Katherine Hooper, Owner BoSoma School of Dance

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.

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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.

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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. Courtney enjoys doing master classes and guest teaching around the New England area sharing her passion for dance.

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Kelsey Blanchette, BSD Production Assistant & BYC Community Outreach Director, received her early training from Dance Progressions of Londonderry, NH studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance.  After graduating high school Kelsey went on to Salem State University where she studied Modern dance under the direction of Meghan McLyman, Caitlin Corbett, Betsy Miller, and James Morrow. During her time at  Salem State dance grew into a lifelong passion for the arts. Kelsey attended several American College Dance Festivals in New England where her work was represented twice, assisted in the direction and choreography of The Drowsy Chaperone, and was awarded the 2017 Creativity Award, the highest honor of the arts from Salem State University. Kelsey has also had the opportunity to dance in summer programs and intensives with the Amy Marshall Dance Company and BoSoma Dance Company as well as perform professionally with Saving Grace Dance Ensemble. Today,  Kelsey is working towards her PnL1 Nutrition Certification and is a co-founder of Vitality Dance Project, a duet project that can be found performing in local events such as the Salem Arts Festival, NACHMO Boston, and more.

Pattie Hunter, Irish Step teacher at BoSoma School of Dance

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.

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Margaret Falcone (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern) is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Syracuse, NY where she trained at The Ballet & Dance Center. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2019 with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance and 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. She also had the opportunity to produce three of her original works on Boston Conservatory’s mainstage. Now, she is currently the Administrative Coordinator for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Dance Division. Additionally, Margaret is the program director of two divisional outreach programs: Movement Matters, which brings dance to senior citizens in the Boston area, as well as Step by Step, an adaptive dance program for students who have Autism and Down Syndrome. In addition to being on faculty at BoSoma School of Dance, she also teaches at Metrowest Dance Academy, and is an annual guest choreographer at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School. Margaret previously danced with DrumatiX and has been a member of BoSoma Dance Company since 2019. 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.

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Erica Lane (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Irish Step, Tiny Tots) 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. 

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Vanessa Raftery (Tiny Tots, Ballet, Tap, Jazz) 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. 

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Marlaina Rallo (Tiny Tots, Ballet, Tap, Jazz) 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.

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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!

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Alyssa Sullivan (Irish Step, Contemporary/Improv) received her dance training at Mass Motion Dance North under the direction of Katherine Hooper. Throughout high school, Alyssa was member of Aurora Borealis Dance Company, a pre-professional contemporary dance company under the direction of Katie Pustizzi, where she studied dance improvisation. After graduating high school in 2017,  she attended Adelphi University where she studied Modern and Ballet for two years.  Alyssa is currently a Certified Toddler Teacher with the YMCA daycare programs. Alyssa’s goal as a teacher is to allow her students to feel comfortable using dance as a way to think creatively and to leave class feeling better than when they walked in the door. She is very excited to share her passion for dance with the students of BSD!

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Dana Mazurowski (Ballet) began her dance training at the New Hampshire School of Ballet where she remained enrolled for ten years. There, she trained in numerous styles, including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, tumbling, and danced competitively around the country. In May of 2016 Dana graduated from the Hartt School Conservatory with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Pedagogy. While attending the Hartt School she expanded her training in other genres including Limón, Graham, character, and contemporary dance forms. She had the good fortune to train with renowned teachers and choreographers including Stephen Pier, Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Jackie Nowicki, Miki Orihara, Betsy McMillan, Doug Varone, Gregory Dolbashian, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet. During her time at the Hartt School she also had the opportunity to study abroad for a period in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the Henny Jurriens Foundation. In June of 2016 Dana was nominated by the American College Dance Association to perform at their national showcase at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. After moving to New York City in 2016 she began working as a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.  She participated in many showcases and projects including Queensboro Dance Festival, solo work for Nancy Meehan company member Frances Rosario-Puelo, guest performer for Vivid Ballet at Alvin Ailey,  Shifting Tides performance at The Actors Fund Arts Center, and danced as a company member with One Day Dance for two seasons. Presently, Dana performs with Bosoma Dance Company and Nsquared Dance Company. She also is a Ballet instructor for Elite Feet Artists Company and holds the Assistant Director position at Martin School of Dance in Bedford, NH.

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Keegan Scesny (Ballet, Tap, Jazz) is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Shrewsbury Massachusetts. She is a Company Member with Bosoma Dance Company under the direction of Katherine Hooper. Keegan trained and performed with Aurora Borealis Dance Company under the direction of Katie Pustizzi, for two seasons. She currently teaches at Dawn’s School of Dance, where she received her early dance training. In more recent years, Keegan has had the honor of working with many Master teachers and choreographers such as Cat Cogliandro, Emily Greenwell, Kate Jablonski, Jaclyn Waguespack, and Adrienne Hawkins. Recently, Keegan was also a core dancer in “Matriarch: a Woman’s Immigration” story by Ann-Marie Ciaraldi and “After Dark” by Laura Sanchez. Keegan’s passion for expression, creativity, and allowing herself to be vulnerable has paved the way for a life involved in dance and the performing arts- passions that she passes on to the younger generations of dancers she teaches.

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Stephanie Piscione (Ballet, Tap, Jazz) grew up dancing, receiving her training at local studios and summer programs such as Ballet Arts Worcester and The Alvin Ailey School. She holds a Bachelors degree in Dance from Dean College. During her studies there, she experienced incredible performance opportunities with leading roles in many classical ballets as well as modern-contemporary shows. Some of the classical ballets she performed in with soloist roles were Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle & The Nutcracker. Stephanie began her teaching journey with Boston Ballet School and spent the past 5 years working with students on their technique and conditioning. Recently, she received her certification to teach STOTT PILATES, and is in training with the Royal Ballet to become certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. Stephanie inspires to help her students gain strength, flexibility and understanding the quality of movement. She enjoys helping her students achieve their personal and fitness goals in a safe, fun and challenging environment.