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Staff

Trish Moulton:

Owner/Director

Why do you teach?

I love kids.  Seeing them grow up is a great gift.  When we have new 2 year olds come in I always hope that I get to see them come back to DSOM when they have kids.  Family is very important to me.

Your favorite dance moment?

Watching my daughter on stage for the first time and every time after.  I have dedicated my life to dance and it makes me so happy to see her share the same joy.

Why you teach at DSOM?

I moved here from NY and never looked back.  I had the opportunity to move back in 2000 and I told my family in NY that I was staying in Maine.  The community in Gorham is amazing and I couldn’t imagine leaving the kids.

Personal Fun Fact

I love going to the movies.  Favorite genres are Comedy and Documentaries.  Popcorn, root beer and peanut M&M’s have to be part of the experience.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I started dancing when I was a toddler but started dance school at the age of 12 after begging my parents to let me take a class with a  friend.  I was always choreographing at home before I went to dance school.  I have been teaching for 20 years.

Message to my students:

Be good people.  I cannot stress this enough.  The world has enough issues and we don’t need to add to it.  You never know what the person in front of you is going through.  It might be as small as losing their wallet or as big as losing a loved one.  We all enter this world the same.  It is all the “stuff” along the way that molds us.  I believe that if we start teaching children to respect all people we can start to make a change with the adults.  Being dancers we have a tremendous voice when we are in front of an audience.  I hope that you can all find a way to say something great.

Trish-Moulton

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Kelly Ferrigan

Co Director/Business Manager

Kelly has been with Dance Studio of Maine since 2009 assisting with the day to day management and operations of the studio. After receiving her degree in Criminal Justice she decided that she wanted to take another path in her career and shifted to business/management. She ran a successful tile company for several years before coming to DSOM. “I love my job. I love being able to have the connection that I do with the children, teachers and parents. Seeing the kids come up the stairs everyday excited to go to class puts a smile on my face.” Kelly lives in Gorham with her husband, two children and two step children. Her daughter Mikki is a Company Dancer. “What Trish and all of the teachers here have done for my daughter is something so special and I will forever be grateful for them. She would not be who she is today without this “family” she is a part of. I know I work here and could seem biased, but I can say with 110% assurance and confidence that bringing your child here, no matter what age or ability, is giving them a gift. They will thrive, and they will be nurtured. I am proud to say that I work in an environment with professional educators whose missions are to help these children be the best people they can be, and not just on the dance floor. I truly look forward to coming to work everyday.” In addition to her role at DSOM, Kelly is also the Co-Founder/Director of the Portland Sea Dogs Dance Team and Crushers Dance Crew. She also runs a small apparel line SYG (Support Your Girls) which donates proceeds of their profits to cancer research in Maine. Kelly enjoys volunteering in her community including her role as Assistant Volunteer Director for the Tri for Cure.


Felicia Bickford

Why do you teach?

I teach because I want to pass on my love for the art of dance. I believe that proper education to build a strong technical foundation is essential and will allow dancers to safely and fully explore their art. Seeing students make the connection between technique class and choreography is truly exciting!

Your favorite dance moment?

This is a really difficult one for me! I’ve had so many special moments related to dance as both a student, professional and teacher. For my own dance career, My favorite moment has to be competing at WCDE my senior year of high school. My teacher was crafting a really amazing jazz piece to ” tainted love” for us, but like any masterpiece, it took time. We had many extra rehearsals, but didn’t end up finishing the dance until we were backstage. It was so nerve wracking, but also so exciting. Our energy was through the roof! We ended up coming even closer together as team, because we knew what it would take to make the piece successful. It was hands down our best performance. We all came off stage crying and hugging, and just beyond happy about what we had accomplished. To make an awesome experience even sweeter, we ended up winning the overall high score that night. This experience totally relates to my favorite moments as a teacher. These moments come every year with DSOM’s first performances. I know how hard everyone has had to work in order to get there. Seeing the kids work together as a team and dance their hearts out makes me incredibly proud.

Why you teach at DSOM?

