Just Dance! Performing Arts Center
79 Cross St, Gardner, MA 01440 phone: 978-502-7354
Rebecca has been dancing for over twenty years and has extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and ballroom dance. She graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Theater. Throughout college she choreographed and performed with Emerson Dance Company and worked with choreographers such as Sean Curren, David Dorfman, Violette Verdy, and Daniel McCusker. She also had the privilege of studying and performing Balinese Leong dance in Indonesia. Upon graduating, Rebecca joined Avatar Flux Dance Company where she performed throughout California. She has studied at the Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Dance Center, and Oberlin Dance Collective. She has taught dance at many studios throughout California and Massachusetts including running the Dance Program for the town of Brookline and teaching at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Rebecca is continuing to educate herself in the dance field. She attended Dance Teacher's Summit in NYC where she had the opportunity to work with todays leading choreographers and teachers, including Finis Jhung, Tony Dovolani, and Mandy Moore. She is also certified through Acrobatic Arts to teach AcroDance. Rebecca enjoys teaching all forms of dance to children and adults.
Joy has been dancing for over thirty years. She grew up studying ballet at DeDe Guercio’s School of Dance and then became a student at The Granite State Ballet. Joy studied tap with Susie Michaud and as a teenager was a student of Maria’s School of Dance. She has been teaching in the area for over twelve years. In 2008, Joy graduated from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston training school, where she was awarded the Pam Feri Award for 3 years of excellence in ballet. Joy continues to pursue her education each summer at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She is a graduate of Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. Joy has a love and appreciation for all styles of dance, but has a great passion for ballet and tap.
Miss. Kate has been with Just Dance since the studio's opening teaching tap, hip hop, & ballet. She is CPR certified at the health care provider level and First Aid certified. She has been dancing for over 25 years. She has studied all different genres of dance including tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, modern, and contemporary. Kate studied dance education at Bridgewater State College 1997-1999. She then moved on to pursue a career in dental hygiene. After being away from dance for many years her passion was renewed and starting dancing again. She truly believes the love of dance is something you have in you and will always be part of your life. Kate enjoys instilling a love for dance in the younger students and building confidence in her students.
Melissa has been dancing since she was 2 1/2. Growing up she studied in the genres of tap, ballet/ pointe, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary. In high school, Melissa was also on the Notre Dame Academy Dance Ensemble where they performed in many school and community events. Melissa went to Springfield College to study Elementary Education and Dance. In college Melissa learned and was trained in additional dance genres , including modern, hip hop, musical theater, line dancing, and even yoga. She was also on the SC Dance Team, participating and choreographing for groups and solo pieces. Melissa has taught and choreographed for many studios in and out of Massachusetts. Along with a degree in Elementary Education and Dance Education, Melissa also has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She continues her Dance Education participating in conventions and master classes. Melissa is very excited to part of the Just Dance Family!
Rebecca “Becca” Bustillos first fell in love with Hip-Hop at a young age when her older brother introduced her to artists such as Tupac, Mobb Deep, and Nas. Her passion for the music manifested itself in dance choreography for her friends. Unbeknownst to her at the time, that experience would lead to a twenty-year career in dance instruction. Becca studied at Greenfield Community College where she received the Carolyn Nims McClellan dance scholarship. She trained with Jennifer Weber at Mount Holyoke College and has worked as a guest teacher at New England colleges, high schools, and dance studios. In addition to dance instruction, Becca also has fifteen years of business management experience. In 2007, Becca founded the Crazefaze Dance Crew, which is a Ladies Hip-Hop Crew from Western, MA. The crew has since performed in competitions, for charity, and with flash mobs. They are well known within the community for spreading the love of Hip-Hop. Becca and Crazefaze have received multiple awards in both dance and choreography. According to Becca, dance is what has gotten her through life. Her philosophy is that taking a situation and bringing it from a negative to a positive with dance is life changing. Everyone has their own struggles and difficulties in life, but through dance you can heal. Dance has been her therapy for many years, and she continues to pass it on to the younger generation.