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 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 licensed public school teacher and 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.
Caitlin McManus Vitale and Erin McManus McLoughlin
The Boston Academy of Irish Dance was established in 2013 by Caitlin McManus Vitale and Erin McManus McLoughlin.
The school is grounded in the McManus sisters’ vision of an Irish dance institution that welcomes dancers of all ages and abilities. At BAID, dancers learn to develop their talents through dedicated practice, to perform and compete with confidence and grace, and to experience the joy of sharing their gifts with the community and the world.
Caitlin McManus Vitale, TCRG
Caitlin grew up in Marshfield and attended Boston College. There she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Caitlin previously worked as an intensive care nurse, and now practices as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at several Boston area hospitals.
Caitlin competed and won at local, regional and national levels. She qualified for and competed in the World Championships multiple times. Caitlin has taught Irish step for more than 17 years, coaching many dancers and teams to regional and national achievements. She received her TCRG certification in 2007. Using positive encouragement and precise focus on skills, Caitlin motivates her students to perform at the highest possible level. She brings that expertise, as well as a talent for creative, individualized choreography, to the dancers of Boston Academy.
BAID classes are offered at the Hingham Community Center several days per week during the school calendar year. Camps and workshops are offered during summer vacation.
Erin McManus McLoughlin, TCRG
Erin grew up in Marshfield. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Severe Special Needs/Elementary Education and Child in Society. Erin also received a Master’s of Education in Severe Special Needs Education from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Erin founded and is the Executive Director of the South Shore Autism Center in Norwell, MA.
Erin danced competitively at local and national levels for 17 years. She achieved multiple regional placements and qualified for the World Championships of Irish Dance in her final year of competition. Erin has taught Irish step dancing for more than 18 years. She received her TCRG certification in 2010.
Erin is passionate about giving each dancer the opportunity to strive for his or her highest potential, regardless of age, level, or ability. Her teaching style represents an integration of her extensive experience with children with her competitive drive and a dedication to personal health and wellness. Boston Academy is the fulfillment of Erin’s dream to run a dance school with her sister.
Kara grew up in Weymouth. She recently graduated from Roger Williams University with degrees in Marketing and International Business, and now works for State Street in Global Operations.
Kara completed an illustrious competitive dance career in 2014. Among her accomplishments are multiple World and North American Championship placements and numerous top 10 New England Regional Championship placements and World Qualifications. Kara has worked as an assistant teacher for more than 7 years. With an extensive background in yoga and fitness to complement her Irish dance talent, Kara brings many valuable skills to the BAID teaching team.
Tory Dolan is a local Yoga Instructor. In her two part class, she will focus on alignment and poses which use awareness of body and breath to cultivate strength and balance. The first half of class will guide you through an energetic vinyasa flow to get your heart pumping then the second part will focus on calming and relaxing the mind and body. Tory teaches on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.