BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., February 18, 2014 – Oakland University has awarded Detroit Country Day School Upper and Middle School Teacher Alexis DeCapua-Collins with its Outstanding Young Alumni Award for 2014. This award recognizes alumni for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.
DeCapua-Collins teaches dance education at DCDS and brings 10 years of professional experience as an educator, professional dancer and choreographer to the classroom. A recognized choreographer, she has been awarded with the Maggie Allesee Award in choreographic achievement, as well as awards from the Universal Dance Association, Starpower Talent, Ameridance and the National Dance Alliance. She has studied internationally at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Italy and performed with an elite group of professional dancers selected to tour Puerto Rico on behalf of the NBA and ESPN.
“Alexis has a natural talent and strong passion that allows her to connect on a personal level with our students,” said Shilling. “Her unique approach to dance education embodies our motto of “a sound mind in a sound body”. We are very proud of Alexis’s achievements and fortunate that she shares her dance experiences and knowledge with our students.”
A certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, DeCapua-Collins emphasizes physical fitness and athleticism in each of her courses at DCDS. DeCapua-Collins has developed a unique dance course that incorporates a personalized training program for each student.
Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in dance, DeCapua-Collins went on to earn a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in sports leadership, coaching and technology.
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.