Miranda Haywood-Curry (Executive Director & Dance Instructor)
serves also as a Choreographer, Ballet Mistress, Teacher, and Dancer
for FRDC. Miranda is a native of Ada, MI received her dance training
on scholarship with the Grand Rapids Ballet, and Pacific Northwest
Ballet Schools. Mrs. Curry also studied at the School of American
Ballet in New York City, NY. As a senior in high school, she joined
Grand Rapids Ballet signing her contract as a paid apprentice in the
company. She has performed professionally with the Grand Rapids Ballet,
North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charlotte Total
Theatre and the Moving Poets Theatre of Dance. She has also been a
guest artist for Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and Ablemarle
Academy of Dance where she was the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.
Mrs. Curry served as the first dance team coach for Providence Day High
School (Charlotte, NC) in 2003. From January 2011-2015, Mrs. Curry worked as a professor of dance at Grand Valley State University. She
instructed over 170 students each semester in ballet, jazz, modern,
ballroom, and stretch and tone. Since 1998, she has served on the
faculty for many of North Carolina and Michigan's finest ballet
schools: the school of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Charlotte
School of Ballet, Community School of the Arts, Charlotte City Ballet,
Miller Street Dance Academy, Weir Dancin', Las Americas, Turning Pointe
School of Dance and Classic Pointe. Ms. Miranda choreographed her first full length ballet of Snow White for FRDC for the 2018 - 2019 Season. As of February 2019, Mrs. Curry joined the YMCA (Mary Free Bed Branch) staff to instruct ballroom classes.
Joseph Curry (Artistic Director & Dance Instructor) originally from Greensburg, PA, danced professionally for fifteen years. He also carries the title of Choreographer, Teacher, and Ballet Master. He obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree from North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Curry spent five years with the North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) followed by eight years with the Moving Poets Theatre of Dance. He also guest performed, choreographed and taught dance classes for West Michigan Youth Ballet Company, New York City Opera, Mia Ballet, Kunami Ballet, Augusta Ballet, Greenville Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Fairfax Ballet, Roanoke Ballet, and Charlotte Youth Ballet. In March 2007, Mr. Curry directed and produced Artzilla, a Festival of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. This festival had an array of over 65 artists that included dancers, actors, storytellers, rappers, musicians, drummers, models and mimes. Joseph has also dedicated his life to working with children in dance by teaching and creating outreach programs for an number of schools which include North Carolina Dance Theatre, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Roanoke Ballet, and Savannah Dance Theatre. He has choreographed full length ballets for Flat River Dance Company including the Nutcracker, 12 Dancing Princesses, Good Night Moon, Tribute, The Magical Doll Shoppe, and Bluegrass.
Hannah Grant - (Dance Instructor) is a going to be a junior at Grand Valley State University majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. She has trained at FRDC for nine years with Miranda and Joseph Curry. She also has attended summer intensives with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. At Grand Valley, Ms. Grant is a member of Momentum, a student choreography club within the dance program. She was also on the Greenville Varsity Dance Team for three years. Her featured roles with Flat River Dance Company have been White Swan in Swan Lake, Clara in the Nutcracker, Star Pas in Good Night Moon and the Sugar Plum Fairy with Rockford Ballet. She is excited to be joining the FRDC staff next season again teaching super hero and princess camp, preballet, jazz and hip hop.
Alex Campbell- (Dance Instructor)
Ms. Alex is a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in dance. Ms. Campbell has trained under the Curry's for seven years. Ms. Alex has been a Pre Ballet Teacher Assistant since 2011. Her first year as a dance instructor for FRDC was for the 2015-2106 season. Some of her notable roles while dancing with Flat River Dance Company have been the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and most recently Mother Bunny in Good Night Moon.
Grace Phillips - Pre Ballet Assistant
Ms. Grace is a Senior at Greenville High School. She has been a member of the Varsity Dance Team for four years in a row. Her hobbies are dancing, babysitting, drawing, running, swimming, and baking. Ms. Phillips has been an pre ballet assistant for 5 years and is an dance instructor at the School of Rockford Ballet.
Alexandria Gilbertson - Pre Ballet Assistant
Ms. Alex has trained under the Curry's since 2009 and has been pre ballet assistant since 2018. Alex performed with Flat River Dance Company for the past nine years. She has performed in our regular productions and at Danish Festivals & Grand Rapids Festival of Arts. Alex is junior at the Greenville High School.
Sami Leitz - Pre Ballet Assistant
Ms. Sami has been dancing at Flat River Dance Company for the past 6 years. She is a student at the Greenville Middle School.
Damion Powers - Pre Ballet Assistant
Mr. Powers is a Senior at Greenville High School. This year will be his ninth year as a student of Flat River Dance Company and his fourth year as a teaching assistant for the pre ballet levels I, II, and III. Damion loves working with younger children and enjoys sharing his love of the arts with them.
Charlie Clark (Professional Guest Artist) made his return to the
Greenville Performing Arts Center with Flat River
Dance Company in the Magical Dolle Shoppe in 2015. He debuted in FRDC's production of the Nutcracker in
2012, as the Snow King and Arabian King. In 2013, he performed with
FRDC as the scarecrow in our Wizard of Oz production. Charlie began his
dance training at Miss Harriet's School of Dance. He started with tap
and later explored other styles and furthered his training at Miss
Erin's Dance Center, Miss Lore's Dance Rage and Paavola's School of
Ballet. He has graduated from Grand Valley State University and with
his major in Dance and Bio Medical Sciences.