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Pre School
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Pre School

Creative movement and the basics of dance. Each class blends basic dance skills, creativity, coordination, musicality and rhythm.

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Recreational Dance
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Recreational Dance

An adult dance and fitness class with aspects of Zumba, booty barre and traditional jazz/hip hop.

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Competitive Dance Programs
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Competitive Dance Programs

The Intensive Dancer program is a privilege that dancers and their parents must appreciate and respect. Participation in the program is restricted to dancers who are ready to make achieving their personal best a priority. There will be times when classes, rehearsals, or performances will be scheduled when your non-dance friends or family may be headed to the mall or the movies.

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Student Comments

  • It's been two years since training with LHQ, yet I still find my way into the dance studio at FSU, and thanks to Miss Lynn I am able to still use the techniques of melting to keep my body healthy. Thank you, Miss Lynn, for still being such a big part of my life while installing lifelong knowledge and influencing me… continue
    Hailey Burbank

    It's been two years since training with LHQ, yet I still find my way into the dance studio at FSU, and thanks to Miss Lynn I am able to still use the techniques of melting to keep my body healthy. Thank you, Miss Lynn, for still being such a big part of my life while installing lifelong knowledge and influencing me to be studying this in college. So lucky to have been a part of the LHQ family!

    Hailey Burbank
  • After dancing for 15 years at LHQ I have taken away many useful skills I can use outside of the studio. Presently, as a college student, I am on the dance team at my school and dance continues to play an important role in my life. Growing up in a dance studio taught me all about teamwork. No matter what path you take i… continue
    Mikayla Rice

    After dancing for 15 years at LHQ I have taken away many useful skills I can use outside of the studio. Presently, as a college student, I am on the dance team at my school and dance continues to play an important role in my life. Growing up in a dance studio taught me all about teamwork. No matter what path you take in life there are going to be times when you have to work closely with your peers. I have learned to trust the people I am are working with and be respectful to them because you never know what they can teach you. In addition to teamwork, dance has shown me that you have to be persistent with what you want to achieve and be willing to put in time and effort. As I've always been told, practice makes perfect. Having this knowledge has helped me tremendously in college. Being persistent and having the drive to succeed is something that stems from my time spent in the dance studio. I know from experience that I can achieve the positive results I want if I work hard at it.

    As a member of the competition team I had a large commitment to fulfill. Starting at a young age I learned how to manage this type of responsibility. I experienced first-hand how important it is to never quit something you start without finishing it through. This is one of the most useful tools I have taken away with me as I continue to take steps toward preparing myself for my future. Similarly, I have a lot of experience with time management after having to balance schoolwork and endless hours at the dance studio each week. As I get older I am continuously getting busier. This has helped me become more disciplined and organized so I can accomplish school, work, and other activities. Lastly and most importantly, dance has taught me to have confidence in myself. Performing in front of large crowds and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone has benefited me more than I ever thought it could. Whether I am interviewing, presenting, meeting with a professor or business professional, or just taking to a fellow student, I am able to show that I am confident in myself. This quality can only help me as I continue through life and I owe many thanks to dance for teaching me something as important as this.

    Mikayla Rice
  • Dancing with LHQ was not only a memorable time in my life, but also inspired many qualities that I still uphold to this day. After my first semester of college it was apparent that I had something that my other friends did not, I was driven and disciplined. While most freshman were only concerned with their social life… continue
    Kara Mccormick

    Dancing with LHQ was not only a memorable time in my life, but also inspired many qualities that I still uphold to this day. After my first semester of college it was apparent that I had something that my other friends did not, I was driven and disciplined. While most freshman were only concerned with their social life, I was interested in more pressing matters such as grades, extra-curricular activities, etc. That being said, I of course enjoyed my time in college but I have always kept my schedule balanced with work and leisure time.

    As a student I also participated in two dance groups run by students on campus. It was refreshing to be with students that shared common interests of mine, while still handling the course load and distractions of college. At school I expanded my knowledge of dance, trying ballroom for once and absolutely loving it! Coming into my senior year of college, I must say that the individuals I danced with and my instructors are still like a second family to me. I still keep in contact with everyone and always love coming to the recitals and seeing how much everyone has grown. Even though I will be pursuing a career working in a lab position after college, I know that I will continue to keep dance apart of my life.

