FACULTY

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NICOLE KOTWICKI
Director

Nicole has been dancing her entire life and has danced at the competitive level both locally and nationally. Throughout her career she has received several dance scholarships, including The Edge in LA, Broadway Dance center in New York City and The San Francisco Ballet School. Nicole is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Business. Nicole has over twenty four years of teaching experience.

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ROBERTA VARON
Instructor

Roberta’s relationship with Juliart goes all the way back to Juliart’s inception. Roberta is not only a Juliart alumnus but also the mother of a Juliart dancer. Roberta is a graduate of Oakland University’s Communications department and has been teaching young students at Juliart for many years. Roberta’s unique ability to teach students the basics of dance technique while instilling a love of dance and fostering friendships among both students and parents makes her an integral part of the Juliart Family.

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AMY WALKER
Instructor

Dance has been a part of Amy’s life for as long as she can remember. She grew up taking lessons at a studio in Gladwin, MI. Following high school graduation, she wasn’t ready to completely walk away from dance. So along with her major in Education, she minored in Dance and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University. Once she had children, and they were old enough to enroll in dance classes, she quickly got them involved…and re-enrolled herself in Adult classes. Amy and her daughters have been with Juliart Dance Studio since 2010 – Amy joining the staff in 2013. She enjoys teaching the studio’s entire age range…from Pre-Ballet classes all the way up to the Adult Tap class. Juliart Dance Studio IS her home away from home!

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CALLI CUTRARO
Instructor

Calli has been dancing since the age of three. She has been trained in pointe/ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop. Calli is currently a kindergarten teacher in Farmington and a cheerleader for the Detroit Lions. Previously, she was a member of the Oakland University Athletics Dance Team. Calli has worked for Universal Dance Association instructing choreography and judging routines at various dance camps throughout the summer. Calli also was the head coach of Rochester High School’s Varsity Dance Team. Calli is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and is currently a student at Michigan State University working towards a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Calli is looking forward to dancing and sharing her talents with the students of Juliart!

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ANNIE DINGWALL
Instructor

Annie has been dancing since she was two years old and graduated from Troy High School in 2020 after dancing at Juliart Dance Studio for 16 years. She is currently attending Wayne State University pursing both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Annie has been a part of multiple shows and companies at Wayne State University including Dynamic Perspectives, Never Ending Narrative, Company Fresh, and Virtual Dance Collaboratory. She has been a demonstrator at Juliart for several years and an instructor for two. Annie is looking forward to working with the mini and teen company this year and can’t wait to spend more time with her Juliart family!

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KATHERINE PAPATHEODORE 
Instructor

As one of Juliart’s own 2016 Alumni, Katherine is back and ready to dance with her Juliart
family! She grew up dancing at Juliart training in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, and
pointe, and gained two years of teaching experience at the studio. She was a proud member of
Juliart’s competition team for 9 years and has received numerous scholarships from West Coast
Dance Explosion, The Edge Performing Arts Center, Intrigue Dance Intensive, & Nuvo. After
graduating, she attended Grand Valley State University for her Bachelor’s in Psychology and
Communications, and is now working towards her Master’s to become a Clinical Mental Health
Counselor at Oakland University. Katherine continues to show her love for dance every day and
brings a positive mindset/energy to her teaching strategies. Dance will always be a part of her
life, and she looks forward to working with Juliart’s company dancers, as well as making
memories!

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SHANNON WHITE
Instructor

Based in Detroit, Shannon White is a performance/multimedia artist passionate about collaboration, vulnerability, shared experience and expanding accessibility of “the arts” in the city. Since graduating with a BFA in Dance from Wayne State University in 2019, she has explored concert and commercial realms through performing/collaborating with: BAIRA / Mvmnt Phlsophy, Biba Bell, BALLSHOUSE + Projects, Nick Cave, Imbue Detroit, Sam Austins, Sara Marie Barron, and more. Furthering her research in pedagogy and personal/collective growth via. movement, she teaches classes to metro-Detroit movers of all levels at local studios such as the Andy Arts Center, WSU, Big City Dance Center, Juliart and more. In response to the effects of COVID-19 on the performance industry, along with a new-found interest in filmmaking, she is currently exploring the worlds of creative directing, filming and editing along with choreography.

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LIZZIE BUTKIS
Instructor

Lizzie has been dancing for her whole life. She has trained competitively in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, pointe, lyrical, and contemporary and competed at both a regional and national level. She studied dance and recreational therapy at Grand Valley State University and was on the GVSU Laker Dance Team, winning two national championships at NDA Collegiate Nationals and performing at American College Dance Association. She is hopeful to become a physical therapist specializing in dance medicine in the near future. Lizzie has a strong passion for dance and movement and loves having the ability to share that with her Juliart family.

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ANNALISE WALKER
Instructor

Anna started dancing at three years old! She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and contemporary. Anna is also Juliart alumni! She was a company dancer for nine years, receiving various scholarships and furthering her training with intensives such as Dancerpalooza in Los Angeles and broadway dance center in New York. After graduating high school, she began a career in modeling, as well as working in childcare. She’s so excited to share her passion with students!

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KATE McALLISTER
Instructor

Kate has been dancing at Juliart since the age of three and has been a member of the Juliart Company team for nine years. She is a senior at Troy High School in Troy, Michigan where she is a member of the Spanish Club, Peer Mediation, and National Honors Society. She trains in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary, modern, and hip hop, and plans to continue her dance training in college next year. Miss Kate is excited for her first year as a teacher!

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ANA LUISA MONTEIRO
Instructor

Ana Luisa Monteiro is a senior at Bloomfield Hills High School where she is a member of the National Honors Society and Social Connections Club. She has been dancing since the age of three. She took her first dance steps at a Royal Ballet School of London international school in Porto, Portugal. She has danced at Juliart Dance Studio for ten years and has been a member of the competition team for nine. As a Juliart Company dancer, she trains in ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Ana Luisa has been a demonstrator for the Mini Company Team for multiple years and is looking forward to her first year as a teacher.  

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LILLY KERN
Instructor

Miss Lilly is originally from a small town north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she grew up dancing and competing with the Dance Masters of Pennsylvania Association. She trained in various styles of dance including Cecchetti and acro. After highschool, she attended Penn State University where she majored in Elementary Education. She was also a four year member of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team where she performed year round and competed in the Collegiate UDA Nationals each spring. After graduating college, Miss Lilly moved to Michigan with her husband and spent a few years coaching a JV High School Dance Team. She is currently a second grade teacher in the Chippewa Valley School District. Miss Lilly says she is thrilled beyond words to be welcomed into the Juliart Dance Family and is ready to share her love of acro with our dancers.

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DEBBIE TESSOFF
Office Manager

Debbie has been part of the Juliart Family for over 30 years. Her expertise managing and running the front office make her an invaluable asset!

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Address

Juliart Dance Studio
83 E. Long Lake Rd.
Troy, MI 48085 

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