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Michelle Spina, Founding & Artistic Director

Michelle has been dancing since the age of 2.  She began her training at Helen O’Neil’s and continued on at Position 1, where she was a senior dancer and instructor.  Michelle earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Rhode Island in Business.  She studied under Herci Marsden during her years at college and continually takes classes and seminars to bring fresh content to her students. Michelle started Extensions School of Dance 27 years ago to bring her love of dance to the East Bay Area. She is passionate about sharing her technical training as well as supporting her students with the tools to be successful individuals in life. She has received several choreography awards and her dancers continually receive highest awards at competition. Michelle has taught at several local schools and is an advocate for outstanding education. She is a community volunteer and has been active in the Arts Magnet School, Guiteras Performing Arts and Bristol Warren Education Foundation. Michelle is a member of National Dance Education Organization and Rhode Island Dance Alliance. She lives in Bristol with her husband, four children and two dogs.  Michelle has been featured in “Women Who Own It”:  https://www.elan-studio.com/blog/women-who-own-it-extensions-school-of-dance and Motif magazine: http://motifri.com/art-seen-michele-spina-dancer-teacher-spiritualist/  When she is not at the studio, you might find her taking a walk, riding a bike, reading a book or sharing a meal with friends and family.

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Kelley L. Pakenham

Kelley L. Deane Pakenham has been teaching the love of Dance to students of all ages for over 30 years. Miss Kelley began her studies at the age of three with the Helen O’Neil School of Dance in Newport, and at the age of seven followed Lorna Deane Rozon when she established the Position One School of Dance, in Portsmouth. In 1990 Kelley was invited to tour the country with the Dance Olympus organization, affording her the opportunity to study with the industry greats, like Jo Rowan, Frank Hatchet, Gus Giordano, and tap master Charles Kelley to name a few.  She began choreographing at the age of 16 and through her instruction, has helped her students win many prestigious awards at regional and national competitions. Some of her students have also continued on to successful professional careers as dancers on and off Broadway, as well as dance teachers. However, Miss Kelley does not measure her students’ successes by awards and trophies, but rather by the applied life lessons developed and learned through dance class.
Kelley founded the All Star Dance Academy in the summer of 2001 on Broadway in Newport, and in 2007 moved to its current and much larger location in Middletown, before retiring from ownership in the fall of 2019. Miss Kelley is grateful for the opportunity to share her love for dance to so many wonderful Aquidneck Island families.
Kelley resides in Portsmouth with her husband Scott and two sons, Evan and Jackson.

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Brooke Spina

Brooke has been dancing since the age of 2.  She is the daughter of Michelle and has grown up at Extensions, taking classes, going to seminars and performing in competitions.  She is currently persuing a degree in occupational therapy and has been an instructor at Extensions School of Dance and All Star Dance Academy for seven years.  Brooke teaches beginner to advanced tap to all ages and is our certified acro teacher on staff.  Brooke will love you and challenge you, which is why her tap dances receive top awards.  When she is not studying and teaching, you might find her skiing, walking her dogs or enjoying our local area.

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Jenna Harrington

Jenna Harrington graduated from The College of Brockport, State University of New York with her Master of Fine Arts in Dance. In 2016, Jenna graduated Suma Cum Laude from Dean College with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Along with her Graduate and Undergraduate studies Jenna has also studies at Alvin Ailey participating in the Summer Dance Intensive at The Ailey School in New York City for two summers. Jenna has been involved in dance education throughout the New England area teaching multiple genres to various age groups through master classes, and weekly scheduled classes. During her graduate studies Jenna researched the inclusion of Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence into the studio, and how this theory can allow dance pedagogues to reach a larger percentage of students. When teaching Jenna applies her research in order to accomplish her goal of catering to every individual in the room. Jenna aims to inspire the next generation of dancers through her dance teaching, while providing space for creativity and individualism.

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Anne Conley

Anne Conley has been dancing for 22 years. She started dancing at Extensions School of Dance at age 2, and went on to dance competitively with both the junior and senior performance teams until she graduated high school in 2011. During her high school career she was also  a member of the St. Mary Academy Bay View Dance Team and a part of the Bay View Player’s Dance Ensemble. By her senior year Anne was named varsity captain of the Dance Team and had student choreographed for them and Bay View’s Manhattan at the Bay. At the conclusion of her senior year she was chosen to travel around the country with the 2011 Dance Olympus convention tour as a Dance Olympus VIP; for which she was featured in the Bristol Patch “Know Your Neighbor: Anne Conley Dances Through Adversity.” Anne went on to study dance at Rhode Island College. She placed 5th in the “So You Think You Want to be a Dance Major” Competition and was a member of the Rhode Island College Dance Company for 2 years. While studying Anne began to teach at Extensions School of Dance and was assistant coach of the Bay View Dance Team.  In 2012 Anne became head coach of the Bay View dance team and has been coaching there going on 8 years. In her time as head coach she has led the Dance Team to seven 1st place wins in the JV Jazz Division at the UDA Dance Championships in Westfield, MA. Anne began coaching the Bay View Cheerleading along with the Dance Team in 2016 earning her the title Director of Cheer and Dance.  Anne models for local photographers across the New England area. Her first publication was this past summer in Style Up Magazine’s 2018 Spring/Summer edition.  She and her fiance, Mike were engaged last October and get married November 2nd 2019.

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Nicole Duhaime

Nicole began dancing at the age of 2 and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and hip hop. Her desire to share her enthusiasm in dance with others came naturally and she began as a teaching assistant at the age of eleven. By the age of twelve, Nicole took on the full teaching responsibilities, choreographing jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop numbers for her studio’s annual recital. Nicole continued her training and teaching until graduating from St. Mary’s Academy Bay View in 2011. She then continued her dance education at Roger Williams University. She began choreographing for the Roger Williams Dance Club her freshman year. In 2011 Nicole joined the faculty of Extensions School of Dance and All Star Dance Academy as a hip hop teacher. Nicole started to choreograph competition hip hop numbers in 2012 for various local dance studios. Her hip hop choreography has won many high scores and special awards such as “most entertaining”, “best choreography” and “highest overall”. In 2014 Nicole became an assistant coach of the Bay View Dance Team and continued for 6 years. Nicole is the artistic director of High Voltage Dance Academy.  Nicole has loved every minute of her constantly evolving dance career and cannot wait to see what more the future holds.

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Tyler Davidson

Tyler started her dance career at the age of three. She then spent twelve years at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts where she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and hip-hop. She was a member of the Junior Dance Ensemble, and then the Senior Dance Company. In these companies, she attended workshops at Walt Disney World and had the honor of performing at Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney.  After her training at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, she continued her dance education at Dean College. She graduated from Dean College in 2014 with her Bachelor of Art Degree in dance. Throughout her entire dancing career, Tyler has attended many master classes and summer programs at FSPA, Jacob’s Pillow, Long Island University, Dean College, the Bates Dance Festival, and at Boston Ballet. Tyler truly found her passion in teaching. Tyler has been teaching dance for the past 6 years. She has been with Extensions for 3 years and All Star for 2 years. She loves bringing joy, confidence, and enjoyment to her students. Her main goal is for her students to have fun, learn new dance moves, make friends, and make the best memories! Tyler is looking forward to working with her new students and to having an awesome year!

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