E L I T E  F A C U L T Y

SILVIA SIMEONE

Owner/Artistic Director/Instructor

Silvia received her early years of training at the Donna Miceli Dance Center and then furthered her career at the University of Tampa, FL where she graduated with a B.A in Psychology and Dance/Theatre.  While preparing for her career at UT Silvia was a lead choreographer and dancer and  was honored with awards for her contributions to the UT Dance Program.

 

Her extensive training also includes study under renowned artists while attending dance workshops and intensives at the Boston Conservatory, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (NYC), and ballet technique intensives with ballet master Finis Jhung.  Silvia's training also extended overseas where she joined the World Dance Movement in Italy which offers training and inspiration from international faculty.

With more than 20 years training with the dance industry's leading innovators and masters in their fields, Silvia continues to bring current and evolving style of dance into her studio while also keeping with the traditional and classic styles of which dance is rooted from.

DONNA MICELI

Donna was the Founder/Director of the Donna Miceli Dance Center for 47 years and has been a pillar of the dance community since its opening and continues to be highly regarded in the field of dance.

Donna received her training at Boston Ballet, Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, and the New York City studios of Luigi and Alvin Ailey. In addition to founding the Donna Miceli Dance Ensemble and the Youth Dance Company, Ms. Miceli has instructed at Boston School of Ballet, Gus Giordano Dance Center, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio and Lowell Arts Magnet School. She has been a Master Teacher for the Dance Teachers Clubs of Boston and Maine, Dance Masters of America and Tanzwerkstatt Internationale in Bonn, Germany.

 

The recipient of numerous awards for her performances and choreography, Ms. Miceli has choreographed for MRT and professional companies. She was a finalist in the International Choreography Competitive Event at Jazz Dance World Congress 2000 and 2003 where she received Honorable Mention awards for her work. Ms. Miceli is certified by the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America and serves as adjudicator at competitions. 

We are honored to have Miss Donna sharing her knowledge with both our dancers and our teachers.

MIKAYLA SOUZA

Mikayla Souza grew up dancing throughout Southern New Hampshire and the Greater Boston area and first discovered her love for teaching dance as a student instructor during her high school years. Miss Mikayla went on to earn a BS in Elementary Education and a BA in Theatre and Dance from Keene State College, where she had the privilege of working with esteemed professors such as Marcia Murdock, William Seigh, and Cathy Nicoli, and guest professor/artist in residence Frances Nii Yartey of the Royal Ballet of Ghana.
 
In addition to her studies in modern, ballet, and West African dance, Miss Mikayla also performed and competed hip hop and jazz routines throughout New England with the Keene State College Dance Team.  She joined the Elite Dance family in 2011 as a tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop instructor. Miss Mikayla strives to further her growth as a dancer and an artist by attending as many classes and conventions as possible, including weekly classes at EDC.  In addition to teaching our lovely Elite dancers, Miss Mikayla also teaches third grade in Lowell.

AMANDA WEINER

Amanda has been dancing since she was three years old and received her training at Dance Productions in Woburn, MA. After graduating from Wilmington High School, Amanda went on to study Dance Performance Studies and Elementary Education at Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, RI. At RWU, Amanda performed for four years as a company member of the Dance Theatre. She received the "Who's Who among Students in American Universities & Colleges" Award, the "Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Dance", as well as, the "Paolino Dance Scholarship".

 

After earning her BA in Dance Performance Studies and Elementary Education, Amanda earned her Master's degree from Bridgewater State University in Special Education: Severe Disabilities (all levels). For the past seven years, she has been working as a special educator for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and teaching dance to students ranging in ages 6 - 18.

CAROLYN MCCARTHY

Carolyn grew up training and performing in the Lowell area, and attended competitions and conventions throughout New England into high school.  In college she studied contemporary movement, improvisation, and composition; and presented work at the American College Dance Association New England Conference, Vermont College Dance Festival, and Orchesis Dance Company Showcases where she served as a performer, choreographer and administrator.  After a series of collaborations with artists during graduate school in Norway, Carolyn continues to perform professionally in Vermont, and is excited to be returning to the EDC community as a dance educator.

