We are an independent dance instruction company focusing on both the physical and emotional well-being of students through dance and movement. Our goal is to bring both the love and heart of dance to the forefront of each dancer, while also teaching quality dance technique and knowledge of there perspective genre of choice. I truly believe that a great dancer is only truly born when one chooses to lead there movement first through there heart.
Liza Matton Mercy is an experienced instructor, choreographer, mother who is inspired by the creativity and emotional connection dance can have on the individual. Its important to instill a sense of community, family and connection to all those who walk through these doors. I truly believe that what we choose to do today makes a big difference in the lives of someones tomorrow.
Liza received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2004. She has worked with children of all ages as a childcare provider, dance teacher and nanny for over 20 years. She has taken an array of dance classes through Jonnson State College. She continues to educate herself in all genres of dance in order to give her students the best dance education possible and believes that a passion and love for dance goes way beyond technique or ability, but starts with heart and passion, a passion anyone willing to try can achieve. "its about being your own genuine self on and off the dance floor". Liza has taught and worked with local studios in Vermont and is Certified in Acrobatic Arts. She has continiued her dance education through different venues including the Dance Life Retreat Center just outside of Boston. Her continued education includes early childhood dance,Tap, Jazz, lyrical, contemporary,hip hop and Theater jazz. Her greatest joy now is owning and teaching the children and adults of Grand Isle county.
Sophie Decker: This will be Sophie's 4th year teaching and she will continue to train under me as she also continues her own education in dance. Sophie is a disciplined, hardworking and a passionate dancer who has also shown an interest in creating and sharing her imagination with others. Sophie has performed for many years not only in dancing but acting as well. Sophie recieved many awards this past year for her outstanding choreography and ways in which she tells a story through her movement. Her talent is versatile and the dimension she brings to the stage breath taking. Sophie will be teaching lyrical classes, ballet and Jazz with her littles along with an open ballet class this year. Thanks for being an amazing teacher and role model Sophie!
WELCOME Justin Gardner! Justin is a Theater Arts Major from Castleton with a style and personality like no other. He is trained in Musical Theater, Dance, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. He will be offering an All Boy Hip Hop to our community along with a Musical theater and Acting class. Justin has been in numerous shows on the stage including his latest Mama Mia! He also recently Directed Shrek at the Folsom school where he also teaches. His outgoing and kind spirit makes him a real asset to our community and now to this studio.
WELCOME Athena Parke! Im so Happy to have Athena join our dance family. Athena has danced since the age of three and has been trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern including studies in Graham Technique, Humphrey Technique and improvisation. She has worked with all ages from 2 and up and is currently continuing her education in Psychology and Alternative Medicine at The Northern Vermont University in Johnson. She will be a welcomed asset to our a humble little studio, and Im looking forward all she will offer us this dance season.
WELCOME Stella Smith! Stella has been a student of mine for quite sometime now and has lead some of the classes in the past. This year she is ready to take on her own tween class under my supervision. Stella has a knack for teaching different styles of Hip Hop that allows the student to grow and mature in their dancing abilities. Stellas energy and love for dance will surely excite and inspire all that take her class. Welcome Stella!