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 became Director of Dance with Energy in 2014. She teaches Discovery Dance, Creative Movement, Kinder Combo, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Performing 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 serves as the State Affiliate for the Rhode Island Dance Alliance. 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.

Katie Judge

Katie Judge is currently a senior at University of Hartford’s Hartt School and will complete her BFA in ballet pedagogy and dance performance in May 2018. She began dancing at Dance Workshop of Hanover in Hanover, Massachusetts at three years old. While growing up, she received extensive training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and tap. Eventually, Katie became a faculty member at her studio. Since arriving at The Hartt School, she has had the opportunity to perform in several new and restaged works by prominent choreographers such as José Limon, George Balanchine, Norbert de la Cruz III, Lucy Bowen McCauley, Debra Collins Ryder, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet. Additionally, Katie was selected by The Hartt School Dance faculty to perform a commissioned solo by Terence Marling at the American College Dance Association’s New England Regional Conference. Katie has also had the opportunity to train at several prestigious intensive programs around the country, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In addition to performing, Katie has expanded her passion for teaching dance through internships with The Hartt School Community Division and the University of Hartford Magnet School. She is currently the dance director in Hartt Community Division’s Prism Project, a performing arts program for students with exceptionalities

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.  

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.

Jaclyn Sanford

Jaclyn received her ballet training from Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as a student of the Young Dancers Program and YouthWorks, JMBT’s pre-professional performance group. She also received training from the Boston Ballet School. As a student, she performed the role of “Clara” in JMBT’s The Nutcracker, as well as the Company role of “Snowflake.”

In 2008, Jaclyn joined JMBT’s professional company as an Apprentice and was promoted to Company Member the following year. She has performed in numerous works of original choreography by Jose Mateo, including featured roles in Mr. Mateo’s Back to Bach, Circles, Covens, Danzones Balleticos, The Last Circus, and Mozart Provoked, as well as the principal roles of  “Dew Drop Fairy” and “Snow Queen” in The Nutcracker. She is also a member of the teaching faculty at JMBT. In 2014, Jaclyn graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in English, Extension Studies. While performing with JMBT, she is also currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree in English at Harvard University. Jaclyn teaches Ballet.

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.”