Owner / Director
Native of Montreal, Canada, Ms. Carle was trained at L'Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec after which she performed with the internationally acclaimed company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She received two performance awards in high school and graduated from college with honors, receiving a performance prize which allowed her to travel to Europe and represent the school in several dance companies in France. An award winning choreographer, Ms. Carle produced her first concert at the age of 16. In 1997 she created a piece for the Les Grands Ballets’ Emerging Choreographer’s Concert.
In 1999 and 2000 Ms. Carle danced with Snappy Dance Theater in Boston. Ms. Carle moved to New York City in 2001 and developed solo works which she performed live and on film. Ms. Carle taught at several dance studios across Cape Cod before settling at Studio 878 in Chatham as co-director in 2003-04.
In 2004, Ms. Carle became the owner of the Cape Cod Dance Center, established in 1989. Throughout the last fourteen years, Ms. Carle re-choreographed multiple complete ballets: The Nutcracker (2004-2015), Sleeping Beauty (2004 & 2014), Carmen (2005 & 2011), Coppélia (2006 & 2016), Les Sylphides (2007 & 2013), Gaité Parisienne (2007 & 2013), Giselle (2008), La Fille Mal Gardée (2009), La Bayadere (2015).
Ballet + Contemporary Faculty, Administration Assistant
Meghan Carmichael is a dance artist based on Cape Cod. She began her dance studies on the Cape and throughout New England, and received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2012. Her career has brought her to New York City, New England, California, and Europe. She is currently a company member with Ali Kenner Brodsky & co, and is founder and artistic director of Near & Far: Collaborative Art Project. As a teacher, she has been on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence, Providence Ballet Theater, Cape Cod Dance Center, and an adjunct at Brown University, Dean College, and the Moses Brown School. As a dance artist, educator, and administrator, Meghan is passionate about developing projects centered around inclusive dance practices and community support through the arts.
Learn more about Meghan at meghancarmichaeldance.com
Jazz, Tap, Lyrical Faculty
Kait Scannell began dancing at the age of three. Based primarily in NH she traveled with the Creative Steps Competition Group to expand her knowledge and improve her technique while competing, joining workshops and attending intensives. She began teaching private lessons at 16 and joined the staff at Cape Cod Dance Center in 2010 focusing on Tap, Jazz and Lyrical while attending college.
Upon graduation she took to the seas and has been fortunate enough experience incredible moments while working as a Merchant Marine. After many wonderful adventures it was time to put down roots find a new avenue to feed the soul. Upon finding a shore side profession in the maritime industry it only seemed logical to return to her first love and teach dance once more.
Kait believes that dancing and exploring oneself through movement and music is imperative to becoming a well rounded, balanced individual. Dance provides structure, discipline and focus. It also allows you to grow, flourish, create memories and lessons that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. It is her goal to instill confidence and provide an exciting learning environment for each student.
Ballroom Dance Faculty
"A lifelong lover of dance, I began with ballroom dance for a family wedding. Starting in 1986, Mary French taught Joe and me for years at the studio in Cataumet. When the Arthur Murray Studio opened in Centerville in 1990, I began training as a dance teacher.
In 1991, with the blessing of Mary French, I began teaching at Falmouth Night School, soon expanding to two nights a week. My apprenticeship with Mary continued and included managing the studio during the winter from 1997 until her death in 2008. I now run the ballroom program for Eveline Carle at the Cape Cod Dance Center. For studio enrichment, I bring in my coach, Ron Gursky whose expertise extends to the International style used in competitive ballroom dancing.
When the Cape Cod Ballroom Dancers Association embarked in 1996, I set up a newsletter and edited it for six years. I chaired The Masque Ball and continue active in the organization.
In 2001, I earned my certification for Dance Teachers Club of Boston. My First Saturday evening dance/guided practice at the Cape Cod Conservatory, Falmouth, has continued once a month for ten years. A first step to going out dancing, it nurtures beginning ballroom students and provides practice for the continuing student. The Mary French Scholarship Fund provides money for lessons for deserving students and I chair the committee that runs a fundraiser dance every other year."
