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The Team

Who We Are

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Alicia Manica

Founder & CEO, Lead Teacher

Alicia Manica is the Director of Stunning Dance Studio. She grew up in Greenfield, MA and began dancing at Karen’s Dance Studio. From junior high to college she was a member of the Greenfield High School chorus and later a select choir member. At Berkshire Community College she continued her love for music and dance by  being selected into the select choir there as well. After High School, she went on for further study  at the Hartford Conservatory in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Improv, Music for Dancers, and Somatics with a concentration in Dance Pedagogy and Performance. She graduated from the Hartford Conservatory in 2007, with a diploma in Dance Pedagogy and Performance.  She has been teaching dance and Acro for over 18 years for children age two to adult. Alicia also has experience in choreographing and performing for local theater, choral groups, and for circus routines at French Woods Performing arts Camp. She is a former member of Crazefaze Hip Hop Crew from Massachusetts.

   

  After studying Kinesiology at the Hartford Conservatory, she went on to further he interest in rehabilitation and anatomy at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. In 2012, Alicia graduated from Berkshire Community College with an Associates in Science; Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. She has been practicing as a licensed PTA for 7 years now. Her interest in teaching the geriatric population and people with neurological disorders has stemmed from her work in Physical Therapy with a focus in Orthopedics and Neurology. Alicia’s greatest passion is teaching dance to the adults with disabilities and has an immense compassion for those living with autoimmune diseases. She teaches a dance class she created for those living with MS and other Neurological disorders called, Dance Fusion in the summers and volunteers for the Healing Motion Ballet Barre class for Neurological Disorders at the Skaggs Wellness Center for the University of Utah. She is a former volunteer teacher of two years for the Dance for Parkinson’s program through the University of Utah, under the direction of Juan Carlos.

 Alicia enjoys spending time with her partner, Tristan adams and her two tuxedo kitties Benny and Iris in her free time. She also loves to bake and practice her photography skills in her spare time. It is her ultimate dream and passion to work with kids and have her own studio. She is happy to be living that dream at SDS!

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Shannah Parkin

Contemporary, Creative Movement, Ballet Instructor

Administrative Assistant

Shannah Parkin graduated Sum Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance, a BS in Psychology, and a certificate in Dance in Medicine May 2021. While at the University of Florida, Shannah attended workshops focusing on dance’s ability to improve individual’s wellbeing with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder, neural connections, and somatic practices. She has performed in student and faculty pieces and showcased her own work. Shannah has taught ballet, contemporary modern, and creative movement to various age groups and cognitive abilities. In August 2022 Shannah attended a summer intensive with LA dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO. As a teacher and artist Shannah values bringing people together and making space for all to create, embracing their own artistry. Shannah looks forward to teaching and dancing with the Stunning Dance Studio community. 

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