Our Team

At Academy of Dance, we firmly believe that a Dance Studio's reputation and success is closely related to the quality of its teachers.  We carefully select those teachers who we believe reflect our own beliefs of providing a fulfilling and well-rounded dance education in a family-friendly setting.
We are always looking to supplement our team with high-quality teachers.  If you believe you have what it takes to join us, please email amanda@theacademyofdance.org

Tracey Garland

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racey has danced for as long as she can remember whether it be in formal classes or just dancing around the house. Music and movement has always run through her veins. Tracey has taught for a few local studio over her 10 year teaching career and has also choreographed for local high school’s musical productions as well as for Schoolhouse Arts Center. This will be Tracey’s 11th year at Academy of Dance. She has also been a part of the Children’s Nutcracker since its inception. You may recognize her as Mother Ginger or Grandma. Tracey is so excited to be back this year as a studio manager to share her love and passion for dance with all her students!

Danielle Payeur - is in her 4th year at Academy of Dance.   Dani specializes in Hip Hop Dance style.  Her passion for dance and fun personality has ignited our Hip Hop program for boys and girls alike!  

 Liana Andrade began her dancing career at the young age of 2 at a small studio in Burlington, MA.  Her passion for dance flourished as she continued to grow and began dancing competitively in 2002 in various styles including jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and pointe. While in college working towards her degree in English and Elementary Education, she went back to her roots and taught dance at her home studio.  Liana also participated in Dance Company and Kinetic Edge Hip Hop team at Bridgewater State University.  In her time at BSU on the Hip Hop team, she took the role of secretary of the team and competed at local competitions and at the national collegiate level in Dayton Beach, Florida where her team took 5th place overall.  Of all the styles she’s been trained in, hip hop and contemporary are her two favorites.

Hayley Brown

Hayley Brown: This is Hayley's 7th year teaching at Academy of Dance. Hayley has been dancing since 1993 in the Biddeford area and has been involved in competitive dance since competing in the 1998 Junior Olympic Games where she took home a gold metal. She has trained in and competed up and down the East Coast in Ballet, Tap, Clogging, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, & Contemporary dance. Formerly an NBA Gatorade League dancer, she has performed as well as choreographed for the Lady Red Claws. 

 Erin Magaw - Erin has been dancing for 18 years, and teaching dance for 7 years. She is currently in her Senior year as a Dance Education major at the University of New Hampshire. Erin has performed in many different productions such as the UNH Dance Company’s Orchestra Collaboration and Spring Production of The Artist, An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker and the season opening pregame show for the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in 2017. Erin is extremely excited to be returning to AOD.  She is so ready to make this dance year a great one! 

 Zach Robinson - joined us in 2020 and has become an perfect addition to our staff.  Zach has been dancing since he was 3 years old. He  recently graduated Cum Laude from Keene State College and has a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Education, certified K-12.  Zach has presented multiple works at conferences and conventions. He has also competed in local competitions around New England and in England and Scotland during his semester abroad.  Zach genres range from hip-hop, jazz to Latin American. His main styles are hip-hop, commercial/ funk, modern, and contemporary.