The Braintree Academy of Dance
Lori Putnam Hurley
Owner, Director, Teacher
Lori has been enjoying the art of dance since the age of three. With over 40 years of dancing and teaching experience, Lori maintains her love and dedication of mastering the art of dance, and continues to enjoy working with children and sharing her knowledge and experience.
"It has been my experience in teaching all forms of dance that every student is a unique individual, and as such, it is my goal to take that student's talent and develop it to it's fullest potential. Through physical conditioning and mental discipline, I strive to build self-confidence and achieve a high level of self-esteem in all of my students."
Quincy School of Ballet, Boston Ballet, Filenes Fashion Model - Dance attire, Braintree Dance for Fun Clinics, Quincy Community Theatre, Highland Elementary School Variety Shows
Kelli Lin Myett
Teacher, Dance Team Choreographer & Dance Team Coach
Kelli has been dancing for over 30 years and began assisting dance instructors in 1995. She was an eight season member of the Braintree High School Varsity Dance Team. Kelli has trained at the Boston Ballet School in Norwell, Massachusetts , and has had training with the Dance Teachers Club of Boston . In July of 1999 she was chosen to become a member of The Universal Dance Association "All-star" Team, with an invitation to dance in Paris, France at the New Years' Eve Millennium Parade. She was also selected to tour China in the summer of 2000 as a member of a Dance Team to promote the upcoming Olympic Games. Kelli has been instructor has worked in various Recreation Department Cheerleading/Dance and Theatre programs on the South Shore. Kelli has been accepted into the prestigious Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Program in New York City in 2003 & 2004. She was a member of the BHS Musical Theater Guild for three years, in which she performed in numerous musicals.
Kelli received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance in May of 2005. She adopted the Creative Movement Class for 2 1/2 - 4 yr. aids at our studio in 2001, and the program is still running, as well as beginning Hip Hop and Modern Dance sessions in 2002. Kelli is also currently an instructor for Dance Out in Canton, where she teaches the Ballet program; going into her 7th season with them! Kelli also works with the Braintree High School Musical Theatre Guild on choreography. Kelli is lovely young women, a talented dancer, and a kind and giving teacher! Her stage presence is an inspiration to all.
Danielle started dance at The Quincy School of Ballet when she was was 2! This is also where Lori & Kelli met Danielle because Lori was teaching there! She started dancing at B.A.D when she was 9. Throughout the years Danielle took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern & hip hop at B.A.D. She graduated in from North Quincy High in 2007. Danielle was on the North Quincy High Dance Team all four years. She is currently working towards her RN degree at Quincy College & helps at the studio as much as she can! We love having Danielle at the studio, she is a big help, always there when we need her! She is wonderful with the kids & sets a great example for them!
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Meet the Staff of the Braintree Academy of Dance
Teacher & Dance Team Tap Choreographer
Mary has been a part of our studio since she was 6. At an early age she showed promise as a talented dancer. She continued to dance with us until she graduated High School in 2008! While she was at the B.A.D she studied, ballet, tap,& jazz as a member of our Dance Company, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, modern & was a member of our Dance Team. In the Fall of 1999 she began assisting at our studio. Mary is a Graduate of Braintree High School, where for all four years was a member of the Varsity Dance Team, and was Captain her Senior year. She graduated from Western New England College where she is a biology major with a minor in chemistry! She is currently also a Vet Tech at Randolph Animal Hospital. Mary was a member of the WNEC Dance Team & one of their choreographers! Mary's technique and dedication set a fine example for the other students to follow. Her maturity level while working with younger children is an asset to this studio.
Stephanie Morris graduated from Dean College with high honors with a BA in Dance. While at Dean, Stephanie was a three-term President of the college Dance Team and a member of the college Dance Company. Stephanie studied with Sandi Duncan and Denise Jordan at Dance Productions where she was a member of their Competitive dance team. Prior to her studies at Dance
Productions, she dedicated 1o years studying at the Donna Miceli Dance Center,
where she was a member of the Kidsdance Co. I, II and a member of the Youth
Dance Co. As a member of these companies, she performed in Disney World, on the WBZ Childrens Hospital Telethon, the WBZ KidsFair, participated in Company Dance with Paula Abdul, and at many local homecomings and fairs. Stephanie has had the pleasure of training with some of the top teachers in the country including Nailah Bellinger, Adrienne Hawkins, J.T Jenkins, Frank Hatchett, Joe Lanteri, John Crutchman and Sandi Duncan. Stephanie has been teaching teaching and working with small children, teens and adults for over 10 years. She teaches creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical. Her work and choreography won the 2009 American Dance Awards Diamond Choreographers Award, 2011 The Dance Xplosion Entertainment Award, the 2011 Xcalibur award and the 2013 Elite Dance Challenge Best Choreography Award. Along with her work at Braintree Academy of Dance, Stephanie has taught at Northern Essex Community College, Mary OBrien School of Dance, Donna Miceli's Dance
Center, and North Reading School of Ballet. She also does private lessons and competition choreography. This year Stephanie opened her own studion, Creative Arts Dance Academy, in Andover, MA! We are happy & fortunate to have her at our studio again this year!
Substitute Teacher & Dance Team Choreographer
Colleen started dance at the age of 3. She started with ballet and tap but added jazz, hip-hop, baton, acrobatics, and pointe. She danced at En Pointe Dance Academy. While at En Pointe, she attended numerous workshops and conventions, including Dance Olympus.Colleen started out as a studio assistant but quickly became an assistant teacher & teacher. At age 15, she started Dance Teacher's Club of Boston teacher training course. She graduated in 2008 and is certified by test to teach. Colleen is also a licensed Zumba teacher! She is currently going to school Bay State College to become a physical therapist assistant. She hopes be a PTA for dancers and other athletes. Colleen is thrilled to be teaching and sharing her love of dance again!
HIP HOP TEACHER!
Stan Karachev is a dancer with 8 years of experience in a variety of styles across several platforms. He started out his dance career in the Colleges of Fenway Dance program through the last 3 semesters of his mechanical engineering degree at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Soon after, he joined Dance Save (D2S), a dance team with a focus in raising money and awareness for various charities while performing for these various charities such as Walk for Hunger, Camp Summer Stars, Purple Project and many more. Being on Dance2Save opened other opportunities such as performing at Boston Fashion Week and Six Flags New England. After 3 years with D2S, Stan joined StreetHYpE, a competitive Boston dance company. This new team brought many challenges in countless dance styles including house, krump, locking, vogue, popping, bboying, dancehall and several other sub genres. In the last few years, Stan has worked on his proficiency in all styles through classes, sessions, battles and training with the understanding that versatility is important; there is always more to be learned.