Glocester Dance Academy
Studio of Performing Arts
Dance & Performing Arts Studio​
 
Professional/ Recreational Training
 
Beginner to Advanced / Toddler thru Adult
 
 
Meet The Teachers!
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    MJ Rainone
    Owner / Director
    The Glocester Dance Academy has been in operation for the last 18 years, being established in 1998 by present owner/artistic director Mrs. Mary Jane Macaruso Rainone. With 48 years of teaching experience, Ms. M.J. takes great pride in her studio and her students, some of which she still maintains a close connection with. Ms. M.J. has danced her entire life. She thankfully attributes her gift of dance and the love of it's art form to her Mom and Dad. Other than Ms. M.J'.s family, wonderful husband, and three beautiful children, dance has also been one of the loves of her life. Choreographing and costume design began in her first year of High School. While working towards earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education, Psychology, Special Education, and Dance, she continued to dance, choreograph, costume design and set build for famous shows. Some of which are West Side Story, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Princess and the Pea, Annie, and Chicago She became a lead character in the "Fantastic's." Her degrees were completed, accredited and granted with certification. The Miss Rhode Island " Most Talented" Award was presented to Ms. M.J. while competing and placing in the Miss Rhode Island Pageant. This opened many wonderful doors. Ms. M.J. modeled, danced and trained with many famous performers and has danced on many a stage. Representing RI in fundraising for children with special needs and challenges, supporting our Veterans, becoming an Elementary Education teacher, introducing school children to their first dance class. Ms. M.J. went on to implement the first after school dance programs throughout the state of Rhode Island. Ms. M.J. opened her first studio in 1978 and began to develop and implement adult evening classes throughout neighboring towns.Teacher of the Year award, Most Talented, Best Tap Studio in Rhode Island, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, are just a few of the many amazing awards and accomplishments presented to Ms. M.J., which have been received with much gratitude without dismissing the hard work, and dedication needed to accomplish her life long dreams and goals. "The love of dance is within, The gift of dance is what Ms. M.J. wants to share"
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    Stephanie Needham
    Acrobatic Teacher
    Mrs. Stephanie has been dancing since the age of 5. Acrobatics, jazz, tap, ballet and lyrical were her genres of training, with acrobatics being her favorite. Performing in many state wide competitions, and as a solo performer, Mrs. Steph was crowned "Miss Acrobat" and "Young Miss Jazz", also placing second runner up for Miss Acrobatic U.S.A. ! Being married and raising a family of two amazing boys has not deterred her love for dance. Mrs. Steph has stated that she feels blessed with this opportunity to dance and teach acrobatics here at the Glocester Dance Academy. Her dedication, enthusiasm and total love of the art is shared with her students, as she receives the unprecedented reward of watching her students grow and learn, as her genuine smile and warmth just radiates amongst her students and fellow peers. "It is a joy to have her on board, and watch her love of dance generate through her students, and see her dreams come true" M.J. Owner/Artistic Director
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    Mary Jo Mansolillo
    Fitness Instructor
    Mary Jo has been a certified group exercise instructor since 1991. For 2 decades, she has taught numerous formats including Step aerobics, Boot Camp, Hi-low impact, Muscle Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga, & pilates. Then in 2011, she found Zumba and fell in love! Once she began to teach Zumba she increased her skill level by attending several advanced instructor trainings programs including Basic level 2, Pro Skills, and Zumba Kids! Currently she teaches several Zumba classes at two locations, one of which is here at the Glocester Dance Academy. Mary Jo does Zumba Birthday parties, and continues her education and training by attending Zumba Master classes and Jam Sessions whenever she can. Her favorite thing about Zumba is that it is truly "exercise in disguise!" The Zumba Family has created joy and laughs unlike any other fitness format. In addition to her current Zumba licenses, she also hold a AFAA certification in both Group Fitness, and Cardio Kickboxing. Mary Jo is fabulous and so full of energy! Stepping into her Zumba class even for your first time, she makes you feel like you belong and motivates students to do things they never thought they could. Zumba is her love and she wants to share that love with everyone. Mary Jo works so hard to keep the music current and fun, and her choreography " do-able" for anyone. All her moves can be modified to suit any physical limitations anyone may have. Above all she believes that if you choose to spend your precious hour in her class, she will make sure its worth your while. Mary Jo is an amazing asset to the Glocester Dance Academy. family. She is absolutely the best and we love her to pieces!
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    Delaney Inman
    Student Teacher
