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2018-2019 Staff



Diane Geck

Founder / Owner / Instructor

Mrs. Geck's studies include Russian Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Creative Movement, Swing, Spanish, Ballroom Dancing, Christian Ministry, Baby Ballet. By audition only, Diane was accepted and joined the "Detroit Severo Ballet Company" in 1957 and excelled as one of the principal dancers traveled throughout the U.S, performing.  She also taught with this company for three years  and furthered her career studies with the "New York City Ballet". In 1972 "Diane's School of Dance" was opened in Detroit now relocated and known as "Marine City Dance Company". Presently Diane continues her dance studies at Marygrove College, Oakland University. And various dance conventions throughout the U.S. She has four married sons and 23 beautiful Grandchildren & 3 great Grandchildren.


Jimmy Moss

Instructor (Gymnastics)

Mr. Jimmys, was awarded a BFA in Dance Major at Marygrove College. With a full scholarship, Jimmy attended the San Francisco Ballet Co.; Chicago Ballet; Dancers Synectics and Lascu School of professional Dance. Jimmy furthered his career learning all forms of dance; Hip hop, Breakdancing,

Jazz, Tap, & Gymnastics, L.A. Street Style Jazz, Poppin-n-Lockin. Performances include, various cruise ships, Las Vegas, performed with the Power Rangers Live Tour and Howie Mandels Bobby's World Tour.

Gwen Gilbert

Instructor (Jazz, Lyrical, Modern)

Miss Gwen, began her studies at MC Dance company. She furthered her dance education at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. She was awarded a BFA in a dance major and graduated cum laude. She performed lead roles and was principal dancer in college, performing modern, lyrical, and jazz. She was principal a ballet dancer in the international ballet company. Gwen was dancer for the semi pro Port Huron hockey team called the "Ice Hawks."she is presently forming a professional traveling dance company within the MC dance school

Heather Swearingen

Instructor ( Tap-Jazz/pom-ministry)

Trained at MC dance company, all styles of dance ballet tap jazz modern lyrical point Hip Hop gymnastics cheer and musical theater. She also studied under award-winning choreographers. Student taught at the age of 12, choreographed competition winning dance numbers. Heather has danced all her life. Heather performed and danced at fabulous beat, dance force and was also a marine city varsity cheerleader both sideline and competitive. Heather is our new jazz/pom tap teacher for the young students. Heather is married has two beautiful girls that dance at our studio is a Bible teacher at her church and will be working with our jr. ministry.

Heidi Nichter

Master Teacher

Heidi Nichter is currently Co-Founder, Associate Artistic Director and President of Apex Contemporary Dance Theatre and has been working in the competition sector for some time now winning numerous awards for her choreography. In 2003 she graduated cum laude from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In addition, she has trained with the Metropolitan Ballet Center, American Ballet Theater's summer intensive, Marine City Dance Company, and as a scholarship student with Steps on Broadway. Heidi has 15 years of experience teaching and choreographing in many reputable schools in Michigan, Pittsburgh, New York City, Denver, Dayton and Cleveland. Her professional experience includes Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Dayton Contemporary Dance Theatre II, Kim Robards Dance and Apex Contemporary Dance Theatre. Currently she teaches at Denver School of the Arts, Belliston Ballet, Denver Dance Center, and Dual Star Academy.

Meghan Wiley

instructor (Hip-Hop)

Meghan started dancing at the age of 12, started assisting at the age of 14, and starting teaching at the age of 18. She has studied all types of dance, including: jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, parade, belly dancing, ballroom, and her favorite, hip hop. She has done her training at Fabulous Feet. She has also studied under numerous famous choreographers at over 10 dance conventions. She was even recognized for her exemplary performance in an Advanced Pro hip hop class at The Pulse Convention by renowned hip hop choreographer, Dave Scott. She currently takes a hip hop class herself to stay current on the latest trends. Meghan is 27, and a third grade teacher. She loves to read and watch movies in her free time.