Meet the Dance Teachers
Suzanne earned her BFA from Colby-Sawyer College in 1982 in dance and theatre. She was a member of the Colby-Sawyer Dance Company and also became the Company President. In 1980 she established her own interim Dance Program at The Joy of Movement in Boston. Here she furthered her dance training, taking classes in jazz, modern, and dance exercise specifically with Danny Sloan and Adrienne Hawkins. Eventually she became a member of Danny Sloan's Repertory group.
In 1980, Suzanne embarked on a one month Dance Interim Program in NYC with the CSC Dance Department. She took classes at The Broadway Dance Center, and studied with Master and Legendary jazz dance teachers Luigi and Frank Hatchett.
In 1981 Miss Suzie was encouraged to explore theatre and performed in several college musical productions. However, her real interest was working as a backstage technician which landed her an internship at The South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset. Her duties consisted of lighting, sound checks, backstage runner, loading in well-known bands and breaking down of sets, etc.
In 1982, upon graduating early from college Suzanne was accepted into the Harvard University Summer Dance Intensive. She studied tap under Boston Tap Master Leon Collins and also took classes in jazz, ballet, and modern dance.
In 1983 she became a cheerleader for the USFL Boston Breakers. The same year Suzanne was hired by the South Shore Music Circus as the Wardrobe Assistant to the performers. She worked closely with various performers such as Joan Rivers, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Dione Warwick, Frankie Valli, Harry Belafonte, The Lennon Sisters, Donny & Marie Osmond, Buddy Hackett, and various well known rock bands.
In 1985 Dance Concepts was established in Weymouth. In 1995 the dance studio moved to Braintree. Miss Suzie recently celebrated her 31st anniversary with her students.
In 1987 Miss Suzie was a dancer in a series of Susan Anton's workout videos. She was a fitness model in the Boston area and appeared in a Fugi Camera commercial, and was the choreographer for Kiss108 events.
Miss Suzie became a member of The New England Patriots Cheerleaders in 1991-1992. Besides dancing at the games she performed around Massachusetts at charitable events, taught at Pop Warner cheerleading camps, as well as public speaking for many events.
Students at Dance Concept have performed and competed at Regional and National Dance competitions. They have qualified for Nationals for Showstopper Dance Competitions and competed several times in Myrtle Beach. They have also competed nationally at Turn It Up and Take Center Stage.
Student accomplishments include Disney dancer, four New England Patriots Cheerleaders including overseas Dance Team, University at Hartford Dance Team performer, Captain, and choreographer. Her students have danced and raised funds for Easter Seals, Aids Foundation, Cape Cod Palliative Care Facility, local Nursing homes, and most recently Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Over the years many of her students have been on The Varsity Dance Teams at Braintree and Weymouth High Schools. Miss Suzie's students have also performed at The Boston Celtics games.
Miss Suzie continues to teach dance in the artistic compositions of jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She is a member of The Greater Brockton Dance Teachers Association and attends dance classes when she can.
Miss Stacy's love for dance and choreography started as a student at Dance Concepts where she danced for most of her childhood. She has over 30 years of dance experience in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary.
She was captain of the Weymouth High School Dance Team and captain of the Jacksonville University Dance Team. Miss Stacy was part of the adult class at Dance Concepts and has performed at the Boston Celtics games.
She has taught recreational dance classes at Healthtrax and Jacksonville Golf and Country club. She also taught dance competitively at First Coast Center of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL and currently at Shoestrings Studio in Hanover, MA.
Miss Stacy's most important goal is to encourage high self-esteem in the children of her community while sharing her absolute love for dance.
Miss Mariella began her dance career at a very young age taking classes here at Dance Concepts as well as at Boston Ballet. During her years at both studios, she participated in several summer intensives, competitions and performances, including Boston Ballet’s production of the Nutrcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Aside from her formal training in ballet, tap and jazz, she has also enriched her dance career with folkloric Peruvian dance.
Throughout her 4 years at Braintree High School, Mariella was part of the Varsity Dance Team, which she became a captain for during her senior year. On this team, she participated in countless competitions on a regional, state and national level.
Today, she continues to take recreational dance classes around Boston. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 and is currently working as a Scheduling Analyst at Wayfair and as a Barre Conditioning Instructor at Studio92 in Quincy.
Miss Emily began her dance training right here at Dance Concepts at a very young age. During her high school years she participated in many competitions and was a student teacher under the direction of studio owner Suzanne Williamson-Vico. She obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Hartford where she was captain and choreographer of their division one Dance Team. Emily went on to get her doctorate in Pharmacy and is now a full-time Pharmacist for Rite Aid Pharmacies.
Emily has been teaching and choreographing for a variety of levels since 2007. Her dance background and training consists of ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and competitive tap and jazz.
When Emily isn't busy working as a pharmacist, she will be the first to tell you that teaching dance is her passion and that “...the moment you see a child’s eyes light up when they first discover the joy of dance, well it’s a moment I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”
Having the privilege to teach at Dance Concepts is like coming home for Emily. "It's truly an amazing place for children to learn, grown, and have fun!"