Miss Debbie is the director and owner of TDS. She has a wide variety of experience and credentials within the field of performing arts and within the teaching industry. She brings her experience and expertise to every class and allows her students to become true artists! Miss Debbie gives each student the proper technical background which helps them progress into the world of performing arts. Her students have become national dance competition title-holders, dance studio teachers and owners , and have even performed on broadway!
Miss Cindi holds a B.A. in Sociology in addition to being 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 well-structured classes that she is able to make fun for everyone!
Her students consistently win with high-scores at competitions, as well as earn titles, cash scholarships, and other recognitions.
Her teaching at the studio has earned her an A+ and a special place in our hearts and family!
Miss Hayley is a Histologist working at Mercy Hospital. Her dance credentials include being a TDS Grad, a title - winning dancer, and a student of the best dance educators in the business from NYC to Hollywood. She is teaching acrobat and tap classes, both dance genres she holds top awards in! She team teaches the high score winning Petite company with Miss Rachel.
Competitive Program Director
Miss Rachel is a Mechanical Engineer at Holyoke Gas & Electric. She also is a TDS grad student with an impressive background in award winning competitive dance. She has taken classes in NYC, Boston, and Hartford with some of today’s best performing arts teachers. Miss Rachel brings her extensive background and experience to all her classes both regular and competitive. Her students are winning top awards at every competition.
Miss Debbie's Credentials and 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 History:
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
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.
Miss Kayla is a TDS graduate student who has come up through our dance teacher program. She is an award-winning choreographer who is a welcome addition to our staff. Her training in competitive dance makes her a great choice for classes from preschool to competitive.
office manager: Jasmine Ramos
Miss Jasmine will help you with any questions in English and Spanish, take payments, get you merchandise from the studio store, and anything else you need all with a friendly hello and a smile!!