Matt Parello – Director

Matt started dancing at the age of six and never stopped. He went on to attend Dean College and Long Island University (LIU) as a dance major. Matt studied at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester from 1996-2003. There he studied ballet under the direction of Clyde Nantais, who is also Executive Director of Boston Dance Company (BDC). Matt joined BDC in 1999. As a Company member of BDC, he performed in their annual production of “The Nutcracker” as the Nutcracker and other roles. In 2003 Matt won the title National Mister Headliner. Soon after, he moved to New York to attend L.I.U. While in NY he studied with Alvin Ailey and New York City Ballet. After returning from NY, he continued to perform with BDC, and started his own company, DCW.  Matt was a dancer/entertainer at Six Flags New England. He performed the title role of the Beast in The Commonwealth Ballet Company’s “Beauty and the Beast”.  Matt has also performed in regional theater groups in such roles as Ren McCormack in “Footloose”, Mike in “Chorus Line”, The Emcee in “Cabaret”, and Cosmo Brown in “Singin’ in the Rain”. He has choreographed shows such as “Anything Goes” and “Singin’ in the Rain”, Grease” and “Footloose“.  Matt has taken classes by such teachers as Shane Sparks, Bob Rizzo, Thom Cobb, Joe Lanteri, Mia Michaels, Gus Giordano, Brian Friedman, and Geo Hubela. He went on tour with Pulse and Performed with Brian Friedman in New York City. Matt is a sought-after instructor of Master Classes and Competition adjudicator. He was recently on staff as a Judge and Master Class Instructor for the touring dance competition “Step Up 2 Dance Tour”. Matt has performed as the Nutcracker and Cavalier in Dance Companies throughout the U.S. This past season he served as Artistic Director of the Melrose Youth Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. He is currently the resident choreographer of the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center in Woonsocket R.I. Matt teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop at various dance schools in the area along with his own studio “Downtown Dance Center”.  This past year, Matt was the resident choreographer for the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket R.I. for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “West Side Story”  and “Beauty and the Beast”. He was also on tour with the “Headliners Dance Competion” as Emcee and Judge.

Brittany Perkoski –  Instructor

Miss B started her ballet training in Massachusetts at Franklin School for the Performing Arts. This further branched out over the years to include such disciplines as jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop. Miss B’s training has also brought her to Boston Dance Company and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. A former dance major and scholarship recipient at Dean College, Miss B has an extensive background in teaching the arts with an emphasis on ballet technique and foot strengthening & conditioning. Her credits include choreographing award-winning competitive dance pieces, teaching master level dance classes throughout Massachusetts and Western New York, choreographing the beloved Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” and being on the faculty of many respected dance studios throughout her almost 20 year teaching career. Miss B is also a member of Dance Company Worcester.

Jocelyn Pulnik – Instructor

Jocelyn has been dancing since she could walk. Her training began at Dance Education Centre in her home town of Clinton, MA. Throughout her years there she was able to explore various dance techniques including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and acrobatics. At age fifteen she started as an assistant teacher and developed a passion for the education process. She later went on to compete both locally and at the national level with the Dawn Rand Dance Company as well as perform with Dance Company Worcester, earning the Miss MRD scholarship in 2016. Currently, Jocelyn is pursuing her BA in Dance, with a concentration in teaching, at the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance through Dean College.She also continues to teach all ages and levels at multiple studios throughout the Worcester area. Along with dancing, Jocelyn also grew up with rigorous training in competitive figure skating, which has helped refine her expertise and love of fitness. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys exploring the idea of dance through different mediums, specifically through on ice choreography and contemporary figure skating.

Erin Linebarger – Instructor

Erin has been training in aerial dance and contortion-style flexibility for over 6 years, and has been dancing since childhood. She is a current member of Dance Company Worcester. Her flexibility classes emphasize active and dynamic stretching. This approach furthers both passive flexibility (stretching with the help of a partner or gravity) and range of motion (stretching using only one’s muscles), while preventing injury that can occur from incorrect stretching. Erin has a passion for healthy flexibility and for teaching others healthy stretching techniques, customized for their body’s specific needs.

Nicole Scimeca – Instructor

Nikki began dancing when she was three years old and has been dancing ever since. She is Studio trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop.  She has performed in a variety of dance competitions, winning several regional awards. Nikki has been a student of Matt for 10 years, a member of Downtown Dance Center since it opened and a member of Dance Company Worcester for the past five years, where she has performed in many showcases, Worcester’s Pride parade as a backup dancer, and Marlborough’s Labor Day Parade. Outside of dance she is employed as a daycare teacher at The Learning Experience in Shrewsbury.  She is very excited to have the opportunity to teach our young children and share her love of dance with them.

Tabatha Carsus – Instructor

Tabatha started dancing 40 years ago training in various styles of dance, with a concentration in Ballet (Vagnova).  At the age of 15 she danced with the Tampa Ballet Company in their junior ballet company.  Tabatha has danced with Tramaine Dance Compay and Dupree Dance Company.  One of her most treasured experience was that of a dancer in Graffiti Bridge. Tabatha was also one of the original Funky Bunch Girls from 1989-1990.  Tabatha attended Notre Dame College, where she headed up their dance studies program and began to merge her love of dance with theater.  That’s where she fell in love with Musical Theater – some of her favorite roles have been Val in A Chorus Line, Rizo in Grease, Nancy in Oliver!, and Dorothy in Stepping out!  Tabatha holds Associates Degrees in Forensic and Clinical Psychology and received her Master Photographer with New York Institute of Photography.  Tabatha is an EMS volunteer with Greater Grafton Medical Reserve Corps.  She also has extensive cheer coaching experience with Central Mass AYF.

Viclinepon (Sean) Duangsay​ – Hip Hop Instructor

Sean started dancing as a child and continued his training at Mount Wachusett Community College in Modern Dance, where he was the Captain of their Dance Crew.  However, Hip Hop is his love.  He is a current member of the Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company, joining in 2018.  Sean has performed in showcases such as Fusion Elements Boston, Jacobs Pillow Performance Arts Center and Prelude Boston. Sean has taught Hip Hop at several at several studios in the area.  He has also Choreographed for regional theater companies such as Reagle Music Theatre, Lyric Stage, Moonbox Productions and Turtle Lane Playhouse. This past year he competed in Prelude New York (3rd place), and Hip Hop Internationals (4th place). Sean is excited to share his love of Hip Hop with our students of all ages.
 

Priya Asthana – Bollybeatzz Instructor

I have spent most of my early life in Mumbai, India which is the heart of Bollywood movies & dance. One thing that the city gave me was the exposure to the energetic and colorful Bollywood dance. Growing up there, dance was always an intricate part of my life whether its a marriage, party or just a normal get together with friends. In addition to Bollywood, I have been trained in Kathak & Bharatanatyam that are Indian classical dance forms. In the past 5 years, I have performed and got accolades in various competitions and dance platforms in the New England area. I have also started a dance academy called Bolly Beatzz through which I have partnered with different centers in the Worcester county to teach Bollywood fusion dance. Bollywood dance is more about dancing from your heart, having fun and expressing yourself and that is what my class will offer.  You will learn & enjoy to dance on Bollywood songs that are trending & classics. This class will be interactive where students will be able to showcase their creative dance steps and share new ideas. Our class training will also include fusion of Bollywood with other genres like Indian classical, Urban and Hip-Hop. My passion for dance continues and I am excited to share my learnings & techniques with you all. Although I continue my full-time job as a marketing analyst, dancing is where my heart is and if you feel the same, love dancing, want a stress buster and want to enjoy yourself then this is the class for you.