For more information, visit ellenbrodskydance.net
Ballroom Dance Faculty
Ron Gursky has taught dance in the Boston area for over 30 years and has trained many of the area's fine amateurs and professionals. He is on the faculty of many professional training conventions locally and nationally. In addition to the current fashions in partner dance, Ron also has an extensive background in Historical and National dance. Due to his popularity with his students, Ron has been a guest instructor at Portsmouth Ballroom Dance Studio and the Cape Cod Dance Center for the past ten years.
Kim is a lifelong dance enthusiast who discovered Zumba Fitness as a student in a fitness club in 2009. She loved the idea of "exercise in disguise" so much that she became a Zumba instructor that same year and has been leading Zumba classes ever since.
Kim believes that when exercise is fun, a fitness program is more consistent and therefore more successful. She strives to make every Zumba class a "join the party" experience so that you can enjoy reaching your fitness goals.
Kim is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning, and also has specialty training in Zumba Core and Zumba Glutes. In addition to Zumba, Kim is also a line dance teacher.
Sujata has been teaching in yoga classes, retreats and health spas in the United States and Europe for over twenty years. She trained extensively in the Anusara yoga system, and received teacher certification in that style. In addition, she did some training in the Iyengar yoga system, and previously was a dancer-choreographer. She has been teaching in yoga classes, retreats and health spas in the U.S.A. and Europe for over twenty years. From 1999-2004, she was a yoga instructor in an international meditation ashram and retreat site, where she taught in classes, workshops and teacher trainings.
Sujata’s dynamic teaching style playfully brings her spontaneous sense of joy and delight and her love of exploration together with a deep appreciation for the philosophy and study of yoga. Her enthusiastic, light-hearted approach inspires students to move out of their limited perceptions of what they are capable of, and express their unique greatness in each pose.
A former choreographer and dancer, she taught modern dance, creative movement, and improvisational movement and theatre at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. and in her private studio in Northampton, Mass. Her passion for movement is woven into her teaching.
For more information about Sujata and her yoga teaching philosophy, please visit: yogalifeworks.com
Tai Chi Faculty
DR. JAY CRIDER
Dr. Crider has been practicing Tai Chi for over thirty years. He is a certified facilitator of Tai Chi Easy©. Dr. Jay Crider has Tai Chi Easy© simplifies and condenses the traditional forms and makes it fun and easy to learn in six sessions. Tai Chi Easy© is especially recommended for older adults who otherwise may not exercise. Check out the Tai Chi Easy© website at www.taichieasy.org. The health benefits include: pain relief, lower blood pressure, better concentration and stress reduction.
Dr. Crider has also been practicing Psychotherapy for over 30 years. He has taught a variety of Psychology courses which has led to an invitation to speak at Oxford University, UK. He is currently working as a consultant at Falmouth Hospital/Community College; Director of a first of its kind family intervention program; and a Supervised Therapists.
Summer Dance Faculty
Erica has been a teacher in the Foxborough Public Schools for eighteen years. She currently teaches first grade but began her career as a second grade teacher. Erica is a graduate of Falmouth and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and always feels at home on Cape Cod.
She looks forward to returning each summer to visit with family and friends. Princess Camp is a yearly tradition created by our family in hopes of creating lasting memories. Erica and her sister in law Sandy spend years building the Princess Week camp. Her own fourteen daughter Ava was one of my original princesses and now she is an assistant along with several original princesses who have remained with our camp over the years.
Over the years the camp has evolved as they needed to introduce new princesses while honoring those classic iconic ladies through art and dance. They look forward to creating magical memories with your little princess.
Summer Dance Faculty
Ms. Sandy danced her whole life, continuing her training in dance at the Boston Conservatory. Her teaching style is engaging and well suited to younger children who need both structure and playfulness. Ms Sandy makes dance fun and educational.
Miss Sandy taught at the Cape Cod Dance Center for several years after running the dance program at the Mary French Dance Studio. Over the years, she developed the Princess Week camp with her sister in law Erica, which she still comes to offer us every summer. They look forward to creating magical memories with your little princess.