Patti has been a leader in the dance industry for more than 30 years. Her resume is very extensive. From her 5 years teaching at Sherry Gold's in Boston to being on the Board of Directors for Dance Masters of Amercia for 8 year serving in various Vice President capacities. Her hardwork and commitment to creating the best and most educational dance experience is unparalleled. She is so grateful for ALL of her students past, present and future and, with your support, she looks forward to 30 more years.
Ashley Esteves began dancing at the age of 2 and since that time has garnished many accolades for both Performing and Choreography. Ashley is hopelessly in love with the idea of telling stories through movement and believes that any student with a positive self-image and strong work ethic can achieve great things in the dance world and beyond.
Mindy Knyff has been a long-time member of the dance community. She grew up dancing and performing with training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and gymnastics. Mindy is currently teaching fulltime at various studios. Her plan is to continue to teach, learn, and audition, so she can be the best teacher and dancer she can be.
Madeleine Knyff has been a dance educator and Gymnastics coach with PEDC for over 15 years. She began working for Patti after registering her three daughters at the studio. In addition to her teaching experience, Madeleine also coordinates an assortment of toddler level summer camps and various other studio related events. Madeleine is an enthusiatic member of the dance community and hopes to continue teaching for many years to come.
Aimee is a long time member of the PEDC family as a student turned teacher. Instructing both the rec and competitive students, she is known for her patience and excels at helping each student find and rise up to their potential. Aimee is also an integral part of the staging of our long running annual Nutcracker Production. As a mother to three young children, Aimee works full time at Franklin High School while still balancing many hours of instruction/choreography at PEDC.
Michaela Knyff grew up dancing and performing at PEDC where she was trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap and Gymnastics. She graduated Cum Laude, earning a BA in Fine Arts from Umass Amherst where she also received a Chancellors Talent Scholarship. Michaela plans to continue to advance her career as a dance educator and choreographer by sharing her strong passion for dance to students everywhere!
Kathleen started ballet when she was 5 years old and loved it. She studied with the Eastchester School of Ballet and the Mid Atlantic Ballet Company. While attending college she continued dancing with the Boston College and Boston Liturgical Dance Ensembles. After graduating she went on to take lessons with the New Jersey School of Ballet and Boston Ballet. Kathleen has taught at various local studios and is currently in her 7th season with the PEDC family.
Master Ballet Instructor
Hailing from the heart of Kazakhstan, Zhanat is truly a Master of his Craft. With a resume that includes everything from 5 decades of Ballet Instruction to being the Chief Choreographer for the country of Kazakhstan in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, his resume is staggering to say the least. But, perhaps the most wonderful things about Zhanat are his humility and his insatiable appetite for knowledge. And frankly, this is what makes him such a great teacher because he is first a student.