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 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.

Kathy Buccella

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.  

Liam Fitzpatrick

Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Liam Fitzpatrick began his dance training at the age of 16. He received his early training at José Mateo Ballet Theatre, The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Broadway Dance Center, and STEPS on Broadway.  In 2019, he earned his B.A. in Dance Performance with a concentration in Pedagogy from Mercyhurst University.

On stage, Liam has performed with The Columbus Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet, Mass Ballet, and The Mercyhurst Dancers. He has also performed in countless music videos, concept videos, and dance films.

Liam has had the honor of working with artists from the New York City Ballet, Ballet West, Pilobolus, MOMIX!, as well as the Paul Taylor Company and William Forsythe Company. In addition to his ballet training, Liam has also studied heavily in commercial and street styles.

In addition to his dance training, Liam is also a teacher, choreographer, director, and photographer, using his eye for dance to create high quality dance-related media. He is the founder of LIAM FITZPATRICK PRODUCTIONS, LLC, a production company catered to the specific needs of dancers looking to capitalize on their online presence. To date, LIAM FITZPATRICK PRODUCTIONS, LLC has produced full-length dance films, concept videos, music videos for local artists, and photos for both models and dancers alike.

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.

Allyson Magazu

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

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 Mouline

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 finished her studies at UMass. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2021 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a written portfolio on dance teaching. In 2020, she started choreographing Dance with Energy’s competition teams and has received multiple awards for her choreography. Layla continues to seek out opportunities to dance and compete whenever possible.

Jessica Ruiz

Jessica Ruiz is a dancer, choreographer and educator, based in Boston, MA. She has trained from a young age in a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and modern. She has attended various intensives including Peridance Capezio Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Urbanity Dance, and Pantos Project, and has trained with various artists under the Boyer College of Music and Dance BFA program. Jessica has performed with Urbanity Dance as a Junior Apprentice and in the Underground company, and is currently a company member with BCDP Global and Touché Taps. She has performed at various venues and festivals including Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (BCDF), Beantown Tapfest, and Dance Parade NYC, and is featured in the concept video “Think” directed by Sarah-Kay “Skooj”. Jessica has been teaching since 2012, and is passionate about mentoring her students to grow in technique, in artistry, and in character. She plans to continue developing her artistry and skill as a form of worship, pursuing a future in dance ministry. 

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.”