Kerrin Michaels - Director
Kerrin has been a dance educator since 2003 specializing in Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Musical Theater. Kerrin’s professional theater dance experience includes, ‘Follies’- The Lyric Stage Company, ‘Funny Girl’-Fiddlehead Theater, ‘Seussical’- Wheelock Family Theater. Kerrin played the principal roles of both “Carol” and “Sharron”, as well as Dance Captain, in the off-Broadway and National Tour of “Girls Night- The Musical” from 2009-2012. Her acting, voice, dancing and choreography have won numerous awards including; Miss Bay State 2007, EMACT-DASH award for her role as “Belle”, New England’s Best Female Vocalist 2010, USTD-Top Studio Award, StarQuest- Best Choreography, USTD-Best Choreography, StarPower- Choreography, as well as best scoring solos, duos and groups at regional and national competitions. Kerrin holds a BA from Westfield State University.
Ivaylo Alexiev was born in Varna, Bulgaria. He started his ballet training with the Vaganova Method at the National Ballet School in Sofia. Mr. Alexiev than earned a scholarship from "UNESCO" to join the prestigious Academy of Ballet in Monte Carlo directed by Madame Marika Besobrasova where he graduated with a Diploma for a professional ballet dancer. From 2001-2004 Ivaylo was a member of Le Ballet de L'Opera National de Bordeaux, France where he danced for three seasons participating in every production and world tours with the company. In 2004 Mr. Alexiev moved to Germany and worked with several contemporary companies. For two seasons under the direction of James Sutherland, Ivaylo was a soloist with Pforzheim Ballett where he danced in several modern productions such as- Carmen, Pink Floyd, Swan Lake and others. Mr. Alexiev took part in many Dance Galas in Europe and has been invited as a guest artist in France, Germany, Russia, Malta, Japan, USA and others. His repertory includes ballets such as Raymonda, Divertimento #15, Symphony in D, The Prodigal Son, Suite en Blanc, Sleeping Beaty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella and others. Ivaylo has worked with some of the biggest names in European ballet including Elisabeth Platel, Charles Jude, Irek Mukhamedov, Roland Vogel, Attilo Labis, Eva Evdokimova.
Ivaylo Alexiev speaks five languages and obtained a diploma in dance pedagogy and history of ballet from L'Academie de danse classique Princesse Grace de Monte Carlo. In 2010 Mr. Alexiev moved to US joining Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. In 2012 Ivaylo was invited to be a member of the faculty of Ballet Theatre of Boston. Part time faculty member at Boston Ballet School since 2014. North Atlantic Dance Theatre company coach since 2015. Ballet Master for Festival Ballet Providence since 2015.
This is Ivaylo’s third season with GBSD.
Brea started her dance training at Suzanne Perdue's Dancers Edge in MA and has trained and assisted some of the top teachers and choreographers in the country including Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, John Crutchman, Dee Caspary and Doug Caldwell. Shas established a name for herself as a highly skilled dancer and choreographer, taking her own performances as well as her students to the next level. Brea has been has been recognized for her choreography receiving Top Choreographer Awards and has toured with regional ballet companies in MA, performed with choreographer, Dan Karaty (N‘Sync, So You Think You Can Dance) and in the off-Broadway show, “Break The Floor" at age 13 after receiving a full scholarship to their intensive. A semi-finalist on Season 2 of “So You Think You Can Dance," her unique choreography keeps Brea in demand throughout the country as well as teaching at workshops and intensives. Recently, Brea has spent the past year dancing at Walt Disney World. In addition, Brea adjudicates dance competitions throughout the country and brings an energy and passion to her class that is contagious, motivating and inspiring!
Wendy is a former member of the Seacoast Ballet Company run by Colleen and Larry Robertson. She studied at the Robertson’s School of Classical Ballet for ten years until her interests shifted to musical theatre. Wendy has performed with several theatre companies including Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Palace Theatre, the Boston Center for the Arts and North Shore Music Theatre. Her favorite roles include Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), Anne (La Cage Aux Folles), Delee (Smokey Joe’s Café), and Shark/Jet Girl (West Side Story). After having performed in over 50 different musicals and plays, Wendy began working behind the scenes, doing the choreography for many productions. These include choreography for several theatre companies as well as Boston College High School, Fameless Fam, Brookline Academy of Dance and the Dance Factory of Plymouth.