    Kara Mccormick
  • Thank you! I owe it all to LHQ for starting my passion of dancing and making me who I am today! I'll always remember the lessons I learned and keep LHQ in my heart! ❤

    Hayley Burbank

    Thank you! I owe it all to LHQ for starting my passion of dancing and making me who I am today! I'll always remember the lessons I learned and keep LHQ in my heart! ❤

    Hayley Burbank
  • I have been a student here at LHQ Danceforce for over fourteen years and competed with the LHQ dance team for six years . I have recently graduated from Westfield State University in May of 2013 with a bachelors degree in Movement Science. I currently work full time at a physical therapy clinic as a rehabilitation aide… continue
    Colleen Ziemba

    I have been a student here at LHQ Danceforce for over fourteen years and competed with the LHQ dance team for six years . I have recently graduated from Westfield State University in May of 2013 with a bachelors degree in Movement Science. I currently work full time at a physical therapy clinic as a rehabilitation aide and part time at fitness club as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.

    Dance has been my passion since the age of three. If dance was not part of my life, I don't think I would be the person who I am today. I have gained tremendous amount of confidence in myself here at LHQ. Before coming here to the studio I was a shy and quiet girl but that all changed. I made great friends here and was able to come out my shy shell. All the dance teachers here are amazingly talented and wonderful role models to all the children. Every single dancer who I have danced with also shared the same passion as I do, which made a great impact on our relationships with one another. I gained a special bond with everyone who made an enormous impact on my life.

    As an older dancer in the studio I needed to step up and become a leader to each dancer. I feel that I had taught them to never give up and to keep positive attitude on the dance floor and off the dance floor. It is an amazing feeling to have that kind of responsibility being a role model to the students. I took the tools that I have gained here at LHQ and now using the skills more and more each day.

    When the time came to deciding on a college career all my life my passion was the love of dance and being physically active, which helped me decide what to major in college. Having a healthy life style is very important to me. LHQ is a wonderful environment to grow up in as a dancer and as a person. Not only learning how to dance but you learn how to be a team player and respect for other dancers.

    Colleen Ziemba
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Best reasons to take dance classes at DanceForce

  • “I want my child to build confidence and learn in a structured environment where they can have fun!”
  • “I know my child will build fantastic friendships with her classmates, and they’ll learn to work together as a team for their performances.”
  • “DanceForce has all types of classes for all different types of dance interests”
  • “The staff is terrific, with each teacher knowing how to meet the needs of each child”
  • “Dance lessons teach learning skills that students carry into their school classrooms, and in many other life situations”
  • “The encouragement and core values instilled by DanceForce staff remind students that they can do anything they set their mind to”
  • “There are classes that fit just about any schedule”
  • “My child to learns how to keep going, even when they’re tired and feel like quitting”
  • “I want my child to learn to take care of her body”
  • “After hours and hours of practice, my child is learning to appreciate what it takes to create something beautiful, and then she’s proud to share it with others”
  • “I want my child to learn to deal with occasional disappointment, so she can pick herself up and try again”
  • “My child gets to learn to feel comfortable on stage, and get out from behind a screen”
  • “I want my child to learn to set goals, work hard, and achieve those goals”
  • “I think it’s important that my child be able to get exercise and make friends outside of school”
  • “Led by Lynn Hadden-Quinn, DanceForce stays current on the latest dance trends, and gives students the opportunity to increase their skill level”
  • “Dancing at DanceForce means my child comes home happy and confident after each class. I love to watch her grow each year!”

Latest News

Recital Showcase - June 16th, 2018 @ 4pm
June, 16th 2018
A video of the Recital Showcase from June 16th, 2018 at 4pm
Recital Showcase - June 16th, 2018 @ 11am
June, 16th 2018
A video of the Recital Showcase from June 16th, 2018 at 11am
The #WMassBiz Show Season: 2 Episode: 3 - LHQ Danceforce
March, 8th 2018
On this episode of The #WMassBiz Show, we meet with Lynn Hadden Quinn of LHQ Danceforce in Agawam,…

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Lynn Hadden-Quinn
Teacher/Director of All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics
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Lynn Hadden-Quinn

Teacher/Director of All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics

Lynn Hadden-Quinn is the director of LHQ DANCEFORCE, and has been dancing, teaching and directing for over 20 years. She has been trained in all styles of dance. Her talents have given her the honor of being a featured performer and choreographer on numerous stages across the globe. She was recently featured in the "Teacher Spotlight in Dance Studio Life Magazine," in the September 2010 issue. Lynn was also certified with the DEA Teacher Training Program. This a dynamic multi-dimensional program of study, enhancing the knowledge and teaching techniques of all dance professionals. She continues her dance education training at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance Teacher Web Conference as a VIP member, as well as gaining more knowledge for her business, students & staff. Lynn is also a certified lifestyle coach and has a passion for wellness & giving back the gift of dance and wellness in her programs at LHQ Danceforce.

