Meet our Faculty
Lisa Pilato Fuller (LPF) - Director
Lisa has been instructing dance for 38 years. Lisa’s dance background is very diverse and she continues to explore all avenues of dance to inspire her growth as a dance educator. Lisa most recently has completed her Acrobatic Arts M1 Certification in July. As a member of Dance Masters of America, Lisa is certified by test to teach. She has performed and choreographed for local theatre companies, taught master classes throughout New England, and serves as an adjudicator and special awards judge for competitions throughout the U.S. Lisa’s students have gone on to pursue professional dance careers with Disney, *NSYNC, cruise-lines, television, off-Broadway theatre, movies, the Boston Celtics Dance Team, and the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. They have also performed at industrials, and community outreach projects including, The Jane Doe Spirit Awards in Boston, Make A Wish, Project Santa, The H.I.P. Project, M4TM, and Hope Heals. On the competition circuit, her students and choreography have been highly awarded both nationally and internationally. She has been featured in several dance publications and was featured in Dance Spirit magazine as one of the “Top 50 Studio’s On The Move”. Shaping tiny humans through the art of dance is her passion!
Tammy Ivers-Aspell (TA)
Ms Tammy is certified by “test to teach” and is a member of both Dance Masters of New England Ch #5 and a member of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Inc with the American Society and is a graduate of their Dance Teachers Education Course. She continues her education studying with master teachers at numerous conventions & workshops. She was a member of Boston Youth Theater’s “Inner City Energy”- reviewed by Joyce Kulhawick as “ fresh & fabulous”, a member of the Harborside Players Stock Theater production of Cabaret. She was crowned Miss Merrimack Valley & competed in The Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Program ( a preliminary to Miss America). She auditioned & was videotaped for the original Star Search with Ed McMahon as well as a dancer in Nova Star’s production of When Death Comes Quickly. She was choreographer for “A Soldier’s Tale” with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tammy was the Artistic Director/ Owner of Tammy’s Dance Connection for 30 years where under her tutelage her students have gone on & are currently performing in NYC and on the West Coast. They’ve become independent dance teachers, studio owners, Nutcracker performers & scholarship recipients for numerous dance conventions. They have performed at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom, Danced in the Main Street parade as well as at the Premiere Theater in Hollywood studios. They have won numerous Platinum level & High Score awards. Tammy has judged many competitions, pageants and has taught master classes but her true passion is passing on her love & knowledge for dance with students of all ages & abilities. She is thrilled to join the staff at LPDC.
Sarah Bergeron (SB)
Sarah Bergeron began dancing at the LPDC in 2005 and has been an involved member of the studio ever since. She graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literary Studies and a minor in Education. During her time at Endicott, Sarah was an active member of the Repertory Dance Ensemble, she held positions in both the English and Education Honors Societies, and served as a peer tutor. Sarah has completed numerous internships and jobs working with children of all ages in both educational and recreational settings. Currently, Sarah is the Program Director at The Community House in Hamilton, MA, where she also serves as an instructor for Stage 284’s Children’s Theater Workshop Program.
Carolyn Breton- pantos (CB)
In Fall 2018, Carolyn will continue her career teaching in the arts as a full-time Dance Teacher at Lowell High School. Carolyn began dance training at Lisa Pilato Dance Center in her hometown of Dracut, MA. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory. Upon graduation, Carolyn became a touring dancer for Urbanity Dance Company. Currently, Carolyn is Rehearsal Director and touring member of Pantos Project performing in various venues throughout New York and New England. In addition, she performs improv-based work with Once Upon Each Time in Boston. Carolyn has premiered choreography at the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre & Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, along with numerous competition works. Holding a Master's Degree from Northeastern University, Carolyn is currently a Performing Arts teacher in the Boston Public Schools and is teaching, choreographing, and performing across New England.
Michelle Pilato-Chausse (MPC)
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Lowell with a BA in Psychology. She has received numerous scholarships and awards for her performances. Her choreography credits include the Fashion Fantasy produced by the STAR 93.7 radio station in Boston, a television commercial for Shaw’s Supermarkets, Walt Disney World, industrials for Wella International, and the opening number for the Dance Ovation Title Holders. Michelle was featured in Dance Spirit magazine in the article “Poetic Victories” for her original poetry and its motivating force in choreography. She was also featured in Gold Rush magazine. Michelle is choreographer for the LPDC competing team and her students and choreography have won numerous titles, high scores and overall high scores regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has been a two-time Carole Miller Award recipient for upholding the highest standards in dance as well as recipient of the Gold Family Award of Excellence. Michelle has taught Master classes throughout New England and has served as an adjudicator and special awards judge for several competitions.
