ELIZABETH AVANTAGGIO holds a B.F.A. in Ballet performance from The
University of the Arts where she was awarded a four year Promising Artist
Scholarship. Originally from New Jersey, Elizabeth has trained at numerous
prestigious ballet schools in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania including
Joffrey Ballet School and private instruction from Ekaterina Strelnikova of N.Y.O.
Dancers. She has performed professionally with Shore Ballet Company,
Performing Arts Ensemble of New Jersey and Portland Ballet. Her dance repertory
includes Swan Lake, Coppelia, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Portland
Dances!, Capriccio, Dance for the Cure, Best of Broadway, Requiem and The
legend of Sleepy Hollow. Mrs. Avantaggio's teaching credits include South Jersey
Performing Arts Group, Westchester Dance Academy, Atlantic Ballet Company,
Scarborough Dance Center, Portland Ballet and Studio for the Living Arts Dance
Complex.



SUSAN CLOUTIER is the owner and director of Studio for the Living Arts Dance
Complex where she teaches jazz, tap, and creative movement classes. Susan
specializes in teaching children and she has created and implemented numerous
movement and dance programs for area preschools and public school
departments including Freeport, Falmouth, Songbird Creative Centers in
Yarmouth and Cumberland Foreside, and the Sunshine Childcare Center in Gray
and the Childrens Museum of Maine. Susan received her early training from Jean
Devou's Dance Studio in Portland then later began the study of jazz dance in
1992 with Sheila Bellefleur at Casco Bay Movers. Susan continues to renew and
update her teaching skills by regularly attending master class programs and
teacher conferences such as New England Dance workshops for teachers. While
attending dance conventions in Las Vegas, Boston, Minneapolis and New York,
she has had the privilege to study under dance legends Joe Tremaine, Frank
Hatchett, Joe Lanterni, Darryl Retter, Avi Miller, Susan Samuels, Ofer Ben,
Jeannette Neill, Jim Viera, and Rennie Gold. As the director of Pulse Dance
Company. Susan founded and produced “Dance for Autism” an annual
fundraising performance that raises funds for the Autism Society of Maine. The
event is a collaboration of works presented by Studio for the Living Arts and
hundreds of talented and giving dancers from surrounding studios in our local
dance community. Over the past years the studio has donated over $15,000 to
the Autism Society. The studio creates a huge enthusiasm for social issues and
causes and its dancers and families are involved in many other local projects that
give back. Susan's passion and vision for the studio is as strong today as it was
27 years ago. She believes that the discipline, creativity and self-confidence that
is involved in a student's dance experience, will have a lasting and positive effect
on their lives. She also believes that it’s the studio's professional top-notch faculty
that remains the driving force behind the studio's longevity. Year after year
technically trained dancers and versatile performers are being produced and the
dancers continue to be motivated through a contagious spirit, positive energy,
and an abundance of opportunities to explore the arts.


MEGAN EDMUNDS  is the former owner and artistic director of Portsmouth
School of Ballet in Portsmouth, NH from 2013-2017. She sold the school in 2017
to have more time with family. She now owns Blessed Day Photography and is
excited to do more with dancers and photography! Megan comes from Colorado
and Oklahoma where she trained, danced professionally, and taught dance. She
started her own dance program for children in Colorado; has instructed for over
20 dance studios across the United States, choreographed and performed in
many Regional theatre productions, danced with professional dance companies,
and has coached numerous dance teams. As owner of the Portsmouth School of
Ballet, Megan directed over 27 performances including “A Midsummer’s Night
Dream”, “Cinderella”, numerous Prescott Park performances and their annual
performance of “The Nutcracker”. Megan has judged dance competitions for Step
Up 2 Dance Competitions starting in 2012. She danced and trained with the
Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, Richmond Ballet in Virginia, San Diego
Ballet and was a company member for the Former Ballet Emmanuel Ballet
Company of Colorado Springs from 2006-2009. Megan attended the University of
Oklahoma for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. She brings a strong
passion and enthusiasm coupled with her expertise to inspire those who come to
her to perform and dance. She is well qualified in preparing those who aspire to a
career in the performance industry. She led her studio to many studio excellence
awards, technique awards, overalls and personally won many choreography
awards. Under Megan’s direction, the Portsmouth School of Ballet won 4 Best of
the Best awards for the Seacoast area. Many of Megan’s former students have
received top honors at competitions, gone on to dance professionally or teach,
and received available scholarships to colleges and dance programs. She feels
honored to continue to pass on her love of theatre and arts to all those around
her.


