NRSB Faculty

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Lisa Pulver,was a soloist with the Albany Berkshire Ballet where she enjoyed a career as a professional dancer for over 10 years.  During those years she had the opportunity to tour the Eastern United States and Canada and to study with many prominent teachers and choreographers, notably Igor Youskevitch, Francis Patrelle, Laura Dean, Charles Moulton, and Anna Marie Holmes.

Lisa has been teaching the Cecchetti method classical ballet for more than 30 years and was director of the Albany Berkshire Ballet Junior Company in Albany N.Y. before moving with her family to the Boston area. In 1996 she founded the North Reading School of Ballet offering classes in ballet, pointe and pre-dance. Since its inception the school has grown to encompass many styles of dance and employs an outstanding company of accomplished instructors.

Lisa holds an Associate of Arts degree from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts and Human Services and Visual and Performing Arts from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. As former owner of NRSB, Lisa is thrilled to be focused on her teaching this year!

Taylor Cocco is a dance educator from Boston, Ma with a passion for all things dance. She attended Dean College where she was a Dance major and earned her degree in the Arts. She is also a certified member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America: Chapter 5. Taylor was an animation performer for Cirque du Sole at the Boston location of Totem, and was a dance demonstrator for Radio Disney. She also started the first ever dance team for the Lowell Spinners which is the AAA Affiliate to the Boston Red Sox. Taylor then organized meet and greets for former Dance Moms star Asia Ray Monet. She has been teaching dance to students of all ages over the past 6 years and is eager and excited to be working with you all!

Melissa Frascella started her dance training at a young age in New York. It was there that she developed her technique and passion for dance. After high school, Melissa attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received a BFA in Dance and BS in Mathematics. During her time at UMass, Melissa was a Chancellor's Talent Award recipient and worked with many choreographers and teachers such as Thomas Vacanti, Paul Dennis and Billbob Brown. After her time at UMass Melissa had the pleasure of performing with The Vacanti Ballets at Jacob's Pillow and then teaching all over the North Shore of Boston.

Jillian Gentile is a North Reading School of Ballet alumni, began dancing at the age of four with training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and lyrical. She recently graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in dance. While at Providence College, Jillian was President, a choreographer, and a member of the Providence College Dance Company. She also had the opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Festival Association, study at the Festival Ballet Providence School, and work with various choreographers including Wendy Oliver, Betsy Miller, Eva Marie Pacheco, Billbob Brown, and others. Jillian is excited to be returning to NRSB as a faculty member!

Jennifer Keller Rathbun has studied various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, Latin and theatre for over 25 years, receiving her primary instruction from Genevieve Severens.

She is Assistant Director of School Outreach Partnerships & SummerARTS at Community Music Center of Boston through which she teaches dance and drama in the Boston Public Schools in addition to overseeing more than 25 school sites and teaching artists.  She has taught for many years at North Reading School of Ballet as well as other metro-Boston private studios. Jennifer is certified in group exercise by AFAA and is also a licensed Zumba instructor.  Her graduate work at Lesley University in Elementary Education specialized in creative arts in learning.  Her passions for both the performing arts and fitness inform her teaching each and every day.

Most recently, Jennifer performed with the Lexington Women's Dance Ensemble.  She worked for several years with the Albany Berkshire Ballet as rehearsal mistress for The Nutcracker and often stage manages productions for local dance groups.  She is delighted to share the joy of dance with her students and strives to make her classes creative, safe spaces for dancers of all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy movement.

Jessica Rose grew up dancing at North Reading School of Ballet. During her last three years at NRSB, she was also a Junior Apprentice with Urbanity Dance in Boston, MA. While with Urbanity, Jessica performed in various shows at locations such as the BU Tsai Performance Theater, SOWA Art Gallery, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Paramount Theater, Liberty Hotel, and the Boston Children's Museum. After leaving NRSB and Urbanity’s Junior Apprentice Program, Jessica is currently continuing her professional dance career with Bosoma Dance Company. So far, she’s performed in various shows at locations such as the Peabody Essex Museum in the exhibit Rodin: Transforming Sculpture, Move for the Movement, the Plymouth Dance Premier, the Gloucester Theater Company, and the Salem Arts Festival.

