Brief History of FDM
In May 1976, Deborah Shiposh opened the
Brighton School of Ballet in
downtown Brighton. With her commitment to a high standard of classical ballet training, it was recognized as a serious ballet school
for a quarter of a century, bringing the arts to Livingston County by staging annual productions of the Nutcracker in December, as well as
other ballet classics in the spring. In 2000, Mrs. Shiposh was led to integrate her Christian faith with her life's work, and subsequently joined forces with Debbie Tweedie to found
Fountain Dance Ministry. Their mutual
vision was to maintain the strong commitment to excellence in dance training which had become a hallmark of the school, but also to
incorporate a new, more meaningful dimension to the expression of dance. Based on their belief that beautiful dance is not only
a reflection of the movement of the body, but also of the soul, their stated purpose was to train dancers who are not only graceful
and technically correct, but also who have a heart for the Lord. Originally established as a branch of the Brighton School of Ballet
the new work grew to encompass the entire school, which eventually
led to its being renamed Fountain Dance Ministry, to reflect its
Christian framework. In addition, a resident Repertory Company was
later formed with the purpose of expanding their contribution to the
community beyond the arts to include dance as a form of worship and
After Mrs. Tweedie's retirement from the school in mid 2013, Katrina Frelich was given the role of co-director. Throughout her life, Katrina has extensively trained as ballet dancer under her mother's instruction at Brighton School of Ballet and has spent many summers studying at the schools of various professional ballet companies. After high school, she continued her dancing at Western Michigan University where she received a dance minor and Bachelors of Business Administration. Since moving back from California in 2004, she has enjoyed once again dancing and teaching with FDM while sharing her love for the Lord through dance ministry. With over 20 years of ballet teaching experience and as a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, she brings a depth of knowledge for correct body placement and technique, as well as passion for helping students find joy in their movement.
Together, Deborah Shiposh and Katrina Frelich continue to stage traditional ballet classics, as well as choreograph and present contemporary Christian pieces at churches, retreats and a variety of other venues. Fountain Dance Ministry is pleased with its growing repertoire and hopes to continue sharing the dancers' talents with the community in the years to come.
Deborah Shiposh and Katrina Frelich dancing "My Mother's Faith" Presentation Night 2009.
Fountain Dance Teaching Staff:
Deborah Shiposh - Founder and Owner, Director, Teacher
Katrina Frelich - Director, Teacher for Level 3 Classes (Intermediate I, II, III and Advanced), Creative Movement.
Brooke Holvick - Teacher for Level 2 Classes (Beginner I, II, III)
Katrina Smith - Teacher for Level 1 Classes (Cherubs, Angels, Archangels)
Dayna Muhleck - Teacher for Teen/Adult Ballet I