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Etienne began his training in his native Puerto Rico at La Escuela Julian E. Blanco and at El Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico (Where he has also performed with The Company of Ballet Concierto). He continued his studies at El Instituto Superior de Danza Alicia Alonso of The Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, where he graduated with a Masters in Performing Arts. He was a member of El Joven Ballet de la Camara de Madrid for five years, where he has performed throughout Spain. Subsequently, he has worked with Ballet Brio of Puerto Rico for two years and has guested in many dance companies internationally. He has choreographed original works for El Joven Ballet de la Camara de Madrid, Proyecto Tercer Espacio, Ballet Brio and Chambersburg Ballet Theatre.Presently he is a member of Danza Organica, with whom he has performed at Jacob's Pillow last year.
We are also proud to welcome the following staff for the 2017-2018 season:
Natasha Ayala, Camryn Costedio, Julia Goggins and Gabby Hughes
Shannon is beginning her junior 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 sixth year teaching Irish step for us!
Grace is a sophomore from Pingree School. She has been Irish Step dancing for 13 years and has competed at various regional, national, and international competitions. She has traveled all over the world for competitions with her solos and team dances. Most recently she traveled to Glasgow, Scotland for the World Championships.
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.
Jazz, Hip Hop
Sammie is a recent graduate from Framingham State University where she studied Math and Psychology. She was part of the Framingham State Dance Team for 4 years and was president of the team for her last two years. Sammie has danced since she was 3 years old and enjoys sharing her love for dance with others. Her favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow throughout the year. She’s extremely happy to be a new part of Tricia’s Dance School.
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!!
Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary
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.
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 recent graduate of Salem State University. Where she was a member of the Repertory Dance Theater. 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 while at Tewksbury Memorial High School and was one of the leading scorers at SSU. We are so happy to have such a talented young lady on our staff!!
Vivian Moda is sixteen years old and a junior at Reading Memorial High School. She has been dancing since the age of five, training at the North Reading School of Ballet and Wilmington Dance Academy, as well as assisting classes since the age of 13. She has attended multiple prestigious summer camps, such as Boston Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, training under instruction of professionals from 2015 to present. As apprentice with the North Atlantic Dance Theatre, Vivian learns discipline and technique along with being able to perform in the corps de ballet behind the professional company along with several leads. Vivian is very excited to join the faculty of Tricia’s Dance School.