Meet The Staff
Owner/ Artistic Director/ Dance Instructor
Louise has been dancing for over 25 years. She has always had a strong passion for dance and specializes in Irish Step, Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Modern. Louise and her family moved to the U.S from Dublin, Ireland when she was a child. After witnessing her first Irish dance performance, Louise was eager to learn the dance for herself. She danced competitively for 14 years with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG), and earned the honor of becoming a Champion Irish dancer. Throughout the years, Louise has performed at several events in the Boston area as a soloist. Louise became a member of The World Irish Dance Association in 2014 which continues to provide wonderful opportunities for her dancers here at the studio!
Louise was a member of her college dance company where she performed in jazz and modern dance styles. When not teaching she enjoys attending dance conventions in order to provide the best education to all of her students. Most recently she has attended the Pulse Convention & Dance Teacher Summit in NYC.
Louise is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, where she double majored in Elementary Education and English Literature. Immediately following college, Louise began teaching dance and fitness classes to children and adults in the South Shore, while also working as a preschool teacher. Louise opened the doors to MLSD in March 2012 and enjoys sharing her love of dance each and every day. She believes it is a great way to form friendships, build confidence, and live a healthy lifestyle! When Louise isn't dancing, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends, and is a total animal lover!
Assistant Artistic Director/ Dance Instructor
Sarina has been dancing for over 25 years and began teaching at the age of 14. She has experience teaching ballet, pointe, acro, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, musical theater and creative movement for ages walking through adults. She has had the privilege of teaching both recreationally and competitively at various studios around Massachusetts. Sarina is very excited to share her love and passion for dance with her students here at MLSD!
Melissa has been dancing for over 20 years, training extensively in ballet, modern, jazz and tap. She completed the Dance Teachers' Club of Boston's certificate program in 2003 and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. While at Springfield College, she completed an internship at the world-renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. After graduating, Melissa moved to San Francisco where she performed with Nguyen Dance Company until 2009. Most recently she graduated with a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University. When she isn't teaching dance, Melissa works in fundraising for a non-profit organization, and enjoys running and yoga. As a teacher, she aims to make sure that all her students at Miss Louise's School of Dance find her classes challenging and most importantly, fun!
Laura started dancing at the age of 4. She studied ballet, pointe and lyrical and has experience in jazz and hip hop. Through high school and college she worked as an assistant at Creative Arts for Kids and Colonial Chorus Players where she would choreograph for children's musical productions. Laura attended Gordon College where she was captain of their dance team and would perform at basketball games and competitions. She received her bachelors in Communications and went on to work at Reading Community Television where she taught classes in television production and film for kids. She received her Masters in Elementary Education from UMASS Boston, and is currently working to receive licensure in special education. When Laura isn't dancing she works as a Special Education Teaching Assistant for Wayland Public Schools!
Amanda has had a love of dance since the age of 2. She returns to the world of dance after taking time off to get her bachelor's degree in Human Development and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education both from Wheelock College. Amanda has always had a passion for working with children and has worked with young children and families in a variety of environments for many years. She currently works as a full time preschool teacher for children both with and without special needs. She completed the Dance Teachers' Club of Boston's teacher training program in 2002. Amanda is also a former toddler dance and gymnastics teacher using programs she developed at the YMCA. Amanda hopes to foster a love of dance in young students while supporting them to be successful. When she isn't teaching dance, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family.
Kawinthi has been passionate about dance since she was 4 years old. She danced until she went off to college at UMass Amherst, where she pursued an undergraduate degree in Microbiology. During that time, Kawinthi kept up with dance by taking elective courses in the Five-College Dance Program. After she graduated, Kawinthi moved to Boston to start her MBA at Bentley University. While she was enjoying graduate school, she decided she needed to keep up with her love of dance by taking season-long adult courses with the Boston Ballet. Kawinthi had taught ballet and jazz while in high school, and worked with youth programs while working at the YMCA of Waltham through grad school. She currently works at the Mass General Cancer Center in healthcare management, and is excited to come back to a studio setting and continue to inspire and encourage young children through dance. During her free time, Kawinthi likes to stay fit by running, and has competed in a number of races in the Boston area.
Courtney has been dancing for 18 years. She began her training at Broadway Dance Academy where she was a member of the competitive program, and trained in various styles. Courtney attended Westfield State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in May 2017. At Westfield, she was a member of the competitive dance team for four years and elected captain her junior and senior years. She competed at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida all four years on the team. They placed 6th in the Nation for Open Hip Hop for 3 of those years. She was also a part of the teams 10th consecutive hip hop win for the New England Championships. Courtney is very excited about joining our staff here at MLSD!
Telia has been dancing nearly all her life, starting at the young age of five. Her first styles of dance included jazz, tap, and ballet. As a teen, she switched her focus to hip hop, reggae, popping and many other dance styles. By age sixteen, Telia began teaching two classes a week at her high school and co-teaching her regular dance lessons. Telia has had the honor of choreographing for an winning competitive hip hop team and is extremely excited to begin teaching at Miss Louise's School of Dance! When Telia isn't dancing or teaching, she keeps busy with her college studies.
Irish Dance Instructor
Hannah is a lifelong Irish dancer. She grew up competing with the Griffith Academy and performed for several years with the Griffith Celtic Dance Company. Hannah has studied old-style step dancing and sean-nós dancing with Kieran Jordan, Patrick O'Dea, Jackie O'Riley, and Michael Tubridy. She has also performed in Boston with Kieran Jordan Dance and the MIT Dance Troupe. Her choreography has been showcased at several venues in Boston, including Green Street Studios, MIT, and the Museum of Science. Hannah holds a Master's degree in early childhood education and has been teaching Irish Dance to children and adults for over ten years.
Irish Dance Instructor
Chi has been dancing for over 30 years with specialty in Tap and Irish step. Her love for Tap began after watching "42nd Street" on Broadway, and she immediately started tapping her feet away in various parts of the world (Boston, Chicago, New York, Australia, and Japan). One of her dreams came true when she was a key tap dancer in the "42nd Street" musical as part of a community theatre in Hartford, CT. In 2004, her passion for Irish step lit on fire after watching "Riverdance," and since then she has been Irish step dancing with various groups in CT and Boston. She has experience teaching Tap to children/adults in Japan and Australia and is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for Irish step at MLSD!