Teachers and Staff



Hollie Bottiglia
Ms. Hollie is the Director of the Company; has toured both across the United States and internationally with The Masterpiece, A Toymaker’s Dream, a professional Christian dance company.
Upon returning from this touring, Hollie founded MMDCo in Highland, where she has served as Owner and Artistic Director for the past 19 years.
While directing at MMDCo, Hollie attended Oakland University where she studied dance under the direction of Laurie Eisenhower, and performed in the repertory company, occasionally performing with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble.



Leilani Sibinovski
Ms. Lei has been a student of dance for over 25 years and a dance teacher for over 15 years. Leilani studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, serving as a member of the Rainbow Warrior Dance team for four years and dance captain for two and choreographing the award-winning dance studio Drill Hawaii. Other experience that Ms. Lei brings includes:
EDGE Performing Arts center in Los Angeles under Mia Michaels, Chris Dupree, Savion Glover.
Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in New York City
Urban Jamm Dance Convention scholarship winner
WNBA’s Shockwave Dance Team; choreography for the Detroit Pistons dance team, Automation.
NFL Pro Bowl halftime dancer with All America Cheer and Dance, nine years.
All America scholarship winner
All America recruiter and counselor
Backup dancer for Back Street Boys and 98 Degrees
Head Choreographer, Head Training Instructor, and Head Camp Instructor, Eastern Cheer and Dance Association, seven years.
Pageant participation includes:
Miss Oakland County
Miss Spirit of the State
Talent Award Winner, Miss Michigan
Second Runner-Up, Miss Michigan
Co-Director of Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen Pageant.
Choreography for musicals includes Oakland Homeschool Music Institute’s (OHMI) production of “Music Man”, and Walled Lake Northern High School’s productions of “Wizard of Oz” and “Tarzan”
Concordia University dance team instructor; guest teacher at Ann Arbor Dance Classics and Jayson Michaels Energy Dance.
Choreographed for Living Water contemporary ballet company.
Ms. Lei has taught at MMDCo for 11 years, serving as Instructor, Rehearsal Director, and Choreographer for dance teams and the annual production of the Christmas Show; she is also the Assistant Manager of the Teaching Staff.



Kerry Graney
Ms. Kerry started her ballet training at the Brighton School of Ballet under the direction of Deborah Shiposh in 1997. During her training there, she had the opportunity to perform as a part of Brighton City Ballet in both classical and original works.
Kerry also began her teaching career as an assistant at the age of 13 at MMDCo; after graduating high school, Kerry furthered her training as a dance major at Grand Valley State University.
Under the artistic direction of Jefferson Baum, Kerry was invited to join dance ensemble as a freshman where she was given the opportunity to study under many guest artists including Amanda Edge of New York City Ballet and Mary Beth Cabana, artistic director of Ballet Tuscon.  She also had the privilege of taking courses from Sean France, Calin Radilescu, Sherri Barre, Lisa Catrett, and Coppelia Sanford Lopez.
In 2005, Kerry started her professional career where she was hired as a guest artist to perform by different schools across the state. Her favorite role was as Swanhilda in the ballet Coppelia as a part of the Great Lakes Youth Ballet.
Kerry joined the staff of MMDCo full time in the fall of 2006 and has enjoyed growing with the studio. While at MMDCo, she has been a rehearsal director for productions, written original children’s ballets, and coached for the Youth America Grand Prix.

Karissa Phillips
Ms. Karissa is originally from Coshocton, Ohio, and has been taking ballet since age 11.
Karissa Phillips, from Coshocton, Ohio, has been taking ballet since age 11. She considers her home ballet school to be The Ballet Academy in Newark, Ohio. After high school graduation, she joined the trainee program of Light Of The World Ballet Company in Syracuse, NY. She studied under Ashley Rollinson, a previous company member of Ballet Magnificat! Alpha.  In her two years as a trainee with Light Of The World Ballet, she received extensive performance experiences such as participating in a company tour as well as dancing in the streets of NYC. Her training included a study of ballet vocabulary, anatomy, and learning styles.
After graduating the trainee program, she returned home to teach ballet, pointe, and beginner modern/jazz classes at The Ballet Academy.
In 2014, she received a scholarship to dance at a university in China for their 15th anniversary performance. While there, she took Chinese Classical (Sleeve) dancing and Mongolian Folk dancing.
Outside of her dancing, Karissa earned an A.A. degree in math from Onondaga Community College and a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State University. She enjoys quoting movies, arts and crafts, learning languages, and exciting audiobooks.



