Sara Randazzo

Sara has a rich and varied career in dance including performing, choreographing, directing, producing and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State

University and an Associate Degree in Health Sciences from Washtenaw Community College She received her Physical Therapist Assistant licensure in 2012. Most recently she has had the opportunity to assist Heather Southwick, PT at the Boston Ballet learning about the unique injuries and preventative interventions for dancers. 

Sara is a STOTT certified Pilates instructor in Mat and Reformer and uses Pilates to help the dancers to prevent injury and promote postural alignment.

Sara holds her Cecchetti teaching certificates for grades I-III. 

Sara has studied Jazz/Tap intensively for the past 20 years in Chicago, and New York with many great teachers including Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber, Josh Hilberman, Billy Siegenfeld (Jump Rhythm Jazz Technique), Ed Kresley (Broadway Jazz). 

Sara has choreographed for several dance companies including the Performing Arts Dance Theatre in Howell, Company Dance Traverse in Traverse City, Dance Arts of Chelsea, and the Ypsilanti Area Dancers. She spent the 2002-2003 academic year developing a Movement Physical Education program for the Ypsilanti Public School District. She is currently on faculty for the Dance Arts of Chelsea, the Department of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan and Randazzo Dance. 

Sara is the founder and director of Sole Full of Rhythm Tap Ensemble. (www.solefullofrhythm.com) The Ensemble tours schools, performs at festivals and produces annual Jazz concerts with live musicians, promoting Jazz/Tap as a uniquely American art form. 

Since 2013, Sara is the Artistic Director of Randazzo Dance Company (formerly Ypsilanti Area Dancers) (www.randazzodancecompany.com

Heidi Vitso

Heidi started her dance career at State Ballet of Rhode Island performing in Ballets such as Giselle, Coppelia and Romeo and Juliet under the direction of Myles and Herci

Marsden. She continued her dance education at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts studying Dance and Art Therapy while performing with the Dean College Modern Dance Company under the direction of Joan Palladino.

After her formal schooling she moved to Trondheim, Norway where she was soloist for Release Modern Jazz Dance Company. After returning to the United States, she performed as guest dancer for several companies, taught Aerobics and private dance classes.

She joined the faculty of Randazzo Dance in 1994 and was trained extensively by Marjorie Randazzo. She has earned her Cecchetti teaching certificates in grades I-V and is currently continuing her studies through the Professional Level.

In 2002, Heidi became partner of Randazzo Dance and is the Director of the ballet program.

Heidi is the former Artistic Director of the Ypsilanti Area Dancers (now Randazzo Dance Company) where she was responsible for many ballet performances from 2003 to 2013.

She is a full board member for the General Board of the Cecchetti Council of America. Currently, Heidi is directing the Ballet, Modern and Cecchetti program at Randazzo Dance. 

Roya Panahi

Roya has studied ballet, jazz and tap with Marjorie and Sara Randazzo at Randazzo Dance and ballet with Wendi Alger at the University of Michigan. Additional ballet

training consists of summer study at the National Academy of the Arts, Southwest Ballet Center, Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and Marygrove College.

She has performed with the Ypsilanti Area Dancers, Ballet Repertory in Ann Arbor, and

the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. Roya has been an instructor at Randazzo Dance for many years. She has also choreographed for Randazzo Dance Company (formerly Ypsilanti Area Dancers), and served as Directors Assistant. Roya has received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology and a Specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. As a psychologist she has researched the benefits of dance on the self-concepts of young children. Currently, Roya teaches pre- ballet and ballet for Randazzo Dance as well as ballet performance for the Ypsilanti Area Dancers. She also serves

as Directors Assistant for the Ypsilanti Area Dancers. 

Laura McCarthy

Laura has studied at the Boston School of Ballet under E. Virginia Williams and the American Ballet Studio with Arlene Ashton. For the past twenty-two years, she has

studied with Marjorie Randazzo. Other significant influences include Margaret Craske, Violet Verdy, Patricia Wilde, and Anthony Randazzo. Laura is a General Board member of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds her Diploma Teachers Certificate of the Cecchetti Council of America.

