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Our staff, instructors, and board of directors are passionate about dance and engaged with the community.

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Staff and Instructors

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Ellice Patterson

Executive Director

Ellice Patterson is the executive director of BalletRox. Patterson founded and serves as executive/artistic director of Abilities Dance, a Boston-based dance company that welcomes artists with and without disabilities. Her choreography has appeared nationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; Links Hall in Chicago; Gibney Dance and The Series: Vol IV at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City; and more. She also lectures and teaches workshops at schools, universities, and organizations across the country. Patterson earned her Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from Wellesley College, and a Masters of Science in management studies from Boston University Questrom School of Business. Ellice joined BalletRox in 2020.

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Olga Marchenko

Program Manager, BalletRox Dance!
Lead Dance Instructor, Mather School

Originally from Russia, Olga has worked with BalletRox since 2008. After graduating from Saratov Ballet Academy, she joined Moscow City Ballet and toured the world for four years. She is a long-term BalletRox teacher, and serves as Program Manager for BalletRox Dance! and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Programs, overseeing the training of dance teachers and execution of the dance program at BPS partner sites. She holds a Master of Science in global studies and international affairs from Northeastern University.

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Andy Taylor-Blenis

Dance Instructor, Henderson School

Andy is the artistic director of Mladost Folk Dance Ensemble and the RSCDS Demonstration Team, Wheaton College Dance Co. and Back Pocket Dancers. In addition to serving as a BalletRox Teaching Artist at Hennigan School, she teaches school residencies thru Mass Movement, Young Audiences and Revels Inc., and has taught at Folk Arts Center of New England, Northwestern and Northeastern Universities, Harvard, Emerson, Boston University, Boston Conservatory and the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. She is a certified teacher in Simonson Technique and Autism Movement Dance Therapy.

Andy began dancing with her parents in International Folk Dance as an infant. Her early creative movement experiences were with Ruth Wheeler, co-founder of Dance Collective, and with Ann Brown-Allen. After receiving a BFA in Dance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she danced with numerous companies in Boston including Danny Sloane Dance, Paradigm Dance, Concert Dance Company, Dance Collective, ACE Entertainment, and Prometheus Dance Company for 19 years. She currently performs in Across the Ages in choreography in works by Joan Green and Erika Schwartz.

Sybil Huggins

Sybil Huggins

Lead Tap Instructor, BalletRox Dance!
School Programs Liaison, Curley and Kenny Schools
Lead Dance Instructor, Kenny School

Sybil, a Roxbury native, is an accomplished tap dancer with extensive experience in the greater Boston area with Boston Tap Company, Jacob’s Pillow, and Jeannette Neill Studio. Sybil has worked with BalletRox since 2006 as performer, teacher, administrator, coach, and mentor. She brings her many years of teaching experience and love of children into her role as School Programs Liaison where she provides direct support to students and their families, as well as interacting with classroom teachers, school faculty, and staff. She holds a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies from Boston University.

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Rozann Kraus

Dance Instructor, Wheelock Family Theatre

Founder of the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Rozann Kraus has served on the faculties of the Yale School of Drama, NEC, and BU. A winner of two choreographic fellowships, she’s also been an artist in residence at several venues including Clark University, MIT, and Tufts. A community activist (irritant), Kraus is a published author and poet. She runs, bikes and swims and always, dances.

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Mikela Lymon

Dance Instructor, BalletRox Dance!

Mikela began dancing at the age of 5, taking classes in ballet, tap, and hip hop. Her passion for hip hop and specifically for contemporary and modern dance grew as the years went on. She has danced and trained throughout high school, participating in programs such as “REACH” that tours and performs at different schools around Boston area. In addition, she studied ballet and hip hop at Tony Williams Dance company and was a part of a dance group that performed in Boston, MA, and RI. Mikela has minored in Dance at The University of Hartford.

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Andrea Muñiz

Dance Instructor, Conley Elementary School and Cristo Rey

The need for movement has been a constant pull in Andrea’s life. Originally from San Juan, PR, Andrea moved to obtain a BFA in Contemporary Dance with an emphasis in choreography and improvisation from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She’s had the opportunity to expand her movement vocabulary, perform professionally in Boston, New York, and Puerto Rico, collaborate with her amazing peers, and develop her choreographic voice. At this time, they are focused on teaching and engaging in equitable and informed creative practices.

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Lauren Sava

Dance Instructor, BalletRox Dance!

Lauren started teaching Creative Movement and Ballet with BalletRox in 2021. She has been performing in Boston with Abilities Dance since 2017. Her background is in modern dance, including performing and choreographing with the Ballet Performance Group in Rochester, NY, Nu Movement Cooperative in Rochester, NY, and Dance Theater Group in Boston, MA. While at Nu Movement Cooperative, she taught an eight-week modern class, “Health Awareness through Dance” and performed in Biodance's Social Justice Series. Lauren loves working with children and is very excited to be teaching at BalletRox.

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Kylie Sorenson

Dance Instructor, BalletRox Dance!

