Miss Michelle studied with Edmund and Irina Novak of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as well as other professionals from the major ballet companies around the country. She has performed in The Nutcracker Ballet, Swan Lake, Raymonda and The Magic Toy Shop. She has her BA from Smith College and MA from the University of Southern California. She has taught dance in New England since 1991. She has choreographed many full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Fille mal gardeé, Alice in Wonderland and Beauty & The Beast.
MRS. SUZANNE BARNESExecutive Producer and Owner
Mrs. Barnes discovered her love of dance as a child when she took ballet classes with Anna Pavlova’s granddaughter. She instilled this love of dance in her daughter, Miss Michelle, and has supported that love, becoming a partner in Miss Michelle’s Center for the Performing Arts. She continued to dance throughout her life and is now having fun running the studio. In her spare time, she teaches tennis to special needs students through HandiRacket at Longfellow Club in Wayland. She takes her tennis team to Special Olympics events throughout the country. She is an avid gardener and still works part-time at a garden center.
MISS SANDI BIGGINSPerformance Producer, Director & Stage Manager, Theater
Miss Sandi has been dancing and singing since the age of three and has performed in many musicals, including Man of La Mancha, Hello Dolly, Mame and Showboat. She has over 30 years experience in acting, directing and teaching theater to students of all ages. . She is a past president of Arlington Friends of the Drama. She has produced and stage managed shows throughout New England. She is married to Eddie Biggins, who runs sound for our shows, and the proud mother of Ryan Biggins, who works stage crew and will be a Freshman at The Art Institute of Boston.
MISS LANA WOYDABallet, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling
Miss Lana has been teaching dance in the Metro-West area for twenty years. She is formally trained in the instruction of pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling. Her experience includes performance roles in multiple theatrical and musical productions. Miss Lana is passionate about sharing her knowledge, experience and love for the art of dance with children of all ages and abilities. Her energetic approach to teaching inspires students to appreciate and enjoy participating in the many facts of dance.
MISS SUSAN FENWICKJazz
Miss Susan received her early ballet training in San Francisco and New York and settled in Boston to train at the Boston Repertory Ballet School with Sam Kurkjian. She received her training in Jazz dance with the faculty at the Jeannette Neill Studio in Boston and at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She completed jazz Master class seminars with: Deb Leamy of “FOSSE,” Danny Buraczeski of “Jazzdance,” Alan Johnson, creator of the innovative “GAP” commercials and with “Alvin Ailey” company members. Susan has studied in summer dance programs at Harvard University and Bates College. She has taught ballet and jazz dance technique as a faculty member of the Boston Ballet School, Acton School of Ballet, and the Winchester Ballet Conservatory. She has taught the summer program at Walnut Hill and a college course in jazz history. She has received accolades for her choreography at dance competitions.
MISS SYBIL HUGGINSTap
Miss Sybil has been dancing since the age of three. She has tap danced since she was eleven years old under the legendaries Leon Collins and Dianne “Lady Di” Walker. She also been influenced by Boston greats Julia Boynton, Josh Hilberman, and Brian Jones, and participated in master tap classes in Chicago & Boston under Derrick Grant, Ted Levy, and Barbara Duffy. Sybil is currently a member of the Boston Tap Company under the artistic direction of Sean Fielder, and she is also part of the tap duo “Jai & Sybil.” It is her goal to keep the history and art form of rhythm jazz tap alive & flourishing in the Boston, MA area.
MISS JAI UNDERHILLTap, Adult Tap
Miss Jai is an Artist, Goldsmith and Teacher who has been teaching and tapping in the Greater Boston area since the late 1990s. She studied Jazz Tap Dance after they styles of Leon Collins and others, with Judyth Lokich and local Tap Diva, Dianne Walder. She also studied with the late Jimmy “Sir Slyde” Mitchell and the late Sue Ronson. She has been teaching adult tappers in the Boston area since 2002. An elementary school art teacher by day, Miss Jai has been teaching at The Neighborhood School in Jamaica Plain for the past twelve years. An avid gardener and designer, she enjoys jewelry designing and goldsmithing in her J.P. studio. Miss Jai is the designer and creator of the “Tapestry Teaching Award” presented annually in Lexington on National Tap Dance. She and Miss Sybil Huggins are the the dynamic tapping duo, “Jai & Sybil.”
