March 2024 Faculty
Marybeth grew up in Western Massachusetts, attending many of the respected dance studios in the area. Studying genres such as ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and more. She twirled her way into the social dance world in college and is now proficient in salsa, merengue and bachata. She has further broadened her performing arts field by entering into community theater in 2005. Since then she has performed in numerous shows and has choreographed nearly a dozen shows for many of the local theaters companies. Marybeth met her husband at a dance social. A few months down the road he invited her to take private dance lessons, and their journey took off from there. Now Marybeth has two beautiful daughters with her husband, all of whom share the love of movement. She currently holds her certification in preschool dance. She is working to obtain a certificate in strength training and injury prevention. One of her long term goals is to become a dance and movement therapist! She wishes to share her passion for movement with as many beautiful souls that cross her path!
Sarah Drinkwater (she/her) commenced her dance journey in 2000 at L’Ecole de Ballet in Littleton, MA, under the guidance of Clarissa Eaton. In her teen years, Sarah gained an immense passion for the discipline of ballet and honed her craft under distinguished instructors at Boston
Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Under the directorship of Mary Demaso, Sarah additionally performed with Dance Prism Ballet for nearly two decades, where she also served as a rehearsal coach for their seasonal tour of The Nutcracker. At Prism, she danced in major classics such as Swan Lake, Giselle, and La Sylphide, as well as original family-oriented ballets including The Little Mermaid, Make Way for Ducklings, and Peter Pan. Known for her natural ability to work with children, Sarah embarked on her teaching career at a young age in her home studio, and over the span of 16 years, worked her way up from Assistant Teacher to Artistic Director. While maintaining the integrity of ballet’s historic technique and traditions, Sarah brings a nurturing touch to her teaching style and fosters a love for dance that her students carry, wherever life takes them. Currently, Sarah is a freelance dance educator bringing her expertise to a wide range of students throughout New England. Simultaneously, she is working towards her BA from the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. Sarah is thrilled to share her knowledge with the students of Greater New England’s NADAA Convention this Spring!
Katelyn has been dancing for over twenty five years, beginning at The
Complex Performing and Creative Arts in Putnam, CT where she
learned about dance as an art form. Katelyn relocated to Western MA,
where she attended Springfield College under the direction of Dr.
Cynthia Nazzaro. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance with a
minor in Disability Studies, focusing her studies on choreography and
pedagogy. She continued her education at Antioch University New
England where she earned a Master's Degree in Dance/Movement
Therapy and Counseling, where dance and movement is utilized in
tandem with psychology to promote the social, emotional, cognitive,
and physical integration of the individual. She strongly believes in
dance and its ability to transform and support all people with the motto
that everyone can dance. Katelyn continues to balance her
therapeutic work with her creative work teaching dance, performing,
and choreographing in Western MA and Northeastern CT.
Alexxis began her dancing career at Academy of Dance Arts in
Leominster, Ma in 2008, where she would end up dancing &
competing for the remainder of her childhood.
During her time at Academy of Dance Arts she received
numerous scholarships and invitations to perform with her team
at nationals, fundraising events, etc. After high school she
danced with the Worcester State Dance team, and in 2019 she
danced as a professional with the Massachusetts Lady Pirates.
She retired as a dancer and fully committed to teaching in
2019-2020 after covid started. Before and during covid, she
worked with both Xcel and JO teams levels 2-8 at Sterling
Gymnastics and Dance; helping to develop technique as well as
choreograph floor routines for competition.
Her favorite dance genres are ballet, musical theatre, and
contemporary. However, she was trained in every genre; from tap
Leaps and Turns