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Shirah Burgey

Training: BA in Dance from University of Massachusetts Amherst 2011

Biggest Dance Dream: To be a back up dancer for Beyonce

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Car, normal until you find yourself all out dancing 

Loves: Fitness and food


Lea D'Arminio

Training: Many styles for 17167181 years of ballet, ballroom, tap, hip hop, modern, and contemporary

Biggest Dance Dream: To dance on a stage in front of an ocean during sunset

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: With my 10th grade math class. We did "angle aerobic" dancing

Loves: Mathematics, generosity, honesty, openness, and playing in the leaves

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Tia DeVincenzo

Training: BA in Dance from James Madison University

Biggest Dance Dream: Attend graduate school abroad

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: While food shopping

Loves: Dogs, photography, travel, and baked goods

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Francisco J. Garcia

Training: Experience in contemporary, ballet, and modern

Biggest Dance Dream: To choreograph an entire show incorporating pieces from all styles

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: In public..those moments when you are listening to music on the T running though choreography and people look at you funny

Loves: Sleep, taking long walks at night, eating-bread...bread is good

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Stefanie Gordan

Training: Dance Express, Dance Minor at Boston University

Biggest Dance Dream: To go on tour

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Rooftops

Loves: Fitness, going out to eat, sandwiches, my Shih Tzu, turquoise, my mom, friends, family, and warm weather

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Kristen Giddings


Training: BA in Dance/Performance Studies from Roger Williams University

Biggest Dance Dream: Travel internationally on tour

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: The newsroom

Loves: Traveling, concerts, camping, and sports games

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Carrie Kerestein

Training: Dancing Arts Center, George Washington University

Biggest Dance Dream: A dream fulfilled with Urbanity- dancing on the outdoor stage at Jacob's Pillow

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Long, deserted hallways

Loves: Walking in cities, coffees, grande allegro, the International Phonetic Alphabet

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Heather Larsen

Training: BA Dance/Performance Studies from Roger Williams University

Biggest Dance Dream: To dance on every continent 

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: In the hallways at work

Loves: Teaching, ASL, Show Choir

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Casey Marchek

Training: Lakes Region Dance, Boston University

Biggest Dance Dream: To dance and perform in some elaborate production like Cirque de Soleil

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Underwater

Loves: Playing the piano

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Mackenzie McDonald

Training: Marguerite's Academy of Dance, MIT Fixation

Biggest Dance Dream: Master the art of making every movement seem effortless

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Any aisle of the supermarket

Loves: Aquariums, fireplaces, grocery shopping, Halloween, and mozzarella sticks

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Genny Mudd

Training: The Gold School, Boston University, Urbanity Dance 

Biggest Dance Dream: To dance on Broadway

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: The Boston Common

Loves: Musicals, cold brew, leggings, and cats

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Danielle Pastuszak

Training: Boston Ballet, European Ballet, Hamilton College, American Ballet Theatre, Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Biggest Dance Dream: Dancing into my 90's

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: There is no place too weird for dance

Loves: Autumn, tea, dark chocolate, organization, winter hiking, cooking, and adventure


Maria Perry

Training: Eastern Connecticut Ballet, BalletNova, MIT dance, SKooJ CorE-O's Boston Community Dance Project

Biggest Dance Dream: Keep dancing until I'm an eccentric old lady ballet teacher

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: On the T

Loves: Bookstores, baking, traveling, trivia, & grilled cheese sandwiches

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Mariah Rasmussen

Training: Plymouth State University, BS in Dance and Wellness Administration

Biggest Dance Dream: Attend grad school, dance in a musical, and go on tour to dance in new and exciting places

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: My kitchen

Loves: Being outside, spicy food, travel, a good book, dogs, and fall

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Colleen Roddy

Training: Gloria Jean's Studio of Dance, New Haven Ballet and Dance Minor from Boston University

Biggest Dance Dream: To go on tour

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: In an elevator for a dance performance

Loves: Iced coffee and Reese's


Jessica Ruiz

Training: Temple University, Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance, Massachusetts Academy of Ballet

Biggest Dance Dream: To tour the world dancing in a professional company

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Anywhere and everywhere

Loves: Family, friends, and warm weather

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Kate Shepard

Training: Arts Umbrella Dance Company (Vancouver, Canada), Dance and Business Degrees from Skidmore College

Biggest Dance Dream: Batsheva Dance Company (or Beyonce's backup dancer)

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Flash mob in Vancouver International Airport

Loves: Food (especially pulled pork), family, friends, traveling the world with my camera, big fluffy dogs, giant pandas, Canada, and attending networking events to learn more about the creative, innovative, and social entrepreneurship world


Jillee St.Martin

Training: Dean College, Urbanity Dance

Biggest Dance Dream: To be infinitely happy in whatever and wherever the dance world takes me. 

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: Gillette Stadium

Loves: My cats, discovering new music, Harry Potter, conspiracy theories and personality tests, Stranger Things, my family, and living life to the fullest. 


Mikella Van Dyke

Training: North Carolina School of the Arts, Hope College, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive

Biggest Dance Dream: To DANCE at the Joyce Theater 

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: In the Airport-My friend and I put on quite the show!

Loves: My kids, Thailand, traveling, Mango and Sticky Rice 

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Juliana Willey

Training: BFA from University of Buffalo, Urbanity SI, Martha Graham Dance Company Summer Intensive, Eleanor's School of Dance

Biggest Dance Dream: To be on Broadway or to dance on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: The shower

Loves: Family, friends, yoga, psychology, coffee, lipstick

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Layne Willis

Training: Studied ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, and circus arts. Currently studying Dance and Performance Arts with a concentration in Modern Studies at Roger Williams University

Biggest Dance Dream: Having my own dance company and touring internationally

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: In a fountain 

Loves: Cooking and visual art


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Amy Yu

Training: Messiah Dance Theater, Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, Penn Dance, Koresh School of Dance

Biggest Dance Dream: To own a big mirror with open space in my future house so I can dance whenever

Weirdest Place Found Dancing: In front of the sink while brushing my teeth

Loves: Baking, cooking, food photography, recipe development