Studio 3 Dance
Colchester & Swanton VT
About Us ~ About our Team
Michelle Little and Rachel Bilodeau are business partners, co-directors and teachers of Studio 3 Dance. Michelle and Rachel have a combined 47 years of teaching experience and specialize in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, African & Hip Hop. They delight in every aspect of the studio but most of all sharing their love for dance with children and pupils of all ages, levels and backgrounds. There is nothing more that Michelle and Rachel would rather do than to be at the studio with students, families and the amazing team of teachers! You will find right away when you walk through the doors the feeling and vibe is welcoming, positive, supportive, friendly and fun!
Rachel is the proud mom of 4 great kids, Kelsie, Violet, Abby, and Beckham. She loves all aspects of dance and loves being able to run a family friendly business that her children can be a part of when they choose to.
Rachel's first choreography debuted in 1995 while she was still in high school. Since then she has choreographed numerous award winning dances in many genras such as lyrical, African, hip hop, and she has somewhat coined "creepy jazz". Rachel has received many over all choreography awards throughout the years at numerous dance competitions.
In 2003 Rachel graduated with a bachelors in psychology and a minor in dance she where worked in the field as a behavioral interventionist until 2005 when she took a position as an employee benefits specialist for an Marketplace Insurance Center. Throughout her professional careers as well as college she always remained teaching dance, it always was her passion. In 2009 she decided it was time to start her dream of opening a dance studio, hence the opening of Studio 3 Dance & Fitness in 2010. Rachel knew Michelle Little would be the perfect partner in this business adventure and she is delighted to be able to share her love and passion for dance with people of all ages and all ability levels
Michelle is proud being a co-founder and inspiration at S3D. When Rachel asked her to join this adventure it was at a time in her life things had changed as she has just lost her mother to cancer. Michelle is delighted she took the challenge and has never looked back!
Michelle is a native Vermonter born and raised in Burlington. She started her dance training as a very young girl at a local neighborhood studio. Her passion was sparked and it's continued all these years.
Michelle has been performing her whole life, was a former competition dancer, and started doing choreographer and classes exclusively in her early 20's. Her routines have garnished many Platinum awards, special judges awards, judges Choice Awards, 1st placements, a number of soloist tap Title Winners and numerous accolades throughout her career. She is proud of all her students every single time! Michelle continually trains attending Master Classes and conventions a number time throughout the year.
Michelle is graduate of Trinity College of Vermont with her BS in Business Management/Finance and minors in Management and Psychology. She is a 2007 graduate of LCRCC Leadership Champlain program. She was employed for many years as Director of Finance at the Lake Champlain Reg. Chamber of Commerce and mostly recently CVOEO. She was beyond delighted to give her resignation November 2015 to pursue the dance studio and give full attention to the growing business. Michelle has been a long term standing Board member of Spectrum Youth and Family Services and Former Treasurer and formally on their Dance Showcase Committee for Puppets in Education.
When not teaching or managing the studio, Michelle and her husband Tim enjoy traveling the world and sharing their passion of travel with others. They love their two sibling fur babies Miss Marley and Lil Ziggy. The reside in Milton, VT.
Stephanie started dancing at the age of three at Miss Jackie's Studio of Dance in Rutland, Vt. She Studied and specializes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical. Stephanie joined Studio 3 in 2011 and currently instructs competitive solo, duet and group choreography as well as Tap and Ballet technique. In 2015 her senior Tap piece, "Stubborn Love" was recognized for the overall highest score at Diva Dance Competition.
“Ms. V” utilizes a very modern approach to classical pedagogical practices to focus on helping dancers develop appropriate balance, stability, flexibility and technique while being conscientious of current influences. Over her 26 years of dance experience, modern, contemporary ballet, and fusion dance have become her main focus due to their versatility without compromising proper technique and expressiveness.
Verity started her classical ballet and supplemental training (jazz, tap, and gymnastics) in Northern California at The Mendocino Ballet (Mary Morris) and The San Francisco Ballet School (Nancy Johnson, David Simmons). After moving to Virginia in 1991, she resumed taking ballet and pointe classes at The Evelyn Ott School of Dance. After being accepted to EOSOD’s competition team, Charisma Performing Company, she competed in regional and national dance competitions such as Dance Masters of America, Headliners, and Showstoppers with great success until 1994 under the tutelage of Ms. Denise Ott Land and Ms. Brenda Norman. From 1995-97, her studies brought her to private lessons with the renowned Ms. Marion Mease who opened her eyes to the possibility of dancing professionally.