Jessica has also choreographed pieces for North Reading School of Ballet’s competition team, a piece for Aurora Borealis Dance Company, and choreographed and performed in a contemporary piece with Urbanity Dance that was shown twice at Green Street Studios and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Her teaching experience includes classes at North Reading School of Ballet, Bosoma School of Dance Winter/Summer Intensive, and Urbanity Dance.

Lyndsay Sheppard received her early training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary and hip hop from the Donna Miceli Dance Center.  She was a member and soloist of Kidsdance Co., Youth Dance Company, and the Advanced Contemporary Repertory Ensemble where she had the opportunity to perform in many community outreach venues.  A graduate of the Teacher's Apprentice program at DMDC, Lyndsay became the youngest member of the staff.


Her dance training continued at Worcester State University where she graduated with honors and a degree in Psychology and History.  She was Vice President, choreographer and a member of the Worcester State Dance Company and Co-Captain and member of the competitive Worcester State Dance Team. After receiving her degree, Lyndsay became a member of the Pro-Am competitive dance team at A Step Up and continues to take and teach classes throughout Massachusetts.

Amanda Bertone ​Amanda Bertone began her early dance training at E. Virginia Williams School of Dance, Northeast School of Ballet, and Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre. She later accepted a merit scholarship to Walnut Hill School for the Arts under the direction of Michael Owen, where she performed leading roles in TheNutcracker, Don Quixote, and many other original works by Samuel Kurkjian, Diane Arvanites, and Samantha Shelton. Ms. Bertone spent three seasons with Tony Williams'  Urban Nutcracker, dancing numerous principal roles, including The Sugar Plum Fairy. Her additional training includes Boston Ballet and The Boston Conservatory. Upon receiving her MBA from Endicott College, Ms. Bertone returned to Walnut Hill as the Assistant Director of Admission, auditioning and recruiting more than 500 dancers annually for the school's Dance Department and various summer dance programs. While there, she also taught ballet, pre-pointe, and pointe for the school’s Community Dance Academy and Summer Youth Dance program. In 2016 Ms. Bertone began teaching ballet and modern at The STUDIO in Melrose. Shecurrently serves as the Marketing & Communications Manager at Arts Consulting Group in Boston andshe is thrilled to joining ​NRSB’s faculty!

Alison Bertone, a native of Malden, Massachusetts, began her training in classical ballet, jazz, and tap at E. Virginia Williams School of Dance in 1985 at the age of three. She continued her dance studies at Northeast School of Ballet (formerly Sandra Marie’s School of Ballet), Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, and Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. During this period, she danced as company member for Melrose Youth Ballet and Northeast Youth Ballet, both under the direction of Denise Cecere, and performed various soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty. In addition to her ballet training, Ms. Bertone spent four years as a company member with Rainbow Tribe, a Boston-based professional hip-hop company under the direction of Mary V. Mazzulli.  In 1999, Ms. Bertone joined Cathy’s Studio in Melrose, MA under the direction of Cathy Pickens-Nagle and later became a company member of Dance Theater I and faculty ballet and hip-hop teacher. Since 2011, she now teaches tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary styles at The STUDIO in Melrose, MA. Ms. Bertone currently holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and serves as Clinic Manager and Certified Clinical Instructor for Bay State Physical Therapy in Malden, MA.

Kellcie Teel received her early training from the Donna Miceli Dance Center in Lowell, MA. During her 20 plus years at DMDC she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, contemporary and competed at numerous dance conventions and competitions. Kellcie then went on to receive her B.A. in Dance from Dean College in Franklin, MA where she was a member of the dance team and choreographed for annual performances. She is currently a member and choreographer of professional dance company DanceWorks Boston.

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