Faculty

Studio Director

 

Ashley Collette

 

Ashley has had a love of dance ever since the age of three when she began dancing. She is an award winning competition dancer at both regional and national levels. She competed for thirteen successful years. During that time Ashley also performed with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

Ashley’s passion led her to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School where she majored in dance and studied on talent scholarship. While she was attending the Hartt School Ashley studied with many professionals including those from the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Royal Ballet, Amy Marshall Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Pilobolus Dance Company. She performed in numerous works by choreographers such as Jean-Grand Maitre, Scott Rink, Alla Nikitina, and Dennis Price. She graduated cum Laude in 2006 with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy.

 

After college Ashley danced professionally with the Boston based modern dance company, Cann Dance Productions, and the Rhode Island based modern dance company Fusionworks.She has also danced professionally with Stylized Movement, Shadows and the Boston based contemporary dance company Creationdance. 

 

Ashley taught at numerous dance schools throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut for more than 12 years before becoming the owner of her own school.  She is the proud owner and artistic director of the Massachusetts Dance Academy where she continues to work as an instructor and choreographer. She is the main ballet and modern teacher at the school. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge for dance with all of her students and enjoys watching them grow and aspire.

 

Ashley’s choreography has received numerous overall high score awards as well as special recognition and judges choice awards. She is the proud choreographer this season of Petite Miss Dance of New England 2015, and Headliners Petite and Junior Titlist 2015.

 

Ashley continually seeks to further her education by attending classes, workshops and conventions throughout the United States. She is an active member of the Dance Masters of America Organization, and has served on the board of directors for the New England Chapter over the past few years.  Last spring, Ashley became the secretary for Chapter 5 Dance Masters of America Organization.

Instructor

 

Maria Budzinski

 

Dancing has been the biggest part of Maria’s life since she began at the age of 2. Maria’s passion for dance has been inspired by her love for music that she was introduced to at a very young age by her father who is a musician and producer. Spending every extra minute of free time, practicing at home and in rehearsals led her to ten successful years in competition. Competing both regionally and nationally Maria was awarded numerous times for being a highest scoring soloist as well as achieving special awards for execution on stage and receiving titles.

 

Maria performed in two seasons for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. In 2005, she became a Dance Major at Dean College’s Performing Arts Program. During her first two years of college, she worked with Gyro tonic master Lisa Pari, who taught Maria about the importance of body knowledge. Maria was a part of Lisa Pari’s Jazz Dance Company. She also worked extremely close with world - renowned modern professor; Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Co-founder of JANBE Institute in Haiti; Founder and Director of Roots Uprising. Maria was also privileged to be a part of Nailah’s Modern Company her senior year in College. During her time as a dance major she was a part of the Dean College Dance Team and also had the opportunity to work with Master Ballet professor Jill Silverman where she increased her ballet and body structure knowledge as a dancer. She also had opportunities to work with Hip Hop choreographer’s Wyett Jackson, Kelly Peters, Jay T. Jenkins, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. She choreographed numerous pieces both Contemporary and Jazz while being a dance major. Maria graduated from the New York Film Academy with a concentration on Acting for film, and graduated high honors with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Suffolk University in Boston.

 

Maria currently teaches Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop at Massachusetts Dance Academy.  In the past few years she has choreographed title-winning soloists both regionally and nationally.  Maria recently began dancing in a company “Stylized Movement”, and is studying to be a member of Dance Masters of America. 

 

Instructor

 

Kerri Ann Kudla

 

Kerri Ann Kudla was introduced to the world of dance at the early age of three and has been infatuated with the moving body ever since. After graduating from high school she continued her education at Dean College, with an emphasis in Modern dance. While attending college she joined the Boston Dance Company performing professionally. After graduating with her Associates degree she then continued her education at the University of South Florida receiving her BFA, furthering her training in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, African Dance and Cultural Dance. Curriculum also included Choreography, Dance History, Kinesiology, Movement Analysis, Pedagogy, and multi-media production.  While she continued to study she also performed both Modern and African Dance techniques.

