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  Teaching Artists  
  (Alphabetical by first name)


Adrienne Hawkins (Modern, Jazz, Blues - MJB) (617) 304-2347 | received her BA in Education from Arizona State and was awarded a full scholarship for her MFA in Dance at Connecticut College. She is Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company and Co-Artistic Director of Bass-Line Motion.

She has been on the faculty of, or visiting artist at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of the Arts, Mt. Holyoke, University of Massachusetts both Amherst and Boston campuses, Harvard University, American Repertory Theater Institute (A.R.T.), Stonehill College, Rhode Island College, Dean College, Denison University, The Joy of Movement Center, The Dance Complex, Boston Ballet, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, The Dance Inn, The Dancing Arts Center, Codman Academy Charter School and others. She presently teaches at Rhode Island College, Harvard University and A.R.T.

While in graduate school at Connecticut College she assisted Daniel Nagrin for five years at the American Dance Festival, at Connecticut College and Duke University. Ms. Hawkins then taught Jazz Styles and Jazz at ADF for three years, two in North Carolina and one in Tokyo Japan. Ms. Hawkins has taught on numerous occasions at The Harvard Summer Festival, Northwest Florida Summer Festival, Yantra Summer Festival, Dancing Arts Summer Festival, Citi-Center Summer Festival, Sankofa Dance Project, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and others.

Adrienne is a sought after teacher and has taught extensively throughout the world in such places as Iceland, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, France, Holland and Japan. She has toured her one woman shows, “A Day in the Night” and “Reality Check” beat to fit, paint to match, for a number of years to such places as Denmark, Ireland and Iceland. She was a Massachusetts Choreography Fellowship recipient numerous times and has choreographed over 100 pieces, for companies, studios and working Dancers. Besides the pieces created for Impulse Dance Company and Bass-Line Motion she has also choreographed for the Icelandic Ballet, Ballet Plus, Portland Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, and Bosoma Dance Co. She has choreographed Rock Musicals, Commercials, and Music Videos and has worked in Trade Show productions. She is proud to have been an opening act for such notables as Miles Davis, Al Green, and danced with Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Revue.

In addition to her artistic work she has a number of organizational positions, Artistic Director of the Joy of Movement Center for thirteen year, which she opened a branch in New York with Dennis Wayne & Dancers Inc. Impulse Dance “The Studio” which was opened in the heart of Boston for over ten years. She was an adjudicator for the Presidential Arts and Talent Search, on the Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island State Cultural Councils. She has served on the board of Directors of McCormick Center for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Art, The Piano Guild, The Boston Dance Alliance, and The Brookline Community Center for the Arts.


Aicha "Astou" Sagna (African) has been dancing for twenty-five years. During this time, she worked with the African Ballet of Senegal and the National Ballet of Senegal.


Alioune “Pape” N’Diaye (African) | 575-513-7273 | A multi-talented artist from Dakar, Senegal, Alioune “Pape” N’Diaye ( is a seasoned performer (song, dance, and percussion), instructor, and choreographer in Djembe, Kutiro, Sabar, Modern, and African contemporary dance forms. He has been a member of numerous acclaimed Senegalese traditional and contemporary dance companies, including the National Ballet of Senegal, Cinquihme Dimension, Ballet Sinomew, Forêt Sacrée, and Manhattan Dance School. Pape N'Diaye is also a former lead dancer for Jant-Bi where he choreographed pieces for the award winning FAGAALA, Jant-Bi’s most recently toured production. In the United States he has choreographed and performed with the Kinodance Company, Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, and the Harvard University Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, to name a few. He is the lead singer and founder of the Mbalax Music Band, Doomou Africa, and the director of the recently acclaimed African Dance Company, Les Enfants du Soleil - African Dance Theater. This company is made up of dynamic artists and musicians from various West African countries and the United States. In addition to singing and directing Les Enfants du Soleil - African Dance Theater, Pape N'Diaye is the founder of the Ndaje School of African Arts, Inc. which hosts the Annual Ndaje Festival of African Music and Dance, the largest African dance and drum celebration in Boston! Pape currently teaches a weekly beginning African Dance class at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.


Andy Taylor-Blenis. Modern.Andy Taylor (Modern) - started dancing with her parents in International Folk Dance at age 0. Her early Creative Movement experiences were with Ruth Wheeler, co-founder of Dance Collective, and with Ann Brown-Allen. After receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she came to Boston and danced with Danny Sloane Dance, Paradigm Dance, Concert Dance Company, Dance Collective, Micki Taylor-Pinney, Dawn Kramer, Miguel Lopez, Milton Myers, Julie Ince-Thompson, ACE Entertainment, and danced with Prometheus Dance Company for 19 years. She performs in Across the Ages in choreography in works by Joan Green and Erika Scwartz .

She has taught International Dance through the Folk Arts Center of New England, Modern and Jazz Dance at Northwestern and Northeastern Universities, Harvard, Emerson, Boston University, Boston Conservatory and the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Andy is the artistic director of Mladost Folk Dance Ensemble and the RSCDS Demonstration Team, Wheaton College Dance Co and Back Pocket Dancers. She loves teaching school residencies thru Mass Movement, Young Audiences and Revels Inc. She teaches nationally at dance festivals as a guest teacher. Andy is a certified teacher in Simonson Technique and Autism Movement Dance Therapy. Dance is a musical, satisfying, overwhelming, strengthening, challenging, freeing discipline that applies to and enhances each day of our lives. Enjoy!

To contact Andy, call: 617-875-7426 or email:

Anna Myer (Ballet) received scholarships from American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and a Ford Foundation Scholarship from the School of American Ballet. Since 1978, she has performed with various companies in the Boston area such as Boston Ballet, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company and Copley Square Ballet, as well as directing her own company, "Anna Myer and Dancers" in contemporary works. Myer also directs the Cambridge School of Ballet.

AnnaLinda Marcus (Argentine Tango) is an improvisational social dance that changes lives, and AnaLinda fell under it’s spell 6 years ago. Through Tango she discovered the exacting improvisational connection to partner dance and musical interpretation she had been seeking. She dances an authentic Argentine Tango both playful and elegant, with great physical dynamism, and she teaches with clarity and joy.

Social dance has been the connective tissue of her life since age 12. After dancing Jazz and Hip-hop in her 20’s, she renewed her childhood involvement with Latin social dance in her 30’s and studied Salsa and Mambo intensively with Cha cha, Bolero, Cumbia, Bachata interspersed. She continues to dance these, but Salsa is her second dance home and has influenced her Tango style. Early on a student of Tai Chi and still studying Yoga, her method of movement in the Tango utilizes these dynamic forms through concepts of stretch and release, and weight and counterweight. Her dancing utilizes exchanges of place, and has been described as both sinuous and tensile in quality.

AnaLinda has taught classes on social issues for more than 20 years and dance for 4 years, initially as an assistant to Sharna Fabiano of the Boston Tango School. For the last 3 years she has led her own group and private classes. She is a member of the faculty at the Brookline Community Center for the Arts, and at the Dance Complex. She has traveled extensively to pursue Tango passion throughout North America, and to Buenos Aires several times. She has performed extensively in the region.


Carl Alleyne (Hip-hop) Carl has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 20 years. A native Bostonian, he has spent his time performing, teaching, and choreographing in different parts of the country at many venues. As a performer, he has performed in front of thousands of people, sharing the stage with artists such as Gladys Knight, the late Ray Charles, the O-jays, Fabolous, SPEECH of Arrested Development, Sir Elton John, Neill Young and others. He did a West Coast tour with his 3 time Boston Music Award Winning R & B Band Eye2Eye. He performed at Symphony Hall at Hillary Clinton's event where the Goo Goo Dolls were also special guests. His latest works include choreography and movement coaching for Ashtonthe new feature film “ Furry Vengeance ” starring Brendan Fraser, Brook Shields and Ken Jeong, directed by Roger Kumble, feature film “ Knight and Day ” starring Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruz where he was the role of one of the groomsmen, the taping of MTV ’ s Made as a dance instructor to an aspiring rapper, Hasbro ’ s Clue Game board as the character Mr. Green, and choreography and movement coaching for YouTube ’ s number one R & B Group, recording artists Ahmir.