Beth Cunningham (BC)
Beth Cunningham began her love for dance at the age of four. She earned many awards at the regional and national level throughout her competitive career. She is a graduate of Boston University, where she was a member of the Dance Theatre Group and had the opportunity to attend many master classes and conventions with well-known artists. Beth has been teaching at the recreational and competitive level for most of her adult life, though her full-time career is as an occupational therapist and manager of rehabilitative services at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Most recently, Beth's choreography efforts have been centered in musical theater. She served as choreographer for a local high school drama guild for several years and currently works with a local community theater company as both a performer and choreographer. Beth resides in Pelham with her husband Dave and cannot wait to get a pair of tap shoes on at least one of her two children, Parker and Ashlyn.
Megan Davis (MD)
Megan began her dance training at age 3. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. Over her career Megan has studied with some of the most sought after instructors and choreographers in the world. Early in her career Megan resided in New York City where she was an intern at the Broadway Dance Center, training intensely to perfect her craft. She went on to perform for Busch Gardens, Williamsburg as a singer/dancer along with interning for River North Chicago under the direction of Frank Chaves. Her film/print work includes being a two-time contestant for Fox's hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance, season 5 being in the final 37 girls of Vegas week and a featured performer and final 65 total contestant for season 7. You can also catch Megan modeling for Dance Spirit Magazine. Megan's choreography highlights include American Dance Awards four-time regional young choreographer of the year along with being awarded the diamond choreography three times. Her pieces have been awarded the highest scoring routines of an entire competition and continue to be recognized for creative choreography. Megan’s students have had many accomplishments among regional and national titles, highest scoring routines of a competition and their own professional endeavors. As a dancer, instructor and choreographer, Megan wishes to inspire her students and in turn be continually inspired by them. As a choreographer she hopes to continue to work with as many dancers as possible, pushing new movement, strong technique and emotional commitment.
O'Lyvia Fuller (OF)
O’Lyvia has received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University in 2017 and is a registered Dance/Movement Therapist. O'Lyvia is also an endorsed practitioner in Rainbow Dance which encompasses Dance/Movement Therapy techniques while promoting childhood development. O’Lyvia completed her undergraduate studies at Endicott College in 2015 with her BFA in Art Therapy and was awarded 3rd place at Endicott College's visual communications festival. O'Lyvia was also two-time captain of the award winning Endicott College Dance Team. She has spent summers as assistant choreographer for GLMT's productions of "Fiddler On The Roof" and "Chigaco," and has also starred in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum." She is a past member and soloist member of the LPDC resident competing team U*NA*T and has won titles and high scores, regionally and nationally and competed internationally as part of the United States Dance Team in Riesa, Germany. O’Lyvia has completed her LPDC Teachers Training Course in dance and acrobatics and is also active in the LPDC Community Outreach Programs. In addition, O'Lyvia serves as choreographer for LPDC's resident competing team where her students and choreography has been highly awarded. O'Lyvia's dance training has given her the opportunities to model, travel the United States working for dance competitions and appear as extras in movies. She continues her dance education as a committed facilitator of growth.
Kerri Kelly (KK)
Kerri begins her 27th year teaching at the LPDC and also serves as the director of the Acro program. She is a graduate of UMASS-Lowell with a BA in Business Management. Kerri is proud mom to daughters Mackenzie and newborn Brynn. Her appearance credits include Walt Disney World, local cable TV, House of Hope, Project Santa benefits, Jane Doe Spirit Awards, Boston, and the Cycle to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence. She has received numerous scholarships and awards for her performances. Kerri and the members of her team were named ADA’s National Production Champs 2000, as well as Dance Ovations National Champs 2001. Her students have been highly awarded at regional and national competition as well as receiving a nomination for the United States World Dance Team Trials. Kerri’s choreography has received exceptional recognition on regional and national levels. These awards include three-time ADA Diamond Award winner, ADA’s Young Choreographer’s award, a national nominee for the Gloria Jean Cuming Award of Excellence. Kerri's compassionate drive and determination are exceptional componets of her classes.
