MICHELLE Merrill, OWNER

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Growing up, where did you take dance classes?

Maine Attraction


What is your favorite dance memory?

Winning the "Congeniality (Spirit) Award" with my team at Nationals when I was young! Although we won tons of awards through the years, it was only this one and this moment I remember clear as day. I actually wrote my college essay on this moment and my team.


Proudest achievement?

Opening up the studio 💙


Favorite workshop classes?

Monsters, anything Martha Nichols (I could just listen to that woman speak for days!) and my girl Rumer!


Professional Dance Experience?

Dancer and captain of the Lady Red Claws for their inaugural season

Now, head coach for the Tuskhers.


What is your favorite "dance move"?

Either The Carlton or the moonwalk... depends on the moment


What is your favorite color?

Yellow


Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or your entire life without dessert?

30 days without my phone no question!  


Do you have any superstitions?

I think the easier question to answer is what superstitions do I NOT have!


If you got stuck in an elevator and were forced to listen to only one song, what would it be?

Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You. That song will never. get. old.


Your karaoke song of choice?

I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Whitney Houston...although it's more a belting out in the center of the dance floor kinda thing - I only provide back up dancing at the mic.

DIMITRA BRYANT

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What “Dance Moves” are you currently teaching?

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Technique, Musical Theater and Zumba!


Beyond high school, did you further your dance training?

I was a part of the University of New Hampshire Dance & Aerial Company  and received my Bachelors degree at UNH in Musical Theatre & Dance


What is your favorite dance memory?

Anytime we went to nationals for dance competitions Vegas, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, NYC.... It was a whole week long of convention classes, competition, and sight seeing! The week always ended with a fancy banquet dinner at the competition and everyone would get dressed up and we had so much fun!


Proudest achievement?

My little family....Adam & Adri.


What is your favorite color?

Purple or glitter/sparkles


What's the most unusual or useless talent you have?

I can cross one eye at a time!


What is your spirit animal?

A sparkly unicorn!


Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or your entire life without dessert?

30 days no phone. I always need dessert after meals!


If You Could Talk To One Species Of Animal Which Would It Be?

Ooooo dinosaurs!


Your Karaoke Song of Choice?

Alone- by Heart (which I’ve actually sang at karaoke MANY times because I LOVE karaoke!)

FRANCESCA KNAPP

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Growing up, where did you take dance classes?
Dance Express


What is your favorite dance memory?
Being Clara in the Nutcracker 


Proudest achievement?
Following my dreams!


Favorite Workshop?
Workshop with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal 


Did you continue training after high school?
I minored in Dance at UMaine Orono and was a part of the Robinson Ballet Company


Favorite "dance move"?
Turns! Pique, pirouette, fouetté etc.


What's the most unusual or useless talent you have?
Picking things up with my toes 


What is your spirit animal and why?
Penguin, I love the snow and ice 


If you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
Audrey Hepburn 


Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or your entire life without dessert?
30 days without phone 


If You Got Stuck In An Elevator And Were Forced To Listen To Only One Song, What Would It Be?
I don’t go in elevators for fear of being stuck in one!

TORI BROOKS

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What classes do you currently teach?

Tumbling at Dance Moves Maine & Gymnastics at Gymnation


Growing up, where did you take dance classes?

Sharon Lux...until I had to wear a very large purple bow and tutu for recital


Favorite workshop?

Going to Camp Woodward for gymnastics


What is your favorite color?

Black or olive green 


Favorite "dance move"?

I like to keep it at 10 and 2


What's the most unusual or useless talent you have?

Catching food in my mouth 


What is your spirit animal and why?

An animal that requires a lot of rest


Would You Rather Go 30 Days Without Your Phone Or Your Entire Life Without Dessert?

No phone


If You Could Only Eat One Food For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Pizza


Do You Have Any Superstitions?

I’m not superstitious but I am a little stitious 


Karaoke song of choice?

Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa

MADISON MITCHELL

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Proudest dance achievement?
Being offered a job at the same studio I was taught at!


