Faculty & Staff

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      Marc Arentsen, Dean, Palladino School of Dance and School of the Arts

      Marc M. Arentsen is the Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts. He is a master teacher, consultant, and artistic leader whose teaching expertise includes ballet technique, dance history, dance composition and choreography, arts administration, and artistic direction. 

      As a dancer, designer, and prolific dance maker, he has appeared in, produced and collaborated on numerous acclaimed dance and theatre works in Asia, Europe and North America. Originally from The Netherlands, Mr. Arentsen studied dance at the conservatories of Arnhem and Tilburg before earning his BFA in Ballet Performance at Friends University and his MFA in Theatre Arts and Dance at The University of Arizona. He has corporate experience in the tech world and is also proficient in four languages. Recognized for his vision and excellence in teaching in higher education, Mr. Arentsen previously was the Founding Chair of Dance at Belhaven University and the Founding Artistic Director of Polarity Dance Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.

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      Joan Phelps Palladino

      Adjunct Instructor in Dance – Dance Research, Dean Emerita

      Joan Palladino

      Joanie, the Founder of the Dean College School of Dance, is currently a Professor and Dean Emeritus.

      Her B.S. degree, her undergraduate and graduate studies at Jacob’s Pillow and throughout Europe and her service to state and national dance organizations prepared her to build dance curriculums.

      She established the Associate in Arts degree in dance in 1980 and the Bachelor of Arts degree in dance in 2000.
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      Luciano Aimar

      Adjunct Instructor in Dance – Creative Movement for Children

      Luciano was born in Italy and started studying ballet at age nine. He had a very rewarding career as ballet dancer dancing in the major theatres around the world.  After that he started teaching ballet and modern dance. Additionally, Luciano developed and instructed dance therapy programs working with children and adults with disabilities. 

      In 2015 he joined the Boston Ballet School where he holds the position of Head of Children's Program Curriculum. He has extended experience in teaching Creative Movement and Ballet to children age 3 months to 7 years old. 

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      Melissa Amershek

      Adjunct Instructor in Dance – Tap

      Melissa Amershek is a graduate from Rutgers University receiving a BA in Dance.  Melissa has been listed as one of the "Top 50 Choreographers to Watch" by Dance Spirit/Teacher Magazine. Her notable performing experience includes: backup dancer for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, New England Patriots Cheerleader and Disney World.  Currently, Melissa has had the continued honor of choreographing the opening act for the Radio City Rockettes.
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      James T. Beauregard

      Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Technical Director

      Jim Beauregard (Director/Fight Choreographer) is Associate Professor and Technical Director for The School of Arts and The School of Dance at Dean College, Franklin, MA.  Jim has served

      on the Executive Board for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has also served as the Artistic Director for The Medieval Manor Theatre in Boston, Ma. Jim is entering his 23rd year at Dean College where he continues to create as a Director and choreographer, both on the boards and behind the scenes for Dean College and theatres throughout the region.
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      Kristina Berger

      Assistant Professor of Dance – Modern

      Kristina Berger is a world-class dancer, choreographer, and teacher of the Horton and Hawkins techniques, both of which she teaches as Assistant Professor at Dean College. Kristina has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in positions ranging from current status as principal dancer with The Erick Hawkins Dance Company to first female and Westerner to perform virtuoso solo "Hanuman The Monkey King" in Bali, exclusive soloist of original Lester Horton works, and dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Kristina has danced with Molissa Fenley & Dancers, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Washington Opera Ballet and SWATT. She has been on dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, Steps, Peridance, The Joffrey School of Ballet, and continues to teach, create, and perform globally.

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      Jamie Brege

      Adjunct Instructor in Dance – Ballet, Modern

      Jamie Brege is a Boston-based educator, choreographer, and performer, and is full-time faculty at Boston Ballet School. She is a native of Grand Rapids, MI where she began her ballet training under direction of Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Purchase College SUNY and a MA in Dance Education from New York University.
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      Allison "Ali" Kenner Brodsky

      An adjunct instructor in dance at Dean College, Ali received her Bachelor of Arts in dance and psychology from Skidmore College.

      She is certified in Pilates and has taken workshops with Irene Dowd for a decade. Her choreography has been shown at venues such as the JoyceSoHo, Judson Church, Skidmore College, SWEAT (NJ) and Dance New Amsterdam.

      Ali is a guest choreographer at Providence College, an adjunct dance faculty at Salve Regina University and a dancer with LostWax dance company of Providence, RI. Ali teaches modern technique.
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      Kimberly Calore-Sedlak

      Adjunct Instructor in Dance – Jazz

      Kimberly Calore-Sedlak is thrilled to join the Dean Faculty after having an extensive career as a performer/choreographer for the Radio City Rockettes as well as on the Broadway stage, regional/international tours, and numerous TV/films.  In addition, she was on faculty at NYC’s Broadway Dance Center, Steps On Broadway, New Dance Group and served as a national spokesperson for New York Offstage, Madison Square Garden’s Cheering For Children, and Career Transitions For Dancers.  Kimberly’s passion is now passing down her knowledge and experience to aspiring dancers of tomorrow within the higher education community, the private sector, and national organizations.

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      Taylor Cocco

      Adjunct Instructor in Dance – Jazz

      Taylor Cocco is a Dean College graduate where she earned her degree in the Arts as a Dance major and is thrilled to now be a faculty member. She is a member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and Dance Masters of New England and was an animation performer for Cirque du Soleil: Totem at the Boston location. In addition to that, Taylor was a dance demonstrator for Radio Disney where she was highlighted in videos sent to all Radio Disney broadcast stations. 

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