Chrissy was the Owner/Director of Lorraine Spada School of Dance prior to Legacy. She graduated from Plymouth State University with a B.S. in Dance and Business Management, where she was captain of both the Dance Team and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Assistant Director of the Dance Department, performed at the American College Dance Festivals, and also received the 2004 Dancer of the Year Award. She is a certified Dance Educator through the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston. Chrissy has been dancing at LSSOD since 1993, teaching since 2001 and she has been honored to now have the privilege of directing the studio that has been so near and dear to her heart for so many years since 2013. In addition to LSSOD, she is also the choreographer for the award winning North Reading High School Performing Arts Department.
Cait is former competitive dancer and alumni of LSSOD who has been pursuing her love of dance for over 25 years. In 2004 she founded the Tewksbury Highschool Dance Program where she directed and choreographed from 2004-2007. She went on to attend Assumption College where she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. There she was a member of the Assumption College Dance Club and taught classes in the local area. Over the last 10 years she has acquired several certifications in dance education from programs including The University of Las Vegas Teacher Training Program and Broadway Dance Center's Dance Educator Intensive. She has extensive training in pedagogy techniques, injury prevention, and pursues continuing education opportunities at conferences such as The Dance Teacher Summit, DanceLife Conference, NUVO, and more. She continues to take class at local studios such as (the former) Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, Urbanity, and The Dance Complex. Cait is passionate about creating meaningful, inspired movement which has been showcased in many award-winning pieces. With her versatility and background in many different technical styles, Cait aims to create strong, authentic, and well-rounded dancers.
Debi's Dance Studio has been Rachel's second home for over three decades. With nearly twenty years as an instructor, Rachel has focused her energy in providing her students with a positive, upbeat learning environment and encouraging her students' creativity. In addition to studio settings, Rachel has also served as choreographer for a number of theater productions including The Wiz, How to Succeed in Business, Guys & Dolls, and Footloose, among others. She also served as instructor for an International Dance Program based out of Suffolk University. Rachel is committed to serving her greater community, currently serving as the Vice President of the Wilmington Community Fund and a former member of the Wilmington 4th of July Committee for over a decade.
Eric started attending Lorraine Spada School of Dance in elementary school. At the studio he studied jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, musical theater, and tap disciplines. As a student he competed in regional competitions and attended conventions across New England. Eric brings his musical background to dance. Since elementary school Eric has held a concert percussion background where he later became the principal percussionist of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Eric has received his Dance Education Training Course certificate from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston with concentrations in various dance styles, dance history, music, and injury prevention. Eric went on to attend Bentley University where he graduated with a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting and minors in Law and Management. He continued his dance education at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio where he studied jazz and contemporary styles. Eric is excited to share his love of dance with the students of Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Emily is a proud Boston native who began dancing at the age of three and instantly fell in love. Her training includes ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary, among other styles. She is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University, receiving a BA in Dance and Performance Studies and Global Communication. At RWU, she’s performed in 10 dance theatre shows and has had the opportunity to work with some wonderful guest choreographers. Emily is continually taking classes in the Boston area and looks forward to sharing her passion with the students at Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Janenne is a 15-year student, former competition member, and alumni of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. She has received her gymnastics training from Reading Gymnastics Academy and Wilkey’s Gymnastics. Janenne has also performed with the Albany Berkshire Ballet in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. She is the choreographer and dance instructor at North Shore Children’s Theatre where she teaches musical theatre and tap. She is also a seasonal choreographer for musicals at the Village Middle School, the Marblehead Community Charter School, and the Veterans Middle School. Over the years, Janenne has attended numerous dance conventions and master classes where she has studied under famous choreographers such as Laurieanne Gibson, Brandon Bryant, Ellenore Scott and more. Currently, she attends Regis College where she is pursuing a B.A. in Biology and is the director of Regis College Dance Company, choreographing contemporary and jazz. Janenne is overjoyed to continue her love for the arts with the students of LSSOD.
Miss Maddie started dancing at Debi’s Dance Studio at 3 years old. At a young age it was clear she had a love for dance and the dance studio quickly became a second home to her. Maddie started out as an assistant teacher several years ago, and took over teaching her own classes four years ago. While she really enjoys teaching any style, hip hop and tap have always been her favorites as they truly show her creative side. While dancing at Debi’s, shes had several exciting opportunities which included; dancing at Celtics games, dancing in Disney and much more. She was also on the competition dance team for many years, and just last year had the amazing opportunity to teach competition dances herself. Miss Maddie can’t wait for her new journey here at Legacy studios to begin!
