Faculty

ddDanielle Drouin

Owner/Director

danielledrouin@drouindancecenter.com

Danielle studied and performed throughout Southern Maine as a student. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine, Danielle continued her dance education in New York City, studying at Broadway Dance Center, with such greats as Sue Samuels, Frank Hatchett, Kat Wildish and Finus Jung. Her professional dance career includes 42nd Street, Paramount Productions, and regional theater. Danielle continues to study at Broadway Dance Center, Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School in Buffalo, New York and in national master classes and has earned many awards regionally and nationally.  Local performances include various musicals at Portland Players, The Best of Broadway, and with Dance USM!, University of Maine, and Dirigo Dance Troupe. She has been an instructor and choreographed for Unum Corporation, The Best of Broadway, Portland Lyric Theater and area dance schools, cheering squads and high schools. Danielle’s students have won many awards, including regional and national honors, and the distinction of performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Danielle is a member of Dance Masters of America and a graduate of Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School and holds certification in Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and is also certified to teach Acrobatics by Acrobatics Arts. In addition, Danielle is a founding member of the Westbrook Arts and Culture Committee and on the Westbrook Performing Arts Center Committee and active in local civic organizations.

  

 

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Morrigan Burns

Morrigan@drouindancecenter.com

Morrigan began studying Irish dance at the age of six under the direction of Sheila Stevens in West Hartford, CT.  She competed on a local, regional and national level for 12 years, and now focuses on recreational Irish dance.  Morrigan is certified as a TMRF, Irish ceili dance instructor, by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland.  She has taught at the Performing Arts Connection in Hampton, VA, The Academy of Dance in Biddeford, ME, and currently works with the local Irish American Club to promote Irish ceili dancing in the Portland area.  Morrigan earned her B.A. in Special Education from Goucher College and her M.S.Ed. in Severe Disabilities with a Graduate Certificate in Autism from The Johns Hopkins University. Morrigan is a certified Special Education teacher in the state of Maine.

 

 

Rhonda CookRhonda Cook

Rhonda@drouindancecenter.com

Rhonda Davis-Cook has taught dance in Southern Maine for 25 years. She began her dance training at the age of 5 at The Virginia School of Dance in Gorham, Maine and continued her training under the fabulous Carole L. Jordan. Rhonda taken Master Classes in all forms of dance in Portland, New York City, Philadelphia, and at Kent State University and with LaVaughn Robinson, Brenda Bufalino, Josh Hilberman, Judy Ann Bassing, Tom Ralabate and Gus Giordano. She has attended Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School in Buffalo, New York and is certified by test to teach by Dance Masters of America in the areas of tap and jazz. Rhonda has received numerous choreography awards as well as regional and national high scores at competitions. Rhonda loves teaching dance and believes that dance can improve self esteem, sharpen the mind and get people moving, young and old.

  

Colleen Edwards 2016Colleen Edwards

Colleen Edwards began dancing in Colorado with Boulder Ballet under the Direction of John Prinz, and performed in ballets such as, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker. Colleen also performed and toured with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet as a founding Junior Company member under the direction of Robert Sher- Machherndl. She studied with Boston Ballet and with renowned teachers and choreographers on faculty at The Julliard School.  Colleen attended The Boston Conservatory where she earned her B.F.A in Dance and worked with Luis Fuente, Donna Silva and Denise Pons. While there, she danced in, Jose Limon’s Missa Brevis, was a soloist in Anthony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, and Fokine’s Les Sylphide. She danced as a soloist with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater in their Nutcracker: Tale from the Bayou, and as the Winter Fairy in their Cinderella. Also at BRBT Colleen was chosen to perform as a soloist at the Gala performance of the Southwest Ballet Festival in Parable. Ms. Edwards danced as a principle in Northeast Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker, and danced two seasons with Urbanity Contemporary Dance Company in Boston, performing in the premier of the acclaimed Story of Stuff at the Strand Theater. Colleen has taught dance all over the country and has presented over 12 of her choreographic pieces on main stages, as well as 2 full length ballets she wrote and choreographed.

 

Kelly FantogrossiKelly Fantigrossi

Kelly’s education includes an M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA (Magna Cum Laude), B.A. in Theater with a Minor in Dance from Temple University (Magna Cum Laude), and the Teaching Artist/Process Pedagogy Program for Jacques D’Amboise’s The National Dance Institute based out of NYC.

Kelly’s teaching history includes teaching and choreographing Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Theater for universities, studios, camps and institutes across the United States. Some of which are: University of California-Los Angeles, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Manhattan, The National Dance Institute and Celebrate the Beat’s Artist in Residency programs, US Performing Arts Camp-Los Angeles, University of Southern Maine (“The Wild Party), and Future Artists: A Performing Arts Camp for Young Adults (Co-creator/Director).

