Showcase Dance of Waltham MA

About Us

Showcase Dance Productions was established in 1995 in Brockton, MA, under the direction of Sheryl Simons. The 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 on technique, self-confidence and self-expression, along with stage presence and music appreciation, are taught in preparation for our dance productions.

 

Meet the Director

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SHERYL SIMONS
Artistic Director

Sheryl Simons 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.

 

Meet Our Faculty

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MICHELLE
Ballet, Pointe, Dance Team Coach, Competition Choreographer


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.  Michelle joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2006.

 

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JUDY
Princess Ballet, Creative Movement, Combo Classes

Miss Judy 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.
 
 
 
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KATIE
Irish Step
(Soft & Hard Shoe)

Miss Katie 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.

 

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CHRISSY
Irish Step (Soft Shoe)

Miss Chrissy 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, Chrissy 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.


 


ALYSSA
Dance Team Coach, Street Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Competition Choreographer, Office Assistant

Miss Alyssa is a recent graduate of Dean College where she received a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education.  She achieved Magna Cum Laude, Honor Scholar Status, and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. While in school, Alyssa focused her studies on Pedagogy, Dance Composition, Creative Movement, Kinesiology, and Child Psychology.  While her passion lies with Dance Education, she also specializes in choreography. She has presented her work in several Dance concerts during her years at Dean and served as the Assistant Choreographer for the Dean production of “American Idiot”.  Miss Alyssa also enjoyed performing while at Dean.  Her performance experience encompasses several genres in both student and faculty choreographed works, including the Dean College Tap Company and the Dean College Hip Hop Company. She also travelled across the country as an assistant to the faculty of Dance Olympus
Miss Alyssa had many opportunities while at Dean. She served as the President of the Hip Hop team at Dean College, worked as the Assistant to the Director for the Arts Mosaic showcase, mentored and choreographed for the Freshman dance majors during her internship as a Peer Mentor for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, and worked personally with Joan Phelps Palladino to write and self-publish a research novel entitled #HipHop.  She is the recipient of the Drusilla Carlson Phelps Memorial Scholarship for her work in Pedagogical studies, choreography, and performance.  Miss Alyssa joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2018.

                                                                                                                               

THERESA
Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, and Competition Choreographer

Theresa is an alumni of Showcase Dance Productions, where she began her training at age 6. She has trained in many styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern. She was raised with opportunities to partake in various conventions, workshops and master classes and perform in competitions, annual showcases, and special performances around New England and New York City. At the age of 15, she began assisting classes, ages ranging from 7-12, and has now taught and choreographed in many styles to groups ranging from toddlers to teens. Theresa attends Dean College as a member of the esteemed Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. Studying to earn her BFA in Dance, she continues her training with established professionals, including Todd Shanks, Jill Silverman and Sheramy Keegan-Turcotte. Theresa joined the Showcase faculty in 2018.

AMY
Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Lyrical


Miss Amy has been teaching dance throughout New England for 15 years and has recently moved back to Massachusetts.  She began her interest in dance in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire at the age of four.  She continued her passion of dance at Dean College in Franklin Massachusetts where in 1998 she graduated with an Associates of Arts Degree.  In those two years she was awarded the Gregory Hines Tap Scholarship, The Carrie Grant Chilson Award for Excellence in Music and Dance, Dean College Trustees Award for Dance, and The Franklin School For The Performing Arts Showcase Scholarship.  After, she continued her dance education at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia with a major in modern dance.  In 2001, she returned to Dean College to become the first recipient of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance.  She has traveled to Chicago, New York, and Boston where she trained with Nationally recognized dance instructors.  Amy is very excited to be joining the Showcase Dance Productions in 2019.

 

CIARA
Jazz, Ballet, Combo Classes, Competition Choreographer

Miss. Ciara is a current Dance major and Arts & Entertainment minor at Dean College. Her passion for dance began at the age of 4, when she began training at Studio Dance in Milford, CT (formerly known as The Dancer’s Center). Ciara was primarily trained in Jazz, but has continued to explore Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballroom. Her teaching experiences include interning under the Boston Ballet School’s Children’s Program as a teacher’s assistant, and dance studio and recreational class teaching positions in Massachusetts and Connecticut. One of Ciara’s classroom goals is for dancers to safely explore movement. With that goal in mind, Ciara studied for and earned her Barre Fitness Instructor certification under the American Barre Technique. With this certification, Ciara confidently fuses elements of barre fitness into her pedagogical method to safely educate and strengthen her dancers. Ciara’s ultimate goal is to provide an environment where dancer’s can appreciate, learn, and experience the art of dance fearlessly. She is passionate about learning and is always eager to share her love and knowledge for dance with her students of all ages.  Ciara join the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2019.

