2017-2018 TDS Faculty & Staff
Miss Kristen Surprise St. Laurent - Owner/Director; Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
“Top Scoring,” “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 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, classes at The Jeannette Neil Dance Studio in Boston and several classes at “Steps” & “Broadway Dance Centre” in New York City.
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. Finally, special thanks to her family for always encouraging 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 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
Miss Maddy Clouatre - Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Erin Katinas - Performance Group / Recreational 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 Greta Pearson - Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
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 + Paula Mayville - 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.
Miss Lori Hutchinson - Acro/Tumbling Choreographer & Instructor
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.
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, modern, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, character, hip-hop and various adult dance and fitness classes. 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,” “Amazing Concept,” and “Most Entertaining 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 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!”
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.
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 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.
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 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 & 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
Miss Kristen has nearly 30 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. Her competitive choreography has received numerous awards, including: “Best Choreography,”