Miss Tammy believes if you open your heart to the passion of dance it will happily reside there. It does not discriminate or depend upon.....size, color, ability, shape or age. Let go of judgment (yourself and others) competition and expectations and enjoy the pure pleasure of movement.
Tammy Thompson has owned and operated dance studios since 1978. She taught at many area dance studios and has performed with acclaimed dance companies. She was a member of the Frank Hatchet senior dance company for several years. Frank owns the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She was chosen at a teacher training seminar by the late Sherry Gold to teach at both of her schools in the Boston area and perform with the Gold dancers. Tammy did this until she was chosen to perform at Walt Disney World in Florida.
However, before the move a Dance instructor "Rosemary Wronski" called to say that she was going to sell her studio and asked if Tammy was interested. At 18 she purchased her first school.
Five years later the delivery of her son " Jonathan" changed her life course. She sold her dance studios in West field and Florence and opened a family daycare center. While working out of her home, she attended school in the evening and became a certified preschool teacher. She also taught dance part time at Mount Holyoke College and for national dance conventions.
Fifteen months after the birth of Jonathan, her daughter Crystal was born. She continued with the daycare center until 1988. She and her family built a home in Sunderland. Tammy continued teaching dance two evenings a week in Easthampton then she opened a studio out of her basement in Sunderland. Within several years she transferred the basement studio to the storage area above the garage. It was the perfect place for a large waiting area and a spacious dance room.
Her students purchased a thank you gift in the from of a hot stone massage. It was while Tammy received this massage that she decided that she had to learn this wonderfully healing art. She attended Greenfield Community College Massage Therapy program. The thought was that massage was a perfect compliment to the dance business and one day she could incorporate the two. Tammy graduated with honors in 2004, She also graduated with an Associate degree from Greenfield Community College in 2006. Tammy attended the University Of Mass., Amherst and graduated with a degree in Health and wellness in 2008.
Tammy's daughter" Crystal" worked at the dance studio and continues to teach Master classes. Crystal was a New England Patriot Cheerleader and a graduate of Westfield State College.
As a massage therapist Tammy volunteered for the special Olympics. That brought about the conception of separate dance lessons for children and adults with special needs. She also became a foster mother to a 20 year old woman with special needs. The Mountain View Dance performance team is now the opening act for the summer Special Olympics.
Tammy also made some innovative changes to the yearly recital. She decided that less money and more community efforts were going to be the focus of her school. The annual recital students wear performance attire that can be worn over and over again in class. Each child receives a trophy and our philosophy is that " Every child is a star!"
Tammy traveled to Mexico and Arizona studying Hot-Stone massage from Native Americans. She also studied Lomi-Lomi in Hawaii. Tammy has a home based massage business and works for Clip and Curl. Tammy has taught many classes for the after school programs in Conway, Whately, Sunderland and South Deerfield. She has also taught at the Whole Child in Hadley, Mass. She is a certified judge for the Miss America pageant systems and has choreographed several opening dance routines for the pageant.
Tammy is a professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage professionals. Graduated with honors from Dance Masters of America, has taught for the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artist, has judged numerous talent and dance competitions, Tammy's students have gone on to perform at professional levels., many have performed on cruise ships, become personal trainers, Dance Instructors for colleges , Universities and private dance studios, judge Dance Competitions and have danced and cheered for professional athletic teams. One former student even became a Rockette and performed in several Broadway shows. Tammy believes that the lessons learned in the dance studio will accompany you through out life. If you become a nurse or a lawyer , she says that the dance training stays within you, it's evident in the way you carry yourself.
Olivia Leone has been dancing since she was 5, and after teaching High School English and Drama, has returned to her dancing roots.
Olivia danced for a local studio throughout elementary and high school doing ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap. She often taught classes for this studio as well. In college, Olivia took classes in lyrical and tap, but also starred in theater productions and became choreographer for a theater company in Greenfield.
After moving away to teach at the high school level, she has returned with her family to the Pioneer Valley and now is thrilled to be involved with Mountain View Dance. Olivia currently teaches the Disney and Dance class (a beginning ballet and movement class for 3-5 year olds) and Drama (a ‘page to stage’ musical theater production).
Although passionate about the art of dance and theater, Olivia was hesitant to allow her children into this often competitive world. It was with great pleasure that Olivia found a studio that puts the focus on the craft and encourages growth of the individual dancer for the pure joy of dancing.
Olivia has also taught many other classes such as aerobics, swimming, tumbling and cheerleading.