CRYSTAL GOLLWITZER

Crystal began dancing at the age of three at Donna Miceli Dance Center and continued her study over the next 15 years.  Her many years of training encompasses classical styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and tap as well as the more evolving styles of lyrical and contemporary.  She was a member of the resident dance company where she performed throughout the community as well as on the stage at Walt Disney World.  Due to her well-rounded training, she was also chosen to be an assistant teacher and taught young children for 5 years. 

 

Crystal joined Elite Dance Company in 2010 to refresh her knowledge of dance and further her training.  She has been a wonderful addition to the classes while learning the philosophies of the studio so she may bring those values and standards to the students she is now be teaching. Crystal is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with the students at EDC, while continuing to study the many facets and techniques of dance under the direction of the studio.

MICHELLE FOWLER PINTO - Special Guest Artist

Michelle Pinto has been inspiring and motivating students for  over 32 years by sharing her love of dance, appreciation of proper technique, and her positive and proactive approach to life. She teaches ballet, children’s tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and modern. She has directed  pre-professional and competing companies at the Donna Miceli Dance Center in Lowell, MA, Allegro Dance Academy in Nashua, NH and at The Studio Dance Company in Clearwater, FL. She currently is on the faculty at West Florida Dance Center in Largo, FL and travels to New England each summer to teach master classes at numerous camps and intensives. Her students emerge from her classes as strong, passionate, and technically proficient dancers. They have gone on to win scholarships from conventions and advanced academies, perform at Disney, on cruise ships, for the Rockettes, Cirque de Soleil, the Dizzy Feet Foundation, on Broadway, television and in movies.

 

ZACH GALASSO - Special Guest Artist

Zach Galasso has been dancing for over 18 years. He began his training at Broadway Dance Academy in Tewksbury, MA and was a member of the competitive program for 10 years. Zach attended Hofstra University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art's in Communications. At Hofstra, Zach was a four year member and senior captain of the Hofstra University Dance Team. While on the team, he won two Division 1 National Titles in 2012 and 2013 at the Universal Dance Association Collegiate National Championship. He also appeared, with his team, on ESPN and Good Morning America. In addition to being a dancer, Zach has been teaching and choreographing for 12 years. He started teaching at Broadway Dance Academy and other local studios in MA as well as schools in Long Island, New York. He is now a choreographer for TRA Choreography and works nationally with high school and college dance teams.  Among his dance projects, Zach has choreographed a music video for artist Jared Evan and recently traveled to Finland to work with competitive dance teams.

ELLEN GRINDER - Special Guest Artist

Ellen Grinder is enjoying celebrating her 33rd year of teaching dance this season, under the recent business title of EBC Creations, LLC and is currently specializing in JUST JAZZ classes for teens and adults.  She grew up dancing (and teaching) at the Donna Miceli Dance Center where she earned all but 3 of her years of teaching experience and her technical training.  She served as Senior Company Director and was responsible for the Advance Contemporary Reparatory Ensemble, Musical Theater Reparatory Ensemble, Hip Hop Youth Performing Ensemble and Co-Directed the Youth Dance Company (after being a long-term company member since its inception) along with Donna Miceli.  In addition to the wonderful staff there, she and the opportunity to study with numerous guest artists and to showcase her own choreography on talented and passionate students.  Most notable, she was honored to compete in the International Gus Giordano World Jazz Congress, first as a student and then qualified and returned as a choreographer.  Participation in more local dance performance, benefits, conventions and competitions yielded a wealth of experience, positive feedback, accolades and awards.  Ellen's education includes a B.S. in Elementary Education from Salem State College while on a Presidential Scholarship and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (focusing on math & science) from Boston College.  Currently, she is happily employed as the Site Director and Dance Coordinator at an after school program in Lexington, Lextended Day at Harrington, where she has been known to sneak in math concepts and vocabulary building opportunities while teaching dance, especially (but certainly not limited) to the younger students.

ALICIA NAPOLITANO - Special Guest Artist

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