Our talented staff are experienced, active performers and choreographers that are excited to share their love of dance
with all of our students.....
We are the ONLY area program staffed exclusively by adult professionals, most of whom hold 4-year degrees in
dance and performing arts.
We are always looking for experienced instructors to join our dance family, either on a substitute or permanent basis. University and/or professional experience preferred, but dancers with other experiences and a love for children can be considered.
Please send resume and cover letter to Shari Smigo,
Read below for more details about the training and experience our amazing staff bring to our program....
Shari Smigo, Owner / director
Phone: 410 770-3223
Photo Credit: Jennifer Madino, Recital 2016
Mrs. Smigo has been owner/director of The Mid Shore Dance Academy in Easton, MD since 1996 and is thrilled to have expanded to an additional studio location in Centreville in 2013. She began her dance training with local eastern shore dance studios and expanded her knowledge and skills through intensive training programs in the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet exam syllabus program at the School of the Baltimore Ballet and Peabody. Double majoring in Psychology and Dance, she attended Jacksonville University and completed her studies at Ohio University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. University productions included the Royal Ballet version of the Nutcracker, works set by dancers with Martha Graham's dance company, and re-staging of classic works such as Pas de Quatre, and Doris Humphrey's Air for the G String. Following graduation, she returned to the area, working in community mental health in Annapolis and dancing professionally with Kinetics Dance Theatre in Ellicott City, under the artistic direction of Alvin Mayes. In addition to her studio work, Mrs. Smigo was also dance faculty at Queen Anne’s County High School for two years (and continues to substitute teach in that program), has completed choreography for Centreville Middle School musical productions, assisted with aerial choreography for Peter Pan, and created liturgical dance for Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. She is the Executive Director of Maryland Council for Dance, a statewide non-profit organization dedicating to supporting and promoting all aspects of dance education and performance. When she’s not busy dancing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, and renovating their turn-of-the-century farmhouse.
Kendall Davis ~ New Instructor 2017 ~ Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Modern
Kendall Davis began dancing at Cecil Dancenter at an early age and trained extensively in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern and tap for fifteen years in addition to being a member of Cecil Dance Theatre for ten years. She graduated from Washington College in 2016, receiving a B.A. in English and Theatre and minors in Creative Writing and Dance. While in college she was choreography captain for Sho'Troupe Dance Team, a member of the Dance Club, a contributing choreographer for the school's annual Spring Dance Concert, and vice-president of one of the country's first chapters of Delta Eta Pi National Dance Honor Society. She choreographed for the world premiere of the musical A Merry War at the National Music Festival in 2013 and performed professionally with Eclipse Performing Dance Company in 2014. She has been invited back to her alma mater for the Fall/Winter of 2017 as a guest choreographer for their Dance Minors Concert. Kendall is excited to be joining the Mid Shore Dance Academy staff and sharing her passion for movement with her students.
Beryl Eismeier ~ New Instructor 2017 ~ PreBallet, Jazz/HipHop, Modern, Tap
A native of the Shore, Beryl Eismeier holds a dance degree from Oberlin College. With over a decade of choreographing and teaching under her belt as well as coaching competitive dance, she teaches a wide range of forms including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and tap for all ages.
Her training began at the Academy of the Dance under James Jamison, and continued through college with Patricia Giovenco and Elesa Rosasco, including a summer scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has studied with Milton Myers of The Ailey School, Lynn Jameson, and arts criticism and choreography under The Village Voice’s Deborah Jowitt.
Beryl joined the staff in 2016 as a substitute instructor and is elated to be teaching more regularly.
Sheryl Evans ~ Instructor since 2001- PreBallet, Tap, Modern; Studio Assistant Manager
Sheryl brings over 30 years of dance experience to the program. Her background includes studies in ballet, jazz, tap and modern as well as extensive training in gymnastics, acrobatics and aerobics. She studied for several years at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California and then moved to New York City to further her training. While in New York, she studied with June Lewis of the Martha Graham Company at Brooklyn College and with Joy Kellman of NYU. Sheryl resides in Easton with her husband and three cats.
Michele Land ~ Instructor Since 2016 ~ Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Michele began dancing at age 5. She has been performing professionally since she was 9 years old. In addition to performing at the White House for the President and dignitaries, Michele also has several film and TV credits.
Michele studied Dance and Theater Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and at University of Maryland. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance/Choreography from Towson University.
