Annie DuLong Close is the owner and director of Center Stage Dance Studio. She has over twenty years of dance teaching experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Movement Education from Boston University, where she graduated a member of Phi Lambda Theta (national honor society for educators). In addition to teaching dance, Annie has been certified as a Group Fitness and Yoga Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), a Pilates Mat Instructor through the Physical Mind Institute, and a Personal Trainer through the International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Her performance resume includes five seasons as a New England Patriots Cheerleader, including performances with Ricky Martin at the America Bowl in Mexico City, Mexico, performance and promotional appearances at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, LA, as well as NEPC Show Troupe performances for the U.S. Military in Fort Hood, TX and Eglin Air Force Base in FL. Annie has been awarded multiple Line Captain Awards while on the Cheerleaders and had the honor of being named "Best Dancer/Performer" during her Rookie season as a NEPC.
Annie has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to teach all over the country, including at her alma mater Boston University, perform and choreograph pieces for Boston Celtics home games, teach at the American College Dance Festival (ACDF), and choreograph numerous Regional and National award-winning competition and pageant routines. Her dancers have performed all over New England, including at Spooky World, Canobie Lake Park and at the MLS Championship Halftime Show alongside Christina Aguilera in Foxboro, MA. In addition to training dancers, she has also coached and choreographed for the Nationally ranked BU Terriers cheerleading team. Annie has trained at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and performed at Harrah’s Casino Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ and the Hilton Hotel in New York City, NY, amongst others. When Annie isn’t teaching dance at CSDS, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their children.