Please click on a teacher's name to see their biography and class descriptions (where available)
Tommy Coye (Associate Managing Director)
SKooJ CorE-O (Sarah-Kay Jerome)
Peter "PJ" Navarro
Jeannette Neill (Founder and Artistic Director)
Brittany comes to the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio with ten years of professional experience as a dance educator, choreographer, and performer on both the east and west coasts. She received her early training from the Cathy Taylor School of Dance and went on to attain her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Dean College (2009). While attending school full-time, Brittany was a member and captain of the the WNBA Connecticut Sun "Solar Power Dance Team" for four consecutive seasons.
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Rachel Bertone is a recognized choreographer, director, performer and teacher in the Boston area. As an actor and dancer, she has performed with several theaters and companies such as Reagle Music Theatre, The Lyric Stage Company, Fiddlehead Theatre, The LAB, The Boston Ballet, Prometheus Dance, Ballet Rox, and Windhover Dance Company. As a choreographer, her credits include: My Fair Lady (Reagle Music Theatre), Joseph...Dreamcoat, West Side Story—IRNE Nomination for Best Choreography (Turtle Lane Playhouse), Big River—BroadwayWorld Winner for Best Choreography*, Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage), A Little Night Music* (Metro Stage), A New Brain, Lucky Stiff, Floyd Collins (Moonbox Productions) and Seussical Jr. (Boston Children's Theatre). Most recently, she choreographed and Assistant Directed Les Miserables at RMT under the direction of Broadway veteran David Hugo. She has won prestigious awards for her work and has been recognized by several critics as a "talented and capable" choreographer/director whose work can "take your breath away". Holding a B.F.A in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she serves as the Associate Director of the Reagle Music Theatre Youth Program and has been on faculty at The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Ballet, The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Artbarn Community Theater, and The Dance Inn.
Beginning/Intermediate Musical Theatre
Rachel fuses her ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater backgrounds
to create a stimulating dance class for all levels and ages. With an
emphasis on placement and alignment, she focuses on the development of
technique through her challenging exercises that will strengthen the entire
body-particularly the core, arms, and legs-and increase stamina. Combinations
typically include original Broadway choreography or works inspired by
legendary theatrical choreographers and performers. These routines will encourage
students to work on expression, acting, and movement quality while building
self-confidence in their own personal style. Rachel stresses the importance of
artistry, musicality, and positive-thinking but most importantly, she wants you to have FUN!!
Sean Bjerke graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Chemical
Engineering from Tufts University in 2004 but he'll be quick to tell you his true
life passions have been Tae Kwon Do, which he has studied since age
8, and dance which he began exploring in college. Sean began dancing
in 2001 when he joined the Tufts Dance Collective (TDC), and eventually
became TDC director in 2004. Sean sought formal dance training, and
studied ballet and West African Dance under Daniel McKusker and Daniel
Locke, respectively. Sean has worked with many prominent Hip Hop artists
and has traveled to Los Angeles to train under notable Hip Hop icons
including Marty Kudelka, Tucker Barkley and Mike Song.
Hip Hop Foundation
In this class, Sean strengthens his students' dance foundation by teaching
basic steps and body isolations from various Hip Hop styles, including popping,
locking and house. Class warm-ups focus on improving basic skills, with an added
emphasis on stretching and conditioning. Students will then learn dance choreography
and work on improving the musicality of their movements. The goal of this class
is not to master all styles of Hip Hop, but rather to allow students to use what
they learn to refine their own personal style.
Lillian Carter is creator and artistic director for the performance group Greenglass Dance Theater. She has received critical acclaim for her work as a performer, teacher and choreographer throughout New England and New York. She received a BFA in Choreography from the Boston Conservatory in 1990 and continues to teach locally at the Boston Conservatory, and the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Lillian provides dance workshops and master classes for many local studios and institutions. She was a guest choreographer at Regis College, Merrimack College, Bradford College and the Walnut Hill School Summer Theater Program. She developed and presented a dance performance and education series sponsored by Borders Books that was presented at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, Downtown Crossing in Boston, and throughout Long Island, New York.
Lillian CarterÕs Jazz 1 class is a culmination of jazz, ballet and modern techniques.
All three styles are utilized to create a well rounded dancer. This is a fast paced class
that requires prior experience in basic movement techniques. Combinations presented in
class range from a fast paced classical jazz style to a contemporary lyrical to musical
theater. All combinations will explore performance techniques as well.
Sue received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Upon graduation, Sue worked as a guest teacher and choreographer for the University Dancers. During a stay in New York City, Sue worked as an assistant to choreographer Michelle Assaf and danced in two music videos. Sue has taught dance throughout New England for more than twenty years and joined the faculty of The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in 1985. She has also worked extensively with ACE Entertainment and the Jeannette Neill Dancers. Sue was on the faculty of the first Boston Summer Dance Festival which originated in 1996. She began teaching in Boston Youth Moves at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in 1996.
