OUR TEAM OF TEACHERS

DEDICATED TO PROVIDING QUALITY DANCE EDUCATION TO INDIVIDUALS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES

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NIKKI DIBISCEGLIA

TSDC cofounder Nikki has trained in all aspects of dance and gymnastics since the age of two. Nikki specializes in gymnastics and has studied under renowned instructors all over the north shore area. As a competitive gymnast and dancer, Nikki won numerous state and regional awards and went on to open The Studio Dance Complex with her long time friend and colleague, Kris, when she was just 21 years old. She has been teaching in Revere for 12 years and has received a master's degree in education and certificate in special education. Nikki works with students of all ages and ability levels, placing a heavy emphasis on making class as fun as it can be, while ensuring that her students develop socially and learn proper body alignment so they can dance in a safe and successful way. Along with many gymnastics classes, Nikki also teaches our tiny and teen competition teams lyrical and jazz. Stop by today to meet Miss Nikki!

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KRIS TESTA

Dance has always been a major part of our cofounder Kris's life. At just two years of age, Kris began dancing with Mildred Holmes. As she studied under Holmes, she found that she felt most passionate about ballet and began to focus on it more with the Boston Ballet School. She then went on to attend the Northern Essex dance program. She was a member of the Stillpoint dance company and still continues to take classes to remain educated and up to date, bringing the most contemporary styles into her choreography. Throughout the past twenty years, Kris has worked at numerous studios in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire areas, but has found her home with the TSDC family where she enjoys teaching the senior, teen, and junior competition teams in all styles along with many recreational and technique classes. Her work has received numerous choreography and concept awards at both the regional and national levels. Try out a class to get to know Miss Kris!

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CARLI DIMEO

Carli joined our family as a competition team member in 2013. After graduating, she returned to us as a teacher of moves n grooves, musical theatre, jazz, improv, and contemporary. Carli graduated from Boston University in 2018 where she studied behavior and health and dance under the direction of Micki Taylor-Pinney. Here she was mentored by Ann Brown Allen and Peter DiMuro and studied under Margot Parsons and Lindsey Leduc among many other outstanding faculty. She is the associate director of the Boston University Dance Arts camp and is currently pursuing a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy. She also teaches jazz technique contemporary company at The Gate City Ballet. Carli has presented original choreography at the American College Dance Association New England conference. She is a member Boston-based contemporary dance company Contemporarily Out of Order and enjoys taking class with this company and various instructors to broaden her knowledge as both a performer and instructor. This will be her third year teaching with us, and she has become known for her positivity in the classroom and her ability to make students feel comfortable pushing their own limits through improvisational exercises. Carli is certified by exam in the Alixa Flexibility method and in Acrobatic Arts. Stop by on a Monday, Friday, or Saturday to meet Miss Carli!

DEBI COCCO

Debi Cocco is a former studio owner now on faculty at many top studios in New England. She has taught at multiple conventions and seminars Including dancers inc nationals, dance teacher web summer conference, dance life conference and more. She has judged for on stage America competition as well as greater Brockton dance teachers competition and taught at the convention. Her competition choreography has consistently won top awards including two nominations for the industry dance awards And most recently the diamond choreography award at American dance awards competition. She is an active member of two professional organizations in the area specifically for dance teachers. Debi continues Her education by attending classes conventions and workshops both locally and in California, Las Vegas, and New York on a regular basis. She is excited to work with the dancers at TSDC!

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NORMA JEAN FOWLER

Ms. Norma is a dance educator with over forty-eight years of experience. Her dance awards include outstanding choreography, outstanding costume, overall high scores, overall National high scores and overall National technical awards. Her students are National Ballet School scholarship winners (Alvin Ailey, River North. Pacific Northwest, Kirov Academy, American Ballet Theatre), DMM, DMA pageant winners, LA Underground, LA Dance Force, LA Dance Magic, Urban Jamm, ASH dance, West Coast Dance Explosion scholarship winners, Miss Michigan 1999, 2000, 2004, 1st runner up to Miss Michigan 2000, 2001, 2003, Radio City Rockettes’ and Rockette ensemble cast members. She is Certified by exam Cecchetti Council of America, Student and Associate Levels Graduate of Theatre Arts Program, Oakland University, Rochester MI Certified by exam Dance Masters of MI and America Certified by exam in the Eight Year program of Leningrad’s Vagonava School Certified by exam Dance Educators of America Certified by exam in the Alixa Flexibility Method Certified by exam in Acrobatic Arts Member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Ms. Norma’s objective is to teach dance, movement, music awareness, and artistic creativity to students from beginning through very advanced competitive level. Her priority is to insight self-awareness and self-esteem in young and teen students, as well as, introducing them to multi-disciplined dance techniques.

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MISS AMANDA

Amanda began dancing at the age of five and was trained in all areas of dance with tap being her favorite. After graduating, Amanda taught classes for the Dance Club at Fitchburg State University as well as for the studio she grew up at. She taught recreational classes as well as choreographed for competition teams, and her dances won many choreography and special awards. Amanda joined the TSDC family back in 2016 and loved getting to know the dancers and their families. She is very excited to be rejoining the TSDC crew after taking a few years away to start her family. Amanda has worked in Special Education in Lynn for over 10 years and is passionate about adapting her teaching style and making modifications to meet the needs and abilities of all her students. Most recently, Amanda completed Instructor Certification for SHiNE Dance Fitness™. Stop by on a Saturday to meet Miss Amanda!

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