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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

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. Since the age of five, when she took her first dance class at Contra Costa Ballet in Walnut Creek, California, 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. more


Tanya Croteau

Co-Founder of DanceFIT Babies

Owner and founder of barre n9ne studio in Danvers, Tanya Croteau, grew up dancing since the age of 3. She has had extensive dance training for over 25 years in hip-hop, jazz, tap and ballet. At age 18 Tanya began teaching dance and fitness classes for studios across the North Shore. While studying at Suffolk University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Tanya was a member of Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater for 5 years doing numerous performances all over the New England area to include Kiss 108FM Summer Concert, Boston Celtics Games halftime and timeout performances, Jordan’s Furniture Camp Miracles and many charities.

Upon graduation, Tanya began working full time at Wealth Management Group, LLC in Danvers, MA & continued her passion for performing. She spent the ’05, ’06, and ’07 seasons cheering for New England's favorite Professional Football Team. During her years with the team she was selected to travel overseas with the Air Force Reserves to entertain troops from all branches of the military. Tanya and five other women from her squad visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Germany, and Qatar. She was also selected as one of 8 women to travel to China in 2007 to promote American Football. In addition Tanya was a Boston Bruins Ice Girl for the the 2008-2009 season.

Tanya's energy & experience will help you bounce your post-baby body back in no time!

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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!!
Esther Kennedy

contemporary dance & yoga instructor, children's modern 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 & adult barre conditioning instructor

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 & children's ballet assistant

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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