We have an incredible Competition Team Summer Intensive with several guest teachers!
Jennifer Amara is so excited to bring her tap shoes and rip sticks to GDA for a summer filled with exciting tap classes and her new Pound classes! Jennifer resides in Plymouth with her husband and daughter and has been teaching dance for the past 18 years where six of those were spent right here at GDA!! She has continued her studies at the Dance Life Retreat Center in Norwood Massachusetts to further her passion as a Tap Teacher/Choreographer for four studios located throughout Massachusetts. Rhythm has always been in her blood and that is why she decided to become a licensed Pound Pro along side her dance career. “Pound is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat dripping fun of playing the drums.” After her first class she was hooked!! With dance, she has been described as “having the ability to share her love for Tap with the beginner-advanced student so that each student leaves class feeling energized and with a sense of accomplishment.”
Miss Mazie... Bio on its way 🙂
Casey Crider, from Swansea, Massachusetts, has been training in multiple styles since the age of 10. She began her training in hip hop and quickly fell in love with the classical genres from there. She trained at a variety of schools growing up focusing mainly on strength, technique, and flexibility. Casey has also attended multiple conventions, dance teacher trainings and competitions throughout her career. At the age of 17, she auditioned and became a part of the junior modern dance company Fusionworks. At the age of 18 she wanted to further her training and decided to make the move to New York City, where she received training by world renowned teachers and choreographers. Throughout her time as a dance teacher, her students have won multiple top awards and she has been awarded choreography awards. Casey believes in teaching for each individual student, not all students learn the same and she wants to be sure they all thrive equally as well. She hopes all her students walk away feeling refreshed and wanting more.
Jane Kranz is a freelance professional dancer. She grew up performing nationally with the American Youth Dance Company, and furthered her training on scholarship at The University of Hartford, Hartt School Dance Division, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. There, she was able to work with world renowned choreographers and educators: Doug Varone, Charlotte Griffin, Loni Landon, Take Ueyama, and more. She was one of three dancers from the U.S. to be selected to travel to Mexico for the Arcdanz international program, and was given the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Museo Soumaya in Mexico City.
Jane has danced with The American Jazz Company, Hannah Myers Choreography, Playhouse on Park Theatre, Ballet Theatre Company, and is both a dancer and the manager of The Dance Collective. Recently, she performed aside Hannibal Buress in Comedy Central’s “Funny or Die” Tour, and travelled internationally to perform as a soloist in Edinburgh, Scotland at the 74th International Choreographer’s Showcase. Along with performing, Jane choreographs and teaches in the New England and Greater New York areas.
Hayley Robichaud is a New England based dancer, educator, and choreographer. She recently graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education and a minor in Dance. As a former company member with Extensions Dance Company, she has had the opportunity to work with and perform in pieces by artists such as Kat Pantos, Betsi Graves, Mike Esperanza, and Joshua Blake Carter. She has performed at American College Dance Association’s adjudicated concerts, as well as the National Dance Education Organization’s Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches in Practice Conference. Most recently, Hayley’s choreography was accepted into the Southern Vermont Dance Festival and performed at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.
Brittany Alexis has ten years of professional experience as a dance educator, choreographer, and performer on both the east and west coasts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Dean College and was a member and captain of the the WNBA Connecticut Sun "Solar Power Dance Team" for four consecutive seasons. As a Boston Celtics Dancer Finalist, Brittany was a featured dancer on the ESPN reality television series "Dreaming Green." Additional performance credits include: WTNH Early Morning Show, IDO World ShowDance Championships, and the Rascal Flatts "Bob That Head" Concert Tour. In 2011, Brittany travelled to Los Angeles, California to work as a hip hop dance instructor for Sky High Dance Inc. and trained with choreographers such as Nicco O'Connor, Kyle Hanagami, and Kevin Maher. Brittany is currently an instructor at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston and was a guest choreographer for the "Boston Youth Moves" program.