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Miss Michelle Barnes

MISS MICHELLE BARNES

Artistic Director

Miss Michelle studied with Edmund and Irina Novak of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as well as other professionals from the major ballet companies around the country. She has performed in The Nutcracker Ballet, Swan Lake, Raymonda and The Magic Toy Shop. She has her BA from Smith College and MA from the University of Southern California. She has taught dance in New England since 1991. She has choreographed many full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Fille mal gardeéAlice in Wonderland and Beauty & The Beast.
Mrs. Suzanne Barnes

MRS. SUZANNE BARNES

Executive Producer and Owner

Mrs. Barnes discovered her love of dance as a child when she took ballet classes with Anna Pavlova's granddaughter.  She instilled this love of dance in her daughter, Miss Michelle, and has supported that love, becoming a partner in Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts.  She continued to dance throughout her life and is now having fun running the studio.  In her spare time, she teaches tennis to special needs students through HandiRacket at Longfellow Club in Wayland.  She takes her tennis team to Special Olympics events throughout the country.  She is an avid gardener and still works part-time at a garden center.
Miss Sandi Biggins

MISS SANDI BIGGINS

Performance Producer, Director & Stage Manager, Theater

Miss Sandi has been dancing and singing since the age of three and has performed in many musicals, including Man of La Mancha, Hello Dolly, Mame and Showboat.  She has over 30 years experience in acting, directing and teaching theater to students of all ages.  . She is a past president of Arlington Friends of the Drama. She has produced and stage managed shows throughout New England.  She is married to Eddie Biggins, who runs sound for our shows, and the proud mother of Ryan Biggins, who works stage crew and will be a Freshman at The Art Institute of Boston.
Miss Lana Woyda

MISS LANA WOYDA

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling

Miss Lana has been teaching dance in the Metro-West area for twenty years. She is formally trained in the instruction of pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling. Her experience includes performance roles in multiple theatrical and musical productions. Miss Lana is passionate about sharing her knowledge, experience and love for the art of dance with children of all ages and abilities. Her energetic approach to teaching inspires students to appreciate and enjoy participating in the many facts of dance.
Miss Susan Fenwick

MISS SUSAN FENWICK

Jazz

Miss Susan received her early ballet training in San Francisco and New York and settled in Boston to train at the Boston Repertory Ballet School with Sam Kurkjian. She received her training in Jazz dance with the faculty at the Jeannette Neill Studio in Boston and at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She completed jazz Master class seminars with: Deb Leamy of "FOSSE," Danny Buraczeski of "Jazzdance," Alan Johnson, creator of the innovative "GAP" commercials and with "Alvin Ailey" company members. Susan has studied in summer dance programs at Harvard University and Bates College. She has taught ballet and jazz dance technique as a faculty member of the Boston Ballet School, Acton School of Ballet, and the Winchester Ballet Conservatory. She has taught the summer program at Walnut Hill and a college course in jazz history. She has received accolades for her choreography at dance competitions.
Miss Sybil Huggins

MISS SYBIL HUGGINS

Tap

Miss Sybil has been dancing since the age of three. She has tap danced since she was eleven years old under the legendaries Leon Collins and Dianne "Lady Di" Walker. She also been influenced by Boston greats Julia Boynton, Josh Hilberman, and Brian Jones, and participated in master tap classes in Chicago & Boston under Derrick Grant, Ted Levy, and Barbara Duffy. Sybil is currently a member of the Boston Tap Company under the artistic direction of Sean Fielder, and she is also part of the tap duo "Jai & Sybil." It is her goal to keep the history and art form of rhythm jazz tap alive & flourishing in the Boston, MA area.
Miss Jai Underhill

MISS JAI UNDERHILL

Tap

Miss Jai is an Artist, Goldsmith and Teacher who has been teaching and tapping in the Greater Boston area since the late 1990s.  She studied Jazz Tap Dance after they styles of Leon Collins and others, with Judyth Lokich and local Tap Diva, Dianne Walder.  She also studied with the late Jimmy "Sir Slyde" Mitchell and the late Sue Ronson.  She has been teaching adult tappers in the Boston area since 2002.  An elementary school art teacher by day, Miss Jai has been teaching at The Neighborhood School in Jamaica Plain for the past twelve years.   An avid gardener and designer, she enjoys jewelry designing and goldsmithing in her J.P. studio.  Miss Jai is the designer and creator of the "Tapestry Teaching Award" presented annually in Lexington on National Tap Dance.  She and Miss Sybil Huggins are the the dynamic tapping duo, "Jai & Sybil."
Miss Cheryl Fortier

MISS CHERYL FORTIER

Jazz

Miss Cheryl has an associates degree in dance from Northern Essex Community College and her BA in exercise physiology from UMass Boston.  She has taught dance for over ten years and her students have won many overall high score awards and titles at various competitions throughout the country.  Her choeography has been featured at the American College of Dance.  She was dance captain for the traveling Christmas musical, Uncle Ebeneezer, and was accepted into the world renowned Up With People.  Over the years, she has studied with Pamela Wise, Amy Marshall, Chad Levy, Julia Boynton, Drika Overtun and Savion Glover.
 

 

Miss Jacqueline Mazzola

MISS JACQUELINE MAZZOLA


TUMBLING

Miss Jacqui graduated from Springfield College with a bachelors degree in Recreation Management.  She has been coaching gynmastics for seven years and was grade school director at the Gymnastic Academy of Boston in Norwood.  She is currently earning her early childhood certificate for Pre-K through 2nd grade.

 

Miss Meredith Langton

MISS KORINNE ROBERTSON

JAZZ, HIP HOP, TAP

Korinne Robertson is an active and recognized performer, choreographer, and teacher throughout New England. She shares her passion for dance by teaching a variety of age levels at Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts. She also lends her time to several other studios and local, regional theater companies. “Miss Korinne” is one of the youngest members of the Boston Breakers Dance Team and was also accepted into the most competitive, week-long “pre-Rockette” training programs. Korinne performed eye-high kicks and precision choreography alongside dozens of current, and former, Rockettes on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. As a resident choreographer, Korinne now shares this prestigious training with local dancers through her annual staging of Reagle Music Theatre’s beloved, It’s ChristmasTime. She has worked alongside numerous professional and Broadway choreographers. Some of her most recent credits include: My Fair Lady, The Music Man, 42ndStreet, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles (Reagle Music Theatre) and Choreographer of Seussical (The Alexander Children's Theatre School).

 

 

Miss Katharine Suyematsu

MISS KATHARINE SUYEMATSU

MODERN, JAZZ, HIP HOP, BALLET, TAP

Miss Katie is a life-long dancer who grew up dancing and performing with Miss Michelle. She graduated with honors from Roger Williams with a major in Dance and has returned to teach and dance professionally in the Boston area.  Her performance credits include numerous leading roles in musicals and dance theater, as well as Clara, the Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Medora in Le Corsaire, Lise in La Fille mal gardeé, the Stepmother in Cinderella and Belle in Beauty & the Beast..
Miss Sophia Woyda

MISS SOPHIA WOYDA

Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz

Miss Sophia is a life-long dancer who grew up dancing and performing with Miss Michelle. Under the tutelage of both her mother, Miss Lana, and Miss Michelle, she trained as an assistant teacher and now has classes of her own. Her performance credits include numerous leading roles in musicals and dance theater, as well as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Alain in La Fille mal gardeé, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Cinderella in Cinderella and the Beast in Beauty & the Beast..