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Meet the owner of Ballet Arts School of Dance

Gretchen Becker

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Gretchen Becker

Gretchen Becker is a Certified Licenced Ballet Teacher Member of the Cecchetti Council of America with completion of students’ and teachers’ exams I-VI. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan with a focus on child development and dance

Gretchen was a member of the Lansing Ballet Company II performing in Sleeping Beauty and La Fille Mal Garde. Later she performed in Martha Graham’s Panorama with the University of Michigan, Scrooge with Shawnee Playhouse in Pennsylvania, and West Side Story with Grosse
Point Theatre in Michigan.

As a dance educator Gretchen has worked for over 25 years in private and public schools. She has taught and choreographed for many schools including the Discovery Program and Calhoun School in New York City and has adjudicated for performance and competition groups including the Michigan State University Dance Team. She has been a consistent
guest teacher for Ballet Arts School of Dance sponsoring Cecchetti students for Grade V exams, substitute teaching, and adjudicating for Ballet Arts Ensemble.
Gretchen is currently a Dance Teaching Artist with Education for the Arts, Kalamazoo RESA. She teaches and develops dance residencies for K-12 programs including Aesthetic Education, PACE, and Alternative Arts Initiative. She also owns Becker’s Dance Arts, established 2016.

Gretchen and her husband Jay live in Portage and have two sons.

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