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Masters Dance Academy

We are passionate teachers and choreographers who want to deliver high quality dance education in a nurturing environment that will encourage your children to shine!



Bekah Blair

Bekah Blair started Masters Dance Academy with over a decade of choreography and teaching experience. Her beautiful choreography reflects a deep belief in the importance of performance quality and emotional connection. She has a strong and diverse background in many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. Before starting Masters Dance Academy, she was teaching at Needham Dance Theater and choreographing for their competitive dance team for 5 years. She is also the Dance Department head at Charles River Creative Arts Program. She has a B.A. in Dance Education and a Masters degree in Social Work. She brings positivity and encouragement to each of her students in the classroom and creativity and drama to the stage!

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Christy Gilbert

Christy Gilbert began dancing at the age of three and has loved every minute of her constantly evolving career. At the age of seven, with encouragement from her teacher, Kerry Smith, Christy transitioned her focus to ballet at Boston Ballet School's Intensive Division. She has been granted opportunities to dance and study with many great artists, which include Laura Young, Suki Schorer, Tatiana Gennadievna, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. After dancing and performing for a decade with Boston Ballet, Christy changed paths to attend college, however, quickly found herself using her ballet expertise to teach technique classes for Springfield college and local competitive studios. Since 1999, Christy has taught students of all ages and levels in California and Massachusetts. She feels deeply about sharing her years of knowledge and experience with her students. Christy believes highly in developing dancers with strong ballet technique.

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Jessie Manning

Jessie Manning began dancing at the age of three. In high school, she spent her days and nights dancing between Pebblebrook High School’s Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts and Roswell Dance Theater. As a dance major at Point Park University, she had the opportunity to dance with Texture Contemporary Ballet and perform at Jazz Dance World Congress. After University, Jessie danced and traveled the world with Royal Caribbean Productions. She moved to Atlanta after ships and began teaching ballet and modern at two local studios. Jessie is excited to join the Masters Dance Academy team! 


Zoe Habershaw

Zoe Habershaw began dancing at 8 years old. She danced competitively and has been cross-functionally trained in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and jazz funk. She has just graduated from Stonehill College, where she was studying Health Sciences with a concentration in nutrition. She continues to take various dance classes at both Stonehill and in the city of Boston. In her freshman year of college, Zoe began training for NFL and NBA professional dance teams. She currently trains with former New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Celtics Dancers and is in the process of auditioning for these dream teams. In addition to Zoe’s dance journey, she teaches barre and other fitness classes at various studios in Rhode Island and now, MDA! 


Niki Thelismond

Niki is an extremely experienced dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Niki studied performing arts at Suffolk University. She now teaches throughout the greater Boston area including Charles River Creative Arts Program, Needham Dance Theatre, and Suzanne’s Dance Connection of Burlington. She also leads the EnMotion Dance Company group in Cambridge, MA.


Lauren Kern

Lauren Kern is an accomplished dancer, educator, and instructor and is so excited to join the team at Masters Dance Academy! She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Dance Education. By day, she is a Preschool teacher and enjoys being able to incorporate dance concepts into the school day for her students. Lauren's past notable teaching endeavors include choreographing for musicals at Triboro Youth Theatre, running the dance division of Arts for Youth summer camp, and starting a kids dance/fitness program at Ballroom in Boston. Dance has always been Lauren’s passion since the age of 3 and she has trained in various dance styles and techniques since then. Her favorite style to perform to this day is Musical Theatre Jazz. Lauren is ecstatic to join the Master’s Dance Family! 


Kaitlyn Saulnier is so excited to join the team at Masters! She is a recent graduate from Stonehill College with a BA in Performing Arts and a minor in Dance. She has been dancing competitively for 14 years. She has a diverse knowledge of various dance styles, including tap, jazz, ballet, choreography, and dance history. She was a proud member Stonehill's Dance Club where took classes and choreographed performances pieces. She was also a member of Stonehill's Musical Theatre Club where she served as assistant choreographer. Outside of Stonehill she has taken classes at Pineapple Dance Studios in London, UK. 

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Anna McDonnell

Anna is extremely passionate about teaching and choreographing, and loves dance more than anything else! She trained in all styles, growing up at Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center and then later pursued dance in college. She currently works with competitive companies teaching tap and choreographing with a focus on tap. She works with children of all ages & abilities. Outside of dance, Anna has a bachelor's degree in psychology and childhood studies from Bridgewater State University.