Meet Our Staff!
Manda Moore- (Studio Director & Instructor) Ms. Manda is the owner and director of Manda's Rhythm & Dance, LLC. Her attention to detail, nurturing demeanor, and gift for creativity are the driving force behind the tremendous growth of her studio. In the fifteen years of operation, Ms. Manda has seen many successes including sold out studio performances, the development of a superior performance company, and an award winning competition team. Ms. Manda received her dance training in area dance studios and started to teach at the age of 16. She knew immediately that teaching dance was her passion and that was determined to open a studio of her own. Ms. Manda attended Central Michigan University and received a degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Dance. She opened Manda's Rhythm & Dance in 2005 and in the Summer of 2007, was contracted to direct the dance program for Macomb Township Parks and Recreation. She continues her dance training with National conventions and seminars. She is the proud mother to 3 dancing daughters, Caroline, Camille, and Miriam.
Maria Buchholtz- (Company Director & Recreational Instructor) Ms. Maria is a graduate of Wayne State University where she studied dance education and earned a BA in Liberal Arts. She has worked as a professional choreographer and instructor for over 24 years. She has continued to educate herself in teacher workshops and learning the most current and innovative teaching methods in the industry today. Maria prides herself on safe effective training that is engaging and appropriate for dancers at every level. She is trained in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and ballroom. She has learned the value of education through dance. Her previous experiences as a performer, dancer and promotional model for AFL, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Canadian Club, Campbells Soup and with Universal Studios left her with plenty of knowledge to pass on to aspiring dancers. She resides with 2 dancing daughters, a very patient husband and a silly dog. Her favorite place is always in the classroom sharing her passion for the art of dance!
Ashley VanCamp- (Recreation & Company Instructor) Miss Ashley has been dancing since she was 4 at local dance studios, and started teaching when she was 18. She also coached Lutheran High North’s Dance Team. In 2015, she graduated from Wayne State University with her Bachelors of Science in Dance. She is certified in our Leap N Learn curriculum and in Acrobatic Arts. When she is not teaching dance, she is performing as an aerialist with the Detroit Circus.
Emily Hill- (Recreation & Company Instructor) Miss Emily is a graduate from Wayne State University with a B.S. degree in Dance and Dance Education. She is certified in K-12 Dance Education and a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hour. She is a company member of Suttle Dance Company. When she is not teaching dance, she enjoys painting. all things Halloween, and her dog Zeus.
Debbie Carlisle- (Recreaton & Company Instructor) Ms. Debbie has been teaching professionally for 40 years. She has trained in all styles of dance, but specializes in teaching Ballet (Vagonova/Cechetti methods), Tap, Irish Step Dance, Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theater. She teaches all ages from 3-Adult. Ms. Debbie holds degrees from both OU and UofM in Physics, minoring in Dance,concentrating in Ballet and Contemporary. She coached the Eisenhower High School Varsity Dance Team, winning UDA Nationals in Large Varsity Group Jazz which was televised on ESPN. She was an alumni of the team herself. Ms. Debbie has been married for 28 years, has twin sons, and a lovable aussiedoodle named Luna.
Gracie Reiter- (Recreation & Company Instructor) Ms. Gracie has been dancing since a very young age at local dance studios and has participated at various competitions. Ms. Gracie started as an assistant teacher at our studio and is an instructor for MRD and the Macomb Township Parks and Rec. She teaches Twinkle Babies, Twinkle Stars, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Poms, and Tap.
Brooke Cynowa- Brooke grew up a competitive dancer and went on to gain some college dance experience. She continues to work and advance equally her personal dance skills as well as her teaching education. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified and studying to be a Certified Personal Trainer to enhance her conditioning knowledge for dancers. She loves a variety of styles but focuses mainly on acrobatics, hip hop and contemporary.