(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!
(Assistant Artistic Director) Ballet, Pointe -Tracy joined the staff at CPDA in 1999, teaching ballet and pointe. She has danced with The Northeast Youth Ballet, The Youth Dance Company, SRO Players, and spent a season dancing professionally with Granite State Ballet. She has performed in American Express Cruise Fest, The Jack Karoack Festival and at Disney World, Fla. She has also had the pleasure of performing lead roles in Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Tracy ‘s choreography has won numerous special awards throughout regional dance competitions in MA and NH.
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.
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.
Preschool, Kinder and Primary Ballet Tap & Jazz - McKayla's dance experience began when she was three years old at Christine Proia's Dance Academy. Under the tutelage of Miss Christine, Miss Michele, Miss Tracy, Miss Tennille, Miss Courtney, and Miss Brittany, McKayla joined the intensive program and was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and pointe. As a competitive dancer, she competed in regional competitions and had the opportunity to perform in Disney World in 2013 with her team. McKayla's training at Christine Proia's Dance Academy led her to many more opportunities as team captain of the Austin Prep Dance Team for two years. McKayla is currently a member of the executive board for the Vibes hip-hop team at Boston University and the upcoming choreographer on the creative team for Boston University's Stage Troupe production of Grease. As an assistant teacher since the age of twelve at CPDA, she looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and carrying on the knowledge the CPDA teachers gave her!
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!
Ballet/Pointe - Genna graduated Montclair State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Genna has been selected numerous times to dance and perform under the direction of Tracie Stanfield in NYC. She has also performed for Douglas Dunn in "Aubade," and for Jake Deibert in "Rood." Genna joined Artichoke Dance Company based out of Brooklyn, New York in January 2016. Her education includes contemporary, modern, jazz and an emphasis in ballet within her BFA.Through Montclair, Genna has had the chance to perform in works from Larry Keigwin (runaway and Megalopolis), Rebecca Stenn (silence), Andrea Miller (Wonderland), Sean Curran (Symbolic Logic), Jose Limon (A Choreographic Offering) to name a few. Genna is an accomplished choreographer and has won awards for her pieces at the regional level. She has taught ballet, jazz, and contemporary in New Jersey for 5 years.