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.
Originally from Hawaii, Maile has been dancing since she was in preschool as well, and she 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!
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.
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.
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.
Growing up in San Jose, California, Ashley dedicated much of her early training years to classical ballet school at Los Gatos Ballet. Following her time there, Ashley attended The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance with a Minor in Creative Entrepreneurship. During her time at the Conservatory Ashley had the opportunity to train under various acclaimed teachers in ballet, jazz, modern, salsa, African dance, counter technique, and much more. Ashley is excited to continue teaching as she enters these new opportunities within dance and movement. Ashley currently resides in Boston MA, and hopes to continue her journey within movement, pushing her boundaries creatively and personally, as well as developing her other interests, in business, fashion and the culinary arts.
Olga is originally from Russia where she began her dancing education at the age of nine. Taught the Vaganova method, she acquired the best academic traditions of classical Russian ballet. After graduating from Saratov Ballet Academy at the top of her class, she joined her hometown ballet theater. Three years later Olga moved to Moscow to join the Moscow City Ballet of Smirnov-Golovanov with which she toured the world for four years, performing as a corps-de-ballet and soloist dancer. Once in Boston, she continued dancing professionally and began her teaching career in 2008. Working with children of all ages, Olga has been involved with staging and choreographing recitals during the past 14 years at different studios and in public school setting throughout the greater Boston area. Her professional teaching engagements include Boston University, Tony Williams Dance Center, BalletRox, North End Music Performance Center among others. Olga is excited to share with children her experience and love of dancing.
Caroline Jewell is a performing artist with a passion for dance education and community development.
Jewell recently obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
While at the conservatory she explored dance training, performance, research and teaching alike.
Specifically her interests lie within contemporary and ballet performance, dance research regarding childhood development, and dance instruction for all ages and levels.
Hoang-Anh (Ashley) Eng started her dance training at the age of 3. Ashley attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and was a company member of the Houston Repertory Dance Ensemble (HRDE). At HSPVA, Ashley trained in a high focus curriculum including ballet, modern, tap, improvisation, composition, musical theatre, jazz, and modern partnering. She had the opportunity to attend summer sessions at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Northwest Dance Project, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. A recent graduate from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Ashley has received her BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance with an emphasis in composition and a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship. She has performed works by Kate Weare, Maleek Washington, Ruka Hatua-saar White, William Issac, and Robert Moses. She has both participated and choreographed in various projects and short films with local Boston artists, rising musicians for their music videos, and fellow Berklee and Conservatory students as well as the Boston dance community. She is currently an administrative assistant and an advisory committee member for Midday Movement Series, a Boston based non-profit dance organization. Through teaching at local studios, mentor work for the Young Audience Come and Explore Camp, and working as an instructor through Movement Matters, a program teaching movement to elders in nursing homes, Ashley's brought her love of dance to all ages and abilities. She hopes to continue performing concert works and exploring unfamiliar movement styles to adapt into her vocabulary as a dancer as well as an instructor and choreographer.
Armoni Moody is a dance wellness educator from Atlanta, GA who believes in the power of building self-love and self-empowerment through creativity and culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Education Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master of Education in Arts Ed. and Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has taught in a variety of Pre-K-12th Grade spaces from non-profit programs to public, charter, and private schools in New York, Atlanta, and Boston as well as overseas in Colon, Panama. In addition to working with youth, Armoni also serves adult communities through her movement-based wellness and fitness brand, Mantra Movements, LLC.
Lanae brings over 15 years of experience in customer support/service to Preschool Moves/School Moves. With eight of those years as an entrepreneur, Lanae has experience in many fields including retail sales, real estate sales and marketing, event planning and promotion, non-profit administration, and email marketing. She is a passionate music and dance lover who lacks musical and dance skills but has mastered the art of 1-click shopping on Amazon.
Julia grew up in small-town Delavan, WI, attended The University of Wisconsin Madison and went on to found her business, More Devine Design, in 2017. She's been in the design industry for over 10 years now and loves to help women create lives they love, by supporting their small businesses with branding, website design, social media management, and more. Julia also co-owns Cuore Mio Co., an adoption profile design studio, that helps bring adoptive families together to experience a lifetime of love. She has a background in hip-hop and competitive dance and is so grateful that she gets to help spread the love of dance through her role with School Moves/Preschool Moves!
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