Katherine Hooper, Owner, an Essex local, began her dance training at RDS Performing Arts in Dover, MA and continued her professional training at the University of North Carolina, then finished her BFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Five College Dance Program. As an undergraduate, she co-developed an Arts Collective and an Improvisation Group while producing, directing and choreographing 2 full-scale productions. Following graduation, Katherine moved to Colorado where she co-founded Performance Works, Ltd., a contemporary dance and theatre company. For five years, as the choreographer and co-artistic director of the company, she taught and performed throughout the area inspiring local dancers and non-dancers to achieve their personal best through movement. While in Colorado, Katherine also certified through Polestar Education in Pilates Matt Work, which has enhanced her passion for creating highly athletic and dynamic movement. In 2001, 2002, and 2013, Katherine was commissioned to choreograph original works for the Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, formerly of the David Parsons Dance Company. In 2004, she taught workshops at Peridance Center in Manhattan. In 2005, she was acknowledged by Boston Uncommon Magazine as ‘One to Watch’. Since 2005, Katherine has been commissioned to set work on the Lee Lund Dance Company, in Connecticut, for their annual pre-professional concert. On an annual basis, she teaches master classes at various New England area Universities, Colleges and Dance Studios, most recently at Plymouth State University, NH and Beth Walsh Dance Studio, MA. Katherine opened Mass Motion Dance North in Peabody in 2010. In 2014, she was awarded the ‘Support Your Studio’ grant by the Dizzy Feet Foundation for her commitment to bringing dance to the local community through teaching and performances and for her passionate teaching within her studio inspiring young dancers of all levels to achieve their best through dance. As the recipient of this award, the Mass Motion Dance faculty and students received a workshop and master class with Season 9 So You Think You Can Dance winner, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. Katherine is also the Artistic Director and choreographer of the BoSoma Dance Company (BDC). Through the BDC Educational Outreach programs, Katherine works throughout the school year linking the arts and literacy, enhancing the public school curriculum and the teacher/student experience in the classroom. BoSoma is passionate about getting students active and excited about learning within a creative, physical and academic community both inside the studio and within the classroom. Inspiring the creative and athletic mind is key to our children's success.
Stephanie Boisvert, Director, received the bulk of her dance training at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, NH. As a teenager she had the opportunity to travel to Namibia, Africa on outreach missions, performing and teaching in schools throughout the country, which ignited her passion for community dance education. She graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. A North Shore resident since 2015, Stephanie has been part of the BoSoma community since joining the professional BoSoma Dance Company in 2013. With BDC she has had the opportunity to perform in festivals around Boston, from Boston Common to Harvard Square, as well as Plymouth, NH and Brattleboro, VT. In 2015 she was cast in the lead role of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, performed alongside the prestigious Chorus pro Musica on the New England Conservatory stage in their live operatic performance, and in 2016 performed daily in the galleries of the Peabody Essex Museum as part of their exhibition Rodin: Transforming Sculpture. In addition to performing, Stephanie has worked alongside Hooper as part of the New England Arts for Literacy Project, conducting workshops in schools around the state, linking the arts and literacy, and giving both students and teachers the tools to use movement expression as a learning tool within the classroom. Stephanie also spent 4 years in the public school system, establishing the Dance Program at Salem Academy Charter School in Salem, MA. As a passionate performer and educator, Stephanie’s mission is to inspire her students to reach their fullest potential through hard work, dedication, and lots of laughter.
Courtney Costa, Assistant Director, has been an aspiring dancer since the age of three. She received the bulk of her training from local studios and summer programs such as Boston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Boston Conservatory. Courtney has received many awards and recognitions at both regional and national dance competitions. During this time she was also performing with Ballet Arts Worcester in their production of the Nutcracker for 10 years. After graduating high school, Courtney followed her love for dance to be a full time student at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2017. During that time she had the opportunity to study and perform the classical forms of Ballet, Pointe, Limon, Graham and Contemporary directed by her professors and guest artists from all over the world. She currently dances professionally with BoSoma Dance Company in the North Shore and is the Assistant Director of BoSoma School of Dance. She also teaches for Revival Academy of Dance under the Phoenix Ballet Academy, located in Western MA. Courtney enjoys doing master classes and guest teaching around the New England area sharing her passion for dance.
