Bethany Lenhart is currently a Fellow of the Cecchetti Council Of America, holding the Advanced Certification (FCCA). She serves as the First Vice President and current Liaison Coordinator of the Executive Board. Bethany has held the offices of President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, and General Board Chairman. She received the Sylvia Hamer/Margaret Marsh Scholarship and attended the Cecchetti Teacher’s Course in England. She has choreographed for several regional dance companies in the USA and Canada and was associated with the former Flint Ballet Theatre. Bethany has received the Children’s Champion Award and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
We are very excited that Bethany has joined the Link Family and Faculty.
Sarita began her early ballet training at Rochester School of Dance. At the age of twelve, she was selected to dance with The American Ballet Theatre in their production of Le Corsaire. At age 13, Sarita was accepted into the Michigan Ballet Theatre Company Rochester Hills, MI – Cornelia Sampson, Artistic Director..
During her tenure with Michigan Ballet Theater, Sarita felt a strong calling to dance for the glory of God and became a member of the Studio’s christian dance company, Grace Dance Ensemble. Currently, Sarita teaches worship classes at The Link from beginning A through advanced levels, Mustard Seeds (creative movement for 3 year olds) and Pre-Ballet 1 and 2.
Sarita has a huge passion for teaching young girls to dance for the glory of God, and believes it undoubtedly has the ability to change lives by its beauty and power. Sarita is a student at Oakland University pursuing a graduate degree in Elementary Education.
Financial Administrator and Ballet Instructor
Susan Howard received her early classical ballet training at the Doris Marsh School of Ballet. Earlier jazz and tap training were studied at the Judy Kanary School Of Dance. Following her study, she went on to become a dancer with the Detroit City Dance Company, a professional modern dance company under the direction of Carole Morisseau. Plans to join the Alvin Ailey Dance Company were thwarted when she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. In 1984, Susan joined “The Glory Dancers”, a Christian interpretive ballet company that toured locally, regionally and nationally, communicating the Gospel message through dance. As a member of CCA, Susan has attended numerous Cecchetti seminars as well as workshops including the 1998 IBC Teacher’s Workshop with David Howard and Master Classes at the Houston Ballet in Houston, TX, in addition to spending two summers with Sylvia Palmer, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Mary Beth Kisner, Gus Giordano Dance Company. Susan was a ballet instructor for 7 years at the Bethesda Christian School of Dance and performed with the Latter Rain Christian Dance Ministry for 11 years. She then went on to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and modern for 7 years at Kensington Church School of Dance. In 2002, Susan assisted Betty Mitchell in launching The Link School of the Arts, a 501c3 arts launch of Kensington Community Church. Currently, Susan serves as Financial Administrator and is a Ballet instructor at The Link.
Drama Instructor and Director Of Productions
Theresa has been a performer, director and producer for over fifteen years. Performance credits include: performing as a cast member on Main Stage at The Second City (Detroit, MI) and Assistant Directing there under Saturday Night Live Director Tom Gianas, cast member of “Strong Women Keep Coming”, Host of TV pilot “Peacemakers”, Improvisational Comedian for Toyota Motors and a Spokesperson/Product Specialist/Trainer for automotive companies including General Motors, Daimler Chrysler, Honda and Toyota. Theresa has also had featured film roles in “Mutant Swingers from Mars”, “Temptation” and “A Polish Wedding”.
Theresa has served as Executive Director for Spare Me Productions and Executive Producer for Peacemakers, Inc. Theresa has also served as Director/General Manager of The Magic Bag in Ferndale, The Millennium Centre Convention and Performing Arts Complex in Southfield, The Majestic Theatre in Detroit and The Federal Reserve Conference Center in Detroit. Mrs. Maybee Bolinger has served as a Director, Assistant Director, Producer, Costumer, Make Up Artist and Set Dresser for many productions such as, “A Family Affair”, “If These Hips Could Talk”, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like Family” and, most recently, “Whatever She Wants” starring Vivica A. Fox in 2007. Theresa has spent over twelve years in Christian Arts Ministry including Director, Producer and Programming Team for Kensington Community Church from 1997 – 2000, Drama Team at Northridge Community Church from 2003 – 2005 where she directed the drama for “The Glory of Christmas” 2004- attracting over 20,000 audience members.
She is currently Drama Instructor and Director of Productions for The Link School of the Arts in Troy since 2002. Theresa has been a member of Word of Faith International Christian Centre in Southfield, Mi under Bishop Keith Butler since 2001.