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About the Director....

Michele Ackermann, Owner/Director/Instructor , is nationally accredited to teach all disciplines of dancing by Dance Masters of America, Inc. and Dance Educators of America, Inc. She is happy to be entering her forty-third year as a professional teacher. A native of Miami, Mrs. Ackermnn has trained extensively with such noted educators as Judy Bassing, Janice Barringer, Daryll Retter, and the internationally known master of Tap, the late Mr. Al Gilbert. 

A prolific choreographer, Michele Ackermann’s musical theatre work has been seen on the stages of Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee Little Theatre, Young Actor’s Theatre, and Quincy Music Theatre. Some of her many show credits include ,“Phantom”, “Follies”, “Me and My Girl”, “La Cage AuFolles", “Gypsy”, “1776”, “The Who’s Tommy”, “Peter Pan, the Musical”, “Scrooge”, “Ragtime”, "Curtains, "Xanadu", "Aida", and the nationally acclaimed, “Nine", to name just a few. Mrs. Ackermann was the Dance Director for the award-winning, Theatre A la Carte for over twenty years (1994-2013). She was the first resident choreographer at Young Actors Theatre in the late ‘70s and early 80’s. Mrs. Ackermann enjoyed staging several Leon High School/TCC’s summer musicals well as productions for other Leon County Schools. In addition, Mrs. Ackermann was twice honored to have her tap choreography selected to be showcased in the “Winter Dance Fest Invitational Choreographer's Concert” held at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. Most recently, Mrs. Ackermann choreographed the latest show for Curtains for a Cause and Mark Marple. 

Mrs. Ackermann designed unique, educational, and entertaining music/movement programs for several area pre-schools, including FSU’s Educational Research Center for Child Development, The Creative Pre-School, and Annsworth Academy. In the 1990's, she presented workshops at early Childhood Conferences on the local, state, and regional level in the area of pre-school music and movement. As the director of the award winning, “THE DANCE STUDIO COMPANY, featuring The TipTopTappers”, Mrs. Ackermann directed and staged thirty-minute dance concerts at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney in 1998, 2002, and 2006, 2010, 2012,2014, and 2016, after successfully auditioning for this honor. She is thrilled to be among the group of studio directors whose students have achieved National Title Championship several times. She is enormously proud that many of her former students and theatre cast members are working professionally as both teachers, choreographers, and performers.

Mrs. Ackermann was an active member of the Board of Directors for Florida State University's Friends of Dance, for over twelve years. She was the driving force behind the Friends Through Dance Concert , a scholarship fundraising event benefiting Dance majors at FSU, which combined the talent of six dance academies in South Georgia and North Florida. This was the first event of it's kind ever presented in our town and it raised thousands of dollars for deserving FSU Dance Majors. 

She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Women”, and was honored in 2007 by the faculty of DanceMakers, Inc. with the "Marjorie Perry Spirit Award" for her dedication and standard of excellence in Dance Education.

Michele Ackermann is happily married John for nearly forty-four years, mother to Brandon and Joey, Mother-in-law to Mandie, and “Nonnie” to grandchildren Mena, Brooklynn, Bella, and Gavin.

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