Carl spent a few years in New York City working with his Talent Agency that he started, TTE Talent Agency. TTE represented choreographers and dancers who worked with projects and with artists such as Michael Jackson, Destiny ’ s Child, Chris Brown, The Rolling Stones, Don Omar, Coke Commercials, Bombay Dreams National Tour, In the Heights on Broadway, and the list goes on.

Carl brings personality, style, and knowledge to the table. God has blessed him to make great impact on the entertainment industry.

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Ashton “Stackz” Lites (Youth Hip-Hop) is a native of Boston and has been dancing for about 6 years. Ashton’s professional dance career sprouted soon after joining Side Street, in which he co-leads now, with Russell Ferguson (Season 6 winner of “So You Think You Can Dance). He is a krumper and uses this free, expressive style of dance to mentor to youth in and around the inner city. Ashton explored the more classical styles of dance first through the Reach Program at Boston University, then brought under the wing of Melissa Kelly Clark at the Dance Studio of Braintree/ Braintree Ballet Company, through which he transitioned into Dean College where he currently studies as a Dance Major, working toward his BA in Dance. His performance credits includes: The Reach program tour (performing for over 1500 children), Melrose Youth Ballet Company’s Nutcracker, One Night Only hosted at the Strand Theater in Boston, Kelly Peters “Darkness” performed at Dean college and in Martha Vineyard at the Agricultural Fair, performances for Boston City Lights, Afro-Haitian with Frantz Louizia, Dance Showcase at Dean College and Boston University, Dean Colleges production of “The Producers” where Ashton was featured as an actor/singer/ dancer in the ensemble, and a variety of different shows including freelance community based performances. Ashton Lites has also recently been Chanel.featured in artist Rashid Johnson’s short film “Black Yoga” which has been showcased in his gallery nationally and internationally. Lites has a lot of teaching experience, teaching classes, workshops, and master classes around and out side of the Boston area. These places include: Boston City Lights, Beat Connextions in Saugus, Artist for Humanity, The dance Shop, Encore Dance academy, and many other places even out of state. Ashton Lites plans to continue to work towards his BA in Dance, work closely with Russell Ferguson on SideStreet, and he also plans to introduce the world to his movement and company called “One Tribe” (Coming soon!). We are proud to have him on the BMDS team!

Chanel "Ms. 5678" (Dance Hall Workout) Miss5678 aka Chanel Currently a Head Dance Coach for NDA High School. Featured Dancer for the "Gimme 5 NH/VT/ME Lottery, and CT Lottery commercials. Choreographer for the #1 Xbox/Kinect dance video game, Dance Central 1, 2, & 3. Miss5678 has had the opportunity to perform with Jordan Knight, Eminem, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson and Liza Minnelli to name a few. She is also one of Boston's top Dance Crews Unyted Stylez. Keep an eye out for Ms. 5678 as she continues to make her splash on the New England, New york Scene and abroad!

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Chris Suharlim - Sassy Hip Hop.Chris Suharlim (Sassy Hip Hop) has been dancing since 2007 to upbeat pop and k-pop music from amazing artists such as Britney, Lady Gaga, 2ne1, or Girls Generation. He is a physician and public health practitioner who enjoys dancing to shake the stress away. “It’s my way to stay sane!” said Chris. Since 2011, he has been teaching dance as a cardio class at multiple fitness centers in Indonesia. He is currently a researcher and course instructor at Harvard School of Public Health, and an avid Sassy Hip Hop dance instructor for HSPH Dance Club, Dance Complex, and private dance groups.

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Christina Harrington - TAP.Christina Harrington (Tap) Christina started dancing late in the game compared to most children—she was 9 years old! She studied tap, jazz, and ballet at the Paula Coffey Dance Center in East Bridgewater, MA from 1987-1995. Tap was always her favorite, under teacher “Miss Denise” DaSilva. From 1996-1999, she was a member of the dance troupe Orchesis at Elmira College, led by Mia Filippetti. In 2000, Christina was an assistant tap choreographer for the Elmira College summer theatre program, under lead choreographer and Broadway performer Nedra Dixon. Breaking from dance to focus on her career in Arts Administration, Christina was away from the studio until 2009 when KSA Dance was formed in Chelmsford, MA. Since then, she has been tapping with KSA as both a student (under Katie Alexander and Amy McCarthy) and as an instructor. Currently, she teaches at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA, where she offers Level 1 and Level 2 adult tap classes.


DeAnna Pellecchia. Contemporary Dance.DeAnna Pellecchia (Contemporary) has been recognized as one of Boston's "finest artists". Over the past 15 years she has established herself as one of the Commonwealth's most prominent dance-makers, creating and performing over a hundred critically acclaimed works which have toured locally, nationally and internationally. Her work as an artist is built around the empowering experience of creating movement, sharing stories, building connections, and using the body as an instrument of beauty and expression. She is committed to making powerful works of performance art that engage, inspire and transform audience and performers alike. As a trained dancer, choreographer, and aerialist DeAnna has been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, books, movies and music videos; and magazines/publications including STUFF Magazine, Dance Magazine, Contact Quarterly, Backstage Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald, among others. She has performed at venues throughout the United States including The Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., The Los Angeles Convention Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. She has also toured throughout India, performing and teaching in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore at venues including the National School of Drama, Abhinaya Theater, and Alliance Francaise.

As the Co-Artistic Director of KAIROS Dance Theater DeAnna works collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, composers, and costume and set designers to create emotionally powerful performance experiences. She uses rich, visual imagery to craft performance pieces for the stage, site-specific landscapes and non-traditional public spaces that take audience on a visceral journey. She has created performances with Grammy-nominated musicians Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce, NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard, award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson, legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater, world renown visual artist Michael Dowling, filmmakers Gary Shore and Christian DeRezendes, set and lighting designer Lynda Rieman, digital media artist Alison Kotin, and installation artist John Cira. Her work has been presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Charles Playhouse / Broadway Across America, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston CyberArts / Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Provincetown Dance Festival, ARTBEAT & DANCING IN THE STREETS / Somerville Arts Council, HATCH Presenting Series/NYC, and its invitation-only follow-up series HATCHED, Six Degrees of Separation at University Settlement/NYC, National Convention of Artists & Innovators/Cue Ball Capital Inc., Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Day, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Critical Moves Performance Series, Outside Art Collective, Braver, P.C., Betty Riaz / STIL, The Huntington Theater, Boston University, Tufts University, Roger Williams University, The Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius, The Order of The Artists, Nave Gallery, The Cloud Foundation, URBANO Project, Medicine Wheel Productions, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios.

Ms. Pellecchia received a B.A. in Dance / Performance with a dual minor in Business Management and Latin from Roger Williams University. She has been a principal dancer with Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works since 2000. DeAnna has taught at institutions and organizations including Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts College of Art, Concord Academy, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and India's National School of Drama and the University of Calicut, among others. DeAnna currently resides on dance faculty at Boston University (since 2002) where she teaches Jazz Technique and Aerial Dance. She also teaches body-conditioning for professional and pre-professional dancers at Boston Ballet. Fore more information visit and

Dennis Goldsmith (Tae Kwon Do, Cardio Kickboxing) holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. He is a fifth degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and provides both private and group lessons in Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Self Defense Skills. Dennis is certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American council on Exercise, the American Institute of Fitness Educators, and has an Advanced Personal Training Certificate from the International Sports Medicine Association. In addition, he was part of the Reebok University's Personal Training Program. Dennis is also certified to teach Aerobics, Kickboxing and Muscle Conditioning classes through AFFA, Cardio Athletic Kick Box, and Martial Arts Training, and teaches Heartsaver classes in First Aid, CPR and AED. Dennis teaches group exercise classes and provides personal training sessions throughout the Boston and Greater Boston Area including the Sports Club/LA and Boston Sports Clubs. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors of The Dance Complex.

Mestre Deraldo Ferreira is Founder and Artistic Director of The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England, one of three Brazilian Cultural Points in the US, designated by then Brazilian Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. A Mestre (official master) of Capoeira, Mestre Deraldo brings a 35-year tenure in Capoeira, Samba drumming and dancing, musical composition, and choreography. He is among the first to bring the Capoeira art form and Afro-Brazilian Samba dance and percussion to North America.

