Dance Unlimited's well balanced approach to teaching dance is a tribute to the school Artistic Director, Founder, Teacher and Choreographer, Linda Turner. Linda's experience as a former professional dancer, teacher and coach bring a well balanced approach to the studio environment. She includes over 30 years teaching experience from Pre-K to the College/University Level. As well as being a ceritified teacher Linda's creditionals include:
*Active membership in Boston Dance Teachers Club & Dance Masters of America
*Certified Ajudicator by the National Dance Council
*Former Professional Dancer
*Award winning and competitive gymnast
*Post Graduate Dance Masters Teacher Training School at the University of Buffalo. Certification in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary and Acrobatics'
*Dance Team Coach Middle School to College Levels
*Cheerleading Coach Middle School to College Levels
*Former New England Patriots Cheerleader
*Gymnastic floor exercise choreographer
*Certified Kindermusik Instructor
*Certified Ariel Silks & Bungee Instructor
*Choreographer NE Patriots Cheerleader Alumni
Linda frequently attends workshops and seminars across the country such as Pulse, Summit and Dance Teacher Web. This ongoing exposure is evident in the schools training and choreography, especially in the schools resident dance group, the DU Dancers. These dancers have performed Linda's choreography at Walt Disney World, ABC TV Disney Christmas Parade, Universal Studios, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Boston State House, The Boston Celtic's & Red Sox.
Emily McHugh - Ms. Emily studied dance at Bridgewater State University & UMass Boston. She was very active in their respective dance companies as both a performer & choreographer. Ms. Em has also assisted with choreographer for the DU productions in Walt Disney World. She is a sought after Zumba & Barre Teacher here in the South Shore. Ms. Em recently had a little girl Saorse, who joins her son Lochlan.
Karen McAlpin - Ms. Karen began her journey with DU back in 1992 and returned to DU as a member of the Adult class. Karen graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Production/Stage Management and has worked at various theaters in the Boston & surrounding areas. She currently works part time at the North Shore Music Theatre in production. When she is not dancing or in the theatre she can be found at Source One Financing.
Lindsey Murphy - Ms. Lindsey has studied dance extensively beginning with her mom here at DU. She has attended a number of conferences in New York City at Summit and recently at Dance Teacher Web in Las Vegas. Lindsey also completed the DTCB Education Certificate Program and was the recipient of the Teach In Award for showing most potential as a dance educator. She also won the National Dance Council Scholarship which was based on her talent in tap and outstanding academic record. Lindsey is also a CPA and tax analyst for one of the country's top four accounting practices.
Libby O'Dowd - Ms. Libby completed our intern program here at DU and is into her second year teaching. She was a performer on the televised ABC Walt Disney World Christmas Event and has performed in key roles here at DU in our bi annual production of the Nutcracker.
Julia Gazzara - Has grown up training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre. She competed in competitions throughout NE. She danced and competed while attending Bridgewater State University where graduated with a BA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. In addition to being a dance teacher she also teaches art. Julia hopes to motivate students to engage in all forms of expression and to help them discover their own passion & goals
Sarah Maurer - Sarah recently graduated from UMASS Amherst with a BFA in Dance through the Five College Dance Program. During her time as a student her studies led her to intern as an Artist in Liaison at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. Sarah recently presented her own work "Eleven Minutes of Consciousness". She is excited to be doing the faculty at DU this year and can't wait to see everyone grow as a dancer.
Haylee Jackson - Haylie has just completed the Intern Program here at DU and is happy to be on staff. Haylie is part of our Company Program who has performed in Disney & the Celtics.
Allison McPhail - Allison received her BA in Theatre with a minor in film & voice from Roger Williams University which she graduated Magna Cum Laude. At present she is studying for her Masters at Emerson College. We are happy she will be teaching Musical Theatre here at DU!