NICOLE GETCHELL Nicole Getchell, is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College
where she received her degree in dance. She then trained with Portland School
of Ballet and Andrei Bossov in Waterville, while performing for both Bossov Ballet
Theatre and Portland Ballet Company as a principal dancer. Nicole’s teaching
skills have taken her to Encore Dance Center and Kennebec Dance Center in
Augusta, down to Steps in Florida, and back to Maine and the Portland School of
Ballet . Her PBC performing credits include Degas, Bolero, Chopin Variations, Les
Patineurs, Napoli , The Victorian Nutcracker, Higashi, Paquita, Duke Suite,
Carmina Burana, the Capriccio Festival and Portland Dances!





KELLY FANTIGROSSI Kelly’s education includes an M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA
(Magna Cumme Laude), B.A. in Theater with a Minor in Dance from Temple
University (Magna Cum Laude), and the Teaching Artist/Process Pedagogy
Program for Jacques D’Amboise’s The National Dance Institute based out of NYC.
Kelly’s teaching history includes teaching and choreographing Tap, Jazz, Ballet
and Theater for universities, studios, camps and institutes across the United
States. Some of which are: University of California-Los Angeles (Acting for Non-
Majors and Ballet), The American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Manhattan (Musical
Theater Tap/Jazz), The National Dance Institute and Celebrate the Beat’s Artist in
Residency programs (The Bank Street School for Children, East Harlem School
and PS 184 Shuang Wen), US Performing Arts Camp-Los Angeles (Tap, Jazz,
Ballet), University of Southern Maine (“The Wild Party), Future Artists: A
Performing Arts Camp for Young Adults (Co-creator/Director), City Theater
(“Hair”, “A Christmas Carol”). Kelly has trained with many notable names in the
dance and theater community such as: Andy Blackenbuehler, Josh Bergasse,
Chett Walker, Frank Hatchett, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Savion Glover.... just
to name a few. She has been involved in the competition world and has served as
a judge for Turn It Up and Dance Challenge in ME, NJ, and MA. She has also
been a Master Class Instructor, Guest Choreographer, and Private Instructor for
studios around the NYC and Pennsylvania area as well.



VICTORIA PERREAULT received most of her professional training in Los Angeles
on a Tremaine National Scholarship & in the San Francisco area with some of the
most talented choreographers and educators. She has been a guest judge for
Dance Masters Nationals in San Jose, CA. Victoria also filmed a commercial with
Star Wars George Lucas, performed for Tom Hanks, and danced on the TV pilot
More than Entertainment. In California, Viki wrote & directed Amour Du Mal (an
original play told through dance) for Visual Rhythm Dance Company. For years,
she was guest jazz & hip hop instructor at San Jose State University, as well as a
teacher for several amazing studios which included student Nick Lazzarini who
emerged as the winner of SYTYCD first season. Some of her former students
have gone on to Broadway and successful careers in dance.
Upon returning to her native State of Maine, Viki received awards & accolades for
her choreographies, scholarships to Millenium Dance Complex in L.A., and filmed
a television commercial with Blake McGrath of SYTYCD. The pinnacle of her
career occurred January 2007 when Mia Michaels honored Viki with a BDC
scholarship. Victoria loves to teach with enthusiasm & her choreographies are
known for their originality.



MICHELLE MELVIN-PERRY Michelle is thrilled to come on board with such a
talented, positive group of teachers and students. She started at SLA over a
summer session working on GLEE camp and fell in love with the students and the
hard working, fun loving philosophy of the studio. Michelle started her dance
education at her Grandmother’s dance studio and comes from a family of dance
instructors including her mother, who currently is choreographing for a line dance
team. She then studied Ballet at Portland Ballet School of East with Sarah Whale.
She joined Cheryl Greeley’s competition team in 1992, and from there Cheryl
opened the doors to the musical theater world. Michelle was in her first musical
theater production at Lyric Theater and from there she performed at Portland
Players, Arundel Barn Playhouse, and Maine State Music Theater. She took her
love for the stage and moved to NYC and studied dance at Broadway Dance
Center. She got an agent and was in Feature Films with Jim Carey, Jack Black,
and Ben stiller. She was in a Law and Order – criminal intent episode, and she
also performed in a Mountain Dew Amp commercial for MTV at BCBG. She loves
to work with children and her favorite style of dance is lyrical contemporary. She
looks forward to continuing her love for dance and competition choreography with
SLA.



