Grace. Dedication. Love.
Dance class is a privilege, not an expectation.
I am thankful to my parents, I am grateful to my teachers.
Every time I come to class, I try to be the best that I can be.
I do not compare myself to others, or cause others to feel inferior.
I will encourage, respect and inspire my fellow classmates.
I am made in the image of God and my body was create just right.
I will never stop dreaming, believing or achieving my goals.
I am a dancer; watch me soar!
Petit Allegro is bringing the excitement of dance to homeschoolers in southeast Michigan!
We offer Ballet, Pointe, Praise, Jazz & Preschool classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Livonia, MI.
Classes begin in September, run throughout the school year and commence with a recital in the spring.
Our annual recital is a professional level production.
Before Petit Allegro LLC, we were formally known as Palaestra Dance Team. Our dance program first began in 2007 at Palaestra, Inc. which is a non-profit group which meets weekly at His Church Anglican in Livonia, Michigan. Homeschoolers ranging from K-12th grade gather to participate with other homeschooled children in extra curricular classes like art, foreign language, music and science. Click here to learn more about Palaestra Inc.
By 2017, our dance program had outgrown the space at the church, so moved to an off-campus location at a nearby dance studio. Our team now rents space inside of Angie Hahn Academy of Dance studio in Livonia. In January of 2021, Petit Allegro LLC commenced; giving our dance program a larger capacity to meet the demands of an expanding schedule and growing student body. We are still very close with Palaestra, Inc. and treasure our ongoing friendship and support for one another.
Each Fall semester, our team partners with Heart 2 Hart Detroit to provide food, clothing, hygiene products, and helpful information to Detroit’s homeless and needy population. Our goal each season is to match the number of Blessings Bags to the number of students we have that year. Click here to learn more.
Our dance team has also held community dance performances at local nursing homes and hospice care centers to share the beauty of dance with our senior citizens and their families.
Founder & Director
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Praise, Preschool
Miss Christina has been training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Praise dance for over twenty years. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Petit Allegro LLC (formally Palaestra Dance Team) and has been leading the program since 2007. Christina is a STOTT Pilates certified instructor and a certified Personal Trainer through The National Academy of Sports Medicine.
She was also the director of choreography several times for summer musicals through Oakland Homeschool Music. Her favorite musicals to choreograph were Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof and Annie. Christina first began teaching praise dance classes at her church at age thirteen and has been teaching nonstop ever since! She directed the Earth to Eternity praise dance ensemble for six years and then went on to become a company member of a Grace Dance Ensemble. Before she launched Petit Allegro, she taught at several studios and gyms including Piazza Dance Company, Pulse Fitness and Balance Pilates Studio.
Christina LOVES teaching dance!
"Growing up, I switched dance studios a lot. One place didn't focus on good technique, one had mean girls and one had costumes that were too revealing. Being homeschooled myself, I never felt like I belonged at any studio because I was always the new kid. When I started Petit Allegro, I knew exactly the kind of program I wanted to create: a warm and non-competitive atmosphere for dancers to learn solid technique alongside encouraging classmates. I am so proud of this company and my desire is to help each student achieve their best!"
Petit Allegro Instructors
Suzanne Kirsch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Iowa. Her prior studies included Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts and Anne Peterson's School of Dance. She is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum and has studied the Vaganova method of ballet under John White, the late Mansur Kamaletdinov and various artists of the Bolshoi Ballet and Vaganova Choreographic Institute. Suzanne has been teaching ballet for nearly 30 years and guest teaches throughout the state of Michigan. She regularly attends workshops in the US and Canada to bring the most up-to-date information to her students.
Ballet, PrePointe, Pointe
Eliana Gibbs has trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, and worship dance over the past seven years. She has been teaching and assisting in ballet and lyrical dance classes for almost five years. She trains in the Cecchetti method of ballet and is currently working towards her Grade One teachers exam and her Diploma student exam. Eliana is a recent high-school homeschool graduate, and has a passion for dancing and teaching dance to young students. She loves to teach students how to use their passion for dance to bring glory to God!