 

After college, Kerri Ann dove into the world of dance education and has been teaching and choreographing for the last 12 years.  She continues her own education by taking workshops through Dance Masters of America and attending classes in NYC. She currently is working with a Modern Dance Company, “Tributary Dance”. As a member of Tributary dance she has been honored to collaborate with the Manchester Choral Society in “Carmina Burana”. Kerri Ann currently teaches intermediate to advanced: Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet at the Massachusetts Dance Academy. She is proud to work with children and enjoys passing her knowledge and enthusiasm for dance to others. Her passion thrives in her will to educate, mentor and lead aspiring professionals. 

 

 

Instructor

Charlotte McNutt 


Charlotte was born in Washington, D.C. and shortly thereafter moved to Northern Virginia where she began her studies of classical ballet under Barbara Harding.  Her studies then took her to Fairfax Ballet Company with Thomas Russell, and the McLean Ballet Company with Molly Vick, Edward Caton, Leon Folkine, Robert Davis, and Eugene Collins.  She also studied at the Virginia Ballet Company with Oleg Tupine and Tatiana Rousseau.  She then went on to study and perform with the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., under Frederick Franklin and Ben Stevenson.  

 

After moving to the Annapolis, Maryland area, Charlotte became a founding member and dancer with the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, now Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Maryland’s only truly professional ballet company.  While performing with BTM, she danced many roles including the DewDrop Fairy and Mother Gigone in the Nutcracker,and created such roles as the lead Temptress in Artistic Director Edward Stewart's 11th Commandment and the mother in Three Faces of Eve.  Other roles include the Queen in Sleeping Beauty and the nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

 

As well as performing with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Charlotte taught at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland School.  She taught students ages 2 to 73, levels including Creative Movement through Professional.  She has had instruction in the Cecchetti style under the tutelage of Valerie Deacon.  She received certification in the Vaganova style through direct study with John White and Caryl Maxwell.  

 

She worked as Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Assistant for the Ballet Theater of Maryland under the direction of the founding Artistic Director, Edward Stewart.  She served as Director of the BTM Performance Workshop outreach program, whose purpose was to train dancers in the art of performing.  Her other duties for BTM included Stage Manager for several of the Company and School performances.  She worked as Artistic Director for several of the annual School performances and as School Administrator.  She also worked as Executive Administrative Assistant for three years for the current BTM Artistic Director, Dianna Cuatto.  

Instructor

 

Nicole Rizzo

 

Nicole is a motivated and enthusiastic dance instructor with 15 years of teaching experience. Nicole began her dance training at the age of four.  She received her dance training locally, competing in both regional and national level dance competitions.  During her years as a competition dancer, Nicole received many high score awards, cash prizes and special awards for both group and specialty numbers.  

 

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Elms College in 1997 and her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2000. Nicole specializes in preschool and young children's dance at the Massachusetts Dance Academy.

 

Nicole continues her education in dance by attending teacher training workshops, conventions and master classes. 

Instructor

 

Amanda Young

 

Amanda began her education in acrobatics and dance at a young age. She studied under the instruction of Wendy Stawiecki of Wendy’s Dance Studio. Amanda's love for acrobatics and dance led her to become an instructor at Wendy’s Dance Studio, and her passion for teaching led her to become owner and operator of Wendy's Dance Studio in 2003.  She successful ran the school for seven years before closing the studio in 2010.

 

With 17 years of acrobatic and dance experience, Amanda has moved on to teach at several dance studios in the central Massachusetts area. Amanda is the primary acrobatics instructor at the Massachusetts Dance Academy.  She currently teaches intermediate and advanced acrobatics at the studio.  

 

Amanda contunues to further her education by attending workshops and conventions throughout the New England area.


 

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