Our Faculty

Amy DeFeudis

Owner & Director

Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, DDC

Dancers Making Waves Co-Chair

Amy began her dance training at the age of 6 in Worcester, MA at Paula Zawalich Dance Academy.  Training as a fierce competitor from a young age, Amy earned numerous awards as both a solo & team performer.  She instantly fell in love with both performing and teaching dance; developing a versatile style that she was determined to one day bring to the Cape. 

 

Amy expanded her dance training beyond high school with some of the Masters of Dance including Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Sam Fiorello, Joe Lanteri and Suzi Taylor; in NYC at the Broadway Dance Center & Steps on Broadway; as well as with the renowned Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, MA.  Amy furthered her education as a Psychology major at Worcester State College before moving to the Cape in 2001 and joining the faculty at Dance Designs.  She became Owner and Director of the studio in 2012, expanded the program and relocated DD to its current location in Bell Tower Mall, Centerville.  Amy still continues her own dance education at dance seminars and workshops across the country.  

Amy's own performance highlights include DisneyWorld (dancer); New England Children's Theater (dancer); ensemble in a Bob Fosse tribute (Boston, MA); & dancer for a Boston based entertainment company.  Amy still teaches Master classes throughout New England and has judged for several regional dance competitions.  In the past she has even lent her award winning choreography to the Barnstable High School cheerleaders!  Amy is always honored when her work receives special recognition but she remains most proud that her dancers are consistently recognized for their character.  

"Mama D" dance alumni can currently be found performing professionally with the Caribbean & Carnival cruise lines; signed with top talent agencies; performing with top artists including Katy Perry; on pro athletic dance teams including the incredibly selective Knicks City Dancers, Patriots Cheerleaders & the Boston Celtics Dancers; in television appearances; majoring in dance with National & International collegiate programs as well as teaching as faculty of DD!!  Her greatest life accomplishment, however, is becoming Mama D to 3 beautiful children & having them grow up here on the Cape!  

 

Amy encourages all of her dancers, whatever their chosen path in life, to work tirelessly at achieving their dreams ... just like she did!!!  

Kelly Thind

Assistant Director

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, DDC

Dancers Making Waves Co-Chair

Kelly started dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Designs.  She was trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical and was an original member of the Dance Designs Company under the direction of Amy DeFeudis until she graduated high school in 2005.  Kelly continued her training at Marymount Manhattan College as a BFA from 2005 -2006 and then transferred to University of South Florida where she double majored and received her BFA with a Ballet Performance concentration and her BA in business.  While in college

she had the opportunity to perform for renowned choreographers such as Gretchen Ward Warren, members of the Trisha Brown Company, John Parks formerly of Alvin Ailey and Sascha Radetsky of American Ballet Theater.

 

While in school Kelly performed part time at Busch Gardens Tampa and taught Ballet at America’s Ballet School in Tampa, FL.  She had the opportunity to perform in 3 DisneyWorld

parades as a guest to the choreographer’s assistant and other small productions in the

Tampa Bay area.  In 2009, Kelly returned to Cape Cod to be near family and continue her true passion of teaching dance. She has been faculty at Dance Designs since 2009 and became our Assistant Director in 2014!  Kelly's choreography has won numerous awards at both regional and national competitions and her choreographic concepts have also received special recognition. Kelly is now a married mom to two girls, living in Centerville, MA and living her dream of teaching

dance.

Norah Dale-Allen

Ballet, Pointe, Adult Ballet

Keith Silva

Hip Hop

Kara Vose

Creative Dance, Musical Theater, Ballet/Jazz/Tap Combo

Kara Marie Vose began dancing at the age of three and was trained by some of the most esteemed teachers of our time.  Kara’s favorite teacher, who inspired her to fall in love with dance,  was Sherry Gold (Rennie & Rhee Gold’s mother of The Gold School in MA).  Kara moved to Cape Cod in 1998 where she taught dance in Sandwich until 2015.  Kara taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Hip Hop to students of all ages and has also choreographed many award-winning competition pieces.  As a teacher and mentor for more than half of her life, dance has inspired her to be a positive role model for her students.  “It is not just about the steps and the dances you learn, it is the love and acceptance you feel of being a part of something and belonging to a family that will encourage you to express yourself in one of the most beautiful art forms in this life.”

We are thrilled to welcome Kara to the Dance Designs family where she will help nurture our most precious students!

Morgan Simms

Modern 

Morgan started dancing at the age of 4 in East Lyme, CT at the Imperial Academy of Dance, where she studied ballet, modern, and tap.  She continued her training at George Mason University in VA her freshman year as a dance and geology double major, then transferred to the College of William and Mary in VA where she graduated with a major in geology and a minor in dance.  Her college curricula provided experience studying with professors who were members of the Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, and the Washington Ballet; master classes with multiple companies including Cleo Parker and Hubbard Street; choreography and performance opportunities; and attending and analyzing multiple professional dance performances.  Additionally, an injury in college required her to take 6 months off from dance, during which time she competed in synchronized swimming, providing a unique opportunity to integrate her dance and competitive swimming backgrounds.

 

She completed her master's in marine science at Stony Brook University on Long Island, which provided the opportunity to study dance in New York City and perform with Movement of the People Dance company.  Her first job as an environmental consultant brought her to Baltimore from 2012-2018, where she performed with several dance companies and was actively involved at Morton Street Dance Studio and Baltimore School for the Arts events.  Throughout her career, Morgan has divided her time between dance and studying the ocean and has always appreciated how the two complement each other.  She has met and worked with dancers who work as performing artists, therapists, writers, doctors, musicians, teachers, and more and is fascinated by how dance training has influenced their professional paths.  Morgan currently also works as a coastal geologist at Applied Coastal Research and Engineering in Mashpee.  

 

Throughout her travels and experiences, Morgan has found a feeling of home through dance and the community it creates and is thrilled to be welcomed into the one at Dance Designs. 

Alexis Karras

Administrative Assistant, Production Assistant

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