Angela Lavoie – Owner / Director
Angela Lavoie has been a member of the Agnes Strecker dance family for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a B.S. in psychology where she danced competitively at the collegiate level for the UMass Dance team. She is currently a sixth grade math teacher in Lynn and working towards her Masters degree in teaching. Angela has performed professionally throughout New England, as well as several locations overseas during her four seasons as an NFL cheerleader. She was selected to perform overseas for two military tours as well as to travel to China to train dancers performing at local events during the Beijing Olympics. Angela continues to fulfill her passion for dance by taking classes and workshops as well as teaching at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio.
Agnes Strecker is a member of the Dance Master of America, Inc., the Dance Educators of America, Inc., the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Inc. and under the instruction of various New York Teachers.
She constantly strives to remain innovative by continuing her education in dance instruction and choreography through frequenting conventions and seminars given by some of the top dance personalities in New York.
Nicole Chaput, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, has been dancing for over twenty years. Specializing in tap, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary, she has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, Disney World, the Hatch Shell, and many venues in New York, Chicago, Boston, Maine, and New Hampshire. She received her training at The Dance Inn in Lexington, MA, and spent time studying dance at Arizona State University. She continues to dance and perform with world renowned tap dancer Ryan P. Casey’s tap company, as well as takes classes in and around Boston. When she is not dancing, Nicole continues to focus on her nutrition education and recently became a Registered Dietitian.
Jessie Lee Atienza hails from Boston, MA. She began her classical ballet training at the age of three at Northeast School of Ballet under the tutelage of Sandra McNaught and Denise Cecere. Jessie has performed extensively with the schools affiliated company, Northeast Youth Ballet. Through NSB’s professional trainee program, she earned scholarship tuition by acting as an assistant teacher and mentor to students aged 3-16. Jessie has been accepted to and has attended some of the world’s most prestigious classical ballet summer programs, including but not limited to: Virginia School of the Arts (2001), The San Francisco Ballet School (2002), and the Kirov Academy of Ballet (2003-2006), on full scholarship. Miss Atienza has had the opportunity to perform principal roles in many classical ballets, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Snow White, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Coppelia, thirteen consecutive productions of The Nutcracker, and many original contemporary and classical pieces. Jessie studied English at Providence College in Providence, RI. She has taught ballet, pointe, variations and contemporary Greater Boston Area for the past six years.
Julia has been dancing and performing with the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio since she was two years old. She has studied all disciplines of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theater and gymnastics. Julia continues to take many classes continuing her dance education. She has attended many master classes and conventions such as the Pulse and the Teachers Conference in Virginia. As a member of the ASDS dance team she danced for many community and awareness events. She has been a teacher’s assistant and a teacher’s apprentice for five years. She has completed two levels of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston training course and will continue with this training next year.
Along with her passion for dance, Julia is also involved in gymnastics. She has been a competitive gymnast since age six and hopes to continue as long as possible. She has competed in many meets across the state and at the state level where she has had many accomplishments and awards. Julia is a long standing USA Gymnastics member and also coaches level team gymnasts.
Julia is happy and excited to pass on her passion for dance to her students. She enjoys helping her students become better dancers and gymnasts. She hopes to inspire each one of her students with her love for dance.
Oliver Burns, a graduate from Regis College with a B.S. in Communications and Business Management, has been dancing for 16 years and choreographing for 5 years. Although he performs many styles from Contemporary to Latin his main focus is Hip-Hop. Oliver and his group, Trend N Motion, puts together a Spring Tour every year where they can be seen performing at various Fund Raisers, Fashion Shows, and College events throughout New England. When he is not dancing, Oliver is building the media department of his entertainment company Trend Stream.
Patrice Cowhig is the ASDS yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for a number of years. In addition to teaching yoga at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio, Patrice participates in weekly classes and yearly conventions. Patrice believes that yoga is the fusion of movement and breathe, stretching and strengthening, and energy and relaxation. Yoga is a wonderful way to stay fit, flexible, and relaxed. It helps both the body and mind by introducing breathing techniques, concentration and carefully guided poses to achieve relaxation. Patrice works with each individual’s flexibility level because yoga teaches you not to push yourself. Patrice graduated from North Shore Community College with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Patrice now works at Laura Lanes Skin Care in Salem, MA as a licensed massage therapist.
Mark Dante Troiano – Voice, Guitar, Piano & Drums
Mark is a Contemporary Musician who teaches Holistically. He teaches to better the entire person. As a student of Zen, he incorporates principles of balance, musical discipline, and self- awareness into his teaching methodology to allow the student’s inner light to shine through. Mark is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Ma. He has a BA in English: Dramatic Literature & Theater with a double minor in Music: Theory, Composition & Voice. At Wheaton, Mark was the Musical Director of the all-male A Cappella vocal ensemble, The Wheaton College Gentlemen Callers. They recorded five albums together. He has recorded two solo albums – The Lightworker’s Union and The Long Walk Home. Mark can be found playing out at local clubs, bars, cafes, and coffeehouses. Mark is a self-taught musician and a professionally trained vocalist. He has been teaching children and adults for the past 20 years.