Faculty

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. 

Co-Founder & Director

Kate Amdur

Jodi has an "all for one and one for all" approach to her students and classes. She feels that all of her students are individuals and are equally talented each in their own way. She encourages her students to share, to create and enjoy who they are as dancers, singers, and actors - and equally as fine young people. Jodi has been dancing since the age of 3. Early in her career, she was part of a professional dance troupe which toured for 2 years in the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions. After the tour ended, she began teaching full-time. She had choreographed at least 30 original productions; as well as several popular shows such as, Music Man, Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Annie, Jr., Oliver, Charlotte's, Web to name a few. Jodi was a founding Board Member of The Children's Theatre of Mason. During her 5-year tenure with the children's theatre, she directed and choreographed several of their productions including, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp. Jodi has also written and directed short children's plays entitled, Camp Zippedy, and Pipsie, The Perfect Pup. Jodi shares over 32 years of teaching experience with her students and looks forward to many more…….the journey continues.

Co-Founder & Director

Jodi Palmieri

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!

Instructor

Kimberly Bourassa

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." 

Instructor

J'Quan Oliver

Lucy was born to be a dance teacher and she has been proudly pursuing that dream for over 15 years. As a 2013 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lucy holds degrees in both Dance Education and Kinesiology. 

During her tutelage she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, preschool dance, pedagogy, composition, exercise science, anatomy & physiology, kinesiology, and personal training, and more all under wonderful professors such as Paul Dennis, Tom Vacanti, and Judi LaBranche. In school she also taught college level ballet courses, choreographed on numerous occasions for dance concerts, and founded and directed the UMass Dance Company. During those same years, Lucy was mentored by Donna Lindgren and Betty Gundersen at Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance in all aspects of dance education and running a successful studio, giving her invaluable hands on experience. After graduation, Lucy became a full-time teacher, choreographer, and office administer in studios throughout New England. 

Lucy’s passion for teaching dance has continued to grow as she continues to pursue her own dance and teacher training regularly at Broadway Dance Center, Jeannette Neils, Dance Life Retreat Center, and the Boston Ballet School. She is a member of Dance Masters of America Chapter 5. Lucy has recently participated in numerous classes and conventions with world renowned teachers such Thelma Goldberg, Rhee Gold, Melissa Hoffman, Rennie Gold, Derrick Schrader, Jackie Sleight, Scott Fowler, and Eileen Juric. Currently, Lucy teaches and choreographs throughout New England in studios with competitive and recreational programs, as well as, outreach programs such as libraries, preschools, and senior centers. Lucy’s philosophy is to foster a child’s individual love of dance with great technique and safe kinetic principles in a fun and loving manner.

Instructor

Lucy Jacek

My name is Morgan VanDeusen. I have been dancing for 18 years. I have been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. I have had the experience of dancing for a studio and small dance companies. My passion for dance lies in the stories your movement can tell that words cant explain.

Instructor

Morgan VanDeusen

Keira Schnur is a senior at Hopkinton High School and had been dancing for 15 years. Ever since she was old enough to be on stage, she has been. Her humble beginning was when she was a mere 3 months old and she played baby jesus in her brother’s Christmas play. Being on stage and performing is her passion and she wants to continue to grow and learn. After high school she plans to pursue fashion design to continue to express her artistic abilities in another medium other than dance. Since working for Jodi Palmieri, Keira has been given to opportunity to teach beginner level classes, coach on a competitive dance team, and to act as a leader to her peers and fellow dancers. 

Instructor

Keira Schnur

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