About the Director | Faculty Bios
2017-2018 Dance Team - Irish Dance and Jazz Dance Teams
Showcase Dance Productions Dance Team range in age from 9 to 18 and are made up dancers performing the styles of Irish Step and Jazz/Musical Theater. The dance team performs throughout the community with a number of different songs and styles under the direction of NIna Calvo, Rachel Aitkenhead, Katie Hamell, and Sheryl Simons.
Our dance teams have performed in Disney World, Washington DC Cherry Blossom Fesitval, New York City Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid, Providence Bruins Games, Paw Sox Games, Faneuil Hall, Malls, Country Fairs, Festivals, and Nursing Homes!
To book our dance team, please contact Sheryl at Showcase Dance Productions at (508) 384-7875.
Showcase Dance Productions was established in 1995 in Brockton, MA, under the direction of Sheryl Simons. This organization provides a strong foundation of dance education and offers unique performing opportunities for all types of talent and ages.
Our unique performing opportunities begin with a high standard of dance education in the classroom. Dancers are placed by ability and level of training to build a strong foundation of dance. An emphasis of technique, self-confidence and self-expression, along with stage presence and music appreciation, are taught in preparation for our dance productions.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Sheryl began her younger training at The DeLutis School Of Dance in Mansfield under the direction of Dorothy Beaton and Rosemarie Boyden. She continued to study under the direction of Dianne Morganelli-Sweeney at The American Academy of Dance. She also studied at The Boston Repertoire School of Ballet. Her training continued with many hours in New York City, Philadelphia, as well as dance conventions and workshops throughout the U.S. She is a Dance Major graduate of Dean College and continued her education at the Philadelphia School of Arts.
Her performing credits include the Dean College Dance Company and the Philadelphia Dance Troop. Sheryl is a graduate of Dance Teachers Club of Boston Dance Education Training Course. She has taught at several dance schools in the area. Her involvements in competitions as a competitor and teacher have enhanced her overall dance experience as a dancer and teacher. Sheryl has recently completed seminars with Rhee Gold's Project Motivate, as well as The Broadway Dance Center Dancer Teachers Convention in New York City and Dance Olympus Workshops.
In addition to herself, Sheryl has some of the most talented, well trained instructors, choreographers, and guest instructors, working together to create a strong faculty to educate the students of Showcase Dance Productions.
As we begin our 22nd season and our 16th year in Wrentham, we are very enthusiastic and excited for another great year!
Sheryl Simons - Artistic Director
and Staff of Showcase Dance Productions
|Miss Michelle (Ballet, Pointe, and Lyrical) has over twenty years experience teaching all genres of dance with her favorite style being Musical Theater. She has worked with all ages from toddler through adult. Michelle has had the luxury of taking classes with master teachers and performers. She has performed and choreographed gold winning pieces in competitions at the regional and national levels and has been the recipient of special choreography awards for creativity and originality. She enjoys performing and choreographing for SDP during the January showcase which she has done many times since its creation in 1997. Aside from teaching, Michelle is a Doctor of Audiology and a mother of two energetic stepsons and a future prima ballerina. Michelle joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2006.|
| ||Miss Judy (Office Manager, Princess Ballet, Creative Movement, and Combo Classes) is a graduate of Bridgewater State College. She has 18 years of experience in teaching dance to children ranging in age from 2 through High School. She continues to take master classes and performs in the area as often as possible. Judy has been involved with Showcase Dance Productions as a student and a choreographer for over 15 years. Judy joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2008.|
|Miss Katie (Irish Step - Soft shoe and Hard shoe) is a sixth grade special education teacher in Franklin, MA. She began Irish Step dancing at the age of 7 with the Hansen-Keohane School of Irish Dance in West Roxbury, MA under the direction of Maureen Keohane and, her daughter, Alanna Keohane. She danced competitively with this school for four years in both soft and hard shoe. Upon transferring to Providence College in September 2005, Miss Katie helped start an Irish Step Club. Within this club, she choreographed dances, taught soft shoe dancing to new members, and performed in a variety of shows held at Providence College. After college, Miss Katie has kept up her Irish Dancing by participating in adult ceili classes. She is excited to share her love of teaching and Irish Dance with new dancers. Katie joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2014. |
