Greta went on to pursue her dance education at Dean College in Franklin, MA where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and a Minor in Psychology. She graduated in May of 2007 Summa Cum Laude at the top of her class. She completed in-depth coursework in Kinesiology, Anatomy & Physiology with a graduate focus in Dance History & Pedagogy. She studied all genres of dance with a concentration in ballet, modern, jazz and tap under the tutelage of Professors Joan Phelps Palladino, Jill Silverman, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Maryanne Kodzis, Jean Wenzel, Lisa Vanessa Pari, Wyatt Jackson, Antonio Ricardo, Jr., Thomas Vacanti and Judie Clark. She was the recipient of the “Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Colleges and Universities” Award, the “Excellence in Dance” Award, and was the featured Baccalaureate Speaker at her graduation ceremony.
While in college, Greta served as the Vice President of Dean College’s Honor Society, and performed in numerous shows including, “Cabaret”, “Founder’s Day Show”, “Dance Extravaganza”, “Dance Composition Show”, "Midnight Madness", and “Senior Performance," to name a few. She participated in many dance workshops, and worked with renowned dance choreographers and performers, including Denise Jefferson, Troy Powell, and Dudley Williams of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Diane “Lady Di” Walker and Jimmy Slyde, Jean Appolon, Maurice Hines, A.C. Ciulla, Derrick Grant, J.T. Jenkins, and Napoleon & Tabitha D’Umo (“NappyTabs”). To further enrich her dance experience, she has taken master classes with renowned teachers and choreographers at “Steps” and “Broadway Dance Centre” in New York City, the “SHOCK” Teacher’s Convention, and the Dance Masters of America Teacher's Workshop.
Currently, Greta teaches ballet, modern, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, hip-hop, and developmental delay classes, as well as adult cardio, strength & tone. Each year, she also works with several groups, duets and soloists on the competitive level. Her competitive routines and choreography have earned many accolades including Top Scoring Routine and Most Entertaining. In addition to teaching at The Dancer’s Sole, Greta is also an adjudicator for dance competitions on the regional and national level.
Greta is extremely happy and grateful to be a part of The Dancer's Sole and share her passion and enthusiasm for dance education and performance with her students. She would like to thank her family for their support, her co-workers for their devotion to the studio, and her students for sharing their personalities, energy and talents. Her greatest joy is seeing her students improve, achieve and excel in their classes and performances. She is looking forward to another great year! “Dance, breathe, smile & love it!”
Greta is extremely happy to be a part of The Dancer’s Sole. She gained her earliest technical dance training at the LMT Dance Academy and Canty Dance Centre where she was awarded the “Full Scholarship" and “Best All-Around Dancer” Awards. In addition to her dance classes, she was: a student teacher; performed with Dance Prism's New England Touring Cast of “The Nutcracker;” and was a member of the University of Connecticut’s Tap Team.
Additional 2017-18 TDS Staff
Laurie Mainville - General Office Administrator
Ann Surprise - General 'Behind-The-Scenes" Business Assistant
Pamela Katinas - Recital Assistant Coordinator
Stephen St. Laurent - In-House Sound Technician + Music Editing Services
Cindy Raps - Yearly Senior Graduate Scholarship Committee Coordinator
Joely LaPan + Katie Cushing - Recital Raffle Basket Coordinators
A special "Thank You" to Mike Nyman Photographyfor many of the photos,
including most of the above head shots, displayed on our website.
Lori has had the opportunity to take several classes at The Jeannette Neil Dance Studio in Boston and at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has also attended several teacher conventions including Tremaine in New York City, SHOCK the Intensive, and JUMP the Alternative. Lori is very honored to have been able to take classes from such amazing choreographers such as Napoleon and Tabitha (“Nappy-Tabs”), Melody Lacayanga, Mandy Moore, Bobby Newbery, Cris Judd, Mia Michaels and many more.
After high school, Lori went on to Becker College where she received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a preschool teacher for the last 10 years at Grace Preschool in Oxford, MA. She currently resides in Dudley with her loving husband and two amazing sons who mean the world to her!
Lori would like to thank all of the parents for giving her the opportunity to work with their children - each and every one of them are truly talented in their own special ways. She would also like to thank all of the parents and students for all of their time and dedication not only to tumbling, but to all of their dance classes. She is truly blessed to have met all of you as part of the Dancer's Sole family. Lori would also like to thank her family and friends who have always been by her side and inspired her to do the one thing that she loves - teaching children. Always remember to give 110%, always follow your heart and be the best you can be!
Miss Lori Hutchinson - Acro/Tumbling Choreographer & Instructor
She was Canty Dance Centre's 2005 Partial Scholarship winner, 2011 Senior Full Scholarship winner, a Company member and a Company Team Captain. Erin was awarded The Hall of Fame Competitive Scholarship and was the Dance Ovations 1st and 3rd runner-up competitive Title contestant. She has taken and continues to take master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Shock the Intensive and the 2012 Master Workshop at Dance Masters of America in Mendon, MA.
Erin truly enjoys teaching at The Dancer’s Sole and wishes to thank her family for all of their support; her students for all their hard work, effort and sense of fun; and her fellow teachers for all the great memories in the making!
Miss Erin is a 2011 graduate of Canty Dance Centre and Auburn High School. She is currently attending Quinsigamond Community College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching at the studio and pursuing her higher education, Erin also works as a full-time certified teacher at Webster Child Care Collaborative. Erin has danced for the past 19 years, starting at LMT Dance Academy and has been with Canty Dance Centre – now The Dancer’s Sole - since its opening in 2000 as both a student and student teacher.
