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Janet Marland

Janet Marland is the director & an instructor at FIM. She is an active member of GBDTA & Dance Masters of America. She started dance at the age of 3. As she got older & started attending conventions w/ master teachers, performing at outside venues, competing & especially assistant teaching, it was obvious which direction she wanted to head in after high school graduation. She began teaching at the studio where she grew up when she turned 18. Janet also attended Bridgewater State University where she got her Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness & Exercise Science. While at BSC she was a member of the Dance Company & traveled on tour with Dance Olympus as a VIP during the summer of 1992. In addition to continuing to teach after college, she worked at Milford Hospital for 2 years in the cardiovascular department.

In 1998, Janet decided it was time to focus on what she had a real passion for which was teaching children to dance. She officially opened FIM in 1999 inside a gymnastics facility in Medway, MA. After outgrowing the space FIM moved to its 2nd location in 2005. Again needing to expand FIM moved to its current location the summer of 2012. Miss Janet got married in 1996 & has 3 children, ranging in age from 13 to 3. Due to the growth of the studio & demands of raising a family, over the past 17 years, she has gone from teaching all classes herself to having an incredible faculty who also share her passion for dance.

Janet Marland
Ashley Connolly

Ashley began dancing at the age of three at Krylo Dance studio in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She continued her studies at Festival Ballet Providence, where she danced with the junior company for four years.  A 2011 cum laude graduate of Dean College, she graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in dance and a minor in business.

While at Dean, Ashley was a member of the Dean Dance Company. Ashley is also a graduate of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. In 2014 she taught and judged for the Dance Masters of America New England chapter scholarships. Ashley loves to teach and pass on her knowledge and passion of dance to her students.


Ashley Connolly
Mary Ahern

Originally from Easton MA, Mary Ahern has been dancing for over 20 years. Mary has been trained in all styles of dance, but focuses her energy on jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. During college, Mary was an active member of the nationally ranked Westfield State competitive dance team, and spent time dancing with contemporary dance company, Contemporarily Out Of Order.

Mary has been a member of the Boston based company IMPACT Dance, under the direction of Meghan McCaffrey, for two seasons. She has also recently become a member of the Greater Brockton Dance Teacher's Association. Mary's passion for dance is matched only by her passion for teaching. She loves sharing her knowledge with her students and watching them develop their own love of dance."


Mary Ahern
Audra Hebard

Audra is a 2009 graduate of the Integrated Program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she trained in dance and voice under Broadway veterans such as Cindy Thole, Cynthia Murray, Lars Rosager, and Mark Santoro. Since starting at the age of 2, and competing regionally and nationally at the age of 12, she studied a various studios throughout the New England area, primarily at the Charlotte Klein Dance Center in Worcester, MA, and The Putnam Dance Center. After AMDA, Audra began concentrating more in Ballet, taking classes from James Reardon of the Boston Dance Company, Clyde Nantais at the Boston Ballet, and Ilona Wall at Jose Matteo Ballet Theater in Cambridge, MA.

Educational and community theater credits include The Wizard of OZ (Ensemble), Guys ‘N Dolls (Ensemble), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), The Fiddler On The Roof (Hodel), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Jeannette Neill Repertory Show (Dancer); Regional: A Chorus Line (Bebe); Professional: Cleopatra: A Life Unparalleled (Octavia/Ensemble), The Nutcracker with The Boston Dance Company (Corps de Ballet/Soloist), and Boston Community Dance Project (Dancer). Audra teaches Ballet to our Advanced dancers and her choreography has won numerous Regional and National awards.


Audra Hebard
Pauline Wright

Pauline started dancing at 3 years old, in Cleveland Ohio with Ruth Pryor. After moving to Boston when she was five, her mother opened her studio ,Paulette's ballet studio, where Pauline received her formative training both in ballet, and point and as an assistant teacher at the age of 13, right on up through high school. Pauline went on to a B.A. in theater at the university of Maine, and studied dance with the Boston Conservatory,  and the Maine state ballet.

Pauline performed in summer theaters, and dinner theaters in , Monticello, NEW YORK, and Maine. In Sept. of 1975, after graduating from the university of Maine, she then went on to New York city , just like ruby keeler , traveling on the greyhound bus with 50 bucks in her pocket, a job at a health spa, and a place to stay.   In December she auditioned, and landed the job, of the Queen of the can can , in the Peter Jackson revue, the Blue, Angel, and La Vie En rose, where she was a soloist in several dances.

Feet in Motion has given her the opportunity at this stage of her career to challenge herself to participating in choreographing for competitions. She loves the atmosphere at the studio, of encouragement and teamwork amongst the faculty, and the students. She loves the students work ethic and "esprit de coeur" . FIM has given her the opportunity to grow as a teacher and choreographer, its never to late to challenge yourself! 

