TEACHES and Assists:
Toddler classes 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.
Fairy Tales, Pre-Dance, Combo, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz Hip Hop, Ballet Booty Bootcamp, Pre-professional program and competition Teams classes
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!
Ballet fairy Tales, Toddler and pre-dance classes.
Jazz Hip Hop, Jr.Modern/ Contemporary, Pre-dance and Combo classes
Tap, Acrobatics and Yoga
Lizet Joined The Dance Studio team in the spring of 2013. She is currently certified in all aspects of Zumba and Insanity.
TEACHES: Sweat with steph
Stephanie is a certified fitness trainer. She holds certification in both group fitness and personal training.
Phil joined our team in the fall of 2014. He is an experienced zumba instructor with a love of music .
Street Hip-Hop and Break dance, African, modern/contemporary and competition team.
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 Springfield College were she is studying all aspects of dance, production and teaching.
She joined The Dance Studio team in 2015. Cora will be running our Ballet Fairytales Camp this August.
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 15 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 email@example.com. Follow her on Facebook @ Angela Vital-Martowski to get important Dance Studio updates.
Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tap, Competition Team
Angelica ( Jelli) is a senior at Springfield College were she will be graduating with a major in dance. Check back for more about Angelica ( Jelli). Jelli will be teaching hip hop this summer.
The Dance Studio's mission is to bring quality professional dance instruction to children and adults in a non- [The kids village] competitive atmosphere. The Dance Studio is located in The Kids Village of the Wilbraham Post Office Park. Our facility is over 3,400 square feet and our two studios have sprung floors for injury prevention.
The large waiting area has windows to view class, a TV, and internet access. When the studio was first opened in 2000, it was located on the opposite side of Post Office Park . Due to the growing interest, the facility was moved into a bigger building to accommodate our dancers more comfortably.