Our Instructors

Kristina Boroja (Director)

Kristina has been dancing since the age of 2 at a local dance studio in Michigan. She started her competitive training by the age of 6, where she developed her love for dance. While dancing competitively, Kristina was honored with summer dance program scholarships to travel across the country and train with renown known dance companies such as; Tremaine, Dupree, 3rd street dance academy and much more. She later began teaching at an award winning dance studio in Michigan, where her competitive companies received many high score honors. Kristina has received numerous choreography awards for her dance routines from various competition organizations.

After graduation she was accepted to perform on Holland American Cruise lines for the Western European tour. Having such a passion for dance and learning, Kristina proceeded to dance at the Gus Giordano School of Dance in Chicago., Illinois on scholarship. She later choreographed for local dance teams such as Eisenhower HS, Stoney Creek HS, Dakota HS and Michigan State University dance team. All teams placed in the top 10 throughout the their season. Kristina, has been teaching for over 15 years, her love and dedication for the art will eventually transpire into what would make her truly happy… teaching and training students to become the best they can be in dance and life. She decided to open her own dance studio in Rochester Hills Mi in 2008, to inspire, educate, and instill the extraordinary possibilities of dance.

As the director of Adagio Dance Company, her team was recognized as the highest scoring advanced level dance studio in 2011 from “Hall of Fame Dance Challenge” at Walled Lake regional competition has accumulated the highest amount of “FDC” points during a regional competition and has trained title winning soloists that have received numerous “Judges Choice” & “Choreography” awards. Our competition team have been undefeated NATIONAL CHAMPIONS the last 4 years. Kristina is extremely passionate as a teacher, mother, role-model, & business owner. She will continue to dedicate her time, share her love, & educate dancers.

Brandon Koepsell

Brandon began his dance training at The Turning Pointe in St. Clair Shores at the age of 7 under the direction and guidance of Kelly Powers. From 2003-2005 he attended the Walnut Hill School, a fine arts conservatory located outside of Boston, MA, which was under the direction of Michael Owens and Sam Kurkjin. There he was extensively trained in ballet, modern, pas de deux, men’s classes, pedagogy and choreography. Brandon had also spent many summers training at the Edge in Los Angeles and has participated in many summer programs including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York City. His classical training has lead him to perform in such venues as; Lincoln Center in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston and several historic theaters in the south of France. In 2005, Brandon performed several pieces with “Compagnie Coline”, a modern company located in Istre,France. Local guest artist credits include performances in ballets such as Coppelia, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Cinderella, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and The Nutcracker. Brandon has also been invited to perform principle roles with the Eastern Michigan University and Alma College’s dance programs. Between 2007 and 2009 Brandon danced with “Motor City Vibe and Taboo”, a promotional dance crew that performed weekly shows at Motor City Casino and at various events in metro-Detroit. Brandon also worked with choreographer, Courtney Miller Jr., on “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas”, which will be in theaters November of 2011.

Brandon is currently working as the assistant choreographer and movement coach on the set of “Oz, The Great and Powerful”. He’s been working with stars such as James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz on several scenes in the major motion picture which is being filmed in Pontiac,Mi. In 2008, Brandon also had the opportunity to work with actress Kate Hudson in preparation for her role in the movie “Nine”.

A recipient of “ Young Choreographer of the Year” for the city of Boston in 2005, Brandon has been teaching students of all ages in the areas of ballet, lyrical, jazz and partnering for the past 7 years.

Amy Barnhart

Amy has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 and has been teaching for over 17 years. Growing up in a competition studio Amy, competed all throughout elementary, middle, and high school. After graduating she moved on to train at Oakland University. Amy now teaches both at the recreational and competitive level. Her competitive students have earned many top scoring awards. Amy also coaches dance team when not teaching at the dance studio. This is Amy’s 3rd year at Adagio and is very excited to continue teaching our dancers.

Michelle Chirco

Michelle began dancing at age 6 and competing at age 7. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip hop. The competition company she was a member of as well as the small group tap group she was a part of repeatedly took top honors at both regional and state competitions. Michelle began teaching recreational and competitive classes 5 years ago. Her students received many high awards with her mini hip hop group placing first overall at the Applause dance competition. Michelle is currently attending Oakland University pursuing a degree in communications with minor in advertising. Michelle is excited to be a part of the Adagio family!

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