19 North Washington Street, North Attleboro, Massachusetts 02760, United States

(508) 643-3100

Unique Steps Dance Academy

We will light up the world one stage at a time!

Our Staff

Melissa Medeiros - DTR, LMHC, MA, BFA, owner and creative director

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Melissa is the director and founder of Unique Steps. With the vision of creating a studio where there is room for both proper dance education and a therapeutic program for children with special needs is blazing a trail here in suburban North Attleboro.  Her background includes performing with Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Albany-Berkshire Ballet, Providence Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and Boston Dance Company. She received her BFA from Dean College where she was a member of the dance company during her attendance. Melissa has guest judged at several dance competitions and has earned the reputation of mastering the art of teaching proper technique and alignment. Because of this, Melissa has taught master classes at Dance Dreamworks, Dance to Save, Duxbury School of Dance, and also worked as a lead choreographer for Stonehill College’s dance team. Melissa holds a Masters degree in Expressive Therapies with a focus in dance movement therapy from Lesley University. Melissa is also a published author thanks to the release of her book, “Sometimes I Just Want to Dance.” 

Alyssa cooperider- BS, CCLS, CPSt, assistant creative director

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Miss Alyssa has been studying dance for over 20 years in all genres, with a strong focus in classical ballet and Pointe. She has performed roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Ariel in the Little Mermaid, and Marzipan. Alyssa has taken classes at Boston Ballet, Festival Ballet, and participated in dance intensives all around the world. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development from the University of Rhode Island and was a member of the URI Ramettes dance team during her time there. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Dance and Movement Therapy at Lesley University. In addition to teaching, Alyssa is a certified child life specialist working at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Alyssa runs all our toddler, preschool, and beginner dance programming at the studio, and has a natural ability when interacting with kids, especially those with special needs, having volunteered at Special Olympics for many years. Miss Alyssa has a true passion for working with children of all ages and instilling the true love of dance into her classes. 

Kathleen wing- ba, bs, assistant instructor

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Kathleen has been dancing for over 15 years studying styles such as ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. She graduated with two degrees in Dance and Psychology from DeSales University, where she studied with Trinette Singleton, Julia Mayo, Timothy Cowart, and Tara Madsen Robbins. Kathleen has attended and performed at multiple American College Dance Association Conferences across the United States and most recently attended David Dorfman’s summer dance intensive. She has had the honor to perform works by José Limón, Trinette Singleton, Ronald K. Brown, and Er-Dong Hu, among others. Miss Kathleen teaches all of our adult programming at the studio. Kathleen is thrilled to be teaching and cannot wait to instill her passion and inspiration for dance in her students.

laurie gleason- ba, bs, ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR, BOARD MEMBEr

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Miss Laurie joins Unique Steps with 17 years of dance experience. She holds a BA in Sociology and a minor in psychology. This is Miss Laurie’s 8th year at our studio. She volunteers as an assistant teacher in our toddler and preschool programs, and is loved by all. She keeps up her technique and dance education by taking adult classes here at the studio. She infuses every class she teaches with flare and excitement. Laurie also holds a spot as a board member of our 501c3 studio.

Ashlee Rapoza- ba, assistant instructor

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Ashlee recently graduated from Dean College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with a Concentration in Performance and Choreography. She has danced with the Boston Community Dance Project under the direction of Boston based Performer and Choreographer Sarah K. Ashlee is staff with New England Summer Dance Camp in Massachusetts and has traveled all across New England to teach at several dance studios. She has also had the opportunity of performing in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Choreographing for over 15 Dean College dance shows. Also at Dean College, Ashlee directed a performing arts show called “Project Green”, which raised awareness for Mental Health and addiction, as well as advocated for Suicide Prevention. Recently, Ashlee spent two months in Los Angeles, California to train with The Gypsy Project LA, under the direction of Erica Sobol and members of the Netherlands Dans Theatre. 

Carlos Gutierrez- ma, BOARD MEMBER

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Carlos has been a performing in theatrical productions for over 15 years and has been part of the dance community for over 10. Carlos studied theatre and dance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas El Paso, and with Ballet Hawaii. Carlos had the privilege to perform professionally with Viva! ElPaso in seasons 2007 and 2008. He also competed at ACDFA under the TTU’s Dance Program in 2009, and attended Paul Taylor’s Modern workshop in 2010.  Recently Carlos has performed with Metamorphosis Dance Company and Ten31 Productions in Pawtucket, RI. Carlos also has a M.A. in Elementary Education and taught in an inclusive setting where he found his passion for ABA principles. Carlos is a board member for the studio.

Olivia hewitt- assistant instructor

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Olivia has been dancing at Unique Steps for 9 years and has found an incredible love for several styles of dance. Olivia found a passion for teaching dance right when she started, and quickly grew into a leadership role at Unique Steps. Combining her love for performing and teaching, she brings her knowledge and training to each class. Behind the scenes, Olivia helps out around the studio and has recently started choreographing some pieces in some of our intermediate and advanced classes. Olivia will be studying secondary education at Bridgewater State in the fall and will continue to be teaching at the studio while she studies.

Christine Lee- Accounts Supervisor, Board Member

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Christine has an intense theater background earning her BA in Drama from Catholic University of America. Christine is a board member as our studio is a 501c3 non-profit.

Student Interns

We typically take interns during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. If you are interested, please email us at uniquestepsdance@gmail.com. Preference given to those coming from Dean College and Lesley University.

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