Meet the Owners, Meet the Teachers & Assistants, & Meet the Staff!

Kristin Cruikshank - Owner

Teaches Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, & Solos

Miss Kristin has been dancing for twenty-two years and has five years of teaching experience with children and adults of all ages. She spent the majority of her dance career at Dance Centre of Malden, where she assisted for five years and was the acrobatics teacher for four years. Upon graduating from Malden High School, she attended Salem State University where she earned her minor in Dance. While at Salem State she choreographed for Repertory Dance Theatre and performed for Salem State Dance Ensemble. Miss Kristin is trained in and teaches many styles of dance but her favorite to teach has always been acrobatics. Owning a dance studio has always been her dream since she was a child and now getting to turn that dream into a reality with her best friends has been the experience of a lifetime. Miss Kristin has always cared passionately about her students and hopes they can find a home within the dance studio, as she did when she was a child.

  Meredith Murray - Owner     Teaches Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, & Solos    Miss Merry has been dancing for twenty-two years and has seven years of teaching experience under her belt. She spent the entirety of her dance career at Dance Centre of Malden where she assisted for five years and was the hip hop teacher for six years. Upon graduating from Malden High School, she attended Lesley University where she choreographed for Lesley’s Dance Team. Miss Merry also attended Salem State University where she choreographed for Repertory Dance Theatre and performed for Salem State Dance Ensemble. While Miss Merry is trained in and teaches many styles of dance her favorite to teach is hip hop. Opening up a dance studio with her best friends has been the opportunity of a lifetime and is so excited for the dance year to begin.

Meredith Murray - Owner

Teaches Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, & Solos

Miss Merry has been dancing for twenty-two years and has seven years of teaching experience under her belt. She spent the entirety of her dance career at Dance Centre of Malden where she assisted for five years and was the hip hop teacher for six years. Upon graduating from Malden High School, she attended Lesley University where she choreographed for Lesley’s Dance Team. Miss Merry also attended Salem State University where she choreographed for Repertory Dance Theatre and performed for Salem State Dance Ensemble. While Miss Merry is trained in and teaches many styles of dance her favorite to teach is hip hop. Opening up a dance studio with her best friends has been the opportunity of a lifetime and is so excited for the dance year to begin.

Mary Morani - Owner

Teaches Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Barre, Solos, & Wedding Dances

Miss Mary has been dancing for twenty-two years. She first began dancing at Pegge Parker’s Dance Academy in Dorchester, Massachusetts. After moving to Malden, she found a new dance family at Dance Centre of Malden. Upon graduating from Malden High School, she began her undergraduate career at Salem State University, where she minored in dance. While at SSU, she choreographed for Repertory Dance Theatre and performed for Salem State Dance Ensemble. Miss Mary teaches many styles of dance but her favorite to teach is lyrical. In 2017, she completed 100 hours of barre teacher training and is excited to begin teaching barre exercise classes. In 2016, she was presented with the once in a lifetime opportunity to open up a dance studio of her own alongside her best friends. Opening a studio in Malden is her way of giving back to the community that helped shape her into the dedicated and passionate individual that she is. Miss Mary loves bonding with her students over their shared love of dance and she can’t wait to dance with you!

 
  Talia Maihos     Teaches Ballet, Pointe, & Wedding Dances    Miss Talia has been dancing for twenty-three years with almost a decade of teaching experience behind her. Talia is trained in various styles of dance and currently teaches Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She began teaching at the age of 17 volunteering at North Shore Arc teaching hip hop to adolescents with disabilities. Talia then went on to train at her home studio Dance Etc… of Middleton teaching young children pre-k to elementary Ballet and Tap. At the same time Talia enrolled at Salem State University focusing her studies in Psychology and Dance. She was a choreographer for both Salem State Dance Ensemble and Repertory Dance Theatre and held the position of President for the 2012-2013 academic year. Talia taught Hip Hop and Contemporary at Youth Talent School of Swampscott and later began her career at Maureen Macaro’s School of Classical Ballet where she has taught for the past six years. Talia is grateful to be a part of the Stand Up 8 Dance Studio family as their Ballet teacher, and wholeheartedly enjoys sharing her passion for dance with all of her students.

