Reaching Heart School of Ballet
Reaching Heart School of Ballet

Reaching Heart Dance Instructors

MELISSA HAYES HEART - Ballet , Pointe, Creative Movement


Ballet/ Creative Movement/ Pointe/ Director

Melissa is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.  Melissa is delighted that Reaching Heart Center is in it's 16th year!  The school was founded in 2001 in Chatham where it remained for 9 years. Our new location in West Harwich opened in July of 2010 and is a unique renovated antique enchanted  barn which  is a magical place to work, dance and flourish!  Melissa is grateful to have such a beautiful studio to  teach in.


Melissa's early training includes three years dancing at Walnut Hill School in Natick, where she graduated high school and one year dancing at the Royal Ballet School in London. Melissa is a graduate of Connecticut College where she majored in Child Development, and minored in dance.  She has been teaching ballet for over 34 years and could not imagine a better job in the world. She is grateful to have such an amazing staff  and wonderful committed students who are all passionate about dance! 


 Melissa is delighted that several of her students are continuing to  dance as a major or minor in college. She  has had students of hers attend SAB, Walnut Hill, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, PNB, Miami City Ballet and ABT in both NYC and Alabama during recent summers. She has high hopes that some of her current students will also go on to a professional career in the dance field!  Melissa is delighted to be offering several wonderful master class teachers to her students at Reaching Heart this Spring and during our 9 week summer ballet intensive.

SARA KING - Ballet, Creative Movement


Ballet/Creative Movement/Pointe

Sara is a wonderful teacher who has been with Reaching Heart for three years.  She is exceptional in her ability to communicate corrections to both the youngest of dancers and our older students as well. Sara's early training was with Ms. Virginia Zango Traube at the Mid-Cape School of Ballet and then she studied at the Nutmeg Conservatory in Connecticut. Sara is the new mother of her beautiful baby Giselle who was born in August of 2013!

SUZETTE HUTCHINSON - Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical


Contemporary/ Jazz/ Lyrical

Suzette has taught at Reaching Heart Center for 14 years!  She is a wonderful inspiration to us all. Students of all ages love her creative choreography.  Suzette also teaches at the Harwich Junior Theatre and at The Academy of Performing Arts.

FRANCESCA RUINI - Ballet, Pointe

Francesca was born in Sassuolo, a small town in the north of Italy. She studied at the "Marie Taglioni" ballet school near Modena (Italy) from five years of age until she was 13 years old. She continued her studies of Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance in France at the International Ballet School "Ecole Superieure de Danse De Cannes". At the age of 15, she returned from France and continued to take classes of Ballet at a professional level, studying with Donatella Sturam. Francesca is great lover of the Arts and has studied Mime, Opera Singing, and has a background in theatrical set design. In the summer of 2005, she earned a degree in Interior Decorating. Francesca is fluent in Italian, French and English! She has 17 years of experience in teaching classes of Pre-Ballet , Ballet and Choreography. Francesca also teaches Floor barre. The methods she uses to teach ballet are French, Italian (Cecchetti) and Russian (Vaganova).

Todd Hall - Ballet, Partnering

Todd Hall has studied at some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country, including: The Boston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and the School of American Ballet.  Todd has danced professionally with the Washington Ballet, the Boston Ballet and many other companies throughout the U.S. and Europe. While in Boston, Todd earned a degree at Emerson College.  Due to some serious eye problems, he had to curtail his performing career, and as a result developed a love of teaching dance! He has taught ballet and pas de deux classes across the country from as far away as Alaska and up and down the east coast.  Todd's classes are energetic and challenge students to reach beyond their potential.  We are delighted to have Todd joining our staff as a frequent guest artist.  

J. Joseph Burke

Frequent guest teacher in musical theatre jazz classes and workshops, Assistant Director of RHC Summer productions.

Joe resides in NYC where he works as actor/choreographer and director.  He has appeared in numerous productions and has choreographed the Harwich High School musicals for the past 10 years! Joe has been a guest teacher at RHC for 6 years.  He will be running his second week long musical theatre workshop for children ages 8 - 13. This summer his program is excerpts from the Wizard of Oz!   Joe joins our summer staff for many jazz classes.  He is a energetic teacher with a great sense of humor who clearly is passionate about his job!

Sally Hambleton

Sally has been teaching at Reaching Heart Center for five years.  She was an apprentice with Pacific Northwest Ballet Company for several years.  Sally has a wonderful eye for corrections and is loved by all of her students.She now comes into many classes as a guest teacher.  Sally is an extremely dynamic teacher who loves to make the girls work hard!

Located in the heart 

of Cape Cod!!


Reaching Heart School of Ballet

27 Route 28
West Harwich, MA 02671

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Nutcracker 2018 December 21,22,23

Ring in the holiday season with our full length traditional ballet featuring local dancers and professional dancer, Marko Micov! Make this part of your holiday for the whole family. Four shows at Monomoy High School. 

Friday, December 21st at 6:30pm, Saturday, December 22nd at 1:00pm & 6:30pm, and Sunday, December 23rd at 1:00pm

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Fall/Winter Hours

Our dance studio is open during the following hours:

(and usually a whole lot more)... Call us ahead to make sure we are here!

Mondays: 9-2:00 pm & 3:45 - 7:30 pm
Tuesdays: 9 - 2:00 & 3:45 - 7:30 pm
Wednesdays: 3:45 - 6:00 pm
Thursdays: 9 - 2:00  & 3:45 - 7:30 pm
Fridays: 9 - 12:00 pm & 3:45 - 6:30 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 - 4:30 pm

Storytale Ballets

This family event features two original ballets... Alice and Wonderland and Hanna and Gretyl. Both of these short ballets will delight all ages!

Call 508.430.4303, if you would like one of these shows to come to your school!


This past summer, RHSB had their first performance of this comedic ballet!  Our talented dancers joined professional dancer Marko Micov, soloist from Ballet San Antonio to create a memorable beautiful dance event!


We are currently enrolling students for our 2018/2019 school year.  We begin our Fall season on Saturday September 8th. Please call the studio and we will be happy to help you decide on the best class for your child.

Birthday Parties!

Reaching Heart is a magical place for a party.  We include a one hour dance class( ballet, jazz or hip hop) and an age appropriate craft!  You provide the food, we help you set up and clean up!  Call for dates and more information!

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