Miranda Haywood-Curry - Executive Director & Dance Instructor
Mrs. Miranda 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. Miranda 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
Mr. Curry 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
Ms. Hannah is a going to be a senior 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. Hannah 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 this season again teaching jazz and hip hop.
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 twelve years. She has performed in our regular productions and at Danish Festivals & Grand Rapids Festival of Arts. Alex is senior at the Greenville High School and is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Sami Leitz - Pre Ballet Assistant
Ms. Sami has been dancing at Flat River Dance Company for the past 7 years. She is a student at the Greenville Middle School.
Ms. Rylee Cortez - Pre Ballet Assistant
Ms. Rylee has been dancing at Flat River Dance Company for the past 8 years. She is a student at the Greenville Middle School.
Ms. Sara Larson - Pre Ballet Assistant
Ms. Sara has been dancing at Flat River Dance Company for the past 9 years. She is a student at the Central Montcalm Middle School.