Mestre Deraldo began studying Capoeira at the age of 14. He founded the Academy of Capoeira in his hometown of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, and he became a certified Mestre of Capoeira in 1984. Mr. Ferreira studied Capoeira Angola with Grand Mestre João Pequeno, student of Grand Mestre Pastinha, the “father and protector of capoeira” from an early age in Brazil. Grand Mestre João Pequeno graduated Mr. Ferreira as a Master of Capoeira Angola (the traditional form of Capoeira) in 2004. Mestre Deraldo also studied for many years under Grand Mestre João Grande, and considers him one of his greatest inspirations in Capoeira Angola.

The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England is home to Mestre Deraldo Ferreira's School of Capoeira Angola as well as to his Samba dance and Afro-Brazilian percussion classes. Mestre Deraldo has founded Capoeira schools in Montreal, Canada, in Sardinia, Italy, and Santos - Sao Paulo, Brazil. over the past 30 years has taught regular classes and workshops at Amherst College, Brown University, Hampshire College, MIT, Smith College, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College.

Mr. Ferreira has been a featured music and dance soloist with Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos, since its inception in 2000. In the 1990’s, he founded Boston’s premiere Brazilian music and dance troupe Samba Tremeterra, which put on exhilarating shows around New England over the course of 15 years. As a long-time performer with Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Mr. Ferreira regularly presented educational shows on Afro-Brazilian history and culture at schools throughout the state.

Mr. Ferreira recently went back to Brazil for four years (2011-2015). He lived in the Porto Seguro area of Southern Bahia, and taught Capoeira Angola to children of the Pataxó Indigenous tribe and other local communities.

Dicki Johnson Macy - Duncan Dance.Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, M.Ed., L.M.H.C., lineage holder in the Art/Technique of Isadora Duncan and director of the “Boston Children’s Foundation” is the creator and founder of Rainbowdance . A tireless and dedicated pioneer in the field of trauma focused stabilization and resiliency programs for young children and their communities, she is also the co-founder of the acute trauma response and intervention, CBI. For the past 25 years, in her career as a dance therapist, she has created international healing rituals for children isolated by developmental and neurological disorders and exposure to conflict and natural disaster.


Eve Costarelli - Youth Flamenco.Eve Costarelli (Youth Flamenco and Tap) Eve "Eva Lorca" Costarelli has been teaching flamenco, tap and yoga in the Greater Boston community for the past eighteen years. Through her exploration of flamenco technique and its connection to the yoga body, her dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Eve Costarelli is the founder and Artistic Director of the AdamAnt Eve Dancers a youth flamenco dance troupe. Ms. Costarelli is a member of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, with her program, The Birth of Flamenco and travels to schools (K-12) bringing both her love and knowledge of flamenco all over the state. Eve performs with the Boston Arts Consort. She is also founder and creator of Yoga-Snacks, an in-school yoga program, is on the Massachusetts State Teaching Roster and is a certified yoga instructor.


Harrison Blum. Nectar.Harrison Blum (Nectar) has been leading mindfulness-based improvisational dance jams since 2006. He has offered his two-hour Dharma Jam at universities including Harvard, Northeastern, and MIT, and has taught half-day workshops at Buddhist centers including the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, and The Interdependence Project. Harrison has danced in performances at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Somerville’s Artbeat Festival, and Earthdance. For his day-job, Harrison works as the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life & Campus Chaplain at Emerson College. He has a Master of Education from Lesley University’s Creative Arts in Learning program, a Master of Divinity focused on Buddhist ministry from Harvard Divinity School, and is a Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition.

Contact Harrison: 617-308-2683 or

Honey Blonder teaches Jazz/Funk at the Dance Complex.Honey Blonder (Jazz/Funk) started dancing in New York City at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute where she studied dance, theatre and voice. Her choreography in the independent film Dance by Design screened at the National Film Theatre, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema; the Ivy Film Festival at Brown University and the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia. Honey choreographed and danced in New York and Boston with performance art / recording artists "Countess" created by Cynthia Von Buhler. She received a Boston Music Award nomination for Best Live Act. Honey is the choreographer of her dance company "Disco Brats" and their performances include the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, The Cutting Room (NYC), Berklee College of Music, Hynes Convention Center, Paradise Rock Club and the Middle East Rock Club. Honey created the holiday dance show "12 Dancers Dancing...A Christmas in Cambridge" and produces the event at the Dance Complex each December. Honey currently teaches dance at the Dance Complex in Cambridge and for Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Honey has also taught at Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, MIT, Boston Center for Adult Education, and Green Street Studios.


Jean Josue Appolon - Haitian and Modern Dance.Jean Josue Appolon (Haitian Dance & Modern Technique)

In addition to being the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn Williams Rousier Dance School, the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School. In addition to the companies and schools listed above, Appolon has also performed with Elma Lewis Productions (Black Nativity), Marlene Silva, North Star Ballet Company (Fairbanks, AL), Black Door Dance Company (Miami, FL), and the Atlantic City Ballet Company. Jean Appolon teaches regularly at Boston Ballet, The Gold School, Wellesley College, UMass Boston and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), among other locations. Beginning in 2006, Appolon conceived and has since directed a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers who do not have regular access to dance training. Appolon’s vision is to expand the summer course into a year-round dance program based in Port-au-Prince.

Appolon’s Boston-based Haitian Contemporary dance company has performed both at major venues such as Boston’s Paramount Theater and John Hancock Hall, as well as in city parks and community spaces in free performances accessible to the public. JAE also has performed at many schools and colleges, including Boston University, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Northeastern University and Wheaton College. JAE has been fortunate to share the stage with celebrities such as Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates and Edwidge Danticat, and to collaborate with community partners such as Central Square Theater. Mcebisi Xotyeni

Company Member (teaching 6/23/17-819/17):
Mcebisi Xotyeni, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He began dancing with the outreach program Dance For All, where he trained extensively in ballet, African, contemporary, and hip hop. He was awarded a full scholarship with Dance For All, and eventually began working for the professional dance company iKapa Dance Theatre. He has also worked with leading companies in South Africa such as: Cape Town City Ballet, Suede Productions, and Sibonelo Dance Project. He has performed for numerous festivals and has collaborated with international artists for performances and outreach projects. Mcebisi is now a company dancer with Jean Appolon Expressions, in Boston.

Since 2012, Jean Appolon has received funding support from Cambridge Arts Council, The Boston Foundation (ExpressingBoston), and many individual donors. Appolon received the 2013 Green Street Studios New Works Program Award. Also in 2013, Appolon was nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship (awarded by The Boston Foundation), and honored by The Art of Black Dance and Music. The Boston Globe ran a feature article on Appolon entitled “Dancing for Haiti” in June 2013. Appolon has been interviewed by Latitudes (broadcast nationally on NPR), WBUR, and World Vision Report. He has been the subject of two feature articles in The Boston Haitian Reporter, and has received significant media coverage in Port-au-Prince’s major radio, television and newspaper outlets, including three feature articles in Le Nouvelliste, Haiti’s most important newspaper. Jean Appolon has been endorsed by E. Denise Simmons, Mayor of the City of Cambridge, for his positive contributions to the Cambridge community. Jean Appolon is a member of The International Association of Blacks in Dance and The Boston Dance Alliance.

Jenny Oliver. Modern.Jenny Oliver (Modern) has spent the past decade navigating a dance career in performance, teaching and research. Her experiences with Dance have shaped her into a compassionate artist who is always investigating and looking for more, more to learn and more to give back.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate with a BA degree in Dance from Dean College and having received the Excellence in Achievement Award from the School at Jacob’s Pillow, Jenny has used her years of extensive training in Ballet, Modern (specifically Horton), Jazz, Tap (specifically Hoofin') and Haitian Folkoric Dance, to create interesting choreographies and develop integrated teaching practices. She has trained at the Garth Fagan Summer Movement Institute and recently completed the Horton Pedagogy Program at the Alvin Ailey School in NY. She is currently on Faculty at Emerson College, Deborah Mason School of Dance, and The Dance Complex teaching Modern Dance. At Esh Circus Arts, she is teaching Dance for the Professional Preparatory Program and is a Guest Artist at Tufts University, teaching Haitian Folkloric Dance.