Michele owned & operated La Maison de la Danse studio with her mother and sister for 35 years; where she taught ballet, tap, jazz and pointe. Michele also taught for Towson University Children's Dance Division, Columbia School of Theatrical Arts, Columbia Association's Camp of the Arts Conservatory and most recently developed & implemented a dance program for Danville Area Community Center in Pennsylvania. She continues her dance education through workshops & master classes taught by world renowned dancers, the most memorable having been Nikita Dolgushin-Dean of Dance at the Leningrad Conservatory & Vyachaslav Gordeyer, the Artistic Director of the Moscow Ballet Company. Michele has adjudicated auditions for the Maryland Council for Dance and is a member of Dance Educators of America.
Michele is ecstatic to join the Mid Shore Dance Academy family.
Erinne Lewis - Instructor since 2013 - Dance Fusion, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Musical Theatre
Erinne Lewis is a graduate of Bowie State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre Arts with a Concentration in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance. Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Erinne was involved with various dance schools, performing arts groups, and theatre troupes including Tred Avon Players, Cricket Theatre, and Harriet Tubman Performing Arts Center to name a few. While earning a degree, Erinne was a member of Pure Gold Dance Team, taking the spot as Captain her Senior year and earning the title of Miss Pure Gold 2011-2012. She also choreographed and became the Creative Director for “Capital Kids”, a youth performing arts group that spread the word on no bullying, health and fitness, and performing arts on television and touring in Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas. Most recently, Erinne was a teacher at C and N Dance Studio in Waldorf, MD where she taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and African since 2009. Erinne is very excited to be back on the shore and teaching where she first fell in love with the art of dance!
Lauren Longaker ~ New Instructor 2016 ~ PreBallet, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern
Lauren began her dance journey when she was 10 years old with Michele Land along with Michele’s sister and mother at La Maison de la Danse where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. Upon graduating high school, Lauren earned several talent and teaching scholarships to attend Towson University where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Education (magna cum laude). Since then Lauren has received training and performed in the following dance genres: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, contra dance (folk dance), ballroom and more. She was selected to be a soloist with the Stephanie Powell Dance Ensemble where she performed through out the Baltimore area. She has also been awarded training opportunities in New York to work with popular choreographers at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway studios. As an educator, Lauren has worked with Anne Arundel County Schools as artist in residence and master teacher for middle and high School dance programs, for Baltimore County after school recreation counsel for dance, and most recently as dance instructor and company director at The Moving Company Dance Center (formerly Nicole Gait Center of Performing Arts). There she trained and coached countless young dancers from early learning age to adult, even helping some to pursue their own dance education careers. Lauren is happy to be joining the Mid Shore Dance Academy family and is hoping to inspire other young artists to pursue their own dance journey.
Kristen Tyler, instructor since 2005- PreBallet, Tap, Jazz, Modern
Mrs. Tyler began her study of tap and ballet 27 years ago at Elaine Shifflett's School of Dance and then moved on to train and teach ballet, modern, and jazz with the Contemporary Movement Theatre. Mrs. Tyler attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College where she double majored in Dance and Elementary Education. R-MWC gave her the opportunity to dance with and for various dance artists and their companies, including Garth Fagan, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor, JRJP, and Martha Graham. Upon graduation from R-MWC, she began teaching dance and Kindergarten in Queen Anne's County. In addition to her studio teaching, she teaches dance full time at Queen Anne's County High School, and has choreographed numerous musical productions there including Peter Pan, Carousel, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof. Mrs. Tyler graduated with her master's degree in school Leadership from Salisbury University in May 2009, and enjoys spending more time at the beach with her husband, three beautiful children, and their pets.
Camilla Smigo - Instructor 2012- 2017 - PreBallet, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Modern/Contemporary
Obviously a familiar face around the studio, Camilla has literally been dancing since before she was born! After finishing her training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and modern at The Mid Shore Dance Academy, she continued her training with classes at Anne Arundel Community College for three semesters, as well as auditioned for, and performed with, the AACC Dance Company in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. With AACC Dance Company, she had the privilege of performing at the American College Dance Festival Association (now ACDA), which took place at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She expanded her experience as a dance major at UNCG, where she choreographed three works, and performed in multiple pieces by fellow students, graduate students, and faculty. Camilla was the President of Prime Movers, the student dance organization at UNCG from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015, and was involved for the entirety of her time at the university. While in Greensboro, she was a Guest Artist and Audition Adjudicator for the Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts. She graduated from UNCG with a BFA in Dance in 2015 with a concentration in Choreography (summa cum laude). As full time faculty, and Director of the Senior Student Company, she is excited to share her love and knowledge of dance with the students of MSDA.
Another familiar face around the studio, Adrianna is a 2014 graduate of Queen Anne's County High School, and, of course, has been dancing, quite literally, since before she was born! In addition to her sharing her love of dance through teaching, Adrianna took weekly classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and contemporary. As a member of our student dance company, she was the Snow Queen in our 2012 and 2013 Nutcracker Tea productions and choreographed original works for a benefit concert in the spring of 2014.. As if that wasn't enough time spent involved in dance, she was also an intern in the Dance Department at Queen Anne's County High School. Adrianna is continuing her dance training at Anne Arundel Community College, in addition to her other studies, with the plan of transferring to a four-year school.