 

CHERIE
Combo Classes, Princess Ballet, Musical Theater

Miss Cherie has over 15 years experience teaching children of all ages, ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics and circus arts. Her philosophy is, when you teach children to love dance they will dance forever. One of her proudest accomplishments is knowing that some of her former students have grown up to be teachers and even start their own studios.

In 1999 Miss Cherie left her full time career as a dance teacher to fulfill her long time dream of “running away to join the circus”.  Along with her husband, Dave, she toured for 12 years, as a professional clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. While working for the circus they appeared on numerous local & national television programs including The Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show.

Miss Cherie also enjoyed working as a stilt performer for Universal Studios, Orlando and had the incredible opportunity to be on the CBS television show The Amazing Race. Cherie join the faculty of showcase dance productions in 2019

 

Emma

EMMA
Modern, Street Dance, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Competition Choreographer

Emma has been dancing for 20 years. After high school, she went on to continue her studies at Dean College, where she recently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Her dance studies included tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop. Emma was the president of the Dean College Pom Team in her third and fourth year at school, where she organized many performance opportunities and choreographed intricate competitive routines each season. Her choreography earned them 2nd in New England in 2018 and 2019 at Regionals with the Universal Dance Association. She has also performed in various shows at Dean College, as well as assisting and co directing Dean’s Collaboration Show. Emma's professional performance opportunities include performing at the Patriots Home Opener after they won their 5th and 6th Super Bowls and being featured as a background dancer in the Netflix original “The Society.” Emma has been teaching various styles and levels of dance for the past 4 years and loves every minute of it. She continues to share her passion for dance with younger generations and challenges them to chase their dreams and work hard for their goals. Emma joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2020.

 

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KAILEY
Irish Step (Soft and Hard Shoe), Irish Step Team Coach, Competition Choreographer

Miss Kailey has danced for fifteen years before graduating from Showcase Dance Productions in 2019. She has been trained in many styles of dance including jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, contemporary, and Irish soft and hard shoe. Miss Kailey recently transferred to Bridgewater State University and is doing a double major in Early Childhood Education and Spanish. Before transferring, she attended Wheaton College where she started Wheaton College’s, first Irish dance team. Kailey plans on continuing dance while attending Bridgewater State. Kailey has been an assistant instructor at Showcase and has officially join the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2020.

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ERIN
Irish Step (Soft & Hard Shoe)

Miss Erin is a second year middle school music teacher in the Boston area. She began Irish dancing at the age of 4 under Teri Hoolihan-Songhini, and has continued dancing for 15+ years. Erin danced at Showcase Dance Productions on the Irish Step dance team for many years, and taught beginner Irish step dance classes for 2 years until she moved to study at Umass Amherst. Since then, she has continued dancing in various other groups, and especially enjoys performing with Celtic instrumentalists. Besides Irish step dancing and teaching middle school, Erin is an avid marathoner and a waitress on the weekends. She is ecstatic to join the Showcase Team again, and incorporate her expanded knowledge of secondary education with her life-long love of Irish step dancing. Erin re-joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2020.

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EILIS
Irish Step (Soft & Hard Shoe)

Miss Eilis is thrilled to be teaching Irish dance at Showcase Dance Productions. Originally from Norfolk, MA, she recently returned from New York City. She began Irish dancing at the age of four with the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. She reached the open championship level by the age of eight and continued competing for years until she began to focus more on performance. She moved to New York City to study theatre and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. She has studied various other dance forms including jazz, ballet, and tap and always love the chance to incorporate those styles into Irish as a fusion of styles. She has worked professionally as an actress and dancer, most recently in a national tour with the Andy Cooney Irish band. She is also part of a professional Irish dance troupe in NYC that performs around the city and she teaches as part of the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of competitive dancing and technique while also incorporating the social aspect of Irish dancing’s origins. Eilis joined the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2020.

 

 

Shyenne

SHYENNE
Lyrical, Contemporary

Miss Shy is currently a student at Dean College pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in both Dance and Business Management. Beginning her training at 10 years old at Glocester Dance Academy, Miss Shy found her passion for teaching through gradually learning the ropes from her past director. Since then Miss Shy has taught a wide variety of dance throughout the years including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, creative movement, and improvisational classes! Dancing competitively for four years prior to college, Miss Shy has won 14 Platinum awards and finished out her season with a Platinum Pro from Turn It Up Dance!

After College, Miss Shy hopes to continue teaching and one day open a studio with a focus on assisting kids with special needs to learn to dance and truly spark innovation within the field. Shy join the faculty of Showcase Dance Productions in 2021