Staff, staff Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes

Staff

We are proud to introduce the staff of Shooting Star Dance Center (SSDC). We offer decades of experience and skill to pass on to our dancers. Learn about our teachers and instructors below.


Carol-Ann Boardway Chapin, Carol-Ann Boardway Chapin Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes
Carol-Ann Boardway Chapin Owner/Director since 1979
Carol-Ann received her Master’s in Ballet and the Theatrical Arts in 1982 from the Dance Educator’s of America Teacher Training School. Throughout the last thirty-nine years, Carol-Ann has attended numerous workshops, master classes, conventions, and seminars. Many of Carol-Ann’s students have gone on to pursue a career in dance or related fields and many others have become successful lawyers, physicians assistants, nurses, teachers, nutritionists, and so many other great careers. The students at Shooting Star Dance Center enjoy performing for the community. Some of our accomplishments include many nursing homes and senior centers, the pancake breakfast, Eastfield Mall, Big E, Ronald McDonald Show, and Lenny Gomulka’s Christmas Show, just to name a few. It has always been Carol-Ann’s belief that a passion for the art of dance today strengthens the body and soul, while opening the mind, making the academic learning process so much easier. Therefore, dance and related arts only help to inspire life-long learning.

Robert Blakley, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes
Robert Blakley Hip Hop
Robert Blakley has been dancing since the age of ten under the direction of Tracey Thomas. Robert has been a great addition to our hip hop program. He is also versatile in many different styles and genres of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary. Robert is currently signed to MSA (McDonald Selznick Associates) Talent Agency out of New York and LA. We love Robert’s energy and enthusiasm.

David Bovat-Dancer, Educator, Choreographer, Choreographer Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes
David Bovat-Dancer Choreographer, Educator
Born and raised in West Springfield, MA, David Bovat has built a profession out of his natural ability to dance and to teach others. His Journey began at the young age of seven under the direction and influence of Anita Oski Barrett. Throughout his career as a dancer, David has had the pleasure to study with Frank Hatchett and Anthony DeVecchi of the Northeast American Ballet, to name a few. David continues to take classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City to broaden his passion and knowledge of dance with the purpose of sharing it with his many students and colleagues.As an accomplished dance instructor, David continues building his career, developing choreography and teaching for several dance studios and Master classes in the Western Massachusetts area. One of the many positions he holds is Dance Director at Bay Path University. David continues to put his ability and knowledge of dance to good use as Head Judge and instructor of Master classes for the Step Up to Dance tour. He is a Choreographer, Artistic Director, and Lead Dancer for many events, such as the Tap Dancing Santa’s at Symphony Hall and the Dancing with the Local Stars events for the Kiwanis Club of West Springfield and Agawam. David has respectfully taught for the National Association of Dance Affiliated Artists, as well as the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Above all else, he prides himself as a choreographer/dance instructor. David has choreographed for many beauty pageants, talent competitions and musical productions, such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gypsy, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Love and Beyond, The Cher Extravaganza, and most recently Mr. Mambo. David M. Bovat continues to entertain, educate, and inspire dancers of every age and physicality. His love for the art of dance is present in everything he puts forth.


Shakia Johnson, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes
Shakia Johnson Hip Hop
Born and raised in Springfield, MA, she is a graduate of Pioneer Valley’s Performing Arts Charter High School and Dean College. She received her teaching artist certificate from the National Dance Institute in New York in 2009. Shakia has choreographed and directed more than forty hip hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed at Trenton Educational Dance Institute, Rider University, the Princeton School of Ballet and the Bates Dance Festival. She has performed for numerous hip hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, Jadakiss, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from “Total” and Omarion. In 2005, she choreographed a hip-hop number for the Celtics/NBA half-time show. She has toured the U.S. and abroad, dancing with Face Da Phlave Entertainment and Illstyle and Peace Productions. Johnson is an alumnus of BDF’s Young Dancers Workshop and was selected for BDF’s Emerging Choreographer program in 2006. She currently teaches Hip Hop Dance and Culture at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College.

Colleen Holmes, Instructor, Instructor Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes
Colleen Holmes Instructor
Colleen has choreographed and taught for professional and student dancers for concerts, colleges, pageants, cotillions, and competitions. Prior to joining the staff of Shooting Star, Colleen taught at Broadway Dance Center in New York; Steppin’ Up Dance Studio in Connecticut; the Tyie Thomas Dance Center in Springfield; and her own studio, Dance Unlimited in Springfield. She was the founder and director for the Dance Unlimited Company where she was awarded grants to produce concerts and workshops using multiple mediums in her productions. She started her first dance company at Princeton University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs. That dance company continues to this day. After graduating, Colleen danced professionally in productions in cities including New York, Atlanta, Massachusetts, and a 6-month tour in Montreal. Her love of dance began when at her mother’s insistence, she studied with Frank Hatchett. She then studied intensively at the Ballet Theatre School and in high school became a dancer with the Connecticut Valley Regional Ballet as well as the Frank Hatchett Dance Company. She went on to study with many choreographers in New York. Colleen holds an MBA degree, and is the President and CEO of Berkshire Children and Families. She is active in the community through her service on various boards and committees including serving on the Board of Trustees for Baystate Health Systems. Dance and teaching dance continue to be lifelong loves for Colleen. Miss Colleen has been an integral part of SSDC for 10+ years! Thank you for your dedication!

Lydia King, Instructor, Instructor Springfield MA, Shooting Star Dance Center, dance instruction, dance choreographers, children’s dance classes, children’s parties, children’s dance parties, competitive dance, adult dance classes, teenage dance classes, modern dance classes, traditional dance classes
Lydia King Instructor
We are excited to introduce Lydia to our staff! Lydia King is a versatile dancer and teacher. Years of training and performing multiple styles of dance allow her to teach the technique behind ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, pointe, modern and lyrical dance, while fusing the styles to create unique choreography. Growing up dancing competitively, Lydia developed a strong work ethic and a knack for performing and entertaining. After graduating high school, Lydia studied as a dance major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She then moved to New York City to study at the Joffrey Ballet School as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee. She has been performing as a member of the contemporary dance companies XY Dance Project and LaneCoArts for two years.