Nicole Kelley - Owner & Director
Nicole has been teaching and choreographing for 17 years. Her choreography and training has won her students many Regional and National awards and recognition. Nicole's positive attitude, high energy level and commitment to teaching dance excellence adds a level of excitement to her classes. The special connection she shares with her students enables her to challenge, motivate and inspire them individually and as a class. A Northborough native, Nicole's dance training began at age 3 at a local studio, where she continued through high school. In addition, she was enrolled at The Boston Ballet School in Newton, MA for Ballet, Modern and Pointe studies. Nicole continued her love of dance as a dance major at both Keene State College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Also during her college years, Nicole trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway while attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Nicole continues her training to stay fresh and current in the dance world by attending national conventions, workshops, teachers seminars and dance performances. Nicole loves sharing her passion and love of dance as the Director of Rhythm Dance Company!
Jenny grew up in Concord, NH where she started dancing at the age of three. Most of her dance training was under the direction of Jennifer Beauvais-Rienert at the New Hampshire School of Ballet in Hooksett, NH. While training at NHSB Jenny competed with the dance company, won numerous awards and performed lead roles in the school's annual Nutcracker and spring concerts. Jenny graduated with honors from The University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and was awarded the Dance Faculty Award for Excellence in Dance. While at the University of the Arts Jenny had the privilege of training with some of Philadelphia’s most honorable dance professionals, including Scott Jovovich, Roni Koresh, Ginger Cox, Kim Bears-Bailey, Brian Sanders, Molly Misgalla, Wayne St. David and Zane Booker. Jenny enjoys teaching all styles of dance to all ages!
April began her dance training in New Jersey with Eileen Juric, creator of the Barre None ballet training program, Tricia Morton, of the Martha Graham School, and Dan Barris, founder and director of Dancers Inc. Dance Competition. As a teenager she relocated to Vermont and continued training with Sherry Adams and the Vermont Chamber Ballet where she performed principal roles in the Nutcracker and many other ballets. April then attended Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Dance, Concentration in Dance Education, and Minor in Arts Management. While at Marymount she had the opportunity to train with many renowned teachers and choreographers such as Katie Langan, Robert Atwood, Anthony Ferro, Francisco Martinez, Helen Picket, Jacques Jean Emile, Denise Vale, Kristina Berger, Geoffrey Doig Marx, and Sheila Barker. After graduating, April began teaching at Ballet Academy East in NYC where she was the Assistant Director of the Children's Summer Program. April later moved to Boston to be a full time faculty member at Boston Ballet School and shortly after also started teaching at RDC. In 2014 April began teaching full time at RDC. April is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Bridget received her BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in ballet from Marymount Manhattan College. There she had the opportunity to train with many distinguished teachers including Katie Langan, Robert Atwood, Anthony Ferro, Francisco Martinez, Denise Vale, Kristina Berger, Elena Commendador, and Lynn Glauber. Bridget has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Alwin Nikolais, Pascal Rioult, and Sean Curran. She also choreographed two original works during her studies. She was an inaugural member of the Boston Celtics Dance Team, has performed at the Macy's Day Parade, Turtle Lane Playhouse, and has done various commcercial, film, and promotional work. In addition to being a member of the RDC Faculty, Bridget has previously taught at Ballet Academy East in NYC and the Nevada School of Ballet in Las Vegas.
Blair danced recreationally and competitively since she was three years old. Her competition years were focused primarily in lyrical, jazz and tap dance and she went on to choreograph group numbers for her sorority of which she was President. Blair attended University of Maryland, College Park where she received her degree in Communications-Public Relations and minor in Public Leadership. She worked for four years at a non-profit organization, Best Buddies Maryland, where she worked with middle and high school programs before becoming a Program Supervisor overseeing all Programmatic departments. She returned to Massachusetts in 2011 and became the Office Coordinator at Rhythm Dance Company which she has enjoyed for the past seven years.
Samantha began her love of dance at the age of two. She has competed in many regional and national dance competitions. Samantha graduated from Wachusett Regional High School and continued her education at Dean College as a dance major. She has attended many dance conventions and seminars given by top professional dancers and choreographers, such as Maurice Hines, AC Ciulla, Derick K Grant, Jay T Jenkins and Travis Wall. Samantha has also performed at Walt Disney World and was a member of the New England Surge Dance Team. Samantha has taught at numerous dance studios in Central Massachusetts and has been the advisor to the Shrewsbury High School Dance Team for the past three years. At both regional and national dance competitions, her dances have won both choreographer and top overall dance awards.