She worked as the Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Soloist for Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) from 2011-2014. Her work with them focused editing choreography, performing and communicating with the dancers of the company. JAE’s mission is to advance Haitian Cultural expression. From 2007-2011 she co- choreographed and danced with the Boston Tap Company (BTC), collaborating with Sean C Fielder (of the National Tour “Noise Funk”). Her role as the Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer, allowed her to create thought provoking and engaging dance works that furthered the BTC's mission of presenting dance as people-positive and artistically respectful expression. In 2009 she performed in Brenda Bufalino and Josh Hilberman's Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker production at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. From 2005-2007 she performed with Nailah Randall-Bellinger’s company Roots Uprising, in New England and Ohio. She has also worked with artists such as Tezz Yancey, Danny Swain and Adrienne Hawkins, Director of Impulse Dance Company.

Over the past few years Jenny has begun to focus on her own Artistic statements and the creation of her repertoire. Her mission is to create compelling artistic choreography that relate to people of color in the African Diaspora and tell stories based on the development of her Caribbean-based research of Art &Culture. She has worked in Residence at the MultiCultural Arts Center with Brigette Dunn Korpela, Director of B.Dunn Movement; in Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts with Lane Gifford, Director of LaneCo. Arts; in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art as well as the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Reggie Wilson, Director of Fist & Heel Performance Group. Fall 2016, she is beginning a collective dance group called Modern Connections Collective who will perform her original works.

Jenny also has a passion for youth and community. She worked with the Alvin Ailey Summer Camp Boston in 2008 + 2009 and Boston Ballet’s Education & Community Initiatives Department (ECI) in 2013 + 2014. Both organizations provide programming in Boston’s inner city schools. Her choreography has been set on the dancers of the Cambridge Youth Dance Program, Franklin School for the Performing Arts’ Electric Youth Touring Company (Europe) and her adult Rep Class held at the Dance Complex in Cambridge. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Jenny has adjudicated for various dance competitions within Massachusetts and continues to be involved in her Alma Mater in varying capacities including; Panel Discussions, Choreography and Career Planning Initiatives.

Jenny is a sought after teacher whose expertise and successful focus on student development has brought her into many studios and organizations throughout Massachusetts, including Dance Master’s of America and Greater Brockton Dance Teacher’s Association. Her students have gone on to institutions such as Joffrey Ballet School, Pace University, Elon University, George Mason University, Penn State, Oklahoma City University, Skidmore College and the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive to name a few.

She began training and performing with Haitian Folkloric Dance Troupe, ArcEnCiel, under the direction of Marlene Edouard in 2005. Over the next 7 years, she learned a tremendous amount about the many dances, traditional of Haitian Culture. In 2013, her passion for teaching and her desire to learn took her abroad to teach in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti where she was on faculty with JAE Summer Dance Institute. An article was written about her time working for JAE’s Program and can be read here ( Inspired by her ability to connect with people through the dance, Jenny returned to Haiti in the fall of 2014 to continue her independent teachings expanding beyond Port-Au-Prince to Petionville where she was a guest artist working with, Compaigne de Danse Jean Rene-Desolin. In the summer of 2015 she helped establish the dance studio, Art Locus Studio in Delmas. As she continues to pursue meaningful work in the arts the International Dance Council CID, headquarter in Paris, France has recognized her efforts. This prestigious organization has been established since 1973 and is acknowledged in 40 countries worldwide.

“For me, dance is everything. It has given me a career in which I can integrate self-expression with a disciplined lifestyle. I find that dance, despite its technical demands, is infinitely emotional. I feel most happy when I’m dancing -- performing in theaters, traveling, teaching dance technique and motivating young people. My hope is that one day, dance will be viewed as a vital source of communication and a highly focused and fulfilling way of life."

Jody Weber, Modern.Dr. Jody Weber (Intermediate Modern Technique) received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1988. She was deeply influenced by teachers Sarah Stackhouse, Kevin Wynn, and Mel Wong. In 1992 she received an MA from American University focusing on dance history. At American University she was a recipient of a full teaching fellowship. In addition to teaching and graduate school studies, she continued to participate in the professional community through the works of Debra Riley and Beth Davis. In 2005 she completed her doctorate in dance history at Boston University

Her company, Weber Dance, has been presented through numerous local outlets and has provided residencies in Juneau, Alaska for the past seven years. In addition, they have performed at The Dance Place in Washington DC, Spoke of the Hub in Brooklyn, Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, and with Yow Dance in Florida, toured Western Montana and British Columbia, and are set to tour western Colorado in Spring 2014. In the 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 seasons, Dr. Weber received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Somerville Arts Council to support her choreography. She is also a two-season recipient of residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, a recipient of the Boston Dance Alliance Retreat and Residency Award, and most recently a resident at the Boston Center for the Arts.

In addition to performing and choreographing, Ms Weber has an avid interest in dance history. She presented her original research as a selected speaker at the Dance History Scholars Conference held at the New York Public Library in 1993. Her work as a dance historian and guest speaker was also funded through the Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College. In June 0f 2001, she worked on the Boston Dance History Survey with Ruth Benson-Levin through the Boston Dance Alliance. This project established the foundation to build an archive on local dance history. Her first book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, was published in 2009 through Cambria Press.

Dr. Weber has worked as part time faculty at Stonehill College, Bates College, Emerson College, Salem State University and The College of the Holy Cross. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State College where she teaches courses in modern technique, repertory, history, choreography and pedagogy.

Johara Cusick (Middle Eastern BellyDance)

Johara has been sharing the art of belly dance in the Boston area for over 15 years. She has performed her innovative blend of Middle Eastern cabaret, folkloric, and American fusion dance in Turkey, Greece, Brazil and across the United States. Johara is known for her musicality, fiery drum solos, and sensual veil-work.

As the artistic director of Snake Dance Theater, Johara has produced full scale theatrical shows since 2001. She draws on her knowledge and training in yoga, multiple dance forms (i.e. west African, Afro-Latin, Romani, Hip-Hop), and extensive studies in Middle Eastern and fusion dance with some of the world's finest teachers (Morocco, Mahmoud Reda, Yousry Sharif, Yasmina Ramzy, and Suhaila Salinpour). She holds a masters degree in ESL Teaching, a certification in yoga instruction, a degree in Jazz vocals, and training in world percussion. Her teaching style is simple and clear. She fosters a fun and supportive classroom atmosphere where everyone, no matter what age, gender, size or shape, is welcome. More about Johara: Join Johara Boston and her “Belly dance classes with Johara" page on facebook to share choreography notes, student photos, and more.

"Joh" Sidi Mohamed Camara (African Dance) Sidi Mohamed Camara, popularly known as " Joh, " was born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa. Surrounded by great artists and musicians as a child, Joh started traditional dance and drumming at the age of five. On his father's side, he comes from the Camara ancestry that ruled in Mande Society. However, he mastered the art of music and dance from his mother, Fanta Kamissoko, a well-known Jali. Jalis, also known as Griots, are highly venerated in their traditional society as skilled oral historians who are singers, storytellers, musicians, advisors, and mediators. Joh has participated in and founded a wide variety of traditional dance companies in his career, completing tours throughout West Africa. Under his guidance as Chief Choreographer, Troupe Mande and Troupe Sewa became among the most renowned and competitive troupes in the world of West African dance and drumming. Since relocating to the US in 1995, Joh has taught at: Brown, Princeton, Brandeis, University of Pennsylvania, Berklee School of Music, Washington University, Olympia (Washington State), and Boston Public Schools (elementary, middle, and high). Nationally, Sidi has presented at various museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. In addition to holding weekly classes in Boston and touring the United States, Canada, and France, Joh currently teaches at various community centers and instructs a semester dance and drumming class at Boston University and Harvard University. Through his willingness to share at national conferences, community workshops, and academic engagements, Sidi continues to enhance cross-cultural exchange and make a positive imprint on the fabric of cultural arts and education in America.

