Lisa Abbascia - Director
Lisa holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, majoring in Fine Arts Dance. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, through which teachers and students are offered workshops and seminars to aid in the ever growing world of dance. Her never ending interest in kinesiology has led her to become a member of IADMS ~ International Association of Dance Medicine & Science were she brings valuable knowledge to her staff and students.
Lisa took her first dance steps at the age of four, began assistant teaching at 16, had her first professional job as a dancer at 21 and has been involved in the art of dance ever since.
After receiving her degree, Lisa ventured to New York City continuing her studies under well known studios such as Broadway Dance Center, Phil Blacks, and Steps and Peridance . While living in New York, she taught classes at Dance Street and choreographed for Tonetic's Dance Co.
Lisa has traveled the Caribbean with Carnival Cruise Lines as a professional dancer and has performed locally with Octoberfest Theater and Reagle Music Theater of Gretaer Boston in "A Chorus Line", "West Side Story", "Me and My Girl", and "My Fair Lady" to name a few!
Although directing Back Stage Dance is her first priority, Lisa enjoys her continued studies in dance, music, and theater. Lisa is happy to share over 40 years of teaching experience with her students and looks forward to many more!
Hayley's higher education in dance includes studies in the USA as well as abroad in the UK. Her experience not only includes teaching classes of all genres to children of all ages but also work as a professional choreographer. Hayleys added experience with acting and voice will give her students the confidents to take chances and grow as a performer. Her accomplishments as a competitive dancer will take her students to the next level and her love of teaching children with different learning styles will give them confidence to grow.
Olivia was a students of Backstage Dance Center in high school, and under took many classes ranging from ballet-hip hop. She sucessfully earned her assistant teacher training certificate from BDC before heading off to college. Olivia went on to pursue a B.A. in dance and psychology at Hobart and William Smith College. She has experience in performance, teaching and choreography,.At present she has started classes towards her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Moveent Therapy at Lesley University.
Stephanie has been a faculty member at Backstage for over 18 years . She has performed in various regional and national competitions with her main focus on Jazz dance. While attending The University of Rhode Island, Stephanie was a member of the Ramettes, a prestigious dance team that traveled and performed nationally. During this period she studied the urban styles of Jackie Henderson, director of the renowned hip-hop troupe, "Off the Curb". Stephanie attends professional classes in Boston, and the Knicks City Dancers "Boot Camps" in New York City.
Julie teaches group fitness classes Barre and Zumba at Backstage and in Boston, MA. Her dance background in ballet and jazz inspired her to get certified in Zumba, and the passion she found teaching led to her Pilates and Barre certifications! She now hopes to inspire others to create a healthy lifestyle, and working full time she understands how rigorous daily schedules can be, so she hopes to help you make realistic, long term changes!