Artistic Direction

deniseMAGIC Artistic Director: Denise Gillman, FDCCA, AISTD

Ms. Gillman began her early training in Michigan with Marjorie B. Randazzo; she was the recipient of the Hammond Scholarship allowing her to continue as a full-time student at the National Ballet School of Canada.

Ms. Gillman is a frequent guest teacher in the United States and Europe, including faculty positions at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisville Ballet School, the International Summer School of the Cecchetti Council of America, ISTD – Cecchetti, and the Kate Simmons School in England.

Ms. Gillman is familiar with Balanchine style and has training in the Vaganova and RAD methods of teaching, although her teaching preference is the Cecchetti Method.

Through many years of continued education, dedication and love of dance, Ms. Gillman has achieved an associate diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has also earned her Cecchetti Diploma as a dancer and teacher.

Ms. Gillman is dedicated to the continuation of the art of ballet and ballet education. For the past seventeen years, she has grown her dance studio into a multi-location academy . Gillman’s Dance Academy is also home to the MAGIC, Inc., a youth dance company founded by Ms. Gillman and community members who are invested in the non-profit, MAGIC – Making Art Grow In Children.


Artistic Team:

madelynMadalyn Brinkhaus

Born in Louisville, Madalyn began her dance training with the Louisville Ballet School. She graduated from Butler University in 2012 with high honors and a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy. At Butler, she performed in a number of Classical Ballets, such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Coppélia, as well as many contemporary and jazz pieces.

Madalyn is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and has completed her Teacher’s Exams I-V. She is also a member of Dance Masters of America, and through this organization she is certified to teach Acrobatic Dance.

Madalyn sees the importance in continuing her dance education and has attended a number of workshops, including Rhee Gold’s Dance Teacher Conference in Scottsdale, AZ and Kate Simmon’s International School in England. She has adjudicated the Junior Title Competition for Ohio Dance Masters and has guest taught Dance Masters of the Bluegrass Fall Workshop.

Madalyn is a Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer for M.A.G.I.C., Louisville’s non-profit youth dance company. In addition to teaching at Gillman’s, she teaches dance and gymnastics classes at The Gardner School. She is also certified in Zumba®, Zumba® Kids, and Zumba® Kids Jr.

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