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 – Pre-Dance, Ballet, Jazz/Tap, & Zumba
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.
Erin Vardaro - Hip Hop
Erin Vardaro began dancing at the age of 3. She has been instructed in all areas of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She received most of her training from Jenn Feeney at the Hingham Community Dance Center, where she is currently a ballet, tap, and hip hop teacher. Erin continued her study of dance at Salve Regina University where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance. Erin performed and choreographed alongside the academy's Kim Penta in Salve Regina's Extensions Dance Company and the student-run dance club where she served as Senior Captain. While in college Erin worked with the "Off the Curb" and the Newport Boys & Girls Club as a hip hop instructor, and also taught hip hop at the Gladding School of Dance. In addition to teaching, Erin is now the Hingham High Dance Team Coach. She is thrilled to become a part of the Wilmington Dance Academy, and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others!
Kimberly Penta - Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and Pre-Dance
Kimberly Penta received her primary dance instruction at the North Reading School of Ballet, where she received much of her jazz, tap, and lyrical training 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, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2010. There she received a BA in History with 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. In 2010, her choreography was selected by the company director to be performed in an adjudicated concert at the American College Dance Festival in Boston. As a graduating senior, Kim was the recipient of the Dance Award, given by the Theater Arts Department. She looks forward to joining the WDA community this year!
Lisa Cataldo - Pilates
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
Andrea Fugere - Tap, Pre-Dance and Tumbling
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.
Lisa D’Agostino – Tumbling, Tap and Lyrical
Lisa D’Agostino began dancing (at age 5) at the Peggy McGlone Dance Studio in Waltham, Ma which focused on Broadway styled tap, Bob Fosse jazz, and classical ballet. She danced her way through high school as dance captain in its well-known performance craze Dance Theatre; as well as the Waltham’s Varsity Show Choirs, competing regionally and nationally. Lisa performs with the Reagle Music Theatre with credits in Music Man, A Little Bit of Ireland, and a “rockette” in the annual Christmas Spectacular. Following her passion of dance she attended Springfield College, double majoring in Dance and Rehabilitation Disability Studies. While working toward her BA she started assisting and teaching at the Shooting Star Dance Center in Springfield where she added Lyrical, Acrobatics, and Broadway Jazz to her skills. Upon graduation, in 2009 she followed her dreams to dance at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida where she also subbed at various dance studios. Lisa finds herself back in Boston spreading the passion of dance to students among multiple studios around the metro area. She is excited to be joining and growing with the WDA family.
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!
Kristyn Wajsgras - Hip Hop
Kristyn graduated from Roger Williams University in May 2013, where she was heavily involved in multiple dance programs. With a minor in dance, she studied ballet, jazz, and modern with a focus on technique, choreography, and performance. During her college career she choreographed, taught, and performed with the RWU Dance Club as the lead hip-hop choreographer. For two years, she held the position of Dance Club Secretary. She also choreographed, taught, and performed with the RWU Competitive Dance Team. Her hip-hop choreography has won platinum awards in various competitions.
In high school, Kristyn assumed a leadership role for the Metro All-Stars Competitive Hip Hop team. She was in charge of choreographing and teaching hip hop numbers for several competitions. In 2008, her team won the opportunity to compete in the Worlds Hip Hop Competition in Orlando, Florida. The competition was held at Epcot Center in Disney World; and Kristyn still declares this moment as a major highlight in her dancing career.
Kenzie J. Illnest - Boy Hip Hop & Adult Hip Hop
Kenzie J. Illnest has been dancing for all of his life. He began training at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, as well as at Phunk Phenomenon in Everett, MA. He also attended the John Robert Powers School of Performing Arts, studying acting. He is currently a member of Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company (as seen on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6) where he has been teaching, choreographing, and performing. He is experienced in all styles of Hip Hop such as: Popping, Locking, Break-dancing, Krumping, Waacking, Vogueing, and House. He has participated in several performances including: Opening for Jagged Edge, Chris Brown, Diggy Simmons, Kat DeLuna, Bobby Valentino, Nawlage, Donnie Klang, and the Jam’n 94.5 Monster Jam Concert (with artists such as: Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Akon, J-Holiday, Ciara, Cherish, Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West). He also performed in Omarion’s mini-tour.
Kenzie also is the co-founder of the emerging, original Boston Locking group: BeanTown Lockers, choreographing for and performing with the group at many events, including the Elmundo Latino Family Festival 2013 at Fenway Park, Mayfair event in Boston and also appearing on WHDH-TV Channel 7 and in Elmundo Newspaper. Kenzie has been choreographing and performing for rising artist, Vylette and some of his performances with her include: Boston's Urban Music Festival, Boston Green Fest, Northeastern University Matthews Arena Stand Up to Bullying Performance, and the Latin Festival. He has choreographed for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and performed in their music videos as well as at the Latin Festival. Kenzie choreographed and performed in the National Dance for Obama Flash Mob. He has also participated in numerous dance competitions and performances with Phunk Phenomenon such as: Prelude Urban Dance Competition EC NY & NJ (1st place), Blaze The Stage NY, World of Dance NY & Boston, Monsters of Hip Hop NY, Step Ya Game Up NY, AIDS Walk Boston, Boston’s Annual Hip-Hop Festival featuring De La Soul and Slick Rick, Kiss 108 Concert, NBA Boston Celtics halftime show, Jordan’s Furniture, Camp Miracles and Magic, Special Olympics, Radio Disney, Tufts University, Boston University, Yale University CT, Harvard University, MIT, Boston College, and Wellesley College.
Kenzie has appeared on national TV shows and films including: Dance Flick Movie Premiere, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, Paula Abdul “Live to Dance, BET 106 & Park W.O.W All Star Dance Competition (1st place), Debra Crosby’s Talent Quest TV Show (1st Place), Fox 25 News, and 7 News. He also appeared in the Boston Globe after dancing in the Macy’s and Filene’s Parade and most recently auditioned for Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson’s Immortal Tour.
Kenzie has choreographed and danced in music videos such as: Vylette: “Let It Go” and “Roller Coaster,” Maverik ft. Renee Marcou: “All Night,” and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: “Let’s Party.” He is really excited to share his gifts and talents with his students and is looking forward to positively impacting their lives through dance.