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.

Hayley Rondeau – Assistant Director

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. Hayley is beyond thrilled to be the new Assistant Director to Downtown Dance Center. Today, Hayley is studying Arts Entertainment and Management with a minor  Dance at Dean College in Franklin, MA and anticipates graduating this coming May.

 

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

Caitlyn has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2. She first studied at LJF dance studio in Worcester, under the direction of Lucy Johnson and Assistant Director Mary- Jo McLear Demick from 2001-2016. While there she studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-hop, Modern and Pointe and competed on the LJF dance team for several years. Following her dance education there, she began to take classes at Downtown Dance Center and Dance Company Worcester (DCW). With DCW she has been presented with many opportunities through dance, such as being in two music videos, dancing in multiple parades, and performing at the Becker College Showcase. At Downtown Dance Center Caitlyn chooses to continue educating herself in dance by consistently taking Ballet and Jazz to help further her teaching abilities as part of her obligation to her students. While teaching Caitlyn tries her best to motivate her students as much as she can. She wants them to enjoy and have fun dancing. She tries to help her students “find their itch” when it comes to dancing. Caitlyn has had many accomplishments through dance, including being crowned 2016-2017 Miss Dance Company Worcester, as well as being crowned 2018-2019 Miss Melanie Riddler Desiata award. Making her the first member of Dance Company Worcester to hold two titles. Caitlyn currently is enrolled at Quinsigamond Community College where she studies business with the hope of transferring to a different school for business and dance.

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.

Abby Biernacki – Zumba Instructor

Hello! I’m Abby, and I’m from Oxford, MA. During the day I have the privilege of teaching kids with autism and down syndrome. I am the licensed Zumba instructor at Downtown Dance Center and I absolutely love teaching Zumba classes! The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me, I guarantee you will have a blast!  

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.

Morgan Marshall – Substitute 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.

Brittany Perkoski – Substitute 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.

Melanie Rondeau – Substitute 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.

Assistant Instructors

Jada Pedlow

Gianna Small