    Vibrancy and versatility on all levels of performance are demonstrated by Miss Delaney Inman when she dances. Miss Delaney radiates the extreme power needed to deliver content, have control, and to connect with the emotional qualities of dance, making her the exceptional dancer that she is! Miss Delaney has been with us here at the Glocester Dance Academy for the past 7 years. She is a competition team member, dancing on the award winning "Stars in Flight" Competition Team. Miss Delaney has been awarded Platinum, High Gold, and Gold trophies and awards for Best Performance, Unique Style, Best Choreography, Best Sportsmanship, Best Costume Awards along with many more. The Glocester Dance Academy is so proud to have Miss Delaney chosen out of 850 dancers to represent the National Dance Team, by accepting an invitation to become a member of the "Diamond Elite Dance Team" ; the best of the best, in July 2015! Miss Delaney is very well rounded, highly motivated and very well versed in the many facets of the performing arts. Miss Delaney plays piano, plays the guitar, partakes in Musical Theater and is presently singing and performing with an all girls a Capella group. She is loyal and truly committed, setting very high standards for herself. She gives hours and hours of her time to work and assists in teaching her peers, some of which are much younger, with challenges and special needs of their own. Miss Delany takes so much pride in her teaching. Being here at the studio has also given Miss Delaney the opportunity to work with some of the best Master Instructors And Performers from "America's Best Dance Crew," "So You Think You Can Dance," "New York's Broadway Dance Center" just to name a few. She has also been trained by some of Boston, New York, and New Jersey's finest instructors. "I am so proud of Delaney. She is an inspiring young lady with qualities that set her high above the rest!" Ms. M.J. Owner/ Artistic Director
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    Shyenne Bonoyer
    Student Teacher
    A High Honors student at Burrillville High School in Rhode Island, with an aspiring and attainable goal of Early Admission to "The Juilliard School of the Preforming Arts", an outstanding, 4 time winner of The Sunburst U.S.A. Pageants, Miss Shyenne has been with the Glocester Dance Academy for the past 6 years. She is a member of the studios award winning competition team "Stars In Flight." Miss Shyenne has received Platinum, High Gold, and Gold trophies and awards in "Best Choreography" " Best Costume, " Unique Style," and "Best Sportsmanship." ( to name a few ) Out of 850 dancers, Glocester Dance Academy was thrilled to see Miss Shyenne chosen to represent the National Dance Team by accepting an invitation to become a member of the "Diamond Elite Dance Team" the best of the best this past July 2015. Miss Shyenne is an exceptional student and now a role model for her peers and much younger students. Shyenne assist in teaching children with challenges and special needs showing nothing but patience and love. Miss Shyenne has been given the opportunity here at Glocester Dance Academy to train with and learn from Master Instructors and Performers from "So You Think You Can Dance" and " Americas Best Dance Crew!" She has met, danced, and been trained by some of Boston, NY, and New Jersey's finest instructors. Miss Shyenne loves and learns all genres of dance. Dance is her life! Blood, sweat, tears, time and devotion is what she brings to the studio. Her concentration and love have made Hip Hop her specialty. Her creative mind makes her intriguing choreography and passion to live her real life dream of becoming a professional, famous dancer and choreographer, a dream that is real and a dream that can come true and is reachable. " I am so proud of Shyenne! I am proud of her as a student, a teacher, and as the talented, unstoppable individual that she is!" Ms. M.J. Owner/ Artistic Director
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    Tiffany Pafume
    Directors Assistant
    Mrs. Tiffany is a wonderful individual and quite an asset to the Glocester Dance Academy. Mrs. Tiff has been a part of the studio for six years, her dedication and the hours of hard work demonstrated, is invaluable! She is an integral part in the overall successful operation of the studio. Mrs. Tiff's pleasant smile and her warm friendliness radiates and is shared with all those who enter our studio or anyone who sends a call our way. Her knowledge and understanding of how the studio operates is done with complete confidence. Her desire to help and willingness to achieve far surpasses her job expectations. Her efforts never go unappreciated! The Glocester Dance Academy is a high award- winning studio with students and staff that make it all possible. Mrs. Tiffs creative flair plays a important role in our competition teams' first presentation of costumes. She is extremely creative with a gift for sewing and make up artistry. We win "Best Costume" awards because our beautiful , different , crazy, outlandish, lavish, costumes do not reach the stage without Mrs. Tiff's creative theatrical touch. Our final picture is complete. "She is the " Bow on our Package" and a " Gift to our Hearts"! Ms. M.J. Owner/ Artistic Director
Meet Our Competition Team
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    Delaney Inman
    Competition Team Veteran
    8x Gold, 16x High Gold Award Winner, 7x Platinum and Platinum Pro Winner 4x National Dance Team Member Overall 2017 Duo Champions Winner of Dean College Dance experience
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    Shyenne Bonoyer
    Competition Team Veteran
    3x Gold, 10x High Gold Winner, 8x Platinum and Platinum Pro Winner. 4x National Dance Team member. Winner of Broadway Dance Dream and Overall Winner 2017 Overall All Duo Winner
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    Skye Young
    1st Year Team Member
    2x High Gold Winner Winner of 2 special Judges awards: "Future Toni Winner" "Big things come in Small Packages"
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    Isabella McMahon
    1st Year Team Member
    1 High Gold 1 Gold Award 2017 Scholarship winner to National Dance Convention
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    Erin Peckham
    1st Year Team Member
    2x High Gold 1x Gold Award winner!