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Our Staff

Meredith Pellecchia Fucile

Artistic Director/Owner

Received a B.A. in Dance with a dual minor in Business and Psychology from Dean College where she graduated with highest honors. In her early years she trained with Kathy Kozul at Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio. During her four years at Dean, Meredith’s focus was on Pedagogy, Composition, The Vaganova Method and Horton Technique. She has studied and worked with masters such as Jill Silverman, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Wyatt Jackson, Lisa Pari, Josh Hilberman, Bob Thomas, Denise Jefferson, Jay T. Jenkins, Pilobolous and the well-known NYC Rockettes. She has performed with Dean Dance Company and Dean College Dance Team. Her philosophy is teaching proper technique to her students. This allows her students to increase their strength and develop as dancers without injury to the body. Miss Meredith has taught dance at several dance studios in the Boston area. She has received many high scores and special awards for her excellence in dance and choreography. Meredith is happy to share her passion for the art of Dance, and looks forward to sharing her passion with her future students. This is Meredith's seventeenth year of teaching. Miss Meredith is very excited to start her own dance family here at Dance Xhilaration and is delighted that her dream has come true! Miss Meredith teaches Ballet, Pre-pointe, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Acro at Dance Xhilaration. With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy with us here at Dance Xhilaration!

Leslie Steiman Breen

Jazz

Leslie Breen has been dancing for thirty-seven years. Her biggest accomplishments in dance include being a member of the BCDP ambassador program at forty-five, Contemporize program at forty-four, winning a scholarship from the Petruzello twins and being asked to perform a solo by a Lady Gaga backup dancer (even though she completely blanked on the choreography and left the room after!). Leslie has been lucky enough to have attended Connecticut College for dance, been a member of the UMASS Dance Team and completed her AAFA, Dance, from Scottsdale Community College under the guidance of Angela Rosencranz. There she was able to take classes from Ann Reinking. She was a certified public school dance educator in Arizona for seven years and owned her own studio for ten years (Dance DynamiX located in Malden, MA). She has choreographed for Lynnfield High School’s musicals and has experience acting at the collegiate level. Leslie has a two hundred hour yoga certification and just completed Acrobatic Arts Certification Module 2. She continues to train in all styles of dance at Zello Dance Studios and elsewhere, always seeking out opportunities to move her body in a way that it doesn’t want to anymore! Leslie is also a biology and special education teacher and the dance club advisor at Greater Lowell Technical High School. She is honored to be joining the Dance Xhilaration family!

Shaela Carpinito

Hip Hop/Contemporary 

Shaela started her dance journey outside of Boston, from the North Shore of Massachusetts. This is where she began her dance training at the age of five, at North Reading School of Ballet. She was trained in a variety of styles such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. During her years at NRSB she intensively competed in regional competitions, as well as performed annually in the Nutcracker with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. In her early adulthood, Shaela attended Suffolk University and graduated in 2017 with two degrees, one in Entrepreneurship and one in Marketing. During her time in the city, she started to dance and choreograph for DanceWorks Boston. She choreographed and performed in a total of eight seasons. After DWB, Shaela joined Boston's own professional hip-hop company, Phunk Phenomenon Dance Complex. There she has been performing with the crew in Boston and New York as well as performing in shows, competitions, and other gigs around the city. Shaela has been adapting her previous technical background with her now hip-hop influence, creating a unique style and approach to her movement. Creating and moving is a passion of Shaela's, and she is very excited for what the future holds with her dance and teaching career!

Alanna Coughlin

Lyrical

Alanna Coughlin is from Wilmington, MA and began her dance training at the young age of two.  At her dance studio Alanna attended classes, was a teacher assistant, and was also a member of the competition team.  Throughout her dance training she has attended numerous dance conventions and master classes with choreographers such as Lauren Froderman, Alex Wong, Brandon Bryant, and Ellenore Scott.  She has also taken classes and performed with Urbanity Dance Company.  Alanna graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Alanna is currently a second grade teacher and is excited to combine her love for teaching and passion for dance!

Olivia Coviello

Tap

Olivia started taking dance classes at age three and has been dancing ever since.  She developed a fascination for creating at a young age and has been assisting and teaching her own dance classes since age fifteen.  Aside from the training at her dance studio, Olivia joined The Boston Tap Company at age sixteen where she performed at different venues across New England.  She currently is a part of DrumatiX, a tap and percussive dance company based in the Boston area.  Olivia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Dean College, with a concentration in Studio Management.  She is always excited to share her passion for dance with students and is honored to be a part of the Dance Xhilaration staff!

Maddison Gaieski

Hip Hop

Maddie is passionate about dance and facilitating space for others to learn, grow, and evolve. She began her training twenty years ago at her home studio Rap N’ Tap in Amesbury Massachusetts. There she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Pointe and Hip-Hop; performing in various competition’s and recitals as a company dancer. While at RNT she became an assistant instructor and has been teaching ever since; teaching various ages and styles throughout the years. Her knowledge and passion for dance deepened when she studied at Salem State University. While a student, she took many dance classes and became heavily involved in the dance community, dancing and choreographing for several groups on campus. Her love for Hip-Hop and Modern intensified at this time and they remain her main outlets for creative expression. After college she continued to take classes in the Boston area and later joined Boston’s own professional Hip-Hop Company, Phunk Phenomenon. She went on to compete at the world's largest hip-hop competition Hip-Hop international. Since then she has done many shows and events including dancing in the short film “The Critic” and dancing for Red-Bull at Red Bull dance your style Boston. Maddie is exhilarated to be teaching this year and excited to share knowledge and space with the students and community at Dance Xhilaration!

Erin Leahy

Acro

Miss Erin is currently a senior at Arlington Catholic.  She has been teaching gymnastics for four and half years and has been a gymnast for seven years at Reading Gymnastics.  She plans to study microbiology and pre-medicinal studies in college in hopes of becoming a doctor.  She loves teaching acro to and has really developed a strong relationship with our dancers.  She is so excited to be with us sharing her knowledge of gymnastics with us.

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