|Miss Rachel (Irish Step - Hard Shoe & Soft Shoe / Dance Team Coach) began dancing at age 6 with Tap and Ballet and discovered Irish dance at age 8. Since, she has done 12 years of Irish dance, and has been dancing competitively for the last 10. Dancing at Prizewinner level, she has competed in the IDTANA New England Oireachtas multiple times, placing 9th in 2011, and 5th in 2012 in her category. Rachel currently studies Irish dance as both as a competitor and a performer. She has taught at several recreational Irish dancing schools and is experienced to teach dancers ages 3-18 in soft shoe, hard shoe, and ceili dancing. Rachel has a passion for both Irish dance and the positive impact it has on dancer’s lives. Rachel is the dance team coach for our Irish Step Junior team and our Select team. Rachel joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2013.|
|Mr. Mark (Tap) is currently pursuing his BA in dance and business at Dean College. Mark began his dance training at the age of 10 at Shawn Terenzi's Academy of Dance in Lawrence, MA. There he was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics. Mark is also a principle member of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble located in Salem, NH. Over the past year he has performed at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dean College's Dance Company, and MBE's Cinderella and Nutcracker. He is currently the Vice President for Dean College's tap team: Loose Screws. Mark is pleased to be sharing his love of dance, and strives to help students exceed to their potential. Mark joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions on 2017.|
Miss Catherine (Katie)
|Miss Katie (Irish Step- Hard Shoe & Soft Shoe and Dance Team Coach) began dancing at the age of seven. She danced competitively as a teenager and went on to perform with the Notre Dame Irish Dance Team in college. Katie has been teaching Irish dance since 2008 and has taught at several local dance schools. She also taught dance in Toledo, Spain during a semester abroad. Katie has worked with dancers ages 5-18 in both soft shoe and hard shoe. She believes that dancers develop strength, confidence, and passion through their art. She is excited to work with the very talented Showcase dancers! Katie joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2015.|
|Miss Nina (Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Street Dance, and Dance Team Coach)|
Miss Nina is currently a Dance major at Dean College School of Dance and is obtaining her BA in dance. Nina has a passion for the theater. She currently works with The Little Theatre of Fall River and Studio Theatre Company as a choreographer. Miss Nina joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2014.
|Miss Leanna (Musical Theater) Miss Leanna's passion for music and dance began at a young age in New Orleans where her parents performed on stage. From the time she was 7, she found herself on stage and busy with chorales, live theater shows, and dance. She studied and taught ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, and hip hop over the span of 16 years. Miss Leanna began her college education at the Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT, where she studied musical theater and music education with a vocal emphasis. After three years of college, she moved to Seoul, South Korea, for 18 months on a service mission. On her return to the United States, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Choral Music Education K-12 from Brigham Young University where she performed on stage at the Hale Center Theater and sang with the world-renowned touring group, BYU Singers, as well as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Miss Leanna holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory. Over the past 18 years she has been seen on the stage in shows such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, and Once Upon a Mattress. In addition to choral music, she directed the K-2 class at Bay Colony's Summer Theater Camp at the Foxboro Orpheum. Leanna was the Foxboro High School choral director from 2007- 2011 and taught choir and select instrumental lessons at the Ahern Middle School from 2007-2016. She has been teaching private voice lessons for 12 years and shares her passion of music, theater, and dance with her husband and their three children who have all been involved in the theater arts. Miss Leanna joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2017.|
