Meet the Teachers

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Susan Findlay

Miss Sue began dance at 3 years of age.  The following dance studios and ballet companies have contributed to her dance education:
Mrs. LaLone, Detroit, MI, for tap, ballet & acrobatics.  Carol Kimmel, Royal Oak, MI, for Tap, Cecchetti Ballet, Pointe & Jazz, & danced in the JL Hudsons Thanksgiving parade annually.  Elinor Craves, Bay City, MI, for Tap, Ballet & Pointe.  Mr. Robert Davis, Bay City & Flint, MI, taking technique classes and belonging to the Bay City Ballet Company.  Doris Marsh, Saginaw, MI, Ballet & Pointe, and danced with the Saginaw Valley Ballet Company as well as appearing on PBS television.

Sue received her associate’s degree in business & legal secretarial science at Delta College and a minor in Fine Arts through Saginaw Valley State College.  Sue has continued training with various dance seminars including:  Tremaine, LA Dance Force, Hoctor, Music Works, Dance Revolution.

Sue began teaching at age 16 in her hometown of Caro, MI.  In 1977 she had to take time off to recover from a car accident.  She resumed teaching two years later for the Arts Society in Caro.  After getting married in 1986, she opened Sue’s School of Dance and has been in business for 26 years.  She is presently teaching grandchildren of some of the students she had while teaching in the basement of her parent’s home.  She has loved dance her whole life and continues to share that love with others every day.  Sue says, "I and the members of my staff have created a safe haven at Sue’s School of Dance, where self esteem is built and great memories are made for children of all ages."

Rebecca Bollon

Miss Rebecca has been dancing for 20 years.  As a student she took ballet, tap jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, African, contemporary, tumbling, turns & leaps, and belly dancing.  As a competitive dancer, she competed at Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Kids Artistic Review, I Love Dance, Broadway Dance Competition & Star Power.  She continued her education at N.Y.C.D.A, Tremaine Dance & LA Dance Force.  She has worked with Bay Valley Gymnastics in Bay City, MI, and as an assistant teacher & choreographer at Ms. Erin’s.  Rebecca also has a degree in Phlebotomy & works at Caro Community Hospital.  She is CPR certified.  She is looking forward to filling the kids eager hearts & minds with the knowledge, grace and passion of dance & gymnastics.

Candi Huizar
Miss Candi began gymnastics at the age of 10 years old.  She 
competed on the Vassar Gymnastics Team all four years of high
school, where she qualified for regional competition. She trained
at the Michigan State gymnastics camp, and after High School
she became a MHSAA gymnastics judge, as well as taught in
Vassar, Caro, Bad Axe, and Frankenmuth. She also coached the
Vassar Gymnastics Academy. Miss Candi received her
associate's degree in Business Administration specializing in
computer networking technology. She works in Caro and lives
in Vassar with her husband Charlie and son Colton. Miss Candi
has been working at Sue's School of Dance for many years
teaching gymnastics.

Makayla Matt

Miss Makayla has been dancing and instructing for over 20 years. She is from Bath, MI and is currently attending Delta College. Makayla trained at Patsy Watson's school of dance in Lansing before joining a traveling production company as their lead choreographer. She has won several awards at various dance competitions as well as earned the opportunity to study beneath Anne Fletcher as well as Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo. Before moving to the thumb area Makayla owned and choreographed for Momentum Dance Company in Lansing. She specializes in Hip Hop but also enjoys teaching Jazz, Tap, and East Coast Swing. Makayla is also a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor and a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor. Her desire is to teach people to use dance as a way to express their feelings in a judge free environment.

Courtney Sturtevant
Miss Courtney has been teaching dance and gymnastics for over 20 years. She danced at a variety of studios in the thumb, then trained at Gym Jesters in Saginaw as well as the U of M Gymnastics Camp. She has trained and competed at many conventions, received scholarships, and won multiple awards. At the age of eleven she became a member of the Cecchetti Council of America with a Level One diploma in ballet.  Courtney competed on the Cass City Gymnastics Team and was regional finalist all four years of high school.  After graduation she began teaching in different studios in the thumb area.  She has had numerous award winning routines at competitions,some of them placing over all and qualifying for nationals, her choreography has been featured in the movie "The Heart of a Dancer", is a certified instructor as well as safety and risk management through USA gymnastics,  and has had a student receive a full dance scholarship at Wayne State. Courtney says, “Dance and gymnastics have been and continue to be an important part of my life.”

Elizabeth Swoish

Miss Elizabeth lives in North Branch, Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and is currently working on obtaining her dance teacher certification. She is an active member of the Michigan Dance Council and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). As a young dancer she studied all genres, including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, pointe, hip hop, tumbling, and musical theatre. She was a competitive dancer for many years and a two-time title winner at the ages of 12 and 16. She was given opportunities to continue her education at Grand Rapids Ballet, Broadway Dance Center (New York), Steps on Broadway (New York), Joffrey Ballet (Chicago), Oakland University Youth Dance Camps, MPulse at the University of Michigan, and Flint Institute of Arts. As an undergraduate in college and an adult dancer, she studied ballet, pointe, modern, and choreographic improvisation at the University of Michigan for one year. She also continued her education through dance conventions, nation-wide teacher events, and studios in the Detroit, Michigan area. She has taught at Sue's School of Dance since 2012, and is proud to be able to instill a love and appreciation for Classical Ballet within the students. She is currently a contributing author to Dance Teacher Web, and her choreography was featured in the movie “Heart of a Dancer”. Miss Elizabeth is the director of the ballet program, works with the competitive dance team, and also teaches lyrical, jazz, pointe, and tap.