MERRIMACK VALLEY DANCE COMPANY

Welcome to the Merrimack Valley Dance Company! Our dance company is located at 11 Progress Avenue in Chelmsford, MA. It is our focus to promote the art and love of many forms of dance. Dancers are encouraged to work hard to achieve their goals, establish friendships and most of all take away a love for dance and the arts. It is important for young dancers to build poise, confidence and self esteem, which they will use in their life.

Our studio consists of three studios with sprung floors and mirrors. There is a waiting area for parents and siblings and plenty of parking. Parents are welcome to attend observation days to see what their children are learning.

MVDC offers classes in ballet for children and adults and hip hop. Traditional Irish step classes are held by the Heavey Quinn Academy -- www.heaveyquinnirishdance.com . We are also proud to have the NO LIMIT hip hop dance company -- www.nolimitdancecompany.com at our studio run by Colleen McCabe.

Classes are held on a weekly basis and are broken into twelve week sessions, which run September through June. Dancers in our ballet program perform at the end of the dance season in our studio for parents and family to observe what they have learned throughout the year. There is a very small, if any, commitment to pay for costumes.

STAFF

Michele Patriquin - Michele has danced with Madelon Curtis, Scott Ranagan (Baystate Ballet) and Judith Koeckhoven (Academy of Ballet Arts). She has performed with the Northern Ballet Theatre and Dance Prism.

She has extensive classical ballet training, having studied with Anthony Williams and Jim Reardon (Boston Ballet). As a member of the Commnwealth Vintage Dancers, she studied under Patri Pugliese performing social dances of the Civil War, Gay 90's and Ragtime eras. She has previously taught classical ballet at the Westford Studio of Ballet Arts and is thrilled to share her enthusiam for ballet with her students at the Merrimack Valley Dance Company.

Lisa Rizzone - Ms. Rizzone has received training in classical ballet from the Robin Adair School of Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In addition to these prestigious schools of dance. Ms. Rizzone has also had instruction from the late Maestro Vincenzo Celli in the Cecchetti style. Companies with whom Ms. Rizzone has danced with are Boston Ballet, Classical Ballet of New Jersey and the Lubo Opera Company. Performances include the Nutracker, Sleeping Beauty, Countess Maritza, and various workshops. Ms. Rizzone holds a master degree in psychology and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Colleen McCabe - Colleen has been dancing for 18 years. She has been choreographing and teaching for nine years. She is currently working towards her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts/Dance Education. Her experience includes Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Zumba and Musical Theater for all ages. Colleen was featured in the Fox Broadcating of "So You Think You Can Dance?" , where she danced her way to the top 15 in the New York City auditions. Colleen most recently established her own dance company called No Limit -- (www.nolimitdancecompany.com). This is Colleen's third year teaching Hip Hop at Merrimack Valley Dance Company and she loves sharing what she lives for everyday with students, staff and parents.