Russell Hewey is the Artistic Director for Studio 48, coordinating the efforts of each studio location to meet the high standards of dance education required by today's performing arts communities.
Originally from Maine (USA), Russell Hewey trained under Lynne Penn-Davison and Cosmin Marculescu while performing with Portland Ballet, Ballet New England, Konservatoriet Dance Ensemble, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre.
In 2010 Mr. Hewey joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu (TBS), where he performed throughout Europe in notable contemporary and classical works such as Mihai Babuşka’s Don Quixote; Pavel Rotaru’s Carmen and Romeo and Juliet; The Miraculous Mandarin; The Nutcracker; The Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake; Giselle;
Raymonda; La Fille Mal Gardee; Anna Karenina; Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Scheherazade, and Four Seasons.
In 2014, he made his international debut as a choreographer premiering: Concert en Bleu, a ballet symphonic. Since, he has continued his choreographic pursuits, premiering works in Europe and in the United States including Intermezzo; Cityscape; Nichita; Taste; Land of the Misfit Toys; La Dance: Degas, Delaunay and Matisse; and Eve of Monday.
In 2017, he returned to the U.S. where he joined the faculties of Studio 48 and Portland Ballet. He is currently still performing with Portland Ballet, acting as Ballet Master and their Professor of Academics.
Carlyn Adams is the Assistant Artistic Director of Studio 48. Carlyn teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop at our Brunswick Location, bringing years of experience as an instructor and performer in the New York and New Jersey dance scene.
Carlyn Adams received her B.A. in American Studies with a Minor in Dance from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. There she was a dancer in their professional Summer Production of “42nd Street”. She began dancing when she was four years old. She has trained with various professional faculty members from Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She worked for New York City Dance Alliance in an administrative capacity for 15 years. Carlyn has taught everything from Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Swing dance for all ages in several NJ studios. She also has a fitness background teaching classes such as Barre, POP Pilates and Zumba. She moved to Maine almost three years ago and she has been teaching at Studio 48 since January 2019. She wishes all of her dancers to have a positive and educational experience while also having fun!
Michelle Lessard teaches Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Jazz at the Yarmouth location. Michelle has years of experience with childhood education, bringing her energy and nurturing spirit to every class.
Michelle Hall-Lessard was the past owner and director of City Dance Studio in Falmouth for 25 years after retiring in June of 2019. She received her B.A. in Dance form the University of Maryland/College Park in 1991. She has studied dance for over 45 years in various forms including: modern, tap, jazz, ballet, street funk/hip hop, and West African dance. Michelle has studied with and performed the works of Ethel Butler (Martha Graham Dance Company member and principal teacher), Robert Dunn ( Founder of Judson Dance and Post Modern Dance), Doug Varone ( A New York City Modern Dance Company), and Danny Buraczeski (Director of JazzDance Company). Michelle attended workshops at conferences of the American College Dance Festival Association (A.C.D.F.A) regionally in Virginia and North Carolina and nationally in Texas where she performed modern pieces representing the University of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Colleges. In addition, Michelle has received two full scholarships to attend the Bates Summer Dance Festival. Master classes have been under such respected artists as: Brenda Bufalino (Director of the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City) and Henry LeTang (N.Y Choreographer of Broadway's Black and Blue and the movie Tap). Michelle holds a M.S. in Education and currently teaches Kindergarten in SAD 6.
Buffie McLaskey is a Hip Hop instructor at the Yarmouth location. She teaches all styles of Hip Hop including Urban, Breakin' and Lyrical.
Buffie McLaskey lived and performed in New York City from 1998 to 2004, where she became known for her entertaining and powerful Hip Hop and Breakin' choreography. Working for numerous dance companies and in many music videos, Buffie has collaborated with many notable names in the urban Hip Hop scene, including Triple Threat Entertainment, Nina Sky, Mandy Moore and Def Jam Records, and Ken Swift and Honey Rockwell (of the movie "Honey"). Additionally, she has danced with the original "B-Boys", where she became a "B-Girl". She is a Master Level Instructor, having discovered her love for teaching at 13 years old. Although most known for her Hip Hop work, Buffie is an extremely versatile instructor, incorporating influences from many dance genres including Lyrical and African Dance.
Buffie McLaskey is the owner and founder of Rebel Playground Dance Company, a group of local Hip Hop and Breakin' performers known for their fresh, unique, and New York style choreography. Contact Buffie McLaskey to learn more about Rebel Playground and their current performance schedule by emailing her here.
Stephanie Sutton Hayes
Stephanie Sutton Hayes teaches Tap, Jazz, Street Jazz, and Rock Jazz for all levels. Stephanie is an experienced coach and director in the local and national competition dance scene.
Stephanie Sutton Hayes started dancing at 3 years old with Encore Dance Studio under the direction of Kelti Collins and continued through high school participating in their notable "Encore Dance Ensemble". She acquired her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maine, while actively performing in their Modern and Jazz Team. Stephanie began teaching at Feet First Dance Studio and Northeast Academy of Dance in Windham while participating with the Rhythm Factor Dance Co. at Casco Bay Movers in Portland, under the direction of Melissa Cloutier. In 1998 She became the sole owner of Feet First Dance Studio before retiring ownership to Laura Lewis, who is currently directing Dance Unlimited in Augusta. During this decade in Windham, She was the director and coach of the Junior and Senior Competition Dance Teams, where her school received numerous gold medals. Her direction led these dance teams to travel to N.Y., Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Boston, California and various New England cities, collaborating with such companies as D.E.A., Dance Jam, Showstoppers and Onstage N.Y. She continued her training at Casco Bay Movers as well as Avant Dance where she joined a Hip-Hop perfomance group called G-Tric.