Attitude Academy of Performing Arts

Instructors

Toni Gendreau-Contois- Owner/Choreographer

Toni  Gendreau-Contois has been an advocate of dance for over 30 years. She has held numerous awards, titles, and scholarships all in relation to dance. Toni is a graduate  of Dean College where she received her Associates Degree in Dance Education. Her love of dance  has not only inspired others, but has also given her a chance to display her talent locally as well as nationally. Toni has been known  for training her dancers with the idea of excellence, innovation, and inspiration. She herself has achieved the title of Miss New Bedford  in 2002, was awarded the Joan Phelps Palladino dance scholarship for the most skilled and ability in dance  while attending Dean College. She was also chosen in 2000 to train with the nationally known  Alvin  Ailey Dance Company. Toni has had the honor and privilege to study with extraordinary teachers and phenomenal choreographers to include Cheryl  McCormack, Sam  Fiorello, Nailah  Bellinger, Brian Freedman, and  from the hit "So you think you can dance" Mia Micheals.  The Attitude Studio Competition team and hip hop company "ATTITUDE ADDICTS"  have been proud to display their success and held many awards in the latest competition, to include Best Technical Execution and Best Overall Choreography. 

 


Yoga Instructor

Laurie Belanger

 

Laurie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.  Miss Toni inspired Laurie into pursuing a certification in yoga instruction and in 2009 she began her path in sharing her passion for yoga and all it can give.  When one comes to Laurie's class the experience gives a feeling of peace and joy.  Classes are differentiated - anyone can come to class and get a good stretch because Laurie gives several options and modifications for each pose.  Laurie's philosophy is that we can set every pose and achievement as a goal to work toward.  "Every body is different and all of our genes and experiences are different.  We can try to reach the perfect pose and attempt to clear our minds.  We may never get there, but we will keep striving to reach it."  The practice of yoga incorporates many things; medication, breath work, asanas or poses and more.  Laurie instructs students in Hatha Yoga and varies every class; she has never taught the same sequence twice!

Dance Instructor

Marissa Stanley

 

Marissa Stanley has been a student of dance for nine years. She is a 20 year old sophomore at Bridgewater State University, and has made the Dean’s List in her first year there majoring in Dance Education and is currently studying her minor in Musical Theater. While at BSU she has had the high honor of performing in Winterdance in the fall semester and Dance Kaleidoscope in the spring semester. Also she has been a guest performer at the Miss Bristol outstanding teen pageant 2013, and has staged the Miss Somerset and Bristol county 2014 pageant. Her goals are to finish her Bachelors Degree and to further her education through a Masters Degree in Dance Education. She is passionate to help in her student’s education in the art of dance.

Gymnastics Instructor

Jocelyn Frade
 
 Jocelyn has been an advocate for Gymnastics for 13 years at Bay State Gymnastics Academy. Currently on their competition team called "Team Gym" in the 10 years on the team together much has been accomplished. "Team Gym" won Nationals in California in 2011, a fantastic accomplishment.  Jocelyn looks forward to bring a fresh set of skills sets to the Attitude team.