Meghan has been dancing since she was two, dance had helped her become the person she is today. While she was a dancer for these multiple years, she had both taken and assisted classes. In addition to taking those classes, she was on the competition team. She performed at Celtics games, Disney, Universal Studios and more. She loves being a dance teacher and Is so glad that one of her dreams has come true. The dance studio is a second home for her and she is so excited for this journey to continue at Legacy!
Maeve Hussey has been a traditional Irish Step dancer for over 16 years. She has competed at both a state and international levels and is a five time world qualifier in team dancing and choreography. Maeve has been following her passion for Irish Step dancing by teaching in the Boston area for over 5 years. She has grown up around Irish music and dancing and is excited to share her love of the tradition with the LSSOD family.
Carmen Rizzo, originally from São Paulo Brazil, recently graduated from Manhattanville College with a Summa Cum Laude double degree in Dance and Business Management. Her studies in
dance started at the age of 6 in a small studio where she prepared herself to audition for one of the most competitive professional dance training programs in the country. After being accepted,
she successfully completed the 8 year program learning a wide range of dance related subjects such as anatomy, composition, dance and art history, repertoire, music and contact-improvisation besides classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. She also had the opportunity to work with world renowned artists and/or their choreography such as Alex Soares, Luiz Fernando Bongiovanni, Denise Passos, Martha Graham and Ohad Naharin. She also was a trainee for two major professional companies in São Paulo: Balé da Cidade de São Paulo and Ballet Stagium. Wanting to further her studies in dance and broaden her horizons she moved to New York to pursue her degree, where she had the opportunity to learn more about jazz and hip-hop, and further develop her skills in ballet, modern, contemporary and choreographing. She
was thrilled to be showcased in every dance concert and in two dance teams. She also had the opportunity to perform off-campus with Shawn Bible, CKDC and Modaté (located in Leuven, Belgium). She currently is a trainee at Boston Dance Theatre and is a Pure Barre instructor. She is beyond thrilled to join the LSSOD team!
Tasha Stramecki Born in California and raised in New England. She began her pre professional training on scholarship with the Boston Ballet School under Sydelle Gomberg, Madame Sydney Leonard, Arthur Leeth, Christine Busch, Ann Marie Holmes, Bruce Marks, Bruce Wells and Tony Williams among others. In 1997 she graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in ballet Performance and was awarded the prestigious named founder awards Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Therekhov scholarships. While studying on scholarship with the University she performed with the resident Ballet company Oklahoma Festival Ballet under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt performing Internationally in Bordeaux and Claremont Ferrand France principal roles in both Classical and Contemporary works. Other studies included summer intensives that built and enriched her performance and understandings of various schools of training including Balanchine summer intensive with the likes of Maria Calegari, Deborah Wingert, Bart Cook, Paul Boos and Intensive from Moscow with Bolshoi trained teacher Andrey Klemm. After obtaining her degree in dance she returned to New Hampshire to perform with the two professional ballet companies of the State, Ballet New England under the direction of William Pizzuto, and Northern Ballet Theatre. In New Hampshire is also where she began her teaching career serving as an instructor for all levels and ages of ballet at several area schools and academies, including directing, coaching, staging, choreographing two ballet programs for 10 years in New Hampshire. In 2019 life opened new opportunities and growth as she travels to Lima Peru to Master teach with D1 Cultural Association and Ballet Municipal Lima. In the fall she guest instructs In Cancun Mexico with Ballet Concierto Cancun and is invited to be an international judge and master teacher for the Encad International Dance Festival in Florianopolis SC Brazil. In January 2020 she began professional ballet training classes in Jurere International partnering with the Jurere Sports Center. She is the first ABT NTC certified teacher in pre primary through level 5 of the ABT NTC to offer professional American ballet training in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina Brazil.
Julia received her classical ballet training at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater under the tutelage of Ms. Patricia Lavoie. While at SNHDT, she was a company member of Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet and performed various roles in many of Maurice Petipa’s ballets, including: Paquita, Giselle, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Raymonda, The Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. She also performed Ms. Lavoie’s original works and annually in The Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. Julia was selected by Ms. Darla Hoover of the George Balanchine Trust to perform Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, which she performed in 2001 and 2002. Her favorite roles and variations include: Pas de Trois from Paquita, the Temperament Fairy and Bluebird variations from The Sleeping Beauty, and Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen from The Nutcracker. Julia is also a visual artist and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2007. Since 2010, she has been dancing with Amy Fortier’s Ballet Misha, located in Manchester, NH. Since joining the company, she has performed in several of Ms. Fortier’s original ballets and contemporary works, including The Wild Swans, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ballet Nouveau, and The Nutcracker. She also assists the company with prop and set creation. Julia is thrilled to join Lorraine Spada School of Dance, and looks forward to working with all the wonderful dancers!
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