Certified Instructors

All of the Performing Arts Studio & Dance School Instructors are certified and tested to teach dance, have college dance training and professional dance touring experience.

Michelle Michitson, Owner, Director, & dance teacher at the Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen

Michelle Michitson

Owner, Director

Advanced Classical Ballet, Pre-Pointe & Pointe Class, Advanced Jazz Dance,  Children's Tap Dance, Children's Hip Hop Dance, Competition Dance Intensive Team Instructor, All Adult & Children's Classes, HOME SCHOOL Dance Teacher, Dance Prism Company Member and Soloist.

Biography:

Michelle began studying dance at age three. She trained at the DeLutis School of dance under Rosemary Boynton and Dorothy Beaton in Mansfield MA. As a young dancer, Michelle appeared in the Ballets "Cinderella" and "Aladdin" with Pentucket Ballet School Haverhill MA.

She danced in Stillpointe dance company in a series of performances and studied modern dance, jazz dance and ballet with them in college and during college she joined the nationally touring jazz company "Push Factor of New York City" where she was Dance Captain.

She has been a long-standing member of Dance Master's of America and Dance Teachers Club of Boston and has been tested with High Honors by the National Dance Teacher's Council of America in Ballet, Tap dance and Jazz dance and with Superior Honors through American Academy of Ballet in Classical Ballet.

Michelle earned platinum and gold medals in her tour in the competition arena, "New England Dance Festival" and "Miss Olympic Dance". Traveling to New York City with her students and teachers they studied dance with AAB at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studios with Mignon Furman, Sara Knight, and Brian Loftus as well as others from Steps on Broadway.

She currently dances with a Professional Touring Ballet Company "Dance Prism" and has appeared in the Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Fire Bird, Swan Lake and Make Way for Ducklings Ballets. Along with continuing her own dance education and artistic growth she enjoys teaching dance classes and being the Director of the Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen and passing her knowledge and joy onto the next generation of students.

Nicole Surette, dance teacher at the Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen

Nicole Surette

Dance Instructor

Advanced Tap Dance, Hip Hop Dance, Jazz Dance, Adult & Children's Classes, Special Needs Dance Class

Biography:

Nicole Surette started dancing at the age of three and gained a wide knowledge base attending many of the areas best dance schools. As Nicole progressed she found a natural affinity for tap dance and began competing at the age of 10. Her competition dance team won many gold and special awards from American Dance Awards, New England Dance Festival, and Eastern Dance Awards.

At the young age of 13, she choreographed dances for a local elementary school as well as becoming an assistant dance instructor at her dance studio. Nicole began teaching at the Performing Arts Studio & Dance School Methuen in 2002 and became tested through National Dance Teacher's Council of America in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz with Superior Honors.

Recently Nicole traveled to NYC with Center for Performing Arts teachers to train with American Academy of Ballet Teachers such as Sara Knight and Mignon Furman at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studios.

Miranda Bailey, Ballet Dance Instructor at the Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen

Miranda Bailey

Dance Instructor

Ballet Dance Classes

Biography:

Miranda Bailey joined Columbia City Ballet of Columbia, SC in 2001, and in her 12 seasons with the company she performed such principal roles as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Victoria in Dracula, Pride in Beauty & the Beast, and the title role in Pocahontas. She is best known as Chinese Tea in The Nutcracker which she has danced since joining the company.

Amy O. Maxwell of the Free Times wrote of Miranda as Victoria, "Bailey not only established herself as a beautiful dancer with gorgeous legs and arms, but she also exhibited a beaming stage presence and portrayed her character with utmost believability." Susan Levi Wallach of the Free Times wrote of her performance as Pride in Beauty & the Beast, "Miranda Bailey, in the role of Beauty's sister Pride, was a standout.

Bailey performed with a self-assurance and fluidity, underpinned by precise technique, a clean, classical line and rock-solid balance. When she danced, it was hard to look at anyone else." In 2009 Miranda was featured in William Starrett's premier of The Hootie & the Blowfish Ballet & Amy O. Maxwell of the Free Times praised her "steadfast energy". She recently ended her career with CCB performing the Snow Pas de Deux as Clara in The Nutcracker. Though retired from dancing with the company she continues her work as a choreographer & repetiteur.

When not in SC, she can be seen dancing in New England with Dance Prism of Boston where her professional experience started in 1996. She is currently one of their featured company members & resident choreographers. There she has staged such classic ballets as Coppelia, Swan Lake, & Giselle, created the original ballets of The Frog Prince, Aladdin, & Peter Pan, & portrayed such roles as Swanilda in Coppelia, the title role in Giselle, the Princess in The Frog Prince, & Wendy in Peter Pan.

Terry Blogg, Dance Instructor at the Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen

Terry Blogg

Dance Instructor

Ballet Dance Classes, Break Dance Classes, Acro & Tumbling

Biography:

Terry Blogg began his professional dance career growing up in Glendale, AZ as a founding member of the Rockaway break-dancing crew. He continued his dance education in more classical styles while a student at Arizona State University with such renowned teachers as Kee Juan Han & Kim Sonderegger at the School of the Ballet Arizona. During his time there he also performed in the musical theater style with the Lyric Opera Theater in Phoenix, AZ as a featured dancer in productions of Carousel, A Chorus Line, & Fiddler On The Roof.

