Sandra Simpson Philpott's mother opened her dance studio (Hazel Boone Dance Studio) in 1910 and taught for 44 years. Upon her death, Sandra took over the Studio and taught for 44 years, retiring in 1998. Sandra's daughter, Holly Costa, is now the director and 3 of her grandchildren study at the Studio in Canton, MA.
Sandra danced at the Hall in 1951.
Former Hazel Boone Studio students who became Rockettes are:
Mary Mongeau Bianco, Noreen Sheehan, Jereme Sheehan Goshorn, Jean Radzik Martin, Barbara DiMatteo Gasser, Joan Butterfield, Jeannette Haggerty Vaillancourt, Jackie Foley, Donna Sarantakes Meaney,Marilyn Gross Curran and Sandra, herself.
While Sandra believes she may be missing a couple of names, she's hoping if they read this they'll contact her. The Studio will be celebrating its 100th year in June 2010.