About - Instructors
Amy grew up choreographing dances and putting on plays for family and friends. She began her jazz training and appeared in an MTV video with Lisa's new school of dance. Amy went on to be part of one of the first all girl dance and singing groups, "Synergy." Amy continued her dance training in jazz, tap and ballet at Bridgewater state and has been teaching at Hingham Community Center (HCC) for over 15 years with children ages 2-8.
Currently, Amy teaches gymnastics;Buzy Beez and Tumble Beez, Baby Ballerinas, Creative Movement, and Ballet & Tap classes at HCC. She also leads Vacation Adventure Camps for children aged 3-6.
Lauren is a dancer, teacher, fitness and health enthusiast from Braintree, MA. Since receiving her BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Lauren has performed in various modern companies, taught children of all ages, and obtained Zumba and barre fitness certifications. She is honored and grateful to be a part of HCC.
Lauren is excited to offer Ballet, Tap and Jazz from Introductory classes through Level III.
Colleen Quinn teaches the Isadora Duncan technique at the Hingham Community Center. She has taught just about every style of dance but the Isadora Duncan technique, with it's natural movement, inherent musicality and expressive quality is her specialty and favorite. Colleen is a member of the Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers and has performed with them in New York City, Ireland and Greece. Colleen holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from St. Mary’s College and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College. She is a full-time teacher of music, theatre and movement at Inly School in Scituate, MA. Colleen also enjoys choreographing and performing in musicals for local colleges and community theatres.
Colleen offers Isadora Duncan dance classes at HCC for children from ages 3 to 18.
Sensei Fred Channel, a master karate instructor for over 25 years, introduces students and furth masters their skills in Uechi-Ryu Karate. Uechi-Ryu Karate aims to develop one's greatest potential while exerting the utmost degree of control over emotions while promoting positive pursuits and mental attitudes.
Fred Channell provides karate instruction to all ages and levels of ability: Tiger Tots, Beginner and Yellow Belt, Intermediate, and Adult/Advanced.
Sifu Ed Shorter
Ed has an extensive history in Tae Kwon Do, Taijiquan, Qi Gong, Kundalini Maha Yoga, and Tai Chi Chuan. He travels annually to China to teach his students. Ed also currently teaches at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is works with physicians to bring Eastern holistic healing modalities to the pediatric population.
Sifu Ed Shorter offers a Tai Chi class at HCC on Saturday mornings.
Marsha is a personal trainer and group fitness/weight training instructor. She is highly experienced as a personal trainer for individual clients as well as an instructor for spin, treadmill, and abdominal classes. Marsha has instructed fitness classes for teens, adults, and seniors for over 20 years.
Marsha shares her love of fitness with a weekly Boot/Body/Circuit class at HCC.
Stephanie has a BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), is a certified Peak Pilates instructor, and believes fitness and exercise play an important role in one's wellbeing. Stephanie has been teaching exercise classes at HCC and throughout the South Shore for over 17 years. Stephanie teaches on Thursday mornings.
Stephanie continues to teach a weekly Pilates class at HCC.
Former principal dancer of Riverdance, and four time Irish Dance World Champion from 2000 through 2004, is the Director of the Academy. Anthony is a fully qualified and certified Irish dance teacher (TCRG), Scrúdú Teastas Mhúinteorac, with CLRG.
Anthony started dancing at the age of three following in his sister footsteps, taking tuition under Terry Gillan and Philip Owens in Dublin, Ireland. Anthony started competing at the age of six and went on to have a very successful competitive career. Anthony’s main highlight of his competitive career was being crowned the World Irish Solo Dance Champion four times consecutively from 2000 till 2004.
Anthony has also gone on to win every other major title in the Irish dance calendar from the British Nationals to the North American and Great Britain Dance Championships.
During Anthony’s competitive career he started performing with Busch Gardens Williamsburg. After catching the touring bug Anthony was invited to start touring with Riverdance the show. He toured Europe, Asia and North America with the production enjoying every minute of it. Anthony was offered the Principal position after two years of touring with the show and has performed for some of the worlds best known dignitaries including The Queen of England, Barrack Obama and the President of China.
