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

Gina Fay

founder of DanceFIT Studio Brookline, co-founder of DanceFIT Babies, children's ballet instructor, fitness instructor

**BalletFIT in the spotlight**

**Interview on RateMyBurn.com**

**BalletFIT reviewed on Fitness & Feta**

From dancing at the L'Ecole de Superiere de Dance de Rosella Hightower in France to teaching at The Washington Ballet, Gina Fay has performed and learned under many of the world's top dancers and instructors. Gina has excelled in and studied many forms of dance, such as classical ballet, partnering, Pointe, jazz, modern, character and kinesthetics. Her knowledge, experience and versatility even earned her the "Certificat de Stage" award from the famed France academy. Gina's success as a performer also translated into success as a teacher. At The Washington Ballet, Gina served as assistant to the director of education in the ballet's Outreach Program. Teaching nearly 400 students per week, Gina taught both the in-school and the after school programs. 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, balletFIT, 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.

Being a new parent has given Gina a fresh perspective in teaching the little ballerinas in a way that she never dreamed of. She loves to share this insight with fellow parents and prospective new students. Gina's students have been the inspiration for all of her creative ideas in some way or another. The most important thing she has taken from her experiences is that if you respect children, they will respect you. Her personal goal as a teacher is to have each child finish their ballet class loving their experience, their teachers & the new movements. She tries to look for a balance of structure and fun in the studio. Kids should be having fun in dance class and want to come back every week! 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. - close


Maeve Byrne

marketing director, fitness & zumba® instructor, 6FIT coordinator

contact maeve: maeve@dancefitstudio.com

....instructor spotlight!


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! 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 hopes that everyone will fall in love with Zumba -Every class is a party and all you have to do follow her lead - it's that simple!

Dominique Sauer

children's ballet instructor

Dominique is a ballet enthusiast with a love for music, movement and all things dance. She began her journey with ballet three years ago, and what began as a weekly activity quickly grew into a great passion for the art form of ballet. Dominique takes ballet, Pilates and yoga classes nearly every day and is a gym and fitness devotee. She is currently taking dedicated pointe classes in addition to her regular ballet classes. The challenge of the technique, joy of movement and rich musicality of the art form keep her constantly motivated and engaged. It is impossible for her to imagine her life without ballet! Dominique has a background in marketing and business, with a Bachelors degree in French and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Prior to her work as an assistant ballet teacher, Dominique had fused her love of dance and academic experiences in a position in the marketing department at Boston Ballet. As an assistant ballet teacher, Dominique looks forward to inspiring a love of movement and music in others.

Alyssa 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

fitness & hip hop 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!!
Nicole Vaillancourt

children's ballet instructor, fitness instructor, virtual instructor

...instructor spotlight!

Nicole started taking dance lessons at a very young age. She soon discovered her love of performing through the crazy world of dance competitions and never looked back. She continued to perform and choreograph in college where she minored in Dance. Recently, her love of dance and performing earned her a spot on the 2011 Boston Cannons Dance Team (who are the current Major League Lacrosse champions!) and the professional promotional dance team, the Bacardi Dancers. Nicole also enjoys teaching dance just as much as she loves dancing herself. Working at DanceFIT is a dream job, not only because legwarmers and sweats beat "business casual" any day, but because she can share her passion with young students while watching them grow and improve. In between teaching and rehearsing Nicole is currently earning her MA in English at UMass Boston.

Lauren Hamel

children's ballet instructor & virtual instructor

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!
Ali Baldasarre

zumba® instructor & virtual instructor

....instructor spotlight!


Ali's passion for dance & fitness began at the age of 2 when she took her first ballet class. Since then, she has had 12 years of formal dance training ranging from ballet, jazz, tap, & lyrical. She eventually moved away from the formal dance arena to play sports when she was in school, but nonetheless, dance and fitness has always remained a huge part of her life. She has kept up her dancing through the years with recreational classes like salsa, swing, hip hop, ballet and of course ZUMBA! Her passion for fitness and desire to motivate others led her to begin teaching group fitness classes. She's been teaching fitness classes for over 4 years including Spinning/Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Muscle Conditioning, & Core work. She's always taking advantage of opportunities to enhance her fitness knowledge so that she can share new ideas with her students & continue to keep her classes challenging and fresh! Aside from teaching, she also has a full time office job so she knows what it's like to work all day and struggle to find the energy to focus on you, but she believes anyone can achieve the balance between the chaos of daily life and physical fitness. Ali is also a runner and enjoys training for and racing in all types of races, especially half and full marathons. She often trains with her charity running team for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Fitness isn't just her passion, it's her way of life & a never ending journey toward improving your mind, body, and soul. Teaching is a part of who she is and she's so proud to be your motivation to help you reach your goals and feel great. She's so excited and thankful for the opportunity to share her energy, passion & experience with fellow DanceFITTers!

Kaitlyn Webster

children's ballet instructor, balletFIT instructor

Kaitlyn began dancing at the age of 7 in youth hip hop organizations around Cambridge. It was not until age 17 that she turned her focus to ballet, studying under the wonderful dance faculty at Smith College and participating in their thesis performances, as well as musical theater. Since graduating with a BA in Biology in 2008, Kaitlyn has continued her ballet training at the Brookline Ballet School, and is a dancer with the Boston based OnStage Dance Company. When she's not darting around the city to drop-in dance classes, Kaitlyn is a researcher in a cancer genetics lab at Harvard Medical School. She hopes to begin her PhD in cell & molecular biology in Fall 2012, while still making time to teach dance and perform. Working with the young DanceFITters is the highlight of her week!


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