Favorite workshop/convention?
Revel Recharge at DMME w/  Rumer, Trevor & Brea!

 

What is your spirit animal?
Peacock


What is your favorite color? 

Purple 


Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or your entire life without dessert?
30 days without my phone 


If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi!


Do You Have Any Superstitions?
Right eye twitches it means good news/good luck & left eye means bad luck/disappointing news.


If You Got Stuck In An Elevator And Were Forced To Listen To Only One Song, What Would It Be?
Live version of Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers


If You Could Talk To One Species Of Animal Which Would It Be?
Orca whale 


Your Karaoke Song of Choice?
Supersonic by J.J Fad

KATHERINE FERREIRA

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Growing up, where did you take dance classes?

Turning Pointe Dance Center & Dance House Productions


Favorite Masterclass

Dave Scott at Pulse


Did you dance in College?

Thomas College Dance Team


Did you dance professionally?

T-U-S-K-H-E-R-S! Tuuusskkkss up!

*Which is how I met Michelle and became a part of the #dancefam!

 

What is your favorite color?

Gold


What's the most unusual or useless talent you have?

Hitting curbs without trying...


What is your spirit animal and why?

A goat-Capricorn vibes 


Would You Rather Go 30 Days Without Your Phone Or Your Entire Life Without Dessert?

30 days for sure


If You Could Only Eat One Food For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Humpty Dumpty BBQ Chips


Your Karaoke Song of Choice?

Be Careful-Cardi B

EMILY SENTER

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Growing up, where did you take dance classes?

Fusion Dance Academy in Dover NH


What is your favorite dance memory?

Competitions! I still feel nostalgic anytime I smell hairspray


Favorite masterclass?

Kyle Hanagami 


Favorite Color?

Blue


If you had to change your name, what would your new name be?

Chandler... I have a Friends obsession 


Would You Rather Go 30 Days Without Your Phone Or Your Entire Life Without Dessert?

30 days without my phone... can you die from chocolate withdrawals? 


If You Could Only Eat One Food For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Italian food! 


Do You Have Any Superstitions?

Anytime I drive under a yellow light, I kiss my hand and touch the ceiling


If You Got Stuck In An Elevator And Were Forced To Listen To Only One Song, What Would It Be?

Anything by Ariana Grande 


If You Could Talk To One Species Of Animal Which Would It Be?

Dogs... mainly so I can understand why my dog chews on everything in my house 

ASHLEY JOLLY

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What "dance moves" are you currently teaching?

Aerial Dance, Aerial Fitness & Barre


Growing up, where did you take dance classes?
Center of Movement School of Performance Arts


What is your favorite dance memory?
Going to Nationals in NYC!


What is your favorite color?
Blue


What is your spirit animal and why?
A cheetah because they are fierce. 


If You Could Only Eat One Food For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?
Soup 


Do You Have Any Superstitions?
Ghosts are 100% real. 


If You Could Talk To One Species Of Animal Which Would It Be?
Cats


Your Karaoke Song of Choice?
Shoop by Salt n Pepa

ABBY O'BRIEN

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Growing up, where did you take dance classes?
Dance Moves Maine! 


What is your favorite dance memory?
There are too many, but being Gaston is definitely up there. 


Proudest achievement?
Getting back up after I fell on my face in front of hundreds of people while competing my first ever solo. It was not pretty, but I was proud of myself that I finished it!


Favorite masterclass?
Martha Nichols jazz class at Nuvo!! 


Favorite "dance move"?
The death drop of course! 


Would You Rather Go 30 Days Without Your Phone Or Your Entire Life Without Dessert?
30 days without my phone, this woman needs dessert in her life!!!!


If You Could Only Eat One Food For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?
Strawberries!


Do You Have Any Superstitions?
ALWAYS knock on wood. 


If You Could Talk To One Species Of Animal Which Would It Be?
Dogs!


Your Karaoke Song of Choice?
Anything from High School Musical, preferably "Fabulous" by Sharpay Evans.