Johnny Giraldo (Salsa): Director, Performer, Choreographer Salsa y Control Dance Company, Boston, MA. Johnny Giraldo has been dancing for as long as he can remember and has been teaching Salsa locally in the Boston area and nationally since the year 1998. He dancing career started with Colombian folk dance group BAJUCOL performing traditional dances form his native Colombia. In 2003, he founded Salsa y Control Dance Company alongside his wife and brother. With Salsa y Control, Johnny has has had the pleasure and privilege of teaching and performing with Salsa y Control at some of the most prestigious events and congress around the country in places such as Boston, New York, L.A, Miami, Texas, Utah, San Francisco, Washington, and many other major US cities, as well as in Mexico and Colombia. His passion for salsa is expressed equally though his performances, teachings, or while he’s social dancing. He believes strongly in connecting with the music and most importantly with your partner. The love for what he does and the experience he has obtained throughout the years has placed him as one of the top instructors/performers out of Boston.

José Barretto (Rueda) has danced and taught RUEDA since 2002 when he and others started Boston Rueda. He has participated in and taught workshops at numerous national and international Rueda Congresses in Europe and the USA. Here in Boston, he has organized the international Rueda Festival Boston, an annual event that has introduces new Social Rueda Structures, innovations in the original Rueda de Casino of 1950’s Cuba and 1990’s Miami styles. In addition, José is one of the founders of the international Rueda Alliance, a professional association of Rueda teachers. He is one of the coordinators of the RuedX events held at various cities in Canada and the USA.

Crimson Kicks Youth Martial Arts is a martial arts program specifically designed for children ages 3 to 6, founded and run by Harvard undergraduate and 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo,  Julia Pian. Juliaa teach and compete with the Harvard Taekwondo Team, have successfully competed regionally and globally, and are certified martial arts instructors. Entering my third year, I teach elements of Taekwondo and several other martial arts through fun games and intense drills, with skills-focused progress checks in every class. Classes strive to improve Crimson Kicks kids’ coordination and fitness, focus and respect, flexibility and agility, and confidence and discipline, all while having a lot of fun and learning proper martial arts techniques. At the end of the term, Crimson Kicks kids will test for new belts, break boards, and show off their skills!

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Julianne Corey. Nia.Julianne Corey (Nia) is a Nia Black Belt and a Nia Faculty Trainer. She holds the MFA in Creative Writing, 200 hour certification in Elemental Yoga and has studied Yin Yoga with Josh Summers and Yoga Therapeutics with Bo Forbes. Julianne teaches movement and writing for Lesley University. Her passion is to hold the space for transformation through the celebration of body, mind and spirit!

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Kelly Silfies (Salsa) is a non-Latino female with a Latin soul. Her inner Latina emerged six years ago, when she discovered salsa while living in Chicago. She has studied salsa with Colombian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and French instructors and has been teaching Puerto Rican style salsa for four years. Her motto is to enjoy the salsa experience - feel the music, feel the connection to your partner, relax, and have fun!

Kirsta Sendziak - Ballet.Kirsta Sendziak (Ballet) began her dance training in Buffalo, NY with Clare Fetto of The Festival School of Ballet and Elaine Gardner of Pick of the Crop Dance. Kirsta attended Hampshire College, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Psychology. In Boston, she has trained with Anna Myer, Rebecca Rice, Marcus Schulkind, and Wanda Strukus, and has performed works by Marcus Schulkind, Kelly Donovan and Dancers, Rozann Kraus, Josie Bray, and Wanda Strukus. Along with ballet and modern dance classes, Kirsta takes tango with William Chen at the New England Tango Academy. She also teaches ballet at the Brookline Center for Adult Education.

The School of Classical Ballet was founded in 1985 by Anna Myer and Patricia Adelmann. For 25 years, the school has provided students with classical ballet training and helped to develop student appreciation for dance as an art form. In 2009, under the direction of Ariella Amshalem and Kirsta Sendziak additional dance forms were incorporated into The School of Classical Ballet curricula. Currently, Kirsta continues to provide students the quality instruction upon which the school was founded. The School of Classical Ballet is technique-based. Performances are all-inclusive opportunities for students to showcase their technique as well as their love of dance while gaining experience performing for an audience of family and friends.

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Lamine Touré (African) Amadou Lamine Touré comes from a long line of griots, a caste of musicians and oral historians among the Wolof people of Senegal. Born into a family of griot percussionists, masters of the sabar drum, Lamine has been drumming and dancing since the age of four. Growing up in Kaolack, he received his early training as part of his family's drum troupe, performing regularly at weddings, baptisms, and neighborhood dance parties. In 2001, Tour é relocated to the U.S. to pursue his solo musical career and has continued to teach and choreograph sabar dance. Since Fall 2002, Lamine Tour é has been serving as Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senegalese drumming ensemble, Rambax MIT. He also teaches sabar dance at Suffolk University. In May 2005, he co-wrote a pioneering composition with Evan Ziporyn entitled Sabar Gong for sabar drums and Balinese gamelan, which was premiered at the MIT Presidential Inauguration of Susan Hockfield. He continues to teach sabar drumming and dance classes in the Boston area, with ongoing dance classes at the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England and at Springstep in Medford, MA. He also conducts workshops and lecture-demonstrations at local schools and universities.

Leslie Salmon Jones, Afro Flow Yoga.Leslie Salmon Jones, Afro Flow Yoga® founder, enjoys a career working with clients, students, diverse populations, and community organizations to help develop mastery over their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-beings. Since dancing at the age of seven, Leslie has been living her dreams as a professional dancer, certified holistic personal trainer, yoga instructor, certified wellness coach, and public speaker. She completed her BA in interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and dance at SUNY, NYC and has had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga and spirituality. It was through her intensive dance training at the Alvin Ailey School in New York that Leslie was first introduced to yoga, and nearly twenty years later, she remains dedicated to her yoga practice. It was the connection with African spirituality, yogic principals, the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements and a transformational journey throughout Africa and the Caribbean, that inspired Leslie to create Afro Flow Yoga® in 2008. Along with her husband Jeff Jones multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director and co-founder, they currently offer AFY weekly classes, monthly workshops and teacher trainings in Boston and New York. AFY workshops and retreats are also offered at The Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Festivals, Colleges and Universities, and at studios worldwide including Hawaii, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Canada. Afro Flow Yoga® has been featured in Yoga Journal, Black Enterprise, Exhale Magazines, “Better Living with Liz Walker,” NBC and ABC news. Leslie and Jeff co-produced two wellness DVDs:“Core Strength: Back to Basics” and “Core Power: Radiate the Energy Within”, available on line and at local Whole Foods stores in Boston. Leslie also teaches weekly Core Strength & Core Power classes in Boston along with her Living From Your Core™ program. To learn more please visit,


Lisa Simon - Jazz & Stretch.Lisa Simon (Jazz, Stretch) has been a professional dancer/choreographer for over 30 years and a stretch and personal trainer for over 20 years. She has taught and performed in a variety of dance styles for many colleges and universities, and performed with many local and European companies such as: The Opera Company of Boston, The Kamikazee Jitterbugs, San Germaine Follies European tour, Brazilian dance tours in Sicily, and TV and film. She has taught master classes for many companies and colleges throughout New England, New York, Italy, France and Germany and has taught many couples how to be fabulous dancers for their weddings.

Liz Lapuh (Ballet) is the Artistic Director of the Cambridge Chamber Ballet. She has taught ballet classes in the Boston area for more than ten years and is currently teaching at The Boston Conservatory, North Atlantic Ballet Studio, and at the Dance Complex. She has performed in the Boston Area as well as in Virginia, Florida and the south of France with such companies as the Virginia State Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Boston and the North Atlantic Ballet. Ms. Lapuh holds a BA in dance and an MFA in choreography from the Boston Conservatory. She currently heads the dance program at U-Mass Boston.

Lolli HoopsLolli Hoops (Hoops) has been on the fore front of the hooping scene in Boston since 2003! As a founding member of the Boston Hoop Troop she has helped build a community that embraces Hoop Dance. With fun, dynamic, and flirty performances Lolli Hoops has become a mainstay in the Boston vaudeville and cabaret scene. Lolli has taught hoop dance to hundreds of kids and adults throughout New England and beyond. Beyond teaching multiple Boston based classes weekly she has taught at regional festivals including: Hoop Convergence (NC) Hoop Fest NE (ME), Wildfire (CT), and Pittsfield City Hoopla (MA). Teacher, Performer, Movement Artist, Clothing Designer, Lolli Hoops has something in her bag of tricks that you want to experience!

