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Emily Nestor


Emily began dancing at North Shore Dance Academy in 2012 taking a jazz class with Miss Tammy. She instantly fell in love with dance and started to take more classes and study more genres. Emily trained in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, pointe and hip hop. Emily began taking classes in the intensive program and loved student assisting as well.  Emily was an active member of NSDA Goodwill Ambassadors and loved to represent the studio throughout the community.  After graduating Emily attended Dean College and Endicott College. Emily found her way back to the studio and worked as lobby assistant, substitute teacher and classroom assistant for the Dancer Within program.  Emily began teaching classes of her own at NSDA and has loved every minute of getting to know the students of NSDA.Emily graduated from Endicott College receiving a Bachelors degree in Business Management. Emily is so excited to be back at the studio for another year filled with fun and working with such an amazing staff.

Sarah Vose

Sarah began her dance education at North Shore Dance Academy in 1983 (before it even went by that name) when she was three years old! She fell in love with dance when she took her first jazz class from Miss Tammy at the age of six, always looking up to the “older girls” Miss Dennee and Miss Julie, and continued her training throughout her high school and college years, mentored by Miss Stacie. 
After teaching at NSDA for several years, she decided to pursue her dream of dancing professionally, and made the move to Las Vegas.
There, she performed in a variety of shows on the Las Vegas Strip, including Show in the Sky at the Rio, V Variety at Planet Hollywood, and spent five years as Dance Captain, Magician’s assistant, and principal dancer in a prominent magic show at The Riviera and Tropicana. She is proud to have served as Dance Captain and assistant choreographer to Jonnis Tannis of SYTYCD as an integral member of the Lost Vegas Crew, and has also had the pleasure to work with a plethora of talented and notable choreographers such as multi-Emmy nominated Christopher Scott of SYTYCD and “In the Heights”, and Katy Tate of World of Dance.
Sarah and her husband, Dan always knew that when they had children of their own they wanted to raise them around their family, and now that their son Teddy is three years old, there was no better time to return to their roots. She is so excited to be a part of the NSDA family, and to continue passing on her love and knowledge of dance! 

Mary Leahy


Mary began dancing at North Shore Dance Academy when she was 10. However she has been dancing since she was 2! During her time at NSDA she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, and Hip Hop. Mary always loved ballet and the discipline and respect that it required. Her goal in joining NSDA as a staff member is to be a supporting and loving role model for children to look up to like she looked up to her NSDA teachers!

After graduating from NSDA‘s Senior Company in 2014, she continued to take Ballet classes from Wagner College. There she earned a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Mary is currently a 4th grade special education teacher. In her classroom she regularly uses movement and music to make lessons more engaging for students.

Emily Tanzella

Emily started dancing at the age of 2, training at Helene Joy School of Dance before enrolling at NSDA in 2011. She has studied tap, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop, with tap being her favorite to both perform and teach. Emily’s teaching experience began as an assistant choreographer for the middle school theatre program in Beverly, and she worked my way up to choreographing shows on her own. She enjoys getting to know all of her students, and helping them to become the best dancers and people they can be both in and out of the classroom. Emily is currently a junior at Endicott College, where she continues her dance training through various technique classes and performance opportunities. Emily is also pursuing a dance minor, is eager to use what she learned to teach a new generation of dancers. When not dancing, she enjoys playing the drums. Emily was a proud member of her high school’s marching band in the drumline for four years, and lead the entire section for two years. Emily grew up admiring and respecting the teachers she had while at NSDA, and I’m grateful to be joining such a passionate and talented staff.

Alana Comeau

Alana has been dancing since the age of two and it truly became a lifelong passion. She danced with Shore Dance Academy as a competitive student as well as taking a variety of extra classes at Gene Murray School of Dance in her free time.  She began teaching dance for the Sterling YMCA as a high school senior and later on moved onto Creative Arts Dance Conservatory.  Alana worked tirelessly to develop the same passion in her students and eventually founded a dance team in both of these locations. Alana’s dance teams and companies have earned many special recognitions at various dance competitions in recent years.  Alana graduated from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Training School in 2007.  She holds a Certificate in Dance Education and an Associate Degree in Dance, Magna Cum Laude from Northern Essex Community College.  Alana also graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science also in Dance, Cum Laude.  Alana still loves to perform and has been a member of Forty Steps Dance Company since 2019. Alana is happy to join the NSDA staff, after all these years it feels like coming home. 

