28 Hampshire Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Shawn has been in the dance field for over 30 years. He has danced professionally at Busch Gardens and also toured the world dancing on cruise ships. Shawn has received many high score and special awards for his choreography. He has also judged competitions and scholarship programs for many organizations. Shawn is the Treasurer, Performing Arts Competition Director, and Past President for Dance Masters of New England and is a National Examiner in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, and Modern. He is also serving as a National Area Director for Dance Masters of America and as a Conference Administrator for Rhee Gold's DanceLife Teacher Conference. Shawn is very excited to share his love for the arts with your child.
Eladia Cespedes (Instructor & Choreographer)
Eladia started dancing at STAD when she was 8 years old. She danced at STAD for 10 years before going to Dean College where she received a Bachelors in Dance. Eladia has studied in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern, Acrobatics/Gymnastics, and Creative Movement. She has also taken many fitness and athletic training / injury prevention classes. Eladia has performed with SimonWill Entertainment in their Michael Jackson Tribute Show and has also performed with Canobie Lake's Critters Live Shows and was the dance captain. Eladia has a great love and passion for dance and is incredibly happy to be teaching where she has grown up making so many friends that she considers her dance family.
Lillian Cryan (Instructor & Choreographer)
Lilly began her dance training under the direction of Teri Desrosiers. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern dance. After high school, she ventured down to Maryland to earn her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Towson University. Lilly has choreographed for Onstage Dance Company, NACHMO Boston, and aMaSSiT. Lilly has danced for Boston Community Dance Project, Wisty Andres, and Kairos Dance Theater. She is very excited to share all the fun and rewarding experiences that will benefit your child through dance.
Tina has been a dance educator for over 30 years. She has always been acknowledged for her versatility and technical aspects in all genres of dance. Many of Tina’s students have gone on to dance in NYC, on cruise ships and in theme parks. Some of her students have also opened up their very own studios, so they too can share their love and passion for dance. Tina is looking forward to doing the same for many more and can’t wait to instill the love of dance to a new generation.
Beatriz Fret (Instructor & Choreographer)
Beatriz started to dance at a young age. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts of Lowell with a major in psychology. Beatriz has taught and choreographed for the 21st Century Community Day Care and Latchkey Programs. She has choreographed children performances for over 6 years which included Hip Hop, Bachata, Merengue and Salsa. Beatriz has also participated in community festivals which included the Puerto Rican and Dominican festival. Beatriz lives and breathes dance and is eager to share her craft with future generations.
Jason is originally from Los Angeles, where he trained extensively in all types of dance. He has had many years of professional experience and teaching dance. Jason’s work includes performing in stage shows at Disneyland, touring with Disney throughout Asia, and performing on various cruise ships all over the world. Jason has judged and taught for several dance organizations throughout New England. Jason is pleased to be sharing his love of dance, and strives to help students exceed to their potential.
Jonathan Merced (Instructor & Choreographer)
Jonathan is a graduate from Framingham State University. While he was there, he managed to follow his passion by becoming a leader and choreographer for students in the Framingham State Dance Club. After graduation, Jonathan started choreographing for Dance2Save, a non-profit organization, raising money for other non-profits. He takes pride in the advancements of his students as both dancers and leaders of their communities. He is a firm believer that dance can save lives, not only as something to do but as a way of life through movement.
Mark Townsend, Jr. (Instructor & Choreographer)
Mark began his dance training at STAD when he was 8 years old. During his time at STAD, Mark won the title of Mr. Dance of New England and competed for Mr. Dance of America. He graduated from Dean College where he received his Bachelors in Dance and Business. While at Dean, he received the award for Artistic Excellence. Mark has worked with Bill Evans, JayT Jenkins, Steve Rooks and Cheryl Madeaux. He has also been featured in videos for Ghost Ship Harbor and 4ward Productions. In the past year, Mark has been on work study at Steps on Broadway in NYC and has taken class from the industry's leading choreographers and performers. Mark strives to instill his passion for dance to his students.