In 1971 Laura established the Nashua School of Ballet, where she was an instructor and Artistic Director. She founded the Nashua Ballet Company in 1973. After coming to Michigan, Laura taught at Dance Theatre II, La Danse, and Ann Arbor Recreation Department. She has been a key instructor at Randazzo Dance from 1993-1994, and since Fall of 2002. From 1996 to 2002, Laura was co- owner and Artistic Director of Dance Arts of Chelsea. Laura’s performances include dancing with the Boston Ballet, Nashua Ballet Company and the Ypsilanti Area Dancers. Currently, Laura teaches ballet and Cecchetti for Randazzo Dance as well as ballet performance for Randazzo Dance Company (formerly Ypsilanti Area Dancers).

She also serves as Directors Assistant for Randazzo Dance Company. 

Lila Dolson

Lila began dancing at the age of 5 and soon began training with Marjorie Hassard and Kay Bliss where she did her Cecchetti student exams. She joined the Detroit City Ballet

and after High School taught at some local studios until her love of flying took her to Texas to be a flight Attendant for American Airlines. After 15 years in Texas, Lila moved back to Michigan. The return to Michigan also brought a return to dance where she completed her Cecchetti Teacher’s exams through Grade III working with Laura McCarthy and LeeAnn King. She has also attended various continuing education seminars

as well as the Cecchetti Teacher’s Refresher at Hope College. Lila has taught at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where she taught a Woman’s Ballet Fitness Class, Dance Arts of Chelsea, and also private ballet classes for dancers, skaters, and seniors. She currently heads up the Pre Ballet Program

at Randazzo Dance. 

Griffen Walton

Griffen has been a tap student of Sara Randazzo at Randazzo Dance since the age of 9. He was always eager to be trained and picked up tap quickly. Before long Griffen began assisting Sara teach some of her tap classes. Griffen has traveled to New York City and Chicago to train with many of the great tap dancers such as Brenda Bufalino, Josh Hilberman and Samuel Smith.

Being allowed to grow and develop his own unique style, Griffen has used tap as a way to express his creativity. He appreciates all types of music, especially jazz and gospel. While rhythm tap has been his primary passion, he has also taken jazz and some ballet, and enjoys playing the drums and piano. In his free time, Griffen participates in basket ball and weight training his favorite sports. He is a senior at Belleville High. He is a minster at Christ Temple Church. 

January Provenzola

January studied ballet, jazz and modern in the Ann Arbor area for the majority of her life and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Dance Department. In addition to a love of dance, January is heavily involved as a performer and choreographer in local theatre. 

Christine Sampier

Christine started dancing at the age of 4 at Randazzo Dance Studio. She started with ballet and then began taking jazz and tap later on. Christine was also a member

of Community High Dance Body, where she learned modern dance and began choreographing all styles of dance for the group. She continued dancing at Washtenaw Community College with Noonie Anderson and Gayle Martin. Christine has had the pleasure of dancing with Ypsilanti Area Dancers, Patchwerk Dance Troupe, Dance 4 Unity and Factory Dance Co. She has taken master classes with Ed Kressley, Tony Randazzo, Peter Sparling, Peter Kentis and Jefferson Baum.

She has performed in numerous Nutcracker performances, at Heritage Festivals, the Ann Arbor Art Fair and several showcases in Ypsilanti.

Currently Christine is directing and producing her third Nutcracker based out of Washtenaw Community College. She is a principal dancer for Rare Paragon Gems, headed by Gayle Martin and also teaches for Randazzo Dance Company. 

Connie Jo Ferguson

Connie Jo has been dancing most of her life. Originally, her interests were in studying ballet and modern jazz in a small town in northwest Michigan. She moved to Ann Arbor

in the mid 70's and continued her dance studies and began teaching ballet and jazz at various Ann Arbor studios. In 1978, she saw the Green Grass Cloggers at the Wheatland Music Festival and was instantly hooked on traditional old-time clogging and old-time string band music. Her interests in clogging lead her on the percussive dance path, studying English step dance, as well as Irish and French Canadian styles, and of course,

TAP. When she is not at her full time job as a test engineer at Lotus Engineering in Ann Arbor, she enjoys dancing at Randazzo Dance, teaching classes here that there, and attending music festivals. For many years she has taught tap at Dance Arts of Chelsea and jazz in Ann Arbor at the Cultural Arts Building. She also continues her tap training by taking trips to study with some of the great teachers around the country.

Currently, Connie teaches Tap/Clogging and Jazz for Randazzo Dance, and also helps with Sole Full of Rhythm performances. 

