Melissa received her basic dance education from a very young age in the Worcester area. After graduating from Holy Name High School, Melissa majored in Dance at Dean College where she earned an Associate’s degree in the Arts. Throughout her time at Dean, she worked as a dance instructor for several area studios. In 1994, Melissa started GDA in the basement of Greendale People’s Church with just 45 students. Two years later the studio moved to it’s current location. During the early years of the studio, Melissa continued her education at Worcester State College, earning Bachelor degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Psychology, as well as her Massachusetts teaching license. She is also the proud mother of 2 children and is married to “Mr. Pete”.
Miss Jamie G.
Jamie Graves was one of the first students when Greendale Dance Academy opened. While dancing she was among the first to compete for the studio receiving many gold, silver and judges awards. After graduating high school, Jamie successfully auditioned for a role in the national and international traveling show Sesame Street Live. She played a Yup Yup, Zoe, Blanche and was Prairie Dawn (short understudy). As an understudy she performed “short” character roles, like Elmo! Jamie is a active member of the Screen Actors Guild and has also worked as an extra in hit movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, College Road Trip and Pink Panther Deux. Jamie teaches both recreational and competitive classes. She prides herself in helping every dancer be successful making each class enjoyable. Jamie has worked her way up from a shy dancer 17 years ago to working along side Miss Melissa as Assistant Director.
Owner and Business Manager
Peter is Melissa’s husband and a man who wears many hats. He brings many years of theatrical and professional live sound experience to the studio. He also helps clean dances for competition and recital by helping dancers understand the relationship of their movement to the beat, rhythm, genre, lyrics, mood and style of the music. Peter holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from Plymouth State University and a Masters Degree from the University of Southern Oregon. He has been teaching music in the public schools since 1997 and his ensembles have performed in Disney World.
Growing up she danced at Boucher School of Dance and Canty Dance Centre, studying styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, pointe, musical theater, and hip hop. Ryan competed in several regional and national competitions. After graduating from high school, Ryan attended Bridgewater State University where she took various dance performance, methodology, and history classes. She also danced with the Bridgewater State Dance Company and Bridgewater State Dance Team. After graduating from BSU with a B.A. in History, Ryan works as a teaching assistant at Oxford High School and is in the process of obtaining her M. Ed. in Special Education. Ryan continues to learn at dance workshops and master classes. She teaches both competitive and recreational classes.
Hannah began her dance career at Greendale Dance Academy at the age of four. She began competing in various competitions at the age of six in many styles including acro, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and tap and won many high scores and a few titles. She was part of the elite competition team at GDA, where she was able to compete nationally, dance in theme parks like Disney and Hershey Park and on a cruise ship to Bermuda. Hannah will be graduated from Simmons College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. At Simmons, she was an active member and choreographer of the dance company. She also received training as a behavioral specialist at the Hole in the Wall summer camp, where she held various positions working with children. Hannah is so happy to be furthering her dance career as a teacher at GDA.
Miss Jamie C
Jamie has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe and Modern at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester. Jamie competed for many years on regional and national levels, winning many high scores and special judges awards. Jamie is certified to teach by Dance Educators of America and has been teaching in the Worcester area for many years where her choreography has won several high score awards, overall titles, soloist titles, judges awards and top choreographer awards. She also judges dance competitions nationally. Jamie graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering. Jamie is thrilled to be a part of GDA and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.
Katie began dancing at Joan Sheary Dance Centre when she was four years old. Studying tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and musical theater, Katie competed locally and nationally as a young dancer. She also participated in The Nutcracker as a student at Paula Meola Dance and Performing Arts. Katie graduated from Fairfield University receiving a degree in Chemistry. While at Fairfield, she was a member and choreographer for the Dance Ensemble, of which she served as vice-president her senior year. Also an active member of the Fairfield Glee Club and select Chamber Singers, she has performed in Vienna, Prague, Spain, and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Katie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and will graduate in May 2017. Katie’s choreography has received top honors and her dancers and routines have been awarded with high score and judge’s awards. She thrilled to be a part of GDA!