Her professional career enabled her to perform in numerous productions from Las Vegas’ Circus Circus and The Sand Castle Dinner Theater in Guam, to modern pieces with Ballet West and exploration at The Kitchen (NY) among others. Verity’s experiences choreographing and performing numerous pieces from Hong Kong to Canada instilled an insatiable hunger for cultural exploration through dance. Although she enjoyed traveling, performing, and studying various types of dance, Verity decided to settle down on Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina with her family in 2003 where she taught ballet, tap, acro and jazz classes for the MWR until 2008.
After moving to Vermont with her husband and their three children in the summer of 2012, a little studio caught “Ms. V’s” attention out of the corner of her eye and the “spark” reignited.
Born and raised in Long Island. Ali began dancing at the age of three at the Jan Martin Dance Studio in Huntington, NY and has not stopped moving since. In high school, she joined her schools kick line team and was the dance team captain in her schools production of "West Side Story", "Oklahoma" and "Grease". She then completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont where she was a member of the Catamount Dance Crew. She also minored in dance at UVM where she has had the opportunity to tour in New England and Nebraska. After taking some time off in dance Ali joined Studio 3 Dance in 2010. She quickly joined the adult competition team and began teaching multiple classes. Specializing in Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Ali took a teaching a position at South Burlington High School where she has taught the varsity dance team since 2015.
DON ADRIEAN J. OBVIAR
Don was born in the Philippines where he trained in Classical ballet at Teatro Baile de Cavite under Brezhnev Larlar and many other notable dancers and teachers nationally. Don won national awards for this dance and choreography while on full scholarship to De La Salle College of Saint Benilde at Manila. Don was promoted as Romancon company member at the age of 17 in 2007. Don's interests include modern ballet, neo-classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, and Philippine folk dance. He has danced several full- length ballets and musicals, and had earned multiple Best Choreography titles since his youth. Don has taught various master classes throughout New England and enjoys making dance a part of every day.
Mandy began dancing at the age of eight. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Pointe at Berkshire Dance Theatre in Bennington, Vermont and North Adams, Massachusetts; and Hubbard Hall Dance Theatre in Cambridge, New York. She was captain of her high school dance team, and became a member of the Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop dance teams at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Mandy moved to Burlington in 2008 to attend the University of Vermont. She began taking classes at Studio 3 in 2013, and a year later accepted the offer to be a dance instructor.
Mandy has choreographed several pieces for both competitive and recreational dancers; specifically Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop genres. Her Hip Hop piece, “Carousel”, won first place and received special judges awards at both local and away competitions, and her Contemporary duet, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, won first
Place at Elite Dance Competition in Massachusette. Mandy also enjoys being a judge for high school dance competitions throughout the state of Vermont.
ROB A. MYERS
Rob is a force to be reckoned in the the dance and performing arena. Currently living in the Salt Lake City, Rob has provided his dance expertise to studios, theatre companies and dance teams in Georgia, Florida, and of coarse, here in Vermont.
Mr. Myers is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and Cultural Communication. His written works have been published online for the Examiner, Yahoo.com and Move Newz Online,and he currently writes for BroadwayWorld magazine and Salt Lake City Weekly. He has received dance training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and African. While attending Miami Carol City Sr. High, completer courses in Choreography,Jazz and Dance Improvisation techniques while in college and more recently trained under notable choreographers: Chuck Maldando, Kevin Maher,Marty Kudelka,and NappyTabs.
Rob Has been coaching dance competitively for over 13 years. He's offered his talents and time as choreographer for the semi-pro, Georgia Falcon "Red Hots" Dance team, choreographer and mentor to the Fashionizta Divas, Associate Choreographer for the African American Dance Review, the Dancin' Divas Lovejoy Middle School in Hampton, GA and adviser and Coach for the Legacy Dance Team at the illustrious Spelman College. In the summer months, Rob provides his expertise as Dance Instructor and Stage Manager for the Ferst Center Arts Musical Theatre Camp at Georgia Tech.
