Shari Smigo, Owner / director
Phone: 410 770-3223
Mrs. Smigo has been owner/operator of The Mid Shore Dance Academy in Easton, MD since 1996. 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. 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 on the Board of Directors of Maryland Council for Dance, as Secretary and Membership Chair, and taught at the 2008 Maryland State Dance Festival. When she’s not busy dancing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, and renovating their turn-of-the-century farmhouse.
Sheryl Madino, instructor since 2001- PreBallet, Tap, Modern
Sheryl brings over 25 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 two teen/young adult children.
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 will graduate with her master's degree in school Leadership from Salisbury University in May 2009, and looks forward to spending more time with her husband, family, and pets.
Rebecca Wivell - new instructor, 2012 - 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. She resides in Hurlock, MD with her husband, Justin and they are ecstatic to welcome their first baby in December! Rebecca is looking forward to being a part of the Midshore Dance Academy family!
Malley Hester - Instructor since 2011 - Ballet, Lyrical Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap
We are thrilled to have Malley returning to the Mid Shore Dance Academy in a full-time teaching position! 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. As if that wasn't enough to keep her busy, she is continuing her education in Biology at the graduate level at UMBC.
Erinne Lewis - New Instructor, 2013 - PreBallet & Tap, 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!
Sara Villwock - New Instructor, 2013 - PreBallet, Ballet, Tap
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 from her instructor Meg Yoast. 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 is currently attending Chesapeake College and will graduate in the fall of 2013 with her AAT in Elementary and Special Education, and will continue her education in teaching and dance when she graduates. She is excited to join Mid Shore Dance Academy’s family to work with all the wonderful teachers and students.
Junko Araki - New Instructor, 2013 - Modern/Contemporary
Junko is a native of Japan. Since her first dance class at a local studio, she has explored various dance forms. After receiving her BA in Performing Arts, Junko switched gears to the study of Dance/Movement Therapy and graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado with her MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology. Believing in the therapeutic power of dance, Junko works as a dance/movement therapist at a residential treatment center. She is excited to share her passion for dance at the Mid Shore Dance Academy.
Camilla Smigo - Instructor, 2012 - PreBallet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary
Obviously a familiar face around the studio, Camilla has literally been dancing since before she was born! In addition to her studio classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hiphop, Camilla was an avid stage performer in Queen Anne's County High School's theatre department. Roles included Louise in "Carousel", Liza in "Peter Pan", Woodstock in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", and Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun". After attending Anne Arundel Community College and performing as a member of the AACC Dance Company, Camilla will be attending University of North Carolina - Greensboro as a Dance Education Major beginning Fall, 2013.
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.
We are 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.
Another familiar face around the studio, Adrianna is a senior at 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 takes weekly classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and contemporary. She is also a member of our student dance company, and was the Snow Queen in our 2012 Nutcracker Tea production. As if that wasn't enough time spent involved in dance, she is also an intern in the Dance Department at Queen Anne's County High School.
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!
Alumni Student Teachers
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.
A 2012 graduated of Sts. Peter & Paul High School, Mary taught for us for three years in addition to her classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and modern. She will attending Loyola University in Baltimore and we wish her the best in her future endeavors!
Elise is a 2012 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School (where she was voted "best dancer" among the senior class!) and will still occasionally be around as a substitute teacher as she takes a year off before entering college.
Allison graduated from St. Michaels High School in 2010. She played the flute in SMHS Band and
Flute Choir. She also
represented her school in a flute duo, playing at various events around St. Michaels and Easton (including the
Avalon Theater). Allison was a member of National Honor Society and Tri-M (a musical honor society).
She has been dancing since she was three years old. She participated in ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz classes and taught pre-ballet classes for three years. Allison enjoys sharing her love of dance by teaching younger students and, of course, having fun at the same time. Allison loves being a part of The Mid Shore Dance Academy because dance is taught in a friendly environment where everyone can learn and have fun.
Allison is attending Washington College in Chestertown and is continuing her dance training.
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 is continuing her dance training as a dance major at Randolph College, in Virginia.
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 is currently attending George Mason University and is considering a dance minor in addition to her major in psychology.
Jessica Gallew - new instructor 2010 - modern, jazz, hip hop
Jessica Gallew is a native of Philadelphia, PA and is a 2005 graduate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA with a BA degree in Jazz and Modern Dance Concentration. For the past 7 years, Jessica has been studying and practicing Hatha yoga and in 2008, she received her 200 hr yoga certification from Yoga Alliance in Vinyasa flow and Ayurveda. She completed her training at Yogasphere in Newtown, PA.
She has taught dance in several locations such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, Kansas and now Maryland. While in Kansas, Jessica owned and directed her own dance and yoga studio for two and half years, while also continuing to teach master classes at other various studios in the area. Known for her innovative, fun and unique style; She has choreographed for the Sierra Vista Beauty Pageant in Arizona, The Philadelphia Youth Performing Arts Camp in Pennsylvania, Tomorrow's Choreographers at Point Park University, The Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Bethlehem, PA, and recently Sudbrook Arts Center in Baltimore. These are just to name a few.
Jessica has performed professionally at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA, numerous casinos in Atlantic City, The Pittsburgh Steelers Fashion Show, and has trained with Philadanco and Koresh in Philadelphia. Currently, Jessica is a dancer with the Dragonfly Dance Experiment Dance Company in Annapolis, under the direction of Megan Morse Jans.
Jessica is enjoying being a new mom to Gavin Norman, a proud wife to Shawn Gallew, and living on the east coast again.