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Faculty and Staff

Below is a list of faculty and staff members at the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. Click on the drop-down menu below for more information. 

Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance

Marc Arentsen, Dean

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.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Dance Research, Dean Emerita

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.

Adjunct Instructor of 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.

Adjunct Instructor of 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.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet / Modern

Casey Harkness Andrade is a professional choreographer, educator, and performer. She received her B.A. in dance performance from Rhode Island College where she trained and studied with exceptional choreographers such as Clay Talifaro, Sean Curran, and Mark Taylor. In 2010, she became an adjudicator and choreographer for the Elite Dance Challenge regional and national competition. Currently Casey is the dance department director at Franklin School for the Performing Arts and the director of the FSPA Dance Company. She teaches a variety of classes in dance and musical theatre as well as creates and facilitates curriculum, placement of students, and performances for the school.

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.

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.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet / Modern

Amy Maria Burns graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University with a BFA in dance. She currently performs with American Dance Legacy Initiative’s repertory company, Dancing Legacy, Denizen Arts, Balliamo Dance Company and as a guest with Bill Evans Dance Company and is a former member of Fusionworks Dance Company, Sokolow Now and Danza Organica. In addition to Dean, she is currently on faculty at Brown University, Dancing Arts Center and Express Dance and is a Balanced Body certified Pilates instructor.

Adjunct Instructor of 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.

Certified Athletic Trainer

Amanda received her Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinios, and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic training from Northeastern University.

She has taught and assisted courses in human movement, sport injury, drug use and abuse, and therapeutic exercise, as well as served as the athletic trainer assistant for the University of Illinois modern dance company and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

Class Accompanist, Modern

A.F.A. in Jazz Studies, Community College of Rhode Island. Musical Director for Chance to Dance, also accompanist at Brown University, Providence College and Curry College.

Assistant Director of Advising/Success and Career Advisor

As the Assistant Director of Advising for the School of Dance and School of the Arts/Success & Career Advisor for the School of Dance Laura loves working with the dancers and helping them pursue their passion for the performing arts. Laura graduated from Dean College with a  Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2011 and decided to pursue a career in Higher Education. After completing her Master of Education from Boston University and working in the field Laura is happy to be back at her Alma Mater, combining her love of dance and higher education to work with the students in the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballroom

Michelle Montanez Fox is the owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Franklin, and regional trainer for Fred Astaire Dance Studios of New England. Michelle holds her B.F.A. in dance performance from the Hartt School and has been training professional ballroom dancers in the American Style for over 10 years. Michelle's performance experience ranges from being six-time New England Professional Open Rhythm champion, to being a featured duet at the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, to dancing with the cast of Dancing With the Stars on ABC.

Class Accompanist - Ballet and Musical Theatre

  

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet

Jeremy Ruth Howes is an award-winning choreographer, educator, dancer and freelance photographer. She holds an MFA from Goddard College and a BFA from The Hartt School, The University of Hartford and she currently is a principal dancer with Anna Myer and Dancers creating roles in Myer’s original choreography. This is her 10th year teaching at Dean College and she has choreographed 20 original ballets for Dean College’s Dance Company.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Modern

Sheramy Keegan-Turcotte holds an M.Sc. in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, a B.F.A. from Shenandoah Conservatory and an A.A. from Dean College.  She has taught and performed nationally and internationally for the past 15 years and is currently performing with Fusionworks Dance Company.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Modern

Hayley Kenney, a Florida native, holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University. She primarily works with Dancing Legacy, the performing and teaching ensemble of the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI). Working with ADLI fuels her enthusiasm for performance, dance history, and dance education. She believes in educating dancers not only to be performers, but to be dance patrons and advocates.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Jazz

Lindsey, originally from Boston, MA graduated with her BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has studied and performed with companies and artists such as Roni Koresh/Koresh Dance, Michael Susten and Company and Kim Bears-Bailey of Philadanco.

Assistant to the Dean

Tracy Lane is the Assistant to the Dean for the Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts.

She received her BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College where she also trained in musical theatre, dance and voice. Tracy has been a teacher of English, musical theater, acting and dance as well as a performer, director, choreographer, costumer and producer.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Modern and Dance Studies

Lindsay Caddle LaPointe is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, videographer and video editor.  She received her bachelor of arts degree in Dance/Performance from Roger Williams University and her masters degree in dance and technology from The Ohio State University’s department of dance.  Currently she is a dance company member in Public Displays of Motion with Peter DiMuro.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Modern

Margaret Leary is a recent graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, where she received her M.F.A. in Dance, under the mentorship of Dionne Noble and Elijah Gibson. As an independent performing artist, Margaret has performed regionally in the Houston and New England area, with a variety of artists such as Jaime Fruge, Elijah Gibson, Laura Harrell, Jennifer Mabus, Marcia Murdock, Andy and Dionne Noble, Candice Salyers, Erin Reck, and William Seigh.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Natalie Newman Locke, Adjunct Professor of Dance, comes to the greater Boston area after over 10 years of professional acting, dancing, and singing in NYC. Credits include regional, New York, and Off-Broadway contracts as well as leading roles in national and international tours. Additionally, she is currently the Director of Performing Arts at Montrose School in Medfield. She has a BFA in Music Theatre and a BA in Dance from Elon University, and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. 

