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About the Studio

Here at Center Stage we believe that every child is an individual. Our focus is to bring that individualism out with freedom of expression and creativity in a safe, nurturing, environment.  

 

Center Stage is a proud, licensed More Than Just Great Dancing®️  studio affiliated with the nations best dance studios who adhere to a higher standard in quality curriculum, business practices, excellence in education and community involvement.

 

We are the first and only YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) studios in Massachusetts ensuring our dancers are in a healthy,safe,  and positive environment. Miss Tiffany serves as a YPAD Advisory Panel member and is a YPAD certification facilitator. Dance is an unregulated industry with no legal requirements for background checks, education, or certification. Our instructors are CPR certified, background checked and YPAD certified. They lead by example empowering and inspiring our students to reach their fullest potential. 

 

Since 1983 CSDA has been a place for everyone whether you want to dance for fun and recreation or committed to take your skills and passion to the highest levels possible. We pride ourselves in being our dancers home away from home and believe in family, connection and community. 

"I am in the business of creating good people and the fact that they learn how to dance along the way is a bonus."

- Tiffany Prout-Leitao, Studio Owner and Director

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Tiffany Prout-Leitao

Owner & Director

Tiffany has been the Owner and Artistic Director of Center Stage Dance Academy for 20 years.
Center Stage is a proud YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) Parent Plus Certified Studio.
She is the founder of The Center Stage Outreach Team Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with dancers ranging from ages 5 to adult, dedicated to bringing their passion for dance and life to the community of all ages through performance and education. She is on The Board of Directors for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance and serves on the Advisory Panel.

Tiffany has contributed to articles in Dance Informa Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and has written a blog for Curtain Call entitled "Beauty is not a measurement: your guide to costume measuring". Tiffany is the Resident Choreographer for Creative Resources Group, a multimedia, commercial and film Production Company. Her show "Destinations" was the recipient of a Telly Award for live events. Tiffany was the choreographer for America's Hometown Productions and co-produced the International Showcase of Nations. She is an award-winning jazz choreographer who has done numerous industrials, commercials, television shows and has worked with several national recording artists. Tiffany has taught and performed throughout the United States, Europe and China. She was Principal Dancer and Company Member of Impulse Dance Company for fourteen years and served as Rehearsal Director for the company. Tiffany is a former Company Member of Rainbow Tribe Dance Company, has created works on the company, is Chairman of The Board of Directors, and acts as Production and Stage Manager. She was a member of The Board of Directors of The Hoxie Center, An Arts, Education, Science and Cultural Center in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts and acted as the Entertainment Coordinator for the organization.

A dance educator for over 20 years, her students have performed nationally and internationally, are regional and national champions, been accepted into the leading fine arts high schools and colleges, perform professionally, and are dance educators themselves. Tiffany's mission is to create a positive, inclusive, safe, and healthy environment for all dancers of any age, background or ability.

"I am in the business of creating good people and the fact that they learn how to dance along the way is a bonus."

 
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CSDA Faculty

Ziad Aly

Ziad Aly is an Egyptian Hip Hop dancer who established himself as one of the key pioneers of Streetdance in the Egyptian Dance Community. To further develop his skills, Ziad has traveled to many different countries including the United States, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cyprus, Turkey and Lebanon. He is also the founder of Swaggers crew, which has allowed for hip hop dancers and BBoys across Egypt to join, train and bring hip hop to mainstream culture through events, performances  and workshops. Ziad is Also the Co-Founder of the Egyptian Breaking Federation. His hard work and dedication landed him and his dance crew on the renowned show “Arabs got talent”. Ziad has also had several opportunities to host some of the greatest names and pioneers of hip hop and Street dance from the United States to Egypt.  As a highlight in Ziad’s career, he was credited by choreographing some of the biggest celebrity names in Egypt for Vogue Arabia magazine, Choreographed and performed with his crew opening shows for Grammy award winning artists Mya & Eve in Egypt, As well as working as the dance consultant for Redbull Egypt. He worked on choreographing shows for brands like Red Bull, Nike, Intel, Samsung, Coca Cola and more. Ziad is now residing in Calgary, Canada Teaching HipHop/Streetdance and teaches remotely for studios in Egypt and the US. Ziad is a YPAD certified educator, and we are so excited for him to be joining us this season.

