Richard Oaxaca – Director
Richard is originally from Texas where he grew up competing in gymnastics and cheerleading and was named “America’s Number One Male Cheerleader” four times by the National Cheerleaders Association. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance.
He performed as a member of the Los Angeles based dance company Diavolo, was invited to perform at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea, & appeared on Season 7 of America’s Got Talent. He has been a backup up dancer for Patti LaBelle, danced in Cameron Mackintosh’s Hey, Mr. Producer! , and danced for Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, & portrayed the part of the Magic Carpet in Disney’s Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular, for Disney Cruise Lines.
After attending the New England Center for Circus Arts and the San Francisco Circus Center, he joined Norwegian Cruise Lines as a principal acrobat and dancer, then toured internationally as an aerialist and fire eater with Aerial Angels Circus Company, Aerial Experience, & choreographed for The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He was awarded the “Up and Coming Choreography” award by The Movement Project of Cleveland, Ohio, & most recently nominated for the “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” award in Cleveland, Ohio.
Before joining the Weymouth Club as the Director of Dance With Energy, Oaxaca was an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Wisconsin, and the former Assistant Director of Dance at Notre Dame College in South Euclid Ohio.
Kellie started with Dance with Energy in 2008. She teaches Discovery Dance, Creative Movement, Kinder Combo, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro and Performing Company classes.
Kellie received her B.A. in dance performance and education from Dean College School of Dance in 2007. There she performed as a featured dancer under Maurice Hines and as a part of the Elite Dance Company. While at Dean, Kellie focused her training on pedagogy, composition and creative movement. Kellie was also accepted into Alvin Ailey’s Independent Study Program in New York City. She has received numerous awards for her choreography at Dance with Energy.
Kathy started teaching with Dance with Energy in 2017. She teaches Hip Hop and Creative Movement. She also teaches Zumba and Barre classes at Weymouth Club.
Kathy studied at UMass Boston, holding a minor in dance. She has been dancing since the age of 3. She has studied Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Kathy also performed with numerous award-winning competition teams.
Shane Fitzgerald, from Dedham MA, began Irish step dancing at the age of 8. Under the Harney-Pender-Keady Academy, Shane competed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, and Scotland in both solo and Ceili team competitions. In his solo career, he has won first place at the New England Regional Championships and has placed as high as 13th at the World Championships. As a member of the Harney-Pender-Keady Senior Ceili team, Shane has received gold medals at the Regional, National, and World Championships. Shane has been dancing professionally since 2017, and has toured the United States with the shows “Rhythm in the Night” and “Celtic Angels of Ireland.” He most recently completed a tour in Germany, where he performed with the shows “Celtic Rhythms” and “Dance Masters.” Shane is excited to share his love of Irish dancing with the students at the Energy Center!
Nikki has earned her Bachelors of Arts in both Dance and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania. She grew up in central Massachusetts, where she studied the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi under Joanna Duncan and acrobatics and aerial arts under the Hybrid Movement Company based out of Brooklyn, New York. She continued her dance training at Elite Academy of Dance where she danced competitively in all styles. In her time at college, she choreographed numerous contemporary works, developing an easily recognizable style, incorporating juxtaposition within the body between free and bound movement. She also performed in works by professional artists such as Randall Anthony Smith. She worked on other projects, such as fundraising for her jazz dance team, marketing for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and continuing with circus training and performances. In her summers, she taught creative dance to middle school aged students at Exploration Summer Programs at Wellesley College. Nikki aims to create a learning environment focused in creativity and exploration of the body by allowing students moments of improvisation and dance choreography.
Allyson Magazu, from Weymouth MA, began dancing at Dance with Energy in 2013 and has danced competitively since 2015. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and acro. Allyson has won several awards at dance competitions including earning second place for her solo at the Showstopper National Competition in 2019. She began assisting younger dancers at Dance with Energy in 2015 and continues to seek out dancing and teaching opportunities. Allyson is currently attending Stonehill College in Easton MA where she is working towards a degree in Education Studies and Performing Arts: Dance with a minor in Business. She is also a member of the Stoneworks Dance Company where she trains and performs in a variety of styles. Allyson enjoys working with young children and sharing her passion for dance. Along with her job as a dance teacher, Allyson works here in the Energy Center. She hopes to continue working with children and wants to integrate her love of dance into her career.
Roberta Minichiello received her early training at the age of 3 at the Bates School of Dance in Cambridge, MA under the direction of Grace Bates. She directed her own school in Marshfield from 1979 to 2000 after many years of assisting Grace and several years of teaching at other local studios. She continued her tap training at Joy of Movement with Julia Boynton, at the Leon Collins Studio, at the Boston Conservatory, and at weekend workshops during National Tap Dance Day events. She currently studies and dances alongside her long-time dance friend Thelma Goldberg at The Dance Inn in Lexington. Roberta embraces the rich traditions and classic dance steps and repertoire that makes tap dance a perfect opportunity to exercise, have fun, and connect with others who love to move rhythmically.
Layla has been dancing with Dance with Energy since 2012. She has danced competitively since 2014 and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and acro. Prior to dancing, she was trained in competitive gymnastics for 9 years. Layla began assistant teaching classes for young dancers at DWE in 2014 and has been teaching on her own since 2017. After graduating Braintree High School in 2017, Layla attended Wellesley College for 2 years and is now studying at UMass. She plans to graduate in 2021 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a written portfolio on dance teaching. Layla continues to seek out opportunities to dance and compete whenever possible.
Colleen Roddy received her early training at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance under the direction of Gloria Jean Cumming and Stacy Eastman and New Haven Ballet under the direction of Phillip Otto. She received her B.S. in Health Studies and Minor in Dance as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Most recently, Colleen completed her DPT Academic Practicum Project entitled: Project B.I.N.D: Inclusion Hip Hop Dance Class at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. As a member of the USA Dance Team, she has performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and competed across the US and Germany at the World Dance Championships, receiving the Gold medal as a soloist and team member. Colleen has received recognition for her work including Young Choreographer Awards from American Dance Awards and North American Dance Championships. She has had the honor to present her work at the American College Dance Festival, Urbanity Next Residency Series, Jose Mateo Dance Festival, BU Dance Faculty Concert, Dance Showcase and Kelly Donovan’s Third Life Choreographers Series since 2013. Colleen now serves on faculty at Boston University in both the Children and Adult Dance Divisions and as a guest teacher and choreographer across several New England schools. She has performed with the SixOneSeven Dance Collective, BoSoma2, Sasso & Co., Urbanity Underground, Transit Dance Company and as a back-up dancer for SNL Comedian, Hannibal Buress.
Jennifer started teaching with Dance with Energy in 2016. She teaches Discovery Dance, Creative Movement, Kinder Combo, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater.
She received her B.A. in dance performance from Rhode Island College (RIC). In 2003, she completed the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s dance education training course and has since had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students. During her four years at RIC, she was fortunate to work with many talented artists and choreographers while performing with the college’s dance company and in musical theatre productions, including Tommy, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees. In 2013, she worked with Daniel McCusker and performed with talented local dancers in Providence’s Modern Movement Festival. Also in 2013, she performed “Up to Speed,” choreographed by Nathan Andary, and participated in Open for Dancing’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” choreographed by John-Mark Owen. In 2014, she was a guest dancer with Heather Ahern’s Aerplaye performance of “In Full Flight.”