Welcome to Gillman’s Dance Academy

Celebrating 25 Years

Gillman’s Dance Academy is East Louisville’s premiere dance instruction facility. We strive to offer challenging programs that foster a love of dance at every level; from the serious dancer who intends to continue in the world of dance, to beginning dancers of all ages who want to experience the rewards that artistic discipline can bring to one’s life.

Gillman’s Dance Academy is proud to be the home of MAGIC, a youth dance company dedicated to providing a pre-professional performing experience to our dancers and bringing quality dance performances to the community.

Gillman’s classes range from Tiny Dancer to Pointe and include multiple levels of Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical Dance. We also offer certification courses in the Cecchetti Ballet Method,  focused on building a firm foundation in classical ballet technique, language, and theory. We showcase our students each spring in our annual Performance, allowing dancers to experience what many have worked so hard to achieve: the glory of the spotlight!

 Faculty

 

Denise Gillman, FDCCA, AISTD- Academy Founder

Ms. Gillman began her early training in Michigan with Marjorie B. Randazzo; she was the recipient of the Hammond Scholarship allowing her to continue as a full-time student at the National Ballet School of Canada.

Ms. Gillman is a frequent guest teacher in the United States and Europe, including faculty positions at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisville Ballet School, the International Summer School of the Cecchetti Council of America, ISTD – Cecchetti, and the Kate Simmons School in England.

Ms. Gillman is familiar with Balanchine style and has training in the Vaganova and RAD methods of teaching, although her teaching preference is the Cecchetti Method.

Through many years of continued education, dedication and love of dance, Ms. Gillman has achieved an associate diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has also earned her Cecchetti Diploma as a dancer and teacher. Denise is a member of Ohio Dance Masters Chapter 16, Dance Masters of America and an Examiner for the Cecchetti Council of America.

Ms. Gillman is dedicated to the continuation of the art of ballet and dance education. For the past twenty years, she has grown her dance studio into a multi-location academy . Gillman’s Dance Academy is also home to M.A.G.I.C., Inc., a youth dance company founded by Ms. Gillman and community members who are invested in the non-profit, M.A.G.I.C. – Making Art Grow In Children, Inc.

Madalyn  McLeland

Born in Louisville, Madalyn began her dance training with the Louisville Ballet School. She graduated from Butler University in 2012 with high honors and a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy. At Butler, she performed in a number of Classical Ballets, such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Coppélia, as well many contemporary and jazz pieces.

Madalyn is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and has passed her Teacher’s Exams I-V. She is also a member of Ohio Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America, and through this organization she is certified to teach Acrobatic Dance.

Madalyn sees the importance in continuing her dance education and has attended a number of workshops, including Rhee Gold’s Dance Teacher Conference in Scottsdale, AZ and Kate Simmons’ International School in England. She has adjudicated the Junior Title Competition for Ohio Dance Masters and guest taught for Dance Masters of the Bluegrass’ Fall Workshop.

Madalyn is a Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer for M.A.G.I.C., Louisville’s non-profit youth dance company. She is also involved with Gillman’s competitive teams, and has choreographed many award winning routines. In addition to teaching at Gillman’s, she teaches dance and gymnastics classes at The Gardner School. She is also certified in Zumba® and Zumba® Kids.

Evalyn Tirikos 

Evalyn began her training at the age of two with ballet and started training in other styles of dance and gymnastics shortly after. For the last 20 years, she has taught at several studios in Northeastern Ohio and Kentucky. She received most of her training under Dance Masters own, Kathi Halbert, who instilled the love of dance and continuing education in her.

Evalyn received her certification to teach ballet, tap, and jazz through Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School at the University of Buffalo, New York, and is a member of Ohio Dance Masters Chapter 16 and Dance Masters of America. She has judged and taught at several Dance Masters regional competitions across the nation.
Evalyn is also a member of the Cecchetti Council of America. She has taken her student exams I-VI, teacher exams I-VI, and is currently preparing for her teacher grade VII exam.