Talia Maihos

Teaches Ballet, Pointe, & Wedding Dances

Miss Talia has been dancing for twenty-three years with almost a decade of teaching experience behind her. Talia is trained in various styles of dance and currently teaches Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She began teaching at the age of 17 volunteering at North Shore Arc teaching hip hop to adolescents with disabilities. Talia then went on to train at her home studio Dance Etc… of Middleton teaching young children pre-k to elementary Ballet and Tap. At the same time Talia enrolled at Salem State University focusing her studies in Psychology and Dance. She was a choreographer for both Salem State Dance Ensemble and Repertory Dance Theatre and held the position of President for the 2012-2013 academic year. Talia taught Hip Hop and Contemporary at Youth Talent School of Swampscott and later began her career at Maureen Macaro’s School of Classical Ballet where she has taught for the past six years. Talia is grateful to be a part of the Stand Up 8 Dance Studio family as their Ballet teacher, and wholeheartedly enjoys sharing her passion for dance with all of her students.

  Katie Cruikshank     Office Manager    Katie is happy to be returning as office manager for Stand Up 8 for another wonderful dance year. She is a former dancer, who recently started dancing again with Stand Up 8, who also figure skated for 13 years and has been playing softball for over 15 years. Aside from being the officer manager for Stand Up 8, she is also a full time student at Suffolk University studying Criminal Justice where she plans to get her second degree in the major. In her spare time she enjoys taking her dog, Fields, on adventures, and sewing. Katie has also become the seamstress for all the studios costumes. She is looking forward to another exciting year of planning shows and fundraisers and can’t wait for the dance season to begin!

Katie Cruikshank

Office Manager

Katie is happy to be returning as office manager for Stand Up 8 for another wonderful dance year. She is a former dancer, who recently started dancing again with Stand Up 8, who also figure skated for 13 years and has been playing softball for over 15 years. Aside from being the officer manager for Stand Up 8, she is also a full time student at Suffolk University studying Criminal Justice where she plans to get her second degree in the major. In her spare time she enjoys taking her dog, Fields, on adventures, and sewing. Katie has also become the seamstress for all the studios costumes. She is looking forward to another exciting year of planning shows and fundraisers and can’t wait for the dance season to begin!

  Allison Mallett     Dance Assistant    Allison is a sophomore at Malden High school and has been dancing for 14 years. Stand up 8 has impacted her life a lot and gave her great opportunities that she never expected to happen! This is her second year assisting at Stand Up 8 Dance Studio and she is looking forward to the many more years to coming!!

Allison Mallett

Dance Assistant

Allison is a sophomore at Malden High school and has been dancing for 14 years. Stand up 8 has impacted her life a lot and gave her great opportunities that she never expected to happen! This is her second year assisting at Stand Up 8 Dance Studio and she is looking forward to the many more years to coming!!

  Hannah Cormier     Dance Assistant    Hannah has been dancing for fifteen years. She first began dancing at Dance Centre of Malden. Hannah started dancing at one and a half years old with tap and ballet, which progressed to the genres of jazz, acro, and hip hop as well. Her favorite style of dance is hip hop. On the other hand, Hannah is currently a sophomore at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA. Although she doesn't dance at her school, Hannah takes part in musical theater and sings in the choir at her school. Hannah enjoys drawing in her free time. This is Hannah's first time assisting and she is excited for the upcoming dance year.

Hannah Cormier

Dance Assistant

Hannah has been dancing for fifteen years. She first began dancing at Dance Centre of Malden. Hannah started dancing at one and a half years old with tap and ballet, which progressed to the genres of jazz, acro, and hip hop as well. Her favorite style of dance is hip hop. On the other hand, Hannah is currently a sophomore at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA. Although she doesn't dance at her school, Hannah takes part in musical theater and sings in the choir at her school. Hannah enjoys drawing in her free time. This is Hannah's first time assisting and she is excited for the upcoming dance year.

  Kelsey Payne     Dance Assistant    Kelsey Payne is a junior at Everett High School. She has taken dance classes at Dance Centre of Malden and now Stand Up 8 Dance Studio. She is also a Hockey Cheerleader at EHS. She has been dancing for fourteen years and has been a dance assistant for two. She has taken several styles of dance such as, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and acrobatics. She assists mainly acrobatics and hip hop at Stand Up 8. Kelsey has always loved to dance and is excited for this upcoming dance year. She can not wait to learn and grow more as a dancer and share the experience with her friends.

Kelsey Payne

Dance Assistant

Kelsey Payne is a junior at Everett High School. She has taken dance classes at Dance Centre of Malden and now Stand Up 8 Dance Studio. She is also a Hockey Cheerleader at EHS. She has been dancing for fourteen years and has been a dance assistant for two. She has taken several styles of dance such as, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and acrobatics. She assists mainly acrobatics and hip hop at Stand Up 8. Kelsey has always loved to dance and is excited for this upcoming dance year. She can not wait to learn and grow more as a dancer and share the experience with her friends.