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CSDA Faculty

Shelby Arnold

Shelby Arnold started her dance journey at the age of three. She attended Easton School of Dance and Kaleidoscope School of Dance & Gymnastics before finding her home at Center Stage Dance Academy (Plymouth MA) at the age of 12. She grew up studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop and took her passion for dance to New York as she pursued her Bachelor of Art’s in dance at Marymount Manhattan College. As she began to get acclimated to life in New York City, she found a club at her school that specialized in hip-hop dancing and performed at local venues. Shelby was introduced to classes outside of school, and began learning from titans of the commercial dance industry including Luam Keflezgy, Miles Keeney, Kenichi Kasamatsu, Jared Jenkins, and many others. She performed at various events throughout the tri-state area and was granted access to training intensives that further enhanced her love of the commercial and street dance styles. Throughout her journey as a student, she was also given the opportunity to teach hip-hop and street movement to her fellow dancers and non-dancers at Marymount Manhattan College and local dance studios in NYC. After moving back to her native Massachusetts, she continued her dance journey by teaching at various studios in the North Shore and continuing to take classes throughout the city of Boston. Shelby is now back on the South Shore and ready to spread the confidence and strength that hip-hop makes you feel. She is determined to get everyone feeling like their own superstar!

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CSDA Faculty

Amanda Buker

Amanda Buker graduated from  Roger Williams University in 2013 with a dual-degree in Dance and Psychology. She has worked closely with world-renowned artist Sean Curran and members from his New York City Company as well as Jason Aryea from Nigeria. Amanda choreographed a duet titled "Ambiguous Journey" and a solo titled "Changing Perspectives" featured at Roger Williams. She attended the American College Dance Festivals at Connecticut College and University Massachusetts Amherst. Amanda has been dancing at Center Stage Dance Academy all her life and has completed the Teacher Training Program. She is the former coach for Plymouth South's High School Varsity Dance Team and is a YPAD certified dance educator. Amanda attended the Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson's Disease Workshop in New York City and completed the Alixa Flexibility course certification. Amanda is newly the Leadership Coordinator at Center Stage Dance Academy who mentors and helps empower our dancers to be leaders in the community. She is a licensed esthetician as well as a busy mother of two boys. 

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CSDA Faculty

Samantha Dean

Samantha Dean has been a member of the Center Stage Dance community for over 25 years. She was a member of the company and outreach team and completed the teacher training program. Following high school Miss Sam attended Quinnipiac University where she received an undergraduate degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, with a focus in Pediatrics. She has been a board-certified occupational therapist since 2016 and a dance instructor at Center Stage Dance Academy since 2017, developing and teaching the We Can Dance adaptive dance program. In 2018, Miss Sam became a certified Rhythm Works Dance Instructor, as well as YPAD certified. In 2022, Miss Sam became an official board member of the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Program's Global Advisory Panel, where she collaborates with other Rhythm Works and Intelli-Dance instructors on making dance safe and accessible for all students and families. When Miss Sam is not dedicating her time to dance, she shares her time between Braintree Pediatric Rehab Hospital and Kennedy Donovan Center Early Intervention, treating children of all ages with a variety of developmental needs. In 2022, Miss Sam became the supervising senior therapist at Braintree Pediatrics, overseeing clinical staff, as well as developing and implementing new treatment protocols and intervention strategies to continue to support the children of our community. Miss Sam has several unique certifications in not only Rhythm Works, but also Therapeutic Listening and SOS Feeding Therapy. Miss Sam continues to find passion in supporting our students at a local and global level, always searching for the next best opportunities for children.