Malley Hester - Instructor since 2011-2017 - Ballet, Lyrical Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap
We look forward to Miss Malley returning to the Mid Shore Dance Academy after she's taken her time off to pursue her Master's Degree. She has studied ballet for over 17 years through Dance Harrison Street under Debbie Beasley and Constance Walsh. Spread over her years there, she took classes from various professionals such as Janet Shibata, master classes on occasion with Connor Walsh, Kimberly Dyer, and a multitude of other excellent teachers. In addition to her studio teaching, she choreographs Easton Middle & High School's annual musical productions.
Allison Speight - Instructor since 2014 - PreBallet, Ballet, Jazz, Modern
Allison graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, minors in Biology and Anthropology, and a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies. She currently works in the Education Department at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, as well as part time for a locally-based non-profit, Coastal Heritage Alliance. She has been dancing since she was three and has been with Mid Shore Dance Academy since age four. As part of the Mid Shore Dance family, Allison taught pre-ballet and beginner ballet classes, was part of the student dance company (since its inception) and has frequently returned as an alum to take class and join us in performance. She is now looking forward to returning as a teacher and sharing her love of dance with all.
Chloe Tong ~ 2016-17 ~ Modern, Hip Hop
We are thrilled to have another studio alumni return as an instructor! Chloe graduated from Randolph College with a BFA in dance in 2014. At RC, she trained in Modern dance under Pamela Hisenhoover with the core technique being Martha Graham. She also studied under the techniques of Take (Ta-Ka) Ueyama, Isadora Duncan, Dominique Angel (Danced with the Joffrey Ballet) and many Paul Taylor dancers. She has preformed pieces such as, Esplanade (Paul Taylor), Footsteps In The Snow, Flight (Take dance company), as well as a few Duncan pieces. Chloe has continued taking all types of classes ever since her studies at RC while still planning to do more with her dance career in the future.
Photo by Andrew Wilds. Doing a piece by Isadora Duncan, taught by Lori Belilove
Sara Villwock - Instructor 2013-2016 - PreBallet, Ballet, Tap, Jazz / Hip Hop
Sara Villwock was born and raised on Kent Island. Sara has been dancing since she was three at a local studio where she studied ballet, tap, and jazz.. Sara has taught Pre-Ballet, Tap and jazz for the past six years, teaching dancers ages three to fifteen. She also enjoys working on the water with her dad, a commercial fisherman, and helping her mom in their family business. In her free time she enjoys hunting, quilting, baking, knitting and cleaning. She enjoys teaching and sharing her love for dance with her students so they may love dance also. Sara graduated in the fall of 2013 with her AAT in Elementary and Special Education and is also employed as a teaching assistant for Christ Church PreSchool. She is excited to be a part of the Mid Shore Dance Academy’s family and to work with all the wonderful teachers and students. We will miss her as she goes to upstate New York to continue her education.
Kimberly Dyer, Guest Artist/Instructor - Ballet, Pointe
Kimberly Crowder Dyer is a native of the Eastern Shore and trained locally with Betty Webster, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith and Teresa Emmons. Her professional career began at the age of seventeen with the Garden State Ballet Company (1987-1991) while she earned a BA in Fine Arts (summa cum laude) at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She was a finalist at the Friends of the Prix du Lausanne audition to choose the team of dancers to represent the United States in 1987. Awarded Miss Tidewater in 1989, she represented the Eastern Shore as talent-winner in the Miss Maryland Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. She performed as a Soloist for nine seasons with the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte (1992-2000) and five summers with the Chautauqua Ballet Company in New York (1992, 1996-1999). Her diverse repertoire includes roles created for her by Salvatore Aiello, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, Edward Stewart and Alonzo King. Among Mrs. Dyer's favorite theatrical roles were "Ranch Owner's Daughter" in Agnes de Mille's internationally acclaimed "Rodeo" and "Augustias, the Preferred Daughter" in Alvin Ailey's masterpiece work "Feast of Ashes." One of the highlights of Mrs. Dyer's career was when Patricia McBride coached her for a solo role in "Who Cares," which was created for McBride by George Balanchine, Founder of the New York City Ballet. Mrs. Dyer's commercial experience includes speaking and performing for commercials on WMDT-TV (Selbyville, DE), WBOC-TV (Salisbury, MD) and WTVI-TV (Charlotte, NC). She had the opportunity to dance in many exciting places such as the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In 2000, she returned to her home state and joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for two seasons. She delights in sharing her experiences with her students and has taught in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas. Mrs. Dyer is currently a freelance ballet instructor throughout the Delmarva Region. She enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, Paul and their three young sons.