After college, Terry performed as a ballet dancer with Ballet South in Savannah, GA followed by time as a Martha Graham-style modern dancer with Centre Dance Ensemble in Phoenix, AZ where he performed the lead role of Kai in The Snow Queen.

Terry's career reached it's pinnacle when he joined Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, SC under the direction of William Starrett as a company member in 2001. There he performed soloist roles in ballets such as Dracula, Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet, & The Nutcracker. He has continued to work with the company as both a full-time dancer, guest artist, & fight/stunt coordinator since then. Terry can be seen performing locally with Dance Prism based in Concord, MA. He is best known for the lead role of Franz in Coppelia as well as Shah Zeman in Aladdin & the Act I Pas de Quatre in Swan Lake.

As a teacher, Terry has taught jazz, ballet, partnering, & break-dancing as a guest teacher with Dance Prism as well as Royal Dance Works in Phonix, AZ, Dance Gallery in Glendale, AZ, Encore Dance Academy in Phoenix, AZ, The Studio in Savannah, GA, L'Ecole de Ballet in Littleton, MA, & the Center for Performing Arts of Methuen in Methuen, MA.

Dan Lapierre, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary Instructor at the Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen

Dan Lapierre

Dance Instructor

Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance

Biography:

Dan began dancing at the age of two and quickly fell in love with it. As he continued his dance education he started to compete after just four years, and from there quickly found his love for tap and hip hop.

When he entered high school, Dan started to truly focus on dance. By the end of his senior year he had won a national title at Turn It Up Dance Challenge and numerous scholarships to attend master classes with the likes of Twitch, D-Trix, Aaron Turner, Lauren Froderman, Alex Wong, Ade Chike Tobert, and Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer.

This will be Dan's first year at CPAM and he is incredibly excited to share his love of dance with his students.

Emily Salvi Voice Teacher Center for Performing Arts Methuen

Emily Salvi

Voice, Acting & Musical Theater Instructor

Children's and Adults Voice, Acting and Musical Theater

Biography:

Emily began her studies in the performing arts at the age of six. She trained at Pentucket Ballet Academy in Haverhill, MA where she appeared in the ballets La Boutique Fantastique, Sleeping Beauty, and The Enchanted Forest. She then went on to pursue her passion, musical theatre.

After dabbling in many local community theatre companies, and realizing her abilities as a director, Emily co-founded The Company Theatre Productions in Haverhill, MA with her father, citing a great need to make the arts accessible to all. The Company ran for ten years and offered four MainStage shows annually including productions of The Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, The Wiz, Brigadoon, and Into the Woods. During this time she studied Musical Theatre at Bradford College, and theatre at Northern Essex Community College where she was also choreographer. Her work with the Top Notch Players in earned her four Irene Ryan nominations in the prestigious Kennedy Center Theatre Festival. Emily worked as choreographer for the Merrimack College OnStagers for productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, and as director for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. More recently Emily has worked with the Firehouse Center for the Arts on productions of Avenue Q, Woman in Black, The Last Five Years, and Shrek the Musical.

Emily continues her training, and is thrilled to have found a program that gives students a solid foundation in the performing arts.

Avery Pelosi, dance teacher at the Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School Methuen

Avery Pelosi

Dance Instructor

Children's Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop & Acrobatics Classes

Biography:

Avery Pelosi began dancing at the age of 11 at Center For Performing Arts Methuen Dance Studio and Acting School. By age 12 she joined the competitive dance team. Every year since she has performed for and received high medals from the American Academy of Ballet. Avery also participated in two weeks of a technical training intensive through the American Academy of Ballet after being awarded a scholarship from the association following one of her performances. Her most recent accomplishment with them was earning a high gold while performing en pointe. As a competitive soloist she has won high scores in her division while receiving multiple special awards. When she was 17 she began competing her own self choreography. After completing teacher training through the National Medal Testing, she began assistant teaching at the age of 14. Then, she became a dance teacher at the age of 17 where she has taught and choreographed over 10 routines ranging from ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and acrobatics at CPAM. After participating in a Yoga Teacher Training program she began conducting weekly summer classes at the studio. She also has had the honors of choreographing for the CPAM’s weekly musicals in the summer for the past two years. She has broadened her training by taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and classes at Boston University where she currently resides. Spring of 2018 she proposed and organized a successful dance convention called “Day of Dance” where over 30 young students participated. Avery and her fellow dance teammates choreographed and taught for this wonderful event.

Now, she is planning for the next “Day of Dance” which has turned into an annual event at CPAM. Avery’s job is one of the most important things to her because she gets a chance to spread and share her great love for the art of dance with other students. She loves challenging her students and seeing their great accomplishments. She plans to continue growing as a choreographer and dancer as she attends Boston University while still working at CPAM.  Avery hopes to become a more prominent role at her wonderful studio every year as she never plans to stop her dance career.