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Meet the director!

Katie Paul Anderson grew up in Waltham taking dance lessons at the Studio of Creative Movement.  Katie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Communication and a minor in Dance.  

At UNH she was the captain and choreographer of the school’s award-winning dance team.  She also earned a post-baccalaureate degree from Bridgewater State University in Dance Education K-12 and taught dance at Bedford High School for 13 years.

At BHS, she developed and implemented the dance curriculum, and choreographed and produced several shows each year. Katie also spent several summers at Middlesex School for Summer Arts as a teacher and the Director of the Dance Department.  Additionally, Katie has been involved in instruction and choreography at Waltham High School’s “Dance Theatre” and “Senior Revue” for many years.  

She has taken several classes and workshops with renowned choreographers and dance teachers over the years in Boston and New York.  Katie has also taught line dance classes for corporate team building exercises, wedding dances, and cardio jazz at Bentley University.  

At home, Katie enjoys having dance parties with her three young children.  

Amy McCue Chiasson
is entering her 28th year with the Studio, her 11th year as a hip-hop instructor. She is excited to start her third year as the “coach” of the Studio’s award winning dance team. Amy was recently awarded “Best Choreography” at Nationals for “I Missed the Bus." Amy is a choreographer for various dance and cheer teams in the area and, in 2005, won a National Title with her Pop Warner cheerleading team. She is also a sixth grade English and Reading teacher at the McDevitt Middle School in Waltham. In her free time, Amy loves hanging out with her family and playing with her two sons, Tyler and Connor.

Deborah Peros-Finnell
received her BA from Northeastern University majoring in Theatre Arts/Performance, minoring in Dance and Education. She is certified and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education and has been teaching, directing and choreographing both at the Studio and in the Waltham Public Schools for the past 26 years! Deb has pioneered a Dance/Movement curriculum at WHS that is available to all students during their Academic day. Strongly influenced by her sister Joanne’s love of Theatre and Dance, she followed in Joan’s footsteps performing with Reagle Players, also assuming Artistic Director for Reagle’s Summer Youth Theatre. Her past teaching experience also includes the towns of Reading, Westford, Lincoln Sudbury and Bedford. Deb is most noted for her creation of “WHS Dance Theatre” now entering its 24th season. This production helped nurture most of our staff’s passion for choreography and dance excellence.

Korinne Robertson
has been studying dance in the areas of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop and Musical Theater for the past 17 years. She grew up dancing at the Studio of Creative Movement. She has since taught at Reagle Player's Musical Theater Camps and The Waltham Boys and Girls Club. She currently teaches numerous classes at Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts in Wellesley, MA.This past summer she was accepted into and attended a week long intensive held in New York City with the Radio City Rockettes. She attended Franklin Pierce University for a year where she majored in Dance and studied alongside Boston Ballet's Reagan Messer and Wendy Dwyer. She has worked aside numerous professional as well as Broadway choreographers. Her recent credits include: No, No, Nanette, 42nd Street, A Salute to Rogers and Hammerstein, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles and Dance Captain of Reagle Players It's Christmas Time.

Jesse Bastarache
holds a degree in Theatre Education From Emerson College and is currently teaching drama at the McDevitt and Kennedy middle schools in Waltham. No stranger to Creative Movement, she has been dancing here since she was two years old. For the past six years she has choreographed the Kennedy Middle School spring musical, and currently runs the McDevitt Middle School drama program, directing and choreographing both of their annual shows. For two years, she was the director of performing arts at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club, where she taught jazz, tap and hip hop during the year and directed and choreographed their summer youth theatre shows. She is currently directing and choreographing the Waltham Summer School’s new youth theatre program.

Shannon Orifice
has an Associates Degree in Dance from Dean College and a Bachelors Degree in Dance Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop since she was 3 years old. Shannon has also taken many master classes with notable dancers and choreographers, including tap extraordinaire Savion Glover. After growing up dancing at the Studio, Shannon is excited to return and share her passion of dance with our many students. Shannon also teaches for A+ Dance Camp and dances with the Creative Movement Dance Company.

Jaime Douglas
started dancing when she was 3 years old and grew up dancing at the Studio of Creative Movement. She continued to pursue her passion for dance at the University of New Hampshire where she received her masters degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Dance. She has studied jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, ballet and aerial dance. Jaime was a long time member of Creative Movement's dance team "Fire" where she competed at the Dance Worlds two years in a row. She is also a member of Creative Movement's non-profit Dance Company. Jaime was excited to return to the Studio as a teacher to share her love for dance!

Grace Gehrenbeck-Shim
started dancing at age 3, and began dancing at Creative Movement in the second grade. She graduated from Waltham High School in 2010, and went on to study Psychology at Boston University, where she graduated in 2014. She currently works full time for the Boston Public Schools. She is also the choreographer for both the Kennedy Middle School and McDevitt Middle School’s annual musical productions. Grace has experience in teaching at local dance studios as well as various musical theatre groups. During the summer, she is a dance counselor at the Creative Arts at Park summer program. Grace is also a member of the Creative Movement Dance Company and was a member of the award-winning Creative Movement Dance Team. Grace looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all of her students!

Lindsey Boudrot
is a lifelong student of the Studio of Creative Movement who began dancing at the Studio in 1993 and later joined the Studio’s non-profit Dance Company. She was also a part of Creative Movement’s Open Hip Hop Dance Team, “Fire,” winning multiple titles and has performed twice in the Dance Worlds Competition. Lindsey participated for many years as both a dancer and a teacher in the Reagle Player's annual production of "It's Christmas Time." She has also coached youth football cheerleadering as an assistant cheerleading coach for Waltham Pop Warner and Waltham High School. Most recently, Lindsey has provided dance instruction for the “Dancing with the Waltham Stars” fundraiser which benefits the Waltham Senior Center. In addition to her full-time job as a dental hygienist and her classes at Creative Movement, Lindsey is also a youth dance instructor at Josiah Hayden Recreation Centre in Lexington, MA focusing on tap, jazz and ballet. Lindsey couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Studio’s creative team and continues to enjoy working with Waltham’s talented dancers!

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