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 STAFF

Janet HERSHMAN

Director and Founder

Janet Hershman is a former member of the Sherry Gold Dance Company, which gave her the opportunity to perform all over the United States and Canada. She has won numerous awards and trophies while competing in dance competitions. Janet is also proud to have competed against dancers from all over the New England area to become the winner of the "Miss Dance of New England" pageant, sponsored by Dance Masters of America.

Janet Hershman is certified by test to teach and is a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston.

The entire program is under her direction and she has taught children the art of dance for over thirty years.

Janet Hershman is currently the Director and Founder of Janet Hershman's School of Dance.

Tracie AMARAL

Dance Instructor

Tracie has been in love with dance for over 35 years. She studied, performed, and competed in various forms of dance for just over 11 years while at the Donna Carter School of Dance. She has been awarded several trophies and awards for performances throughout New England and on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

She minored in Dance at Rhode Island College with a specialization in Dance for Children.

Tracie was an NFL Cheerleader for 4 years and the Assistant to the Director for 3 1/2 years. She attended two Super Bowls and performed throughout New England, for the troops at Fort Hood in Texas and overseas on the USS Underwood & USS JFK in Bahrain and in other locations off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

Tracie is also known as "Krazie" Tracie -- an entertainer for children's birthday parties.

She is thrilled to be assisting Janet at her studio and proudly calls Janet Hershman's School of Dance her favorite place to be when she's away from home.

Mary LUDOVICI

Dance Instructor

Mary has had a passion for dance for 19 years. Her competitive training began at a young age and continued throughout the collegiate level.

Mary received her formal dance training at Perkins School of The Arts in Norwich, NY. She studied under creative and artistic directors, Amber and Mikey Perkins. It was there, where she fell in love with all styles of dance, including: tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, and partnering. During her 10 years dancing competitively, Mary traveled around the United States, dancing in regional and national competitions. In the summer of 2012, Mary went on to dance with the Phoenix Project Dance Company, where she continued to become inspired and further her training.

At the collegiate level, Mary was a three-year member of the Syracuse University Dance Team from 2012-2015. The team performed at basketball and football games, as well as competed at the NDA National Collegiate Dance Competition every April. For the 2014-2015 season, Mary was selected as team captain, as well as, voted team MVP. Mary graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science.

The Janet Hershman School of Dance has quickly become a second home to Mary. Through hard work, dedication, and discipline, Mary plans to provide her students with positive and fun love of dance that will last a lifetime.

Kelly CANNONE

Dance Instructor

Kelly has been an arts educator for more than 25 years. She served on The Arts Advocate of RI, and is a Board Member of the Warwick Consortium of the Arts & Humanities.

In 1981 she founded Dance Artistry, Inc. in Warwick, RI and became owner of the studio Dancer Magazine called "One of the four most successful studios in America." She started her own dance company, a non-profit organization, who performed internationally visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, and Minsk and Moscow, Russia.

In order to expand her teaching opportunities to the martial arts, she earned her black belt in American Kenpo Karate. Kelly has numerous career highlights, these include choreographing numerous corporate events, commercials, and music videos including the Miss R.I pageant, Koch Eye Associates Promotional Video, Market America's Regional Convention and many more. Kelly has appeared in several televisions commercials and theater productions. She has been on staff with Dance Olympus and Candance conventions.

Kelly's latest venture is writing motivational articles for children. Her work has been published in Dancer Magazine, The Gold Rush and Cheerleading Dance and Drill Magazine.

Kelly has been travelling around the country teaching dancers and dance teachers how to set goals in her Aspiring Dreamz Workshop. Kelly has published a Book titled "Aspiring Dreamz, Goal Setting For Dancers" and has written a children's book titled "The Broken Doll" which is being considered for a ballet production in Rhode Island.

Jenna HERSHMAN

Yoga Instructor

Jenna has been a preschool teacher for the past 6 years.

Over the past two years she has grown to love yoga. She decided to put her passion for working with children and her love for yoga together. Jenna just recently completed a training program from CHILD LIGHT YOGA, and cannot wait to share her practice with children.