Haruka Tamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started training at the age of 5. She was a scholarship student at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance under direction of Stephen Pier in 2014. She also spent her training in summer intensives at Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. In her time at Hartt, there she performed Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite: They Who Dance Together” at The Joyce Soho in New York as an original cast member of Peggy Lyman-Hayes’ 2011 revision and as the lead dancer “Eliza” in “The King and I” at The Muny, St. Louis, in 2012. Some of her most memorable roles include the lead in “Paquita”, Balanchine’s “Who Cares”, “Four Temperaments”, and numerous contemporary works by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Emory Lecrone, Viktor Plotnikov, and Charlotte Griffin. She is a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012). Upon graduating she worked with Gwen Rakotovao Company in NYC and joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston, in 2014. She has performed many featured roles while she spent for four seasons with JMBT. In JMBT’s final production, she performed a principal role in Mateo’s most famous ballet called “House of Ballet”. She also works with a contemporary dance company FUKUDANCE in Boston. In addition to performing, she is a faculty member at JMBT School and The Brookline Ballet School.
Miss Susan - A Malden native, started dancing at the age of 3 and baton twirling at age 6 under the direction of Marlene Russell. She was the Malden High School Marching Bands's Mascot at age 6. Miss Susan trained under the direction of the E. Virginia Williams School of Dance, Rennie & Rhee Gold and Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, Boston. She has danced competitively and has performed in numerous repertory shows in Boston. She has been teaching dance since 1985 and is a member of Dane Teachers's Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America. Susan has three children and feels her life experiences in raising her children and teaching dance for the past 29 years has made her the creative and compassionate teacher she is today!
Miss Amy - Majored in dance at The University of Amherst. She spent two sumers on a scholarship to Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, IL and trained with many master teachers such as Lynn Simonson, Sean Curran, Jeanette Neil, Adrienne Hawkins, Adrienne Mincz & Jim Viera. In 1996 she presented her choreographic debut "Eye of the Storm" at the Jazz Dance Recovery Project performed at Massachusetts College of Art. She has performed extensively with Impulse Dance Company under the direction of Adrianne Hawkins and most recently with Five Flights up under the direction of Adrienne Mincz. Venues have included the Boston Summer Festival,
Miss Melissa - A Native of Melrose, Miss Melissa has had the passion for dance since the age on nine. A former student of Dance Track she studied tap, jazz, and ballet and danced on a competition team. She is a member of the Dance Teachers club of Boston and instructs dance to many students at the studio where she originally gained her knowledge: Dance Track. Melissa is an assistant Dance Captain, Contributing choreographer, and outreach instructor for the Boston Dance Company "Rainbow Tribe". She currently teaches D.A.,R.E. Dance at Sarah Greenwood Schools in Dorchester. Melissa is inspired by the children she teaches each day at Dance Track where she started out assisting classes when she was 13 years old.
Owner/Director Kelly Russell started dancing at the age of 2 at her mothers dance studio "Russell School of Baton and Dance" in Malden Mass. Kelly was also a competitive gymnast. She studying Ballet at the E. Virginia Williams school of Dance and Boston Ballet School performing in the Nutcracker for eight years. She trained at the Sherry Golds Dance Unlimited and Rhee & Rennie Gold and became a Gold Dance Company Member. Started teaching at the E. Virginia Williams School of dance and was also the Director /teacher for Creative Arts for Kids in Reading. Taking a short break from teaching to pursue a professional career Kelly received the Joe Tremane scholarship to dance at their studio in LA. Moved to N.Y.C and became dancer for the Singer Mark Anthony & Crissy Ieiss. Performed in Dinner Theater in Chicago Illinois in the Marriot Lincolnshire's production of "Funny Girl" and also "Singing in the Rain" at Druary Lane Theater. Performed at Walt Disney's Worlds Pleasure Island as a dancer for six years and Competed on the Television show Star Search. Kelly is a certified member of The Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Dance Masters of America & Actors Equity. Dance Track Studio is a member of the Melrose & Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. I am so proud of our Dance Track dancers accomplishments over the years dancing at such venues as Walt Disney World, Radio City Music Hall, Boston Garden, Fenway Park, Canobie Lake Park, Topsfield Fair and more.
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Miss Brianna is a Fordham University graduate student, currently finishing up her science prerequisite classes at the Northeastern University Post Baccalaureate program in pursuit of a Medical Degree. Brianna danced at Dance Track for 12 years, seven of which she spent competing with her beloved Yellow Team. After graduating high school in 2014, she decided she wanted to continue her pursuit of dance. During her freshman year in college, Brianna auditioned for Fordham’s only elite hip-hop dance crew, Fordham Flava, and booked a spot on the team. She worked as both a choreographer and dancer for Fordham Flava. Her dance crew performed all over Fordham’s campus, in many dance videos on YouTube, for numerous charity events like B+ Foundation, and at each annual Spring Showcase. Her favorite part about living in New York was being able to attend numerous dance workshop classes with renowned choreographers. One of the team’s biggest achievements was being asked to perform at Madison Square Garden for the 2017 2K Basketball championship game. After experiencing numerous years of training from the Dance Track Faculty, she has been inspired to journey back to her routes and explore teaching. She is extremely excited to be welcomed back to Dance Track and is looking forward to the new year!