This lyrical jazz class is ideal for aspiring professionals and recreational dancers,
who seek the challenge to learn choreography quickly and make it their own! Sue's
90 minute class consists of a 40 minute set warm-up followed by progressions and a
Lindsay has been studying dance since the age of four in her hometown studio
in New Hampshire. She has trained in Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and
initially trained in Hip Hop with Kelly Peters at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio
and Marcos Aguirre and Ian Mckenzie in WRUSH dance crew. Lindsay currently
specializes in Hip Hop, dancing for local crews, BossTown and New Age, a contemporary
based crew. In addition to her passion for teaching, Lindsay has recently
branched out into choreographing as a means to further share her unique
RnB/Contemporary-based, smooth style of Hip Hop.
Hip Hop 2-3 - Wednesdays, 7:30-9 pm
Taking Hip Hop to another level, this Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop Class
offers a contemporary edge. Incorporating smoother moves and occasional
Contemporary Dance-inspired movement, this class offers students a new,
edgier take on Hip Hop dance. With her background deriving from many different
styles of dance, this class fuses many different dance techniques to form Lindsay's
own unique brand of Hip Hop style. Challenging but also creative and fun,
this class is sure to be new and exciting for any dancer.
Tommy Coye has been a faculty member of The Jeannette Neill
Dance Studio for more than twenty years, teaching jazz, musical theatre dance and video dance
in the studio's various adult and teen programs. He is currently teaching musical theatre
dance at the Boston Conservatory, has taught musical theatre dance at Emerson College and
video dance classes at Sports Club/LA Boston, as well as master classes and workshops
throughout New England.
Video dance is a high-energy experience that begins with a low-impact, high-intensity
aerobic warm-up. This is followed by an intense abdominal workout. Dance combinations
feature choreography similar to dance you'd find in music videos like Madonna,
Britney Spears or Janet Jackson. Since it is not a technique class, Video Dance is
appropriate for any level, as long as you're in for a challenging but fun experience.
Sneakers or Dance Sneakers are appropriate for footwear.
Elena Greenspan grew up
in Massachusetts and received her early training at Donna Miceli Dance Center. She
graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Dance and a minor
in Speech and Hearing Science. Elena is a current member of Prometheus Dance Company,
a modern company based in Cambridge, and has performed as a dancer in commercials that
have appeared regionally on television. Elena has had additional training with Elisa Monte,
Ronald K. Brown, H.T. Chen, Urban Bush Women, Jon Lehrer, and The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio.
Elena's love and passion for dance is also expressed through her desire to teach. She has
worked with handicapped children using movement as a means of expression and as an outlet
for their innate creativity. She hopes to continue to innovate and educate using dance as
a language to allow students to express their individual personality.
Stephanie Heroux has toured internationally as Dance Captain for Royal Caribbean International cruise line, and performed locally with the The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lorraine Chapman The Company, and as a principal dancer for ACE Entertainment. She studied under the instruction of Matt Mattox and Chet Walker at The School at Jacob's Pillow, and holds a BA in English Literature and Business Administration from Boston University. In 2005 Stephanie founded Jazz Inc., a production company specializing in contemporary dance and commercial theatre. Clients have included 28 degrees, Pearl Vodka, Bacardi, the Boston Bruins, The Webster Company, the Latin Pride National Awards, and several local theatre companies and dance festivals. She has choreographed regional theatre productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Fame, and On the Town, and worked for the Lowell House Opera Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She teaches company class and choreographs for Harvard University's Mainly Jazz dance company, in addition to teaching master classes across New England. Currently, Stephanie is on faculty at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Ballet Arts Center of Winchester, and Emerson College.
Challenge yourself physically and artistically! Class begins with a half-hour warm up
focused on alignment, rhythm, stretching and strengthening, and employs elements of ballet,
modern, and jazz. Adagio and progressions build and challenge rhythmic and technical elements.
Combinations are taught quickly, span a variety of jazz styles, and incorporate turns, leaps,
and floor work. Artistic variations and performance elements are encouraged throughout the
class. This class is aimed at the intermediate to advanced dancer who yearns to be challenged
technically and artistically, and to hone performance skills.
Jumps and Turns 2-3
This class is intended for the intermediate and advanced dancer looking to heighten their technical skills in jumps and turns for ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and theatre dance. Class will consist of a Jazz-styled warm up, strength and flexibility exercises, and progressions focused on executing jumps and turns from the everyday to the unique. Technical emphasis will be not only on execution but proper alignment, increasing flexibility and core strength, and rhythm.
SKooJ CorE-O (Sarah-Kay Jerome)
Sarah-Katarina "SKooJ CorE-O" brings her knowledge and talents to The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio,
with experience in performance, choreography, instruction, and adjudication. Presently, her main focus
is Commercial/Theatrical Hip Hop and Contemporary dance. Sarah is a member of the New England-based
Static Noyze Dance Company and is a master teacher, national adjudicator, and choreographer of various
styles throughout New England. Her award-winning choreography has been recognized at numerous dance
competitions and has been included in performances such as the Massachusetts Dance Festival,
DanceWorks Boston, Australia's CEO Music, and Turn it Up Dance Challenge's Annual National
Performance Dance Team.