AMANDA PREBLE Amanda Preble is a hip hop choreographer and instructor
based out of several studios in Southern Maine. She holds a Bachelors degree in
Communications from Quinnipiac University. It was at Quinnipiac where she
developed her skills on the school’s competitive hip hop team and served as a
captain and a choreographer. Her performance experience includes nine
consecutive seasons of dancing for basketball, including two years professionally
for the NBA-D League. Amanda enjoys traveling to Boston and New York City to
take classes in hip hop and other styles of dance. She has trained with the likes
of Twitch, D-trix, Sheryl Murakami, NappyTabs, and Luam.






STEFANIE ROBINSON began her journey as a dancer at The Studio for the
Living Arts in 1992. She was a member of the Studio for the Living Arts, in Gray,
competition dance team "Full-FX" now known as ”Pulse Dance Company” from
1993-1999 training in jazz, hip-hop, and ballet. As a competitor, Stefanie received
many regional and national dance awards and titles. Over the past 15 years she
has attended numerous dance workshops and conventions in Minneapolis, Las
Vegas, Boston, and New York where she received master instruction under the
direction of world-renowned dancers, such as Frank Hatchett, Joe Lanteri, Joe
Tremaine, and Doug Caldwell. Since graduating high school in 2000 she has
enjoyed working with children as a full time private nanny. Stefanie has the
patience and devotion to help children learn and love dance. The combination of
her extensive dance training and childcare experience make her an asset to our
faculty.


KATE SMEDAL  Kate received her early training a the Thomas School with Ivy
Forrest before continuing at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Nina
Danilova, Melissa Hayden and Frank Smith. Ms. Smedal studied at several
summer programs including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Central
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. In 2001 she was
awarded the presidential scholarship for dance and joined the Festival Ballet of
Providence, RI. She holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from UMO and is an ABT®
Certified teacher, in levels Primary - 3. Ms. Smedal has performed professionally
with the Portland Ballet appearing in Carmina Burana, The Legend of Sleepy
Hollow, Giselle and The Victorian Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the
Snow Queen.  She served as both an instructor for the Portland School of Ballet
as well as a rehearsal assistant for the Portland Ballet Company.


PAMELA COLLINS-STAHLE Pam has been a dance educator and performer for
almost 20 years. Pam is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and she currently
teaches our Acro/Tumbling program and our Pulse Dance Company Acro
competition team. Pam is also a skilled jazz and musical theater teacher. Her
career as a professional dancer has carried her overseas to such exotic places
as Singapore and Taiwan while employed with "DisneyFest" and "Sesame Street
Live". She has graced the Disney World stages performing in "Mickey's
International Songbook" at Epcot Center and in the 25th Anniversary "Spectro
Magic Parade". One of her most memorable moments as a dancer was
performing on the Today Show with NBC. Pam is a current member of USA
Gymnastics and is continuing her teaching education with courses offered
through the USAG University. She has continued her professional development
through one of the largest training facilities in the world at the International
Gymnastics Camp in Pennsylvania. Her gymnastics background is due to the
wonderful teachings at Maine Academy of Gymnasatics, Bridgton's Broadway
Dance Studio, and Dudziaks Gymnastics. Her strength, power, and the
combination of tumbling and dance earned her a role as Peter Pan with Disney as
well as team performances on Royal Carribean and Carnival Cruise Lines.  
Another favorite past time of Miss Pam's is choreographing musical theater. She
has undertaken this persona for ten years and has pieced together 13 shows
between Lake Region Community Theater, Lake Region High School and
Lewiston Middle School. Ms. Collins-Stahle has been a competitive
choreographer for HipHop, Jazz, AcroJazz, and High School Cheering at many
different levels. Her dance numbers have won numerous awards and Top Scores
at Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Dance Educators of America, Spirit of Dance
Awards and Jump. Her coaching career includes such feats as her team earning
a spot at the State Competition for 3 consecutive years and winning Western
Maine Conference Cheering Competition in 2005. Many of her former dancers
and cheerleaders have continued on as coaches and choreographers. She
states "one of my passions in life is mentoring young dancers, gymnasts and
cheerleaders. I hope to go above and beyond educating in the classroom, I want
to inspire”.


JAMIE WERNER Miss Jamie has a strong background in competitive and
professional dance, in addition to teaching and choreographing for top nationally
ranked dancers. Jamie was recognized as a top dancer from the start of her
training, with her powerful ability capture an audience.  She was honored with
various top awards including:  
Diamond Dancer of the Year, Miss T.A. Dance, and Universal Dance Association
Top Dancer.  She has performed both nationally, and internationally.  She was
honored to represent UDA, dancing in the Macy’s Day Parade.  Jamie was also
selected as back-up dancer with Fantasy, performing at various sites, including
the L.A. Music Awards and Miami Music Gala.  Jamie enjoyed back-up dancing in
venues and working alongside, various artists including:  Nick Cannon, Nick
Lachey, Christina Milian, O-Town, and Lenny Kravitz.   

