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Our Faculty and Staff
Ashley has had a love of dance ever since the age of three when she began dancing. She is an award winning competition dancer at both regional and national levels. She competed for thirteen successful years. During that time Ashley also performed with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ashley’s passion led her to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School where she majored in dance and studied on talent scholarship. While she was attending the Hartt School Ashley studied with many professionals including those from the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Royal Ballet, Amy Marshall Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Pilobolus Dance Company. She performed in numerous works by choreographers such as Jean-Grand Maitre, Scott Rink, Alla Nikitina, and Dennis Price. She graduated cum Laude in 2006 with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy.
After college Ashley danced professionally with the Boston based modern dance company, Cann Dance Productions, and the Rhode Island based modern dance company Fusionworks.She has also danced professionally with Stylized Movement, Shadows and the Boston based contemporary dance company Creationdance.
Ashley taught at numerous dance schools throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut for more than 12 years before becoming the owner of her own school. She is the proud owner and artistic director of the Massachusetts Dance Academy where she continues to work as an instructor and choreographer. She is the main ballet and modern teacher at the school. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge for dance with all of her students and enjoys watching them grow and aspire.
Ashley’s choreography has received numerous overall high score awards as well as special recognition and judges choice awards. She is the proud choreographer this season of Petite Miss Dance of New England 2015, and Headliners Petite and Junior Titlist 2015.
Ashley continually seeks to further her education by attending classes, workshops and conventions throughout the United States. She is an active member of the Dance Masters of America Organization, and has served on the board of directors for the New England Chapter over the past few years. Last spring, Ashley became the secretary for Chapter 5 Dance Masters of America Organization.
Nicole is a motivated and enthusiastic dance instructor with 15 years of teaching experience. Nicole began her dance training at the age of four. She received her dance training locally, competing in both regional and national level dance competitions. During her years as a competition dancer, Nicole received many high score awards, cash prizes and special awards for both group and specialty numbers.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Elms College in 1997 and her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2000. Nicole specializes in preschool and young children's dance at the Massachusetts Dance Academy.
Nicole continues her education in dance by attending teacher training workshops, conventions and master classes.
Amanda began her education in acrobatics and dance at a young age. She studied under the instruction of Wendy Stawiecki of Wendy’s Dance Studio. Amanda's love for acrobatics and dance led her to become an instructor at Wendy’s Dance Studio, and her passion for teaching led her to become owner and operator of Wendy's Dance Studio in 2003. She successful ran the school for seven years before closing the studio in 2010.
With 17 years of acrobatic and dance experience, Amanda has moved on to teach at several dance studios in the central Massachusetts area. Amanda is the primary acrobatics instructor at the Massachusetts Dance Academy. She currently teaches intermediate and advanced acrobatics at the studio.
Amanda contunues to further her education by attending workshops and conventions throughout the New England area.
Charlotte was born in Washington, D.C. and shortly thereafter moved to Northern Virginia where she began her studies of classical ballet under Barbara Harding. Her studies then took her to Fairfax Ballet Company with Thomas Russell, and the McLean Ballet Company with Molly Vick, Edward Caton, Leon Folkine, Robert Davis, and Eugene Collins. She also studied at the Virginia Ballet Company with Oleg Tupine and Tatiana Rousseau. She then went on to study and perform with the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., under Frederick Franklin and Ben Stevenson.
After moving to the Annapolis, Maryland area, Charlotte became a founding member and dancer with the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, now Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Maryland’s only truly professional ballet company. While performing with BTM, she danced many roles including the DewDrop Fairy and Mother Gigone in the Nutcracker,and created such roles as the lead Temptress in Artistic Director Edward Stewart's 11th Commandment and the mother in Three Faces of Eve. Other roles include the Queen in Sleeping Beauty and the nurse in Romeo and Juliet.
As well as performing with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Charlotte taught at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland School. She taught students ages 2 to 73, levels including Creative Movement through Professional. She has had instruction in the Cecchetti style under the tutelage of Valerie Deacon. She received certification in the Vaganova style through direct study with John White and Caryl Maxwell.
She worked as Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Assistant for the Ballet Theater of Maryland under the direction of the founding Artistic Director, Edward Stewart. She served as Director of the BTM Performance Workshop outreach program, whose purpose was to train dancers in the art of performing. Her other duties for BTM included Stage Manager for several of the Company and School performances. She worked as Artistic Director for several of the annual School performances and as School Administrator. She also worked as Executive Administrative Assistant for three years for the current BTM Artistic Director, Dianna Cuatto.
Emily Stomski is from the central MA area and grew up dancing competitively throughout New England. After graduating she studied dance at SUNY Purchase and graduated from Worcester State College with a business degree. Emily teaches s variety of styles including tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern. Emily's credits include dancing for the Celtics, Demi Lovato, Eclypse music, Sybarite NY, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Concentrate on the Artistry, and more!