MISS SOPHIA WOYDAStage Manager, Acting and Theater Arts, Ballet, Jazz
Miss Sophia is a life-long dancer who grew up dancing and performing with Miss Michelle. Her performance credits include numerous leading roles in musicals and dance theater, as well as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Alain in La Fille mal gardeé, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Cinderella in Cinderella and the Beast in Beauty & the Beast.
MISS EMILY BERNSTEINBallet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Acting and Theater Arts
Miss Emily began dancing and performing with Miss Michelle when she was 3 years old and never stopped! Her performance credits include Wendy in Peter Pan, Arabian soloist in The Nutcracker, and the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College, as well as Massachusetts Elementary Teacher Licensure for grades 1-6. She has been teaching children of all ages since 2008, and currently teaches 5th grade in Winthrop.
MISS PHOEBE AMORYModern
Miss Phoebe is a member of the Wellesley College Class of 2020, and has been training in ballet and modern technique all her life. Phoebe currently dances and choreographs for the Harvard Ballet Company and Wellesley College Dancers, and says she is incredibly lucky to be able to pass on what she’s learned to Miss Michelle’s talented students.
MISS SARAH WINSHELHip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical
Miss Sarah is a student at Wellesley College and a life-long dancer. She first discovered her love of dance in her home of Los Angeles, California, where she trained with the Los Angeles Ballet from its founding until 2009. In high school, she began exploring contemporary and modern styles, as well as hip hop later on. At Wellesley, she performs with both the contemporary and hip hop groups. She is excited at the opportunity to work with the students of Miss Michelle’s Center for the Performing Arts.
MISS SARAH CHOUJazz, Ballet
Sarah Chou is a sophomore at Wellesley College. Originally from San Diego, California, Miss Sarah has trained in all styles, her favorites being contemporary and ballet. Competing in the high school circuit, Sarah received first place Solo Champion at USA Nationals. She also competed at the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition, and spent her summers at Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She performs and choreographs for both Harvard Ballet Company and Wellesley College. She is extremely excited to work with the students at Miss Michelle’s!
MISS JO D'ANGELOActing and Theater Arts
Miss Jo has taught Acting and Theatre Arts in the Boston area for several years, both as a director, set designer and actress both on stage and in film. She trained in London and has her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her awards include EMACT Best Actor for “Night Mother” and the Teresa A. Mors Award for Best Acting. She is active with Needham Community Theatre, Theatre Works at Babson, and Footlights Club, to name a few.
MISS KATHARINE SUYEMATSUGuest Teacher
Miss Katie is a life-long dancer who grew up dancing and performing with Miss Michelle. She graduated with honors from Roger Williams with a major in Dance and has returned to teach and dance professionally in the Boston area. Her performance credits include numerous leading roles in musicals and dance theater, as well as Clara, the Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Medora in Le Corsaire, Lise in La Fille mal gardeé, the Stepmother in Cinderella and Belle in Beauty & the Beast.
MISS KORINNE ROBERTSONGuest Teacher
Korinne Robertson is an active and recognized performer, choreographer, and teacher throughout New England. She shares her passion for dance by teaching a variety of age levels at Miss Michelle’s Center for the Performing Arts. She also lends her time to several other studios and local, regional theater companies. Miss Korinne is one of the youngest members of the Boston Breakers Dance Team and was also accepted into the most competitive, week-long â€œpre-Rockette’s training programs. Korinne performed eye-high kicks and precision choreography alongside dozens of current, and former, Rockettes on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. As a resident choreographer, Korinne now shares this prestigious training with local dancers through her annual staging of Reagle Music Theater’s beloved, It’s ChristmasTime. She has worked alongside numerous professional and Broadway choreographers. Some of her most recent credits include: My Fair Lady, The Music Man, 42nd Street, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles (Reagle Music Theatre) and Choreographer of Seussical (The Alexander Children’s Theatre School).