Colleen DuPlissie is the owner and lead choreographer of The Maine Dance Academy. Founded in 1994, Colleen's vision was to
spark a new appreciation for dance in the County. Starting with 35 dancers in her first year, the academy has grown to over
300 with a growing Classical Pointe and tumbling school as well. Colleen first received her love of dance from her mother and
then competed very successfully in her high school years with her brother, Jim. Colleen earned her major (bachelor's degree)
from the University of Maine in Chemistry/Medical Technology while taking every dance class she could to fulfill her minor.
Colleen has choreographed many musicals including Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get your Gun, Grease ,Footlooose,
Cinderella, Wizard of Oz and Calamity Jane. She has earned several Outstanding Choreography awards for Maine State Show
Choirs as well. She has served as the State Chair for the Maine's Junior Miss Scholarship program where she and her staff
have been nominated numerous times for Outstanding State Program. She has also instructed students through the gifted and
talented program throughout Aroostook County. She and her colleague, Clarann Floyd choreographed the opening ceremonies for
the 2006 Jr. World Cup Biathlon and the 2011 World Cup Biatholon. Colleen is also an active Mom of 5...Christopher, Jordyn,
Jeremy, Jarryd and Kjetil and spends her spare time travelling and gardening with Mikey. Colleen now enjoys how her Academy
has become a full performance school and looks forward to creating the next exciting show.
Clarann Floyd has been teaching at The Maine Dance Academy for 15 years. She grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she
graduated from St.F.X. University, with a Bachelor of Science. Clarann started dancing at the age of 5, competing for the next
17 years. Being chosen for the dance troupe, The Scotia Highland Dancers, she was able to tour Scotland and competed in the
World Highland Dancing Championships, where she placed sixth in the Sword Dance for her age group. On two separate occasions,
Clarann was also chosen to represent Nova Scotia in the Canadian Championships. As a junior in high school, Clarann got her
teachers certification. Clarann is the Celtic expert at TMDA There is a separate portion of every annual recital that is
reserved for Celtic dance and has grown to become the audience's favorite performances. All dancers are exposed to the
Celtic/Highland aspects of dance through Clarann's teachings. Clarann has also teamed with Colleen to instruct students through
the gifted and talented programs, and assisted Colleen in the direction of Maine's junior miss program. Clarann is the mother
to 3 wonderful children: Duncan, Adam and Jillian who will be a senior at TMDA this coming year as well as at Presque Isle High
School. Clarann looks forward to another exciting year of laughter at TMDA!
|Meet the Instructors of The Maine Dance Academy
|The Ladies of The Maine Dance Academy
|2014-The Instructors and Junior Instructors of The Maine Dance Academy-2015
Danielle Atcheson-Peterson has been involved in dance for 22 years. Her passion began in 1994 when The Maine Dance
Academy was founded. She has studied jazz, tap, Celtic, Ballet, theatrical and Pointe Ballet. She began junior instructing at
TMDA at the age of 11, one of their very first junior instructors. Danielle studied gymnastics for 11 years and was a member
of the Aroostook Gymnastics Performance team. She was a member of the award winning Union 122 Show Choir from
1998-2001. She is part of our Wall of Fame. Danielle began teaching Pointe Ballet classes at The Maine Dance Academy in
2007 and is now a full-time instructor. She began teaching tumbling in 2009 and is now the Lead instructor of TMDA's Tumbling
School. She is married to Kurt Peterson and they have two children, Riggs who is part of our tumbling program and Luca, who
will be a member of our Temple class this fall. Danille provides private lessons throughout the year for all forms of dance and
tumbling. You may set up private lessons with Danielle by contacting TMDA!
Jessica Chapman-Wishart began dancing at TMDA in the 6th grade and rapidly became a member of our elite troupe dancers.
She begn teaching with us in 2005 and became the manager all of the junior instructors as well as keeping Clarann and Colleen
organized. She is currently a full-time instructor with TMDA. She specializes in hip-hop, tap and theatrical dance. Jessica's
younger sister, Jennifer was a member of our Company class and she also played the impressive role of Queen Elsa in our latest
production. Jessica's daughter, Brylee is a member of our Temple class so talent definitely runs in the Chapman/Wishart family.
Jessica is married to Ryan Wishart and with thier daughter Brylee, are expecting thier first son in June. Jessica is also
employed at D-FAS. . TMDA is very proud to have Jessica on our TMDA staff!
|Krista Albert-Cyr began dancing with TMDA as the age of 4 and was part of our flagship group of dancers. Krista danced with
TMDA throughout her high school career and is part of our Wall of Fame. As a senior she had the lead role in Hair Spray.
Krista has been very active in coaching cheerleading in the area schools and has won numerous awards with her teams. Krista
is now part of our Tumbling staff as she is board certified in teaching tumbling and stunting. Krista has been a wonderful
addition to our teaching staff. Krista is married to Jeremy and they have a beautiful daughter named Kenlie who will be part
of our Temple class in 2016-17!!