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)
Amanda has over 10 years of experience teaching dance to all ages. She took over Melrose Dance Academy in 2013 as the owner/artistic director, and has worked hard ever since to make MDA the studio it is today. Amanda began dancing at the age of two at a Melrose studio and quickly fell in love with the art of dance. In 2005, Amanda graduated from the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston training course, where she received certification to be a dance teacher. Amanda studied Dance and Art at Salem State College. Quickly after graduating, she began her Master's Degree at Salem State in Early Childhood Education.
Amanda is trained in all styles of dance and is constantly continuing her own dance education. She has recently partnered with a studio in LA to continue her dance education and training with some of the top choreographers in the industry. Her choreography has won several awards at regional and national competitions. Amanda's biggest passion is teaching children dance and loves to see them thrive and build in confidence that carries through to other areas of their lives. She looks forward to passing on her strong love of dance to all her students, the way her dance teachers did to her.
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!
Jillian 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.
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!
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 is working on her undergraduate degree in Education at Merrimack College where she is also a member of their Dance Team.
Kristina began her dance training at the age of 2. For over 8 years, she has 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 kids and is excited to start her second year teaching in MDA's preschool program.
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!
Sarah is very excited to be joining Melrose Dance Academy family and hopes to spread her love and creative thinking of dance and theater arts to this wonderful community.
Sarah began her training at the age of three in Wakefield. She continued her training at Dance Inc., which later became known as The Dance Centre of Performing Arts under the direction of Toni Marie Febbi. Her training includes jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. Sarah began assisting classes at the age of fourteen and found her love of teaching dance to younger students.
Once graduating high school, Sarah began her four years of training at Keene State College in their theater and dance program. Through these years, Sarah began to flourish as a contemporary dancer and choreographer. She had the pleasure performing in An Evening of Dance under the direction of Marcia Murdock, as well as choreographing her own piece for the Choreographer Showcase. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Dance and Theater with specialization in Dance Education, while also completing a degree in Elementary Education.
Even though dance is Sarah’s first passion, she has always had a love for the theater. She began performing on stage at the age of seven and never looked back. She later began choreographing for Wakefield Repertory Youth Theater and got nominated for Dash Award for her work on Disney’s: My Son Pinocchio. Sarah’s most recent work includes Bishop Fenwick’s production of Footloose and The Pajama Game. Sarah is overjoyed to be back in a studio and teach her knowledge of dance to the new generation of dancers.
Lindsay Gray completed her B.A. in Dance at Hofstra University, and had the opportunity to work with expert faculty members including Rachel List, Robin Becker, Heather Waldon, and many others, as well as guest choreographers Larry Keigwin, Igal Perry, and Fredrick Earl Mosley. In addition to performing, she presented her choreography at the American College Dance Association festival, and at NYU Steinhardt. After completing her undergraduate thesis on the intersection of politics and ballet in Russian history, Lindsay graduated summa cum laude. When she's not sharing her love of ballet with her students, she works as an administrator with Boston Ballet School. She hopes to show students and families that ballet and dance is for everyone!
Allison is excited to be with Melrose Dance Academy! She originally comes from California where she received her BA in Drama at UC Irvine and taught dance/ choreographed around the Bay Area. At her home state, Allison also developed a new passion for Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) where she performed and toured as a teaching artist with Bay Area Children’s Theater. Through that experience, Allison was able to tour as characters such as Fancy Nancy and Ladybug Girl for hundreds of kids.
Now that she is receiving her Masters in Theater Education from Emerson College, Allison hopes to bring inclusivity, collaboration and acceptance in the performance community where she can inspire all children to continue being who and what they choose to be
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.