Since I live in Massachusetts, and have to drive 2 hours to get to DSOM, I get asked this question a lot. Initially, I was just looking for a job as a dance teacher, but what I ended up finding was something more like a second family. I feel very connected to the students and staff here.

Personal Fun Fact

I have a mild obsession with football, Gouda cheese, and Harry Potter.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I started dancing at the tender age of 3, so it’s been 24 years. I started teaching in 2009, and began teaching at DSOM in 2010.

Message to my students:

Each one of you has the potential to be great, both as a dancer, and more importantly, a person. Make it your goal to reach for that greatness everyday!

Felicia Bickford

Felicia Bickford

Maria McInnis

Why do you teach?

I love sharing my passion for dance, from my soul to my feet. Passing that on in the best possible way I know how, I am able to see these kiddos grow and mature into amazing dancers and overall beautiful people, from the inside out. It brings joy to my life and I hope to theirs.

Your favorite dance moment?

Being a dancer and a teacher, there are so many moments that stand out for me. But if I include mom into that equation, there is nothing better then the very first time I was one stage with my baby girl – To the Moon and Back, Baby!

Why you teach at DSOM?

DSOM is a one of a kind dance family. From the teachers, to the dancers, to the parents, there is a level of support, commitment, dedication, and quality like no other. And radiates throughout the studio, across all genres, from the classroom to the stage.

Personal Fun Fact

I am very afraid of bananas and I dance in the kitchen all the time while cooking & baking.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I have been a dancer for 32 years, a teacher for 8 years

Message to my students:

“Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others tarnish your perfectly beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Take it and have gratitude, give it and feel love.”

To my Dancers, remember that dance enriches your life in a multitude of ways. Life is a dance – find yourself, lose yourself, and embrace your personal growth in doing both. In every movement, on and off the dance floor, “don’t move the way fear moves makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” Always Be True – Always Be YOU!

Maria McInnis

Maria Mcinnis

Jasmine Quarles

Why do you teach?
I teach because dance sets me free! I teach because as a young child my teachers taught me the joy of performing and I hope to pass that along to my students.

Your favorite dance moment?
Recital… Watching all the hard work pay off at the end of the year is so exciting and rewarding as a teacher. Very few things are as gratifying as watching your students on stage.

Why you teach at DSOM?
Without a doubt DSOM has the most inviting and positive atmosphere. Each time I walk into the dance studio I can’t help but have a smile on my face.

Personal Fun Fact
I’m still afraid of the dark …

How long you have been dancing and teaching?
I have been teaching at DSOM for 7 years but I have been dancing since I was 8 years old.

Message to my students:
Each week in class bring passion to the studio, be curious how to get better, ask questions …Hard work is a two way street, you get back exactly what you put in!

Jasmine Quarles

Jasmine Quarles

Rachel Willis

Why do you teach?

I teach because I have a passion for ballet, I spent my whole life working to perfect my craft and now I have the opportunity to help form young artists developed their craft. I also want to be able to teach my students healthy ways to be the best dancers they can be

Your favorite dance moment?

The year before I retired from performing I danced for one of my favorite teachers as he set a contemporary ballet Mozarts Requiem on Portland ballet. The rehearsals where long and exhausting very demanding physically, technically and musically. We performed with live chorus and orchestra and danced for 50 minutes straight without leaving stage. The experience was so powerful many of where moved to tears, fighting to give the requiem the respect it deserves!

Why you teach at DSOM?

DSOM is a family, the students are kind and supportive to one another and the teachers are all friends. Trish allows for artistic freedom and is as wonderfully supportive and understanding a boss I’ve ever had anywhere. The studio offers an energetic, open atmosphere for learning and development both artistically and personally.

Personal Fun Fact.

I was voted class clown in my middle school yearbook.
How long you have been dancing and teaching?

How long have you been dancing and teaching?

I have danced since I was 6. before that I was really into gymnastics, I probably would have stuck with that, I absolutely loved it!!! But my mom took me to see the Nutcracker… and the rest is history! Like many dancers I taught a little all through my training but as a full time teacher, I have been here at DSOM since January 2006!