Miss Jamie is nationally recognized choreographer.  She prides herself on her the
success of her students, and the leaps and bounds of improvement, they make
under her direction.  Jamie currently choreographs for Dance Enthusiasm, ranked
in the top five of New England, with the National Dance Competition Association.  
She specializes in acro, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz choreography.  Her
dancers hold national titles, and continue to excel professionally. Miss Jamie’s
students can or have been seen dancing with, the Patriots Cheerleaders, Boston
Ballet, Relativity School L.A., Rockettes, and Christmas Story on Broadway.



SASHA YAPPAROV was born in Russia and received his academic and ballet
training at the renowned Perm State Ballet Academy, Russia. He is a Specialty
Degree recipient requiring 8 Years of Intense Study, covering History of Theatre,
Dance, Art, Music, and Instructor Techniques.  Mr. Yapparov worked with such
prominent teachers and artists as A. Messerer, M. Plisetskaya and V. Gordeev.
He was invited as a guest principal throughout the former Soviet Union, Italy,
Hungary, Portugal, Finland, India, Spain and Canada.  Mr. Yapparov's athleticism,
elevation, stage personality and strong artistry gained him significant recognition.
He won numerous prestigious awards for his highly creative works and artistic
performances,including the rank of Honored Artist of the Ukraine. Mr. Yapparov
was also an elected member of Artistic Committee at Odessa Opera House.
In the United States, he served as Ballet Master for the Sarasota Ballet of Florida
for eleven years. He has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina School
for the Arts, the USF School of Theater and Dance, and Ballet Conservatory
Dallas. Mr. Yapparov was most recently an instructor and Assistant to Artistic
Director at Kirov Ballet Academy, Washington, DC.
Sasha’s technique classes are “non-recital” classes and they are also open to
any dancer in the community.



KAREN GILLES Creative Movement, Jazz, Tap/Ballet Combo Classes Instructor,
Karen was one of our first students that attended the Studio for the Living Arts in
1992. Karen trained in tap, ballet, pointe, and jazz at Studio for the Living Arts all
the way through High School.  She was featured in many performances and
recitals at the Studio as well as participated in my dance competitions and
workshops during her childhood.  Karen comes from a three generation family of
dancers here with her Mom Lenora (Adult Tap) and her daughters (Lexi and
Hannah) currently training in several genres of dance.  Following High School,
Karen attended the University of Maine, Orono where she received her Bachelor
of Science in Nursing. Karen began her nursing career at the Maine Medical
Center where she practiced cardiac telemetry/med surgical nursing for two years
and then she went on to perform out-patient dialysis at Androscoggin Kidney
Center in Auburn, Maine. Karen is currently Assistant Director of Nursing role at
Pine Tree Home Health Care.



DANIELA SABBATH GUEST TEACHER
Daniela is a native of Brazil and holds a BFA in Dance from The Boston
Conservatory and a Master’s Degree in Dance Education from NYU: Teaching
Dance in Higher Ed and the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy. As
part of her master’s program she has completed the ABT® National Training
Curriculum and is certified in levels Pre-Primary through 7, and Partnering.
Daniela has extensive teaching experience in Recife, São Paulo (Brazil) and in
the US. She was a member of Los Ballets de Madrid under the direction of Aurora
Zerdan and performed in productions such as Swan Lake, Don Quijote, Sleeping
Beauty and El Amor Brujo. Daniela was a member of Portland Ballet Company for
the 2004-2006/ 2010-2012 seasons and was Principal of Portland School of
Ballet from 2014 to 2016. She is also an adjunct professor at University of New
England where she teaches dance fundamentals for undergraduate students.



CHERYL LEACH GUEST TEACHER
After moving from ME to NH with her husband Glen, Cheryl continued to guest
teach and choreograph for us. Cheryl brings to us a vast amount of education
and teaching experience after owning her own studio, Cheryl Greeley Theatra-
Dance Studio in South Portland for 25 years. During that time, she received
numerous high score performance and choreography awards and was the proud
teacher of many title winners at national and regional competitions. Many of
Cheryl's students have gone on to perform on Broadway, movies or with
professional touring companies, and nominated for a Tony and an Oscar.
(Actress Anna Kendrick trained with Cheryl for 12 years). Cheryl herself is no
stranger to the stage having performed in community and professional theaters
since she was a kid!