Premier Dance Academy would like to introduce you to our elite staff of instructors, all of whom are highly skilled and have studied dance and choreography for many years. All of our staff members continue their dance education today by attending teacher conventions and taking master classes from world-renowned instructors and are thrilled to share their knowledge with our students!

 

"This is the best dance studio ever! The teachers are so passionate about their job that it reflects on their students! My daughter has been going here for three years and is always encouraged to do her best and have a positive attitude. This place has become a second home and I am honored to be a part of team premier!!"- Lisa Prodromidis

 
 

Ashley Sullivan – Co-Owner/Director

Miss Ashley's love for dance began over 20 years ago at the West Side Dance Center in West Springfield, MA where she trained in in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Acro, and Musical Theatre. She is a highly trained instructor, with a  decade of choreographing experience. Her dedication to dance has earned her multiple awards at Regional and National competitions. Ashley has been an instructor locally at Dance it Up! in Grafton and A Step Up Dance Studio in Cherry Valley, where she was also a member of the Adult Competition Team. Ashley is also a graduate of Worcester State University and has a degree in Business with a Marketing Concentration. While attending WSU, she remained committed to dance serving as the Dance Company's Secretary (2005-2007) and President (2007-2008). She was also the founder and a member of the school’s Competitive Dance Team in 2007 and then served as the Coach (2008-2009).

Rachel Newton – Co-Owner/Director

Miss Rachel is a true dancer’s dancer with over two decades of experience in the dance world.  In 2011, Rachel became the Artistic Director of Premier Dance Academy where she actively teaches, instructs and choreographs leading her students to many achievements both on and off the stage.  Her early training began at The Crystal School of Dance in Worcester where she earned multiple awards in regional, national, and international competitions.  Here she rose through the ranks to become a teacher and choreographer.  A highly sought after teacher, Rachel also enjoyed teaching at A Step Up Dance Studio in Cherry Valley before creating Premier. In 2016 she became a member of the International Dance Entrepreneur’s Association (I.D.E.A) dedicating herself to providing the highest quality in dance education while setting high standards for safe and fair business practices.

She continues her own dance education by studying and training with various industry professionals. Miss Rachel is determined to grow Premier Dance Academy creatively and dynamically in a healthy, positive environment for all students and dancers.



Laura Motta – Instructor

Miss Laura was the Co-Owner and Director of Center Stage Dance Studio for 4 years and Owner/Director of Step Up Dance Studio in Cherry Valley for two years. Her teaching experience includes Hip-hop, Jazz, Stretch & Conditioning, Tiny Tots, Kinder Kids and Acro Dance. Miss Laura received her gymnastics and dance training while enrolled at Interstate Gymnastics, Dance & Fitness, where she reached the status of a level 8 gymnast. When she arrived at Worcester State College, she found her true calling when joining the Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer. Miss Laura’s is widely known for her Hip Hop Routines, which have won multiple high score and special awards at area competitions.

Jaime Buskey– Instructor

 

Miss Jaime’s passion for dance began over two decades ago, while training with Denise Day Dance center in Shrewsbury. Under the instruction of Denise Day, Jaime studied Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Lyrical. While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Salve Regina University, she contributed as a student choreographer for the SRU Dance Club. Miss Jaime was a member of the adult competition team at A Step Up Dance Studio, and continues to take classes at Premier Dance Academy. This is Miss Jaime’s 5th season as a highly sought after instructor at Premier Dance Academy, where she continues to share her love of dance with her students.

 Holly Bennett – Instructor

Miss Holly studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop at LMT(Lisa Moore Trottier) Dance Academy and Dance Sensation Dance Studio where she was also an assistant teacher. She toured with the Dance Prism's production of the Nutcracker and was the dance captain for Bartlett High School's Show Choir, Impressions. She continued her training during college with the Worcester State Dance Company where she was also a choreographer and officer. She has also choreographed for musical productions of Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast at Charlton Middle School. Miss Holly was a member of the adult competition team at A Step Up and has been taking classes at Premier Dance. She is honored and more than excited to be a part of the wonderful and highly trained staff at Premier Dance!

Jon Borbone - Instructor

Mr. Jon studied Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Acro at Greendale Dance Academy in Worcester. While in high school he also helped choreograph many school plays and productions. Jon's love of dance goes hand in hand with his love for acting. He has applied dance to this love and was featured as the school mascot in the feature film Boyband: The Movie as well as two features for the Lifetime Network.

Deanna Jarvis – Instructor

Born and Raised in Worcester, Ma. Deanna fell in love with Hip Hop and began teaching 8 years ago. Her teaching experience ranges from students 5 - Adults! She has been the opening act for Sean Kingston, as well as be a part of several Concept Videos, Flash Mobs and Music Videos. She is a part of the CONcept Artists dance crew which resides in Boston, Ma. Taking weekly classes outside of regular rehearsal times, Deanna is able to expand her knowledge and pass on everything she learns to her students. She has grown to have a unique style of her own and always try to branch out and experiment with different music. She believes everyone has their own style and it is important to be able to dance and express your emotions without words! She has taught several Master Classes in Worcester and surrounding areas in Massachusetts. She loves teaching and loves to be able to share her passion with those who love to Dance!

