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 from Introductory classes through Level III.
Colleen holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Smith College. She specializes in the Isadora Duncan technique of dance and has performed in New York City, Greece, and Ireland as a member of the Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers. Colleen teaches movement, music and theatre arts at Inly School and is a frequent choreographer for the Inly Players, Bridgewater State University, and Curtain Call Theatre.
Colleen offers Isadora Duncan dance classes at HCC for children from ages 3 to 18.
Patti Miller has 35 years of gymnastics experience as the director of preschool and age-group gymnastics programs. In 1987, she formed Funtastics in Scituate in order to open her diversified program to children in surrounding areas. Patti is a Professional Member and holds current Safety Certification from USA Gymnastics.
Patti Miller brings her Funtastics program for children aged 18 months to 6 years old to HCC on Wednesday mornings.
Nina is a graphic designer with over 30 years experience and has taught various art classes throughout the South Shore for over a decade. Nina enjoys making her own art digitally and also with paints, pastels, and printmaking.
Nina Souther shares her love for art with young artists and their caregivers in our Ooey Gooey Arts and Crafts program.
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 has been a personal trainer and group fitness/weight training instructor. She has experience 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 19 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 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.
BAID classes are offered at the Hingham Community Center sever days per week during the school calendar year. Camps and workshops are offered during summer vacation.