STUDIO OWNER & TEACHER
Miss Jody opened Dance Etc…Inc in 1982 with her dear friend and business partner Miss Cynthia. She is a graduate of Salem State University with a degree in Sports, Fitness and Leisure with a concentration in dance, and, she has a double minor in psychology and mathamatics. Miss Jody is a former member of Dance Educators of America and a graduate of the Teachers Training Program.
Miss Jody has been sharing her gift and passion of dance, teaching children in the North Shore for the past 42 years. She is grateful for the many years of teaching and doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon. The children are her world and the joy of her life. Her hope is that Dance Etc becomes a safe, happy home for each of her students to learn, grow, gain confidence and friendships, and become a part of the Dance Etc family
Erin Newhall began dancing at 3 years old. As a kid, she competed in several regional and national dance competitions and became captain of her high school dance team. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sport and Movement Science from Salem State University where she was a Presidential Arts Scholar and two time recipient of the Creativity Award. Newhall then went on to perform and tour with companies such as The Move Shop and Unyted Stylz. She began teaching ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop classes to ages 3 to adults at several Massachusetts dance studios as well as on faculty at Dana Hall School. As the Competition Director for Elite Performance Challenge and Excel in Motion, she toured the United States running regional and national dance competitions and working with talent from the show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. She then moved to Sydney Australia where she took classes at the Sydney Dance Company and performed as a featured tap dancer with the band The Low Down Riders. From Australia, Newhall moved to New Zealand where she taught tap classes at the studio Full Swing in Wellington. Returning to Boston in 2017 Erin served two seasons as the head coach of the Harvard University Dance Team. The team competed at UDA nationals at the ESPN Center in Orlando Florida. Erin is thrilled to be back in the area and teaching at Dance Etc.
Miss Mallory has been a dancer since the age of 5. This is her 7th season teaching at Dance Etc. She started the contemporary style dance class that has now expanded into two classes! She also co-teaches senior company. Miss Mallory has a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Dance. She works as a behavior therapist with individuals with special needs.
Miss Kathy is a graduated of Danvers High School. She attended Dance Teachers Training of Boston and competed in ballroom throughout her younger dance years. She was a top finalist of the Miss Dance of New England and a champion on Community Auditions, several times.
Miss Kathy was trained at Jenkins School of Dance until she was 18 years old, and, then began her teaching career. Miss Kathy has been teaching at Dance Etc… for 12 years. She is our “tap specialist”, and has received numerous awards for her completion tap production numbers and choreography. We are delighted that she continues sharing her talents to all of our dance students at Dance Etc.
Michelle Monaco has grown up dancing in the North Shore area since she was 2 years old. While attending Expressions in Dance, she enjoyed learning ballet, pointe and tap (from Miss Kathy) for 15 years before heading off to college. When she isn’t at the dance studio, Michelle works as a preschool speech teacher in Beverly, Ma. , as well as, an avid cyclist and weight lifter. Michelle is very excited to be joining the Dance Etc. team this year and looks forward to helping each student find the joy in dance each day.
Ellie Ofiesh has been dancing since she was three years old, and started her dance career at Dance Etc when she was 5. She has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and technique. After assisting Miss Jody for two years with classes, Ellie is excited to be teaching her own classes this year. Ellie also is a full-time college student at Salem State University, and is studying to become an elementary school teacher. Above all else, Ellie wants her students to leave the studio passionate about dance and having had a wonderful time.