Mary Hester ~ Instructor 2015 ~ Ballet, Modern
Mary Hester graduated from UMBC in 2014 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Dance and Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating in Arts Advocacy. While at UMBC, she was a Linehan Artist Scholar and studied with professional dancers and choreographers such as Helanius Wilkins, Trent Williams, Sandra Lacy, and Liz Walton in addition to master classes taught by the Bad Boys of Dance and the Joffrey Ballet. In 2012, she attended the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop in New York where she trained with the company in modern technique, ballet, and repertory. She has attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival for three years, most recently performing as a soloist. Mary began dancing at age three at Dance Harrison Street in Easton, Maryland under Debbie Beasley, Constance Walsh, and her beautiful and talented sister, Malley Hester. Mary is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and plans to pursue a career in Arts Advocacy. She is thrilled to be part of the Mid Shore Dance Academy family!
Rebecca Wivell - instructor 2012-2014 - jazz, hiphop, tap
Rebecca Wivell walked into her first dance class at age 3 and has danced every day since then. As a competitive dancer growing up, she received many national titles and awards. She had the opportunity to perform all over the U.S. including Florida, California, and New York. Rebecca attended Salisbury University where she was a member and choreographer of their dance company. She received her B.A. in Communications and Dance from S.U. in 2006. She graduated with her M.A.T. in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2012. For four years Rebecca was a dance instructor at Seaside Dance Academy in Berlin, MD. Rebecca taught at 24/7 Dance Studio in Frederick, MD for five years where she specialized in jazz. Over the years Rebecca has choreographed over 100 pieces varying in dance styles. Rebecca has relocated back to the Eastern Shore to teach Special Education in Caroline County. After the birth of her second baby in the spring, 2014, Mrs. Rebecca is taking a break from teaching with us, but we hope she'll be back for workshops and special sessions!
Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have several experienced, upper level students whose interest in dance includes sharing the art form with others in addition to developing their own skills as a performer. Student teachers train under experienced teachers and work with the studio-developed curriculum to provide consistent instruction.
Audrey is a 2016 graduate of North Caroline High School, where she was a member of the National Society of High School Honors. She has been dancing since she was two and has been with Mid Shore Dance Academy for five years. She has always been in ballet, jazz, and modern but is now involved in all styles of dance which adds up to many hours of dance class and rehearsal each week. She is a member of the senior dance company. She absolutely loves dancing at Mid Shore because it is such a happy and welcoming environment meant for fun and learning and a whole lot of hairspray.
A 2013 graduate of Easton High School, Nicole was involved in dance at our studio for many years. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop, and was a member of our student dance company. In addition to the featured role of the Russian in our Nutcracker Tea, Nicole created tap choreography for our 2012 St. Benedict's Holiday Bazaar performance. She will be attending Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, fall, 2013, and hopes to continue taking dance classes.
Chloe danced with the Mid Shore Dance Academy from 2002 until her graduation from Wye River Upper School in 2010. She started with just jazz and picked up everything else along the way, including two years as a student teacher. Chloe graduated as a dance major from Randolph College, in Virginia, in 2014 and has returned to the studio as a guest teacher for our summer program and Dance Intensive. She is planning to travel to Europe in fall, 2014, and continue dancing, taking classes and seeking additional performance opportunities.
Madeline began dance classes when she was five years old and her room has been covered in bobby pins ever since! Prior to starting here at the Mid Shore Dance Academy, she danced with other eastern shore studios and performed in the Ikea Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cherryblossom Festival, The Maryland State Dance Festival, and at local parades and events. She was also given many opportunities to choreograph her own dances and was co-captain of the performance company. When she was thirteen, Madeline started training here at Midshore Dance Academy. Since joining the Mid Shore Dance family, she has performed at local events including First Night Talbot and St. Benedict's Holiday Bazaar. She was a promotional dancer for Project Praise Dance, played the feature role of Clara in our Nutcracker Tea, and was awarded a scholarship to attend a dance intensive at DeSales University this past summer. A homeschooled junior in high school now, she is taking twelve dance classes a week in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, musical theatre, and performing in our “Encore” student dance company. Aside from dancing, Madeline enjoys reading, cosplaying, creative writing, and drawing. She hopes to open her own dance studio/karate dojo with her sisters after college, but for now she plans on just taking each dance class one tendu at a time!
Abbie graduated from Sts. Peter & Paul High School in 2009, and had danced with our studio since 2002. She participated in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern classes and was a student teacher for two years. She graduated from George Mason University with a dance minor in addition to her major in psychology.