Meet Our Instructors
At Melrose Dance Academy, we value the experience and expertise of our teachers. We think this provides the cornerstone of not only a good dance education, but an enriching life experience for students. At our studio, we are a close-knit family of teachers who have been together for many years both as instructors and students, who all have diverse backgrounds of dance and are passionate about coaching and inspiring your children.
Amanda Bruno (Artistic Director)
Ms. Amanda Bruno is the studio owner and Creative Director at Melrose Dance Academy and has more than 10 years of experience in teaching dance to children, teenagers and adults of all skill levels. Since in 2013, she has guided Melrose Dance Academy to the premier dance studio in the Melrose area, most recently being awarded Gold in the Region from the Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards and #1 Dance Studio in Melrose, MA.
When she first stepped foot into a studio in her hometown of Melrose at the age of two, she instantly fell in love with the art of dance. A dance student throughout her early life, she took the leap and graduated from the renowned Dance Teacher's Club of Boston’s DETC training course in 2005. Amanda also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salem State University, where she studied dance, photography and other art forms. She is certified in CPR and first aid.
Trained in all styles of dance, Amanda pursues her passion by continuing her own dance education. She has recently partnered with CLI Studios of Los Angeles, CA where some of the top choreographers in the United States provide training and education to the Melrose Dance Academy staff. Her own choreography has won several awards at both regional and national competitions.
Ms. Amanda has found tremendous fulfillment from the studio and teaching dance, where she passes on her love for the art to her students, just as her teachers did. She loves to see her students thrive and build confidence, which carries over to other areas of their lives, like school, sports and work.
Courtney started dancing at age 3 and trained in tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and Dance from Franklin Pierce University. She also studied both dance and theater in Europe during her time at Franklin Pierce. Melrose Dance Academy is a special place where she can bring her passion for performing arts together into one amazing class, Musical Theater! Courtney also has a passion for teaching tap and is one amazing tap instructor!
Olivia started dancing at the age of 2 and trained with Miss Amanda for 9 years in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. She was a member of the MDA Performance Team where she danced in several competitions, Disney World, and pre-game for the Boston Celtics. She recently graduated with a degree in Education from Merrimack College where she was a member of their Dance Team. She is now working towards her Master’s Degree in special Education.
Elizabeth Dunn has been dancing since the age of 2. She got her dance training at a local dance studio in Wakefield & classical Ballet training with Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre in Cambridge. She graduated from Salem State in 2012 with a major in communications & dance. Elizabeth owned a competitive dance studio in Woburn for 5 years and has taught children as little as 15 months to adult. She won best dance studio 4 years running, many special awards at competitions, high scoring dances and honorable mention of great choreography from judges. Elizabeth is thrilled to be part of the MDA family & can't wait to work with all the amazing dancers!
Mike has been dancing since the age of 3 and immediately fell in love with tap dance. He is an alumnus of New Hampshire Academie of Dance, having trained under Miss Laura's direction until graduating from High School. He won titles around New England, and at 18 he joined The Boston Tap Company directed by Sean Fielder (Bring in Da Noise, bring in Da Funk). Mike travels around the country performing in tap fests and venues around the Boston area and has performed in the show Rhythm In The Night. He later joined Subject: Matter directed by Ian Berg (M.A.A.D. Rhythms) performing in their show Some Pulp. Mike travels to tap fests like DC, Jersey, Beantown, and Dance United, to learn from as many other dancers as he can.
Kristina began her dance training at the age of 2. For over 8 years, she trained with Miss Amanda on the MDA Performance Teams in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical, as well as training to with Miss Amanda to teach our youngest dancers. She has danced pre-game shows at the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and Providence Bruins games. She has also danced in several competitions, Disney World, and in New York with the Rockettes. Kristina enjoys working with our tiny dancers and when she is not teaching, she is the assistant manager at the studio. Kristina is currently working on advancing her teacher training and is excited to start an all new dance season!
Miss Amanda B.
Amanda grew up dancing at Melrose Dance Academy and was a member on the Performance Team until she went to college in 2014 where she continued her love of dance. She graduated this year from Rollins College and is now excited to return to Melrose Dance Academy!
Mikayla is born and raised in Massachusetts. She began her dance training at the young age of three at a local small town studio on the North Shore. She began dancing professionally, teaching and choreographing in Boston, MA after graduating high school. She’s trained with various Hip Hop crews such as Static Noyze from ABDC and numerous modern dance companies over a series of six years. She then went on to study dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she worked towards her BFA studying classical Ballet, Modern, and Anatomy and Movement Analysis. Mikayla is now back in New England teaching, choreographing and dancing. Since being home she’s opened for Ashanti and Ja Rule and currently dances with an all female Hip Hop Crew called We The Females based out of Boston. Mikayla loves to dance and aims to feed her students with the same love and passion.
Magen began her dance training at the age of two at MDA and has been training with Miss Amanda for the past 8 years. Magen is a member of the MDA Performance Team and is trained in all styles of dance. She has performed pre-game at the Boston Celtics and Red Sox games, halftime at the Harlem Globetrotters game, danced with the Rockettes in New York, and at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. She has taken master classes with some of the top choreographers in our industry, including Witney Carson from Dancing With the Stars. In 2018, she graduated from the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston teacher training program. Magen has spent the last few years teacher training with studio director Amanda, and is excited to begin her career and teach her own classes. She also plans to further her dance training in college after finishing her senior year at Melrose High School. Magen's biggest passion in life is dance and she can't wait to share it with all her tiny dancers!
illian discovered her love of dance at the age of four, and hasn't stopped since! She has been teaching since 2003 and received the Pam Feri Award for excellence in ballet upon graduation from the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston's Dance Teacher Training in 2004. When she's not dancing, Jillian works as a full time outpatient sports medicine physical therapist at a local hospital and a group exercise instructor and personal trainer at a local fitness studio.
CLI Dance Studios
Want to dance with Kathryn McCormick, Teddy Forance and Nick Lazzarini? We are excited to announce that we are partnering with CLI Studios this year to give our students access to the dance industry's top choreographers. Register with our studio this season and you'll be able to take online master classes from world-renowned choreographers!