Great Technique Dance Academy

Instructors


Seth Miller, Artistic Director & Ballet Instructor 
Seth's early training began at the Academy of Classical Ballet under the directorship of Theresa Lee Crawford. His national training includes such schools as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet School, and Ballet Austin. He has also studied at Russia’s famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, CO and the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C.
Seth began his professional career at age 15 upon being accepted into the Lascu School of Ballet. As a member of Dance Detroit, under the direction of Iacob Lascu, he performed at the Fox Theatre and Detroit Opera House with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
At age 18, Seth joined the Richmond Ballet Company under directorship of Stoner Winslett and Malcolm Burn. There he performed in Swan Lake and RBC’s annual Nutcracker, in addition to touring for their production of Rodeo.

Seth returned to Michigan to become a performer and instructor for Ballet Americana, under the direction of Joy Squire. He was soon working with Ballet Americana as Rehearsal Master for their full-length productions. He founded the Livonia Academy of Dance in 2003, where he taught until 2006. In 2000 he choreographed a theatrical production for Second City’s Training Center.

In addition to his work at Great Technique, Seth is very active in the metro-Detroit community. He has taught dance classes for special needs students at the Lincoln Center and Jo Brighton in Wyandotte. He choreographed Grosse Ile High School’s musicals Oklahoma!, Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, Little Shop of Horrors, and Bye Bye Birdie. Seth has also worked with ice skaters at the Ice Box Sports Center in Brownstown to enhance their skating technique through ballet principles. Additionally, he has been a guest instructor at Bunny Sanford's School of Dance and Angie Hahn's Academy of Dance in Livonia.

In 2006 Seth founded Great Technique Dance Academy in Wyandotte, Michigan, where he is currently in his eleventh year as Artistic Director. In 2017 he was recognized by Expertise.com as one of the 20 best ballet teachers in the Metro Detroit area.  When he's not teaching or choreographing, "Mr. Seth" enjoys spending time with his wife, Ally, and their children, Leo and Nadia.

Alexandra Miller, Jazz/Hip-Hop & Tap Instructor 
Alexandra began dancing as a young child.  As she advanced she joined Ballet Americana under the direction of Joy Squire, where she received training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and Tahitian.  She has performed with Ballet Americana in such ballets as Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Graduation Ball , and their renowned annual Nutcracker .  In addition she traveled to St. Louis, Missouri with the company in 2005.

Alexandra has studied with the Milwaukee Ballet School, where she trained intensely in ballet, jazz, modern, Pilates, Slavic, and African dance.  She toured extensively throughout Europe with the International Ballet Ensemble in 2001, and in 2002 returned to Germany to train in Bonn.  While studying Secondary Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Alexandra took courses in Javanese classical dance.  In 2006 Alexandra founded the Hawaiian dance program at the Livonia Academy of Dance.
In 2009 Alexandra accepted a teaching position at Bell National, an organization developed at Harvard University to serve low-income elementary-aged children in large U.S. cities. She worked with Bell to develop and teach a hip-hop curriculum during the summer session at Hamtramck Academy.

During the day, Alexandra is a math teacher at Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and a master's degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.

Jennifer St. Amant, Jazz/Hip-Hop & Tap Instructor 
Jennifer began dancing at age 3 with Marcia Aller. As she progressed, she continued training in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop at various studios throughout the Downriver area. During high school, Jennifer was a member of Gabriel Richard's award-winning Pom-Pon and Dance Team. She continued competing in jazz, hip-hop, and pom as a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Detroit Titan Dance Team.

As a Detroit Titan dancer, Jennifer had the opportunity to develop her choreography skills. This experience led her to begin coaching, and in 2012 she became coach of Gabriel Richard High School's Pom-Pon and Dance Team.
Under Jennifer's leadership, the team has performed and competed throughout the region. They have been the recipients of numerous awards, including the UDA Superiority Award and various awards at Spirit Shine Competitions for their contemporary pom, jazz, and hip-hop routines.

Jennifer continues to compete as a soloist. In February 2013, she won State Champion at the Spirit Shine Celebration for her hip-hop solo. In addition to dancing, teaching, and coaching, she is currently studying law at the University of Detroit Mercy.

We are pleased to have Jennifer as a member of our faculty. "Miss Jen's" warm personality and unique approach to teaching dance make her a hit with her students.

Alexis Hutchinson, Office Manager
Miss Alexis spent her childhood dancing.  She is a graduate of Roosevelt High School.  She now manages the office at Great Technique, and also owns Flour Girl bakery in Wyandotte.  She is studying biochemistry and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
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