Dance Instructor/ Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor/ CPR & First Aid Certified
Louise began her dance career at the age of 4, and has now been dancing for over 20 years. Her family moved from 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. Louise danced competitively for 14 years, and earned the honor of becoming a Champion Irish dancer. Throughout the years, Louise has performed at several events as a soloist and group dancer, including the annual Boston Irish Festival. She continues to train with the very talented Kieran Jordan who is the co-founder and choreographer of the show "Atlantic Steps". Louise has recently been granted membership from the World Irish Dance Association and is thrilled for the wonderful opportunities this will provide to her students.
Louise has also studied various styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She 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, Louise attended The Pulse Dance Teacher Convention and The Dance Teacher Summit in New York City.
Louise is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, where she earned a B.A in English, while also studying Elementary and Early Childhood Education. 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. She then expanded her dance instruction to the Woburn and Burlington area. In 2011, Louise decided to get certified to teach Zumba Fitness, after witnessing the great impact it has had on so many people. She has hosted and organized several Zumba charity events. Most recently she has raised funds for Susan G. Komen, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Louise enjoys sharing her love of dance and fitness to all ages. She believes it is a great way to form friendships, build confidence, and live a healthy lifestyle!
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!
Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Merrimack College where she majored in Human Development with a concentration in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities. She looks forward to marrying the man of her dreams this summer! Melissa has an extensive cheer and dance background. Melissa has competed on the advanced level teams at Celebrity All Star Cheering and studied ballet under prestigious programs including the Academy of Ballet Arts, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet School where she was personally invited to take master classes with Boston Ballet School Principal and former prima ballerina, Evelyn Cisneros-Legate. She also had the privilege of working as a Teacher’s Assistant at Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive. There she was given the opportunity to choreograph a ballet performance for the Summer Showcase.
Melissa has also studied various forms of dance and has attended many workshops, conventions, and competitions where she worked with renowned professionals in dance industry including the choreographers of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, So You Think You Can Dance, Disney’s Shake It Up, the Step Up movies, and more! These opportunities opened the door and enabled Melissa to audition and perform on Broadway productions including Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical and Disney’s High School Musical On Stage. Melissa has won numerous awards in cheerleading and dance including the reigning 2012 National Senior Miss Dance Ovations. Melissa greatly enjoys combining her love of dance with her passion of teaching. When Melissa is not teaching, she likes to be involved in philanthropy. Melissa organized a charity called Cupcakes for Chemo to benefit fellow pediatric patients at the Floating Children’s Cancer at Tufts Medical Center.
Shannon grew up in Burlington, MA where she has been dancing since the age of four. She is a graduate of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston teachers training program and majored in dance at Dean College. While at Dean, Shannon was able to take master classes with numerous professional choreographers and was a part of many performances. Last year, she decided to expand her dance education and became Zumba certified.
Shannon has been teaching both competitive and recreational dance at local studios for the past eleven years. When she isn't dancing, she is teaching Special Education at an elementary school in Lexington and recently started to teach dance for the Lextended Day Program. She has been spending her summers at Buckingham Browne & Nichols where she has been the preschool dance teacher for the past four years. She loves dance and only wants to encourage her students to love it as well!
Carla Danielle Oterostarted her classical ballet training at the age of five in Byron, GA. She moved to Puerto Rico where she continued her studies at the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto under the tutelage of Carlota Carrera, Sylvia Marichal, Jose Pares, Maria Carrera, Maria Julia Landa, Lourdes Gomez, Lolita San Miguel, among others. As a student she received scholarships to train during the summers at the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and at the 42nd Batholin International Ballet Seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark. While in Denmark, she trained under the tutelage of Laura Alonso, Martin James and Fernando Bujones. At age sixteen she joined the company of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico where she had the pleasure of dancing in great classics like , , among others. In addition to her classical repertoire, Otero has danced in numerous contemporary works by Jesus Miranda, Carlos Cabrera, Maria Julia Landa, and Alberto Mendez. After being with the company for two years, she moved to Boston to pursue her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations at Simmons College. During her time as an undergraduate student, Carla was actively involved as a dancer in the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Dance Project since it’s inception in 2006, and as a ballet instructor for LEAP (Lifelong Exercise and Activities Program) at Simmons College. In 2009 Carla debuted as a choreographer with her piece titled in collaboration with Cori Wooldridge. After graduating in 2010, Carla became an instructor for the COF Dance Project and has been invited as a guest artist to perform in the premiere of and to dance in Bournonville’s Pas de Deux with Chambersburg Ballet Theater in Pennsylvania. Carla remains active as a dancer and choreographer and trains throughout the Boston and Cambridge areas
Katie Banfield Alie
Katie is an avid fitness enthusiast who teaches a challenging, fun and upbeat class! Her energy is contagious!
Join Katie every Tuesday evening for Zumba!