Alissa Schimmel was born and raised in New York where she discovered a natural passion for dancing and performing at a very young age. Alissa received her training at Footworks Dance Center, The Ulster County Ballet Company, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center where she was a Summer Intern and an Assistant for the Rockette Experience at Radio City Music Hall.
Alissa holds a B.A. in Dance and Theater from Manhattanville College. She has choreographed and taught throughout New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Alissa has performed for Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Sandcastle Dinner Theater [Guam, Mariana Islands], in various shows in Atlantic City, NJ, and throughout the United States with Salazar Magic. She is a former member of the Greater New York Chapter of NADAA (National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts) and has taught dance teachers and students at numerous NADAA dance conventions. Although Alissa loves performing, her true passion is spreading her love of dance by teaching young performers. She is grateful to be teaching at Massachusetts Dance Academy and looks forward to motivating her students to be the best they can be.
Ann-Marie has been a dance educator for over 35 years, teaching students ages 3 years old to Professional. She teaches weekly dance instruction at several studios in New England as well as choreographing competition routines. She taught for over 35 years at the Charlotte Klein Dance Center in Worcester and Westborough Massachusetts where she was also the Faculty Advisor, Convention Coordinator and Backstage Manager for their recitals. She studied intensively for years with the internationally known Gus Giordano in Chicago, Illinois and at his World Congress. She is the current President of the New England Chapter of Dance Masters of America where she also served as President in years 2014-16. She has sat on the Board of Directors for DMNE for over 25 yrs and is a Permanent Director who is also chapter certified to test. She was thrilled to receive her 25 year member pin at the DMA Nationals convention in Orlando, Florida in 2014!
Ann-Marie has been a guest teacher and choreographer for many prestigious dance studios across the country and has traveled the United States as an adjudicator for many well known competitions regionally and nationally. Ann-Marie has taught at the Houston MET in Texas where she was on the faculty for their Teacher Seminar. She has been on the Faculty and a Master Teacher for the DMA National Conventions. She choreographed the 2014 opening number for the National DMA Welcome Party as well as the opening number for the Teen Miss and Mr. Solo Title Scholarship Competition in 2018. Ann-Marie is honored to be the DMA Petite Miss and Master Dance Solo Title Scholarship Director. She has had the pleasure to have choreographed for local Community Theater in Worcester, MA. Ann-Marie has also choreographed competition routines for Ice Skaters at a competitive level. Her choreography has won many Special Recognition Awards and Cash Scholarships in regional and national competitions, including the prestigious Sherry Gold Memorial Choreography Award and the David DeMarie Memorial Choreography Award. She has choreographed winning routines for Petite Miss Dance, Junior Miss Dance, Teen Miss Dance and Miss Dance of New England, Master Dance and Teen Mr. Dance of New England and Master Dance of America. She is honored to have been featured in articles for Dancer Magazine and for Dance Studio Life Magazine.
Ann-Marie is a dedicated dance teacher and has inspired her students to have professional careers, which includes performing on Broadway, in U.S. and European Tours, on Cruise Ships, in Film and Television, at U.S. and Tokyo Disney, Hershey Park, Fiesta Texas, Bush Gardens, Opryland and Transcendence Theatre Company.
Laurie LeBeau has twenty plus years of experience as a leading gymnastics coach for both dance schools and gyms, including the Gymnastics Learning Center of Shrewsbury and multiple dance schools in the Massachusetts area. Laurie has taught all levels of tumbling/acrobatics from recreational to advanced competitive. She holds titles of high scoring small group acrobatic choreography at regional and national levels. Laurie has also obtained her coach’s training and safety certification through the United States Gymnastics Federation, and is certified through Dance and Gymnastics USA, and is CPR/First Aid Certified.
What We Believe
At Massachusetts Dance Academy, we are committed to helping each student achieve their personal best in a positive, and nurturing environment.
Our experienced instructors are qualified with degrees in dance and education, professional experience, and training.
We limit the number of students per class so that every student receives proper training and individualized attention.
MDA is a place where students are encouraged to express who they are through movement and dance.
Happy Parents and Dancers
The staff at MDA is amazing! They make my daughter feel so confident and welcome every time we walk in the door.Sarah's Mom
I bring my granddaughter to class each week. The smile on her face when she comes out of class can never be replaced!Annie's Grandma
My son loves being at MDA. He has so much fun with his friends in class. I could not be more impressed with the level of instruction here.Jack's Dad
My daughter started at Massachusetts Dance Academy before her second birthday. She has had the privilege of taking Mommy & Me, Tippy Toes, Kidlets 1, Kidlets 2, and 2 years of Tumble Tots. We are beyond grateful for their professionalism, experience, and understanding that dance is so much more than learning a routine. My little dancer learns differently than her peers and struggles with attention & auditory processing. The staff at Massachusetts Dance Academy has consistently gone out of their way to make her not just feel, but actually be included with her peers. They’ve provided her modifications, support for recitals, and always kind and patient instruction. If you want a studio with incredible talent, technique, and instruction that believes in community, passion, and supporting all kids - you’ve found your home at Massachusetts Dance Academy. I am so glad we did!Mandee Bush