Alessandra Bisconti

Miss Alessandra began dancing in North Shore Dance Academy’s Peabody studio at the age of four. She feels fortunate to have been influenced by the teachers she now works beside today. Throughout her career in NSDA she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pointe. Her goal is to show others how dance allows you to become expressive, passionate, and driven all life’s endeavors!

After graduating in 2014 from the Senior Company, she continued to pursue dance at Bridgewater State University. There, she earned a degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics. Alessandra is currently a 3rd grade teacher where she incorporates academics and movement into her student’s education.

Kayla Zerfoss


Kayla grew up in Peabody, MA down the street from NSDA’s first home. She began dancing there at the age of 4 years old where she competed alongside lifelong friends. She credits her beloved dance teachers including Miss Tammy, Miss Lisa, Miss Stacie, and Miss Melissa for inspiring her love for dance. Kayla teaches tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop.


After graduating from the studio in 2014, Kayla moved to New York and attended Hofstra University. There she was a part of Hofstra’s largest dance club on campus, Dance works Productions, where she danced in multiple shows. Currently Kayla is pursuing her juris doctor degree at Boston College Law School while teaching at the studio


Dennee Noyes


Dennee Noyes began her dance training at a young age in Peabody, Massachusetts at the Jenkins School of Dance.  She went on to study under the direction of Deborah Douglas, Cheri Gikas, Tammy Bolduc and Gene Murray.  Having studied many styles of dance, Dennee has become a well-rounded dance instructor of both children and adults since 1995 at North Shore Dance Academy in Danvers, Massachusetts..  She was also a teacher in Salem, Massachusetts for Gene Murray School of Dance for several years.  Ms. Dennee is a graduate of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Dance Education Training Program and is an active member of both Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America.

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Julie McKie

Miss Julie grew up in Peabody. As a child she was a student at the original studio that eventually became the first home of North Shore Dance Academy. As owners came and went she stayed and now jokes that “she just came with the building”. Since she spent so much time at the studio anyway, as a teen she began assisting classes and eventually became a teacher. She earned her teaching certificate from The Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Trained in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Acro, Miss Julie has been teaching students ages 3-18 for the past 28 years.

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Melissa Bistany

Melissa has been a part of the North Shore Dance Academy faculty for the past 13 years. She has trained and teaches in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical and Acro. Melissa has competed local and Nationally and has won several titles including American Dance Awards dancer of the year 1999. She attends national touring conventions regularly to stay current and up to date with the ever changing styles of dance.

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Charlene Canada


Miss Charlene grew up at North Shore Dance Academy, where she started dancing at age 3. Her love of dance sparked thanks to her dedicated teachers; Miss Tammy, Miss Stacie, Miss Melissa and Miss Lisa! At NSDA, Miss Charlene attended regional conventions and competitions. Miss Charlene was also a member of the Melrose Youth Ballet for 8 years, where she performed annually, in their production of “The Nutcracker.” After graduating from Salem State University in 2015, Miss Charlene returned as faculty. Read more…

Michelle Broome

Michelle Broome

Michelle grew up in Chelsea, MA and fell in love with dance at the incredibly young age of three. Not long after, her family moved to Peabody where she continued to dance in Chelsea at Broadway Studio of Performing Arts. Michelle’s passion expanding beyond learning as a student, she realized teaching is what really drove her. This led to her becoming a Teacher Assistant and after gaining the proper knowledge she began to instruct her very own classes. Michelle then ultimately moved on from the studio that helped mold her into the Instructor she is today to expand her dance knowledge by teaching at additional schools. 

Michelle has attended many dance conventions, performed in Disney World and has also showcased her talent in various local events with her studio’s performance group. Read more…

Lisa Gast-Corbett

Lisa Gast-Corbett

Lisa Gast-Corbett started dancing at age 22. She took a ballet class on a whim with Gene Murray and never looked back. After taking hundreds of classes, Lisa began assistant teaching at the Gene Murray School of Dance in the ballet program for young children. Lisa was awarded her own class in the program in 1998. Lisa continued to study at the Gene Murray School of Dance and started pointe work at age 29 under Gene Murray and eventually Christianne Clark’s direction.

