Dance Instruction

Dance Teachers

Dance with Energy’s experienced, award-winning teachers offer the highest-quality instruction to beginner and experienced dancers.

Elizabeth Jones, Director of Dance with Energy

Elizabeth began as Director of Dance with Energy in 2014. She teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater, Pre-Company and Company classes.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in dance and secondary education from Roger Williams University, graduating summa cum laude. She holds a teaching certificate in dance, grades Pre-K to 12.

Elizabeth has taught and managed dance programs extensively in both the public and private sectors. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and served as the State Affiliate for the Rhode Island Dance Alliance. Elizabeth performed with Fusionworks Dance Company from 2013-2014. In 2014, Elizabeth was honored as “Dance Teacher of the Year” by the Rhode Island Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Kellie Brito

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.

Kristyn Grattan

Kristyn started teaching at Dance with Energy in 2012 and teaches Irish Step.

She is finishing up her degree in exercise and health sciences at Bridgewater State University. She has been dancing since the age of 6. Her talents in Irish dance have earned her numerous awards at the regional, national and world championship level competitions. In 2012, Kristyn was ranked one of the top 20 Irish dancers in her age group in the world. Kristyn has danced in London, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

Catherine Couey

Catherine G. Couey began her dance training in Clarksville, TN, at age 5, with a focus on classical ballet. While attending the University of the South, she was heavily involved in the student-run dance organization Perpetual Motion. After graduating with a psychology major and minors in theatre arts and Latin, Couey moved to Nashville, TN, and continued pursuing her love of dance through the Nashville Ballet Community Division.

While in Nashville, Couey spent five years teaching for Rejoice School of Ballet, an outreach dance ministry dedicated to providing quality dance education to students from low-income families. There, Couey used her passion for the disability community to establish and teach a class designed for students with autism.

Couey relocated to Boston in 2017, after graduating with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy through Lesley University. She currently works as an outreach therapist, bringing the healing power of the arts, counseling, and advocacy to underserved populations.

Nikki Gagliano

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.

Kathy Lyon

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.  

Layla Mouline

Layla graduated from Braintree High School in 2017 and is currently attending Wellesley College. She has been dancing at Dance With Energy since 2012. She has been an assistant teacher since 2014 and danced competitively for 4 years. She has experience in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern. Layla was also trained in gymnastics for 9 years prior to dancing. Layla loves working with children and is excited to join the team of teachers at DWE.

Amanda Pion

Amanda Pion started dancing at Rosemary’s School of Dance Education at the age of three, started assisting classes at the age of 10, and started competing at the age of 11. She holds a BA in Arts Management (summa cum laude) from Dean College and an MBA in Hospitality/Event Leadership (summa cum laude) from Johnson & Wales University. Amanda is a graduate of The Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston Dance Teacher Training Program, is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and is a member of the Dance Alliance of Rhode Island (DARI). She received the Trustees Award for the School of the Arts in 2010, the Jean Guthrie Knowles Award in 2009, and the Presidential Award in 2008. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. While in school, Amanda studied under Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Jill Silverman, Kelly Peters, and Jean Wenzel. Amanda has taught at Hampden Meadows School in RI, St. Andrew’s School RI, Newport Academy of Ballet, and the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, to name a few. Amanda previously lived in L.A. where she was the Convention Manager for Artists Simply Human and RADIX Dance. While in LA, she was fortunate enough to travel around the country, Canada, and Mexico and work with dance professionals such as Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Nappytabs, Tyce Diorio, and Talia Favia, among others. She is currently a dance instructor at Rosemary’s School of Dance Education in RI and a Special Education paraeducator in Westborough, MA. Amanda is currently back to school to receive a masters in Early Childhood Education.

Colleen Roddy

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 Tilley

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.”