Ms. Cassie found a love for dance at the young age of four. Through her dance training Ms. Cassie studied under master teachers from prestigious companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Lyon Opera Ballet and New York City Opera Ballet. This opportunity has afforded Ms. Cassie an extensive vocabulary in the language of dance, which she loves passing on to her students. Following high school Ms.Cassie traveled to continue her education and has been fortunate to attend master classes with teachers such as Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, Debbie Dee, Misha Gabriel, Bob Rizzo and Gregg Russell just to name a few! Ms. Cassie has been coaching competition dance for the past 17 years, with her students winning special and overall awards as well as scholarships. She has spent the last 20 years in the studio with energy and enthusiasm.
Ms. Abi has been dancing since she was three years old, in all styles including ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop and more! Dance has always been near and dear to her heart. This passion grew into a mission of hers. Her mission is to instill the passion of dance into the hearts of her students, just like her teachers did for her growing up. Ms. Abi has taught preschool kids since she was 12, and began teaching advanced kids around the age of 17. Lyrical and ballet are her absolute favorite styles to teach. While training, she danced in New York, Disney, and at many workshops all over the country. Once graduating high school, Ms. Abi moved to Farmington from Gardiner, and began studying to get a degree in Psychology. UMF has a dance club called Bust-A-Move Beavers, where she was elected as an executive board member after one semester.
Ms. Lauryn, co-owner of TPAC, has been dancing her entire life. Growing up in a dance studio, Ms. Lauryn saw first hand the amount of dedication and work that goes on behind the scenes to run a successful business and quality instruction. Ms. Lauryn has a strong Cicchetti ballet background. Her favorite styles to teach are ballet, musical theater and jazz. She has taken classes from Debbie Dee, Linda Gache, Gregg Russel, Tyce Diorrio, Ray Leaper, Melanie Moore, Kenny Wormald, and many more! Ms. Lauryn brings a rare knowledge and training to her teaching and opens the door to adults and children with special needs. Having worked in the field of support services she has a profound knowledge that verbal communication is a small fraction of how we can express our feelings and needs. With 20+ years of instruction, Ms. Lauryn is ready to share her passion and love for movement.
Ms. Jess, co-owner, handles the business side of TPAC. She is from the Belfast area and comes with a background in banking and finance. She splits her time between Belfast and Farmington, managing both locations. She is often responding to emails, answering parent questions, posting to social media, and handles all the finances for the business.
Five years ago it was nothing but a dream to open a second location and even bigger one to open it in her hometown, but here we are! Ms. Jess knew there was a void in Belfast for a curriculum that TPAC offers and is so excited for this opportunity.