Osgood - Artistic Director and Owner
- Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Pre-Dance Classes
A native of Wilmington, Miss Laura has been a dance educator for over 20 years. She strives to produce well-rounded dancers, both recreational and competitive. As a choreographer, her students have won numerous overall high score performance awards as well as specialty awards at various national competitions. Miss Laura is always giving to the community and her dancers perform at many local benefit events and fundraisers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business management from Salem State College.
Laura’s dance background is diverse. Her primary training took place at Broadway Dance Academy in Tewksbury, MA where she discovered her love of dance. She has had the opportunity to train with top educators throughout Boston and New York such as Jeannette Neill, Thelma Goldberg, Barbara Duffy, and Marcus Schulkind. She is a graduate of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston Dance Education training course.
As a professional dancer, Laura’s credits include performing with Celebrity Cruise Lines, Lily Langtry’s Dinner Theater of Pennsylvania, touring Canada with the Simply Magic Show, and as a New England Patriots cheerleader. Laura enjoys using her professional dance experience in teaching her students.
Laura is fulfilling a lifelong dream in Wilmington Dance Academy. She has built a school based upon teamwork and community with a spirit and a passion for the art of dance. Many of Laura’s former students have gone on to study dance in college and some have returned to WDA now in the role of instructor. It is the highest compliment for a teacher to see a student become a mentor and Laura has been blessed to see this cycle completed time and again.
Ruth Bronwen – Ballet and Pointe
Ruth Bronwen, a native Bostonian, received her early training and performance experience with Virginia Williams and Laura Young at the Boston Ballet, and with Cornelia Sampson at the Rochester School of Dance, Michigan. Her later training included four years with Mme. Tatiana Nikolaevna Legat at the Boston Ballet. She then attended UMASS Boston earning a BA with honors in English and Dance. Ruth has performed collaborative, ensemble and soloist work with Boston Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Marcus Schulkind, Kinodance, and José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre of Boston; she has presented her own work throughout New England. Important recent teachers and mentors include Anne Tolbert, Marcus Schulkind, Cosmin Marculetiu and Lorraine Chapman. Ruth is a founding director of the International Ballet Academy of Norwell, and currently dances with Lorraine Chapman: the Company, and Contrapose Dance.
Jennifer Keller Rathbun – Young Dancer Classes, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Jazz/tap
Jennifer Keller Rathbun has studied various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, Latin and theatre for over 25 years, receiving her primary instruction from Genevieve Severens.
She is Assistant Director of School Outreach Partnerships & SummerARTS at Community Music Center of Boston through which she teaches dance and drama in the Boston Public Schools in addition to overseeing more than 25 school sites and teaching artists. She has taught for many years at various metro-Boston dance studios and is thrilled to be dancing with her WDA family again this year!
Miss Jenn is certified in group exercise by AFAA and is also a licensed Zumba instructor. Her graduate work at Lesley University in Elementary Education specialized in creative arts in learning. Her passions for both the performing arts and fitness inform her teaching each and every day.
Most recently, Jennifer performed with the Lexington Womens Dance Ensemble. She worked for several years with the Albany Berkshire Ballet as rehearsal mistress for The Nutcracker and often stage manages productions for local dance groups. She is delighted to share the joy of dance with her students and strives to make her classes creative, safe spaces for dancers of all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy movement.
Nancy Murphy – Ballroom
Nancy began dancing at the age of 3. Her
early dance experience was in ballet, tap & jazz. As an adult, she performed with the Mandala Folk
Dance Ensemble for several years and moved into the world of partnered dance. She
began teaching in 1989. Nancy has performed at many local events over
the years, such as CIABDA's Cape celebration of National Ballroom Dance Week
and the Boston Tango Society's annual Boston Tango Festival. She teaches
in the Boston area, in Merrimac, and is on the guest faculty at the Marblehead
School of Ballet. Nancy also periodically guest teaches at other venues,
such as teaching Argnetine Tango in Bangor, Maine, Salsa at the annual fundraiser
for the North Shore Civic Ballet, and Swing at Swing City in Boston. She
also runs a monthly dance social in Amesbury.
Kimberly Penta – Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and Young Dancer Classes
Kimberly Penta trained in many genres of dance at the North Reading School of Ballet, where she received much of her jazz, tap, and lyrical instruction from Laura Osgood. She also participated in the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” for ten years, including roles with the professional company. Kim continued her study of dance at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, graduating magna cum laude in 2010 with a BA in History and minors in Dance and Education. She participated in and served as the captain of Salve Regina’s Extensions Dance Company, a group of dancers assembled by audition. In addition, she performed and choreographed for both the company and a student-run dance club and had many opportunities to perform throughout New England. Her choreography was selected to be adjudicated at the 2010 American College Dance Festival in Boston. As a graduating senior, Kim was the recipient of the Dance Award, given by the Theater Arts Department. More recently, she performed professionally in the “Philipsz Sound Installation,” a modern dance performance, at the Peabody Essex Museum. She also danced at the 2014 U.S. Prudential Figure Skating Championships in its 100th Anniversary Opening Ceremonies at the T.D. Garden. Her choreography has been represented at both regional and national competitions, and her students have won many high score and special awards. She joined the WDA family in 2010 and is excited to continue sharing her passion for technique and choreography with her students each year.
