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.

Morgan Marshall – Instructor

Morgan Marshall was born in Woburn, Massachusetts and has graduated Dean College with her BA in Dance and her AA in Sports Fitness/Exercise Science.  Her training at Dean College has consisted of ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, and jazz.  Morgan is a member of the Boston Tap Company starting in fall of 2015.  She is also a part of The Dance Company of Worcester starting winter of 2017.  Morgan teaches tap at Miss Tricia’s Dance Studio and Downtown Dance Center.  She has also done an internship with the school of arts athletic trainer Amanda Donahue at Dean College during her junior and senior year.  She is currently working on attending graduate school for her Doctoral of Physical Therapy Degree in hopes to one day be a physical therapist and work with dancers.

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.

Caitlyn Cerrone – Instructor

 

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.

Hayley Rondeau – Instructor

Hayley began her dance studies at the age of nine. Throughout her teen years she danced competitively as both a soloist and team member for multiple studios. During her competitive career she was presented with many awards such as top scoring soloist, multiple judges’ choice awards, choreography recognition, and several scholarships.  She began assisting dance classes at the age of 10 and teaching at the age of 16. When teaching her focus is on motivating her students in an open and fun environment, while also pushing each student to be the best dancer they can be. Hayley has studied under many recognized dance instructors, including Jean Wenzel, Sarah-Katrina “Skooj”, and Jill Silverman. She has also taken classes from prestigious instructors such as Teddy Florence, Mia Michaels, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, and Nick Lazzarini.  Hayley’s most recent accomplishments include being a part of the filming process for “Joseph’s Dream” and being crowned the 2018-2019 Miss Dance Company Worcester. Today, Hayley is studying Arts Entertainment and Management with a duel minor in Communications and Dance at Dean College in Franklin, MA.

 

Melanie Rondeau – Asst. Instructor

A current member of Dance Company Worcester,  Melanie began dancing at the age of five studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics. For the past four years she has danced competitively as both a soloist and team member for multiple studios. She has taken classes from renowned instructors such as Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance, and Nick Lazzarini She began assisting dance classes at the age of 14 and enjoys working with younger dancers who look up to her.

Katelyn Fernald – Asst. Instructor