Owner & Director Ingrid Schatz is a professional dancer, choreographer and arts educator committed to presenting powerful works of art that engage and transform performers and audience alike. She has been a Principal Dancer with the internationally recognized Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works since 1997. She has been a company member of Bennett Dance Company, Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, Anikai Dance Company, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company and the Movement Generators; and has appeared in the work of Ann Carlson, Elaine Summers and more. She is currently the director of The Dance Studio in Orange, MA.
Her collaboratively created work crosses mediums (dance, theater, film, visual art, digital media), venues (theaters with audience capacities ranging from 50 – 3,000, galleries, site specific installations, horse arenas, sculpture gardens) and ages (professional adult dancers, teenagers, children and the elderly). She has performed and presented her own work nationally (New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, LA, and more) and internationally (France, Russia, Armenia). Ingrid’s work has been presented and supported by the Bank of America Celebrity Series, Crash Arts/The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Down Street Art/Mass Moca, Summer Stages Dance Festival, Boston University, Roger Williams University, Critical Moves Performances Series, A. P. E. Gallery, Outside Art Collective, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Newton Country Day School, Northfield Mount Hermon School and more; her work has has been supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), The National Dance Project, the LEF Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Connecticut College Dayton Fellowship, Boston Cyber Arts Festival, Open Look Dance Festival, NEFA’s Regional Dance Development Initiative and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and she has been awarded Artistic Residencies and Fellowships at Summer Stages Dance Festival, the Urbano Project, Roger Williams University, the Boston Center for the Arts and The Boston Dance Alliance . Ingrid has appeared in the dance films, In The Woods and Tilt by Paula Josa-Jones and Ellen Sebring; and co-choreographed Kinodance’s dance films, New London Calling and DENIZEN. She has been featured in many magazines including Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit. She was honored for work with Kinodance Company by DANCE MAGAZINE, which named them one of “25 to watch” in 2008.
Ingrid has resided on faculty in the dance department at Boston University, the Dalcroze Department at Longy School of Music/Bard College and the University of Massachusetts; has taught at many public and private schools, universities and institutions throughout the United States; and was a staff artist at Medicine Wheel Productions for from 2001 – 2013. In 2013, she took over the family business, The Dance Studio in Orange, MA where she directs, teaches, supervises faculty, designs curriculum and produces performances for 150 students and two performance companies in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and creative movement. Ingrid, choreographer DeAnna Pellecchia, digital media artist Alison Kotin and composer Shaw Pong Liu recently co-authored the article Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward: Disobedience-Based Arts Education, published in a 2013 special edition of the Harvard Educational Review.
Verity Nichols is a modern, contemporary and jazz dancer/ instructor. Verity received her BA in Choreography and Performing Arts from Keene State College in December 2014. Prior to Keene state she trained at Greenfield Community College for two years. She has also attended the White Mountain Dance Intensive at Sarah Lawrence College, and several American College Dance Festivals. Verity began dancing in the first grade in San Padro, Mexico and continued studying at Spectrum Dance Theater and then at Monadnock Performing Arts Academy, in Peterborough, NH through high school. For the past few summers Verity has taught at the Sorvino Dance Intensive at Stoneleigh Burnham, Greenfield ,MA. where she was a volunteer with the students at the Stoneleigh Community Dance Program while attending Greenfield Community College. She is currently a dance instructor at Kathy Blake Dance Studio in Nashua, NH, the Dance Studio of Orange MA. and a part of the Performance Project at Greenfield Community College. Along with teaching Verity is also involved in two performing Dance Companies The Dance Co-op, out of Greenfield MA and the Saving Grace Dance Ensemble out of the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in Bedford, NH. Verity is passionate about her craft and continues to further her education in dance by attending dance teacher workshops such as The Dance Teacher Summit, in Long Beach, CA this past summer, and takes technique classes regularly at various dance schools.
Gretel Schatz loves teaching dancers to be technically strong and vibrantly expressive. Gretel teaches modern, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop at the The Dance Studio and her students learn the discipline of dance while experiencing great joy, loads laughter and individual expression. Gretel earned a BFA in dance from UMASS Amherst and has trained at The Bill Evans Teachers Institute at SUNY Brockport, The Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana and Sun King Dance in Richmond, VA. Gretel has directed the dance program at Northfield Mount Hermon School since 1997 and is the recipient of the NMH Faculty innovation Award, The NMH Award for Academic Excellence and The Bolger Faculty Fellowship.
Nadine Mathews knew that she was a dancer before she knew what a dancer was. As a child she would go to the public library and find the shelf with the ballet and dance picture books and sit for hours looking at the pictures. At three years old, her mother enrolled her at Pioneer Valley Ballet in their kinderdance program. From there she went on to take gymnastics at Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton. She left dance for a few years but returned at age 8 to a local noncompetitive studio. She danced there for several years before joining a different studio.
At that studio, Nadine became an assistant teacher at the age of 13. She taught her first jazz class as a senior in high school and from there went on to teach 10-12 classes a week, including: acrobatics, jazz, tap, ballet, preschool dance and lyrical. When that studio closed, Nadine taught at two other studios for two years before being offered the opportunity, at age 21, to buy one of the studios. While in the process of taking over her studio, Nadine was enrolled at UMass Amherst and took dance and dance related classes at UMass, Smith and Mt Holyoke. Nadine is certified to teach dance through Dance Educators of America. She ran her studio, Dare to Dream, in Feeding Hills from 1996-2009. In 2009 she closed Feeding Hills to move the studio to Northampton, where she ran it from 2009-2010.
In 2010, after having just given birth to her first son, Sam in March, she lost her lease at the Northampton location forcing her to close indefinitely. When Sam was 2, she enrolled him in a local dance studio and offered to assist with classes there. She was soon teaching the acrobatics classes at that studio as well as the adult jazz/ballet class. Nadine has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Nadine is a mom to two boys, Sam and Ben and is homeschooling them at their home in Huntington. Nadine’s personal philosophy is Every Body is Unique and Every Body Can Dance!