(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!
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.
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!
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.
Acrobatics, Lyrical/Contemporary - Alyssa is a dance professional based in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been dancing since the age of 3 at a studio in North Chelmsford. She was a member of her high school dance team and started training with competitive faculty to improve her technique and movement. She took to the training and quickly became a beautiful performer and technician. She started as an assistant teacher and has evolved into a well-rounded instructor. She has a bubbly and outgoing personality and has a true passion for teaching youth. She understands the struggle of learning proper technique a little later in her career and brings this understanding and expertise into the studio. She is always working to improve and gain more knowledge. She is an Acrobatic Arts Certified tumbling instructor. She specializes in acrobatics, contemporary, movement, and hip-hop. She has been a part of a hip-hop crew FaceOff Elite from 2016-2017. She has worked alongside other artists such as Keenan Cooks as a commercial dancer. She is balancing teaching and being a registered nurse!
Jazz, Tap, Lyrical –Kelly started dancing when she was two years old at her mother’s dance studio in Stoneham. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop with Susan Woods, Lindsay Fresco, Nancy Boudreau, Katie Pesce, David Connolly, and Ashley Macleod. She began teaching dance at age 15 and taught in Stoneham and at other various schools in Massachusetts; she also had the opportunity to be a guest teacher on St. Maarten, NA for Motiance Dance Center. When she moved to New York, she was fortunate enough to find Steps on Broadway to be her home away from home. There, she participated in the Work/Study program and trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop from masters and teachers Pamela Pribisco, Dawn Hillen, Lonne Moretton, Nancy Koch, Richard Pierlon, Debbie Roshe, Lisa Harvie, Mindy Upin, and Matt Lopez, amongst others. Other master classes attended: Camille Brown, Sidra Bell, and Kenny Wormald. She performed with hip hop teachers Matt Lopez and his hip hop dancers on “The Today Show” in May of 2013.
Hip Hop - Shelby Binette started dancing at the age of 10 at Steppin' Out Dance Academy. She tried of for company hip hop her first year and was accepted. After two years Shelby joined Steppin' Out's company. Along with Hip Hop she was also in the Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Music Theatre company. At age 16 She joined the studio's elite team. After graduating Shelby interned for one year with Kayla Waldron a founder of the dance team Fierce. In that year Shelby attended Monsters of Hip Hop where she took classes from Twtich, Kevin Mahr, Laura Edwards, and Tabitha & Napoleon. Shelby is a member of Danceworks Boston dance company where she performed in Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary. After the first season Shelby was asked to choreograph for her second season where she choreographed a Hip Hop routine. During her third season Shelby danced with Danceworks Boston at the Patriots opening game
against the Steelers in Fall 2015.
Caraline started dancing at Christine Proia’s Dance Academy when she 5 years old. Caraline explored different styles of dance growing up, but ultimately decided to pursue ballet. Caraline’s training focused mainly on ballet and pointe, while also performing in musicals throughout high school. She studied at CPDA for 12 years, and later at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Training at CPDA gave Caraline opportunities to grow as a dancer, and understand the technical elements of dance through assistant teaching. Caraline began assistant teaching in 2011 and later began teaching ballet classes in 2017. Helping young dancers learn and grow is so rewarding and motivating to her as a teacher.
Ballet & Pointe
Kristen has been building young dancers for thirty years, instilling in her students a love of dance and proper technique. She received her training at the Boston Ballet School, including their highly competitive summer dance programs. There she studied with Bruce Marks, Anna Marie Holmes, Laura Young and Kristen Beckwith, to name a few. She studied additionally with Roseanne Ridings and Adrienne Hawkins. Kristen trained and performed extensively with Donna Miceli as a member of the Youth Dance Company and Dance Ensemble, and assisted with master classes for Dance Teachers Club of Maine. Miss Kristen was a valued member of her faculty for over twenty years, where as a senior faculty member she was responsible for teacher training.
Kristen has enjoyed choreographing for high school and musical theatre company productions, as well as directing musical theatre camp productions. She has cross-trained local gymnasts and skaters and has integrated dance in the curriculum for daycare and preschool programs. She is proud that many of her students have become professional dancers, teachers and studio owners themselves. She has taught Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical and Musical Theater at dance schools throughout New England. Miss Kristen believes that the educational process in the classroom is equally important as the finished product we enjoy on the stage.
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.
Dan began dancing at the age of two and quickly fell in love with it. As he continued his dance education he started to compete after just four years, and from there quickly found his love for tap and hip hop.
When he entered high school, Dan started to truly focus on dance. By the end of his senior year he had won a national title at Turn It Up Dance Challenge. He received numerous scholarships to attend master classes with the likes of Twitch, D-Trix, Aaron Turner, Lauren Froderman, Alex Wong, Ade Chike Tobert, and Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer.
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