Lisa Cataldo – Pilates & TRX
Lisa Cataldo, a native of Wilmington, has always been extremely active. From an early age, she kept active dancing, cheerleading and weight training. She has her Bachelor of Science in Sports, Fitness & Leisure Studies and her Associate of Science in Physical Therapy. She has worked as an Exercise Physiologist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor or Pilates Instructor since the early 1990s. She came upon Pilates taking a continuing education course in 2001 when she was pregnant with her first child. She discovered then, and continues to love, how Pilates is challenging and inspiring at every level of fitness and for every individual body. She began teaching Pilates in 2003 with her first certification through the IWA to teach Pilates Fundamentals and in 2007 got certified through Peak Pilates with Clare Dunphy, a notable and highly respected instructor in the field, who trained with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska. Lisa is an Advanced Mat Certified Pilates Instructor and has been trained in the MVe Fitness Chair, Barrel, and TRX. She loves sharing her passion for Pilates and fitness at Wilmington Dance Academy. Lisa can be contacted for fitness class registration at .firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerri Strow – TRX Instructor
Kerri Strow, resident of Wilmington, MA, started dancing at the age of 4, played various sports throughout school and started riding and showing horses in junior high. Now a stay-at-home Mom and TRX instructor, Kerri was introduced to TRX by Instructor Lisa Cataldo while her daughter was in dance class. Lisa held her 1st annual Pre-Turkey Workout which Kerri attended and became hooked. After slightly less than 1 year of attending classes with Lisa, she took a class at Club Excel, taught by PJ O’Clair and became qualified to teach TRX in September of 2013. She then interned with Instructor Lisa Cataldo through November 2013 and then began teaching classes on her own.
Kerri enjoys helping people to meet their fitness and weight loss goals through exercise. She was motivated to help others after her own short term weight loss and fitness goals were reached. Kerri wants to encourage others to reach for their goals and never give up.
Andrea Fugere –Tap, Acro/Tumbling & Young Dancer Classes
Andrea began dancing at the age of 8 years old. She has been instructed in all areas of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and lyrical. She trained at the Alice Franz Dancing School in Lawrence, MA where she also first started teaching. She has attended several dancer and teacher workshops through The Dance Teacher's Club of Boston, and the Northeast Workshop for Dancers. During college Andrea was an active member of the Syracuse Dance Team. Andrea has been a part of the WDA family since its start along with her two children. She has taken many adult dance classes and has substitute taught in many of Miss Laura's classes. Andrea is thrilled to officially join the WDA teaching staff and share her passion and excitement for dance with her students.
Lucy Warren-Whitman – Ballet and Pointe
Lucy Warren-Whitman is a proud native of the Boston area. She received her early classical ballet training from her parents Rachel Whitman and Skip Warren. She then trained under Larissa Luvisicuk in the Vagonova Method and started her apprenticeship at North Atlantic Ballet. She continued her training at the Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts as a full scholarship student under the tutelage of Samuel Kurkijan and Sydelle Gomberg. She has since been dancing and choreographing in the Boston area with Contrapose Dance and has been guest artist at Pioneer Valley Ballet, Spindle City Ballet, and Boston Dance Company. She is an accomplished teacher and motivator for students. Her coaching has led many of her students to successful careers in dance. She is looking forward to passing her knowledge and love of dance to the students at the Wilmington Dance Academy.
Erin McNulty – Contemporary
Erin McNulty is a principal dancer with Boston-based KAIROS Dance Theater, and has also performed in projects with Kelley Donovan & Dancers and the acclaimed Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works. She began her training at Paulette's Ballet Studio in Medfield, MA, before attending Boston University (B.S. in Journalism, 2011). At BU, Erin trained intensively in modern and contemporary styles with the dance faculty and guest artists, greatly expanding her understanding of contemporary dance and improvisation as art forms. She also participated in BU's Dance Theatre Group as a dancer, choreographer, and eventually Vice President, and represented BU at the American College Dance Festival. With KAIROS, Erin has performed across New England and in New York City, and assisted in residencies at Roger Williams University, Newton Country Day School, and more. She has also performed her own work with the national underground arts organization RAW Artists, taking the stage in Boston, Hartford, and Washington, DC and earning the distinction of Semi-Finalist for Performing Artist of the Year for RAW:Boston in 2012. Her teaching credits include the Providence College Dance Company and the Cambridge Performance Project; and she is currently also a Development Associate with the Mass Mentoring Partnership. Erin is passionate about sharing the expressive power and possibilities of dance and movement, and is very excited to be joining the WDA staff!
Laura Pettengill – Hip Hop
Laura Pettengill has been a dancer since the age of 4 starting at Janet Miles Dance Studio in Natick MA, where she learned Tap and Jazz. Throughout childhood and high school she also ventured through musical theatre. She moved on to college at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams MA where she earned a BA in Arts Management and Anthropology (class of 2013.) In the artistic environment of the Berkshires, she thrived in getting involved with arts events in the community including working for the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.