Lolli Hoops is fully insured carrying both Performers Insurance and Dance Instructor Liability Insurance.


Mahala Beams teaches Modern Dance 55+ at the Dance Complex on the Wednesdays. Come join her!Mahala Beams (Modern 55+) holds an MA in musicology from Boston University and an MFA in dance from NYU. After having danced as a child at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in Scarsdale, New York, Mahala rediscovered dance at the age of 27 when she took a modern dance class for exercise as part of her strategy to quit smoking. Quickly becoming passionate about dance, she took a leave of absence from her job teaching music courses at Pine Manor College and headed for New York. There she attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, receiving an MFA in dance in 1977. After returning to her position at Pine Manor College, she taught modern dance and music courses there until her retirement in 2011, choreographing many musicals as well as dances for student and faculty performances. Now she is delighted to be teaching Modern Dance for dancers over 55 at the Dance Complex and to have the opportunity to share her joy in music and dance with others.

Margot Parsons. Ballet teacher at The Dance Complex.Margot Parsons (Ballet) trained in ballet and modern in Chicago and New York City; was invited to dance with Ballet Theater, Agnes de Mille, and Pearl Lang, and performed in New York City with many companies including the Ballet Ensemble of New York under the direction of Maggie Black who was her mentor and coach, Yuriko, the City Center Production of “The King and I;” and performed in Boston with Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble. She has taught ballet at numerous schools in New York City and Boston and currently teaches ballet at Boston University, Boston College, The Dance Complex, taught for thirteen years at Harvard University, and is a substitute teacher in many schools including Boston Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Boston, and New England Movement Arts. In addition to choreographing for her own company, DanceVisions, Inc. that is now in its 35th year, she has had her work performed in numerous theaters in New York City and Boston and most recently has set her work on BalletNY, Boston Ballet II, Across the Ages Dance, Wellesley College Dance Company, Harvard Ballet Company, and students at Boston University. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MA with honors from the University of Utah.

Salsa Matei Dance CompanyMatei Livianu and Hirlley Livianu (Salsa) The Salsa Matei Dance School was founded in 2008 by Matei Livianu in order to bring a unique style of instruction to Boston dancers. While many studios teach mainly patterns, we focus on all four fundamentals of salsa in our classes: steps -- where you put your feet, rhythm -- keeping time with the music, style -- body isolation and improvisation, and partnering -- feeling your partner without having to see them. We teach you what to do with your body and arms, show you how to do it, and explain why you do it. By varying the focus throughout the class, we keep it fun and interesting while providing you with the tools to become a great dancer.

Our Instructors

Matei Livianu. Salsa at the Dance Complex.Matei Livianu (pronounced 'mah-tay')

Matei started dancing ballroom in 2000 in Los Angeles with the Clarement Colleges Ballroom Dance Company. Competing in International Latin events around the country, he and his partner won the Collegiate Open Paso Doble Championship, and with the tour team, the Collegiate Formation Team Championship in 2003. Inspired by the salsa scene, he spent many evenings learning and dancing in the Los Angeles area clubs. Since 2004, he has been teaching salsa, cha-cha, bachata, and merengue, starting in Los Angeles, then Atlanta, and now Boston. In 2006, he co-founded the Salsa Club at Georgia Tech and, together with a stellar group of dedicated volunteers, built a thriving campus organization, complete with weekly classes, salsa socials with live music, and a performance group, for which he helped choreograph a 6-couple salsa routine. Over the years, he has taught many new dancers not only dance steps, but to move with rhythm and style that grabs attention on the dance floor. Matei's genuine interest in the improvement of his students' skills has contributed greatly the evolution of his own skills as a dancer, performer, and teacher.

Hirley Livianu - Salsa at the Dance Complex.Hirlley Livianu (pronounced 'ear-lay')

Born and raised in the Amazon, Brazil, Hirlley started dancing at the age of twelve at the Academia Plena Forma (Community Dance School Center), where she studied jazz, modern and national folkloric dance. In the year 2003, Hirlley joined the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England, located in Boston, USA, where she works both as a performer and choreographer. Later, Hirlley also joined Afro Brazil group, where she has taught and performed Brazilian national folkloric dances. In 2008, she founded the Samba Braza Dance Group, a company that disseminates Brazilian folkloric and contemporary dances. After moving to Boston Hirlley has learned Salsa on 1 and on 2 and continues to perfect her dance skills by taking salsa classes in Minneapolis and New York City. Hirlley teaches salsa, L.A. style, and is one of the principal dancers for Samba Tremeterra from Boston. Hirlley's creative choreographic approach for teaching includes a mixture of modern latin, traditional samba, contemporary samba from Rio and Bahia, salsa, bachata and merengue. As co-Director, Hirlley helped to propel SMDC from a small dance school into a dance company serving hundreds of students per month.

Bryn Burke (pronouned 'Brin')

Bryn began dancing salsa and bachata in 2011 with Salsa Matei Dance Company at the age of 22. In 2012 she started performing on the SMDC Student Salsa Team and the Diva's Ladies Styling Team; she later trained with and performed on both their bachata and advanced salsa teams. Bryn has continuously reinforced her strength as both an on 1 and on 2 dancer through private lessons, practice, group classes, and social dancing. Since 2013, Bryn has been teaching LA-style salsa, bachata, merengue, and body movement & styling.

Mayuri Bhandari. BOLLYX at the Dance Complex.Mayuri Bhandari (BOLLYX) is the founder and President of MOKSHA, a non-profit that teaches dance movement to blind, deaf, and mentally challenged children in India. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a major in Dance Performance and minor in South Asian Studies, and is a certified fitness professional. She has taught Bollywood cardio classes to over 150 students at a time, is trained in dance styles from all over the world, has been casted for a lead role with Cirque Du Soleil, and is a national figure skating Visit our website.champion of India. In addition she was one of the finalists on the show JustDance (Indian version of SYTYCD) and has worked with several Bollywood directors andchoreographers.

Molly Wheat - Ballet.Molly Wheat (Ballet) has been teaching ballet in the Boston area since 2000. Her early training in ballet was with Carol Jordan, Jill Silverman, Christiane Clark and José Mateo. In 1992, she joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge and danced in the company for 15 years, performing featured roles in original, neo-classical ballets as well as the full-length ballets Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. In her 14 years of teaching ballet to all ages and levels, Molly has brought together her training under José Mateo and her own study of ballet as both an athletic pursuit and an art form. She has taught at schools including, José Mateo Ballet Theatre, The Dance Inn, LaPierre School of Dance, Harvard Dance Department, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and The Boston Conservatory. Molly provides performance opportunities and workshops through the Ballet with Molly programming and performs her original choreography with her multi-generational, amateur dance group the Molly Wheat Dance Ensemble.

In her own words: “I'm Molly Wheat. I fell in love with ballet while growing up in Boston in the 1980s and I joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 1992. I danced in the company for many years, performing in neo-classical works as well as traditional full-length ballets. My limited facility for the lines and turn-out of ballet motivated me to explore how to succeed without the 'perfect ballet body'. Now I'm grateful things didn't come easily, I'm a better teacher for it. As soon as I started teaching in 2000, I knew it was my calling to share my love of ballet in a fun and nurturing environment. In my classes I boil ballet down to is most basic ingredients and explain it in a logical way. Using both the traditional French terminology and the English translations, I teach a safe and understandable approach to ballet. I work closely with a pianist to create unique, choreographed combinations that let everyone dance! I'm lucky to be able to give the gift of ballet to the enthusiastic and talented community of dancers in the greater Boston area!”



  Norie MOzzone. Nia.Norie Mozzone (Nia) stepped into her first Nia class thirteen years ago and was overjoyed at discovering a movement practice that invited her to choose the sensation of pleasure. In that time, Norie crafted a new relationship with her body and felt like she came home. She chose to bring this practice and possibility to every body by stepping in as a teacher in 2014. A Brown Belt Nia instructor, Norie creates a welcoming space for all people to move their bodies and express themselves. Her classes offer a community for play and precision, focus and freedom, sweat and spirit, relaxation and renewal.  