Miss Nicole has been dancing since the age of 4. She started with a ballet class, and went on over the years to take classes in tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, and breakdancing. At age 13, Nicole become an assistant dance teacher in tap, jazz, and hip hop classes. She continued dancing and assisting classes until she graduated from Melrose High School in 2013. At this point, she went on to the University of Hartford to study Elementary and Special Education. Determined to keep dance in her life, Nicole danced on her college's hip hop dance team. Here she had the opportunity to choreograph and teach dance routines to her peers. Over the years Nicole has participated in several dance conventions, including Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse, taking classes from well known choreographers in order to better herself as a dancer. Nicole graduated from college in May of 2017, and is now working as a Special Education teacher in an elementary school in Lynn. She continues to take dance classes every week because she just can’t get enough of dance in her life! Nicole is beyond excited to be a part of Dance Track!
Miss Erin - grew up in Wakefield Massachusetts, where she experienced many years of training at Dance Track Studio under the direction of Kelly Kerr. She then went on to attend Keene State College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a specialization in Choreography and Performance, and a minor in Management. In 2015, Erin’s piece “In Flight” was chosen to represent Keene State College at the American College Dance Association conference, and in the 40th anniversary of an Evening of Dance. As well as choreographing, Erin has also performed a number of times at the American College Dance Association conference and in An Evening of Dance, between the years of 2012 and 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as Monica Bill Barnes, Adele Myers, Rebecca Stenn, Cynthia McLaughlin, William Seigh, and Marcia Murdock. In 2014, Erin was the community relations intern at Urbanity Dance in Boston MA. At Urbanity, Erin received experience teaching in the Boston community, while also gaining a background in arts administration. Erin has also completed a two semester Dance Education Internship where she taught students in grades K through 4 in the Walpole NH, public school system. She is currently the assistant coach of the Dance Team Program at Wakefield Memorial High School and a memeber of Tribe, The Dance Company. Erin has found that she is most fulfilled as a dance educator. She enjoys sharing her passion with students as they find their own identity in the artistic world.
Miss Megan - was classically trained in ballet under the direction of Kathy Kozul and Jose Mateo's Ballet Theater with additional training in jazz and technique from Bill McLaughlin. She began performing at a young age and has danced in several works including The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Megan holds a minor in dance from UMass Boston where she specialized in ballet and performed in and choreographed student productions in several styles. She has been teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and contemporary in the Boston area for over nine years in both recreational and public school settings. Megan also directed the dance module of a pilot preschool arts project in conjunction with the College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston under the direction of Joan Arches.
Miss Jenn Teacher/Choreographer
Jennafa’s love of dance began at the age of 2. She entered the competitive dance world and never looked back. Her technique is on point!
She has held many Regional and National Dance titles including Modeling. Top Soloist won her the honor of dancing in her first
televised appearance. She also, was selected to attend Boston Ballet School of Dance on a free scholarship. She has judged many
Regional Dance Competitions, was the head instructor for several years choreographing the opening and closing numbers, along with pursuing
her dream of becoming an NBA Dancer for several years. She’s had the privilege of experiencing what it was like to be part of a World Championship
Team. All while staying HUMBLE! Her passion in life is not only to educate, but share every aspect that comes along with dance.
To enhance every child’s full potential to become their own artists. Her end goal is to have each child be confident, treat their fellow teammates
with respect and to push them to be proud of who they are and what life means to them. To never give up, as life will throw you many curve balls,
you will always have your dance education to fall back on. Not every child is born to be a star – however giving your best is all that is asked and
this education cannot be taken from you.Though her nick name may be MINI, she stands tall in the dance world and her love for the art of dance
does not fall short of anything but mighty. She looks forward to this new season full of fresh new faces and sharing her dance creativity with all
of you! May God Bless you with this new experience….
The Program brought educationally based dance and movement classes into a local preschool in an
effort to promote learning through the arts. Megan has been with Dance Track since 2008.
First Night Boston, Hatch Shell on the Charles and other performances throughout New England. In addition to being a Physical Therapist and mother of two, Amy has continued to teach all levels of dance. She is a member of Dance Teachers club of Boston and has taught at Northern Essex Community College, Jeanette Neil Dance Studio, Suffolk University and Scalzi School of Dance in Watertown. Her Group and solo choreography has won numerous accolades locally and nationally. As a Dance Track faculty member, Amy enjoys teaching jazz, tap, contemporary/Lyrical as well as choreographing competition numbers for various Dance Track dance teams.