Meet the Instructors

Sarah NydamSarah Nydam, Artistic Director / Owner

Sarah Nydam received her B.A. in Dance with a minor in Psychology from Dean College in 2006. She was one of those kids who went to dance as a toddler and cried and stopped dancing, but at age 8 she went on a school field trip to Boston to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and came home and said “I want to be a dancer when I grow up!” She signed up for dance classes and has never looked back! She is trained in many genres of dancing including ballet, modern, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She choreographed and performed throughout her college years in a variety of shows. Sarah has taught many levels and styles of dance throughout Massachusetts for many years until finally landing at Get Up and Dance where she started as a teacher, then assistant director, director and finally is now the owner and couldn’t be happier! Sarah is also a certified Zumba instructor and loves sharing the joy of dance with adult dancers. Sarah is a proud Mother and feels blessed by both her family and being able to teach dance, something she truly loves every day. Sarah continues to explore the artistry of dance while sharing her passion and individuality with others.


Meghan AndersonMeghan Anderson

Meghan is an enthusiastic and energetic choreographer, teacher and performer. Meghan began studying dance at the early age of two and has recently graduated at the top of her class from Dean College, earning her bachelor’s degree in dance. Meghan has studied numerous styles of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, modern, and tap under the direction of teachers such as Jill Silverman, Bryan Steele, Kat Nasti, Tracee Stanfield and many more. Her extensive training has allowed Meghan to become an effective teacher in all genres of dance. Meghan has won numerous scholarships and awards as a dancer and her choreography has been recognized for its originality and creativity.

Meghan prides herself on providing high energy, challenging and creative classes within a safe an nurturing classroom. Her experiences as a dancer and performer allow Meghan to prepare her students for their own futures as professional level dancers. Her charismatic personality and teaching style encourages her students to be themselves and to take pride in their own spirit and accomplishments in and out of the studio.


misty_duvalMisty Thorpe

Misty has trained in various styles of dance over the last 13 years. Her primary study has been Gymnastics. Misty has trained in competitive Gymnastics for 9 years at Giguere Gymnastics in Leicester, Ma. She competed on the U.S.A. Team for 5 years on the floor, uneven bars, vault and balance beam. Misty is a former dancer of Get Up and Dance. She has also studied such styles as Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Lyrical. Misty has been an instructor for 1 year at Gotta Dance in Palmer, MA and 4 years at a studio that she owned with her sisters called Dance Revolutions in Barre, Ma. Misty has decided to bring her talent and experience back to Get up and Dance and we are very excited to have her on our staff.


Katie HuminikKatie Huminik

Katie began dancing at various studios in the Maynard area at the early age of 3. She finally found her love for dance when she joined Hudson Dance Academy back in 1992. She was then given the opportunity to become an assistant for the director of the studio where she fell in love with teaching. By the age of 16 she was teaching her own classes. Katie has taught all different styles from tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and also acrobatics. She’s danced and performed in competitions and shows throughout Massachusetts. Katie decided to pursue a career in dance and attended Dean College where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Hip Hop with great teachers such as Mary Anne Kodzis, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Jil Matrisciano, Lisa Pari, and Bob Thomas. Katie graduated with her Associates degree in Dance in May 2005. She was a part of Stylized movement dance company where she was a co director, choreographer and dancer for 4 years. Currently she is on faculty at Center Stage Dance Studio in Hudson MA where she has been for 12 years and has joined the faculty at Get Up and Dance this past year. She currently teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and hip hop. Katie is very excited to start her new chapter here at Get Up and Dance and share her love of dance with all the students.


Rachelle LyonsRachelle Lyons

Rachelle is a passionate instructor who loves sharing her knowledge of dance with her students. She began dancing at just 5 years old and hasn’t stopped since. She grew up dancing at Kara Anderson’s Dance Studio, training in all different styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and tap. Through KADS, she traveled around New England, competing and taking classes from several fabulous choreographers. She began assisting classes in middle school and found that she absolutely loved it. After graduating, she went to Western New England University and studied Biomedical Engineering, minoring in Mathematics and Education. Through college, dance was still her passion. After joining the WNE dance club for a year, she returned to KADS as staff. For several years she taught a range of classes from the tiny tots to teens. This past year she was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to cover for Miss Sarah’s maternity leave, and is very excited to join the Get Up and Dance staff! She looks forward to being able to share her passion for dance with each of her students and help them to embrace the art of dance and speaking through their movements.