Staff Bios

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SUSIE LIKINS

Owner

“Watching the students grow as dancers and individually is what makes owning this business so special. Kids in Motion is truly a family.”

 

Susie’s passion for dance came from seeing the joy that dance classes brought to her own daughters growing up. So in 2007, when the opportunity arose for Susie to open a dance studio, she jumped at the chance… and Kids in Motion was born. 

Susie is a businesswoman who has previously owned several daycare centers and a health club. She has a degree in elementary education and loves working with youth. 


Susie has three adult children and a grandson. Besides spending time with her family and managing Kids in Motion, Susie also enjoys reading, knitting, golfing, and paddle boarding.

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ERICA SOUSA

Instructor

Erica has over 30 years of dance experience during which she studied at the Helene
Joy School of Dance. Over her career, she has had the opportunity to dance with top choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Gil Duldulao, Brian Friedman, Laurie Anne Gibson, and Tyce Diorio.

As a teenager, Erica was actively involved in dance competitions and beauty pageants. She has held many state and national titles and represented Massachusetts as Ambassador for the Miss Hemisphere Pageants. In 1996, she was chosen by audition to tour with Dance Olympus as a VIP Dancer, which gave her the chance to study, perform, and travel the country while showcasing her dance talents.

 

In 2012, Erica pursued a life-long goal of competing in a fitness competition. Not only did she fulfill her goal, but she placed 2nd runner-up in both her fitness routine and in the bikini division for Miss Fitness Universe.

 

Erica has been a dance instructor since the age of 16. She has experience teaching at both recreational and competitive levels at multiple dance studios. Many of her students have held regional and state titles and have been recognized and presented with special judges' awards. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance and molding her students into well rounded dancers. She is a certified dance instructor by Dance Teacher's Club of Boston as well as a certified Zumba instructor and personal trainer.

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TAYLOR MCCORMACK

Instructor

Taylor began dancing at age 3 at Eleanor Rubino's Academy of Performing Arts, and later studied at their sister studio, Paula Terenzi's Dance Complex. She was a member of the studio's competition team, traveling to National Competitions in places like Myrtle Beach and Atlantic City. She also performed at Disney World and Hershey Park with the team. Taylor became an assistant dance teacher and taught there for over 8 years.

While studying at the University of Massachusetts, Taylor was a member of the UMass Amherst Dance Team. As a member of the team, she competed at the national collegiate level in the D1A Jazz Division, where they placed 4th in the nation in consecutive years. With the team, she also performed at football and basketball games and taught dance workshops.

Now, Taylor is teaching Pre-K as a Massachusetts-licensed Early Childhood Educator. Dance has always been such a big part of her life and she is so excited to bring that joy of dance to her students!

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TANA CHANDLER

Instructor

Tana has 30+ years of dance study, performance, and teaching experience. She continues to study ballet with Gene Murray at Boston Ballet and Nadine Moody at Hamilton/Wenham School of Ballet; and jazz at Dancenergy in Marblehead and at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio of Boston, where she recently performed in a 35th year anniversary performance. Tana is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and teaches private piano lessons. She is also an avid practitioner of yoga. Tana resides in Marblehead with her husband Fred and their son Luke.

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CHRISTINA McGAHEY

Instructor

Christina has been teaching dance for the past 16 years. She has experience teaching primary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Christina has been recognized and awarded for her choreography, dancing, and modeling at the regional and National levels. Among her awards are the East Coast High Point National Grand Champion; the title of Miss Boston Model; the title of Miss Boston Talent at the America Miss Competition; and overall winner for consecutive years in tap, jazz, ballet, and acrobat classes at the Dance Masters of America Miss Dance Competition. Christina is also a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston.

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Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945

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