Kelsey Blanchette, BSD Production Assistant & BYC Community Outreach Director, received most of her dance training from Dance Progressions of Derry, NH. There she had the opportunity to perform in the Plymouth State University Dance Gala, perform in local sporting events, as well as choreograph for local NH pageants. Kelsey graduated from Salem State University in 2017 receiving her Bachelors in Public Relations and Dance. During her time at Salem State she was an active dancer and choreographer in their two on campus ensembles. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Dance and has had her work represented in the New England American College Dance Festival. In 2017 she was awarded the Creativity Award for dance, which is the highest honor in the arts at Salem State University. Kelsey currently teaches at BoSoma School of Dance and Enchanted Dance Academy.
Pattie Hunter (Irish Step) grew up in Boston and began Irish Step Dancing at the age of five. Pattie is an award winning champion dancer who has successfully competed both nationally and internationally, including the All World Championships held in Galway, Ireland. Pattie is a certified T.C.R.G. and a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of New England, the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. Pattie is currently on the faculty of the BoSoma School of Dance as well as Mass Motion Dance Boston, Metrowest and Sturbridge.
Julia Sykes (Jazz, Tap, Ballet) began training at the age of nine, studying ballet, modern, tap, lyrical, and jazz. After high school, she went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. In New York she had the opportunity to learn and perform choreography by various world renowned choreographers, including Ron K. Brown, Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Muller, Nathan Trice, and Twyla Tharp, among others. In the summer of 2014, she joined the dance team for the Mets Affiliated baseball team, The Brooklyn Cyclones. Upon moving back to her native Massachusetts, Julia began teaching at Center Stage Dance Academy (Plymouth MA) as well as for the DEA Youth Dance program. She began dancing with various companies and choreographers in the area, including Adrienne Hawkins, and performs regularly at venues in the greater Boston and South Shore area, and with companies including Rainbow Tribe, Project 31 and Mystique Illusions Dance Theater. In 2018, Julia was one of the featured performers for the Raw Artists Boston show, where she performed a self choreographed work. She also guest teaches at local dance centers such as Green Street Studios and the Dance Complex. Julia was a member of BoSoma Dance Company from 2018-2021.
Khris Henry (Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern) is a native of Boston Massachusetts, and is a dance performance, BFA graduate of the University of Hartford at the Hartt School under the artistic director Stephan Pier. Khris began his training at the Origination Cultural Arts Center in 2011 under the instruction of Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga. There he has studied Contemporary, Modern with Horton based technique as well as Hip-Hop and African dance. In 2011-2015, Khris was a dance major at the Boston Arts Academy where he began his ballet training with instructor Chris Alloways Ramsey; former dancer with the Boston Ballet. During his time at Boston Arts Academy he was able to work with choreographers Nathan Trice on a new work titled Conversions as well as Katherine Young; artistic Director of the Boston Conservatory. In 2013 Christopher attend Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Code 3 workshop were he was able to work with Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden and Jae Man Joo. Khris was also an apprentice with a Boston based contemporary company Impact for their 2013 season. During his time at the Hartt School, Khris began to further his ballet training under the instruction of Hilda Morales and the other exquisite Hartt School faculty, and modern dance, specifically Limon and Graham technique, under the instruction of Nina Watt and Miki Orihara. In addition, he was able to work with choreographers Norbert De La Cruz, Brain Arias and Yoshito Sakuraba. In the spring of 2019 Khris performed in 3 Epitaphs restaged by Paul Taylor 2. Khris performed as a company dancer with Urbanity Dance for the 2019-2020 season.
Kelsye Chevalier (Jazz/Contemporary, Modern) started her early training with the Donna Miceli Dance Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. From there, she went on to pursue a double major in Global Communication and Dance & Performance studies at Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) under the direction of Gary Shore, France Hunter, and Cathy Nicoli. During her time there, she worked with distinguished modern choreographers such as Jean Abreu, Christina Robson, Helen Simoneau, Fritha Pengelly, and Kellie Ann Lynch. In 2013, Kelsye traveled to London, UK for a semester abroad to study modern dance. There she worked with choreographer Alexander Whitley as well as teachers Theo Lowe and Stephen Pelton. Kelsye has had the honor of performing at the American College Dance Association in 2013 and 2015, and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival in 2014. In May of 2015, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from RWU. Kelsye has been a member of BoSoma Dance Company since 2016.
