Our Faculty

NRSB's faculty is comprised of experienced and dedicated instructors that are passionate about dance and infusing the next generation of dancers with passion for the art.

Suzanne Baker

Suzanne grew up in the Greater Boston area and has trained in ballet and modern dance since a young age.  She trained with Northeast School of Ballet under the direction of Denise Cecere and performed many lead roles throughout her years there.  She spent many summers dancing  at The Boston Conservatory with world-renowned teachers in many genres. In high school, Suzanne began training with Windhover Dance Company under the direction of Ina Hahn where she performed many original works by Ina Hahn and Doris Humphrey.  She is currently a STOTT PILATES® mat trained instructor, prenatal and postnatal pilates, and a Total Barre™ Qualified Instructor, as well as an ACE Certified Group Trainer.  For over 15 years, she has shared her passion and love for dance while teaching children of all ages and adults.

 

In 2018, Suzanne took over as Director of NRSB with a goal of maintaining it’s history of top quality training in a healthy and positive environment for dancers of all ages and abilities and to spread the joy of dance to as many as possible.

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 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 Coco

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. 

 

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 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. 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. 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.

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

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.

 

Upon receiving her MBA from Endicott College, Ms. Bertone returned to Walnut Hill as the Assistant Director of Admission. She currently 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, 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.

 

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

Daisy

Theresa Gentile

Jordan Celli

A recent graduate from The American Music and Dramatic Academy of New
York City, Jordan Celli has studied in dance theater, vocal technique, and
acting. Her most notable credit includes the Fulton Theater's production of
Peter Pan. Aside from performing professionally, Jordan began her teaching
career as an assistant at Encore Dance Academy and has gone on to teach
and choreograph in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to students
ages 2-18. Jordan’s teaching philosophy focuses on growth through gratitude
and self love while pushing students past their comfort zones to create the
best version of themselves.

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