Faculty

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Kate Amdur

Co-Founder & Director

Kate has over 25 years of dance training, which she received throughout studios in North Central Massachusetts. She has extensive training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary and Duncan Dance. Kate was accepted to Fitchburg State, where she studied Theatre and in Special Education. During this time Kate started creating an adaptive dance classes as an independent study to support dancers with disabilities. Kate had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, during this time she began to explore the concept of dance as a means of non-verbal communication and kinesthetic expression. Soon after, Kate was introduced to Dance Movement Therapy. She continued to pursue this avenue and was accepted into Lesley University’s Dance Movement Therapy graduate program. Kate used this time to explore movement as an expressive and healing tool and further develop her curriculum that would combine her two passions, Special Education and dance. After developing her curriculum, Kate was given the opportunity to implement her dance curriculum at Belmont S.P.O.R.T. Successfully, she continued with Belmont S.P.O.R.T. for 5 years, where she spent time further developing and fine tuning her curriculum to support the individual needs of each student. Kate became a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Movement Analysis Program at LIMS. Kate believes that everyone should be provided the tools to dance and express themselves. Her goal is to break the stigma that only certain individuals are capable of this talent and allow all individuals to be heard and seen. 

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Kimberly Bourassa

Instructor

Kimberly has been dancing for 25 years. She grew up dancing at Maria's School of Dance in Ayer, MA where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and modern. She is also a graduate of the Dance Teachers Training Course through the Dance Teachers Club of Boston since 2012. In this course she learned how to handle a class and different approaches to teaching different levels. 

Kim began teaching at her childhood studio 11 years ago and has never stopped. She has taught most styles including: Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and up to Level 2 Acro. In addition to teaching at multiple studios in Mass over the years Kim has guest taught at studios all over New England. Kim was a member of ECHO Dance Collaborative for two seasons, one of which she had the title of Rehearsal Director. Kim has also broken out of her comfort zone by delving into the theatre community of Central Mass where she choreographed the musical The Fantasticks for Studio Theatre Worcester (STW). She hopes to continue to work in the theatre community and work closely with STW in the years to come.

She is a firm believer that you never stop learning, she actively takes classes around Massachusetts and NYC to broaden her range and push herself. Kim trains in all styles, although you will see her love for Tap and Contemporary through her classes where she focuses on different textures and quality of movements within the styles.

Kim is very excited to work more with our competition teams this season where she hopes to reach more students in the studio and make a connection with them. When Kim is not dancing she is a Senior Accountant at a company in Westborough. She believes that comfort zones are a great thing, but nothing ever grows there. She applies this to her everyday life and instills this in her students who are capable of anything they put their mind to.

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J'Quan Oliver

Instructor

J'Quan started dancing before he can remember. Rhythms, beats, and the art of movement were big interests growing up. Originally learned off the streets of Boston and trained as a martial artist since he was six.

 

Since then, he has trained extensively in hip hop, contemporary, tap, tricking & parkour. As J'Quan progressed, he looked into different genres of art and dance from different cultures to further expand his knowledge and understanding; to then develop his own unique style.

J'Quan attended Becker College in Worcester, MA for Game Design with a minor in Psychology. During this time, he helped create the Becker College Dance Program as Captain for the team and President for their club.

 

He also joined a dance company as a guest choreographer and dancer for 4 years. Currently he is apart of one of the most influential crews for hip hop in Boston known as Phunk Phenomenon.

 

Living the "Artist Life", he lives and breathes art. While not busy in school, J'Quan trains in multiple forms of art such as photography, digital paint, and traditional drawing. In dance, he combines musicality and story telling combined with fast, intricate movements of a martial artist and acrobatics in his work. All and all, J'Quan believes in training yourself, your mind everyday.

 

"It's not always about the movement of your body, but the movement of your mind. Don't think outside of the box, because there is no box. Your mind is unlimited, so you must keep it creative and free." 

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Mallory Wray

Instructor

Mallory grew up dancing in Western MA. In 2012, she graduated from Bay Path College, where she was a member and dance captain of the Dance Company. While at Bay Path, Mallory also participated in theater, choreographed musicals, and sang in choir, where she had the opportunity to sing in Prague in 2009.

Shortly after graduation, Mallory began teaching dance at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield where. Over the past 8 years, she was able to develop a full performing arts program including recreational and competitive dance, drama club, and music lessons. During her time at the Club, Mallory has had both singers and dancers selected to perform at several prestigious Regional and National Boys & Girls Club of America events throughout the country. Her competitive dancers have been named Regional Champions and Title Winners in additional other regional and national high score awards. In June 2019, Mallory became certified through Acrobatic Arts.

Mallory is excited about her recent move to Worcester! She is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with a new group of dancers and is grateful to SIMDA for welcoming her into their family.

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Courtney Welsh

Instructor

Courtney started dancing at 13 with Let’s Sing! Dance! Act! in Hopkinton, MA.  Throughout her years of dancing at LSDA, she was able to explore and master various dance styles including hip hop, ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and lyrical.  She first began teaching dance at Let’s Sing! Dance! Act! as an assistant teacher, and quickly was promoted to Dance Coach and choreographer for the Jodi Palmieri Dance Company’s Junior Elite Team as well as being an award-winning dance team member.  

Courtney followed LSDA to the Spirit in Motion opening.  Courtney has not only continued teaching but has also been a part of a number of adult dance companies.  When Courtney is not dancing she is employed in special education at Hopkinton Public Schools.  Courtney has assisted Kate Amdur and now is taking a larger role in building our Abilities in Motion programming.  Courtney brings both her years of experience as a dance educator coupled with her special education experience and certifications (ABA, RBT, QBT) to our dancers.  She combines both her love for dance and inspiring dancers with disabilities.  She also currently teaches classes in multiple genres at SIMDA.  Courtney is excited to be working with the younger dancers helping them develop their technique and inspire them at a young age to love dance as much as she does.

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Alexandra Heim

Instructor

Alex has been dancing for twenty-six years. She grew up dancing at The Milford School of Dance, MA and Tracey’s Dance Center, MA studying ballet, character tap, jazz and hip hop. She also studied advanced tap and pointe at Steps off Broadway, MA. During these times, she was on the Milford Performance Team being an award-winning team member. She then taught contemporary, hip hop, and directed the Competition Team at her childhood studio for many years afterward.

 

At Roger Williams University, Alex studied Elementary Education with a Minor in Modern Dance. Alex was on the Dance Team whilst at RWU. She continued her studies at Bay Path University and graduated in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree. During this time, Alex became IBBFA (International Ballet Barre Fitness Association) certified and taught Barre Fitness at local studios and subbed at fitness centers. 

 

Outside of dance, Alex works as a registered behavioral technician, residential counselor and a teacher’s assistant in Special Education and Social Emotional classrooms/residential facilities. She is also a Special Olympics Coach year-round in her hometown. To merge her two passions, she studied at the Boston Ballet, MA to achieve her certification for Adaptive Dance: specifying in teaching Autism and Down Syndrome.

 

After taking a few years off, Alex met Kate Amdur while taking the adult class at Spirit in Motion Dance Academy. She then continued on to become a choreographer and dancer in an adult company known as Echo Dance Collaborative. Alex is looking forward to joining the Spirit in Motion Dance Academy team to share her love of dance, dedication and enlighten creativity for all!