Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson

Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson

Associate Professor, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Division

Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson: Began her ballet training in the Vaganova methodology in Pittsburgh, under the tutelage of Nicolas Petrov. She continued her studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts and toured as an original member of the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Ms. Ivanov-Ericson has been a principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Chicago Ballet and American Dance Ensemble. Her performances from the classical repertoire have included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Swanhilda in Coppelia, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Since retiring from her successful performing career, Ms. Ivanov-Ericson has been a guest teacher at Indiana University, Oakland University, Dearborn Ballet Theatre, Point Park College, Flint Institute of Performing Arts, the American College Dance Festival and the American Ballet Theatre Summer Program. She has served as the Ballet Mistress for Michigan Opera Theatre's Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, and has been on the faculty of Wayne State University. Ms. Ivanov-Ericson's students have continued their studies at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Point Park College, along with professional contracts with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Ballet Concierto in Puerto Rico.

Susan Panek

Susan Panek

Assistant Professor, Chair of the Dance Department

Susan 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, Juliana’s 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, Children’s 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. Panek’s choreographic works can be seen at Marygrove College, Orchestra Hall, The Hillberry Theatre, Actor’s Alliance and various community and high school productions. Ms. Panek has recently earned certification to teach Pilates Mat through the National Exercise Trainer’s Association (NETA) and also holds certification to teach Zumba as an active member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN).

Jonathon Cash

Jonathon Cash

Dance Recruitment Counselor, Company Manager

Jonathon 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

Penny Godboldo

Associate Professor of Dance

Penny 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

Debra Cherveny

Adjunct Faculty

Debra 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. Cherveny’s 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

Tracy Halloran Pearson

Associate Professor

Detroit 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 Michigan’s 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. Tracy’s students are currently performing with Zurich Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet of Arizona, Illinois Ballet Theater, and Disney World’s 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.

Dante' Henderson

Dante' Henderson

Adjunct Faculty

A singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, model and actor. Raised in Los Angeles, Danté studied the arts at Hollywood High School before receiving a scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts. Henderson began his professional career as a dancer working with Debbie Allen on the 63rd Annual Academy Awards (he went on to assist Ms. Allen on the 64th and 65th shows in addition to dancing). As a dancer, Danté has worked alongside such great musical artists as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Jason Mraz, TLC and Mary J Blige. He has choreographed and assisted on numerous music videos and live stage shows for Deborah Cox, Erin Hamilton, Shaggy; featuring Janet Jackson, Kristine W, and Niki Harris.

Gwen Lindsay

Gwen Lindsay

Adjunct Faculty

Gwen Lindsay: Is the all-encompassing theatre technician at Marygrove College, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the dance department and Lansing Community College. 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.

Leslie Love

Leslie Love

Adjunct Faculty

Leslie Love: Is the Theatre Director and Adjunct Professor at Marygrove College. She has worked in the performing arts, locally and internationally, for over 25 years. Leslie is an educator, director, actress, comedian, playwright and community organizer. Ms. Love holds a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University, Master of Arts from Marygrove College and a Bachelor of Arts from Siena Heights University.

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