Kylie has been dancing for as long as she has been walking, and teaching for almost as long. Throughout her midwestern childhood, the dance studio was always her happy place. She started taking dance classes in ballet and jazz and soon branched out into contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Kylie is a 2017 graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied biological sciences and anthropology and was an active dancer and choreographer for Wellesley College Dancers, a performance organization at the College. She is currently a dancer with Abilities Dance Boston and has taught modern/creative movement classes with ADB for Our Space, Our Place Boston. She holds an MSc from Oxford Brookes University in Primate Conservation with a focus on conservation education and is currently a nature-based preschool teacher at the Wellesley Community Children's Center.

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Mary Teuscher

Dance Instructor, Mission Grammar Academy

Mary Teuscher studied Contemporary Dance at Colorado College with Donna Mejia and went on to train in San Juan Puerto Rico with Andanza and Bread and Puppet Theater, and later in Salvador, Brazil with Roseangela Silvestre. Locally, Mary has performed in works at AS220, The RISD Museum, Movement Research NYC, Providence Fringe Fest, Outside the Box, Somerville Art Beat, Boston Conservatory and the BCA. As a dance maker she explores connection, emotions, physical abandon and make believe. Her work values risk taking and inquiry, often putting femme identified people at the center. Mary is an Instructional Coach in Boston Ballet’s ECIL program, and teaches Writing and Performance at the ICA’s Teen Programs. She holds a Masters in Teaching from Brown University. www.maryteuscherprojects.com

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Cassie Wang

Dance Instructor, Mission Grammar Academy

Cassie Wang is a freelance dancer currently working with VLA DANCE and KAIROS Dance Theatre. Originally from Kansas City, she just graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Computer Science and minors in Dance and Media Studies. Cassie has choreographed several pieces for Pomona's dance concerts, as well as for the Solstice Dance Project in Kansas City. She also worked as a dance instructor at Camp UOutlook in Shanghai during Summer 2018 and was the Choreographer's Assistant for Concept Zero Dance in Summer 2017.

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Gwen Walker

(BRD) After-school program administrative assistant

Gwen Walker is the After-School Program Administrative Assistant at BalletRox. Gwen began dancing as a young child and has studied tap, ballet, modern, jazz, and African Dance. Gwen is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Boston University School of Law where she is a Public Interest Scholar. She is interested in education law and child advocacy. Before law school, Gwen was a grant writer at a youth arts nonprofit in Boston. Gwen has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Sociology from George Washington University and a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

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Quynh-An Vo

External Partners administrative assistant

Quynh-An Vo is BalletRox's External Partners Administrative Assistant. She is a current student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA studying marketing and communications, and she grew up in Greater Boston. Passionate about service and equity, she started at BalletRox as a social media management volunteer, a role which she found through a service and civic engagement organization hosted by her university. After enjoying her work with recording and compiling the virtual recital in June 2021, she moved on to the position she presently holds.

Board of Directors

Gregory A. Manousos

President

Greg Manousos is a partner with Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, a labor and employment law firm in Boston. Greg handles litigation matters and advises employers, and primarily colleges and universities, on compliance with a wide range of employment laws. Greg is also a certified discrimination prevention trainer. Prior to joining Morgan, Brown & Joy in 2000, Greg served as Counsel to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where he prosecuted claims of discrimination and harassment on behalf of employees. Greg serves as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Hearth, Inc., a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly through a variety of prevention, placement, and housing programs. Greg is thrilled to be part of the important mission of BalletRox.

Carol Knox

Vice President

Carol Knox, a well-respected community activist, is a long-time volunteer teaching assistant at Boston Public Schools’ Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain. She is retired New England Area Director for United Auto Workers (UAW), retired Massachusetts AFL-CIO Vice President, and a graduate of Connecticut College. Carol has worked with BalletRox since 2005, previously serving as BalletRox Board President and Executive Director April 2012 through August 2020, and volunteer coordinator since 2006.

Jeremy Thompson

Treasurer

Jeremy Thompson has worked in the labor movement for over 11 years. Currently he is the national higher education research coordinator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He has also served as the higher education director for SEIU Local 509 and a senior researcher for Local 1199. From 2017 to 2019 he was a senior policy analyst for the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, where he researched and wrote about higher education and worker justice. In 2018, Jeremy’s research played an important role in helping Massachusetts workers win a $15 minimum wage. Before joining the labor movement in 2009, Jeremy worked as a research associate with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and as a senior policy analyst for Cook County in Chicago. Jeremy holds a master’s degree in urban planning and policy, with a concentration in economic development, from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a concentration in print journalism, from Emerson College. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife and 2 children, both Boston Public School students. Jeremy joined the BalletRox board in 2020.

Rachel Hassinger

Clerk

Rachel Hassinger has worked as a strategic communications professional for nonprofits, primarily in public health, for over 10 years. Recently, she served as Digital Content Editor (Classical) at WGBH Educational Foundation, leading the development of classical.org for Classical WCRB. She also walks dogs and teaches piano and the joy of music to children and adults. Rachel studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College, HECUA's City Arts, and earned a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in interdisciplinary studies from Boston University. Rachel joined the BalletRox board in 2017.