Anthony has also worked for the Uachtarán Na Héireann (The President of Ireland) as a special guest for many of the presidential dinners and dignitaries visiting Ireland.
Anthony is working with many dance schools in Ireland, the USA, Australia, and Brazil and is delighted to have the opportunity to be passing on his talents to the next generation.
More information about Anthony’s professional qualifications and performance materials can be found on his website, www.AnthonyFallon.com.
Release happens when the body and the mind meet to overcome muscle fatigue and your mental and physical strength prevails. Release is an innovative mind body immersion class that focuses on intense cardio, plyometric and alignment while releasing the stagnant toxins through breath work. Release will challenge your body, and your body will challenge your mind, leading you to mental and physical liberation. You’ll jump, squat, lunge, hop, pushup, sweat and breath your way to a clear mind and a toned body. After Release both your body and mind will feel rejuvenated as well as sculpted.
Britt Drews is the creator/teacher behind Bare Cove Arts at the Hingham Community Center, offering a magnitude of classes for all ages and abilities. She lives in Hingham with her husband, three young children, and a little flock of backyard chickens. Britt is enthusiastically creating and teaching process based arts classes at the Community Center.
Britt graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Elementary Education and an area of concentration in Studio Art. Prior to having children Britt was a public elementary school teacher and also worked at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy teaching and mentoring new teachers in underserved areas of Chicago. She has been involved in teaching or directing arts programs through community centers and park districts near Chicago for many years. Currently Britt is also a pottery wheel throwing instructor at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. In her spare time Britt can be found making pottery on her wheel in her home studio.
Yoga; Cardio/Core/Fusion is an excellent workout for all levels, and a must for athletes and anyone who wants to increase their level of fitness. This is a fusion class that incorporates high intensity cardio moves and core work with a flow based yoga class. The result is an all around workout that will challenge and inspire you to a higher level of fitness.
Diana Durka is a fitness trainer, mother, and yoga teacher in Hingham. As an instructor, she hopes to help students deepen their own practices through breath and movement. Using her fitness background, Diana has developed a unique athletic vinyasa-flow style of yoga. This style of yoga builds muscle strength and flexibility, while developing a solid mind-body connection.
Tracy Durso is a graduate of the Dance Masters of America (DMA) Teacher Training School and holds a B.S. in Marketing from Miami University. She taught creative movement, ballet, and jazz to children at a performing arts school for 15 years and completed Music Together training as well. A former contributing writer for Dance Studio Life Magazine, she is a Hingham mom of 3 children who inspire her every day. Tracy created and began teaching Dance Along in 2013 to bring her love of dance to active boys and girls as young as 16 months.
He has been a fencing coach at the NCAA and club level since 1999. Since 2003, Rob has been the epee coach at Wellesley College for 12 seasons. Highlights of his athletes' results include 1st and 2nd place overall team finish, 2nd place team epée, two gold medals in individual women’s epée, gold medal team foil at New England Championships, as well as numerous NCAA Regional qualifiers, including a finalist this past season. In 2018-19 Wellesley finished at 23-6 on the season, a school record for wins and won New England Championships for the first time in school history.
He was a part of the New England Collegiate Fencing Conference Coaching Staff of the Year at Wellesley twice, and also at Tufts when he was a volunteer assistant. Prior to starting Pirate Fencing Club, he also coached epee at Moe Fencing Club where his athlete made a Veteran 50+ National Team taking 11th place at 2009 World Veteran Championships in Moscow.
Christine Powers has been a certified Zumba Fitness instructor for over 3 1/2 years.
The first time I tried Zumba® in 2014 I was hooked. I received my certification and began teaching Zumba® in 2015 and love it just as much now as I did then. It is fun, sweaty and challenging. It gets you in shape, releases stress and works the mind. This fitness class (along with a healthy-lifestyle change) has allowed me to drop over 70 pounds and help others with their journey.
I am looking forward to helping you have fun while getting into shape!
A little bit about me: I grew up in Boston and reside in Braintree with my husband for over 22 years. I grew up in an Irish household as a first generation and began dancing Irish step at a young age. My love for dance has led me to Zumba and other current activities: Ceili dancing, spinning, hiking, water sports, HIIT workouts to name a few. Keep moving forward is my motto and having others join you is a plus!