Kelly has trained with many notable names in the dance and theater community such as: Andy Blackenbuehler, Josh Bergasse, Chett Walker, Frank Hatchett, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, and Savion Glover. She judged for Turn It Up Dance Challenge on the East Coast and has been a Master Class Instructor and Guest Choreographer in the New York City area.

 

 

BG2016Brittany Gereben

Brittany@drouindancecenter.com

Brittany Gereben danced with Victoria Studios and later, The Main Street Dancers, an international dance troupe from Edmunston, New Brunswick, Canada. The Main Street Dancers are a highly recognized and respected dance troupe throughout the Atlantic Provinces. With The Main Street Dancers, Brittany competed in Montreal, St. John, New Brunswick and Maine, receiving numerous top honors. Brittany was named Dancer of the Year 2004, before moving to the Portland area to attend college. She has taught dance throughout her high school years to groups of young, energetic students. Brittany’s specialties are lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop. Brittany continues her dance education at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and in national master classes.

 

 

Jen JonesJennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones is a professional dancer, currently entering her fifth season with Portland Ballet.  Previous to moving to Maine, Ms. Jones danced professionally with The Northwest Florida Ballet, Montgomery Ballet and Dance Connecticut (formerly Hartford Ballet).  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy, and is excited to be part of the Drouin Dance Center team!

 

 

 

 

 

renaeRenae MacDonald

Renae@drouindancecenter.com

Renae studied dance at Plymouth State University and the University of Maine. In addition to performing with and choreographing for many local dance troupes, Renae continues her dance studies at national conventions, workshops and master classes in New York City. Her choregraphy has won many awards at dance competitions, and she loves teaching all ages, young and old.

 

 

EM2016Erin Morton

Erin@drouindancecenter.com

Erin Hamblen-Morton studied locally with Rhonda Cook and Carole Jordan, and has taken Master Classes with dance greats Stepp Stewart, Kyme Sallid, Judine Richard, and Alan Arnet.  In addition to competing, Erin has performed locally in many charity benefits including those for the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Miracle Network and Muscular Distrophy Association. She continues to study with Dance Masters of America and at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Erin is a graduate of Florida State University.

 

 

 

tiffanyTiffany Randall

Tiffany@drouindancecenter.com

Tiffany began dancing in her home state of Utah and moved to Maine in 2005. Tiffany has studied early childhood education at Elmira College and Southern Maine Community College. Tiffany continues her training with Dance Masters of America , and further pursues her dance training in workshops and classes throughout New England and in New York City. Tiffany is certified by Acrobatic Arts to teach Acrobatics.

 

 

MS2016Maryann Saulle

Maryann@drouindancecenter.com

Maryann Saulle has been dancing since the age of seven. She has studied locally at Dorothy Ruel School of Dance, the Maine Summer Arts Program, The Virginia Dorr School of Dance and The Dance Studio of Maine. Maryann has taken Master Classes with such dance greats as Bob Rizzo, Stepp Stewart and Laura Hausmann. She has been a member and performed with Dirigo Dance Troupe, The Front Page Dancers and Gorham Community Ballet Company. Maryann has also performed at the Maine Summer Arts Festival, with Portland Players  and for charity benefits including those for the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Miracle Network. She began teaching dance at the age of sixteen was an instructor for many years at The Dance Studio of Maine as well as at the Schoolhouse Center for the Arts. Maryann is a graduate of the prestigious Dance Masters of America’s Teacher’s Training School in Buffalo, New York and holds certification in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Maryann also works at Unum Corporation. Maryann continues her dance education at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

 

RS2016Rachel Schwartz

Rachel has been a dancer and choreographer for Collective Motion Dance Company since 2007.  Beyond going nuts to Led Zeppelin LPs as a toddler, she has studied dance for 30 years, including ballet, jazz, modern, and contact improvisation with world renowned teachers.  Rachel has been teaching contemporary dance, composition, performance improvisation, and contact improvisation for the last 3 years.  She recently returned to Maine after spending 2 years at Earthdance, an improvisational dance retreat center, and is excited to share her new gleanings with the Maine dance community.  She is currently working on choreography, ensemble performance improvisation, the practice of non-attachment, and finding art in everything.

 

 

 

JS2016Jamie Schwellenbach

Jamie@drouindancecenter.com

Jamie took her first dance class at the age of 4 and has not stopped moving since!  She continued formal dance lessons, and enjoyed performing in both dance and theatre productions throughout her childhood and college career. Ever active, through the years she has also been an avid hiker, competitive runner and cyclist, certified personal trainer, tai chi and qigong practitioner, and yogi. Jamie has a degree in physics from Colorado College, and advanced studies in Child Psychology at Colorado State University. Jamie is a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance and continues her teacher training with Dance Masters of America at the University of Buffalo. Jamie has an MA in Dance and Movement Therapy and works as a Dance Therapist in Southern Maine.

