Nichole (Wilcott) Fortunato, Director ~ Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop

Ms. Fortunato has been dancing competitively for more than 20 years. A former N.F.L. Cheerleader, she specializes in Jazz, Hip-hop, and Contemporary and has trained with renowned choreographer Brian Friedman. She has studied in New York at the Broadway Dance Center and has worked as a full time dance instructor in the Boston area for many years. In addition, Nichole has shared her expertise with Boston University students as a master dance teacher.

Danielle DiVito, Assistant Director~Modern, Tumbling, Jazz, Ballet/Jazz

Danielle graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University with a B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies and Secondary Education. While at RWU she received the Dance Theatre and Performance Scholarship and the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award. Danielle has performed with artists throughout New York City, Boston and Rhode Island including Ellis Wood Dance (NYC), Snappy Dance Theater, ANAIKI Dance, DeAnna Pellecchia, Bennett Dance Company and Carey Foster (Boston). She currently dances for Ipswich Moving Company. Danielle is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and has taught dance at St. George School, Providence Academy of International Studies, and Davisville Elementary in RI, Cambridge Montessori School in MA, and Rita Tottenham Studios in CT. She has been teaching at BBDC since December 2006.  

Brian Roberts ~Ballet, Pointe

Brian trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He was a member of Boston Repertory Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. He earned his MA in Dance from American University in 1997. Mr. Roberts has taught and/or choreographed at many institutions including New World School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet School - where he was also the Director of Education Outreach, American University, Towson State University and Walnut Hill among others. An excerpt of his ballet "Te Yashe" was performed by Janet Shibata as a part of Washington Ballet's 20th Anniversary Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Pamela Powers ~ Tap

Pamela has an extensive background as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.  She is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Pamela started tap dancing at the age of three and has had the privilege of studying over the years with many of the legendary tap greats.  Pamela also studied privately in New York for eight years with the renowned Broadway choreographer, Charles Hughes.  She has taught in the US, England and Germany.  She is a versatile tap dancer, and draws from many dance forms to create interesting choreography.  She has a wonderful rapport with her students and a life-long passion for the Art of Tap Dancing.   

Amie Fabiano ~ Modern, Lyrical

Amie Fabiano graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and a Minor in Anthropology.  She was awarded the RWU Dance Performance Scholarship as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.  She has had the pleasure of performing works by Heidi Latsky, Sean Curran, Doug Elkins, Heidi Henderson, and Christine Bennett.  Amie has been actively teaching and choreographing in the Boston Area for the past eleven years.

 

 

Britany Salo ~ Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet/Jazz, Pre Ballet, Hip Hop

A native of Connecticut, Britany is eager for a new chapter in her career starting here in Massachusetts. Britany is a graduate from Dean College where she received her Bachelor’s in dance and a minor in business in 2012. At Dean, she performed in numerous performances such as Dance Company and Choreographers Showcase. Not only is she an educated dance teacher and choreographer, but she is also proud to add a certification of yoga fit to her accomplishments. Britany has competed in competitions throughout New England, and is very proud to add “Best Choreographer” to her list of accomplishments. Britany is a determined and a detail oriented teacher. Her greatest joy is to see a student transform from an individual to an artist.

Amanda Sadin ~ Ballet/Jazz, Pre Ballet, Tumbling

Amanda graduated from Dean College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in dance as well as a minor in business in 2012. At Dean, Amanda had the opportunity to perform and also choreograph for many shows such as choreographers' showcase, dance team show, and cabaret. Amanda has been dancing for 25 years and has competed in competitions across New England. She has been recognized at these competitions for high scores and also received student choreography awards for her pieces. Amanda has also had the opportunity to participate in the American Academy of Ballet summer intensive program in Purchase NY where she worked with many world renowned ballet instructors from all over the U.S. Amanda loves being able to share her passion of dance with all her students that she teaches. 

Michelle Canuel ~ Hip Hop, Ballet/Tap, Jazz

Having recently moved to Natick, Michelle is excited to join BBDC! Michelle is a 2012 graduate of Dean College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and a minor in business. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop in Southern New England for the past 8 years. After college, Michelle danced for a season with Impact Dance Company in Cambridge, MA. Previous training also includes the Rockette Summer Intensive and the American Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive in NY, as well as numerous master classes. During her years of dancing she had the opportunities to perform in Walt Disney World, Memphis and Nashville, TN and Six Flags New England. In the summer of 2015, she attended the DanceLife Retreat Conference run by Rhee Gold in Phoenix, AR and trained with numerous instructors including Joe Lanteri, Scott Fowler, Thelma Goldberg, Roni Mahler, Bruce Marks, and Joe Tremaine.

Alyssa Crane Jazz, Lyrical, Acro

Alyssa Crane is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Theatre and Dance. Dance has always been her passion. She danced competitively for many years, and was a member of the UNH Tap, Jazz, and Aerial Company, as well as Boston Community Dance Project where she danced under inspiring mentors and alongside talented performers. Alyssa has been employed by national dance competitions and conventions, and you may also catch her on the sidelines as she is a veteran cheerleader for the New England Patriots. Above all, she loves being in the studio with her students who inspire her the most. 

Melissa Amershek ~ Jazz

 

Melissa has been listed as one of the "Top 50 Choreographers to Watch" by Dance Spirit/Teacher Magazine. Her notable performing experience includes Disney World Magic Kingdom. Television credits include principal dance roles with ESPN and Pepsi Commercials.  Melissa continued her success as a New England Patriots Cheerleader and performed in New Orleans at Super Bowl XXXVI.

 

Melissa currently prides herself on being one of the top choreographers in the Northeast with awards such as "Top Choreographer", "Most Creative", "Best Staging", "Most Entertaining" and 3 time Industry Dance Award winner for the highest scoring jazz routine for 2014, 2015 & 2016. Melissa has trained 15 regional and national title winners. Her dancers have not only earned college scholarships, they are currently dancing professionally in NYC, LA, Boston and Orlando.  Melissa was also honored with producing and choreographing the opening act for the Radio City Rockettes.  Most recently, Melissa was the choreographer for the national dance team for Turn It Up Dance Challenge.


Currently, Melissa is a dance faculty member at Dean College, Director of New England Summer Dance Camp and a competition judge for Turn It Up Dance Challenge.