Faculty

Faculty


Terrie Legein, Artistic & Administrative Director,
Dance Educator, Choreographer
Mrs. Legein is a certified teacher from the Levesque School of Dance, Providence; a certified member teacher of Dance Masters of America; the Dance Teachers Club of Boston; Dance Alliance of RI and the International Tap Association.

Terrie has served on the National Board of Directors for DMA as the National 1st and 2nd Vice President, Affiliations Chair and Solo Title Directors Chair. Mrs. Legein is a 4 - term Past President of Dance Masters of America, N.E. Chapter 5 and has served as an Area Vice President for DMA for the Northeast Region of the US and Canada, National Membership Chairperson and National Scholarship Chairperson.

Terrie is a nationally certified examiner in all dance disciplines and routinely examines qualified teachers across the country and Canada for membership in DMA. She has served on the Board of Directors for Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston as Program Chair and Advisor for their Teacher Training School Program. She frequently travels as a competition judge / adjudicator and Master Tap Teacher throughout the US and Canada.

In July of 2000, Terrie was awarded the prestigious Bachna Scholarship for Leadership and Dedication to Dance Education from Dance Masters of America in Buffalo, NY. As an advocate for dance education, she continues to study annually at DMA’s Teacher Training School in Buffalo. Mrs. Legein will serve on faculty once again this year in Buffalo at Teachers’ Training School as a Master Tap Teacher, Music Theory Teacher and as a National Judge for the DMA  Solo Title Competitions.

Mrs. Legein has had the honor of performing with Master Teacher, Brian Jones at Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence and at the Orpheum in Foxboro. MA. She served as co-chair for the United We Dance event in Providence which raised more than $15,000 for the families of the victims of 9/11.

Additional professional affiliations include: Resident Choreographer for area schools and theater groups including: URI, Warwick Players, Valley Players, West Warwick High School, Mt. Hope High School in Bristol and most recently with the Pawtuxet Valley Theater Group and RISE on Broadway in Providence. She served for a number of years on faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, MA as Chair of their Tap Department.

Allison (Legein) Simoes, Assistant Director, Choreographer
Miss Allison is a certified member teacher of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America.  She has managed the Exeter / West Greenwich High School Jazz Dance Team and served on staff at the Hazel Boone Dance Studios in Massachusetts. She frequently appears as a guest teacher and judge in N.E. and has served on the Membership Testing committee and the Teacher Training Committee for Dance Teachers Club.  She currently serves on faculty for DMA at the University of Buffalo as Chair of the Preschool Department.

Miss Allison was our studio’s first Tap Scholarship award winner from DTCB in 1991. Her additional professional affiliations include performance with Warwick Players and CHS Dance Team. Miss Allison teaches our P&R, Kinderdance, Combo A & B, Jazz and Lyrical, and Level 1 Tap classes along with our Jazz Dance Performance Team and Competitive Classes. As a 20+ year seasoned teacher, her students have won numerous regional and national awards throughout the years. Some of these include overall division awards, overall choreography awards, overall performance awards, special judge’s awards, Petite Miss Dance of N.E and Jr Miss Dance of N.E. for DMA Some of Miss Allison’s alumni have moved onto professional teachers and performers. Allison is the proud parent of our 3rd generation dancer, Madison Faith. She too shares in the joy of dance that her Mama and Memere share.

Marty Sprague
Marty has over 45 years of experience in dance education, holds an MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory. She has taught early childhood through higher education and is currently teaching in Providence, RI at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (High School). She has been involved in program, curriculum, professional, and policy development. She has written and reviewed standards at the district, state and national levels. Marty is co-author, with Helene Scheff and Susan McGreevy-Nichols, of five dance text and resource books. Marty is currently serving on the editorial board for Arts Education Policy Review. She was honored to serve on the Dance Writing Team for the NCAS Dance Standards. Marty’s teaching, choreographic, and performing career has spanned all dance forms and many styles, but modern dance is her chosen vehicle for the ART of DANCE. We are honored to have Miss Marty on our faculty!

Aby Amaral
Aby began dancing when she was five years old, and throughout the years studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical and Hip-Hop.  Aby has performed in Local Community Events, Competitions, Cruise Ship Performances, Walt Disney World, Boston and New York.  At a later age she found her passion in Lyrical and Hip-Hop.  Aby has taught for a number of years and will serve on our faculty as our new Hip Hop teacher.
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