Jackie is excited to begin year nine at Dancing Arts Academy, where she can share her love for the performing arts in a supportive and structured environment. She has been teaching children to dance for 20 years at area studios. Before opening the Dancing Arts Academy she taught at the Studio of Performing Arts and served as the Artistic Director of Acton-Boxborough Dance Center from 2006-2011. Jackie has her Bachelors of Music Education from UMass Amherst and is a licensed public school teacher in Massachusetts. She is currently the program manager and choreographer for Beyond the Fourth Wall, a Cambridge based production company specializing in youth theatre. She has also been a dance & tumbling instructor at Loch Ness Playcenter and has choreographed for the Xcel Program at Tumble Kids Billerica.
Ashley began dancing at the age of 2 at North Reading School of Ballet. Ashley participated in Albany Berkshire Ballet's and Melrose Youth Ballet’s productions of "The Nutcracker" and she has competed regionally and nationally with the Wilmington Dance Academy. Ashley is excited to join the faculty at DAA and share her love of dance.
Tessa Murphy has been dancing for 19 years. As a child, she danced with the Studio of Performing Arts. She also performed Irish Step in many Feis competitions. She's currently studying Early Childhood Education at Middlesex Community College and loves working with children. Her favorite styles of dance are hip-hop and tap. She loves sharing her passion for dance with others.
Christine graduated from Keene State College in NH with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education specializing in Health Fitness. She has been a personal trainer for 20 years and has her certified strength and conditioning specialist certification from the National strength and conditioning Association. Christine is passionate about teaching dance and fitness and engaging with her community!
Miss Lynn started studying dance at the age of 3 under the instruction of Marian T Miller and Susan Barton-Miller at Dance Arts Studio in Somerville, MA. She was trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical. She spent 10 years competing locally and regionally winning numerous top awards and titles. Lynn was also a member of Horizons Unlimited Dance Company. She started her teaching career at age 14 with the Junior Teacher Program in MA. Lynn has spent over 20 years teaching at multiple studios. She continues her training attending classes, teacher workshops and seminars. Miss Lynn is a proud member of the DAA family.
Tony has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and retail management, and is excited to bring his skills to Dancing Arts Academy. He has a BFA in Visual Arts from UMASS Lowell, he likes to sing and create art.