Margaret Falcone (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern) is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Syracuse, NY where she trained at The Ballet & Dance Center. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance with emphases in modern dance and creating performance. At the Conservatory, she performed works by Otis Sallid, Roderick George, Joe Chvala, Merce Cunningham, and Stephanie Martinez, among others. Margaret made her choreographic debut on BoCo’s mainstage in 2017, and then continued on to present two more works throughout her college career. Also at the Conservatory she completed the Royal Academy of Dance teacher certification. She is currently a dance teacher for Boston Ballet’s community outreach programs, introducing the love of dance to children in schools across Boston. In addition to joining BoSoma Dance Company in 2019, she also dances for DrumatiX and is a guest choreographer for Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. Margaret’s favorite place in the world is at the top of a jump. Her goal as a teacher is to help others feel like they are at the apex of a jump too, reminding them of their ability to be curious, be themselves, and be happy through movement. Dance has always been a major influence in Margaret’s life and she is excited to share her passion with the students at BoSoma.
Erica Lane (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Irish Step) received the bulk of her dance training from Mass Motion Dance North in Peabody, MA, under the direction of Katherine Hooper, graduating from the Intensive Dance program in 2016. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Early Education and Care and a minor in Dance at Salem State University. Erica is a dancer and choreographer for Repertory Dance Theater, one of Salem State’s dance teams. She also worked as an intern for BoSoma School of Dance in 2017-2018 before joining the faculty as an Office Assistant. Outside of BSD, Erica works as a nanny/babysitter and volunteers in her church nursery.
Vanessa Raftery (Musical Theater, Tap) started dance at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio in Revere, MA at the age of 3 and continued to dance and teach at her studios (Revere, and Groveland) until Agnes retired in June 2014. In September 2014 Vanessa was thrilled to become Artistic Director of Georgetown/Groveland Dance Studio. Vanessa is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and participated in Dance Education Training from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. She has performed in places such as Disney, the Danmark Tall Ship, numerous community parades and other local events. She is a certified Kindermusik Educator and also a Zumba Instructor. Vanessa continues to further her dance knowledge by attending master classes and participating in conventions such as Pulse and Jump. She attended Marian Court College, where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Vanessa has taught all ages and skill levels, but has a special passion for teaching the younger ones. She loves to see how excited they are for class and watch their growth throughout the year.
Ann-Marie "Annie" Ciaraldi (Ballet) received her initial dance training at the Northern Connecticut Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and Butler University. She holds a BA in English and has danced professionally with the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, Windhover Dance Company, and the Boston Liturgical Ensemble. Ann-Marie has taught ballet and modern dance at various studios on the North Shore for over 20 years. While dancing at Windhover, Ann-Marie had the honor of dancing in reconstructed works by Doris Humphrey under the direction of Ina Hahn including Variations and Conclusions of New Dance, Water Study, Passacaglia and Fugue, and Day on Earth. Her own choreography has been debuted at venues such as Windhover, the North Shore Dance Alliance, and at the Northeast Youth Ballet. She currently is pursuing her MFA in dance, directs the dance program the Glen Urquhart School, and is a facilitator for Dance Education Laboratory in NYC.
Marlaina Rallo (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tiny Tots) started dancing at the age of 4, training at Miss Tina’s Studio of Dance in Gloucester, MA. She went on to study at Dean College, graduating in 2020 with a Bachelors in Dance with a concentration in Studio Management and a minor in Business. Marlaina choreographed and performed in a number of shows while studying at Dean. She also spent the summer of 2018 as an intern with BoSoma School of Dance. One of her many interests besides dance is massage therapy. Marlaina will be attending SpaTech Institute in the summer of 2020 to pursue a license in massage therapy.
Andrew Sentongo (Hip Hop) began dancing at age 17 and started his own dance crew, New Life Dance Crew, which has performed at many local events. He further trained and taught at Phunk Phenomenon and has been teaching for over 10 years at various studios in and around the Boston area. Andrew also has a love of music and has studied audio engineering at FL Institute of Recording, Sound, & Technology and works professionally producing music. He creates his own music and loves creating choreography that brings a visual representation of his music. Andrew's classes are fun-filled and packed with his style of hip hop!