Pauline also continues to choreograph for High school musicals in the area, last year "Footloose " at Northbridge High school. Pauline is a member of both Dance Teachers club of Boston, and Dance Masters of America, two organizations you have to be tested for to join.

Pauline Wright
Alexander Drapinski

Alex is an accomplished dancer who currently performs with Impact Dance Company, a contemporary dance company directed by Megan McCaffery. He has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, another modern dance company. Under the direction of  Jamie Jewett, the company performed in Boston, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Sarasota and Providence. Mr. Drapinski has also performed with LCTC-Lorraine Chapman-The Company, Inc. performing at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York City.

Mr. Drapinski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Dean College Palladino School of Dance. During his college career, he choreographed for and danced with Dean College’s Dance Company. He also performed in countless shows directed by faculty as well as his fellow students. He demonstrated his diverse talents by performing hip hop, modern dance, tap, jazz, contemporary dance, and ballet.

In addition to directing Perceptions - The Concert Dance Experience, Alexander teaches hip hop, tap, and contemporary dance to students across Eastern Massachusetts, spreading his love of dance while educating and inspiring.

Alexander Drapinski

Heather Brown

Growing up in the Boston area, Heather Brown originally trained with Boston Ballet and performed in many of their productions such as Nutcracker, Don Quixote and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She continued her study with Jose Mateo at Ballet Theatre of Boston as part of their pre-professional Youth Works program. Through study at Beloit College in Wisconsin she expanded her knowledge of movement and body awareness with modern technique and started to experiment with choreography. Upon graduation with a BS in Biochemistry and a minor in performing arts, she performed at the Holocaust Museum in DC with the college dance company in a work titled "Wreath of Memories." She has performed as a guest over the years with several ballet companies in the area including Spindle City Ballet, Boston Dance Company, Ballet Rox and Island Moving Company all while working full time in the Biopharmaceutical industry.

In 2013, she rededicated her life to teaching and creating dance. Leaving behind her corporate career, she has worked to create a life with more balance and passion in every day. Establishing her own pick up company, Heather Brown Dance, she has been able to grow as a choreographer and continue to perform on occasion with various other companies. Her most recent choreographic project was a 30min preview performance presented as part of the Providence FRINGE festival. 

As a teacher, she is committed to sharing her dedication and understanding of ballet with her students in a supportive environment. Over the last five years, she has been teaching ballet and modern in several schools in the New England area. In an effort to expand her knowledge of the body and teaching skills, she received a yoga teaching certification through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2016.
Heather Brown

Emily Jane Lewis

Emily Jane Lewis grew up in Plainville, Massachusetts where she trained and competed with the former Turning Pointe School of Dance.  From the ages of four to eighteen, she took as many classes as possible in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics, but especially focused in ballet and pointe.  As she is an active alumna and guest teacher at her home studio, Emily continues her education at Dean College.  She anticipates graduation in the spring of 2018 with bachelor's degrees in dance and psychology.  

Emily performed from an early age through college, but she has found a passion for teaching.  Currently, she teaches a wide range of styles and age groups at different studios in Massachusetts.  Emily has been sharing her love for dance with the Feet in Motion students since 2016.
Emily Jane Lewis

Sarah Bruns

Currently in her 3rd year of teaching at FIM and having danced with Ms. Janet since she was 5 (the very first year FIM opened) Sarah considers herself a veteran of Feet in Motion. Sarah is currently in her last semester at Bridgewater State University studying Education. With teaching being her true passion, Sarah makes the journey from college to FIM every Saturday morning to teach preschool, pre-k, and beginner 1 & 2 classes. Being able to share her love, energy, and passion for dance with both those young and old is what keeps her going.
Sarah Bruns

Emma Wilson

Born and raised in Weymouth, MA, Emma has been dancing for 18 years. Throughout the years she has focused her dance studies on tap, jazz and ballet, her favorites being tap and jazz. 

Emma is currently working towards her Bachelors in Dance and minor in business. She is currently the captain of the Dean College Pom Team. Emma choreographs many of their game routines and collaborated with choreography for their recent competition at Reggie Lewis, where they took home first place and overall Grand Champions. The Pom team has won 1st place and overall Grand Champions two years in a row with Emma on the team. She has also performed in various shows at Dean College. One of Emma's top performance opportunities was when she performed at the Patriots Home Opener after they won their 5th Super Bowl. Emma loves passing on her passion for dance to younger generations and challenges them to chase their dreams and work hard for their goals.

 

 

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Emma Wilson

Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, & Lyrical Dance Classes in Franklin, MA

Feet in Motion Dance Studio   •  250 East Central St.   •  Franklin, MA 02038   •  (508) 520-0054   •   info@feetinmotiondance.com
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