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About our Staff

Michelle Little and Rachel Bilodeau are business partners, co-directors and teachers of Studio 3 Dance. Michelle and Rachel have a combined 44 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.

Rachel Bilodeau

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 Little

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. 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 and numerous accolades throughout her career. 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 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 most recently accepting Board position at Puppet In Education and formally on their Dance Showcase Committee.

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 Lawrence

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.


VERITY EVANS

“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.


MELISSA HAM-ELLIS

Melissa worked as a Graduate Assistant at Boston University to complete

her Masters Degree in Education; she is also a BFA graduate of theUniversity of Massachusetts at Amherst Five College Consortium (Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoake College) where she achieved her degree as a Chancellor’s Talent Award Scholar.

Melissa was appointed Captain of the award winning Planoette Drill Team at her high school in Plano, TX, and went on to become a professional cheerleader for the SuperBowl Champion New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  A Merit Scholar of the Bates Dance Festival, Melissa has attended summer intensives at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Dance Space Center (DNA,) Jacobs Pillow InsideOut Series, Concord Academy, and she work-shopped with Diavolo Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, performing their Trajectoire in Company B. Trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance idioms.  Melissa has performed for Brazilian, African, Israeli, Eastern European and Canadian choreographers, in

addition to her work in American Theatre, Dance and Film. She earned admittance to the Screen Actor’s Guild in 2008, serving on the SAG Awards Nomination Committee in 2015 and is an Equity Member Candidate. As an instructor of Contemporary Lyrical dance in Vermont, she has loved spending the past few years in the studio with local dancers and artists.

Melissa lives in Essex with her cat Pekoe, whose wisdom outweighs tea.


ALI GINGRAS

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 Moxley

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MIchelle Barkyoumb

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Bailey Buckley

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Meghan Petrie

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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!"



Cynthia Stutler-Sloan

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