Melissa Landry - Director
Miss Melissa has been the director of Impressions Academy of Dance for the past 20 years. She began dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Cindy Williams in Springfield, MA where she fell in love with dance! Melissa was active in dance competitions, modeling, pageants and was even Springfield's Junior Miss in 1997 (now called Distinguished Young Women Program). Melissa received an AA in Dance from Dean College in 1999 and a BA in Psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2002. After college Melissa taught for various dance studios in Western Mass before opening Impressions in 2004. She was also a nanny in Longmeadow for a wonderful family for 15 years. Over the past 20 years Melissa has had her choreography featured at Disney twice, has had her competition team win numerous overall awards including Impressions 2018 Production number It's A Jungle Out There, and has had eight numbers perform at the invite only World Dance Championships in NJ. Melissa is certified to teach pre-school acro classes through Acrobatic Arts as well as certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique. She is a member of I.D.E.A and keeps current with her dance training as well as business training to run Impressions. Miss Melissa spends her free time with her boyfriend, niece and nephew, family, friends and her two furry babies Nala and Sebastian.
Miss Melissa's Teaching Schedule:
Ready Set Let's Dance! (Mon and Sat classes), Petite Jazz and Lyrical Teams, Junior Jazz Team, Adult Jazz, Hippity Hip Hoppers, Beginner Hip Hop, Beginner Lyrical, Teen Jazz, Buddin' Ballerina's A, Mini Team, Mini Ballet Tech, Tappin' Tots Combo A and B and Tumblin' Tots Combo
This will be my 7th season at IAOD. My favorite styles of dance are hip hop and contemporary. I’m so grateful I get to share my love of dance with my students and give them the opportunity to express themselves through movement and build their confidence on and off the stage. Aside from the studio I work in data analytics and when I’m not working I love to spend time with my fiancé and puppy named Oscar, try new recipes, and go to the gym. Hopefully this year Oscar will make an appearance in the studio!
Miss Lexi's Teaching Schedule:
Hip Hop Team, Jr. Lyrical Team and Teen Hip Hop
Hello! My name is Miss Emily. I have been with IAOD since 2018. I’ve been dancing for 22 years and have traveling all around New England to teach & assist for various conventions and competitions. When i’m not teaching dance, you can find me thrifting for exciting clothing pieces or vinyl records, exploring new cities for food places, tending to my plant babies or practicing my newly acquired skill of riding a motorcycle!
Miss Emily's Teaching Schedule:
Tap Team, Teen Tap, Beginner Tap, Rappin' Tappers, Adult Tap and Teen Lyrical
I’m Miss Julia and I teach ballet, jazz, cheer, and acro. I’ve been teaching at Impressions for three years now while also having danced at Impressions myself for 18 years. I graduated from Agawam High in 2021 and I am currently attending American International College to become a kindergarten teacher! I love pink, my pet chickens and getting to know all my students!
Miss Julia's Teaching Schedule:
Jumpin' Jazz-ettes, Rollin' Tumblers, Cheer, Advanced Tumblers A & B, Acro 1, 2 and 3 and Buddin' Ballerina's
(Miss Nicky) began dancing at the age of 2 right here in Agawam and brings over 48 years of dance and theater performance experience to Impressions. She has taught here in the states and in Europe for over 35 years and has trained with master teachers and choreographers like Ken Lipits, former principle for San Francisco Ballet, Anita Oski former Manhattan Rockette, Tap legend Charles Kelly, Ron Devito, and Frank Hatchet of Broadway Dance Center. She was an honors graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Dance Education, a BS in Psychology, and has a Masters from London University in Arts Management.In her younger years, Nicky won many dance and pageant titles, including being a former Miss Massachusetts Teen, who won the preliminary Talent award for her Lyrical dancing. She then went on to become a local business Manager and Executive Director for the Miss America Organization running Miss Western Mass for 10 yrs. She still remains involved as a volunteer and non-voting board member for the state of Massachusetts. Nicky is a former Six Flags Performer and Disney Dancer. She was one of the 29 opening cast members of the Disney Magic for Disney Cruise Line. She was a dancer and Entertainment manager for DCL for 5 years and worked with many artists including 98 Degrees, the She Daisies, the Olson Twins, Ricky Lake, Oprah and many more. Some of her favorite shows that she has either danced in or been the choreographer for include: Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Blithe Spirit, Fame, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Hercules “the Musical”, The Hobbit, The Little Mermaid, Oliver, Peter Pan, The Pajama Game, and Romeo and Juliet. More recently Nicky was the owner of the Dance Factory in West Warren Mass until last September where she shared her knowledge of dance and excitement for performing with her students for 21 years. Many of her students have continued dancing and have gone on to have careers in a wide variety of dance and entertainment fields, including working in theme parks, as physical therapists, pro cheerleaders, news anchors, dance teachers, and even studio owners. Miss Nicky had the pleasure of teaching Miss Melissa when she was a teenager, having her on the Dance Factory Staff for a number of years, and is now super excited to be able to work for her and celebrating Impressions 20th year.
Miss Nicky's Teaching Schedule:
Petite and Junior Ballet Technique, Beg/Int Ballet and Beginner Jazz
Hey Everyone! I'm Miss Katie and I am a Graduate of Elms College, and have been teaching Irish Step at IAOD since season 2. I started taking dance when I was four years old and haven't stopped yet. I started with McDermott Academy and have been dancing with my current school for a total of over 30+ years. I started my teaching as a student teacher and I decided that day I wanted to teach my own classes and wanted to do this forever. I've had many students come in and out of IAOD and I can honestly say I remember each and every one of you and have been so happy to share my love for Irish Step with all of you. Aside from teaching, I work at a Pediatrics Office. When I am not teaching or working, I am spending time with my family, friends and of course with Duke and Harper! Welcome to year 20, I can't wait to see all of you again 🙂
Miss Katie's Teaching Schedule:
Little Steppers, Beginner irish, Teen Irish
and Hard Shoe class
Mama Landry (Cecilia) & Mr. Landry (Papa Al)
So after many years of carting Miss Melissa around to dance classes, conventions and competitions they couldn't stay away from DANCE!
Mama Landry was an Operating Room Nurse at Baystate Medical Center until her retirement almost 2 years ago. She loves retirement, hanging out with my dad, going to lunch with her friends, reading and of course spending time with her grandchildren (human and furry ones).
Papa Al was a Respiratory Therapist turned Nursing Home Administrator turned College Professor and has since retired! He loves collecting coins, the RED SOX (only when they are winning), cooking, gardening, talking to all the dance moms, dads and grandparents and of course thoses amazing grandchildren (human and sometimes the furry ones).
Mama Landry will be in the office on Monday's and Tuesday's
Papa Al will be in the office on Thursday's and Saturday's