Our Philosophy & Staff

Our Mission...

Established in 2005, we specialize in the highest quality dance & fitness inspired education, offering every-body infinite possibilities of true creativity, expression and wellbeing.

We are here to motivate, create and lead to inspire with our team of instructors who have a genuine love of teaching. We strive to support a well-rounded student to become successful in all other areas of life.

 

We offer...

A full curriculum of dance classes for beginner through advance, starting at age two, in an atmosphere that is positive, supportive and promotes a genuine sense of self-esteem for our girls and boys.

Our dance season runs September – June, with additional classes and workshops throughout the summer. Our students are invited to perform in our year-end recital with the option to perform in and around our community.

Since the opening of Planet Dance in 2005, the excitement, growth and development of our dance family is undoubtedly due to the many happy families in  our community. 

 

 


JOANNE (GIASULLO) IDARRAGA - DIRECTOR

Dancing at an early age, Joanne danced her way into the company ensemble as one of the youngest members to perform all around New England. Teaching and choreographing since 17 years old, Joanne continued her training in the Boston area under various dance masters and artists. She currently continues her dance education at dance conventions and workshops around New England each year. Her choreography has won many awards and recognition in the competitive circuit.

In addition to the dance industry, Joanne is a nationally certified fitness leader, nutritional counselor, and personal trainer through the AFAA program (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America). Also licensed to teach ZUMBA and Zumbatomic for kids--structured to promote health and wellness skills for life.   She is also a registered Hatha Yoga instructor, and includes her passion of teaching mindfulness, empowerment, and balance, which can be acheived through the art & skills of yoga and dance. 

Joanne happily and energetic shares her experience and passion with the students and families of PLANET DANCE to offer something special in the community.

 

 


JANET GILDAY - Ballet, Pointe
Janet has been an innovative instructor of dance for over 40 years in the Merrimack Valley area. She owned and operated the Janet Gilday School of Dance in Dracut, MA for 17 years. She has shared exquisite ballet and pointe training with hundreds of students who have gone on to perform professionally as well as become wonderful choreographers and teachers. She attended Boston Conservatory as a dance major and continued to develop her own technique with some of the best in Boston. Miss Janet's most influential peers are Wayne Stuart of the Royal Academy of Ballet in England and her very own beloved instructor Miss Shirley Terrill of Lowell. Janet continues to share and enjoy the ballet experience with today's young up and coming dancers. Miss Janet is a major part of the Planet Dance family.

 

 

VATTANA THACH - HipHop, Urban

Vattana has been teaching urban dance (Hip Hop's distant cousin) for 10 years. He has taught at various dance studios in the MA area and specializes in texture, movement, and story-telling. He has trained with and directed The Movement (2010-2013) and Strive For Change (2014-Present). He has also trained under The Expressive Movement (2014-2015) and Mill Advised (2017). 

Vattana is a major player in the urban dance community. He has hosted various workshops in MA as well as trained dancers who have gone on to establish a college club, college team and community leaders. He hosts an annual dance convention called Eat, Sleep, Dance, Repeat for the soul purpose of reminding us all why we started to dance in the first place. 

 

 

CATHERINE CHADWICK  -  Contemporary, Jazz

Cat has had a passion for dance and performing her whole life.  From the age of 3,  she studied extensively under Bryan Steele and Judish Koeckhoven. She continued her dance education as a member of the UMass Lowell dance team during her college years, as well as attended workshops, intensives, and conventions such as the Pulse, Excel in Motion, and New York City Dance Alliance.  

Cat was an Elite Dancer for Excel in Motion convention and danced alongside and assisted choreographers such as Eleanor Scott and Adé Chiké Torbert.  Through her years as a competitive dancer and choreographer, she has come to view the dance studio as a sacred space full of learning opportunities, not only for her students, but also for herself.  Cat seeks to inspire, challenge, and push each student to their fullest potential.  

 

 

AMANDA CHANDONNET - Children's classes, Tap, Jazz

Amanda has been with Planet Dance since 2005 and has been dancing for over 15 years.  She has a blast working with younger students and the love is mutual!  Miss Amanda works full-time at a daycare in the age groups of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and is also certified CPR/First Aid. She is currently enrolled at Middlesex College pursuing her degree in Education. 

 

 

KELLY SMITH - Lyrical, Tap, HipHop

Kelly has been dancing and performing in the Greater Boston area for over 20 years.  She began her training at the age of 2 with the Donna Miceli Dance Center and continued with Planet Dance in 2005.  In addition to being a Planet Dance Alumni, she has studied Dance Education at Lowell High School and Northern Essex.  She is a former member of the LHS Dance Ensemble, The Boston Tap Co, and recently had the opportunity to teach for the LHS Dance Program.  Kelly's choreography has received many outstanding awards, overall high scores, and special judges awards at various regional competitions.  She strives to challenge each of her students to their fullest potential.

 

 

JAIME RODRIGUEZ - B-Boy, Fusion HipHop, Acro

Jaime is an integral part of the PD team.  His infectious energy and good vibes are the backbone to his classes and also to the studio.  Whether teaching breaking fundamentals, or explosive choreography, to supporting the students with their tumbling skills, Jaime always leaves a positive impact and leaves the students wanting more.  

 

ROSIE BUBANAS -  Contemporary, Jazz 

Rosie began dancing at the age of two at a local studio and continued her training under Donna Miceli for over 20 years. She was a past member and soloist with Ms. Miceli’s Youth Dance Company as well as a teacher and company director at DMDC. Rosie graduated from Bridgewater State College in 2007 where she was a member of the Dance Ensemble and a founding member of the Bridgewater State Dance Team. In 2009, Rosie became the Director of the Lowell High School Dance Program allowing her to work with dancers from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. Since Rosie began teaching at LHS the program has grown from 50 students to over 350. She also served as the dance ensemble director for 12 years. When she’s not dancing, Rosie’s two boys keep her and her husband busy!  She is looking forward to spreading her passion for dance as a teacher at PD!

 

Emily Stutz  -  Tumbling classes

 

Marissa Masson -  Modern, Contemporary