Shannon began dancing ballet and tap at eight she began instruction at the Natick School of Ballet, a Royal Academy of Dance affiliate, where she received highest grade leveling upon ballet examinations. At eleven, she transitioned to the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, dancing under the instruction of Samuel Kurkjian and later, Tamara King. At Walnut Hill, Shannon earned numerous rolls in their productions of “The Nutcracker,” including Party Girl, Clara, Soldier Doll and Queen Angel. She was awarded several scholarships during her years dancing at the Walnut Hill Summer Dance Program. Through the program, she expanded her love to other dance genres, including jazz and modern under the instruction of Diane Arvanites-Noya. Shannon also took numerous master classes with Sydelle Gomberg and Diedre Miles, as well as classes at the Ballet Workshop under the direction of Jacqueline Cronsberg. Additionally, Shannon worked with Jose Mateo in the Ballet Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Throughout college Shannon enjoyed dancing with the Wellesley College Dancers, where she also further developed her love for choreography. After graduation, she created original works as choreographer for the Holliston High School drama program for their musicals, including “Footloose,” “Grease,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Once on this Island.” Shannon joined the GBSD team in the fall of 2016.
Malone Thermitus is an urban dancer who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been trained in various hip hop dance styles such as popping, breaking and choreography. Malone attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin where he joined modern dance company. Since then he has trained in conventions such as Pulse Tour and Monsters of Hip Hop. Malone joined the company CooCo (Contemporarily Out of Order) early winter of 2013. In addition to working for Greater Boston School of Dance, Malone has worked for Hill Studios and Walker's Gymnastics & Dance. Malone is currently dancing for Crewnex and teaches with their Push Workshop Series.
Kelsey grew up dancing at New England Dance and Gymnastics Centers in Westfield MA, where she danced for 16 years, and competed for 14. As a competitive dancer, Kelsey has won numerous overall awards and national championships. Most recently, Kelsey danced on the dance team at Lasell College and was their choreographer and dance captain. Kelsey graduated from Lasell College with a BA and a MA education.
Allison McGinnity (Acrobatics)
Allison was a competitive gymnast for 16 years. Allison is Module One Acro Arts certified, NASM Personal Trainer certified and Pre and Post Natal Certified. She has been a trainer for over 10 years. Allison focuses on 1:1 and small group training so her coaching is about the why- what muscles do we need to strengthen or stretch to perfect our skills.
Suzanne Perdue (Adult Tap/Jazz)
Suzanne trained and danced professionally in Boston, NYC, and LA, studying with some of the top teachers in the country, including Adrienne Hawkins and Danny Sloan in Boston; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham School, Luigi, Lyn Simonsen in NYC and Doug Caldwell, Joe Tremaine & Hama in LA. Suzanne's credits include MICHAEL JACKSON, PAULA ABDUL, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, DISNEYLAND, Dance Captain for the LA production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, television, videos and concert dance companies on both coasts. Artistic Director of Suzanne Perdue's DANCERS EDGE for nearly 20 years, her students can be seen on Broadway and teaching and choreographing throughout the country. Her studio was voted one of the Top 50 Studios on the Move in the U.S. and was featured on NBC Dateline in the segment "Shyness and Kids" and was named a Resident Teaching Artist for Citicenter Wang Theater in Boston. She was honored to be named "Hometown Hero" by the Metrowest Daily News for her work with special needs kids in dance. Her passion for and love of dance is obvious and she feels it is important to pass dance traditions, knowledge, dance history through her experiences on to the next generation. Suzanne has been recognized for her choreography and is in demand as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator for dance studios as well as regional and national dance competitions throughout the country and Canada.
Marika Vladi (Nutcracker Choreographer)
Marika Vladi graduated from Tbilisi (former USSR) school of choreography in 1995. Worked with Moscow City ballet and Georgia State Ballet. Performed at Bolshoi Theater. She is a participant of ballet competitions such as International Ballet Competition Varna and Moscow International Ballet Competition. Repertoire: Don Quixote, Gisele, Paquita, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Gorda, Carmen suite, Serenade by George Balanchine, Gayane. Participated in various Gala Concerts. Marika is a resident of MA since 1999. Successfully graduated from Mount Ida College with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and practices in dentistry.