About the Grosse Ile Academy of Dance
Established 1989

Dawn Greene is the owner and artistic director of the Grosse Ile Academy of Dance. Dawn has been offering superior dance training for over 30 years and inspiring dancers at the Academy since 1989.  She notes, “Dance helps build physical and mental faculties. It strikes a balance between strength and flexibility for the body, enhances confidence and quick thinking for the mind and a general appreciation for all forms of artistic expression.”

In 1989, after teaching for 10 years for others, Dawn Greene decided that the Downriver area needed a dance program with a stronger emphasis on ballet training. She started the Grosse Ile Academy of Dance to develop dancers with superior ballet technique. Dawn developed the Academy's dance curriculum around the work of Enrico Cecchetti and Sandra Severo. Dawn studied with Severo for many years and danced in her well known ballet company. She later honed her teaching techniques through the Cecchetti Council of America's highly structured ballet syllabus.

The Grosse Ile Academy offers exceptional dance training for students from 3 years old to professionals and adults in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, hawaiian and gymnastics. Dance classes are held in one of three state of the art rooms specifically designed for dancers with floating floors and high ceilings. “We feel very fortunate to be able to dance in this building. The combination of the sloped, beam ceilings and large windows allow light to stream in and provide an airy atmosphere beneficial to the dancers.” says Dawn Greene.

Dawn is a nationally recognized dance instructor. She travels to all parts of  the United States and Canada to train and examine students and teachers seeking certification in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. Mrs. Greene is a two term past president for the Cecchetti Council of America and is the business manager for and teaches at the CCA’s annual Summer School held in July at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. 

Academy dancers have performed in many venues. “Performing on stage is an important part of developing the students’ dance abilities. I like to offer the dancers many opportunities to perform throughout the year.” says Greene. Students from the Academy have danced in numerous showes in the surrounding communities. Her dancers have performed with the Downriver Community Band, the Downriver Veterans Tributes and other venues in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Dancers also compete in local dance competitions. Soloists and groups have been awarded Silver, Gold, Platinum and Overall Titles through the years.

Dawn Greene is also the artistic director and driving force for the Metro Shores Ballet and the Plymouth-Canton Ballet Company. The Grosse Ile Academy hosts the non-profit ballet company. Metro Shores Ballet showcases talented local dancers in ballet productions. Members are chosen through audition classes in August that are attended by dancers from the surrounding Metro Detroit communities. 

Dawn Greene takes great pride in offering dance classes and individual attention for her students. The Grosse Ile Academy of Dance is located at 8205 Macomb Street. The dance season runs from September through June. Call (734) 676-7233 or email giad@comcast.net for class and enrollment information. 

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