MARISSA MASSON (MM)
Marissa Masson is a New England based dancer, choreographer, educator, and barre fitness instructor. She recently graduated summa cum laude with her undergraduate degree in accounting and dance from Salve Regina University and is currently pursuing her MBA. While at Salve, Masson was a member of Extensions Dance Company and the Business Manager of SRU Dance Club. She received the Salve Regina University Dance Award in 2019. Masson’s choreography has been presented at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (2017, 2019), Southern Vermont Dance Festival (2018), BDTx in Cambridge (2018), WAXworks in Brooklyn, NY (2018), and the American College Dance Association’s adjudicated concerts (2018, 2019). Currently, she is the Operations Manager for Pantos Project Dance.
Donna Miceli (DM)
Donna received her training at Boston Ballet, Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, and the New York City studios of Luigi and Alvin Ailey. In addition to founding the Donna Miceli Dance Ensemble and the Youth Dance Company, Ms. Miceli has instructed at Boston School of Ballet, Gus Giordano Dance Center, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio and Lowell Arts Magnet School. She has been a Master Teacher for the Dance Teachers Clubs of Boston and Maine, Dance Masters of America and Tanzwerkstatt Internationale in Bonn, Germany. The recipient of numerous awards for her performances and choreography, Ms. Miceli has choreographed for MRT and professional companies. She was a finalist in the International Choreography Competitive Event at Jazz Dance World Congress 2000 and 2003 where she received Honorable Mention awards for her work. Ms. Miceli is certified by the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America and serves as adjudicator at competitions.
KALI rOWE (KR)
Kali will begin her first year of teaching for the LPDC this fall. She began dancing at LPDC at the age of 2, and continued to dance recreationally until she began her competitive journey at the age of 10. Shortly after, she began assisting at age12 where she found her love for teaching. Kali has been awarded regionally and nationally as a member of our U*NA*T team, while also partaking in events such as Project Santa, The Dracut Telethon, and Hope Heals. Currently, Kali is enrolled as a senior at Dracut High School and is in all honors and AP courses. In school, she is a member of National Honor Society and National Business Honor Society. After high school, plans to go to college where she will study Business and English. Kali is so excited to join the LPDC faculty this year where she will continue to strengthen her love of dance through teaching.
Alec Webber (AW)
Alec has grown up training at LPDC for ten years in styles such as hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and more. Alec is a graduate from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence and is a Licensed Realtor. Alec completed his first year of teacher training with the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and will graduate from the program next summer. Alec continues his love for dance by teaching and sharing with others. On the competition circuit, Alec has been highly awarded both regionally and nationally as member of LPDC's competing team, U*NA*T. He has also had the opportunity to perform in community service events such as Project Santa, the Dracut Scholarship Telethon and the HIP project as both a dancer and choreographer. As choreographer for the competing team, Alec's work has been highly recognized. Alec continues his dance education and has been fortunate enough to study with renoun dance educators and choreographers such as Kathleen Pantos, director of Pantos Project, Tyce Diorio, Brian Freedman, Dave Scott, Mia Michaels, and many more. He looks forward to his second year as LPDC faculty member and choreographing for the upcoming competing season.
Kristen Werner (KMW)
Kristen has been a member of the LPDC family for 31 years; starting as a student and now teacher and choreographer to our resident competition team, as well as LPDC's Performing Group. Kristen's groups have received numerous gold medals and Overall High Scores in their category. Kristen is a class of 2000 graduate of Dracut High School. She is a 2001 graduate of Lowell Academy of Hair Design, where she was recognized for her high average in theory. She is currently employed as a stylist and salon manager. Kristen has been dancing at LPDC since the age of five and has been given the opportunity to participate in many special events including Project Santa, Make A Wish Foundation Benefits, as well as industrials for Reebok International and Wella International. Kristen was a member of the LPDC competing team U*NA*T. She has had the opportunity to perform at numerous events and venues such as Walt Disney World, the Dracut Scholarship Telethon, the Cycle to Break the Cycle and the Jane Doe Spirit Awards. Kristen is a proud member of the dance "Break The Cycle" and has enjoyed much success both regionally and nationally. This dance was awarded the national title in the category of Production at the American Dance Awards competition in Las Vegas in July 2000 and was awarded second place at Headliners Nationals in Atlantic City. To further her dance education, Kristen has attended numerous West Coast Dance Explosion conventions and has been a scholarship recipient. Kristen looks forward to another great year with our amazing students and faculty.