|Miss Samantha (Lyrical) began her dancing career at the age of seven studying ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. During her 13 years of study she performed, competed and assistant taught. From a young age Samantha knew she wanted to be a dance educator and continue to work with and inspire young dancers. She chose to further develop her dance career by going for her Bachelors in dance and Associates in Psychology at Dean College. Samantha is presently a rising Junior at Dean College studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ballroom and hip hop as well as dance composition, creative movement, and pedagogy with anticipation to graduate in May of 2018. She was recently awarded the Drusilla Carlson Phelps Memorial Scholarship, as she was recognized for her achievements and her bright future in dance education. Samantha has performed, competed and taught, and choreographed locally in addition to continuing to take workshops and master classes. She recently took part in the Fred Astaire Ballroom Competition in Foxwoods, CT this past November. Samantha's favorite part of what she does is being able to work with young, aspiring dancers and to share her love for dance with them. Samantha joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2016.|
|Miss Chrissy (Irish Step- Soft shoe) has a Bachelor’s degree in Management with a minor in Dance from Bridgewater State University. While at BSU, she choreographed and performed with the Dance Company. Over the past 17 years, she has studied ballet, Irish step, modern, tap, and jazz. She has been teaching dance for 4 years at Karen Gibbons School of Dance, where she began her training, and other studios from the area. She has taught both soft shoe Irish step and ballet. Chrissy joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2016.|| |
|Miss Catherine (Hip-Hop, Modern, Street Dance) Catherine is a dance major and is obtaining her BA at Dean College School of Dance. Her past dance training was from Long Island High School for the Arts in Lynbrook, NY. She has experience teaching Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Her performing experience include, Prelude New England, Dean College Dance Team, Relay for Life, and Koresh Artists Showcase in Philadelphia, PA. In 2015, Catherine received the National Society of Leadership and Success award. Catherine is excited to share her knowledge with the students of Showcase. Catherine joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2016.|| |
|Miss Jenna (Contemporary) is a 20 year old dancer from Massachusetts. She started dancing at the age of seven years old in Arlington but began to seriously pursue it at the age of 10 in Medford, MA at The Dance Haven. While in Medford, she received her training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, modern, as well as brief training in tap, and hip-hop. In addition to dance, Jenna has also been trained in theater and singing. Jenna is currently studying at Dean College for two degrees, in Dance and Early Childhood Education. Over the past 6 years, Jenna has been able to pair her passions of choreographing/teaching and working with children by being able to assistant teach for ages 3-12, as well as choreograph for Medford Public School’s theater department and Dance Team. Jenna still continues to take master classes and drop-ins in the Boston area, learning new teaching styles that will help her grow as an educator and dancer. Jenna is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with young, aspiring dancers in this genre, who share the love for dance that she has and looks forward to seeing how they progress this year! Jenna joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2016.|| |
|Miss Marisa (Ballet) Miss Marisa is a dance major and is obtaining her BA at Dean College School of Dance. She began her dance training at the age of 9. She studied Ballet and Pointe at Londonderry Dance Academy in New Hampshire and continued her dance training at Allegro Dance Academy in Nashua, NH. Her performing credits include community performances, the Nutcracker, and competitions. She also takes part in Dean College performances, companies and Collaboration shows. Marisa loves to perform and loves to teach. Marisa joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2016.|| |
|Miss Leanne (Ballet / Pointe) graduate of Dean College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Minored in Psychology. She has had the opportunity to study genres in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-hop as well as dance related academics such as Pedagogy, Kinesiology and Dance Composition. She has gained knowledge from many master teachers such as Robbie Murley, Jill Silverman, Gregory King, Todd Shanks, Jeremy Howe and many more.|
Leanne has been a part of Dean College’s “Company” where she has had the chance to perform with a selected group of dancers for an annual concert by brilliant choreographers. Leanne has had the opportunity to work with Donlin Forman, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp and Julianne O’Brien Pederson. She also had worked with students choreographing pieces of her own and as the Captain of the Dance Team that were premiered in shows such as, Choreographers Concert and Arts Mosaic at Dean. Leanne has performed "Strange Invisible Perfume" choreographed by Gregory King at the Joyce Theatre, NYC for NYCDA Destiny Rising. She also completed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's Summer Intensive and performed a piece choreographed by Judine Somerville. She is a member of the New England Patriot Cheerleaders 2016-2018. Leanne joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2016.