Beth Gage
Ballet, Pointe and Modern
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Beth Gage

Ballet, Pointe and Modern

Beth Gage began her dance career at the Adams School of Dance in Rutland,Vermont under the primary instruction of Sherry Adams. While training at the Adams School of Dance, Beth had the opportunity to join the Vermont Chamber Ballet where she worked her way up from a company member to a principal dancer. She then continued her studies under the instruction of Maris Wolff at Johnson State College. While there, she was the president of the JSC Dance Ensemble and danced with the Vermont Dance Collective. She moved to Western Massachusetts after college and began her professional dance teaching career.

Brenda Hadden
All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics
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Brenda Hadden

All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics

Brenda Hadden has extensive dance training in all subjects of dance. Her performances include: Disney's Magic Music Days, Tribute to Broadway and Beyond, Sesame Street in Concert, Lenny Gomulka's Christmas Show, The Rocky Horror Show, Rip the Mic, Burn the Floor, Choreography & performance in the show "Fabulous," a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation and many other fundraising appearances. In September 2007, she choreographed and performed at The Big E fair, with Latin performer "Danna". Brenda also choreographed and performed for the Massachusetts Twisters Dance team, "Dance Destruction". In May 2001, she graduated from Holyoke Community College, with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. When not performing and teaching, Brenda is busy working with her home business in Health and Nutrition, check out her website at www.marketamerica.com/brendahadden. In the summer months, Brenda has been a volunteer for ten years, at Camp Sunshine in Maine, working with terminally ill children and their families.

David Bovat
Dancer, Choreographer, Educator
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David Bovat

Dancer, Choreographer, Educator

Born and raised in West Springfield, Massachusetts, David Bovat has built a profession out of his natural ability to dance and to teach others. His Journey began at the young age of seven under the direction and influence of Anita Oski Barrette. Throughout his career as a dancer, David has had the pleasure to study with Frank Hatchett and Anthony DeVecchi of the Northeast American Ballet, to name a few. David continues to take classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City to broaden his passion and knowledge of dance with the purpose of sharing it with his many students and colleagues.

As an accomplished dance instructor, David continues building his career, developing choreography and teaching for several dance studios and Master classes in the Western Massachusetts area. One of the many positions he holds is Dance Director at Bay Path University. David continues to put his ability and knowledge of dance to good use a Head Judge and instructor of Master classes for the Step Up to Dance tour. He a Choreographer, Artistic Director, and Lead Dancer for many events such as the Tap Dancing Santa’s at Symphony Hall and the Dancing with the Local Starts events for the Kiwanis Club of West Springfield and Agawam. David has respectfully taught for the National Association of Dance Affiliated Artists as well as the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Above all else, he prides himself as a choreographer/dance instructor. David has choreographed for many beauty pageants, talent competitions and musical productions such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gypsy, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Love and Beyond, The Cher Extravaganza, and most recently Mr. Mambo. David M. Bovat continues to entertain, educate, and inspire dancers of every age and physicality. His love for the art of dance is present in everything he puts forth.

Robert Blakley
Hip Hop
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Robert Blakley

Hip Hop

Robert Blakley has been dancing since the age of 10 under the direction of Tracey Thomas who studied with people like Frank Hatchett, Debbie Allen, Maurice and Gregory Hines, Jasmine Guy, Judith Jameson and so many others. Robert is versatile in many different styels and genres of dance including Jazz,Tap,Ballet,Lyrical and he specializes in Hip Hop. Currently signed to MSA (Mcdonald Selznick Associates) Talent Agency out of New York and LA. Robert is currently performing in the commercial aspect of dance music videos, stage performances commercials and much more... We are happy to have Robert on staff and we look forward to all he can offer for LHQ Danceforce.

Steven Midura
Guest Teacher: All Genres of Dance and Musical Theatre
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Steven Midura

Guest Teacher: All Genres of Dance and Musical Theatre

Steven Midura, originally from West Springfield, MA received his Associates Degree from Dean College in 1996 and then transferred to the University of Tampa, FL where he received his Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts in 1998. Steven has worked as a Singer/Dancer in many venues throughout the United States including Busch Gardens Tampa and Six Flags New England. His professional career started on the high seas in 1998 with Royal Caribbean. One year later, he made the move to Crystal Cruises. Throughout his 7 years with Crystal, Steven held many positions outside of performing (including Deputy Cruise Director and Dance Captain). He produced many Holiday shows and Crew shows for the guests, staff and crew onboard. While working with Crystal Cruises on land in Pasadena, CA he served as a Dance Assistant to the Artistic Directors helping create new choreography and teaching their shows to the existing casts and new trainees. Steven lived in Las Vegas, NV from 2005-2010 where he worked in various casinos on the strip. He has also spent time living in NYC where he was soaking in the business and networking with many of today's hottest Broadway stars. After spending over nearly a decade as a performer Steven decided to establish a production company called "Shows4You Productions". As the owner and director - he produces, conceives, and choreographs anything from children's events to theatrical stage productions. Steven returned to Western New England this past March after spending 6 months as a Male Vocalist with Celebrity Cruises. Upon his return he has been instrumental in teaching dancers at several of the dance studios in the area. He also was a judge for the Step Up to Dance competitions, focusing on the enjoyment of performance and dance. He is very excited to be here at the studio this year and hopes that he can bring a bit of the "wow" factor to your child's dance career by pulling from his past experiences and positive energy!!!

