Artistic Directors
Michi Barber and Leslie Sullivan
Together Since 1985

Michi Barber

Michi Barber



Michi Barber has been teaching Dance since 1982 and has spent 20 years developing a unique Dance Curriculum for preschool age students. Additionally, she has:

  • Coordinating dance programs since 1990
  • Decades experience working with pre-school children
  • Experience teaching: Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Lyrical, Swing, Ballroom and competition dance teams
  • Movement instructor for developmentally disabled
  • Project Heart movement specialist
  • Artist in Residence, Sunnyside School
  • Co-author Comprehensive Arts Curriculum for Decatur School District 61
  • Suzuki Society Eurythmics workshop instructor




Leslie Sullivan


Leslie Charveron-Sullivan has been teaching dance since 2001 and has studied dance since the age of two. Additionally, she has:

  • BS degree with emphasis in dance from Millikin University, December, 2005
  • Millikin University dance courses: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Ballroom
  • Experience teaching: Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Lyrical, Swing, Ballroom and competition dance teams
  • Choreographer for Best of Summer Stock (B.O.S.S.) program
  • Assistant teacher to Gary Shull, Millikin University Preparatory Department
  • Workshop instructor: Swing, Show Choir and Jazz/Hip-hop
  • Performed Greek Folk dancing with the Athenian Dancers since age 5



Anna Whitaker

Anna Schwartz


Anna has been dancing since age 4 and has been teaching at The Dance Centre since 2011. She has experience teaching Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary. We are excited to have Anna back for another great year!





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Ariana Shelton


Ari started ballet with Michi at the age of 2 and grew to love many dance forms including pointe, lyrical, jazz/hip- hop, tap, and contemporary. She went on to dance with the Springfield Ballet Company for 2 seasons. She studied dance at Millikin University where she performed with their dance ensemble. Ari is excited to have a teaching career here at The Dance Centre!





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Kati Vespa


 Kati started dancing with Michi at the age of 5 and not only gained skill as a dancer but confidence in her abilities.  Kati has experience in  many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical,  jazz, hip-hop and her favorite, tap.  She has also choreographed for her college dance team at Illinois State University from where she is a graduate.  Kati is excited to be back at The Dance Centre!






The Dance Centre staff regularly attend teacher conferences and dance

workshops in order to continue their dance education.

Believe in Yourself

Dance Centre Recital

Christmas Charity Performance

December, 2nd 2017

Forsyth Mall Christmas Performance

December, 9th 2017

Dance Centre Recital Dates

June 7th-10th, 2018

Making Dreams Come True


We should consider every day lost in which we have not  danced at least once   
                  - Nietzsche

Click below for pictures from our dance recital

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