The DCD Faculty
Gia Carson, Owner
Gia began dancing at the Dance Center at the age of 6 under the direction of Pamela Christo, where she continued her studies in Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Lyrical Dance, and Hip Hop through her teen years. She also trained in Classical Ballet at the Gene Murray School of Dance, a well respected and recognized technical dance school in Salem, MA. At the age of 16, Gia was selected to tour the country as one of Art Stone’s Dance Olympus V.I.P Dancers. A VIP has a once in a lifetime opportunity to study with a highly skilled and competent group of professionals, while traveling throughout the United States. A VIP becomes a stronger technician, a better performer, and a more mature person after an exciting, educational and exhausting summer with this tour. After high school, Gia continued her studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida with concentration in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance. After marrying and beginning her family, Gia returned to the Dance Center of Danvers to pursue her love of teaching and help keep the studio the successful teaching facility that it has always been.
Kristin began dancing at the age of 8 at her local Boys and Girls Club. It was there she realized her love for dance. In her early teens, Kristin joined a competitive studio to develop her skills. She studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop. During her summers, she also studied ballet and contemporary at the Konservatoriet Dance Studio in Alfred, Maine. In the past eight years at DCD, Miss Kristin has taught a wide array of students and classes. Kristin loves her time with her "littles" as well as her teen dancers. With Miss Kristin's choreography, DCD's competition teams have received high-scoring placements and many recognition awards from judges. Kristin is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and shares her expertise to increase our dancer's flexibility, technique, and strength. Miss Kristin is looking forward to starting her eighth year at DCD!
Caroline began her dance training at a young age at J & D Dance Academy in Reading. Here she trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop for thirteen years. Caroline was also an avid musical theatre performer throughout her childhood. In college, Caroline became a member of the UNH Dance Team training and competing in styles of Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Pom. Caroline also was a Lowell Spinners Dancer for two years. Throughout her years at DCD, Caroline has led the studio's competitive teams to top-placing scores, overall competition placements, and judges' choice awards. Caroline holds Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Caroline is also a Kindergarten Teacher in Lexington. Miss Caroline is excited to return for her seventh year at The Dance Center and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students!
Sarah graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management and a minor in Dance. Sarah trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acro-jazz, modern, hip-hop, and lyrical for fourteen years at Kerry's Dance Center in NH. During her years as a student, she was a student-choreographer, assistant teacher, and competition team member. Her choreography has been performed in front of thousands of people at UNH, in local promotional performances, state competitions, Boston Celtic’s Games, and even on the Miss New Hampshire Stage where she took home the title of Miss New Hampshire from 2019-2020. While training with her team at UNH, she studied tap, jazz, ballet, aerial arts, dance composition, and choreography. Sarah served as the head coach of the Timberlane High Dance Team. Sarah is trained in Aerial Silks and Trapeze and is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor. Over the past years at DCD, Miss Sarah has taught all ages from Twirl and Tumblers to our senior competitive group. She has led our competitive teams to many high-placing regional championships and judge's awards. Sarah is thrilled to return to DCD for her sixth year and continue her passion for teaching.
Shawna began her dance training at a young age at Denise’s Dance Studio in Johnston, RI. She performed and competed in styles such as ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and her favorite – hip hop. She began assistant teaching at the age of 13 and had independent classes by the age of 16. She choreographed for the studio’s peewee and junior competition teams, winning an innovative choreography award twice. After high school, Shawna was selected to join the UNH Dance Team, a Division 1 collegiate team who competed against other colleges and universities across the country and where she trained in styles such as Pom, Hip, Hop, Jazz, and competed in Lyrical. Shawna holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. For the last 4 years, she has been focused on her other passion – her career as a commercial loan officer for affordable apartment buildings. Shawna has continued to take master classes and attend conventions to keep her dance skills fresh, and she is looking forward to her second year teaching at The Dance Center!
Courtney began dancing at an early age attending a local dance studio in Somerville, MA. A competitive student in all styles of dance and winning numerous awards, it was here she realized her love for dance. Courtney has a true passion for teaching and choreographing and has been teaching dance since 1988. She has led her students to receive numerous high-scoring and overall awards in regional and national championships along with multiple awards for her choreography. Courtney also works for the Executive Office of Education in the IT Department. This is Courtney's second year teaching at The Dance Center of Danvers and is looking forward to continuing to share her love and expertise with our DCD dancers.
Kyah began dancing at the age of 7 right here at The Dance Center of Danvers! Learning the technique and styles of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and modern, Kyah danced competitively for 9 years. Throughout her years at DCD, Kyah danced many hours a week assisting younger dancers, improving her own technique, and attending conventions of intense training. Kyah then started her focus on hip hop for her final years of high school at Phunk Phenomenon in Peabody. After graduating, Kyah continued her love for dance at Southern New Hampshire University on their competitive dance team on which she served as both vice president and captain. The team was ranked 5th in the nation at their competition in Anaheim, California. Since then she has kept training at conventions, master classes, and local studios. Kyah also completed her Acrobatic Arts Instructor certification. Kyah is incredibly excited to begin her first year teaching at DCD while returning to what feels like a second home.
Michelle began dancing at the age of three at LeAnne Leslie’s School of Theatrical Dance in Lynn, MA. There she learned the genres of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and pointe, competed in multiple dance competitions, and also obtained the role as an assistant teacher. Michelle went on to study visual and performing arts at Endicott College. During her entire time at Endicott College, Michelle was a dance minor, a member of the Repertory Dance Ensemble, a member and student-choreographer of the dance club EDGE and its President for two years. She took various dance courses that allowed her to further study the techniques and histories of modern, contemporary, global dance, tap, commercial, and dance teaching methods. Michelle graduated from Endicott College with her BFA in Graphic Design and her minor in Dance in 2022. Following graduation, she became the Endicott Repertory Dance Ensemble Assistant Director and has currently helped put on four performances at the college. She has also guest-choreographed for the Endicott Dance Club’s Spring 2023 Showcase. This is Michelle’s first year at The Dance Center of Danvers and she looks forward to sharing her passion of dance with her students!