Miss Abbie White - Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Abbie White is extremely honored to be a part of The Dancer’s Sole family. Abbie is a recent graduate of Salem State University where she earned a degree in Dance with a concentration in Hip Hop and a certificate in Dance Education. There, she studied under Meghan McLyman, Betsy Miller, Jenna Pollack, and Joanne Caidor. She was a member of the Salem Dance Ensemble where she performed work choreographed by Hollis Bartlet of Doug
“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, 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, Acrobatic Arts & other reputable dance + professional 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. As of July 2021, Kristen is proud to be a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor (Modules 1-6).
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
2021-2022 TDS Faculty & Staff
Miss Kristen Surprise St. Laurent - Owner/Director; Competitive & Recreational Choreographer & Instructor
Miss Lori is very honored to be a part of The Dancer’s Sole family. She teaches Acro-Dance to all ages and levels at the studio. Lori has more than 30 years of dance and gymnastics experience. She began her studies at Debbie Sichols Dance Center where she took several classes in all forms of dance and gymnastics. 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-Dance Choreographer & Instructor
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 previously choreographed for the TDS Performance 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!
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 Erin Katinas - 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!
Varone and Dancers, Aysha UpChurch, and Jenny Oliver. She found a love for choreographing through her time with The Salem Dance Ensemble as well as with the student dance group, Repertory Dance Theatre. Serving as the group’s Vice President, Abbie persevered through a global pandemic to successfully program the shows, “Perspectives” and “Limitless”.
Abbie found a love of dance and performing at a young age where she danced with Canty Dance Centre and went on to be a part of the nationally-recognized show choir, Shepherd Hill “Fantasy” where she was the youngest dance captain in the program’s history as a Sophomore. She has additionally trained at the internationally acclaimed Bates Dance Festival where she studied under Courtney Jones, Yvonne Hernadez and Brittany Engel-Adams. Additionally, Abbie was a member of the award-winning, Emmanuel College Dance Team where she worked with Yiota “YoYio” Zeitinidis.
Abbie’s teaching philosophy encourages her to create a safe space for her students to learn, create, and explore. Her classroom provides a space of community where every student’s voice is heard. As an artist, Abbie is full of wonder and she enjoys exploring the curiosities of her students as well as her peers to create a lens in which their practice can showcase these. She would like to thank The Dancer’s Sole family for welcoming her with open arms and she cannot wait to work with all of their talented students!
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!”