Tracy started dancing at age 3 at Mindy K. McGovern School of Dance where she studied tap, jazz, and ballet and enjoyed assisting with many of the younger dance groups. She continued her dance experience with Dianne Kelley when Mindy retired and she enjoyed dancing in groups, and performing duos, and solos, dancing a total of 15 years. Tracy is a graduate of Anna Maria College where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children for the past 20 years. Tracy has a love for the little ones and takes pride to instill a love of dance in each child at an early age. Her classes are fun, innovative and very positive. Miss Tracy is the proud mother of 2 GDA dancers.
Miss Amy- Amy Renzoni has been teaching at GDA since 2000. She has been involved in dance in some capacity since she was very young. Her dance training was at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers here in Worcester. Amy participated and scored highly in many regional and national dance competitions, most notably the Dance Masters of America National Dance Competition.
Karie began dancing in the Worcester County area at the age of three and has not stopped since. She was trained throughout high school in all genres of dance while winning multiple titles, scholarships and opportunities to open for National Competitions around the country. At the age of 15, she was invited to perform at Disney as well. Karie attended conventions outside of her studio as well to grow more and more as a dancer. She danced at both Roger Williams University and Bridgewater State University on their competitive dance teams. It was evident how much dance filled her life. It was always imperative that Karie was in the dance world and growing to become a better dancer and teacher every day. She has taken classes and trained with world renowned choreographers that are easily seen on So You Think You Can Dance today.
Karie enjoys passing on her passion to all of her students and wants nothing more than for each student to learn, grow and have fun. She is committed to her students and it shows in her classes. She is looking forward to working with each student and giving them the gift that dance has given her.
Miss Helen has been a part of GDA since the very early years. She started working in the office in 2012 and we are happy to have her many years of experience to our office.
Miss Lisa is parent to a current and an alumni dancer and has been working in our office for over 15 years. She brings many years of dance office experience to help parents and dancers have a successful and enjoyable experience.
Tee Minton, Jr. started dancing at age 4 and has trained extensively in various forms of hip hop and tap. He started his training in the Worcester area but later continued in New York. For a brief time he studied under world renowned choreographer Savion Glover and shortly after carried on training with choreographers such as Jared Grimes. Tee has had the privilege of dancing for many choreographers at various events and performances and also had the chance to be part of hip hop teams that have won hip hop dominated competitions in multiple cities and states. His personal choreography has placed continuously within the top 3 for overall high score at numerous competitions over the past few years. Tee also continues to choreograph/judge for national and regional dance competitions, beauty pageants, hip hop teams, recording artists, record labels such as Universal Records, tours, multiple management agencies such as Wu-Tang management, college dance teams, numerous dance studios, and more. Tee ultimately wants to share his knowledge and inspire others through dance.
Alainna’s passion for dance began at the age of three at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester. Through competitions and master classes she learned many different styles and approaches of dance. She attended Emmanuel College in Boston for her Bachelors in Performing Arts and minor in Psychology. Through the years she learned singing and acting techniques that she applies to her lessons. She had the privilege of being invited to the American College Theater Festival for her performance of Essie in You Can’t Take It With You where she competed for the Irene Ryan Scholarship. During that time she was also a part of the College of the Fenway Dance Program. Over the four years she was a choreographer, dancer, and actor in countless shows such as Oklahoma!, Stephen Sondheim’s Frogs, On The Town, Doctor Faustus and many more. Taking classes over the summer at Boston Conservatory allowed her to see the more professional way of dance and understand the technical aspects to better prepare her for teaching. Dance has always been an important part of her life and wants to build the technique of the dancers to better prepare them for their future.
Miss Angela teaches Jazz on Tuesday nights. She was a student of Miss Melissa’s for many years and now has come back to share her talents with her students.
We bring in outside teachers throughout the year which include:
Choreographer, Judge and Convention Master Class Teachers Miss Sarah-Kay Skooj Core-o
Master Class teacher Carl Alleyne
New England Patriots Cheerleader 2016 Captain Miss Hannah L.
Master Class teacher and Choreographer Lindsey Klein
Miss Mazie successfully auditioned and is now Boston Celtics Dancer!
Miss Maria is a member of the University of Central Florida Knight Moves dance team and taught at the UDA Summer Dance program!
Miss Danielle is a member of the Endicott College Dance Team and taught at the UDA Summer Dance program!
Miss Kaylee is a Dance Major at Dean College!