A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aaron Tolson continues to make his mark by championing the movement of the art form of Tap in several arenas. Mr. Tolson is a national spokesperson for dance wear company SoDanca, a consultant and writer for Dance Spirit Magazine, a Professor of Dance at Plymouth State University and the Boston Conservatory, as well as the assistant choreographer, co-creator and assistant producer of the acclaimed stage production Imagine Tap!. Aaron started dancing at the age of ten in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Four years into his dance career he was performing in the Great Tap Reunion at the Apollo Theatre. He attended St. John's University obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications all the while honing his tap technique in Manhattan. His senior year of college landed him in the New York Shakespeare Festival tap program, also known as Funk U! Soon Aaron became a company member of Manhattan Tap and worked with the show Tap Dogs. Jumping feet first into choreography, he landed a job with Absolut with a tour called Absolut Tap!In 2005, Aaron completed a six-year run with Riverdance, the internationally acclaimed show with performances on Broadway and Radio City Music Hall where he was a featured soloist and dance captain. Since then, Aaron has performed and taught at numerous tap festivals, in addition to performing with Brookline Chorus’ Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, The Late Late Show with Liam O’Conner in Ireland and on Globo TV representing the Brazil International Tap Festival. Most recently, Aaron was featured on Dance.com and has choreographed, produced and directed Something to Tap About and Tapped and Tapped In - featuring New England Tap Ensemble.
Robert Mulrey graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with his BFA in Dance. Robbie has been a soloist for several dance companies including Ballet Magique, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Louise Reichlin and Dancers, JADD Co., Nannette Brodie Dance Co. and Impulse Dance Company. He has been in numerous theatrical productions such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1st National Tour, Alice In Wonderland International Tour, Aida Los Angeles/Palm Beach Opera, and West Side Story. Robbie has also had the opportunity to dance all over the Carribean with Holland America Cruise Line. He has been on faculty at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston Ballet, JAWS, as well as many others. Over the past several years he has traveled coast to coast to choreograph award winning pieces at various studios. Robbie has been a director, judge, and master teacher for numerous dance competitions throughout the US and Canada. He also sets choreography on Companies and Universities across the US. Recently he was head of the Jazz program for the Alvin Ailey Summer Camp and has had the opportunity to judge for the hit shows "Dance Moms" and "Dance Moms Miami". Robbie was a featured judge in Dance Magazine's "Spotlight on Competition" section in October 2011. Currently Robbie is expressing his love for education as a professor in the dance department at Dean College in Franklin, MA.
Sheanah started dancing at the age of two and instantly fell in love with it. She competed with dance throughout her school years, made it to the NBA Celtics Dancers final audition in 2011, then continued with competitive dance cheer at Bridgewater State University. She graduated with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and English. Sheanah not only mentored at Rhythm Dance Company her senior year, but continued to work with RDC throughout her college experience. She is extremely excited to get involved in a greater capacity combining her love for teaching, dance, and children as part of the RDC Faculty this year.
Miss Alison Alison has been dancing since the age of three. Alison danced competitively through high school and continued her passion for dance by being a member of the UMass Amherst Stage Crew Dance Team. She has had the amazing opportunity to grow up with her extended "dance family" and has continued to have these wonderful people in her life. She is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts/ Amherst. She currently is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration and working for The American Diabetes Association.
Kate has been trained in all styles of dance since the age of the three including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary/modern, musical theater, and line dance. Her style of expertise and absolute passion is for contemporary, modern, and jazz. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of twelve earning many awards and platinum medals for her solo and group performances. Kate attended college at Fitchburg State University where she performed, taught, and competed on the Fitchburg State Dance Team. Kate was the dance club treasurer as well as the co-founder and choreographer for the competitive dance team who not only competed but performed in Disney World.After college, along with teaching and choreographing, she was also the creator and dance director for the Parks and Recreation Dance Program in her home town of Shrewsbury, MA. While sharing her passion of teaching in dance studios, Kate has also kept up her competitive dance experience by traveling and directing dance competitions with a competition and convention company, Turn It Up Dance Challenge. Kate is marking her eleventh year teaching and is very excited to be bringing her knowledge and ideas to RDC!