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Dance Instructor & Choreographer
PiYO® ~ Ballet Barre Fitness ~ Zumba®
At a very young age Melanie knew that dance was her passion. She began dancing and tumbling at the age of three at local dance studios in the Merrimack Valley, as well as Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC), EDGE performing Arts (LA), Millennium Dance Complex (LA), Debbie Reynolds Studio (LA), and many local and national dance conventions. She has taken master classes with, but not limited to, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Savion Glover and tWitch. Melanie was a local/national award winning competitive soloist and group dancer from age 9 through 29!
Upon graduating High School, Melanie's passion for dance and her dream of becoming a professional dancer and instructor was still as strong as ever! She decided to study Dance Performance and Pedagogy at Dean College, located in Franklin, MA, where she received her Associates Degree with high honors. At Dean, Melanie was accepted into The Ailey School (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) in New York City, received the Gregory Hines Tap Dance Scholarship and was a member of the Dean Dance Company.
After Dean, she studied music and dance at the Hartford Conservatory for Music and Dance in Hartford, CT. Melanie went on to share her love of dance by becoming a dance studio owner and instructor. Her students have been awarded with many medals and high overall awards at various dance competitions. Melanie herself has received awards for top choreography, highest overall score, and specialty awards.
With over 25 years of many genres of dance instruction, Melanie decided it was time for MORE than just dance. She has always had a love for many types of MOVEMENT whether it be dance, gymnastics, pilates or simply jumping the ocean waves in the summertime!
Over the last few years Melanie has opened new doors into the fitness world. She found that adding these new styles of movement into her regular routine was not only helping her physical health, but also her mental health. She began to realize just how important it is to stay physically, as well as mentally, active and keep moving, especially as we get older! We often forget the importance of and take for granted the simple daily movements of a quality life, like riding a bicycle, walking to the mailbox to get the mail, or just getting out of bed in the morning, as well as "mental movements" like thinking, feeling, talking or breathing. Without movement, we can not possibly live a fulfilling life.
Melanie is certified in Zumba, PiYO by BeachBody, and Ballet Barre Fitness. She is currently in the process of adding more fitness certifications! Melanie continues her dance education by taking master classes and instructor trainings throughout the year. Her goal is to offer as many styles of movement as possible to get everyone, young and old, MOVING and living the best quality of life possible!
In addition to dance and fitness, Melanie has a background in gymnastics, cheerleading, and pageantry. Melanie is not only a multifaceted dance/fitness instructor, but also multifaceted in her own life! She is always eager to learn more and bring that education to her students. Melanie looks forward to continuing to educate, train and create fun and innovative movement classes for everyone in a positive, warm, and friendly environment!
Without movement there is stillness.
The ocean waves must move
for the water to flow.
To move is to breathe,
to breathe is to live.
MOVEMENT IS LIFE...
Reiki I & II Certified
Hi, my name is Meg!
I am 21 and eager to live a joyful and adventurous life without any regrets. I’m such an old soul. I love me some good music; Chicago, Elton John, Sinatra, Hall and Oates, you name it I listen to it. (yes, a little Cracklin’ Rosie does make me smile). I have a strong passion for learning new things. I love spreading the knowledge I pick up, which is why I am so drawn to teaching. I have a strong life desire to teach and learn valuable lessons and to serve those around me. I’m a firm believer in the power of positivity and compassion. I danced competitively and recreationally for most of my life so I’m always looking for ways to bring that expression into my classes. I’m certified through the Yoga Teacher Alliance with my 200-hr training, with many more hours to come. I am Reiki I & II certified. Currently, I am studying mediumship and spiritual connection under the amazing Maureen Hancock “The Medium Next Door”. I love exploring the unknown and tapping into every ounce of potential. I have an associate degree from Northern Essex Community College and also hold a certificate as an EMT for the state of Massachusetts; basic life support & CPR certified through the American Heart Association and National EMS Institute. I deeply enjoy yoga retreats and I am always looking for new teacher trainings to go to. I bring not only the physical practice of yoga into my classes, but the mind and soul as well. Connecting with nature really grounds me as an individual. No matter the weather, I’ll be outdoors geocaching, hanging out by the ocean, hiking, doing yoga, and playing with my dogs. I honor the light, the love, and the teacher in each and every one of you… Namaste.
Melanie has lived with lupus, since 2005, and credits finding Yoga, fitness, and healthier eating with saving her life. In 2015, she was extremely ill and being put on more and more medications with no hope of change for her health. Then, she found clean eating and fitness and began to change her own life.
Melanie's journey then led her to Yoga and meditation which continued to help her. Because of all that Yoga had done for her, she decided she needed to pay it forward and become a Yoga teacher. Melanie hopes to share her love of Yoga with you and help you connect with your inner light. She wishes for you all to see what powerful beings you are. Melanie also has a background in psychology and early childhood education, so she can not wait to teach these skills to children!
When Melanie is not teaching Yoga, she is a wife and mother to a special 13 year old boy. She loves cuddling with her dog and cat, being outside enjoying the sun and going on adventures with her husband.
Melanie is looking forward to sharing her light with you all and teaching you to be as bright as you can be.
Guest Yoga Instructor
Reiki I Certified
BS in Adventure Education with a focus in Therapeutics
Erika Halaby has been practicing yoga for three and a half years and just received her 200 hour certification this past winter. She dove into her personal practice shortly after her father passed away in 2016 and has been sincerely immersed into the practice ever since. To her, practicing yoga is the most fulfilling and passionate gateway to the soul that exists. Over time, something that began as a physical practice has gradually transformed into a deep, spiritual and mindful life purpose. Over the years she has developed a mindful meditation practice, received Rieki training, worked with energy medicine and is currently finishing her degree in Outdoor Education. Her mission in life is to share the beauty of being human in coexistence with the magnificence powers of the natural world, while healing herself and guiding others to heal themselves along the way. Her teaching style is rooted within her passion for nature and her admiration for self transformation and growth. For her students, her dream is to ground them when they need it most, and even when they don’t, while uplifting them all at the same time. This balance of grounding down while opening the heart and mind in connection with the breath is how she has found peace in her practice and soul, which is exactly what has inspired her to share the sacred practice of yoga. Erika is originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, but is currently living in Plymouth as a senior at PSU. She loves to be outside, building her connection to Mother Earth and her favorite outdoor activities are backpacking and kayaking.
Bio coming soon!
Sarah is originally from Haverhill, MA, where she began dancing at age 3. In her earlier years, she danced tap, ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop. During college Sarah was introduced to a variety of Latin dance styles and fell in love with the dances and the culture. Her love and passion for dance has led her to become part of the dance community in Cambridge, MA, where she dances Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk and Samba. Sarah has been a part of multiple performance teams in Cambridge and traveled to various dance festivals in the US and Canada.
Hip Hop Instructor & Choreographer
Bosco is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer with over fifteen years of experience in the performance industry. Missy Elliott, Chris Brown, P!nk, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and the MTV Movie Awards are just a few of the names on his resume. With Bosco Dance Tour, he has had the privilege of teaching at over 175 wonderful schools & studios. Look FLY™ keeps his cinematic creativity flowing, and BDT® Clothing keeps him looking fresh in and out of class.