Kyla Lloyd

Kyla is a student at Eastern Michigan University studying dance performance where she has had the opportunity to participate in faculty concerts as well as Oakland Dance Festival performing works by Laura Zimmerman, Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonutz. Recently, Kyla accepted an invitation to perform in a video project under the direction of Joanna McNamara that will be premiered at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2016. Kyla stays active in the Michigan dance scene, most recently having the honor of performing in a collaboration concert as part of Brighton Dance Festival where she worked with some of Michigan's top dancers and choreographers including Kathy King, Sarah Magoon, and Jodie Randolph.

Mikhayla Dolson

Mikhayla is a native to Grand Prairie, Texas. After moving to Superior Township, Michigan, she began her early training at Sylvia Studio of dance under the instruction of Lee Ann King and Karen Keith as well as Randazzo Dance with Sara Randazzo, Heidi Vitso, Laura McCarthy, Roya Panahi, and Rachel Zonca. Here she was a member of Ypsilanti Area Dancers (Randazzo Dance Company), Ann Arbor Civic Ballet, as well as Sole Full of Rhythm. At the age of 13, Mikhayla began her training at Dance Arts of Chelsea with Wendi DuBois, Nancy Giles, and Carrie Schotte, where she also became a dancer with Ballet Chelsea under the artistic direction of Wendi DuBois, as well as Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Carrie Schotte.

After high school she furthered her training as a Dance Major at Mercyhurst University in Erie Pennsylvania under the direction of Tauna Hunter with Michael Gleason, Noelle Partusch, Solveig Santilliano, Mark Santilliano, Christine Hay, Leslie Brown, and Christiania Maria Adelhardt; as well as at Eastern Michigan University with Wendi DuBois, Sherry Wilkinson, Joanna McNamara, Jillian Hopper, Jodi Randolph, and Kathy King.

Mikhayla has been fortunate enough to be a company member with the Lake Erie Ballet company in Pennsylvania as well as a dancer in American Ballet Theater’s Romeo and Juliet. Her training also includes that of Joffrey Ballet Chicago, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Joffrey Ballet New York, Burklyn Ballet Theater, and 360 Degrees. She has performed roles such as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and Clara in the Nutcracker. Mikhayla was also awarded full scholarships from both the Cecchetti Council of America and Ballet Met of Columbus.

Mikhayla has served as faculty at Dance Arts of Chelsea and Ballet Chelsea, as well as a rehearsal assistant for Ballet Chelsea and the Randazzo Dance Company. She is excited to join the faculty at Randazzo Dance. Mikhayla is currently a senior working towards her B.A. in Dance Performance.

Rebecca Zahm

Rebecca began her dance training at the age of ten at Randazzo Dance in Ypsilanti.  There she trained in Cecchetti ballet as well as modern dance.  Rebecca attended Oakland University for three semesters before transferring to Eastern Michigan University.  During that time she worked with many well-known teachers and choreographers including Laurie Eisenhower, Ginger Thatcher, Ali Woerner, Christina Tasco, Rodney Brown, Sherry Jerome Wilkinson, Joanna McNamara, Shauna Steele, Holly Hobbs and Wendi DuBois.  Rebecca also danced with the Rustic Groove Dance Company under the direction of Matthew Farmer, Kristen Farmer, and Shauna Steele.  Rebecca graduated summa cum laude and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and French in December of 2012. 

Audrey Slough

Audrey Slough has been learning, performing, teaching, or choreographing for Randazzo Dance and its affiliate companies for the past 20 years. She began with ballet lessons at the age of four, but quickly expanded her scope to include tap, jazz, and contemporary dance. In addition to studying with the esteemed staff of Randazzo Dance, Audrey has received intensive training through summer programs with the Cecchetti Council of America, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Washington School of Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Audrey has worked as an Artistic Assistant for Randazzo Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker, is currently a board and company member of Sole Full of Rhythm, and teaches Adult Ballet.


Audrey received her Bachelor’s from Kalamazoo College in Studio Art, where she focused on sculpture and performance art. Since graduating, Audrey has continued to broaden her understanding of and connection to dance. She has done this primarily by studying for her teacher’s certificates in the Cecchetti method under Laura McCarthy, along with her roles with Sole Full of Rhythm and Randazzo Dance Company. She takes great pride in sharing her love of dance and strives to foster passion for the art form within her students at Randazzo.