Miss Christine (Proia) Farrar


(Owner, Artistic Director)– Christine studied dance for 15 years under the instruction of Marjorie Duff, at the Boston Ballet’s suburban school in Stoneham . At age 19, she started teaching dance for Boston Ballet Studio and several local dance studios, choreographing many award winning groups, solos, duos for regional competitions. She has won many special awards for her choreography, high energy groups and precision in Tap. While still continuing as a dance teacher she decided to search for higher dance education along with drama and voice. In 1990, Christine moved to NYC to study dance and drama at the prestigious Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Christine opened the Dance Academy in the fall of 1995, and looks forward to many more years teaching the art of dance!  

Meet our Faculty ...

Miss Michele Leary


 (Assistant Director)  
Preschool & Kinder Classes, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre –
Michele grew up dancing under the direction of Judith Clark.  She knew at a very young age that she would aspire to be a dance teacher. Michele received her teacher’s training from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. She taught for several local studios in Massachusetts and also North Carolina before meeting Miss Christine. Michele has been on faculty at CPDA since 2000. She teaches high energy classes and has a reputation as an engaging and passionate instructor. Miss Michele and currently teaches Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater. She also works with our competitive dance teams. Her students have earned various awards, including most entertaining choreography. The students of CPDA never cease to thrill and delight her as she passes on the tradition of great dance education.   

Miss Brittany DeRuosi


 Tap, Jazz – Brittany began dancing twenty years ago, when the Dance Academy first opened its doors. Two years after she started dancing with Christine, she was placed in the Intensive Program and began competitively dancing at the age of seven. Though a well rounded dancer, Brittany always had a special passion for tap and, more importantly, entertaining. In 2004 and 2007, Brittany traveled to Florida and performed in Disney World with her dance team. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for performing with all of her students!   

Miss Lisa Cauble


 Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical – Lisa began dancing (at age 5) at the Peggy McGlone Dance Studio in Waltham, Ma which focused on Broadway styled tap, Bob Fosse jazz, and classical ballet. She danced her way through high school as dance captain in its well-known performance craze Dance Theatre; as well as the Waltham’s Varsity Show Choirs, competing regionally and nationally. Lisa now has had the pleasure of choreographing for show choirs around the Boston area. Following her passion of dance she attended Springfield College, double majoring in Dance and Rehabilitation Disability Studies. Upon graduation, in 2009 she followed her dreams to dance at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida where she also subbed at various dance studios. Lisa performs with the Reagle Music Theatre with credits in Music Man, A Little Bit of Ireland, and a “rockette” in the annual Christmas Spectacular. She has continued to study dance at various locations, and currently studies at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston.   

Miss Kris



Ballet & Pointe

Kristen is a Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Lyrical Instructor, with a focus on classical Ballet, proper technique, injury prevention, and creative vision.  She has taught all ages and trained dancers of all levels in Ballet, Tap, Broadway Jazz, Lyrical and more at various studios and currently a dancer for Danko Productions.  She obtained a Nursing degree from Elcelsior College and became a R.N.  She is fluent in American Sign Language, and currently pursuing her Dance Teachers of America Certification.  Her dance training began at a young age with LaPierre School of Dance.  Having been a dancer for over thirty years, she has studied numerous forms of the art including Ballet, Tap, Character, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Jazz and more.  SHe has danced with the Boston Dance Company and studied under such notable dancers as Sam Fiorello, Jose Mateos and more.  

As an educator, Kris believes the artistic potential of every student and emphasizes creative expression as well as technicality.  Her instruction includes demonstrations of movements, explanations of movements and a breakdown on how to execute them successfully.  Her creative work centers on themes of the human experience and influenced by her studies in American Sign Language, Tai Chi, The Alexander Technique, classical Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary dance.

Miss Ruth


Ballet & Pointe


Born in British Columbia, Canada and trained with the Goh Ballet Academy and Royal Winnipeg Ballet with a notable full career performing most lead roles of many well known ballets. Is a former soloist with the Cairo Opera Ballet, Egypt as well as having been a guest artist nationally and internationally with local and renowned companies. Ms Ruth has appeared in theatre, film and television, as, Diagnosis Murder, documentaries on National Geographic's, the lead in a short film called Act II Solo and Principal Ballerina in the musical ‘Phantom’.

A recognized inspiring teacher whose students have gone on to pre-professional programs with Joffrey Ballet, NY, Alvin Ailey, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater (ABT), Royal Ballet and signed professional contracts with Boston Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, Het National Ballet.

She is also well known for her choreography of Children’s Ballets and for restaging many of the timeless ballets and has also spent several years acting as Ballet Mistress with Dance Peninsula Ballet and California Contemporary Ballet Theater and served as Artistic Director of the Ballet Departments of California dance schools "Studio Fusion" and "The Studio, Art of Dance".

Ms. Ruth is very excited to be joining the CPDA team.

Miss Emily


Primary Ballet Tap Jazz

 Emily began dancing at the age of three but did not join the CPDA family until age five. She started in Ballet where she found her passion for dance. In her 13 years at CPDA, she decided to expand from just Ballet and try Jazz, Lyrical, & Tap. For her last five years at CPDA, before she graduated, Emily was in the Intensive Dance Program. She danced alongside her teammates competitively in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, & Hip Hop. Emily also assisted classes for Miss Michele, including Trio & Musical Theatre classes. Although Ballet is the reason for her passion for dance, she also found a love for Tap, Jazz, & Musical Theatre. Emily's goal as a teacher is to share her passion and enthusiasm for dance with her students, just as her teachers did when she was a student. 

Miss Jamie


Jazz Lyric Contemporary

Jamie began dancing at the age of 5 at Eleanor Rubino Academy of Performing Arts, in Boston MA, where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Acrobatics. In 2004 she became a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. In 2005 she began her professional career as a dancer aboard Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines till 2008. She became Barre instructor certified in 2014 and currently teaches at a BARRE/YOGA studio in Boston, MA. Jamie currently is a judge for several dance competitions across the country and has been teaching for over 20 years primary through advanced levels, competitive and non-competitive students and continues to spread her love for dance through teaching and judging. 

Miss Marissa


Tap / Jazz / Hip Hop

Miss Marissa began dancing at the age of 6 in a small town called Pelham, New Hampshire. There she did over 15 years of competitive dance and trained in tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-hop, and Pointe. She then moved on and went to Dean College to get her BA in Arts and Entertainment with a concentration in Dance. At Dean Miss Marissa continued my training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and step. Throughout her dance career she has danced at Demi Lovato’s house party in Boston, MA. She has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Miss Marissa was a part of the Lowell Spinners Dance Team, danced at many Celtics games, and attended the Rockettes Summer Intensive. She has been teaching dance for the past 6 years and has loved every single minute of it. Miss Marissa hopes to continue to spread my love for dance.



Hip Hop

Jaycee Cruz of Salem, Ma is the founder of Fly-Kitz Ent.  He is a World of Dance experienced competitor, and Quantum Award winner at Leap National Dance Competition.  His passion for Hip-Hop started at the age of 10 years old & continues to grow!  Jaycee is active within the Hip-Hop world, helping the youth of his and neighboring communities learn about the Hip Hop culture.





Office Staff


Carla Mattuchio

Tracey Faeth

Receptionist - Saturdays