"Remember that it isn't always about the movement or steps that you teach that matter most.
It's more about being a positive role model who mentors, leads and teaches young people
to be the best that they can be in dance and in life. Enjoy the journey."       --Rhee Gold

Charlotte Doyle, Owner & Artistic Director

Ballet  |  Pointe  |  Hip Hop  |  Contemporary  |  Acro  |  Pre-Pri  |  JAM Dance  |  Elektrik BoyZ

Charlotte E. G. Doyle began her training at the Connecticut Ballet, under the direction of Robin Welch and Robert Vickery. She was a member of the Junior Company, and toured New England in CB’s numerous Nutcracker productions. After graduating from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Charlotte received her BA in Dance from Mount Holyoke College.

While at MHC, Charlotte was honored with being chosen to represent her school at the American College Dance Festival, with her choreography The Place, and was a two-time scholarship student to the Bates Dance Festival. Charlotte has enjoyed learning from Lance Westergard, Trisha Brown, Ellen Sinopoli, Pam Lindsay, Debbie Poulsen, Therese Freedman, Jim Coleman, Peter Jones, Bebe Miller, Mark Taylor, Madame Darvash, Frank Hatchett, David Howard, Tekla Kostek, Violette Verdy, Finis Jhung, Mollye Maxner, Fritha Pengelly, Ruth and Noble Barker, and Lesley Makings. Currently, she studies with Teddy Forance, Chantal Aguirre, Noel Bajandas and other amazing stars every summer at the Generation IV Dance Intensive.

Professionally, Charlotte has performed with Mary R. Barnett’s In Good Company, Feuer/Matheke, Sandra Kopell, Molleye & Kelly Maxner, Sarah Eley, Katrina Hawley, and Nancy Hughes. Charlotte has been teaching full-time since college, has been a guest artist at Yale University, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Boston Symphony’s Days in the Arts program, which breaks down social barriers through arts immersion. Charlotte was a founding member of Ruth and Noble Barker’s East Street Ballet, directing the Children’s Program, the Adult Extension, and the East Street Youth Ballet Apprentice Company. Charlotte is very grateful for her experiences teaching at the Hackworth School and New England Dance Quarters.

Now, Charlotte teaches and directs Pineapple Dance, where everyone is welcome. She strongly believes that everyone can enjoy learning to dance, develop their artistic awareness, and learn to move correctly for their own bodies with strong technique.

Charlotte resides in North Amherst with her husband, Jon, their sons, Tommy and Geoffrey, two dogs, and two cats.

Michael Dalton

Tap  |  Jazz  |  Acro   |  Yoga

Michael began dancing when he was 10 years old.  In 1982 he received the Chancellor's Award for Talent to University of Missouri - Kansas City and began his professional dancing career in 1983 as a dancer in Fiddler on the Roof.  He performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St. Louis as lead dancer, toured nationally and internationally in 42nd Street and Sophisticated Ladies, and as Macavity in Cats.  He danced at Radio City Music Hall in The Christmas Show and The Easter Show and appeared on TV in Night of One Hundred Stars II, The Irving Berlin 100th Birthday Special, and The Presidential Inaugural Gala for President George H.W. Bush.  He teaches jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics, as well as social dances, such as two-step, salsa and swing, creative movement dance based on Dance Education Laboratory's methods and a form of yoga dance called Journey Dance. 

Lindsay LaValley Fuller

Tap  |  Jazz  |  Rhythm N’ Riff

Lindsay LaValley Fuller has been dancing for over 30 years. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and Irish step dancing. She is currently teaching tap and jazz, which have always been not only her favorite styles of dance, but also the styles she feels she can truly express herself with.

Lindsay began taking classes at Carol Butler's at the age of 3. She then went on to dance at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts for 12 years, where she competed in groups, productions, duos, and solos. She began assisting at the age of 14 and was paired up with Charlotte Doyle. Since then, she has been working for Charlotte for 20 years, assisting and teaching at both CJ Studios of Dance and now Pineapple Dance, which is currently her home away from home.

Lindsay has been fortunate enough to take classes from many amazing dancers. She grew up taking classes from all of the wonderful teachers at HSPA and mainly studied with Alison Forance and Lisa Heath. She has participated in many conventions and competitions such as Dance Masters of America, American Dance Awards, and Star Power. She has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center, where she has learned from such dancers as the late great Frank Hatchett (to whom she owes her love of jazz) and Germaine Salsberg. In recent years she has had the amazing opportunity to take classes with Chloe Arnold, Maud Arnold, the Syncopated Ladies, and Aubrey Cheek. She has attended the Syncopated Ladies Mini Bootcamp in New York City and the NYC premier of Tap World Film.

When not at dance, Lindsay is the Store Manager of Dave's Pet City's Ware location. She has been with the company for over 10 years. She lives in South Hadley with her husband, cat, and cockatiel. She loves crafts and anything Disney (especially her favorite accessory, mouse ears for any occasion).

Lindsay's philosophy on dance is that it should be fun first and foremost. She is excited to share her love of dance with the students at Pineapple Dance.

Amanda Major

Ballet  |  Contemporary  |  Composition  |  Pre-Pri  |  Straight to the Pointe  |  Zumba

Amanda started dancing at the age of three and quickly fell in love with Ballet and all things dance! She knew from the age of five that all she wanted to do with her life was teach dance and share her joy. Since then, she has studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Contact Improvisation, and Composition.