Peter "PJ" Navarro
Peter Navarro, a Springfield native, began his dancing career studying ballroom and latin styles while
at Tufts University in Boston. There he became recognized regionally in ballroom competitions and went on
to train in hip hop, jazz, and contemporary dance, while experimenting with directing and producing.
Hip Hop Fusion 2
This intermediate level Hip Hop class will focus on exploring all that the body has to offer,
adding greater flair to the overall genre through a wide variety of dance styles. Class participants
will gain core strength, learn better physical control and really dig deep to explore themselves stylistically as
dancers and performers.
Static Noyze Dance Company is dedicated to creating innovative and stimulating theatrical performances with a focus on the contemporary styles of hip-hop dance. Founded in April of 2006, the company is based in Boston, MA, and hopes to contribute to the community through workshops, showcases, and other events.
The Static Noyze Dance Company ClassThis is a hip-hop dance class showcasing the many hip-hop styles of the members within the company. A different company member teaches each week, creating a weekly class that varies in style, choreography, and interpretation. Visit the Static Noyze website (www.StaticNoyze.com/events) to find a weekly schedule of instructors.
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Kit Pang began his dance career shortly after graduating high school as a street performer
and a member of Unique Rhythm, a salsa/hip hop dance troupe that has entertained audiences
throughout Boston and was invited to perform in the Street Music Festival in Paris. Kit continued
his dance studies during his time at Hamilton College. Later on, he furthered his training in
Paris with Raphael Sergio and Didier Firmin, and in New York City with Luam, Buddha Stretch and Brian Green.
Hip Hop 1-2 - Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm
Prepare to lose your inhibitions and groove to the beat. This is a beginner/intermediate level Hip Hop class that begins with a set isolation and groove warm up to improve body control and musicality. Kit challenges his students by teaching combinations that will focus on precise movements that flow with the intricacy of the music. Students will develop a deeper appreciation for Hip Hop dance after executing fresh and exciting dance routines that explore, not only Hip Hop, but include Popping, Locking, Krumping, Breakdancing and current popular dance styles.Back to top of the page
Nikki Sell is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She trained at the Ballet/Aspen summer program, Dupree Studios and Idyllwild Arts Academy, and earned her BFA in Dance at The Boston Conservatory. Aside from Walnut Hill, Ms. Sell’s teaching experience includes faculty positions at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studios & Boston Youth Moves, The Boston Conservatory, Boston College, and Bradford College, as well as master classes at the Regional Dance America/SW Festival, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Brandeis University, Framingham State College, and Arts Rochester. As a dancer, Ms. Sell performed regionally and internationally with Prometheus Dance, ACE Entertainment (including a leading role in an industrial video for Spalding sports equipment), Impulse Dance Company, Boston Dance Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, and John Freedman Dancers. Her choreography credits include a series of TV commercials for W.B. Mason and the 2006 Weston Drama Workshop production of Ragtime, which won the prestigious Moss Award. She is currently the artistic director of her newly formed theatrical dance company, Hyperbole Dance.
Modern/Jazz 2 class combines Nikki's influences from Luigi and lyrical styles of jazz, Limon and Horton based modern techniques, and classical ballet to create a style that is expressive, sensual, and athletic. The class consists of a 45-minute warm-up, a progression across the floor, and a choreographed dance phrase. The choreography usually includes floor work, so pants or padding are recommended for slides and falls. Also bare feet or "dance paws" are recommended for footwear.
Ballet 1 is focused on the physics of dance and stems from her experience as a young dancer with the eternal question: "But how?" The class consists of exercises at the barre, in the center, and progressions across the floor. It is recommended for the adult just learning or returning to dance, the jazz dancer who wants to focus on technique, or the advanced dancer returning from an injury.
Techno Ballet Class has expanded in sound... now known as Ballet with a Beat!
The class consists of a warm-up and progressions across the floor, specific focus on a
"Step of the Week", and a dance combination to practice putting different steps together.
The class will be aimed at beginners, but will include options (additional sounds/turns/etc.)
for more advanced tappers.
Jim Viera has been a leading teacher and choreographer in the Boston
area for more than twenty years. In addition to The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, he has
served on the faculties of The Boston Summer Dance Festival, The Boston Conservatory, Jacob's
Pillow, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and The Harvard Summer Dance Festival. Jim was
also Associate Artistic Director of the Wheaton College Dance Program.
Jim Viera teaches a fast Jazz One class that incorporates many elements of Horton Modern technique, including flat-backs and full-body isolations. A lengthy abdominal workout and an adagio are also included. Across-the-floor sequences are next, followed by dance combinations that are usually blues or slow lyrical.
Jim Viera's musical theatre class is of an intermediate level with a set warmup and rhythmic
exercises that improve musicality. A brief segment of across-the-floor is followed by combinations
in various musical theatre styles and movie musicals from the 20's through the 90's, as well
as choreography or music indicative of what is happening on Broadway today.