Vicki Krier
Vicki Krier has had a passion for Russian ballet since she was a young girl.
Originating from Chicago, she trained with choreographers such as Ginger Farley &
Warren Conover of Lou Conte Hubbard Street Chicago, Gus Giordano & Nan Giordano
of Giordano’s Chicago, Joel Hall & Homer Bryant of River North Chicago, and Jean-
Pierre Bonnefoux & Patricia McBride of North Carolina Ballet Theater. Vicki studied
Choreography and Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
later completed certification Levels I and II of Russian Technique by Dimitri Roudnev of
the Bolshoi Ballet. Most recently, Vicki trained and performed for several years in
Stuttgart, Germany with Hitomi Haas, and with Aelita Rose. Vicki has been teaching
since 1994 (since 2000 in Michigan) and has brought her choreographic talent to
several ballets, musicals, and Liturgical dances in this time from local high school
performances to the Great Lakes Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.



Suzanne LeVasseur
Ms. Suzanne began studying ballet at age 4 and gymnastics at age 8. She has studied Cecchetti method from ages 11-18; hand worked toward a Dance Specialties Certificate while attending college, learning several different dance styles and gaining valuable performance experience. Returning to ballet after a hiatus, Suzanne has taken classes with Christian Kammuller.
Suzanne is a graduate of Oakland University, with a degree in Business and Organizational Behavior and is also a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Suzanne relaxes through her pastimes of ballet, reading, and traveling.


Jessica Pinckney
Ms. Jessica has been involved in dance since 1996, studying at Milford Dance Academy, Karen’s School of Dance, and at MMDCo. She has been on staff at MMDCo since 2009, serving as a Teacher and Choreographer. Her areas of study in dance include: ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, and pointe.
In August 2016 she became a certified dance instructor through Dance & Gym USA
Jessica’s professional experiences include:
Co-choreographed “Tarzan: the Musical” at Walled Lake Northern High School 2013
Choreographed 4th grade Pom Team at St. Patrick’s School 2013
Principal Dancer in MMDCo’s “Sleeping Beauty” 2009
Principal Dancer in MMDCo’s “Snow White” 2008
Principal Dancer in MMDCo’s “Madeline”, lead role of Miss Clavel 2007
Principal Dancer in MMDCo’s “Christmas” 2009-2012
Holly Varsity Dance Team & JV Dance Team (One year as Captain) 2005-2009

In addition to her work at MMDCo, Jessica is a graduate of Irene’s Mymassology Institute and a Licensed Massage Therapist.


Dakota VanSicklen
Ms. Dakota has been involved in dance since 2000, studying at Modern Messages Dance Company for 13 years. During her time as a Mmdco dancer she assisted in numerous classes. After entering college in 2015, she came back to teach.
She is currently involved in Oakland University’s Vitality dance where she choreographs and helps lead rehearsals while serving in both Secretary (2016) and Vice President (2017) positions.
While attending Mmdco, Ms. Dakota was a principle dancer in numerous spring ballets and Christmas shows. She was also part of the Mmdco dance team, and was captain for the 2014-15 season.
While growing up she took part in many dance camps, including Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and
was part of the Lakeland High School Varsity Poms in 2014.


Jocelyn Sweeney
Ms. Jocelyn is a former MMDCo student, studying dance there for 12 years. During her time at Modern Messages, she was a principle dancer in multiple Christmas shows and spring ballets. She was also a part of the MMDCo dance team, being a captain her final season.
While dancing at Mmdco she assisted in multiple classes, and taught tap/ballet to 3 yr old classes her senior year.
Jocelyn currently attends Alma College, where she is studying to double major in dance and IPHS (Integrated Physiological Health Science). She is a Alma dance company member, and a captain on the Alma College Dance Team.