Evalyn has had the privilege of dancing with Youngstown’s Easy Street Productions and the Youngstown Playhouse. She was a dancer for the Youngstown Hawks semi-professional basketball team and danced professionally with One World Dance Theater Chicago. In addition to choreographing routines for regional dance competitions, Evalyn has taught recreational and competitive gymnastics,
choreographing several floor routines for USAG National Competitions.
Currently, Evalyn resides in Louisville, Kentucky and works with students from Gillman’s Dance Academy.

She also works with the non-profit youth dance company M.A.G.I.C, Making Art Grow In Children, Inc.

Policies

Dress Code

Tiny Dancer (Mon 3:45-4:15) 

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: PINK Capezio Child “Daisy” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #205C or PINK Bloch Child “Dansoft” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #S0205G or any other pink leather ballet slipper

Kinder Combo Tap/Ballet  (Mon 4:15-5:00)

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Kinder Combo Tap/Ballet  (Tues 3:30-4:15)

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: PINK Capezio Child “Daisy” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #205C or PINK Bloch Child “Dansoft” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #S0205G or any other pink leather ballet slipper AND BLACK  Bloch Buckle Tap Shoe #S0302G or BLACK LEATHER Capezio “Mary Jane” Tap Shoe #3800C

Dance Combo Tap/Ballet  (Mon 5:30-6:30)

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: PINK Capezio Child “Daisy” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #205C or PINK Bloch Child “Dansoft” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #S0205G or any other pink leather ballet shoe AND BLACK  Bloch Buckle Tap Shoe #S0302G or BLACK LEATHER Capezio “Mary Jane” Tap Shoe #3800C

Dance Combo Ballet/Jazz (Wed 4:00-5:00)

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: PINK Capezio Child “Daisy” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #205C or PINK Bloch Child “Dansoft” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #S0205G or any other pink leather ballet slipper AND BLACK Bloch Child “Super Jazz” Slip-On Jazz Shoe #S0401G

 L1 & 2  Ballet 

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: PINK Capezio Child “Daisy” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #205C or PINK Bloch Child “Dansoft” Leather Full Sole Ballet Slipper #S0205G or any other pink leather ballet slipper

Level 1 & 2 Tap 

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: CARAMEL Child “Mary Jane” Buckle Strap Tap Shoe by Capezio #3800C

Level 1 & 2 Lyrical 

Leotard: BLACK  Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: NUDE Capezio Foot Undeez #H07C or NUDE Capezio Adult Pirouette II Canvas #H061

Level 1 & 2 Jazz 

Leotard: BLACK Bloch Child Basic Tank Leotard #CL5405 or BLACK Bloch Child Long Sleeve Leotard #CL540

Tights: PINK Bloch Child Endura Footed Tights #T0921G or PINK Bloch Child Adaptatoe Tight #T0935G

Shoes: TAN Bloch Child “Super Jazz” Slip-On Jazz Shoe #S0401G

 L3 & 4 Ballet

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK tights

Shoes: Women’s “Odette” Leather Split Sole Ballet Shoe #S0246L

Level 3 & 4 Lyrical

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK convertible/transition tights

Shoes: NUDE Capezio Adult Pirouette II Canvas #H061

Level 3 & 4 Pre Pointe/Pointe 

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK tights

Shoes: Dress Code Ballet Slippers or teacher-approved Pointe shoes

Level 3 & 4 Jazz 

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK tights

Shoes: TAN Bloch Child “Super Jazz” Slip-On Jazz Shoe #S0401G

Level 5 Ballet 

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK tights

Shoes: Women’s “Odette” Leather Split Sole Ballet Shoe #S0246L

Level 5 Jazz 

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK tights

Shoes: TAN Bloch Adult “Super Jazz” Slip-On #S0401L

Level 5 Pointe/Variations 

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK tights

Shoes: Teacher-approved Pointe Shoes

Level 5 Lyrical 

Leotard: BLACK Leotard

Tights: PINK convertible/transition tights

Shoes: NUDE Capezio Adult Pirouette II Canvas #H061

Male Dancers: may wear black tights or shorts and a white or black fitted t-shirt. If enrolled in ballet class, boys should wear black ballet shoes, not pink. All other shoes should be the same as females.

PLEASE USE TEACHER ID TP54676 WHEN PLACING AN ORDER

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