Who We Are

Meet Our Staff

Molly Sute / Director & Instructor

Molly Sute began their dance career as a competitive dancer and with the Detroit Tap Repertory. After high school, they began their apprenticeship with MADD Rhythms in Chicago while teaching dance and attending Wayne State University full-time. Molly graduated from WSU in 2019 with a dual degree in Dance and Public Relations.

Currently, Molly is a professional member of MADD Rhythms and the Digital and Social Media Coordinator at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for Performing Arts. They love staying connected to their community by performing locally and working with dancers all over Metro Detroit.

Samantha Penive / Director & Instructor

Samantha Penive is a dance instructor and choreographer who has grown up in the Metro Detroit dance community. She began her career as a competitive dancer and is currently getting her Bachelor’s of Science in dance at Wayne State University. 

Along with choreography, Samantha is passionate about mental health advocacy and creating a safe space for dancers to grow technically and artistically. 

Abby Givens / Ballet & Pointe Instructor

Abby Givens graduated from Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance in 2020 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Dance. During her time there she trained extensively in the STOTT Pilates method. She has had the privilege of dancing in pieces by BAIRA, RAS Mikey Courtney, Bosmat Nossan, Biba Bell, Brandon Koepsell, and many of her peers. Abby’s passion is teaching dancers how to use their bodies safely and efficiently while enhancing their artistic expression.

Lexi Brown / Instructor

Lexi Brown grew up dancing on a competition team where she fell in love with various styles of dance. After graduating from a successful competitive career she moved on to Madonna University, where she is working toward a BFA in dance.

Youth Protection Advocates in Dance

Eclipse Dance Collective is currently in the process of earning our YPAD Safety and Wellness certification. This will assure that instructors are properly trained in the best practices to keep our students physically safe and mentally secure. YPAD also stresses the importance of developmentally appropriate artistry in the classroom, onstage, and online. Dance class is a very vulnerable place, and these issues are all too often pushed under the rug in competitive dance environments. EDC is driven by the mission to create an empowering space for dancers to safely grow.

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