Olivier Besson (Movement Improvisation Jam & Contact Improv) is a improvisational movement artist who hails from France and is based in Boston (USA). From 1980 until the early 90's, Olivier studied contact improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson and Andrew Harwood, and improvisation with Daniel Lepkoff and Julyen Hamilton. During that time, he also trained and performed Bugaku (Japanese court dance) with Arawana Hayashi. Most notably, Olivier's work has been presented: in the US - at Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), New York Improvisation festival, Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Boston Dance Umbrella, Florida Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington DC), Radford University (Virginia) & internationally - at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), Die Pratze (Tokyo, Japan), Art of Movement Festival (Yaroslav, Russia), Studio 303 (Montreal, Canada) and with Cie Vertige (Nice, France). He has collaborated with many individuals including Chris Aiken, Lisa Schmidt (formerly of Trisha Brown co.), Debra Bluth, Liz Roncka, Min Shen Ku, Pamela Newell (formerly of Marie Chouinard co.), Toshiko Oiwa (formerly of Bill T. Jones co. and Angelin Preljocaj co.) and musicians Mike Vargas, Peter Jones, Jane Wang and Grant Smith. Locally, he has guest danced for Dawn Kramer, Micki Taylor Pinney and Diane Noya. His current and upcoming performance projects involve collaborations with musician/composer Mike Vargas in Paris, Emmanuelle Pepin in Nice and Jane Shockley in Minneapolis. The Boston Conservatory senior class will perform under his direction, Nov 15-18th. Olivier is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory (dance division) and teaches regularly at Canal Danse (Paris) and the French national circus school (C.N.A.C). He has been on faculty at Emerson College, Boston University and Bates Dance Festival. He has taught residencies at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), the Centre Choregraphique de Danse/ Daniel Larieu (Tours, France), the University of Minnesota, and Radford University (Virginia) among other places. His current and upcoming performance projects involve collaborations with Liz Roncka in Boston, musician/composer Mike Vargas in Paris, Emmanuelle Pepin in Nice and Jane Shockley in Minneapolis.


Paa Seck Diery - West African Dance.Yeumougor “Paa” Seck Diery (West African Dance) Paa Seck Diery was born into a West African griot family in Kaolack, Senegal. He grew up performing with his father’s music troupe, Vieux Group Diery. As a young boy, Paa opened many shows as a solo drummer and dancer. He also played drums and danced in the troupe, providing music for traditional Senegalese events (weddings, baby showers, and parties), as well as performing regularly in clubs in the Sene-Gambia region. He has toured and performed in Europe, Japan, United States, and many countries in Africa. Paa teaches the Senegalese dances and rhythms called Sabar. As a dance teacher, he is recognized for his thorough knowledge of both traditional and contemporary Sabar stylings. Paa teaches and dances with focus, clarity and vibrancy. He is a master dancer and drummer, and is able to make the beauty of Sabar accessible to all of his students through his patient and clear teaching.


Pamela Worth. Bhangra.Boston Bhangra is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural understanding and mentorship for youths through a common thread: Bhangra. Bhangra has taken on many definitions in thepast decade, and has a strong part in many individual’s lives for many different reasons. Our goal is to harness this positive energy, to give back to the community and grow as individuals andas a larger group. We have been committed to this ideal since 2000 when we were formed. Through the years we have grown with many different individuals being part of our Boston Bhangrafamily, including community members, and students of all ages from all over New England.

Pamela Worth (Bhangra) A longtime dancer, Pamela fell in love with Bhangra in 2009 when she joined MIT Summer Bhangra and performed at the Hatchshell for Indian Independence Day. She took a dance hiatus to earn her masters and taught several sections of English literature at UMass Boston while also tutoring fellow graduate students. After graduation, she rekindled that love in 2015, taking weekly classes at the Dance Complex and joining Boston Bhangra that year. Since then, she’s performed for hundreds of people at the House of Blues, Somerville’s Ignite festival, Dance Complex festivals and even on YouTube with Boston Bhangra and Taylor Maurand’s Dil Punjabi. She’s assisted Boston Bhangra with choreography, helped lead classes, and continues to learn more about South Asian music and dance.

Pamela has additional experience with West African dance, tap, and jazz. A regularly practicing yogi for more than ten years, she’s also been a substitute yoga instructor**** and occasional aerobic dancer. She loves teaching and Bhangra and is excited to combine them both at the Dance Complex!

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Papa Sy (West African Dance) is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from Senegal, and the principal member of Mussukeba Sane West African Ballet. After professional dance training in Senegal’s national dance academies, Papa Sy joined Germain Acogny’s Écoles des Sables and Jant-Bi dance company. Working there opened Papa Sy’s artistic spirit, and he founded the Pasytef Ballet Theatre de Dalifort dance company in Dakar and the Pasy Dance School from a passion for sharing his knowledge with young dancers and contributing to their artistic education.

Rachel Werkman Samba and Afro-Brazilian at the Dance Complex.Rachel Werkman (Samba and Afro-Brazilian) discovered samba in 2001 and her life was changed forever. Prior to that, Rachel had dabbled in other dance styles and practiced yoga. Samba brought dance to the forefront, together with a new-found love of Brazil which she has nurtured for over 15 years with annual travel, language study and integration into the vibrant local Brazilian community.

Rachel has been teaching samba since 2003, first at the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England. She performed with the Center’s percussion group, Samba Tremeterra, for over ten years. She currently acts as the Dance Director for SambaViva, Boston’s premiere Brazilian dance and music ensemble. She also leads cultural tours to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.

For Rachel, the joy of samba and other Brazilian rhythms inspires and energizes every day. Her objective in class is to create a welcoming, non-competitive and fun environment that allows students to experience the uplifting and energetic culture of Brazil through dance.

Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theater. Flamenco.Ramon de los Reyes (Flamenco)

Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theater; Comprised of maestro Ramón de Los Reyes and his sons, visiting artists Isaac de Los Reyes and Nino de Los Reyes, the Ramón de Los Reyes Spanish Dance Company is committed to providing rigorous and comprehensive training in flamenco dance and culture. The unique styles of these three artists complement each other, allowing for a multifaceted experience of this beautiful, complex and ever-evolving art.

Ramon de los Reyes. Flamenco.Ramón de los Reyes: Born and raised in Madrid, master dancer/choreographer/teacher Ramón de los Reyes has been a leading figure in flamenco in the US and internationally for 40 years. Performing professionally since the age of 13, Ramón toured Europe and North, Central, and South America appearing with Reyes-Soler Dance Company, Alba/Reyes Spanish Dance Company (both of which he co-founded) and as soloist with Ximenez-Vargas Spanish Dance Company and the Pilar Lopez Dance Company. He has performed at the White House and at the Olympic Games in Mexico, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Merv Griffin Show, and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Digital, Polaroid, and Honeywell-Bull, and his artistic contributions have been recognized by Jacob’s Pillow and the State of Massachusetts. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Ramón de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre, Inc., New England’s only fully professional Spanish dance company, which he founded in 1976. He has taught locally at the Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Walnut Hill School, Boston Ballet, and has held classes at The Dance Complex since its founding in 1991 (and also at the Joy of Movement, which occupied the Odd Fellows building previous to the Dance Complex). Ramón de los Reyes brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to his teaching, and is passionately committed to his students’ development both technically and artistically. He is very pleased that his sons Isaac and Nino are joining him to teach at the Dance Complex as part of the Spanish Dance Theater.

Isaac de los ReyesIsaac de los Reyes is a dancer, choreographer and actor based in Madrid. The son of master dancer/teachers Ramón de los Reyes and Clara Ramona, he was dancing flamenco as soon as he could walk, and began intensive training in flamenco and ballet as a young child at the legendary flamenco dance school Amor de Dios in Madrid. Acknowledged as one of the finest young dancers of his generation, he has performed worldwide as a soloist with the companies of renowned flamenco artists Manolete, El Guito, Joaquin Grilo, Carmen Cortes, Gerardo Nunéz, Ramon el Portugues, Antonio Canales, Enrique Morente, and Ballet Español De Clara Ramona, and danced the role of “The Husband” with Ballet Antonio Gades in their celebrated production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding”. Isaac is known for his fiery, emotionally expressive dance, exquisite footwork, and complex rhythms, and he seamlessly mixes flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance, creating an elegant but raw style that is both highly personal and deeply rooted in tradition. An experienced teacher with a broad knowledge of all aspects of flamenco, Isaac has taught classes and workshops worldwide to dancers at all levels of experience. Isaac and his brother Nino are thrilled to be following in their Nino de los Reyes. Flamenco.father’s steps teaching at The Dance Complex as part of the Ramón de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theater. Watch videos: Isaac por bulerias and Isaac at Tablao Cardamomo.

