Christie Finnegan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management and a minor in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston.  She is an experienced childcare professional, small business owner and mother of three daughters. Christie has a passionate understanding for children and has been a preschool teacher for 20 years as well as a skilled art instructor who loves introducing young children to a variety of media.


Assistant Teacher

Amelia Maher is a student currently enrolled at Oceanside Collegiate Academy, and Trident Technical College and the co-owner of a small business, Pink Ribbon Patisserie. She has been working with children from a young age, through babysitting and then later through teaching preschool age children. Amelia is passionate about working with children and creating a fun and safe environment for them to grow. When she’s not busy in the classroom, she’s busy at home with her two young siblings, Athana and Georgie, or in her free time, she’s painting and drawing.




Owner / Founder of Charleston Dance Works

Melissa DiRienzo is the owner and founder of Charleston Dance Works. Melissa has over 17 years of experience teaching all styles of dance to all ages. Melissa started dancing at the age of 2 and has continued to make it her life love and career. Her teaching motto/ mantra/ mission statement is all about bringing technique and fun together as one. Melissa received scholarships to Dance at both Adelphi University and Plymouth State University. She received prestigious dance awards from Plymouth State University as well bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Psychology. Melissa has performed with two professional contemporary dance companies in Boston, MA. She was also named Miss Lakes Region and Miss Winnipesaukee in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship program. She went on to choreograph for many pageants throughout New Hampshire. She has directed many shows and managed many studios before opening her own studio. Melissa is overjoyed to have her own studio to teach future dancers. Her greatest joy is developing excellent technique as well as a passion and love for dance in her student’s.


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