“Total Teamwork,” “Captivating Performance,” “Excellent Presentation” and “Excellence in Technique,” to name a few. In addition to her numerous roles at TDS, Kristen is also a resident choreographer & featured subject for dance photographer Mike Nyman's project entitled Dancers In The Parks.
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 was the recipient of several accolades 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, as well as President/Captain of the Worcester State College Dance Team for the 2007-2008 inaugural season. In addition to dance, Kristen was involved in several other campus-wide groups and activities including: Alpha Mu Gamma; staff writer at Worcester Business Journal’s intern program; the WSC French Club; Best Buddies; and “Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Colleges and Universities.” While completing her college education, Kristen continued to teach dance classes at local studios, dance companies and for performance events.
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 & dance educators, including Cris Judd, Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo (aka “Nappy-Tabs”), Gil Duldulao, Mark Goodman, Tricia Miranda, Matt Steffanina, Ian Eastwood, Nancy O’Meara, Derek Piquette and Tracie Stanfield, to name a few. She has taken part in the Dance Masters of America Teacher's Workshops (most recently in September 2020), classes at The Jeannette Neil Dance Studio in Boston and several classes at “Steps” & “Broadway Dance Centre” in New York City. Kristen continues to educate herself as both a choreographer and a studio owner, most recently participating in online classes from The Streamlined Studio, CLI Studios & other reputable dance companies.
Kristen would like express gratitude to all of her students for inspiring her to create, teach & pursue her ultimate passion of dance performance & choreography. She would also like to thank her fellow teachers for encouraging & fully supporting her both in & out of the dance studio. Finally, she sends love and appreciation to her family - especially her parents - for their consistent support in allowing her to chase her creativity & her passion for the art and education of dance, and never giving up on her dream of “dancing forever."
Miss Kristen has more than 30 years of dance experience and teaches at the competitive and recreational levels, specializing in tap, jazz + contemporary. She also teaches pre-ballet, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, technique 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. Her competitive choreography has received numerous awards, including: “Best Choreography,” “Top Scoring,”
Miss Greta Pearson - Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
2020-2021 TDS Faculty & Staff
Miss Kristen Surprise St. Laurent - Owner/Director; Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Greta graduated from Dean College Summa Cum Laude in May of 2007 where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and a Minor in Psychology. She completed in-depth coursework in Kinesiology, Anatomy and 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
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 in Worcester, and JUMP the Alternative in Providence.
Lori 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. 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 - teach children. Always remember to give 110%, always follow your heart and be the best you can be!
Miss Erin Katinas - Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
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 education, 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.
Prior to college, Greta gained her earliest technical dance training at the LMT Dance Academy and Canty Dance Centre where she was awarded a Full Scholarship and the “Best All-Around Dancer” Award. In addition to her dance training, she performed with Dance Prism's New England Touring Cast of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker,” and was a member of the University of Connecticut’s Tap Team.
Currently, Greta teaches ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, character, hip-hop and various fitness classes. Each year, she also works with several groups and soloists on the competitive level. Her competitive routines and choreography have earned many accolades including “Most Entertaining,” “Amazing Concept,” “Ultimate Choreography” and “Top Scoring Routine.” In addition to teaching at The Dancer’s Sole, Greta is also a judge for dance competitions on the regional and national level.
Greta is extremely happy and grateful to be a part of The Dancer's Sole where she can share her passion and enthusiasm for dance education and performance with her students. She would like to thank her family for their love and 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 fantastic year! Always remember to “dance, breathe, smile and love it!”
Miss Lori Hutchinson - Acro-Dance Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Erin is a 2011 graduate of Auburn High School and also attended Quinsigamond Community College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching at The Dancer’s Sole and pursuing her higher education, Erin also works as a full-time certified teacher at Up Up & Play Academy in Shrewsbury, MA.
Erin has more than 22 years of dance experience starting at LMT Dance Academy, then graduated as student and student teacher from Canty Dance Centre.
Miss Maddy Clouatre - Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Barbara Barry Ostromecky - Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Lori is very honored to be a part of The Dancer’s Sole family. She teaches tumbling to all ages and levels at the studio. Lori has more than 30 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.
She has been a partial and full dance scholarship recipient, as well as 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. Erin currently choreographs for the TDS Perfomance Group Team, bringing their routines to various locations throughout the area. She has taken and continues to take master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Shock the Intensive and the Teacher’s Workshop at Dance Masters of America. Erin truly enjoys teaching at The Dancer’s Sole and wishes to thank her family for all of their support. A special shout out to all of her students– she has had a wonderful year with you, and is looking forward to teaching your future performances!
Barbara has performed on tv, commercials, theme parks, & dance companies in Boston and Dallas. She has recently taught and performed at the Majestic Theatre in Boston for the TD Bank Wow Awards, choreographed several musicals for Worcester County Light Opera and other area theater companies. Her "Jazz It Up" dance team performed in Walt Disney World for Magic Music Days. Barbara has been teaching & choreographing in the Worcester area for more than 20 years.
Her students have gone on to become dance educators and also perform in various dance companies, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, cruise ships, Nickelodeon, Miss Massachusetts & Miss America pageants, Patriots Cheerleaders, and in Broadway musicals.
Barbara is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and continues to further her dance education attending dance seminars and conventions.
She is an award-winning choreographer in both the regional and national level but her main goal as dance educator is to make every dancer believe in themselves!
She is a proud mom of three wonderful grown-up kids and two rescue dogs, and loves Walt Disney World and photography. She teaches fun and inspiring classes and is excited to be teaching here at The Dancer's Sole!
Barbara Barry Ostromecky (Miss Barbara) has been dancing since the age of 2. Growing up she studied dance under Mindy Kay McGovern in Worcester and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Boston Conservatory where she trained in Cecchetti & Vaganova ballet styles and Limon modern. She has studied under many famous instructors including Luigi, Edward DeSoto, Clyde Nantais, Ruth Ambrose, Joe Tremaine, Rhee & Rennie Gold.
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 7 years since she graduated, she couldn’t be more excited to be back home!