Instructor Biographies

Our Top American and European Champion instuctors are extremely qualified to provide dance instruction

Andrzej Przybyl

Andrzej Przybyl is native of Poland. He has been dancing with his twin sister for 14 years. During their competitive career in Poland they achieved many top honors:

  • Finalists in 10 Dance Polish Championships
  • 3rd place in Academic Championships
  • 4 time winners of Regional Championships

They traveled across Europe representing Poland in many international competitions in Russia, Germany, England, Italy and Holland. In August 2002 they came to the United States and soon afterwards established themselves as one of the top Latin couples. Some of their most recent accomplishments are: Winners of Professional Rising Star category at the Ohio Star Ball, Holiday Classics, Heritage Dance Classic and Montreal Dancesport Championships 3rd place in Professional Rising Star at the National Championships in California Quarter finalists in Open Professional Latin in Blackpool

Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark is renown as a top U.S. coach/professional competitor, studio owner and performer at special events. He currently holds the following titles:

  • 2009 #1 Top Teacher Award at the Michigan Dance Challenge (2000-2009);
  • 2008 and 2004 Global Superbowl Champion (top U.S. dance circuit ranking)
  • 2008-2004 Top 3 U.S. ranked students in all American and International styles (25 styles)
  • Former ballroom competition organizer, judge at ballroom/latin/nightclub events & ballroom/latin coach for ice skating champions.

With extensive global performance and coaching experience, he is certified and enjoys working with beginning social school figures to advanced competitive levels, and specializes in custom wedding choreography and exciting corporate and floorshow performances. He is the full-time instructor at Dance Elite teaching private/group lessons 7 days a week from 11am-11pm. He teaches private lessons and weekly $10 group classes on Monday mornings (beg/interm. level.), Friday nights (beg.-interm.), and Saturday mornings (interm. technique). He also hosts/DJ's Metro Detroit's best $10 Friday night group class/open dance party offering a great mix of social dancers and the best variety of dance music!

Izabela Orlowska

Izabela Orlowska was born in Olsztyn, Poland which is often referred as the Capital of ballroom dancing. Izabela (Iza) started dancing ballet at age 7, began ballroom dancing when she was 12, and shortly thereafter started competing in Latin and Modern styles of dance. Iza has entered over 100 European competitions in Poland, Germany, Holland, Hungary and Russia and placed in the top six finalists the majority of the time.

Iza moved to the United States in 1992 and began working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills. While there, she studied American Rhythm and American Smooth. In 1994 Iza entered competitive dancing across the country with her students. In 1998 Iza began teaching International Latin, Modern, American Rhythm and American Smooth,and teaching all levels of dance from social to advanced, competitive students, at a dance studio in Southfield, MI. and is excited with teaching at Dance Elite's new, state of the art dance facility.

Meredith Watkins

Meredith is thrilled to be teaching at Dance Elite! Since she began teaching here in 2005, some of her recent professional credits include:

  • Choreographer and Principal Dancer for "Let's Mambo" a music video by Sean Forbes that stars Academy Award Winning Actress Marlee Matlin and Professional Dancer Fabian Sanchez from ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
  • DVIDA certified pro/am competitive instructor who teaches both American and International ballroom and Latin styles of dance
  • Intensive training in American Rhythm, Smooth, Salsa & Performance under World Champion Theatre Arts dancers Tommye Giacchino & Gregory Day
  • Collaborative partnership with Champion Gregory Day to help create the fresh & innovative Advanced Salsa Syllabus for Chicago's famous Chicago Dance studio
  • Numerous 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Awards with students at Ohio Star Ball & Michigan Dance Challenge
  • Specializing in Pro/Am Competitions & Showcases

Meredith enjoys working with dancers of all ages and skill levels. She loves to teach because dance has been her long time passion, and she cannot imagine doing anything else.

Mari Murphy

Mari Murphy first came to Dance Elite in 2008 already as a Top Dancesport Competitor and began training under Glenn Clark. She still continues to study and train with him and with World Dance Champions in the Ballroom & Latin dances. However, her biggest passion and what Mari has become most known for is Salsa, Bachata and Latin flavor styles of dance. Mari was recently honored in Michiganís Salsa community with 3 prestigious Top Instructor nominations and won the 2011 Detroit Salsa DSA Award!

Years before her ballroom training, Mariís background consisted of Jazz, Contemporary, Flamenco, Belly & Gypsy Dance, which all adds to her unique and beautiful style on the dance floor. As a trained dance instructor, she enjoys teaching all levels of dancers and of all ages. Both women and men receive equally as much benefit in her classes. One of her favorite things to teach is the flavorful distinction between men & womenís roles & styling and gives both sides exciting new ways to approach dance.

As the founder of ďAutumn Rain Productions - Entertainment & TalentĒ which she started in 2007, Mari believes that dance above all else should be fun. This is the foundation for her entertainment organization now consisting of over 40 members all dedicated to Dance, Music, Stage, Drama and Dance productions.

Mari Murphy is an exciting new addition to Dance Elite providing weekly Groups & Practices and quality dance lessons customized exclusively for you!

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