TEACHES:

Street Hip-Hop and Break dance, African, modern/contemporary and competition team.

Michelle Kupec Minde

Paige Fortier

TEACHES:

Hip Hop, Toddler and competition team


Michael began dancing when he was 10 years old.  In 1982 he received the Chancellor's Award for Talent to University of Missouri - Kansas City and began his professional dancing career in 1983 as a dancer in Fiddler on the Roof.  He performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St. Louis as lead dancer, toured nationally and internationally in 42nd Street and Sophisticated Ladies, and as Macavity in Cats.  He danced at Radio City Music Hall in The Christmas Show and in The Easter Show as featured acrobat.  He appeared on TV in Night of One Hundred Stars II, The Irving Berlin 100th Birthday Special, and The Presidential Inaugural Gala for President George H.W. Bush.  He teaches jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics, as well as social dances, such as two-step, salsa and swing, creative movement dance based on Dance Education Laboratory's methods and a form of yoga dance called Journey Dance.  

Shakia  was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts.She received her high school diploma from Pioneer Valley's Performing Arts Charter High School, where she studied dance with a concentration in science. She continued to pursue her dance career and received her AA in dance from Dean College in 2005, and has studied with the National Dance Institute in New York, where she earned her certification as NDI Teaching Artist in 2009.

Angelica Polk

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$5 Fitness/Ballet Booty


TEACHES:

Fairy Tales, Pre-Dance, Combo, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz , Ballet Booty Bootcamp, Pre-professional program and competition Teams classes

ABOUT US

Cora Paul

Michael Dalton

Lisa Brucker

She has choreographed and directed more than 40 Hip-Hop, Modern, African and Lyrical pieces. Some of her local work was shown at Trenton Educational Dance Institute, Rider University and the Princeton School of Ballet.Her other pieces of work were shown at Bates Dance Festival in Maine and Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts. Shakia has performed for numerous hip hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from "Total" and Omarion.


In 2005 she choreographed a hip-hop number for the Celtics/NBA half-time show. She continues to tour the US and internationally dancing with Face Da Phlave Entertainment & Illstyle and Peace Productions

Cora is a current student at 2016 Springfield College Graduate. She received a BA in Dance Production and Dance Education.

She joined The Dance Studio team in 2015. Cora also runs our Summer Ballet Fairytales Camp and Dance Camp JR.    


Angela began her dance career at the young age of three, studying every aspect of dance. She spent her summers dancing at nationally renowned ballet programs such as Princeton Ballet, Boston Ballet, Jacobs Pillow and White Mountain Dance Festival. She studied locally at The New England Dance Conservatory  with Shelley Zeibel and Ken Liptiz and performed with their Company New England Dance Theater.


Angela received the “Chancellor’s Award” from the University of Massachusetts, But passed on the award to study and dance professionally. She has performed with Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, American Repertory Ballet Theater, Ballet South, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Disney, Universal Studios, MTV, and local Musical Theater productions.  She has worked with artists such as Twyla Tharp, Bruce Marks, Laura Young, Dermet Burk, Mary Pat Robinson and  Septime Webre. Angela received her teacher certification in both dance and Early Childhood education and went on to teach at many area schools, including New England Dance Conservatory with her mentors Shelley and Ken. The Dance Studio opened in Fall 2000, Angela has spent 19 years growing the program.


She is now a member of The National Dance Education Organization and National Dance Week, she feels educating the public on dance and movement arts is important. She currently is on faculty at Springfield College and is head of the Minnechaug’s Dance Team. Angela is certified in Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumbatomic but has recently been teaching Ballet Booty Bootcamp which she created herself.  She enjoys encouraging other to explore dance as a n art and as fitness.


You can contact Angela directly at The Dance Studio (413) 596-0121 or via email at dancetds2@aol.com. Follow her on Facebook @ Angela Vital-Martowski to get important Dance Studio updates. 

​Michelle is a 2011 graduate of Springfield College where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Business with a concentration in Marketing. While studying at Springfield College, she worked with many great choreographers, studying classical dance works from such artists as Limon and Cunningham. Michelle also served as Vice President and Choreographer of the Springfield College Dancers. She has danced with Disney and has won several prestiges’ awards for dance. Michelle has been an intern at The Dance Studio since 2009 and she joined the teaching staff in the fall of 2010.

Paige graduated from Mount Holyoke College in May of 2016 with a B.A. in Dance, a minor in Mathematics, and her Massachusetts K-12 Dance Education License. Paige has taught in the dance department of  Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School and Amherst Regional High School. She is currently continuing her education at MHC in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, pursuing licenses to teach middle school math, special education, and English as a second language. Paige is the founder of the Treble Effect show choir at Mount Holyoke. She was the Artistic Director of the Mount Holyoke Dance Department Student and Senior Dance Concerts for three years, choreographer of four diverse and challenging dance pieces. During her summers, Paige has taught performing arts camps and choreographed musical productions.Her competitive students have received high scores and titles.

A native of Windsor Locks, CT, Paige also choreographed the Windsor Locks Middle School musicals for 8 years, Paige has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, modern and musical theater jazz. She has also studied tap at Steps on Broadway in New York City, facilitated and participated in a workshop for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Paige is very excited to join The Dance Studio for a great year of dance and fun!

Our Mission

Shakia Johnson

Teaches:

Ballet fairy Tales, Toddler, pre-dance, combo and competition team classes. 

TEACHES:

Jazz Hip Hop, Jr.Modern/ Contemporary, Pre-dance and Combo classes 

TEACHES:

Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tap, Competition Team

Angelica ( Jelli) received her BA  from Springfield College She  graduated in 2016 majoring in Dance Education and Performance.Angelica ( Jelli) will be teaching hip hop this Fall. 

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Angela Vital-Martowski

Artistic Director

TEACHES:

Tap, Acrobatics and Yoga


The Dance Studio's mission is to bring quality professional dance education to children and adults in a non-competitive atmosphere. One of our top goals is to ensure that all classes are age appropriate, both physically and develop mentally. We also offer equal opportunity and attention, to student of ALL age and ability levels.  All of our classes are taught by adult teachers with a BA or BFA in Dance Education. We are the leading dance education specialist in the area. The Studio has been in operation for 19 years and our director has over 23 years of Dance education experience. When it come to dance,  some studio instructor dance , at The Dance Studio, we are Dance educators. Our moto is "Nearly everything I  need to know about life Ilearn in a dance studio" by Risa E. Sanders from the Washington Post. Grace, perseverance, strength, dedication, respect, concentration and artistic expression. Dance is an outlet, for both kids and adults alike, to move and explore in physically form. Creating a very unique form of exercise that is both challenging and relaxing, by engaging the mind and body.       


The Dance Studio is located in The Kids Village of Post Office Park in Wilbraham, Ma. Our facility is over 3,500 square feet and our two studios have sprung floors for injury prevention. The Spacious waiting area has large windows to view class, a TV, and internet access. When the studio was first opened in 2000, it was Dlocated on the opposite side of Post Office Park and due to the growing interest, the facility was moved into a bigger building to accommodate our dancers and their families.

OUR FITNESS TEAM



Lizet Feliciano

TEACHES: Zumba

Lizet Joined The Dance Studio team in the spring of 2013. She is currently certified in all aspects of Zumba and Insanity. 


Phil

TEACHES: Zumba

Phil joined our team in the fall of 2014. He is an experienced zumba instructor with a love of music .

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