Adjunct Intructor of Dance - Ballet

Cheryl Madeux received her ballet training from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has enjoyed a long professional career dancing for the Joffrey Ballet (NY), American Ballet Theatre and principal dancer for the Hartford Ballet under the direction of Kirk Peterson. Ms. Madeux is an examiner for the ABT National Training Curriculum as well as a summer faculty member for the ABT Young Dancers Program in NY. She is ballet director for the conservatory program at Franklin School for the Performing Arts and a guest teacher and coach for many ballet institutions throughout New England.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet / Modern

Dina Ternullo Melley holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. She has been on the faculty at Boston College, Regis College, Louisiana State University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is currently teaching at Festival Ballet Providence and is excited to be working with the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI).

Class Accompanist - Modern

Joseph Morin is a composer, performer, educator and founder of The Rhythm Room Enrichment Program, drummer for Diva’s with a Twist and Paris Cabaret as well as a freelance drummer.  He is a Grammy-nominated musician and has been featured in a recent TED Talk and is the recipient of many educational grants.  He has performed with Tony Award–winning actress Betty Buckley; Academy Award–winning actress Shirley Jones; Broadway/movie actor Michael Leon Wooley; jazz legend Charlie Mariano; Dr. Krishna Raghavendra (a virtuoso on the Veena) and opened for Rita Moreno and Ben Vereen.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet / Modern

Roshni Pecora is a 1994 graduate of Dean College. Upon graduation Roshni became principal dancer with the New England Civic Ballet Company, transitioning to the company's school director for over a decade in 2004. She continues to travel throughout the country teaching master classes for many organizations as well as serving as a coach to local ballet students preparing for international ballet competitions.

Class Accompanist - Ballet

Longtime musician for dance classes at Dean.  Attended Boston University, a graduate of SUNY Albany and North Bennet St. School. Current piano faculty at the Winchester Community Music School. 

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet / Modern

Jared Rivers is a dancer, choreographer and instructor who is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics and Lyrical but specializes in all styles of Hip Hop. Jared has trained with some of the best Choreographers in the dance industry and continues to do so at every opportunity. Most notably, Jared has choreographed routines that were showcased at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, as well as for the Beast Coast Hip Hop Competition and Impact Dance Competition. One of Jared's most visible accomplishments was appearing as a member of Draztik Crew during Season 5 of Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew show that aired on MTV. 

Class Accompanist - Ballet

Edward Rosser is a ballet pianist at Dean College and at the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, and is an accompanist for several area choruses. He has also recorded CDs for the Connoisseur Society label, with a recording of the Chopin Nocturnes to be released soon. He has a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Boston University.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Jazz

Rachel Rubin holds her B.A. in dance from Dean College. She is currently the owner and director of the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester and Westborough, MA. Rachel is also on the board of directors of Dance Masters of New England.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Ballet / Modern

Morgan Brown Sanborn is an Adjunct Dance Faculty. Sanborn is currently a member of City Ballet of Boston and has previously danced with Nevada Ballet, Teatrul Balet de Sibiu, and Portland Ballet  Company. She holds a BFA in dance from Point Park University and is certified in American Ballet Theater's National Training Curriculum Primary-Level 3 and Pilates Academy International Mat. 

Adjunct Instructor of Dance - Rhythmic Analysis

Mike Sartini is an adjunct instructor and percussion accompanist for tap and modern classes for School of Dance. He is teaches percussion lessons and is the program coordinator for the Applied Music program. He also serves as the music contractor for musicals in the School of the Arts.

Artist in Residence, Instructor of Dance - Tap and Jazz

Featured in Dance, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher magazines, Todd spent over a decade on the faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC and furthermore was guest faculty at The Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Dance New Amsterdam, The Dalton School and Bridge for Dance, to name a few. In addition to being a full-time faculty member of the School of Dance at Dean College, Todd teaches on tour with Manhattan Dance Project, Dance Educators of America and Headliners Conventions and as a guest at The Boston Ballet School. As the head of the Jazz and Tap programs at Dean, he travels to studios across the country to award Dean College dance scholarships to promising dancers. For information on Todd’s tour and convention schedule visit www.toddshanks.com.

Associate Professor of Dance - Ballet

Jill Silverman trained at Cambridge School of Ballet, teaches throughout New England and has been associated with Boston Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.  Jill has been an Associate Professor of Dance at the Palladino School of Dance for 29 years where she teaches ballet, pointe, Pedagogy and is Director of Dance Company.

Class Accompanist - Ballet

Alexandra Stern is a third generation professional musician, BM and MM in piano, composition and musicology. She is presently the Ballet pianist at the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College and South Shore Ballet Theatre, working with internationally recognized Ballet dancers and teachers.  Sasha is an active and sought after pianist on the music scene in Boston and New England area, playing solo, with Bands, accompany vocalists and instrumentalists.

Assistant Professor of Dance Studies

Stephen Ursprung is an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies at Dean College. Outside his work as an educator, Ursprung is a skilled arts administrator and serves on the staff of the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) and is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. He holds an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College and a B.A. in economics and Italian studies from Brown University.