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Jennifer Faulkner

Artistic Director, Dance Teacher

Jennifer has a B.A. in dance from The University of Akron and is Pilates certified. She has also studied dance at The University of North Carolina. She attended New York University’s Summer Dance Program, where she had the opportunity to study with with Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, and Doug Varone. She has worked with Boston Ballet’s Citydance program, and has been teaching in the Boston area since 1998. She has performed with The Choreographer’s Group in Cambridge, MA and continues to stay active in the dance community. She has attended teaching seminars in Boston, MA and Las Vegas, NV.

Rebecca Corsetti  

Acrobatics & Dance Teacher

Rebecca began dancing at the young age of 18 months in a baby boogie class in her small town of Monson, MA at Kate’s Dance Company Plus. Rebecca studied jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, acro, contemporary and pointe. Having grown with this studio since it opened, Rebecca soon became part of the faculty there and began assistant teaching in the 7th grade and this is when her passion for teaching began. Rebecca also has some experience with theatre, and performed in a few musicals and shows in her hometown. Growing up and always wanting to be on the stage either at recitals or competition, she decided to take her education further and gained a BFA in Commercial Dance at Pace University in New York City. There she gained even more knowledge of dance & teaching, and also fell in love with aerial arts.

Laura Cotreau

Zumba Teacher

Laura started dancing at the age of four and  attended Broadway Dance Academy for 12 years. She also danced competitively at a Titan All-Stars in Enfield, CT.  Laura was also a cheerleader in high school on both the varsity football and basketball teams.  Laura went on to cheerlead for her college football and basketball teams at Westfield State University. Laura found Zumba four years ago and fell in love with the rhythms and received her Zumba certification. She enjoys teaching Zumba and is happy to be able to share her love of it with her students.

Renee Zuccola

Dance Teacher

Renee is from Boston, MA where her extensive dance training began. Before joining the Movement Center Dance Studio, Renee lived in Los Angeles and managed her two passions in life. First dancing professionally for Disneyland Resorts & Parks and also teaching.

Prior to receiving her BFA in Dance from Arizona State University, she was a Company Performer for Boston Youth Moves, where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Repertory, & Voice. Renee also attended Boston Conservatory Summer Intensive Programs. Renee has also lived in NYC where she had the opportunity to attend Peridance Capezio Center programs, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and many programs including the Paul Taylor Dance Company intensive and classes at Alvin Ailey. In Renee’s earlier years of dance she also won many awards while competing.

Jackie Grady

Dance Teacher

Jackie was educated and trained at The Boston Conservatory of Music. She competed regionally and nationally in dance for 10 years. Also, she has studied acrobatics and gymnastics. Jackie has been teaching for over 15 years, and formerly owned and operated her own studio’s in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Danny Guzman

Dance Teacher

Danny was introduced to dancing and music since birth. He comes from a family that plays instruments and values these arts as part of their culture. He was introduced to break dancing(aka b-boying) in 1998 and has been an enthusiastic dancer and competitor ever since. He recently won the 1st place title at “The Breaks”, New York’s biggest and toughest break dancing competition. He has taught several workshops and helped out with summer programs in Fitchburg and Leominster. Danny’s positive attitude and passion for this specific art of hip hop dance is clear when you see him perform or teach.

Darnell “Snoopy” Brown

Dance Teacher

Darnell “Snoopy” Brown has been dancing since the age of fourteen. What started as just recreational freestyling with hip-hop movement quickly turned into a potential career that he would be extremely passionate about. Dance has always been a way for Snoopy to express his feelings while at the same time being an active channel for him to pass along positivity to whoever crosses his path. Darnell’s professional dance career started soon after his introduction to a newer dance style called “Krump” which gave him his foundation in dance.

Danielle Mullins

Dance Teacher

Danielle Mullins started dancing at the age of three under the direction of Jim Caisse and is trained in all dance discipline. Danielle has performed and competed throughout New England, in Bermuda, Epcot Disney, and aboard the Norwegian Majesty Cruise ship. She is a graduate of Fitchburg State College where she earned her Bachelors degree in Business Management, and she also studied at Franklin Pierce University for one year under a Dance major. Danielle obtained her Dance Teacher Certification through Dance Educators of America and continues to keep her skills current by attending various dance workshops. She also is certified to teach Zumba.

Vanessa Weyland-Smith

Dance Teacher

Vanessa Weyland-Smith’s long passion for dance has its roots in what dance is: the physical expression of emotion where words fail.
After a successful professional dance career in Australia, Japan, P&O and Princess Cruises, Vanessa turned her attention to teaching to give to children what dance gave to her: Confidence, Community and Commitment. In giving birth to her own children, Vanessa truly displayed her desire to have all of her students be a part of her family. There are hundreds of people around Australia who still recall ‘Miss Vanessa’ and her encouraging voice when faced with obstacles in their life.
Vanessa’ achievements in running three schools in three separate states and still managing to become an integral part of the local community is nothing compared to the warmth and passion she gave to many children. It is a testament to her skill, love and drive that she has been able to influence many future generations through something as innocuous as ‘step, point’.

Lisa Thibodeau

Dance Teacher

Lisa Thibodeau holds a Master’s degree in Dance Education from Lesley University. Additionally, Lisa has studied choreography with Garth Fagan in Brockport, NY. She has studied many forms of dance including Jazz, Modern, Creative Movement, African, Ballet, Contact Improvistation, and both International and American styles of Ballroom and Latin dancing. Lisa studied Ballroom with Kari Hyytienen and Ann Heiermann, and has had coaching from Jean-Marc Generoux and Edward Simon.Throughout her studies and career she has taught students ages 3 to adult with a variety of educational needs.

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