Melissa Medeiros – Director : DTR, LMHC, MA, BFA
Melissa is the director and founder of Unique Steps. Her background includes performing with Boston Ballet. Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her BFA from Dean College and holds a masters’ degree in expressive therapies with a focus in dance movement therapy from Lesley University.
Danielle Bates – Assistant Creative Director : BFA
Danielle has been dancing since she was very young; exploring genres such as ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She has performed in several musicals, parades, and shows with Brockton High School’s Dance Team. Her passion led her to Dean College where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in dance and psychology.
Carlos Gutierrez: Assistant Instructor : MA
Carlos moved to North Attleboro from Hawaii. He spent his time in Hawaii as an AmeruCorps / Teach For America Inclusioj teacher. After completing his commitment with TFA , he joined Autism Training Solutions as a Senior Education Consultant.
Laurie Stewart – Assistant Instructor : BA, SCP certification in HR
Ms. Laurie joins Unique Steps with 17 years of dance experience. She holds a BA in Sociology and minor in psychology. This is Ms. Laurie’s 4th year at our studio. She infuses every class with flare and excitement
Alyssa Cooperider: Assistant Instructor : BS, CCLS, CPST
Miss Alyssa has been studying ballet, Pointe, jazz and adagio for over 20 years. She has performed roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Ariel in the Little Mermaid, and Marizipan. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development from the University of Rhode Island in 2017 and was a member of the URI Ramettes dance team there as well. Alyssa is currently a certified child life specialist and a child passenger safety technician and works in a pediatric hospital. Miss Alyssa has a true passion for working with children of all ages and instilling the love of dance into her classes.
Brittany Minors – Assistant Instructor : BA
Brittany has been dancing since the age of three. Her dance background includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Creative Movement and Musical Theater. Brittany received her BA in Sociology and minor in Dance from Dean College in 2015. Her passion for dance led her to become a member of the Dance Company of Worcester, perform at Disney World, participate in a dance internship with Franklin Public Schools, and perform at various community events. Brittany’s dance journey included studying under Miss Melissa during her early teen years.