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At MHDS we pride ourself on providing outstanding dance education for recreational and competitive dancers. Our faculty has been trained by some of the best dancers, teachers and choreographers in the industry. Each of our instructors has a unique teaching style with energetic passion and love for dance.
Originally from South Korea, Miss Heejin began dancing at the age of four. She continued her dance career at Westwood High School where she was the captain of the dance team. After High school Miss Heejin attended Plymouth State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Business, she is also certified in Dance Pedagogy. Miss Heejin has had the pleasure of working with many teachers and choreographers such as Patricia Biagini, Priscilla Wagner, Carol Morrison and Joan Wiegers. She has performed with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Dance Team for Plymouth State University. After graduating college Miss Heejin continued her dance training with United Styles Production Company. But it was during College when Miss Heejin discovered her true calling, her love for teaching dance. For the past 10 years Miss Heejin has studied and taught with various dance companies and choreographers throughout the Boston area. Miss Heejin’s dance career has opened up other professional opportunities such as becoming the campaign model for Health Works and City Sports. It has been her lifelong dream to open up her own dance studio. Her goal is not only to teach her students dance, but also to share her passion for dancing in a professional, upbeat and fun environment.
Miss Leanne began dancing at the age of three at Hackworth's School of Performing Arts and Pioneer Valley Ballet. As she got older, her training continued by attending numerous ballet intensives including American Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and School of American Ballet. Leanne entered competitions starting at the age of five and continued to do so until she graduated from high school, receiving regional and national titles. Miss Leanne was also nominated for the World Dance Team as a representative from the United States. At the age of 14, she found her love of choreography and began to assist and teach in a variety of classes. In 2007 she was named Greater Easthampton's Junior Miss with awards and scholarships in Talent, Interview, and Fitness. She continues to be a board member and the choreographer for the State level of the Massachusetts Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program. After graduating from high school, Leanne joined Extensions Dance Company in Newport, RI as their youngest member. She continued on to receive her Bachelor's of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Dance and Business Management from Springfield College. Leanne has traveled throughout the country teaching and choreographing and has had the incredible opportunity to work with world renowned dance professionals including Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance, Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, Travis Wall and many more. She looks forward to passing along her love of dance and all she has learned to her students.
Danielle Carangelo joins Miss Heejin's Dance Studio with extensive training in Acro, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/ Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop &Tap. Beginning her career as a gymnast she broadened her education through the art of dance where her talents and strengths complimented one another. Throughout her dance career she was honored with many prestigious titles and overall high score placements from nationally ranked competitions and conventions. Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Danielle was a part of a NDA nationally ranked college dance team and also had the opportunity to assistant teach college level classes under the head of the dance department, Liz Lapuh at UMass Boston. Shortly after College, Danielle moved to Los Angeles, California to enhance her training. There she had the chance to train under many top choreographers; Galen Hooks, Jojo Gomez, Brian Friedman, Antoine Troupe and Kolanie Marks just to name a few. She was also part of LA’s 1st exclusive elite training academy known as KreativMndz Dance Academy where she studied with many hiphop legends. The limits do not exist for Danielle but what she enjoys most is passing on her abundance of knowledge of dance and being a positive influence on her students dance education. She is delighted to share her talents and knowledge with you!
Stephanie Ernst grew up dancing in at Willow Street Dance Theatre in the suburbs of Chicago. From a young age she developed a passion for dance and performing, and studied all styles from ballet to hip-hop. She pursued this passion in her higher education and receive her Bachelors in Theatre and Dance from Northwestern University. After graduation, she moved to Boston and has been here ever since! The past four years she has been working at various charter schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Brighton, building theatre and dance curriculum and programs, in addition to directing and choreographing for school musicals and dance teams. She has trained at various studios and conventions including Lou Conte Dance Studio, Giordano Dance School, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Broadway Dance Center, and Jeanette Neill Dance Studio.
Aileen began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. At age 10 Aileen started dancing competitively, and age 12 was studying Ballet and Modern techniques pre professionally. Aileen studied R.A.D technique from a young age, and tested out of Classical Ballet exams starting in grade four. Aileen continued to dance competitively at various studios on the South Shore, and was a part of several pre-professional student dance companies. After High School Aileen was accepted into the The Hartt School as a Dance Performance Major. Since then Aileen has continued to perform, teach and choreograph in and around New England. Aileen is a creative, sought after choreographer whose dancers have won top awards. She currently teaches at a variety of studios in the area. She is also a certified Seinor Barre Instructor at Studio Barre Dedham.
Melissa Tobin fell in love with dance at the young age of 2 and started competing in all styles just four short years later. Throughout her 22-year dance career, she went on to hold numerous dance titles on a national and international level. Upon high school graduation, Melissa attended Stonehill College to pursue a business degree. During her time there, she continued her passion for dance and advanced her technical training on Stonehill College’s Stoneworks Dance Company as well as the Stonehill College Dance Team. Stonehill’s dance team traveled to NDA Nationals and was ranked highly amongst the other Division II college teams. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing in 2016, she became a Financial Analyst for the Army Labs in Natick, MA. Although she enjoys her work and supporting the mission of the armed forces, Melissa could not stay away from dance. She began teaching dance in her spare time to find a renewed adoration for the art. Teaching has allowed her to learn the other side of the curtain and discover an enthusiastic interest for inspiring and training young dancers. Melissa is delighted to share her passion of dance with her students and is excited to be a part of Miss Heejin’s Dance Studio.
Elle Fischelli grew up in Southwest Florida but began her serious dance training when she moved to the Dallas, Texas area as a teen. Her journey in dance began primarily with classical ballet, and she was a member of the pre-professional performance company, Plano Metropolitan Ballet, before continuing on to pursue dance in academia. Elle received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of North Texas where she served as Dance Ambassador for UNT's College of Arts and Sciences. Highlights of her time at UNT involve learning from and performing repertory by guest artists including but not limited to Bill Evans, Black Label Movement, Contra-Tiempo, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Diavolo, and Doug Varone and Dancers. She also had the opportunity to study and perform original works at multiple American College Dance Association conferences, and attended summer intensives with renowned artists such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Although ballet remains her first love, Elle is equally skilled in modern dance, and enjoys teaching numerous additional styles. Elle is passionate about dance education and fostering the joy and love for dance in her students while prioritizing technique and functional movement. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, a qualified TotalBarre instructor, and is currently working on her apprenticeship to become a certified Pilates instructor.