Through his work with Stage Ready Productions,Rob has stages dance productions, directed fashion shows & pageants,provided casting for music videos, shows and concert tours, and produced some original works.
Rob's choreographic works have garnered top honors and special recognition throughout the competitive dance arena in various states. Rob served as Men's Dance Captain for the Pregame and Halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXIII, and had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Stevie Wonder,Cher, and KISS.
Rob Believes "Dance is not an option,it's a lifestyle. Live it. Love it. Breath it. Work it. DANCE!"
Katrina is a native Vermonter residing in Richmond, VT. She started dancing at 12 years of age after watching her sister dance and it sparked a passion in Katrina!
Her first priority is ballet and she studied exclusively at the Vermont Ballet Theatre up through the end of high school. Katrina then continued her ballet training at the prestigeous Dean College in Massachusettes. She also studied modern, jazz, hip hop and tap. She received her Bachelor's Degree and specializes in ballet.
Katrina travels the summers to Cape Cod where she enjoys time with friends and family and enjoys her summers on the Cape! We are delighted to have Miss Katrina teaching ballet, tot hip hop, tumble dance and fun!
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Carolyn started dancing at age five in Bethesda, Maryland where she specialized in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Her love of dance only grew when she moved up to Burlington VT to attend school at the University of Vermont. There, she expanded her dance expertise to include modern, improv, and contemporary dance. She graduated in 2015 with a minor in Dance and proud accomplishments, such as presenting her choreography to the prestigious ACDA festival and UVM’s Dancing Uphill. Carolyn has been teaching for the past decade at summer camps, the Vermont Dance Academy and now at Studio 3. When she's not teaching, Carolyn dances for a local Modern Dance company; Paula Higa Dance & ERs.
Molly Ayer Hartman
Molly Hartman started dancing at local studios at the age of 2. She continued studing all types of dance on an off throughout her highschool years. Molly's passion for dance continued when she began choreographing musicals as a college student for her former high school and for community theatre productions. Molly continued to study dance while she was getting her Music Education degree at Castleton University. Molly is now a music, drama and dance teacher at St. Albans City School. She continues to study and perform with groups such as Bryce Dance Company, The VandenCross Dance Company and SyNergy Dance Company. Molly is so excited to be teaching dance at Studio 3!
Meghan was born and raised in Vermont and has been dancing since the age of 4. She danced competitively until the age of 18. Meghan started teaching at Studio 3 in 2017. She is also the Enosburg Varsity Dance Coach and is a member of SynRgy Dance, an adult dance program led by Rose Bedard. She participates and teaches in jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Along with teaching and coaching dance, Meghan is a middle school Math teacher and loves being with children every chance she can get!
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Erika E. Dubin
Erika has been a dedicated dancer since the age of three and has since been with many studios in Vermont. For her last three years of high school she was on Studio 3’s competition dance team. She has choreographed tap solos for 5 years and has won multiple platinums and has been a title winner at Elite Dance competition. In her last year she also choreographed a group dance for competition. She has studied in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, tap, hip hop and African.
She has been a member of Tap Kids, an audition only summer tap dance intensive for four years. Within that time she has been able to work with many world famous tap dancers, including Sarah Reich, Michelle Dorrance, Lisa LaTouche, Aaron Tolson, Derick Grant and many more.
She graduated from high school 2018 and is headed off to Mulenberg college for Dance with a concentration in choreography. She is excited for her future and to see what lies ahead.
Mary Hondal is 17 years old and a senior at Burlington High School. She has been dancing for 9 years, and currently trains in ballet, jazz, contemporary/ modern and tap. She has self choreographed contemporary solos for competition the past 3 seasons, and won the Duchame Award at the Vermont Youth Maple Festival Talent Show in 2017. Since then she has won many other technique, choreography and overall awards. In 2019 her solo ‘Let Go’ was the overall highest scoring dance at Take Centerstage Dance Challenge, and also took home 1st place at Turn It Up Dance Challenge and Diva Dance Competition, as well as title at Elite Dance Challenge. Most recently she attended Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Intensive. Studio 3 is delighted to have Mary this year not only competing herself, but also doing some fantastic pieces for our wonderful competiiton students!
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