Dear Patrons,

As director of W.S.P.A. it is my pleasure to tell you a little bit about our school and why we consider it to be so outstanding and unique. W.S.P.A. was founded 25 years ago and offers students a well rounded program that includes Dance, Acting, Voice, Piano and Guitar. Certified teachers are chosen specifically for their talent, enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge. Students are coached at a pace comfortable to their talent and creativity. All students are offered opportunities for performance in a variety of shows. Voice, Piano, & Acting students are showcased in our Children's Theatre each season. Dance students perform their annual recital in an auditorium setting and once a year all students are invited to come together & perform in a theatrical production.

The staff and I are looking forward to a wonderful year with the children and consider it a privilege to be a part of an effort that so strongly enforces the fields in which we teach.

Thank you for considering our program,                   

Trudy Macero, Director

 

Trudy Macero - Dance, Acting Teacher

 

Trudy is the founder and Director of the Winthrop School of Performing Arts which was established in 1986. As a professional singer with 12 years of Dance training, Trudy toured the U.S. as a performer for the William Morris Agency in New York, before settling down and opening WSPA. She attended the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and has since been teaching and performing for the last 25 yrs. She believes in giving back to the Community through the Arts and offers her talent and time to all.

STAFF

Natalie Bayersdorfer - Zumba®

Natalie has been a group fitness instructor for over 15 years with her career starting at Stonehill College where she taught kickboxing, step and dance. She found Zumba in 2008 after the birth of her son and has been hooked since. Natalie is AFAA Group Exercise Certified, First AID/ CPR trained and holds licenses in the following: Zumba®, Zumba® 2, Zumba® Gold, Zumba® Gold Toning, Zumba® Toning and TurboKick®.

 Jaime Bingham Dance Instructor

Jaime Bingham began dancing at age 3 in Rhode Island at the  “Dance Connection” and the “Pointe of Performing Arts”. Her teaching career began at 15 yrs. old when her teachers realized she was not only an exceptional dancer but also a strong instructor with a natural ability to communicate with students. She attended the Teacher's Academy at Mount Pleasant High School and graduated in the top ten of her senior class in 2001. She then went on to receive her degree in Arts and Secondary Education at Rhode Island College. Jaime made it through several rounds of the “So You Think You Can Dance” auditions and performs on weekends for Siagal Productions. She is happy to have found a home at the Winthrop School of Performing Arts where she teaches Ballet, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, lyrical and jazz. Jaime is also Zumba licensed.

Sarah Byrne - Voice Coach

Sarah Byrne has returned to the Boston area and to WSPA after living in NYC and the San Francisco Bay area for four years.  She is now offering voice lessons with a focus on "Broadway Performance Skills."  Sarah's vocal students have played leading roles on Broadway and in national tours of shows including Annie, Gypsy, High School Musical 1 & 2 and The Lion King.  She has a huge library of Broadway and pop tunes, and she will help you develop vocal technique, gain confidence and learn the best songs for your voice.  Sarah played piano for her first show as a senior in high school, and since then has served as musical director and pianist for over 25 shows in Boston and New York.  She is happy to be back at WSPA.

Elaine Cipriano - Voice Coach

 

Susie DeGregorio - Adult Yoga

Susie completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at B Yoga Center in Melrose with Krista Basis. Additionally, she holds certificates in Children's Yoga and Prenatal Yoga, through Finding Inner Peace Yoga School. She also holds a certificate in Yin Yoga from Josh Summers. Yoga has been such a gift to Susie, and she enjoys sharing the gifts of yoga with people of all ages. Yoga has helped Susie to comfort her body, calm her mind, nourish her heart, and honor her spirit.

Tara Centofani-Leary - Dance Instructor

Tara Centofanti-Leary joins us with over twenty five years of dance experience.  She received her formal training in Tap, Jazz, Lyric and hip-hop for most of her dance career with Beverly Richards, where she studied under the direction of Susan Chopourian.  Tara has performed at lucrative destinations such as Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and through her extensive dance career, received multiple titles and gold medals from numerous regional and national competitions and pageants. She is certified by test to instruct dance through the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, choreographs for theatres in her spare time and has been an instructor with WSPA for six years now.

Ben Discipio- Vocal Coach

 

Jaime Montesano- Dance Instructor

Jaime has been studying dance since the age of 3 and choreographing for the past 15  years.  She just completed her 15th year of teaching tap, jazz, and hip-hop at the Winthrop School Of Performing Arts. Jaime is also a choreographer for theatres, schools and colleges throughout the Boston area. Jaime was the instructor of “Dance Jams”& “Theatre Dance” at the Wheelock Family Theatre for 2 years. She is also the Office Manager and Founding Drama Teacher at the Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Biology from Suffolk University and is certified by the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston.  Jaime also is an actress and singer who performs in her spare time.

Melyssa Perkins - Dance Instructor

Melyssa Perkins has been teaching dance for 17 years.  She is trained in all forms of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics, and musical theater.  This is in her 11th year of bringing dance education into preschools across Massachusetts and New Hampshire with a program called Happy Feet.  She has completed the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston Teacher Training Course and is a member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston.  Melyssa has never stopped studying modern dance trends and expanding her dance knowledge and experience. She has studied with the top choreographers in the dance world today and continues to take class herself and participate in various conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse.  She loves to share her passion for the art of dance with her students and hopes to inspire each and every one of them.

 

Sarah Rosenstein - Children's Yoga

Sarah is a certified Children’s Yoga Teacher through the Finding Inner Peace Yoga School, and the National Yoga Alliance. Sarah is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. Sarah has worked with children of all ages on stress management, and coping skills, and is the Adjustment Counselor at the Gorman Fort-Banks School in Winthrop. Yoga provides invaluable benefits for children including self-esteem, stress management, focus, flexibility, balance, and strength. Sarah has been practicing yoga for many years and is thrilled to bring the benefits of yoga to children.