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 Stacey Broderick
Children’s Program – Ballet – Jazz- Tap - PointeStacey began dancing at the age of 3 at the Isabelle’s School of Dance in Schodack, NY, and began dancing competitively in tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and ballet with the school at 6 years of age. Stacey later joined The Albany Berkshire Ballet to focus on her ballet training. She began teaching tap at The Cantarella School of Dance and The Albany Berkshire Ballet when she was 16, while touring with their company’s production of “The Nutcracker”. Throughout her career, Stacey has trained under dancers from the New York City Ballet through her attendance at the New York State Summer School for the Arts, and work with the Radio City Rockettes. She has also performed with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Stacey began teaching for Berkshire Dance Theatre in the summer of 2011, and teaches tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and children’s classes.

Emily Hollister

Ballet - Pointe - Modern - Tap
Emily began her dance career at age three at Happy Feet Dance School. She danced with Berkshire Dance Theatre for thirteen years and was part of the central cast and annual theatre productions. Emily also brings experience in the professional grades examinations of the Cecchetti Ballet Society. She continued her dance studies at Jacksonville University in Florida where she earned a BA in Spanish with a minor in dance and education. Emily has taught with BDT through the summers of her college years and has now returned to the Southern Vermont area as a Spanish teacher and dance instructor at BDT.


 

Makayla Dowling
Hip Hop
Makayla first began dancing when she entered high school. She was introduced to the hip hop genre when she joined her high school dance team. After graduation, Makayla attended MCLA where she became an active member of the Dance Company. She learned more about the hip hop genre as well as other genres. She was a dancer and choreographer, as well as part of the executive board to the club. During Makayla’s time at MCLA, she taught at a local dance school in Adams where she led recital classes, along with choreographing and teaching competition classes. In her four years of competing, her teams brought back many high gold rankings, a platinum ranking and special choreography awards. She also taught dance classes for the North Adams 21st Century After-School programs. Recently, she has been an active member of the community dance crew dysFUNKcrew.

Sylvia Logan 
Ballet - Modern  

Sylvia holds a BA in Slavic Literature, Stanford University. She received her ballet training overseas in the U.S.S.R., England, Switzerland, Italy, and France. She then studied in the US, in California, Utah, Washington D.C , Pennsylvania and at SUNY in Purchase, NY.  She enjoyed an extensive professional career performing in modern dance companies in Munich, Germany, Salt Lake City, and Philadelphia before joining the dance company, Jennifer Muller and the Works, based in New York City, in 1983.  Sylvia has taught in South Africa, Tampa, Fl, Humbolt, WA, Philadelphia, PA, Princeton, NJ and NYC.  She has been teaching dance at Williams College and at BDT since she moved into the area 20 years ago.



Chuck Paquette
Ballet - Modern - Choreography

Chuck holds a BFA in dance from Purchase College and a MFA in Dance from Smith College. Growing up in Adams, he discovered a passion for dance that was insatiable and soon left to study at the American Dance Festival, Purchase College and with David Howard in NYC. He danced with Mel Wong, Concert Dance Company of Boston and the Boston Repertory Ballet, as well as with several independent choreographers. Chuck has had an ongoing relationship with the Albany Berkshire Ballet since 1974 and still performs in their annual Nutcracker.  His teaching includes but is not limited to Smith, Hampshire, and Williams College, MCLA, The Pioneer Valley Ballet, Amherst Ballet Theater, the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Natick and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Chuck also co-directed Friends In Dance with Janice Paquette whom he married; he currently works in the Art Department at Williams College and teaches at the Berkshire Dance Theatre.


Janice Paquette
Creative Movement - Pointe - Ballet  

Janice Paquette holds a M.F.A degree in Dance from Smith College, MA and a B.F.A. degree in Dance from Purchase College, NY. She received her Dance Teacher Certification as part of her Masters Degree. Her training began in NYC where she studied with Anna & Igor Youskevitch and went on to study with other exceptional teachers and to perform with the New Jersey Classic Ballet. Janice was a faculty member at the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and the Boston School of Ballet, as well as ABT. Janice taught Creative Dance K-6 in North Carolina. After a professional dance career, performing with regional ballet and modern dance companies including the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Janice co-founded Friends in Dance with her husband Chuck Paquette.  Most recently Janice has returned to the stage to perform in the Nutcracker and has been teaching Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe and Creative Movement with Berkshire Dance Theatre. Janice is currently the Activity Director at Williamstown Commons. She is certified as an Activity Director, Activity Consultant and Dementia Care Practitioner and holds certifications in Memory Care and Education.