Connie Fink
Artistic General Manager / Creative Designer
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Connie Fink

Artistic General Manager / Creative Designer

Connie Fink grew up dancing. When her sister opened her own dance studio, Connie continued her involvement in the dance world as her own children danced and competed. Trained in fashion design and sewing, she worked for a custom swimwear company as well as the dance costume company, Design Works. At Design Works, she worked on the sewing floor and — for over six years — worked in the design room as the Design Room Coordinator. Here, her passion for dance costume design and sewing grew. Now, she brings that same passion to LHQ Danceforce as the Artistic General Manager, Creative Designer and manager of the custom apparel shoppe. She created the Helena Hippo character for LHQ Danceforce and is the author of a children’s book about her. In addition to her office and design roles, she’s always excited to extend her help to the LHQ students, families and staff. We are all very lucky to work along side Connie M Fink she brings so much to the LHQ team and due to her dedication to LHQ she recently became our new Artistic General Manager.

Sara Janik
Teacher/Director of All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics
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Sara Janik

Teacher/Director of All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics

Sara is an experienced and passionate choreographer, who has been teaching in Massachusetts for over 20 years. She began dancing at age 6 studying tap, jazz, ballet and acrobat. Her love for dance propelled her into assistant teaching then instructor training, all while simultaneously obtaining her BS in psychology (and minor in music) from Our Lady of The Elms College. Throughout her career, Sara has taught students of all ages in hip hop, acrobat and lyrical, with a concentration in tap, jazz, musical theater and large productions, for which she has received many accolades. Most recently she received the "Tap Sensation" award for Choreography from KAR Dance Competition (2016). Sara is NADAA certified and is an advocate for continual Dance Education. She strives to learn the newest choreography and techniques from highly-esteemed educators from the Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Educators of America, Dance Teacher Web Live and CLI studios, as well as attending workshops at Broadway Dance Center in NYC with top choreographers from around the world such as Savion Glover, Mandy Moore, Twitch, Ray Leeper, Al Blackstone and Anthony Morigerato.

Sara's professional resume includes dancing in many shows at Riverside Amusement Park in Agawam, MA (currently Six Flags New England). She was also a principal dancer for the "Ray of Elvis" tribute and a highlighted dancer for Frank Hatchett's "Salute to a Legacy." Sara also trained with the late great Frank Hatchett. She is also the Assistant Choreographer to Steven Midura at Shows4youproductions.

Sara's love of dance continues to inspire and motivate her students to not only work hard but also to be creative, expressive storytellers through the art of movement.

Jennifer Root
Instructor
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Jennifer Root

Instructor

Jennifer is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who grew up and trained at LHQ Danceforce in the Dance Intensive program. Jen has been dancing for sixteen years and competed as a dancer for eleven years. After graduating high school Jen went on to study the art of dance in New York while dabbling in costume design, and choreography. Jennifer was a featured soloist in a number of shows including SYNC, Change-A 2015 Freshman Project, and Our Fight Against Cancer-A Senior Thesis. Miss Root also spent time working for a competition company, as well teaching dance classes to local preschools. She has a plethora of experience with early childhood students and young children while also gaining experience with choreographing numbers for students in the high school and collegiate level. Jen has brought her love of dance to LHQ and trained as an assistant teacher for many years as well as a substitute teacher for two years. Miss Jen is eager to share her passion with her students, her whole purpose being to share the gift that is dance while creating magical moments within each student she meets.

Thomas Hanner
Ballet
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Thomas Hanner

Ballet

Thomas has been teaching ballet for 36 years he still looks forward to walking into every class. Whether it's one student or 100 students he still looks forward to walking into that class to make a difference.

Before beginning his teaching career he performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and many others. Thomas began his training in Hollywood, California with former members of Ballet Russe and Royal Ballet, and continued in New York City at the School of American Ballet with Stanley Williams. 
LHQ is very blessed to have Thomas on the teaching working with our students and training staff with his knowledge. 
 

Charlie Markham
Instructor
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Charlie Markham

Instructor

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