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Emily Dundon

CSDA Faculty

Emily Dundon has been part of Center Stage Dance Academy for over 20 years. She was a member of the outreach team and teacher training program during her time as a student. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Rhode Island where she specialized in school psychology as well as received her certification in Mental Health First Aid. Emily was also a part of the URI Dance Company and served as president her senior year. During this time, she was able to bring the mission of the outreach team to URI giving back to organizations such a Toys for Tot, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and The Boys and Girls Club. She now attends Northeastern University where she is enrolled in the Applied Behavioral Analysis graduate program on the track to becoming a BCBA. In addition to teaching at Center Stage Emily also teaches adaptive hip hop classes in her hometown at the Riverview School. Emily recently joined Miss Sam on the We Can Dance Team and is excited to continue to help the program grow! She is a YPAD certified educator, Acrobatic Arts Certified as well as working towards her Rhythm Works Certification.

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Fitness Instructor

Brittany Gagnon

Brittany Gagnon has been dancing since she was 4 years old and joined Center Stage during her last two years of high school. During her senior year, she participated in the Outreach team and was part of the teacher training program. Along with her classes as Center Stage, Brittany took a variety of dance classes during her time at Rising Tide Charter School including contemporary, West African, ballet, and samba to further expand her knowledge of dance. After graduating high school in 2017, Brittany remained at Center Stage as an intern instructor training alongside Miss Diana, Miss Becca, and Miss Amanda. She has taken class with a Martha Graham original where she developed a deeper passion for modern and contemporary dance. Brittany is currently working on both her YPAD and Intelli -Dance certifications this year.

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CSDA Faculty

Jacqui Holmes

Jacquelyn “Jacqui” Holmes is a Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) Certified Dance Educator, with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a Pedagogy concentration from Dean College. In the summer of 2018, she interned as a Creative Movement Instructor at The Boston Ballet School alongside their creator children’s program creator, Luciano Aimar. During spring 2019, Jacqui studied abroad in Argentina in an intensive dance and Spanish program. She trained under Teatro Colón’s former principal dancer, Chichi Diaz, world renowned Tango professor, Alejandro Figliolo, and contemporary artist and choreographer, Hernán Martinez. During her time at Dean College, she performed in a variety of shows, dance films, and a commercial. Miss Jacqui began her dance education career at Center Stage Dance Academy as a teacher’s assistant from 2012-2016 and has been an instructor since 2017.  Jacqui was part of the CSDA Outreach Team, Senior Company, was Dance Captain, and is an award-winning soloist. She was the captain of the Plymouth North Dance Team, helped her team to become regional champions, and represented New England at the National Dance Team Championships in Disney World. Jacqui received the All-American Award from the Universal Dance Association in 2015 and was asked to be a part of the staff in 2016. From 2019-2021 Jacqui worked at The Deane School of Dance under the former President of The New England chapter of The Dance Masters of America and Nationally renowned dance educator, Georgia Deane Young. Jacqui continues to broaden her horizons in the dance education field by working at other Massachusetts dance studios. She has been an instructor at Dance Dimensions and Dance Theatre of New England since 2020. “I will always encourage my students of all ages to strive to be their best selves, inside and outside of the studio.” 

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Brogan Mulligan

CSDA Faculty

Brogan Mulligan started her dance training at Broadway Dance Academy in Tewksbury, MA at the age of three.  She attended Broadway Dance until she joined Center Stage at the age of six.  She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, pointe, hip hop, and breakin'.  During her time at Center Stage, she was part of the outreach and competition teams.  She competed both with the team and as a soloist, including some self-choreographed pieces, and is a regional and national award-winning soloist. Brogan was also dance captain at Center Stage and was part of the teacher training program for many years.  Brogan attended Worcester State University earning a degree in Urban Studies. While there, she was part of the dance club and choreographed many performances for them.  Brogan has continued her dance education by taking classes with Adrienne Hawkins, Rainbow Tribe, Urbanity, and at Boston Ballet.  She teaches a variety of classes at Center Stage, including hip hop, breakin', and the boys' classes, among others.  Brogan is one of our Outreach Team and competition choreographers. She is currently working on her YPAD certification, her Masters of Education at Merrimack College, and is a Special Education teacher at Latham Centers in Brewster.