Amanda graduated from Hampshire College in May 2015 where she studied dance education from the brilliant minds of the dance professors in the Five College Dance Department, taking course at Hampshire, UMass, Amherst College, Smith, and Mount Holyoke. Amanda’s senior thesis project was a comprehensive study of how dancing aids the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of children. She used Common Core Curriculum Standards for Massachusetts in Math and English in order to develop lesson plans for a Primary Ballet dance class that would use dance and movement skills to achieve learning goals.

Amanda continues to strive to make sure her students leave each class knowing more, about dance and themselves, than they did when they entered. She is thrilled to be teaching at Pineapple Dance where all are welcomed, there is a warm community, and everyone is encouraged to be the best that they can be!

She is also excited to announce that she is now licensed to teach Zumba! Come join her for a fun, productive workout!

Aliza Micelotta

JAM Dance

Aliza is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of of JAM Dance and amateur stage manager at Pineapple Dance. She attended her first dance performance at the age of four and fell in love. From that day on dance is apart of her life, no matter how big or small. Aliza began choreographing in high school as a part of Dance Theater Ensemble (DTE) and began teaching her first year of college.

In May 2015, Aliza graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. Currently she works in the office of College Advancement at Hampshire College. She hopes to pursue a Master's degree in higher education, special education or elementary education. Outside of her time at work and at the dance studio, she choreographs for pageants and fashion shows for a local organization called Sparkling Crowns.

As always, Aliza looks forward to a new year of dancing, fun and creativity. "The talent and passion Pineapple Dance students never ceases to amaze me. The leaps and bounds (pun intended) our students make from semester to semester consistently knocks my socks off."

Hannah Pelkey

Ballet  |  Pointe  |  Straight to the Pointe

Hannah Pelkey has been a ballet teacher at Pineapple Dance for 1 year. She received 15 years of classical ballet training from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, CT. She was able to attend numerous summer intensives with the Nutmeg Ballet and the Bossov Ballet in Pittsfield, ME. In addition to summer intensives, she has been able to perform excerpts from original ballets such as The Nutcrakcer, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Etudes, and more. After graduating from the conservatory in 2011, and receiving a certificate in ballet pedagogy, she attended the University of New England in Biddeford, ME received her BS in Medical Biology. She fulfilled her love of dance by continuing to take and teach weekly ballet classes. In 2015 she began teaching at Pineapple Dance and absolutely loves it! On her days off you can find her taking spin class, knitting, and studying!

Cheryl Veasey

Tap  |  Jazz  |  Pre-Pri  |  Tap/Jazz/Hop  |  Ballet  |  United Dance Ensemble

Cheryl began dance at the age of 10 at the Carol Butler School of Dance in Northampton, MA., studying Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical. Over the years there, she worked her way up from student to Class Demonstrator to Assistant Teacher and then to Teacher. Cheryl has performed in many shows as a dancer throughout Western Mass., as well as competed in several dance competitions. To further her dance education, she travels to New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Boston to attend dance workshops and conventions.

From September 1995 to June 2013, Cheryl taught Tap, Ballet and Jazz at New England Dance Quarters in Amherst, MA. While there Cheryl was responsible for many of the business duties of running a studio as well as very efficiently running the backstage at all the NEDQ shows. Cheryl has made a difference in the lives of so many dancers over the course of her working at NEDQ and is thrilled to see some of those friends here at Pineapple Dance.

Cheryl believes dance class should be fun and stress free. "Everyone learns at their own pace and should be proud of what they have accomplished in class. It brings me so much pleasure to watch as students learn the joy of dance!"

With her large family, Cheryl loves spending time with her son, Dale, her nieces and nephews, and all her relatives. Her hobbies are knitting, crocheting, crafts and creating headpieces and dance costumes. Cheryl has designed and produced many wonderful props for both performance and the classroom, enhancing the students' experience in dance. When not teaching dance or running the office at Pineapple Dance, Cheryl is the office manager at Superior Chimney Sweep, Inc. in Easthampton, MA. Cheryl is so happy to be teaching and to be a part of the Pineapple Dance family!

Mari Washburn

Hip Hop  |  Jazz  |  Tap  |  Ballet  |  Contemporary  |  United Dance Ensemble

Mari has been dancing for over 16 years starting at the age of 5, performing in tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, musical theater and contemporary. Mari assisted dance classes for 6 years and has been teaching at Pineapple Dance for 3 years. She was trained at New England Dance Quarters for 13 years and joined Hackworth School of Performing Arts (HSPA) for her junior and senior years of high school. While training with HSPA she competed in small, large and production groups throughout southern New England. While in high school, she attended various master classes, summer dance intensives and conventions taught by highly esteemed choreographers from California to New York. Recently she has worked as the dance captain with the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater for their production of Mary Poppins and hopes to continue working with them for future productions. In addition, she has choreographed select pieces for the Broadway Review called Youth on Broadway, a local musical theater program for youth in Amherst.

Mari is now attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Animal Science. When she isn't in the studio she is cooking or traveling. She also enjoys all things art and music related. You will most likely find her with headphones on or playing one of the many instruments she has learned over the years.

“The true essence of dance is the instant the artist has taken a risk”