Miss Erin Katinas - Performance Group / Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Prior to entering college, Kristen gained her technical and competitive dance experience with Sally McDermott Dance Centers, LMT Dance Academy and Canty Dance Centre. Over the years, she has won several studio awards including “Miss Ray of Sunshine,” “Best Overall Dancer,” “Best Technical Dancer” as well as monetary scholarships. She has also had several years experience as an assistant and student teacher.
Kristen graduated from Worcester State College magna cum laude in Spring 2008, where she earned her BA in English/Journalism and French. She was an active member and choreographer of the Worcester State Dance Company, a student-run organization that performed bi-annual shows and participated in on-campus events such as Homecoming, sporting and fundraising events. Kristen was also the former President/Captain of the Worcester State College Dance Team for the 2007-2008 inaugural season, a student-run team that participated in local competitions and performances. In addition to dance, Kristen was involved in several other campus-wide groups and activities including Alpha Mu Gamma, the French Club and “Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Colleges and Universities,” to name a few.
During her time at Worcester State College, Kristen interned as a staff writer for the Worcester Business Journal, a major business news publication distributed throughout Massachusetts. She was featured several times as a front-page writer and worked on controversial and inspiring news stories that greatly improved her progress as a news reporter and writer.
Professionally, Kristen has had experience working with children of all ages in various educational settings. She has worked as a one-on-one aid for autistic preschoolers; as a Creative Movement instructor at the former Commerce Insurance Daycare in Webster, MA; as a camp counselor for terminally ill children at Camp Sunshine in Saco, ME; as a Best Buddies mentor in Bristol, RI (the Roger Williams University chapter); and as the resident instructor for the Sutton Elementary After-Care Dance Program, teaching ballet & hip-hop to grades K-5.
Kristen has taken several classes from highly recognized choreographers including Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo (aka “Nappy-Tabs”), Cris Judd, Mark Goodman, Gustavo Vargas, Ryan & Melissa Cyphert, Melody Lacayanga and Tracie Stanfield, to name a few. She has also taken several classes at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. In the past, Kristen has hosted & judged the Worcester State Dance Team auditions and has taken numerous adult and master workshops throughout New England.
Kristen would like to thank her students for inspiring her to create, teach & pursue her ultimate passion of dance performance & choreography. She would like to thank her fellow teachers for inspiring, encouraging & supporting her both in & out of the dance studio. She would also like to thank her husband Stephen for being the studio's in-house sound technician and providing our music edits, DJ services & more - and for allowing her to be a passionate, dancing work-a-holic. Finally, a very special and heartfelt thank you to her parents - Ann & Steve - for always encouraging her to chase her creativity & her passion for the art of dance, and never giving up on her dream of “dancing forever."
Miss Kristen has more than 28 years of dance experience and teaches at the competitive and recreational levels, specializing in tap & jazz. She also teaches pre-ballet, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and tot classes and works with several soloists on the competitive level. She has been recognized nationally, regionally & locally for her choreography, teaching style & creativity. Most recently, Kristen has been honored to be a resident choreographer for dance photographer Mike Nyman's project entitled Dancers In The Parks.
Miss Greta Pearson - Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
2017-2018 TDS Faculty & Staff
Miss Kristen Surprise St. Laurent - Owner/Director; Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Maddy began her dance training at Wendy’s Dance Studio before moving to Canty Dance Centre where she went on to receive the “Junior Best All-Around Dancer” and the “Full Scholarship” awards. During her time as a student, she practiced ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop and tap. In addition to her dance classes, she was a student teacher as well as a teacher assistant. Prior to graduating in 2011, Maddy was a member of the Canty Dance
Centre Competition Team for 6 years and served as captain for both the 2010 and 2011 competition seasons. In addition to her studio and competition experience, she has taken master classes at Broadway Dance Center, Shock the Intensive, and the Radio City Rockettes Summer Dance Intensive.
Maddy attended Bridgewater State University where she earned a Bachelors degree, double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and also minoring in Special Education and Dance. She graduated cum laude in May of 2011. She is currently working as a one-to-one teacher for autistic preschoolers and has recently returned to Bridgewater State University to complete a Masters of Education program in the field of special education.
During her time at Bridgewater State University, Maddy was very active in the dance community. Maddy was a 4-year member of the Bridgewater State University Dance team, a student run club that performed at homecoming, sporting events and fundraisers. She was among the leadership board of the first team to qualify for UDA nationals where the team placed 10th in their division at their first national appearance in Disney. During her senior year, Maddy served as President of the team further helping raise the standard of the club by actively advocating for a coach and returning to UDA Nationals for a second time. As a member of the Bridgewater State University Dance Company, she performed in 3 seasons of Winterdance and 2 seasons of Dance Kaleidoscope, choreographing for her final season of each and being selected as a soloist. Additionally, Maddy was also part of a small audition only group for 12 dancers, Dance Ensemble, which trained and performed at the American College Dance Festival National Conference.
Maddy is very excited to be returning to The Dancer’s Sole. After dancing and teaching in many different places and studios over the last 6 years since she graduated, she couldn’t be more excited to be back home!
Miss Lori is very honored to be a part of The Dancer’s Sole family. She teaches acro/tumbling to all ages and levels at the studio. Lori has more than 28 years of dance and tumbling experience. She began her studies at Debbie Sichols Dance Center where she took several classes in all forms of dance and tumbling. Lori danced competitively for many years in addition to taking tumbling at Gigure Gymnastics. Lori has been a tumbling instructor at the YMCA, Gigure Gymnastics, and several local studios over the past ten years.
Miss Maddy Clouatre - Recreational + Adult Choreographer & Instructor