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Joanna McHugh

Joanna has been dancing since the age of 6 at NSDA. Over the years, she has trained with both the staff at NSDA and Gene Murray (whom she still continues to take class with today at the Boston Ballet School). During her years of competitive dancing, she competed regionally and nationally and performed in pieces that have won overall high score and special awards at those competitions. She has also won scholarships at the various convention scholarship auditions regionally.

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Lauren Adario

Lauren Adario just finished her 10th year teaching at NSDA, and loves being able to combine the passions of teaching and love for dance with students of all ages. From the age of 3, Lauren trained at North Shore Dance Academy in a wide range of styles, as well as additional ballet and tap training with Gene Murray. At age 10, she joined the intensive program and performed and competed regionally and nationally. As a student, she and her team earned a number of overall high schools and special awards at various conventions and competitions. Her passion for teaching started at a young age, while assisting younger dance classes at NSDA. Read more…

Alison DeVita Kehlbeck

Alison DeVita

Miss Ali grew up dancing at the Carlene Nazarian Dance Center and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Assumption College. While attending Assumption, Miss Ali was the captain of her college dance team and attended UDA in Disney World as well as NDA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL. While in college, she performed in her college production of “Chicago” and “Damn Yankees.”  Miss Ali also danced for the Boston Cannons Dance Team and the Boston Blazers Dance Team. Read more…

Nicole Stroumbos

Nicole Stroumbos grew up dancing at The Carlene Nazarian Dance Center in Salem NH where she trained in various styles of dance. During her time there she attended and performed in numerous dance competitions throughout New England and through years of closely assisting her instructors found a new passion for teaching. After completing high school early Nicole started the UNH Summer Dance Intensive with her close friend and colleague, assembling a group of multitalented instructors to bring Dance and Aerial Arts to children of all ages. Read more…

Kristen (Krissy) Rybicki

Krissy Rybicki

Kristen (Krissy) Rybicki, is a Danvers, MA, native and NSDA alum of 2008. She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and a BA in Advertising and Public Relations with Marketing and Dance minors from Loyola University Chicago. Krissy has been a choreographer, performer, and educator in the NY, Chicago, and Boston areas. She performed in NYU’s Kaleidoscope Dancers in NYC from 2013-2015, and as part of Matter Dance Company, Movement Revolution, and other independent projects in Chicago from 2012-2018.

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Kristen Calder

Kristen Calder

Kristen Calder is an alumnus of North Shore Dance Academy where she was given a strong foundation in dance and where she realized her passion for the art. With the guidance of her teachers, she developed her technique, style and creativity as an intensive competitive team member and excelled as a member of the Senior Company and Ms. Stacie Resendes Ferreira’s Eastern Dance Company. She performed in pieces that won Overall High Scores, Diamond Awards, and Critic’s Choice Awards. She attended the NYCDA summer intensive, DTCB Teacher’s Training, Complexions summer intensive, Boston Ballet’s summer intensive and many national competitions. She was recognized with scholarship titles of Elite Dancer, Breakout Artist, VIP and also won many Single, Year Round and National Scholarships.

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Stacie Resendes Ferreira

Stacie Resendes Ferreira

Stacie Resendes Ferreira joined the faculty of North Shore Dance Academy as Ballet Mistress in 1990 while attending the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and working towards her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. After a few years working for the Principal Financial Group, she decided to turn her part time job into her full time job, and dedicate her life to her true passion, the art of dance.

Stacie has been teaching and choreographing since the age of 14, and over the past 30 plus years, she has directed, staged and choreographed several high school musicals,  served as a color guard instructor for many high schools, drum corps, and winter guards, worked as a private coach for professional performers, gymnasts and ice skaters, and taught private lessons in piano, voice, and acting.   Read more…

Tammy Bolduc

Tammy Bolduc

Miss Tammy began her career as a dance educator at North Shore Dance Academy in 1987 and became the owner of NSDA in 1994. She has enjoyed every minute of her time, sharing her joy of dance with young ladies and gentlemen throughout the North Shore Area.

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