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Erin Rapoza is the owner and artistic director of DanceXtreme and has over 20 years of dance
and 18 years of choreography experience in all subjects of dance. Her choreography has won
numerous Judge's awards, as well as top recognition awards at many dance competitions. Her
passion for dance and her years of experience teaching to a wide range of ages have helped
influence her teaching abilities as a dance instructor. Erin has taken numerous dance and theatre
courses at Bridgewater State College and has attended many dance workshops throughout the
country to assist with her growth in the dance field and to enhance her choreography skills. Erin
also donates her time to Keith Middle School and has been running an after school Hip Hop
program there for the past 4 years. She has also worked with disabled children throughout the
Dartmouth Public School system. Erin enjoys putting many fundraisers together to help the
community and has assisted the following local organizations: the Whaling City Festival, Americas
Night Out, the Madeira Feast, Make A Wish Foundation, New Bedford Police Association, Greater
New Bedford Community Health Center, the Battered Women's Shelter, and more!!
D’Lanor Lee Harris began her training at the age of 7 when she began taking Ballet, Jazz, and Tap
at “The Centre of Performing Arts” in Concord, Ma. She received numerous awards as a soloist Jazz
dancer. Although she excelled in Jazz, she decided at the age of 9, to move towards becoming a
professional Ballerina and began her formal ballet training under Kathryn Anderson and Anne-Marie
Sarazin from the Boston ballet. She danced for them under “Acton School of Ballet” and later would
join “Commonwealth Civic Ballet Company” under the same direction. Mrs. Harris also at the age of 9
joined “Dance Prism” a Boston-based professional ballet company. She became the youngest
company member to be inducted making her professional ballerina at the age of 14. Her soloist roles
include Clara in “The Nutcracker”, Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” and Mrs. Mallard in “Make way for
Ducklings” Her ballet (Cambridge, Ma.), and Briansky School of the Arts (Saratoga, NY.). It was there
she trained and danced for some of the most famous where she has taught a wide range of ages and
classroom sizes. She was responsible for directing regional casts of “The Nutcracker”, company. She
became the youngest company member to be inducted making her professional ballerina at the age of
14. Her soloist and taught for many studios all around the Boston and South Eastern Mass area. Mrs.
Harris is a very motivated, creative and and taught for many studios all around the Boston and South
Eastern Mass area. Mrs. Harris is a very motivated, creative and insightful dance teacher with many
years of experience teaching and choreographing Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap and Jazz. She has
insightful dance teacher with many years of experience teaching and choreographing Ballet, Pointe,
Lyrical, Tap and Jazz. She has been teaching children and adults of all ages for 18 years and has
been dancing for 24. Her passion for dance, Ballet and all, is noticeable not only in her own career but
it spreads to the children she teaches.
Amy Mersch started dancing at the age of 4 with Miss Mary's School of Dance. She competed in Dance Olympus and Showstopper
competitions winning many regional medals. She went on to compete and win in nationals in Florida and Las Vegas. At the age of 16 she
auditioned, and was chosen with only 15 other dancers to join the Dance Olympus Tour across America to help teach and perform. She
furthered her education by attending Dean College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Arts. Her training included classes in
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Modern. While there, she was able to take master classes with numerous people including Disney and the Alvin
Ailey Dance Company. She was in Dean's production of Anything Goes and also auditioned and performed various numbers with the
Dean Dance Company. Over the past 10 years she has worked with the SSA and SATB show choirs of New Bedford High School who
have won numerous awards including top honors for Best Overall Production. She has been teaching for over 13 years and her passion
for dance for the past 25 years has led her to share her love for dance and hope to inspire others.
Shawn Pacheco is the assistant director of DanceXtreme and manager of "the XTREME Team" and
the "EvolutionX Team" He has been dancing for 16 years and teaching for 8 years. Shawn has had
extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Acrobats, Break Dancing, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop,
Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse On Tour. Recently, shawn has toured Asia in both countries China
and Macau for 3 months as a performer and instructor. He also appeared in 5 routines on the hit
television show "Dancing with the Stars, Macau." Along with performing, Shawn also took class and
taught to many studios in China. Shawn was selected to perform with Stepp Stewart and Dr. Oz at the
Sacramento Health Corps Gala in April 2012. Also has danced on HGTV for "XTREME MAKEOVER
Home Edition" and has been apart of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. Hand selected by Cris Judd
to perform at The Pulse on Tour's Final Night Gala in New York City. He won Jr. Mr. DanceXplosion in
2004 and Runner-up Dancer of the Year at American Dance Awards in 2008. Also, the Dance Spirit
Award in 2008 at Step up2 Dance Nationals in New Hampshire. Winner of The Pulse Scholarship for
the 2011-2012 season and assistant to Cris Judd. He has choreographed numerous routines for the
"Xtreme Team" and other dance studios and received the highest scores at many competitions. On top
of winning tittle awards, Shawn's choreography has won top overall and best choreography at many
Top Competitions Nationwide. He enjoys sharing his passion for dance through many events and and
charity performances throughout the world. Shawn extends his talent out to many public schools
teaching after school dance programs. He also loves teaching students all over the world and hopes to
keep inspiring the minds and hearts of others.
Megan Rapoza has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for 8 years. She started her training at Kristine Couto's Dance School
then went to Susan's Dance Studio, Kelly's Dance Academy, and now DanceXtreme. Megan trains in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, and
Hip Hop. She has competing for over 10 years in many regionals and nationals. Megan has many experience working with children.