Additional 2016-17 TDS Staff
Pamela Katinas - General Office Administrator
Michelle Paul - Saturday Office Assistant
Ann Surprise - Business Assistant
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.
competitions as well various sporting events, a member of the Dance Club as a dancer and a choreographer, and also served as secretary of the RWU Film Production Club. Maura has danced for the past 18 years, starting at LMT Dance Academy and then continued with Canty Dance Centre when their doors opened in 2000. While studying at Canty Dance Centre, Maura participated as a student, student teacher for threeyears, assistant teacher for seven years, a Company member for six years. She was also Company Captain for the Sr. Company Tap Team for three years. In addition, Maura was the recipient of Canty Dance Centre’s 2004 Partial Scholarship, as well as 2010’s Best All Around Dancer. Maura has taken and continues to take many master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Shock the Intensive Master Workshop. Maura is thrilled to be a part of the TDS family and would like to thank her family and friends for putting up with her crazy dream to be constantly dancing for so many years! She would also like to thank her students for working so hard and letting her share her passion of dance with them.
Miss Maura is a 2011 graduate of Canty Dance Centre and Bartlett Jr./Sr. High School. She is currently attending Worcester State University majoring in Business Administration with a marketing concentration and a minor in Web Development. Previously, Maura attended Roger Williams University where she was pursuing a major in Marketing and a minor in Dance. While attending Roger Williams University, Maura was an active member of the Hawkettes Dance Team, where she choreographed multiple routines for
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.
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 25 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
2016-2017 TDS Faculty & Staff
Miss Kristen Surprise St. Laurent - Owner/Director; Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
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.
Sean continued his ballet training for three years at the School of the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut, where he was awarded a full scholarship and studied under teachers Wang Shao Pen, Diane Flemming and Rob Kowalski.
While at SHB he was a member of both their lecture demonstration company, which performed and provided dance outreach to public and private school students throughout New England, as well as their resident ballet ensemble which toured and performed at various venues throughout New England and New York. Sean is a former 1st place scholarship award recipient at the Worcester Ballet Society scholarship auditions. He has performed with the Hartford Ballet, Connecticut Opera Co., Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Bay State Ballet. His performance background has encompassed both classical and contemporary ballet repertoire. Sean has taught Int. and Adv. ballet technique (Cecchetti method) and Beg. and Int. Pointe classes as both a guest and substitute ballet instructor at local studios throughout the area, and is thrilled to be joining TDS Faculty and Dance Family and to work with both Ballet V and Pointe students for the upcoming dance season.
Miss Danielle "Dani" Hastings - Saturday Pre-Dance + Beginner Instructor/Choreographer
Alex DaCamara joins the TDS staff with an extensive knowledge of the most current hip-hop trends and styles. Alex has been teaching for the past ten years as both a guest and a resident instructor in various studios and dance companies throughout central New England. He received his training from Studio 76 & Static Noyze Dance Company.
In addition to teaching, he is also an award-winning dancer and performer. Currently the Artistic Director of Static Noyze Dance Company as well as his newly founded company ILLusion Dance Crew,
Alex Dacamara - Competitive Hip-Hop Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Maura "Mo" O'Halloran - Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
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 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 Lori Hutchinson - Acro/Tumbling Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Erin Katinas - Performance Group / Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Dani was the recipient of the “Biggest Heart” award for one of her solos. She was a performer and choreographer for the Worcester State University Dance Company, where she specialized in Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap. She also served as a choreographer and assistant music director, as well as performer, for numerous theater productions and camps.
Dani is currently an EEC Certified teacher at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, where she works with children ages 3 months to 5 years. She is very excited to join the TDS family and looks forward to helping unlock her students’ passion for dance.
Dani has been a part of the dance community for the past 19 years. Her training began at LJF Dance Studio and then continued at Faucher School of Dance, where she was a competitive dancer and began her teaching career. She has specialized in the Early Childhood programs for the last 4 years. She has and continues to take classes with renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, and others.
Sean Maynard received his early dance training under Cathy Taylor and went on to receive additional ballet training on scholarship at Dancers Studio in Boston with teachers Judy Sostik and Raymond King (Fmr. member of Boston Ballet). He spent three summers on scholarship in Vermont at Burklyn Ballet Theatre's International Summer ballet program where he had the opportunity to study under such notable teachers as Alexander Bennett, Cherie Noble, Jon Rodriguez, Marianne Harabai and David Howard, among others.
Sean Maynard - Ballet V / Pointe Instructor & Choreographer
Alex has competed and received several accolades for both his choreography & his performances as a dancer. Most recently, his choreography earned the Judges' Choice Award at NexStar Dance Competition and 1st Place Overall at Star Systems Dance Competition. In 2014, Alex took 1st Place at World of Dance in NJ as the lead dancer with Static Noyze Dance Company.
TDS has had the pleasure of hosting Alex & his crew for workshops over the past several years, and is thrilled to be welcoming him into their dance family. Alex will be choreographing and instructing our Junior & Senior Hip-Hop groups for the 2015-16 competitive season. He is excited to bring his creativity and passion to our dance floor!