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CSDA Faculty

Diana Mulligan

Diana Mulligan began her dance training at age 4. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz and creative movement extensively. Diana received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Fitchburg State College. She was the founding member of the Fitchburg State Dance Team and performed with them for 4 years. Diana has been teaching at Center Stage for 19 years and is a Master of Teaching young children. She is a YPAD Certified Dance Educator and creates early childhood dance curriculum. Diana has a passion for the written word and does a weekly story time for our dancers. Diana is the choreographer for our mini and outreach rep team and  teaches our preschool and elementary classes helping our youngest dancers build a good solid steppingstone for the future.

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Jade Mulligan

Assistant Outreach Team Director

Jade Mulligan started her gymnastics training at Walker's Gym at two and her dance training at Broadway Dance Academy at the age of three. She attended both centers until she began at Center Stage Dance Academy when she was ten and was a student there for the next eight years. During her time at Center Stage, she joined the dance teacher training program. She was a member of Plymouth South High School's Dance Team, took dance class at Cape Cod Community College, and was a member of both the Competition Team and Outreach Team at Center Stage. Upon graduation Jade enrolled at Dean College in Franklin, MA where she studied as a Dance Major and had intensive training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Choreography. She is a YPAD Certified Instructor and is a certified "Acrobatic Arts" instructor who runs the acro program at Center Stage and is the Assistant Director of the Outreach Team. Her choreography has received national scholarships and invitations to national teams. Jade has taught at several studios on the South Shore, is currently on faculty for Duval Dance and Music and is working on creating her own dance curriculum.

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Julia Sykes

CSDA Faculty

Julia Sykes began dance training at the age of nine, studying ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz at CSDA. After high school, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. In New York she had the opportunity to learn and perform choreography by various world-renowned choreographers, including Ron K. Brown, Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Muller, Nathan Trice, and Twyla Tharp, among others. In the summer of 2014, she joined the dance team for the Mets Affiliated baseball team, The Brooklyn Cyclones. Upon moving back to her native Massachusetts, Julia came back to her CSDA family as faculty and began dancing with various companies and choreographers in the area, including Adrienne Hawkins and Project 31, among others. She has taught classes at local dance centers such as the Dance Complex in Cambridge, and taught intensives and guest choreography at local studios from the South to the North Shore of Massachusetts. Julia joined BoSoma Dance Company from 2018 - 2021, a company the Boston Globe describes as “vigorously athletic and artistically sculptural”, and “the Alvin Ailey of New England” from audience testimonials. She also taught at BoSoma School of Dance from 2019-2022. In 2021, Julia is earned her certification in Personal Training from ACE Fitness. In May 2022, she opened Studio 721 in Buzzards Bay, MA, which offers adult dance classes and dance related fitness.

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CSDA Faculty

Theophile Victoria

Theophile Victoria graduated from Salem State University with a degree in Dance and Theatre with a concentration in Hip Hop. He is a 2018 presidential Arts scholar and Dean's List recipient. Theo (for short) participated in the Bates Dance Festival as a student and performer in 2017 and 2018. Locally, Theo has performed shows such as The Urban Nutcracker as a Hip-Hop Soloist, Boston Rock Opera's production of Hair, What The Dickens, and is a Project31 Dance Company Member. He has taught at the Company Theater, Boys & Girls Club, and the Gold School. Theo's choreographic work has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, the Salem Arts Festival, and The Boston University Dance Theater. Theo is a YPAD certified educator and a freelance choreographer in Boston.

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CSDA Faculty

Samaria Wilson

Samaria Wilson has been part of the CSDA family for eighteen years. She completed the teacher training program and continues her education with Chapkis worldwide dance training and Hip Hop master teacher John Comix Barella. Samaria has a love for old school hip hop and has made it her mission to teach the fundamentals, history, and culture that comes with it.  She is a certified Youth Protection Advocates in Dance educator and is working on her certification with the Comix Method Samaria is a creative and has a passion for graphic design. Her company SM Graphic Designs specializes in flyers, postcards, invitations, posters & marketing templates. Outside of CSDA, Samaria has taught for the DARE Dance program, and at various studios, schools and camps on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

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Amanda Smith

Studio Manager

Heide Hatinen

Secretary

Aymee Levis

Costume & Retail Manager

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