our team of instructors

Chris Jacques started in 2009 as a ballroom dancer, dancing socially and competitively. He trained for 6+ years with various professionals at studios across New England.

In 2015, while on a break from competition he discovered Line Dance. He began dedicating his time to social line dancing across all music genres and dance difficulties.

In 2018, he started teaching Line Dance. Since starting he's taught in a variety of settings: bars, function halls, local community classes, country music classes, non-country classes, local workshops, one-day events, and weekend long destination events; most notably having taught at the 2019 Windy City Line Dance Mania and 2021 Fun In the Sun.

Also in 2018, he began competing in Line Dance choreography as part of the United States Line Dance Choreography Competition. This involved dancing at events along the east coast.

His competitive choreography accomplishments include placing first in division at the Fun In the Sun and Florida Line Dance Classic events, finishing 2nd overall in the 2019-2020 United States Line Dance Choreography Competition, and winning the 2019 Windy City Line Dance Mania, amateur choreography competition.

Chris continues his choreography and continues to locally teach private lessons, group classes, and one-day workshops. He will also be on staff for several weekend events, in several US states during 2022 and 2023.

His hopes include: continuing to develop as an instructor, choreographer and dancer, eventually teach in as many states, countries and continents as possible and most importantly help convey a joy and passion for line dance to the soon to be next generation of line dancers.

Donna Russell McCarthyDonna always loved dancing and in1994 she took her first line dance lesson at a campground in Charlton MA.  A few months later, her local Parks and Recreation Department offered a 6-week beginner line dance class.  Donna signed up and was hooked. Her passion changed from sports to line dancing and she traded in her cleats and kneepads for cowboy boots and dance shoes. She found local instructors and was dancing 2-3 nights per week in both line and couples dancing. 
In 2009, Donna and her friends started an intermediate/advanced class at the senior center in Agawam MA. In 2016, Donna and a friend added an improver/intermediate class at the senior center to reach more dancers.  Many of these dancers join Donnaand her friends traveling to local workshops and major dance events and enjoy the love of dancing.  Donna’s oldest daughter Melissa is also a line dancer and travels with her Mom to attend local workshops and major dance events.
Donna became an instructor at the Hayloft in 2018 and enjoys teaching the Friendly and Intermediate Workshopshosted by Forty Arroyo. Donna is a 33 year employee at Bank of America where she is a Vice President in the Workforce Management and Capabilities Department.  She has 2 daughters and 2grandchildren.  Donna and her husband Tom live in Chicopee MA and have two dogs.

Steve & Laurie Cavanaugh started dancing regularly after their youngest child headed off to college. Starting with 4-week intro courses by John Peters in East Coast Swing, Cha-cha and Salsa, they were soon hooked and going to ballroom dances regularly.

Three years later, they decided to drop in on a line dance class run by Lestyn Gilmore, which became a weekly, then a twice a week outing, with Friday night dances soon added to the mix.

When the local line dance venue in Raynham closed, Steve joined with Lestyn and 2 other SE Mass instructors, Felicia Doble and Cindy Agostinho to start up Silver City Dancers to offer line dances twice per month in East Taunton. Steve started leading line dance nights and classes in the summer and finally in 2018 started hosting a weekly class in Abington. Both continued to be involved with the South Shore Dances, a local ballroom group, serving on the board of directors for 5 years. Both have also been dancing with Brockton Urban Line Dancers for many years, and joining some of the Boston soul line dancers for events.

We have both really enjoyed line dance weekends, especially Northeast Ladies of Line, the Boston Line Dance Showdown and an annual East Hill Farm weekend with Felicia.

We also enjoy visiting other dance groups and have travelled all around New England to dance, most often with Forty in Sturbridge, Ginger Kozlowski in New Hampshire, Jill Weiss in Connecticut and Dan & Kelly Albro in Rhode Island.

Kevin and Meléna Richards have been dancing together since 2020, though they each started dancing, and Kevin teaching, much earlier than that.
Meléna began her training in modern/contemporary dance as a child and continued through 2007. During college, she began dancing a variety of latin ballroom dance styles socially and continued when she moved to Massachusetts from New York in 2010. After a dance hiatus, she took up line dancing in 2019 and has been dancing ever since!
Kevin began line dancing on a whim one night in 2015. He was pulled into a group of regulars, and was instantly hooked! Kevin began teaching in 2018, and now teaches 3-4 days per week throughout Worcester County, along with occasional workshops at the Hayloft.Meléna and Kevin met while he was teaching at China Gourmet in Framingham, MA in 2019 and their adventures began.Since joining forces, Kevin and Meléna have choreographed three dances and look forward to dancing with you and bringing you more!