MEET OUR STAFF
Rachal has been dancing since she herself was in preschool! For over 15 years, she has taught dance, from toddlers to adults at various schools in the Boston area, including The Newton Montessori School, The Preschool Experience, Small Wonders Preschool, Brookline Ballet, The Tony Williams Dance Studio, The Jeannette Neil Dance Studio, and has also taught at the Cambridge Public Schools, Dean College, Simmons College, and the student dance company at Harvard University. In addition to extensive study in Boston and New York, Rachal has had intensive training with renowned teacher, Lynn Simonson, in the Simonson Technique, an anatomically aware approach to movement. Rachal has performed in Boston and New York with Greenglass Dance Theater and has performed with Jazz Inc., ACE Entertainment and on HGTV's Spontaneous Celebrations. A mother of three, ages 2 to 13 years, Rachal brings a unique blend of nurturing and expertise into the classroom. She loves nothing more than to help spread the love of dance.
Teacher, Director of Outreach and Marketing
Originally from Hawaii, Maile brings over 10 years of experience in marketing, business development, retail management and merchandising to Preschool Moves. She too has been dancing since she was in preschool and continues to dance today. If you're lucky enough she might even dance hula for you! One of her very first jobs in high school was to teach dance to young children. She enjoyed teaching and choreographing throughout high school and college. Maile continues to dance in studios around Boston. Her love of ballet, jazz and contemporary keeps her energized as she tries to keep up with her 5 year old son.
Maile's passion for dance, warm energy and silly faces help her engage with our youngest students and inspire them to dance like no one is watching!
Communications and Administrative Support
Amy is a Boston-native with over 10 years of experience supporting mission-driven, small businesses with a focus on coordination, logistics and communication. She is a true people person who brings top-notch customer service skills to the Preschool Moves team and community. Amy also began dancing in preschool and hasn’t stopped yet! She has had the privilege of being a member of the Williams College Dance Company, being an actor/dancer in the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, in Cherokee, NC and most recently, training and performing with her “dance family” at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and Integrarte.
Amy’s energy and enthusiasm infuses everything she works on, and the opportunity to combine her professional and personal passions in this role is a gift.
Erin Janiszewski, an Indianapolis native and current Boston resident, brings more than 20 years of dance experience in teaching and performing. Her versatile training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern have given her the opportunity to work in a wide variety of venues.
Erin trained as an apprentice at the Broadway Theatre Project, a student at the American Ballet Theatre intensive and on scholarship with Tremaine Dance Conventions. Erin continued her diverse dance education in college, earning her degree in Dance Performance at Ball State University where she performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York, The American College Dance Festival Association Gala Performance and various musicals and dance concerts. Erin also performed in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Islands with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
She currently performs with Cambridge Dance Company. Since returning to the U.S., Erin has been teaching at dance studios and camps throughout her native Indiana and locally in Massachusetts. Her choreography has been featured at the Project Excel Awards and at the world premiere of the musical, The Circus in Winter.
Whether teaching children’s work or adults, she loves to inspire and challenge students through all styles of dance. Each class is a new opportunity to learn, play and create.
KATIE ANNE CLARK
Katie Clark is a Boston-based actress, choreographer, and teaching artist who grew up dancing at Fowler Dance Studio, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, and the Boston Ballet.
Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and Dance from Ball State University in Indiana and has been touring the country (and high seas) performing professionally for over fifteen years. Favorite choreography projects include Matilda, Jr. & Aladdin, Jr. (Spotlight Summer Theatre Workshop), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), Hansel & Gretel (Peterborough Players), and Bye, Bye Birdie! (New London Barn Playhouse).
She has also choreographed for numerous high schools, community theaters, and theatre schools including Greater Boston Stage's Young Company, Reagle Music Theatre Youth Program, and The Alexander Children's Theatre School.
Emily Jerant-Hendrickson is a Boston based dancer holding a BFA in contemporary dance from The Boston Conservatory.
She has worked with various Boston and New York City based artists including David Parker and the Bang Group, Lorraine Chapman the Company, Heather Stewart, Reciprocity Collaborative, Boston Dance Theatre, Emily Beattie, Daniel McCusker, Annie Kloppenberg, and Audra Carabetta.
