The American Academy of Dance takes pride in providing a nurturing and safe environment where anyone from the youngest to the oldest can come to explore the basic connection of movement to music and rhythm. Young dancers can explore the fundamentals of dance with imagination and self-expression.Intermediate dancers create a strong foundation which inspires self confidence. Advanced dancers focus on strong technique and performance skills that challenge the trained dancer to reach their full potential.Adult dancers get great exercise in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
Theater Trips present the opportunity to see what is currently on stage in the dance and theater world is considered by our school a part of our students education. For the enjoyment of our parents, students, and friends , tickets at a discount are made available to chosen productions two to three times per season.
Community service performances offer our students a chance to bring their love of dance to others. Programs have been presented at venues such as the Mansfield Food Pantry Walkathon and Epoch, an assisted living center for the elderly.
Stephanie Moy is dedicated to sharing her passion for the art of dance with all. Since assuming directorship of the American Academy of Dance she says:
“ I have found that dance can make a positive impact on the lives of all who come through our doors. Dancing is for everyone, and it can contribute in so many ways to quality of life. Art is so important to our culture and for our children. We all want our children to be happy, healthy and well educated. It is so imperative that children dance. Dance is an expression of life.” She has taught at the Boston School of Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Ballet Theater of Boston, and company classes at the Ohio Ballet & Festival Ballet of RI.
Wayne Stewarte as a teacher develops a solid technique backed by an inspired artistic attitude . His knowledge and inspiring focus has given students the opportunities in dance. He has staged classics such as Nutcracker & Swan Lake and has choreographed original ballets created specifically for children such as Peter & The Wolf and The Little Match Girl , a full length ballet in 2 Acts. His students have been received in professional schools such as Harid Conservatory in companies such as San Francisco Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem. Many continue on to successful careers and lives as a result of his dedication and enthusiasm to the art of teaching dance.
Kelsey Evans studied ballet under Ms Moy and Wayne Stewarte, Modern under Lorry May & Suellen Haag, tap under Rosemarie Boyden & Charlie Holbrook and Hiphop under Melissa Gendreau & Roselle Feldman. She was a member of AAD’s competitive Ensemble team competing in both regional and international competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix. In 2009 She won 1st place with her classical ballet solo, Dawn Prayer from Coppelia. In 2011 at Dance Ovations regional competition she earned the title of Highest Scoring Senior Solo in Ballet with her Pointe variation “Daughter of the Pharoah” . She also earned Highest Scoring Senior Solo in Jazz with her solo-entitled Feeling Good . She has been a teaching assistant in Modern , Tap and Ballet and last season became a Novice Teacher. This season she was promoted to a full teaching position and taught beginner ballet twice a week. Kelsey’s gifts and talent make her a wonderful teacher who is exacting, joyous and loved by her students.