Nino de los Reyes’ first memories are of his parents rehearsing in a studio at Boston’s now defunct Piano Factory, and he was performing professionally by age 3. The son of master dancers/teachers Ramón de los Reyes and Clara Ramona, he began intensive training in flamenco and ballet as a young child at the legendary flamenco dance school Amor de Dios in Madrid. Nino is a rising star in the world of contemporary flamenco, and has performed worldwide as a soloist with the companies of renowned flamenco artists. He also appeared in the film “Vertiges” by Tony Gatlif, director of “Latcho Drom”. In 2010, Nino garnered three awards, best solo choreography, best original music, and most promising young flamenco choreographer, for his show "Origen" at the prestigious “Certamen de coreografia de Danza Española y Flamenco” one of the most important competitions for young choreographers in Spain, held annually in Madrid.
Nino’s style is rooted in flamenco but he is known for his vast musicality, which includes rhythmic influences from many other genres. His unique sense of and mastery of rhythm has led to invitations to work with, among others, Latin Grammy Award winners Juan Jose Suarez "Paquete", bass player for legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia, world-renowned flutist Jorge Pardo, and legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon. He collaborates regularly on recordings with recognized producers such as Javier Limon. His latest show, “Inside”, will be touring the States in 2016. An experienced teacher with a broad knowledge of all aspects of flamenco, Nino has taught classes and workshops worldwide to dancers at all levels of experience. Nino and his brother Isaac are thrilled to be following in their father’s steps teaching at The Dance Complex as part of the Ramón de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theater. Please view video of his show “Origen”, Promo for "Inside", video of Nino teaching.

Randi Henry teaches Samba and Afro-Brazilian dance at the Dance Complex.Randi Henry (Samba and Afro-Brazilian) discovered her passion for Brazilian music, dance and culture while studying at Tufts University and has been performing and teaching for 10 years. She has worked with many local talents within Boston’s Brazilian community and has trained in New York, Paris and Brazil. While living in Ohio Randi was dance director and featured dancer for the Aquarela do Mundo Samba School in Cleveland. After relocating to Boston, Randi performed as a featured dancer for the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England and the Samba Tremeterra Dance and Percussion Ensemble for several years. As part of the BCCNE, Randi developed her skills as a choreographer, teacher and costume designer.

Currently, Randi is a performer and dance instructor for SambaViva, New England's premier Brazilian dance and music ensemble. Her goal is to teach students freedom of expression and movement through authentic Afro-Brazilian dance.

Roseann Ridings (Ballet) danced with the Boston Ballet and the Copley Square Ballet. She was the director of the Cambridge Ballet Center and has taught at the Cambridge School of Ballet and Marie Paquette's Classical Ballet School.


Sam Clark and Julia Pian teach Martial Arts.Crimson Kicks Youth Martial Arts is a martial arts program specifically designed for children ages 3 to 6, founded and run by Harvard undergraduates and 3rd degree black belts in Taekwondo, Sam Clark and Julia Pian. Both of our instructors teach and compete with the Harvard Taekwondo Team, have successfully competed regionally and globally, and are certified martial arts instructors, with a combined 9 years of experience teaching and 20 years training. Entering our second year, we teach elements of Taekwondo and several other martial arts through fun games and intense drills, with skills-focused progress checks in every class. Our classes strive to improve Crimson Kicks kids’ coordination and fitness, focus and respect, flexibility and agility, and confidence and discipline, all while having a lot of fun and learning proper martial arts techniques. At the end of the term, Crimson Kicks kids will test for new belts, break boards, and show off their skills!

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Sean Bjerke - House Dance.Sean Bjerke (House Dance) is a house dance teacher based in Boston, MA. Before dancing, Sean began as a TaeKwon Do student in 1991. His martial arts training would later inspire him to pursue performance dance at Tufts University in 2001, and join his first professional dance company, Unyted Stylz (US), in 2006. In US, Sean was introduced to the foundations of many street dances, including hiphop, popping, locking, house, bboying and krump. He eventually engrossed himself in house dance, and sought instruction from the older generation of house pioneers to deepen his understanding of the style. Sean has been fortunate to learn from many elite house dancers who have heavily influenced his movement and teaching style. Notable influences include Caleaf Sellars, Cebo Carr, Tony McGregor, Edson Gonzaga Brian Green, Jardy Santiago, and Boston's Steven Garcia and Sammy Savuth.

Today, Sean is a co-artistic director and choreographer for CONcept ARTists, an award-winning Boston dance company specializing in urban choreography. Since 2006, Sean has also led hiphop and house dance classes at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio from 2010-2017 and taught at numerous workshops, universities and conventions. Also a producer, Sean was first introduced to stage production in college as a director of the Tufts Dance Collective. He'd later hone his production skills by co-producing 5 stage shows for Unyted Stylz Productions 2006-2012, and 2 CONcentrate on the ARTistry showcases in 2016 and 2017. He also helped attract Locking creator, Don "Campbellock" Campbell to Boston for the Beantown Lockers' 2016 Vaudeville Funk locking festival, the first locking event of any kind in Boston since the early 1980s.

In addition to bolstering his dance education and network around the US, Sean still trains his first love, TaeKwon Do. In 2015, Sean became a TKD Master by obtaining his 4th Dan Black Belt.

Sela Bailey - Tap.Sela Bailey (Tap) has been tapping for as long as she can remember - growing up she wouldn't buy a pair of shoes without testing out whether she could tap in them. While at Smith College she studied in the Five College Dance Department, performing with the Celebrations Dance Company and the U-Mass University Dancers. She was a founding member of the Terpsichore Ensemble in Amherst, MA and taught tap classes in Amherst and Northampton, MA. Since moving to Boston after pursuing her Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, she has returned to the studio, studying with and assisting Maureen Cosgrove. She is excited about carrying on the tradition of Boston Tap, established by Maureen in 1976, and looking forward to teaching the Level 1 and Level 2 tap classes at the Dance Complex. Contact Information:

Seydou Coulibaly - African Dance.Seydou Coulibaly (African) is one of Mali's leading choreographers and dancers. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning TROUPE KOUMME DIOSSE. In America, Seydou teaches at Brown University, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Babemba USA. The Music School, Roger Williams Middle School, and privately in Boston and Connecticut.

Sharon Montella - Hip-Hop.Sharon Montella (Hip-Hop) holds an M.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory, where she wrote her thesis in Hip Hop. She has choreographed on members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for The Moses Project, a Justin Timberlake promotional at Macy’s in Boston, hip hop and contemporary dance choreographies for HATCH Presenting Series at Jennifer Muller Works in NYC and hundreds of student works. She has performed at Citi Center, Joyce Soho and Pearl Studios in NY, and a U.S. tour with Michael Mao. In Boston and New York, she danced for Kelley Donovan, Impulse Dance, Boston Dance Company and Michael Mao. In addition to her extensive ballet and hip hop dance training, Sharon is a 5th degree black belt in White Dragon Fist Kung Fu and a certified yoga instructor. Inspired by her studies at Broadway Dance Center in NY and Millenium Dance Complex in L.A., Sharon enjoys sharing her passion for movement and dance with her students, breaking down her hip hop routines so all can follow, enjoy and work up a great sweat! Her company, Dangerous Brood, grew out of her class at the Dance Complex and gives her students the opportunity to shine in performance.


Yosi Karahashi (Flamenco)

Japanese-born Yosi Karahashi traveled to Spain to fulfill her dream of studying flamenco. She ended up staying for 16 years, studying at the legendary flamenco school Amor de Dios in Madrid, Spain with renowned artists like Merche Esmeralda, Manuel Reyes, Inmaculada Ortega, among others. She has performed as a member of various flamenco companies and also as a soloist at festivals and various tablaos in Spain, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, France, Cyprus, Canada and the United States. Contact information: or visit our web site

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