Emily has had the pleasure of performing at festivals and venues such as World Music/CRASH Arts, APAP at City Center, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Martha Graham Theater, Soaking WET, Boston Center for the Arts, and Cape Dance Festival, among others. In addition to performing, Emily’s choreography has been presented at Gibney Dance Center NYC, Manhattan Movement Arts, The Boston Conservatory, The Canterbury Shaker Village, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios.
Emily is also a certified yoga teacher, specializing in vinyasa flow, restorative, and a hybrid class that builds off of familiar yoga postures, layering on movement and ultimately evolving asana into dance.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia Hannah Cyr moved to Natick, Massachusetts in 2013 and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Hannah is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a graduate of the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts.
Hannah discovered her passion to work with individuals of all ages and abilities by accepting the role as a teaching assistant for Step by Step, a dance program for individuals with Autism and Down’s Syndrome. This inspired her to lead her own classes for Movement Matters, a dance program for seniors with limited ability. Hannah’s interest in community outreach brought her the opportunity to intern for Boston University's REACH program, a summer dance community engagement program where she taught and performed for children ages three to seventeen.
Gaining enriching experiences through international advocacy, Hannah traveled with Juntos Collective to Guatemala and Mexico to perform and teach classes to local children. Through her work at The Eliot School and The Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, she discovered a new desire to teach creative movement class, and create pieces with students in the private and public school systems. Hannah was named the 2019–2020 Jan Veen/Faith Clark Dance Pedagogy Scholar at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Emmarose Campbell is a Boston-based dancer, choreographer, and stage manager originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She moved to Boston in 2017 for school and now resides here indefinitely as a freelance artist.
She has been training since the age of 3 at various dance schools, including The Center for the Performing Arts in TN, Maria's School of Dance in PA, and is a graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre and a Minor in Dance (Class of '19).
Recent projects include Ordinary Days (Choreographer) and First Date the Musical (Choreographer) at Emerson College, Willy Wonka Jr. (Director/Choreographer) at the King Open School, and The Little Mermaid Jr. (Assistant Director/Choreographer) at the Arlington Children's Theatre.
She was last seen on stage in A Chorus Line at Seacoast Rep. She also teaches at Legacy Studios in Watertown, and has worked with several other children's theatres in the Greater Boston Area including Beyond the 4th Wall, Arlington Children's Theatre, and The Young Company @ GBSC.
Emmarose has a passion for making theatre and dance accessible to everyone- regardless of experience or location, and she hopes to continue spreading the love of dance to all her students!
Valerie is a skilled instructor of all levels of ballet from pre-ballet and creative movement to advanced ballet, pointe, and variations. She is a long-time instructor and administrator with BalletRox in Boston, MA where she currently oversees dance programming in Boston Public Schools in addition to grant-writing and fundraising responsibilities. With a background in Creative Arts Youth Development, and Adaptive Dance training from Boston Ballet, Valerie is committed to making dance accessible for all. Originally from NY, Valerie studied dance at Eglevsky School of Ballet, earned a B.S. degree in Dance, Skidmore College, and M.S. degree in Arts Administration from Lesley University. She recently completed National Curriculum Training and is ABT® Certified Teacher, Pre-Primary through Level 3.
Jessica Massimino grew up in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. While training in Pennsylvania, Jessica performed with companies such as The Bang Group and TAKE dance. She had the opportunity of performing at The National and Regional High School Dance Festivals with The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts before graduating in 2017. Jessica has completed three years at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she is earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance. While studying at the conservatory, she has performed in works such as José Limón’s A Choreographic Offering and Doug Varone’s Lux. She has also performed new works with choreographers Bradley Shelver, Joseph Toonga and Junichi Fukuda, along with other respected artists. Junichi Fukuda invited Jessica to perform RE:main with his company FUKUDANCE which premiered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in June 2018. Jessica assisted and taught classes for Movement Matters for two years, a program that teaches elderly students dance from a seated position, focusing on any range of movement they are able to perform.