---- — SALEM — Four local dancers recently graduated from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston.
The dancers are from the Carlene Nazarian Dance Center in Salem. They are Michaela Cullum-Doyle of Methuen, Lindsay Miller of Windham, Maddy Wallace of Methuen and Shelby Walsh of Methuen.
Cullum-Doyle also received the Caitlin E. Ledwell Award for overall excellence in performance scores throughout three levels. The dancers’ instructor is Carlene Nazarian.
They completed more than 120 hours of dance over three summers, passing performance evaluations and written examinations in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, children’s, ballroom, musical theater, hip hop, improv, music, contemporary, injury prevention and teaching principles.
The Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston was founded in 1879 and is the oldest professional dance organization in the country.
Since 1949, the Dance Education Program has provided a base for dancers who are serious and dedicated students of dance to become dance educators.
Nazarian, a graduate of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and winner of the Elsa-Kemp excellence in teaching award, has danced professionally throughout New England and founded her own school in 1984.
She passes on to her students the fact dance is more than technique, competitions and performances.
It is an art form that allows dancers to express themselves through movement and celebrate the human spirit.
Nazarian said she inspires young people to follow their passions in life, to be caring individuals, to never stop dreaming and to love dance.