 

 

LS2016Lauren Stearns

Lauren@drouindancecenter.com

Lauren studied dance in southern Maine and competed and performed throughout New England, performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at Walt Disney World. Lauren continues her dance education training with Dance Masters of America, and in workshops and classes throughout New England and in New York City. Lauren lives with her husband and son in Southern Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

CT2016Chelsea Tarr

Chelsea@drouindancecenter.com

Chelsea started her dance training locally with Carole Jordan, Rhonda Cook, and Victoria Perreault.  Continuing her love of dance she graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Business Marketing and a minor in Dance. At UMaine, Chelsea was involved in several different dance organizations.  She was captain of the Dance Team, President of Dance Club and Tap Club, and Coordinator for the American College Dance Festival. She has had the opportunity to perform all along the East Coast with the Rockettes and Knicks City Dancers in New York City, and at competitions across New England; she has had the privilege of working with several different choreographers.  Chelsea is eager to learn and loves to share her creativity.

 

 

 

Katie Tomer

KKatie (1) (1)atie has been teaching dance to students of all ages for over 11 years. She has studied year round on full scholarship at schools such as The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania School for the Performing Arts in Wrightstown, and The School of American Ballet in New York City. In addition, Katie has earned scholarships to attend other dance programs and schools such as the Craft Choreography Conference, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Summer Intensives, North Carolina Dance Theater Intensives, and another full scholarship due to competing at the the Youth American Grand Prix Competition. At 18, Katie accepted a contract with the Los Angeles Ballet Company where she performed soloist roles. Katie has performed principal roles as a guest artist both nationally and internationally, from New York City to St. Petersburg Russia. 

Katie continues to share her love for dance through teaching. She is looking forward to being a part of Drouin Dance Center to encourage and empower young dancers.

 

 

meghanMeghan Tracy

Meghan@drouindancecenter.com

Meghan Tracy has been dancing in Maine for 20 years, and teaching dance for the last 10 years at dance schools in Southern Maine and has been an instructor here at DDC since its opening in 2005. Meghan has received Dance Education training with Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School in Buffalo, New York and has studied with Master Teachers such as Kyme, Judine Richard, and Stepp Stewart.  Meghan also appeared as a dancer in the 2006 Best of Broadway at Merrill Auditorium. Meghan  completed the Child Development Associates Credentialing Training Program in June of 2008. Meghan was awarded her CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. in July. Meghan is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children (MEAEYC).

 

Heidi TranchemontagneHeidi Tranchemontage

HeidiTranch@yahoo.com

Heidi Tranchemontagne has been dancing since the age of nine.  She studied locally and competed regionally and nationally as a student.  Heidi has built upon her dance education through Dance Masters of America Training School in Buffalo, New York and is certified by Acrobatic Arts.  She has also participated in  Maine Dance Teachers Club workshops regularly.  Miss Heidi has been teaching since the age of eighteen and enjoys working with children.  She has two children of her own who are involved with Drouin Dance Center.  She also works at Disability RMS and is part owner of The Frog and Turtle Restaurant located right here in Westbrook, Maine.  Heidi continues her dance education through regional master classes and at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

 

 

RWOLL_Headshot (1)Rebecca Woll

Rebecca  was a founding member of the Isadora Duncan Youth Ensemble with which she toured internationally for over 10 years as a soloist in Prague, Budapest, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and around the United States including Hawaii, Virginia, and multiple New York City Venues. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dance and English from Connecticut College and a Master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control from Columbia University. Rebecca has been a member of Naomi Goldberg Haas / Dances for a Variable Population, and BE Dance Collective and was a founding member, choreographer, and director of operations for isadoraNOW, a contemporary dance company. Rebecca is also a 5th generation Duncan dancer with direct lineage to Isadora Duncan and access to much of the Duncan repertoire. She has had the opportunity to perform with David Dorfman Dance’s “Underground” project at Lincoln Center’s “Out of Doors” festival and has performed original works by Lisa Race, Alexandra Beller, Doug Elkins, Dan Wagoner, Jeremy Nelson and Heidi Henderson among others. Rebecca’s choreography has been as been seen and produced by Joyce SoHo in NYC as part of the theater’s season, Jennifer Muller and the Work’s presenting series “The Hatch” (NYC), Merce Cunningham Studios (NYC), American College Dance Festival (Williams College), Connecticut College, Belvoir Terrace (Lenox, MA), and numerous high schools throughout New York and Connecticut.