Holly Collins

Holly Gannett is a 1999 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.F.A. in Dance. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate and a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society. She is on the board of Directors with the Maine Dance Teachers Club.  She is the former Dance Director at Maine Arts Academy since 2016 their year of inception, where she created the dance curriculum for the school, Maine’s first performing arts high school. Holly travels as a convention teacher and competition judge and continually holds master classes across the country. She has judged & taught for Dancers Inc. Competitions & Conventions for the past 16 years in addition to judging for various other dance competition circuits.  She has been teaching for over twenty-five years at Kennebec Dance Centre in Augusta. Holly has been a guest instructor/adjunct faculty at several Maine Colleges including Colby, Thomas, & University of Maine at Augusta in addition to other dance schools in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, and Wisconsin. In addition to dance education, she works in her community elementary school as a librarian. 

She is the former Fitness Program Supervisor of 12 years at the Eastside Wellness Center in Augusta for MaineGeneral Medical Center as a personal trainer and instructor of Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, and Pilates. Holly began her dance training at Kennebec Dance Centre in Maine and with Andrei Bossov of the Kirov Ballet. Mr. Tom Ralabate was able to recruit Holly to UB (State University of New York at Buffalo) where she majored in dance. Holly was offered a job performing with Busch Gardens while attending college, which she declined in order to finish her schooling. Holly was employed at the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet where she was hired to expand and develop the professional ballet school's jazz, tap, and musical theatre programs. While under contract in Wisconsin, she was also offered a job performing for Sesame Street Live on their European tour. 

Holly’s Musical Theatre performance and choreography credits include the roles of: Dance Captain for the US premier of Fame Forever, Carmen Diaz in Fame, Ariel Moore in Footloose, Mersister in The Little Mermaid, Marge in Suds, June (Squish) in Chicago, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, as well as dancing ensemble roles in Cabaret, Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side 

Story, Man of La Mancha, Working, and Mrs. Greer in Annie. Holly danced in a music video that was seen on MTV & VH-1 by artist Thomas John Veilleux called “A New Generation”. While in WI, Holly choreographed for The Carnival of the Animals which was narrated by actor Tony Randall.

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