Terrie M Robinson
Ballet - Jazz

Terrie trained in London with R.A.D and won a scholarship to I.S.T.D, after which she began her performance career in London's West End theater district. On Broadway, Terrie has performed under many noted directors, including Bob Fosse and Gower Champion. After working in film in Los Angeles she joined CATS International playing Bombalurina, moving to dance director on the creative supervision team. Currently theatre dance lecturer for SUNY, she directed and choreographed a revised production of Rockabye Hamlet with Broadway Composer Cliff Jones. She returns to WPTC having originated the choreography for Click Clack Moo and Marvelous Wonderettes.                              

Amie McClellan
Tap
Amie began taking dance classes at the age of 4 and has been dancing, performing, and teaching dance, in one form or another, ever since. While growing up, she received extensive training in ballet, tap, and jazz at the Allegheny Ballet Academy in Altoona, PA. As a teenager, she was a member of the affiliated Allegheny Ballet Company (artistic director Deborah Anthony), which had annual performances of the Nutcracker, as well as one other full-length ballet production per year. She continued to dance and teach dance throughout college and graduate school in Pittsburgh, PA, primarily teaching teen/adult ballet, tap, and jazz classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. While a postdoc at Stanford University, Amie performed with Stanford University’s Bent Spoon dance company, as well as with the Bay Area contemporary company, Dog Patch Superstars (artistic director Lily Wang).

Becky Ahamad
Hip Hop
Becky is mainly a self-taught dancer. She took classes in Tap and Jazz at a young age, but soon discovered her love for Hip Hop over the years. She received some Hip Hop training from Terpsichore in Pittsfield, MA, and expanded on her own from there. Her first experience with choreography came at the age of 15 with The Berkshire Theatre Group's presentation of Romance, Soul and Rock & Roll at The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA. She remained with this group until 2007, and it was here that she discovered her true passion not only for Hip Hop dance, but for dance in general. She graduated with a B.A. in English/Communications from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. After graduation, Becky worked at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and taught weekly Hip Hop workshops to the Pillow interns. Since September 2011 Becky has worked at Berkshire Dance Theatre as a Hip Hop instructor and currently as the Co-Director. Since starting with BDT, Becky has choreographed a Flash Mob and presented numerous other pieces of choreography at the world renowned MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. She is also a co-founder of a community dance crew called dysFUNKcrew. They've performed at numerous community events in Berkshire County, including MASS MoCA, Tanglewood, the Colonial Theatre and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Kaylyn Kern
Pre-Acrobatics - Acrobatics
Kaylyn is a USAG Certified Gymnastics Instructor. She has been teaching recreational gymnastics for 14 years and is a prior competitive gymnast.  Currently she is an Esthetician at Essencials Day Spa in Lenox and teaches at Renaissance Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA as a Gymnastics Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She works with students from 18 months through adulthood. It is a recreational studio where conditioning the body for everyday life is emphasized. She believes that gymnastics is wonderful cross-training for all other sports and disciplines. Previously she was the Wellness Director at the Pittsfield Family YMCA where she started a Gymnastics Program that began with 13 children and grew to 150 children every eight weeks. She also started a Performance Team that she brought out to perform in the community. They performed during Third Thursday Events, Pittsfield Suns baseball games as well as the Fourth of July and Halloween Parades. Through USAG she is Instructor Certified and has completed their Safety & Risk Management, First Aid Basics, USA Gymnastics Fitness and Development Coaches Course: Sports Science certifications.

 

Jamal AhamadHip Hop

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jamal did not grow up as a dancer. Lacking athleticism and a desire to play sports as a child, he gravitated towards his academic studies, cartoons and comics, video games, and weightlifting. During his youth, he was always around music and music lovers and was picked on for having bad music taste and no rhythm. However, all of that changed when You Got Served was released in theaters. Jamal loved the dancing in the movie so much that he wanted to learn. His last year of high school was spent in the dance studio as opposed to the weight room and when he eventually went to college at MCLA, he spent all of his free time teaching himself different styles and techniques. His exposure to dance movies such as Breakin’, Step Up 2, and Planet B-boy alongside MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew really impacted his personal trajectory. At MCLA, he worked his way from being a general member to becoming a two-time MCLA Dance Company Co-President and even met his wife, Miss Becky, who he accredits with teaching him both how to choreograph and how to teach. After earning his undergrad degree, Jamal did not want to give up dancing and started sharing his passion with the BDT community. Since then, he has taught at several different studios and even co-founded dysFUNKcrew alongside other MCLA Dance Company alumni. He has come to enjoy teaching so much that he has become an academic instructor for at-risk youth during the day and is currently pursuing an M.Ed. at MCLA for secondary education. As BDT’s Bennington Hip-Hop Instructor, Jamal does not take anything for granted and looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge for dance with anyone who wants to learn.

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