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. 

Kimberly Bourassa

Instructor

Kimberly has been dancing for 22 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 a graduate of the Dance Teachers Training Course through the Dance Teachers Club of Boston since 2012. Currently Kim teaches jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, and contemporary at her childhood studio.  

Kim graduated from Mt. Wachusett Community College in 2013 with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and from Worcester State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing. When she is not teaching dance she is currently a Staff Accountant at a bio pharma-ceutical company in Pepperell, MA.  The remainder of Kim's dance training comes from actively taking classes and workshops all over MA and NYC.  

 

She presently studies at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, Brickhouse NYC, and Steps on Broadway in New York City. Although fluent in most styles, Kim loves to get out of her comfort zone by taking improv and hip hop workshops to ensure she is a well rounded dancer! Kim teaches ages 6 all the way through adult and creates a fun and safe learning environment for her students that ensures their growth as dancers, as well as encouraging personal growth!

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." 

Sarah Cavanaugh

Instructor

Sarah was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. In May 2020, she received a BA in Dance: Theory and Performance as well as a BA in Russian Area Studies: Language and Culture from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Coming from a musical theatre background, Sarah has gone on to study forms including ballet, modern, character, jazz, tap, and contemporary while also performing with ensembles in the United States and in Russia. She is passionate about dance and providing students with the tools to help them develop their artistry and technique as individual dancers, helping them achieve their goals in a way that honors their unique self while fostering long-lasting and supportive relationships. In June of 2020, she was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and attended a webinar hosted by the Royal Academy of Dance about engaging disenfranchised students and plans on bringing this new knowledge with her into the dance studio.

Courtney Welsh

Instructor

Courtney started dancing 11 years ago at 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 continued to teach at various studios over the years.

Courtney has been part of multiple adult companies including Echo Dance Collaborative. When Courtney is not dancing she is a certified Registered Behavior Technician. Courtney was trained under Kate Amdur and now certified to run Abilities in Motion Class. She combines both her love for dance and helping dancers with disabilities.  She is currently teaching combo ballet and tap on Saturdays as well as runs the Sprout Competition Team. Courtney is excited to be working with the youngest dancers at SIMDA to help them develop their technique and inspire them at a young age to love dance as much as she does.