Owner & instructor
Ms. Darcie grew up in South Thomaston and attended Rockland schools. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching kindergarten for 12 years and am currently located at Gilford Butler in South Thomaston. Although she has a love for dance, she spent her time as a cheerleader for both Rockland District High School and cheered on the Black Bears at the University of Maine. She is a mother to four beautiful little girls, three which dance at Studio Red. This is her second year teaching Tots and Tutus and Hot Tots. Ms. Darcie loves seeing the little ones enjoy the art of dance and hopes to continue to be a part of this great dance studio!!
Gretchen’s passion for dance started as a toddler when she would perform nightly shows on her bedroom toy chest for her family before bed. Starting at the age of 6, she spent several years transferring from studio to studio until she finally found her “dance home” with Scott Stevens and Studio One in Oakland, Maine. With ten years of training in tap, jazz, & ballet, she found herself most comfortable putting on her tap shoes. She danced recreationally during the four years she spent at Elmira College in New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with a minor in theater. During those four years in college, she also honed her choreography skills with her award-winning collegiate cheering squad and as a paid staff member of the National Cheerleading Association.
She has furthered her training by attending the Dance Olympus workshop in New York City and most recently, the Pulse/Broadway Dance Teacher Workshop in New York City this past July. Along with her tap classes at Studio Red, her current projects include choreographing pieces for 2014 competitions, for the Disney World stage, and for Shrek, The Musical at Camden Hills Regional High School. Through fun, engaging exercises in technique and choreography, it is her hope to inspire in her students a lifelong passion for the art of dance.
Lauren is a 2014 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School. While at the high school she was involved in several musicals and plays including Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Shrek the Musical, Almost Maine, and the Great Gatsby where she received a Maine Drama Festival Award for acting.
Lauren has been dancing for 9 years and has performed in 17 dance shows (7 with Studio Red productions) and 6 competitions. She has co-produced 2 shows, “A Night for Jim” and “For What It’s Worth” and has been a part of the Women’s Works summer performances. Lauren started as a teachers’ assistant and student teacher at Studio Red before being hired on as a staff teacher in 2013. She has continued her education in dance by attending the 13th annual Pulse Teachers Workshop in NYC, the Northeast Workshop for Dancers in New Hampshire, and at Urbanity dance in Boston. In the fall of 2014, she attended a two month dance intensive at the prestigious Millenium Dance Academy in Los Angeles as part of their certificate program. During the intensive she trained in many styles of commercial dance with world renowned dancers and choreographers. As a choreographer Lauren is known for her fluid, lyrical, and creative style which recently earned her a judges award for “Exceptional Choreography” at the Groove Competition in Westbrook, ME.
Tots and Tutus
Hanna grew up in Camden and attended Camden-Rockport schools. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and of the University of Maine in Orono. She holds a BA in German and traveled abroad for two years before relocating to New York City to pursue a career in dance and theatre. She has studied ballet, modern, African and Afro-Caribbean dance with an extensive list of teachers over the years and has worked with numerous choreographers in New York City, including Joseph Ritsch and Jane Comfort. Hanna continues to collaborate with Terra Diddle Collective, Everyman Repertory Theater, and Shana Bloomstein’s Women’s Works and has choreographed works for the Northport Music Theater and CHRHS. She has been teaching modern dance at Studio Red since the fall of 2010 where she is continually inspired by her student’s exploration of movement and space
Vanessa Knause has been instructing dance, artist residencies, workshops, and summer intensives for over fifteen years reaching out to hundreds of people ranging in age from 18 months to pre-professional.
Working with the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Vanessa has offered creative movement residencies to pre-school children linking the arts to academic curriculum. She was selected to work with an intensive multiple year program, “Learning Communication Skills through the Arts,” which provides high quality arts experience to teachers, staff, and children in rural settings. This program was selected by the arts council England as an international model of creative arts practice in early years, was awarded the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service in Art’s Education, and the first ever Americans for the Arts in Education Award.
Vanessa has most recently, led the Studio RED dance team to perform at Walt Disney World, Hershey Park, and won various accolades for high performing dances at Regional and National Dance Competitions. She directs satellite dance programs on Vinal Haven and has taken groups of dancers to NYC to take classes at Broadway Dance Center and to Boston to participate in master classes at Urbanity. Her dancers have been accepted into various Summer Intensives including Hollywood Summer Tour, Nutmeg Ballet, Bossov Ballet, and early acceptance to Urbanity SI.
Vanessa has also received the award, “Most Artistic Choreography,” at a regional dance competition for her cutting edge contemporary choreography. She has trained dancers who were accepted to the Governor’s School of Arts, titled “Miss Dance,” at a dance competition, attended Koresh Summer Dance, and accepted into higher learning for dance at West Chester University, NY. Past students have furthered their dance education at the collegiate level and have found jobs on cruise ships, theme parks, and teaching in the classroom.