His Feet Dance is a Christian dance school, dedicated to teach students to dance in a way that is worshipful, encouraging, and focusing the glory back to God. We offer day time classes, designed specifically for home schooled students. All of our music is positive and God-honoring. All of our dance wear and costumes are modest and up-to-date. We focus our instruction on classical ballet and lyrical styles. Our school year runs from September to May, and finishes off the year with a beautiful Spring recital. Both of the facilities we use for our Ann Arbor and Brighton classes include ample parking, restrooms, and waiting rooms for the convenience of siblings and families.
Meet our Instructors
Hannah Hackel Owner/Instructor
Hannah has been teaching dance for 9 years. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and lyrical with Visions in Motion in Fenton. She gained additional ballet experience attending workshops with Ballet Magnificat and Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet. She has also taken the Cecchetti Council of America Summer Teacher Training program, the Lisa Howell dance teacher and practitioner training intensive, and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. In 2015, God provided for Hannah to develop, choreograph, and direct The Story Ballet, a full-length ballet production retelling the entire story of the Bible from Creation to the Resurrection of Christ. The Story Ballet performed a second season in 2017. Hannah taught dance with Visions in Motion in Fenton for 6 years and with Fenton Ballet Theatre for one year. She began His Feet Dance in the fall of 2015. In August of 2018, Hannah purchased and now operates Pipsqueak Boutique, a small business in her hometown Fenton, MI, selling boutique and resale children's clothing and accessories. Hannah loves the Lord and seeks to draw closer to Him, advance His kingdom, and share His love in each thing she does.
Emma Hackel Instructor
Emma has been studying ballet for 11 years, but also studied lyrical, jazz, tap, and theatre at different times throughout her dancing career. She has been teaching dance for 4 years. Emma performed with The Story Ballet in both 2015 and 2017, and in The Nutcracker ballet with Fenton Ballet Theatre in 2017. Emma is a homeschool graduate and is currently studying graphic design with Liberty University. She attends Hope Community Church in Ypsilanti where she serves teaching a teen girls’ Sunday school class and by being on the worship team.
Abigail Tessier Instructor
Abby is sixteen years old. She is homeschooled and lives in Fenton with her parents and nine siblings. She also attends The Rock Church. Abby has danced since she was five at a variety of studios where she studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, character, and contemporary. The majority of her training was through Brighton School of Ballet (formerly Fountain Dance Ministry.) She is currently studying at Fenton Ballet Theatre and His Feet Dance. She has been in many Nutcracker productions through BSB and FBT, and has attended many dance intensives and workshops. Abby feels it is a blessing to be teaching and dancing at His Feet Dance. She loves how the primary focus is on God. Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) - 'But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.'
Carissa Parunak Instructor
After attending a performance of The Story Ballet in 2015, Carissa decided in that she really wanted to learn to dance, that she really wanted a Christian dance school, and that she really wanted Hannah to be her teacher. Her mom encouraged her to pray about it and see what God would do. Though somewhat unsure it would happen, Carissa took the advice, and just a few months later her prayers were answered when His Feet Dance was born. Carissa is now 16, and 2020 will mark her 5th year of training in lyrical and classical ballet, her 3rd year en pointe, and her 3rd year of teaching and assisting. She has also attended several
intensives, including a winter workshop on Progressing Ballet Technique,
and she has studied and taught other styles outside of His Feet,
including contemporary ballet, ballroom, and hip hop. One of Carissa's
favorite verses is Isaiah 65:24, and it reminds her of the way God
planned His Feet before she even asked for it: "Before they call I will
answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear."
Clarissa Tessier Instructor
Clarissa Tessier is fifteen years old. She lives in fenton with her parents and eight siblings. Clara attends the Rock Church with her family, and enjoys helping with the elementary kids.
Clara has been dancing since she was four. She started her training at Brighton School of Ballet(formerly called Fountain Dance Ministry). This is Clara’s second year dancing at His Feet, and her first year teaching. She loves being able to teach all the students how to dance, while glorifying God at the same time.
Clara’s favorite bible verses are: Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
James 1:17 “ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the Heavenly lights, who doesn’t change like shifting shadows”