Jane Allard

Member at Large

Jane Allard is a Senior Manager of Developer Productivity at Akamai Technologies. Previously a software engineer at Math Works and a trained ballet dancer, Jane has been a BalletRox supporter since 2001.

Morgan Keith

Member at Large

Born in Boston, Morgan has been dancing ballet since she was given the chance to dance at age two through a program at her Montessori school. This opportunity -- and a director offering to allow Morgan to attend studio classes free of charge -- ignited her lifetime passion for dance and appreciation for community involvement in the arts. Morgan has had varied experiences in the dance community: nationally competing in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz for almost a decade; performing lead roles with a regional ballet company in Texas for 10 years; and attending ballet summer intensives such as The American Academy of Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet NYC, The Boston Ballet, and Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Babson College and is currently a Financial Systems Product Owner at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Morgan joined the BalletRox board in 2017.

Magalie Neff

Member at Large

Magalie Neff, a native of Boston, graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performing arts, specializing in acting, and trained with Shakespeare & Company. She received her Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She has worked with various theater youth groups including, New Landscapes, Acting Out (programs from the Strand Theatre), and Dream Action Theater in Jamaica Plain. She  directed Up You Mighty Race's production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow is Enuf. For over 15 years she has worked with Tempest Productions, touring in their production of Body & Sold, true stories of human trafficking. She also toured in Deanna's Fund productions of The Yellow Dress and Remote Control and with Underground Railway Theater in their production of Are You Ready My Sister? Ms. Neff's career as a teaching artist grew tremendously through her work with the Wang Center’s theater education programs and the Daniel Beaty program. Ms. Neff has performed in countless theater productions and has several film credits to her name. She currently teaches theatre within the Boston Public School system and is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Akiba Abaka Arts.

John Tobin

Member at Large

John Tobin currently serves as Vice President of City and Community Affairs for Northeastern University, where he manages the relationship between the University and elected city officials, agencies, and local community partners. He has extensive experience in theatre production and consulting, responsible for producing and promoting live public and private comedy and music shows; over 400 shows have been produced in the Boston area since 2002. John served as Boston City Councilor, District 6 for 9 years, Representing the communities of Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, in addition to parts of Roslindale, Mission Hill and Roxbury. He is neighborhood activist and has supported the following organizations: Charles River Spring Valley Neighborhood Association, West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association, Boston Children’s Theatre, Regan Little League, Parkway Little League, Parkway Soccer, Bellevue Hill Association, Roberto Clemente League, Catholic Memorial Hall of Fame Committee, Mark Bavis Leadership Committee. He is thrilled to serve on BalletRox Board and continue to strengthen its partnership with Northeastern University.

Sarita Uribe

Member at Large

Sarita Uribe brings a wealth of varied experience to BalletRox. Sarita worked in the educational publishing industry for a number of years before moving to Boston in 2000. She later received a master’s degree in mental health counseling and worked with adolescents at McLean Hospital’s Arlington School. Sarita was introduced to BalletRox through her youngest daughter, who started dancing with the Tony Williams Dance Center at age five. Sarita volunteered and later worked as the managing director of TWDC. Recently Sarita started TamboArtes, an import business focused on her parents’ home country of Colombia. Through the sale of traditionally hand-crafted products and partnerships with local organizations and individuals, TamboArtes supports social welfare and education initiatives in indigenous Colombian communities. Sarita and her family have lived in Jamaica Plain for over 10 years. Sarita joined the BalletRox board in 2020.

Monique Veale

Member at Large

Monique Marshall Veale has more than 17 years of experience working with children and families from various walks of life, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds in the greater Boston area. Monique’s primary focus has been in academic and social enrichment programs for children and adolescents between the ages of 5-19 years old. She was the founding director of C.A.T.C.H. and Smart-Kids in Roxbury, and has served in leadership positions for METCO programs in the Dover-Sherborn, Weston, and Lincoln school districts. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Roxbury Weston Programs Inc., as the Vice President of Community Outreach for the Boston Children’s Theatre, co-leader of the Walker School Cultural Competency Task Force, and on a variety of community boards emphasizing cultural competency, family involvement, education and community service learning. As the Program Manager for Adolescent Enrichment Services at the Dimock Center in Roxbury MA, Monique leads a youth program that provides academic enrichment, recreation, community-outreach and after school care and education.

Board President Carol Knox (3rd from left) and Vice-President Greg Manousous (far right) with Anita Walker, Executive Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Jane Chu, former Chairwoman, National Endowment for the Arts.
Board President Carol Knox (3rd from left) and Vice-President Greg Manousous (far right) with Anita Walker, Executive Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Jane Chu, former Chairwoman, National Endowment for the Arts.

BalletRox board members Carol Knox (front row, 2nd from left) and Greg Manousous (front row, far right) with Anita Walker (front row, 2nd from right), executive director of Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Jane Chu (front row, far left), former chairwoman of National Endowment for the Arts.

Supporters, partners and volunteers

Our supporters, partners and volunteers make BalletRox possible! Thanks to many generous funders, donors and supporters, BalletRox was able to meet our financial goals for 2019 and fulfill our mission to make dance accessible to nearly 800 students!

Meet BalletRox's supporters.

Meet BalletRox's partners and volunteers.