Theater Dance Studio

School of Performing Arts

165 Hillside Avenue, Holyoke MA, 01040

(413) 533 - 4008


Rachel Brochu

An experienced competitive dancer, Rachel graduated from UMass Amherst in 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She works at Holyoke gas and electric. The students and parents alike enjoy her quick smile and enthusiasm for this great sport.  Rachel is a graduate of our TDS Teacher Training Program and uses her knowledge and talent to train upcoming award winning dancers.


Cindi Moulden-Keyes

BA in Sociology & PDTA certified in 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 competitions both regionally and nationally.  Her teaching at TDS has awarded her an A+ with us!


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!


Hayley Bergeron

Also an award winning former competitive dancer, Miss Hayley has degrees in Histology and Forensics.  She graduated from the TDS Training Program, and teaches tap (her favorite) and acro.  She is 100% a teacher in  and out of the classroom.

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Miss Debbie's Credentials


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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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 !


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 professional careers both here and around the country.

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

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