Rachel McCrohon - Instructor

Miss Rachel started dance when she was only two years old and continues to share her passion for dance over thirty years later.  She was one of the founding members of the Worcester State University Dance Company in 2000 and danced her way through graduate school as a choreographer/dancer for the company until 2004.  While spending her days working as a speech language pathologist, Miss Rachel has co-directed and choreographed numerous school plays for students in grades PreK-6.  She loves to teach and integrate a variety of dance and drama into her classes both in and out of the studio with children of all ages.   Miss Rachel is looking forward to another fabulous dance year with staff and students at Premier Dance Academy! 

Jessica Fletcher - Instructor

Miss Jess discovered a passion for dance and performing arts as a young child. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, and Musical Theater at Denise Day Dance Center in Shrewsbury Massachusetts for over 10 years.  After graduating from Quinsagamond Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts and Education she went on to work at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. Specializing in Musical Theater, Miss Jess has spent the past 2 decades obtaining an extensive knowledge and background in Broadway and stage production. Believing that a dancer’s education is never complete, she continues to take classes by industry professionals at various conventions, master classes, and is actively enrolled at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City.   She is extremely excited for the upcoming dance and performance season and is looking forward to seeing the growth and talent of our student’s and fellow staff members! 

 

Amy Mellors - Instructor

 

Maria Robideau - Instructor

Maria has been a true dancer since the age of 9. She consistently takes class and prides herself on movement and music. Maria strives to share her knowledge with children and adults through training. She completed her high school years dancing at Premier Dance Academy, graduating in 2016. Maria worked her way up to the title of instructor and choreographer at the young age of 16. She plans to continue her passion for dance by furthering her education and the world of performance and dance. 

Ilya Burov - Instructor of Ballet

Native of Russia, in 2003 Burov graduated from the Saratov Academy of Ballet and joined Moscow Classical Ballet under the artistic directors of Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev where he became a principal dancer. In the same year, he also mastered his dancing with Moscow Academy of Choreography.

In 2005-2006 he was a dancer with Ballet Idaho and from 2016 to 2015 he has been a principal dancer at Festival Ballet Providence as well as being a guest artist for many companies in US and internationally. In 2014 he received several Citations from Rhode Island government including a Recognition for outstanding achievement in the art from Mayor of Providence Angel Tavera, Speaker of the House Nocholas A. Mattiello, Governor of the state of Rhode Island Lincoln D. Chafee and a Deputy clerk L. Hagen for his artistic contributions to the City and State.

Burov has performed lead roles in many ballets including Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Scheherazade, Giselle, Romeo and Juliette, La Esmeralda, Balanchine’s Rubies, Allegro Brilliante, Tarantella and Danizetti Variations, Anthony Tudor’s Continuo and Leave are Fading, and many modern works and pieces composed for the artist.

He also guest performed throughout the United States, Italy, China, Spain, Israel, Greece, India, Mexico, Venezuela and Serbia.

Burov has experience working with many internationally acclaimed choreographers including Natalia Kasatkina, Boris Lavrowski, Vladimir Moiseev, Sandra Jennings, Amanda Mckerow and John Gardner.

He also has a passion for teaching and coaching. Since 2007 Burow has been part of faculty in many school and companies across the world such as Turning Pointe in Cape Cod MA, NEDA dance company, Dance Fusion, RSDE RI, Moscow Classical Ballet, Saratov School of Choreography.

 

 

Danny Guzman - Bboy 


My name is Danny “Lissome” Guzman, I was born in Fitchburg, MA. I began dancing at the age of 3, however, Bboying a.k.a. "Breakdancing" since 1998. My older brother introduced me to this art-form. It's certainly a unique, abstract form of self-expression with a "Skies the limit" philosophy. The Hip-Hop Culture is a positive outlet for me off the dance floor just as much, if not more, than it has been on the floor. The life lessons are endless! Aside from sharing my art-form dance instructing, I also travel to compete with my dance family - T.R.U. Crew (Try Rocking Us). In the past 6 years I've been awarded a United Way Community Builders Award in 2010, performed numerous times for the Mayor of Leominster, NASA representatives, several local parades and festivals in the New England area, after school programs, workshops and conferences ranging from Elementary to College level. I'm passionate about sharing the Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun with the world! 

 

Desk Staff

Amanda Campbell, Chrissy Deneault, Angela O'Connell and Michelle Spaulding

Student Teachers

Marissa Baillargeon, Paige Caldwell, Tayla Chouinard, Cilia Lannon, Allyson Mahoney, Jaelin Rhinehart, Rileigh Spaulding,  Grace Stannard, Carly Stone, and Rebecca Vessella

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