at Grand Valley where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in both Allied Health and Dance. She had many opportunities at Grand Valley including performing in many faculty, student and guest artist works, being part of Move 2 The Beat Dance Crew, captain of the Laker Dance Team, and a teacher choreographer and competition judge around the Grand Rapids area. Going forward, Shelby will continue to find new positions in the dance world while using her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in order to better serve the dance community in a new way.
Ms. Sue was born in Dearborn Heights, Mi. She is married to Randy and has three children, all of them having danced at RDE. She has been dancing since the age of 8 and continues to have tremendous respect for her childhood dance instructors. She, like her teachers, has always wanted to introduce children to the love of dance. She wants her students to know that she loves what she does and she wants them to be successful and give back to their communities. She has won an Outstanding Talent Award as a dancer, she has coached for a National Pompon Championship Dance Team who placed first at the Universal Dance Associations finals on ESPN in 1992. She is currently director of the Pom program at RDE. As a teacher, she has choreographed dances which have won Most Entertaining, Outstanding Choreography, Showmanship, Overalls in their catagory and Overall Soloist Awards at various competitions. Her solo and group dances have been featured in the Hall of Fame World Series Competitions at the national levels well as the ENERGY National Dance Challenge finals. Most recently, her dance was featured on the KAR website as Dance of the week. She has attended the Rhee Gold Teachers Convention in Scottsdale, AZ and plans to return.
Katy has been dancing since the age of six. She grew up dancing at Spotlight Dance Center in Clarkston, MI where she studied a wide variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. After high school, Katy went on to dual major in dance and clinical exercise science at Grand Valley State University. During her time at Grand Valley, she had the opportunity to work with many guest choreographers in residency and perform three years at the American College Dance Association. Along with performing, Katy has also been teaching dance for the past seven years at various studios in Michigan. She enjoys challenging her students and watching the smiles on their faces as they master something new. Katy hopes to continue teaching her passion for dance and eventually continuing her education to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Kaeleigh Baran began her dance training at age five, with her very first class taught by Ms. Carrie. Thirteen years later, Kaeleigh found herself as a senior on RDE’s competition team. She was also a member of the Clarkston High School Varsity Dance Team her senior year. However, dance did not stop once she graduated. She then continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Dance from Grand Valley State University. She hopes to spread her knowledge and passion for dance with her students, and encourages them to never take their time in the studio for granted.
Brogan Schroeder began dancing at RDE when he was 4 years old. He was a competition dancer until he graduated in 2018. He now attends Wayne State University working towards a degree in Music Production and Business. Brogan teaches hiphop classes for boys. In his free time he plays piano, guitar. Brogan loves living in the City of Detroit and connecting with people from all over. He continues to dance in college courses at Wayne State and enjoys returning to the studio to teach.
Whitney started dancing with Miss Roxana as a three year old and didn't stop until her senior year of high school. Since graduating from the studio Whitney has spent time teaching groups, duets and trios for the competitive dance team all while completing her doctorate in physical therapy. Currently Whitney works as a pediatric physical therapist and has a passion for helping kids and their families achieve their full potential. Whitney is excited to be back in the studio this year working with the little ones, helping them discover how great dance is. Making friendships and building coordination and confidence along the way.
Domonique began dancing at 3 years old at Roxana’s Dance Expressions, located in Clarkston, Michigan. She danced competitively and received training in Cecchetti Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary under Studio Director Roxana Chambers. She also had the privilege of being captain of the Lake Orion Varsity Dance Team which she was a member of from 2011- 2015 performing competitively with Pom and Jazz routines. Domonique was accepted into Grand Valley State University as a double major in Dance and Psychology. She was Captain of the National Champion Laker Dance Team during her Sophomore year and had the privilege of being cast and working with guest artists like Brian Enos, Natasha Davis, Simon Thomas Train, Zhelma Badu-Younge and Jessica Pittman. She has been trained and performed in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Afro-Fusion, and Brazilian technique. Domonique also had the privilege to choreograph works showcased at GVSU Spring Dance Concert, workshops and competitions around the Michigan area. She graduated in April 2019 with her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences. She plans to pursue her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy to help create a more inclusive and independent environment.