Ellen Mahoney Hilsinger
Ellen has studied Restorative Yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The Power of Touch and Restorative Yoga training with Nicole Clark (North End Yoga), Ahimsa Yoga and Assists with TJ Mokkosian and Reiki 1 & 2. Ellen's gentle style of teaching merges all of these studies into a relaxing and mindful yoga practice
Assistant to Miss Trish, Hip Hop, Musical Theater
Tessa has been dancing for 18 years. As a child, she danced with the Studio of Performing Arts. She also performed Irish Step in many Fèis competitions. She's currently studying Early Childhood Education at Middlesex Community College and loves working with children. Her favorite styles of dance are hip-hop and tap. She loves sharing her passion for dance with others.
Assistant to Miss Trish, Ballet, Tap
Alli is a junior at Framingham State University where she is studying Sociology and is a member of the FSU Dance Team. Alli studied dance technique at Christine Proia’s Dance Academy from four years old to the time of high school graduation. Alli started assisting dance classes at age twelve.She started competing at age seven and has achieved numerous awards in many different dance genres. Her most memorable performance was winning first place with her tap duo partner her senior year of high school at Spirit of Dance. Alli is very excited to begin her eighteenth year of dance by sharing her passion of dance with all the students at Tricia’s Dance School.
Cassidy is currently a student at UMass Lowell. She studied dance at the University of Tampa 2014-2016, after attending Donna Miceli's Dance Center for 15 years. She was awarded West Coast Dance Explosion Elite Dancer 2009-2013. She worked in Walt Disney World as a character performer/ dancer. She has attended classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, Jeanette Neil's in Boston, as well as the Millennium Dance Complex in LA. To keep up with her technique, Cassidy takes dance classes weekly and attends dance conventions.
Miss Dominique is a senior at Billerica Memorial High School. Dominique has been studying Irish step dancing since she was 4. She has been to many competitions for both solo and group dancing. These competitions range from the regional Oireachtas to the World Championships in Boston that she competed in last year. She has competed at Worlds twice! Her favorite dance that she and her team excelled in was the ‘choreography team’ dance that placed 7th in the world in Boston. It was choreographed by a former river-dancer, Ronan McCormack. A compliment to her teaching is her athleticism as she is a proud member of the Billerica Memorial High School girls Lacrosse team.
Hip Hop, Musical Theater
As a child, Julianne danced with the Baystate Ballet School. While in high school she danced in Dance Prism's production of The Nutcracker. Julianne was a member the Emmanuel College Hip Hop Dance Team and captained the team her senior year. She is the director and choreographer of the Youth Summer Theatre Program at the Lowell YMCA. On top of all that she is a 2nd grade teacher for the City of Lowell and a proud Mom of two boys!! We are so lucky to have this hip hop master on staff!!
Miss Alyssa received her training at the Donna Miceli Dance Center where she completed the Teacher Training Program. While attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence, she continued to take class in dance, attend dance conventions and did choreography for various performing arts groups. After her return to the area, she taught classes in Boston and the Seacoast NH area specializing in advanced and adult students in ballet, jazz and modern dance. Her expertise lies in working with students to develop their technique in a safe and healthy way and her teaching style promotes personal growth for dancers to reach their full potential.
Owner and Artistic Director
Trish studied danced in Melrose at the Judith Clark Academy of Dance for many years. She was accepted as a dance major at UMASS Amherst and graduated in 1986. Although she earned her degree in Sociology, her love for dance never wavered. She has done choreography for spring musicals for both Lynnfield and Tewksbury High Schools. Trish attended and graduated from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston’s Teacher Training Program. During the summer Trish reverts back to being a student. This summer she is studied ballet with Michelle Dalton at the Andover School of Ballet. She believes that continuing to learn promotes motivated teaching. She travelled to Lafayette Louisiana to attend the Leading Edge Dance Teachers Conference. This event was “completely focused on the latest in evidence based medicine, and safe and effective ways to train your students holistically, for a deeper and more enjoyable experience of dance”. Training strong and healthy dancers has become a mission for Trish. Her ongoing work with Maribeth Crupi PT is another. Maribeth works primarily with dancers in an effort to teach them techniques and exercises to keep them injury free. Trish happily presents this to her students knowing it will make them stronger, healthier and happier dancers! It is an exciting time as we hold close our specialty of teaching the youngest dancers while we continue to develop an exceptional program for older students. Dance on!!
Natalie is a sophomore at Salem State University. She is a member of the Repertory Dance Theater at the University. She has been busy at the studio this summer teaching both jazz and hip hop. She has assisted Miss Trish for many years. Natalie started her dance training right here at Tricia’s Tots! At that time we “graduated" our students in first grade. She then spent time at The Andover School of Ballet, Dance Expressions, Lorraine Spada School of Dance and the Donna Miceli Dance Center where she was a member of the Youth Dance Company. She attended Powered By Dance at the Jeannette Neill Dance studio in Boston. Natalie received multiple scholarships at West Coast Dance Explosion. She was an all-conference field hockey player in while at Tewksbury Memorial High School and continues to be one of the leading scorers as SSU. We are so happy to have such a talented young lady on our staff!!
Shannon is beginning her sophomore year at UMASS Lowell as a nursing major. She started Irish dancing at a young age and has yet to stop for 15 years. Shannon has attended multiple competitions that range from regional to world events. She has traveled all over the country to attend competitions. She has been successful as both a soloist and as a member of her team. Shannon has trained under well known choreographers from Riverdance and other professional shows. Although her personal dance career has come to end, she continues to do what she loves through teaching others her passion. This will be Miss Shannon's fourth year teaching Irish step for us!