Aside from studying business for the arts, she also took dance and choreography classes where guests artists and professional dancers sampled different aspects of expression through movement (including cultural dance from other countries.) She joined MCLA’s Dance Company in which she performed in diverse shows per semester with many different genres of dance. Dance Company also performs on the honorable Mass MoCA stage every Spring. She specifically enjoyed different styles of Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and was trained in Belly Dance. Meeting over 100 talented student dancers in her 4 years was immensely inspiring and helpful as well.
She became a choreographer and later joined the executive board as Vice President of the Company. She aspires to continue learning and performing dance in her career. Laura is excited to introduce her hip hop to the WDA students and bring them to a skilled level. Currently working as a substitute teacher, she is very experienced with kids and loves the teaching experience.
Caren Barnes – Tap
Caren Barnes is a graduate of Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, where she earned in a degree in Dance Performance with a specialization in jazz and tap. She spent the last four years performing nationally and internationally, most recently as a production dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines. Other credits include the Sandcastle Theatre in Saipan, CNMI, The Rob Lake Magic Show, and repeated summers in the musical Oklahoma! with Discoveryland, USA! in Tulsa. In between performing opportunities, Caren has always sought to share her passion for tap dance with other dancers throughout the country, through summer workshops and master classes, in addition to continuing her own training in the art form. A native of Nashville, Caren comes to the Boston area to return to her pursuit of dance education in the dance/movement therapy program at Lesley University in Cambridge.
Brittney Bythrow – Tap
Brittney has been dancing since age 3. She received most of her training from Nancy Chippendales Dance Studio, and Susan Woods Dancenter/Dance Academy of Stoneham. She has been trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and other styles. As a junior at Salem State University, she is double majoring in Elementary Education and Sports and Movement Science with a concentration in Dance. Brittney is Vice President of the Repertory Dance Theatre, and one of the two student coordinators of the Salem State Dance Ensemble. She just launched Accent Tap Company’s first summer intensive this year which gave students opportunities to explore the art of tap. Brittney danced with the Boston Tap Company in 2013. She is excited to be part of the WDA community this year and can’t wait to work with all of the other dancers and staff
LaRome Strobhart - Hip Hop
LaRome is a member of PHUNK Phenomenon dance company and is one of the coaches for the lil Phunk Jr.Celtics dance team. LaRome has choreographed for many dance crews videos and H.S Dance teams. Dance is his passion, he is an artist who likes to create and show his work on stage.
Shaniece Cooper - Hip Hop
Shaniece Cooper is a Dancer, Choreographer and aspiring Fashion Designer. Shaniece began dancing at the age of 7 and studied Hip-Hop, Color Guard, Gymnastics, Step, Contemporary, Tap, and African from Alexandra Ferdinand at Enmotion Inc. in Cambridge, MA. Shaniece became a member of Jam'Nastics Inc. shortly after and is now currently a Performer of The Expressive Movement Company where she trains in numerous styles of dance.
Along with training, Shaniece has performed at Fundraisers, Weddings, Talent Shows, Sweet Sixteens, Carnivals, Community Events, Competitions, etc. Shaniece has choreographed and taught routines for her High School Modern Dance Company, Summer Camps, Workshops, and Dance Teams. Alongside Dance, Shaniece Cooper is furthering her Education at Lasell College, where she is pursuing a Degree in Fashion Design. Shaniece hopes to one day become a costume designer for a variety of performers. Shaniece has designed costumes for performers including sweat pants and shirts designed for The Expressive Movement Company.
She hopes to continue furthering that progress. Creative and full of ideas, Shaniece views the Studio as not only a learning experience for the students, but also a learning experience for herself. Shaniece seeks to Inspire, Challenge and push each student past and beyond their limits.
Holly Marshall - Musical Theater and Voice
Soprano, Holly Ann Marshall enjoys a well rounded career as a performing and teaching artist. Her forte being musical theater, she has worked alongside award winning directors and actors in world premiere musicals as well as more traditional productions in Boston and throughout New England. This path has also brought her to the stage for performances of jazz, pop, rock, classical and country music. Holly received her formal training at Boston Conservatory, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Vocal Performance. Also certified as a yoga instructor at the 200-Hour Level, she often draws from her yoga background while working with students to build a healthy vocal technique with a full mind and body approach to singing. Holly also teaches at South Shore Conservatory and Community Music Center of Boston.
Tanya McDonald - Adult Ballet
Tanya's dance experience began at the age of 3 years old. She has been instructed in all areas of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and lyrical. Tanya danced at Mary Flynn Murphy's Dance Studio in Somerville, MA where she was also part of the New England Repretory Dancers under the direction of Kathy Kozul. Her dance teaching experience also began there. She has danced roles in productions including the Nutcracker and Carmina Burana as well as competed in numerous competitions at both the regional and national levels. She has attended several dancer and teacher workshops through Dance Masters of America and The Dance Teacher's Club of Boston. Tanya holds a Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Salem State and a Master's degree in Special Education from Cambridge College. Aside from being a full time special education teacher she is a dance, baseball, and basketball mom of three.