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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~Albert Einstein

The in-school program maintained a strong focus on music, dance and the visual arts, while her after school programs centered on in-depth classical pre-ballet technique training. Upon completion of her internship, The Washington Ballet hired Gina as a full-time Movement Specialist. Gina went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Art History and Studio Art from Gettysburg College in 2005. During that same year, Gina studied in Florence, Italy and was hired by renowned Artistic Director to choreograph a dance for the American Opera "Where the Wild Things Are." Upon her move to Boston four years ago, Gina was a faculty member of Brookline Adult Education as a fitness instructor and continued her teaching of classical ballet classes at various Boston studios, where her students performed in spring showcases and won many competitions. Gina's passion for dance is reflected in her classes. She focuses on placement and technique, and provides each dancer with personal attention. Gina has developed a dance based fitness program designed to achieve a “dancers body” and help people develop specific muscle groups and help prevent and recover from injuries. Gina has been instructing and inspiring an array of levels and ages of dancers, ranging from coaching professionals to helping children with disabilities. Her mission is to share the knowledge of the beauty, joy, and science of her art form. In 2008 Gina fulfilled her dream of sharing her love for dance and exercise by starting DanceFIT. Gina is excited to introduce her two sons to the DanceFIT community.  Joseph Ryan Fay was born May 8, 2009 and Thomas Potter Fay was born August 10, 2010. She can't wait to get her boys dancing when they turn 3. Please feel free to contact her at gina@dancefitstudio.com if you have any questions. back
Allysa Caddle

children's ballet instructor, fitness & hip hop instructor

Alyssa has had the pleasure of enjoying dance in its many forms for over twenty years. Trained in the traditional studio environment while growing up, Alyssa was exposed to jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip hop while focusing primarily on tap and ballet. She competed on the convention circuit throughout New England and nationally while growing up, and continued by dancing in college at Northeastern University (NUDANCO and NU Dance Team). She recently finished cheering for an NFL football team, and is thankful that Gina has given her an outlet to continue pursuing her love of dance. As a mechanical engineer (and cube-dweller) by day, Alyssa absolutely understands the need for us to all let loose and enjoy dance at the end of the day.
Dinna Yap

zumba® & fitness instructor

Recently a former NFL Cheerleader Captain, Dinna Yap has traveled the world performing and teaching dance. She has performed in Iraq, Turkey, England, Germany, Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan to support our troops overseas and has most recently been in China to promote the NFL. Originally from Chicago, she danced with the Chicago Bulls Luvabulls dance team focusing on hip-hop, jazz, and pom dance performing for 23,000 fans then moved to Boston where she performed for over 70,000 fans with New Englands favorite football team! Dinna expanded her hip hop troupe Dance 2XS, at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, to Perdue, University of Michigan, and eventually co-founded the Chicago branch. Once in Boston, she became the Public Relations Director for Static Noyze who is currently on America’s Best Dance Crew! She loves how dancing inspires her and is looking forward to inspiring and working with you!!
Esther Kennedy

contemporary dance & yoga instructor

Esther Kennedy began her dance training at the June Landerith School of Ballet in Topeka, KS. She continued her training at Emerson College where she studied modern release technique, ballet, jazz, dance composition, acting and filmmaking. After earning a BFA in Dance Theatre from Emerson College she joined the Boston based BoSoma Dance Company where she is currently a company member. In 2007 Esther completed the 200hr YogaWorks teacher training program with Natasha Rizopolous and began teaching children and adult yoga classes in the Boston area. Her passion for health and fitness has lead her to persue a graduate degree in nutrition at Boston University
Nicole Vaillancourt

children's ballet assistant

Nicole has been dancing since she was just two years old and is trained in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyric, hip-hop and modern. Growing up, she was proudly part of several national award winning competition teams. In college, she choreographed many original pieces for the annual shows. She recently received a minor in Dance in addition to B.A.s in Anthropology and English from UMass Boston. Dance has always been more than just a hobby for her- it is a way of life! She is grateful and excited for the opportunity to share her passion with the students at DanceFIT!
Maeve Byrne

fitness & zumba instructor

Maeve has been dancing her whole life… growing up in jazz classes, cheerleading…and joining the Kickline team in college – dance has always been a major part of her life. Years later…fitness and dance are even more important to her. After a long and stressful day at work…she knows there’s nothing like dancing it all away and getting in shape! Recently she discovered Zumba and fell in love! By learning fun sexy dance moves and burning calories… she soon forgot it’s a workout and began to think of it as a dance party! She loved it so much…she recently became a certified Zumba instructor- and now wants to bring the party to danceFit! Hopefully everyone will become a “Zumba-ddict” too!
Lauren Hamel

children's ballet assistant

Lauren began studying dance at the age of 3 after seeing Mikhail Baryshnikov’s The Nutcracker on TV, and falling in love with ballet. She enrolled at the Boston Ballet School at age 7, and was invited to begin training in their intensive division at age 8. Here she was exposed to many other forms of dance including character, jazz, and modern, developed a repertoire of classical variations, and performed in Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker for 7 years. During this time she was also accepted into summer programs at Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, and the American Academy of Ballet in New York. She continued pursuing dance at Hamilton College in New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with concentrations in English and Dance, and was a recipient of the 2008 Senior Prize in Dance. She is so excited to be able to share her love of dance; after a work-week holed up as a textbook editor, she could not be more thrilled to be dancing with Gina and everyone at DanceFit!
Kyndra Angell

children's hip hop insructor

Kyndra has been dancing her entire life. Growing up, she was trained in the classics tap, ballet, and jazz, but as she grew up, she expanded her dancing to modern, hip-hop, ballroom, contemporary, and even some fitness. She has performed at Disney World and in national competitions, as well as dance on her college dance team and company. Kyndra is a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and graduated from the DTCB Teacher Training Program in 2003. Outside of the “dance world,” Kyndra works in the event planning and fundraising field. She is very excited to be given the opportunity to share her love and passion for dance at DanceFit!

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