Message to my students:

You are who you are, you where born with your body, your mind and your heart, it is up to you what you do with it. Nobody’s perfect, 180 degree turnout is super rare, flat feet are not the end of the world, being flexible won’t make you a beautiful dancer, and not being a great turner doesn’t mean you can’t dance! You are who and what you are, beautiful and rich in so many ways don’t ever let anyone tell or treat you any other way!

Rachel Willis

Rachel Willis

Betsy Nygren

Why do you teach?

I began teaching dance at age 10, as an assistant teacher at the Virginia Dorr School of Dance (what would later become the Dance Studio of Maine). My mother, Dory Bridges, was an instructor here and I learned to love teaching children how to dance, love music and express themselves through movement. I continued as a full instructor after I graduated college and have never stopped! I love my job!!

Your favorite dance moment?

I have so many favorite dance moments they have combined into one great feeling of joy about dance. I take great pride in seeing my students grow and learn over the year in class. But, sharing my love of dance with my daughters and seeing their accomplishments, is something very special.

Why you teach at DSOM?

I’ve always danced at The Dance Studio, formerly the Virginia Dorr School of Dance. I can’t imagine being anywhere else! This years dance recital will be my 42nd dance recital!!

Personal Fun Fact

Trish and I once rode the Sponge Bob roller coaster in the Mall of America together.  We where scared but we had to act cool because we didn’t want the 6  year olds in front of us to get scared too.

How long have you been teaching and dancing?

I have been dancing for 42 years and teaching for 32.  It is amazing how many kids I have had the opportunity to share my passion with.

Message to my students:

I’m so excited to meet my students this year! I love to see new faces and to see former students around the studio as they continue on over the years!

 

Betsy Nygren

Betsy Nygren

April Monte

Why do you teach?

I believe in developing arts education. It is one thing to be able to perform professionally and another thing entirely to teach. I honestly do not care if my students grow up to be professional performers, although many of the do, but I DO care that they appreciate and understand dance as an art form. I teach future dancers and future self-confident members of an educated audience.
Your favorite dance moment?

My favorite dance …or I guess I will say performing moment….hmmm…. I would have to say being cast in my 1st leading role in a Broadway National Tour. It absolutely blew me away. I was a tiny jumble of voice, arms, legs and nerves. I have worked with, performed for, and have met so many amazing people on the road and from so many countries. Since then, I have returned to those various theatres and come upon my own signature on the backstage wall from so many years ago ….it still gives me a thrill to think of my 18 year old self signing it.
Why you teach at DSOM?

First let me say I love Dance Studio of Maine. It is an amazing place to be a part of and truly a “dance-community” in every sense of the word. I was so excited to find it when I finally decided to settle down here in Maine. The students are hungry to learn and they have a solid foundation and respect for not only dance but for themselves. We are not just teaching our students to dance, be coordinated, or keeping them physically fit, we are teaching them confidence. To dance at this studio is to really drive yourself to learn and achieve your goals, and that carries past the classroom.

Personal Fun Fact

A fun fact about me… this has NOTHING to do with dance… I love to cook and will find any excuse to try new food.
Or if it needs to do with performing
I was a featured singer on the largest ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas for over 3 years.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I have been dancing/ performing for over 35years and teaching for over 20 of them. And for the record I have loved every second of it.

Message to your students:
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

April Monte

April Monte

Ashley Earl

Why do you teach?

I teach because it gives me life to watch a child or teenager (even adults) gain confidence through dance. As much of a joy it was to perform myself, teaching is much more satisfying for me.

Your favorite dance moment?

It would either be the time I placed as the top overall soloist at Turn It Up! My sophomore year of high school or the first time I walked on stage with my first creative movement class and I watched their faces light up.

Why you teach at DSOM?
I grew up here. This place is my home. My coworkers and students are like my family. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Personal Fun Fact
I really, REALLY do not like cotton balls or hotdogs.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?
I’ve been dancing since I was 7 years old, started assisting when I was 12 and started teaching when I was 18.

