Theater Dance Studio

School of Performing Arts

165 Hillside Avenue, Holyoke MA, 01040

(413) 533 - 4008

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Rachel Brochu


An experienced competitive dancer, Rachel graduated from UMass Amherst in 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  The students and parents alike enjoy her presence and enthusiasm for this great sport.  Rachel is also a TDS graduate of the Teacher Training Program, where students learn to be dance teachers.

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Cindi Moulden-Keyes

BA in Sociology & PDTA certified to teach dance.

Our lovely Miss Cindi was trained by great performers such as Frank Hatchett, and Gus Giordano.  She is a highly experienced teacher who runs challenging and structured classes that are of course, a ton of fun for everyone!

Her students consistently win with high scores, titles, and cash scholarships at some competitions both regionally and nationally.  Her teaching at TDS has awarded her an A+ with us!

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Debra Fortin-Brochu


Miss Debbie is the director and owner at TDS.  She has a wide variety of credentials in the performing arts and teaching industry!  She brings her experience and expertise to every class, and allows her students to become true artists.  She gives each student the proper technical background to progress in the performing arts.

Her students have become national dance competition title-ists, dance studio owners, and performed on Broadway!

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Hayley Bergeron


Also competitive dancer, Hayley has her Associates degree in Science.  She graduated from the TDS Training Program, and loves her styles of dance.  She is an excitement to have in  and out of the classroom.

To learn about our staff,

please scroll down to see more!

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Miss Debbie's Credentials


Education:

D.E.A Performing Arts Degree 1978

Masters of Arts Degree in Education 2010

Massachusetts Certified Teacher of Professional Status

Batchelor of Arts Degree in Education 1982

Batchelor of Arts Degree in Biology & Chemistry 1982

Who's Who in Entertainment 1992

Who's Who among American Teachers 2002

Cambridge England's World Leaders in Education 2005

Certified by DEA, MTA, PDTA, NADAA, and NTA


Community Work:

Choreographer/Co-Director Elms College (1979-1990), Kulturama, Holy Cross Church Productions, South Hadley Community Theater, Holyoke High School, and Cathedral High School Productions.


Awarded 100 Holyokers award for work with youth in the city


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Theater Dance Studio

Assistant Staff


TDS Students who are in advanced classes often work as assistant teachers.  They are responsible for helping with warm-ups as well as adding friendly, helpful, and individual attention to our classes.


This extra attention is especially important in classes with younger students and few dance teachers.


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Theater Dance Studio

Teacher Training Program


Students begin assisting classes at the age of twelve (12).


By the age of sixteen (16), they are eligible to lead warm-ups and demonstrations.


By age eighteen (18), they may be considered Junior Teachers for one year.  They teach along with an experienced teacher to strengthen and expand their own knowledge.  After their year is up, they are eligible to become full fledged teachers, responsible for their own classes when they begin college or university.


Some teachers come into the Teacher Training Program already at fully qualified teaching status.  Miss Debbie scans all candidates and auditions young teachers to enter the program.  With careful screening and helpful "hints and tips", Miss Debbie has helped launch many teaching and progressional careers both here and around the country.


For more information on these exciting opportunities and programs, please contact us via email


Theaterdancestudio@gmail.com

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