Message to your students:
My hope for you is that dance becomes more about an overflowing heart of passion than it is about the competition. You have a purpose. Let the music and your body teach you that.

Ashley Earl

Ashley Earl

Molly Aube

Why do you teach?

I teach simply because I love it!  My specialty is with kids 2-10, which means there is never a dull moment in class.  Those times when you don’t think I can see them dancing-when they’re just letting loose, having fun, and growing in their love for dance.  Their little faces lighting up with joy and smiles.

Your favorite dance moment?

It’s hard to say what my favorite moment is, especially when it comes to teaching the little ones.  They give me so many to choose from.  But if I had to pick, I would say it is recital day.  It never fails to make me laugh when we work for months putting together a dance for the performance and on recital day on of them walks out on stage and waves to grandma the entire time.  That really gets the audience going!

Why do you teach at DSOM?

DSOM is my second home.  Every member of the staff is friendly and personable.  Some of our veteran teachers who have been at DSOM for many years have become like family to me.  It is a place where I feel safe and comfortable to be myself and it is always a lot of fun.  I have spent a good chunk of time here growing to be both a better dancer and a better person.  I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else to continue to share my love of dance with others.

Personal Fun Fact

When I am not at DSOM teaching I can be found working hard at Maine Medical Center.  Both of my jobs keep me on my toes and always manage to make my life more colorful.

How long have you been dancing and teaching at?

I have been dancing at DSOM for 19 years and have been teaching for 3 of those years and counting.

Message to my students:

Every single one of you is such a little superstar.  I can’t wait to continue to watch you grow into stronger dancers and continue your love for dance.

Molly Aube

Molly Aube

Makenzie Goudreau

Why do you teach?

Because dance is such a huge passion of mine, I knew I didn’t want to stop once I graduated from high school. So I switched my focus to sharing my devotion and passion of dance by becoming a dance instructor. I had no idea that I would find such an immense joy in teaching. I teach to not only share my talent and dedication of dance to others, but to also help aspiring dancers grow to become the dancer he/she wants to be. I teach to make a lasting impression and a positive difference in my students’ lives no matter what that may be.

Your favorite dance moment?

As a dancer, my favorite moment is being able to let go and dance for myself. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to dance like no one is watching. As a teacher, I have two favorite dance moments. My first favorite moment is when I witness a student finally master a difficult skill in class. The look in a students’ eyes when he/she excels at a certain skill makes teaching completely worthwhile. My second favorite teaching moment is being able to watch all of my students on stage, dancing for themselves and their own personal happiness.
Why do I teach at DSOM?

It’s my second home! When I decided to start teaching dance it was an absolute no brainer to start my teaching career at the DSOM. The overall environment of the studio is so welcoming, but also professional, the staff is caring and compassionate, and the skill level and teaching ability DSOM presents surpasses other studios in Southern Maine.

Personal Fun Fact:

I am completely obsessed with pugs.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I started dancing at the age of three, eighteen years ago, and I began teaching three years ago.

A message to current and upcoming students of mine – I can’t wait to watch all of you grow into not only beautiful dancers, but beautiful people as well.

Makenzie Goudreau

Makenzie Goudreau

Courtney

Courtney

Courtney started dancing at the age of 8 with DSOM. She has taken classes and workshops in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. She participated in baton for 14 years, doing her first parade at the age of 2 1/2. She won many individual titles and has over 100 trophies and metals. She started taking hip hop at the studio when it was first introduced as street funk and was a part of the very first hip hop competition team. She focused on her love of the hip hop style through high school and won many awards with her competition group. She has also enjoyed participating with the adult tap classes and competition team, sharing the stage with her mother and aunt. Courtney helped to create and participated in the first cheerleading squad for the Gorham Grizzlies. She was also a part of the inaugural and second seasons of the Portland Pirates Ice Girls team and later a member of the Lady Red Claws dance team. She is looking forward to getting back into teaching and continuing to grow.


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