Meet the Team

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Laurie Graf

Laurie Graf is the Owner and Director of Center Stage Performing Arts Studio.  She bought the business from her former teacher, Ms. Frances, in 2009 when she retired.  Ms. Laurie danced with Center Stage since the age of three continuing to teach for Ms. Frances through college and graduate school.  Ms. Laurie attended Stonehill College in Easton MA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge MA.  She worked in the counseling field at such places as the Norfolk County Correctional Facility, Woodward School For Girls and Step One Early Intervention Program.  Ms. Laurie attended the Dance Teachers Club of Boston three year dance teacher training program where she received the Elsa Heilich Kempe award given to the graduating student who displayed the highest aptitude for teaching dance.  She is an active member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston.  Ms. Laurie has served on the Board of Directors for two local Independent Schools: Adams Montessori School and The Woodward School.  In 2018 Ms. Laurie was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award from The Woodward School in Quincy.  She is also a member of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and is the co-chair for the Arts, History and Culture Committee for Quincy 400 and the Mayor’s Advisory Board.

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Aly Churchill

Ms. Aly started dancing at the age of 4 at the Jean Paige School of Ballet in Brookline and later, when her Mom joined the faculty, also added Center Stage Performing Arts Studio to her schedule!  In high school, Ms. Aly was a dedicated member of the Fontbonne Academy Drama program where she performed in many plays and musicals including having the lead role in “Little Shop of Horrors”.  Ms. Aly graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Curry College with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education. She received the Promising Educator Award while studying there.  After studying dance at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio for over 9 years, Ms. Aly joined the faculty in 2017.  She is excited to give back to the studio by teaching dance along side her mother Ms. Jacque.

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Jacquelyn Churchill

Ms. Jacque started dancing at the age of 7 at the Jean Paige School of Ballet in Brookline.   Ms. Jacque is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with a Ballet Concentration.  She is a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and has served on numerous committees and held many positions within the organization.  Ms. Jacque graduated from the Dance Education Program which was formally known as the Teacher Training Course, winning the Audrey Wilson Award for over-all highest score for both written test and performance.  Just 8 years later she co-chaired the program for DTCB, the youngest member ever to do so.  Ms. Jacque has been teaching at Center Stage since 2000.

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Ally Graf

Ms. Ally was born and raised in Quincy, MA and has been dancing since the age of 3. Ms. Ally grew up assisting classes at Center Stage and then continued her dance education at Roger Williams University. She graduated in 2020, with degrees in Physcology and Dance/ Performance Studies. Ms. Ally is now a full time faculty member and director of our Hip-Hop Program, while simultaneously attending Lesley University for her Master's in Dance/ Movement Theropy. Although Ms. Ally has been apart of the Center Stage family her whole life, she has been teaching at Center Stage since 2018.

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Deanna Hennessey

Ms. Deanna has been on the Center Stage faculty since 2007.  She was trained at The Gold School in Brockton MA and quickly became a well rounded dancer in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, acro, and modern, traveling the world dancing in all styles.  Ms. Deanna trained at the Toronto School of Cirque Arts in Canada and performed in the Pennsylvania Ballet Nutcracker at the age of 6. In 2000 she was part of the USA Tap Dance Team that won a Gold Medal in Germany. She also won the USA Solo Dance Challenge in 2001.  At the age of 19 Ms. Deanna began her professional dance career with Disney Cruise Line. She was in the character and main-stage performances.
After years of performing with Disney, Ms. Deanna returned home to college to get her Bachelor of Science Degree at Johnson & Wales University.

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Britteny Hyslip

Ms. Britteny is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts who grew up studying at a local dance studio. After high school Ms. Britteny expanded her dance knowledge through the Bachelors of Arts in Dance program at Dean College in Franklin MA. Through the school she performed and choreographed for over ten shows, studied several tap, jazz, modern, and ballet techniques, and was trained in various levels of dance composition and improvisation. After graduating in May 2010 Britteny began her performance career which includes a guest performance spot with Fracture Dance Company, as well as a dancer in DJ Maverik’s “All Night” Music Video. Currently Britteny is a core member of Kinetic Synergy Dance Company and performs at festivals and shows all over the New England area.  She is also the director of the Lawrence High School Dance Company. Ms. Britteny has been teaching at Center Stage since the 2011-2012 season.

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Sandy Keldsen

Sandra Zarotney Keldsen (Ms. Sandy) has been teaching dance and yoga with us  since 2009.  She grew up in Connecticut where she graduated high school as a dance major at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts.  Sandy went on to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Boston Conservatory where she graduated with honors and was the recipient of the Ruth Ambrose Award for Dance. Currently, Sandy co-directs Dances by Isadora Boston  a company dedicated to preserving the work of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan through workshops, performances, as well as the creation of new work inspired by Duncan. Dances by Isadora Boston's recent performance and teaching credits include the Jacobs Pillow Inside Out Festival and the Isadora Duncan International Symposium in London. She has also performed with several modern dance companies in the Boston area, including Daniel McCusker, Lorraine Chapman, and Kelli Edwards.  Ms. Sandy is a 200 hr YTT certified yoga instructor, and uses elements of yoga in her dance classes to keep dancers strong and flexible, and alleviate performance anxiety through meditation and breathing techniques.

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Crystal Lamb

Ms. Crystal is a native of Arizona and has been teaching at Center Stage since her move to Massachusetts in 2009.  She is a graduate of Arizona State University where she received a full scholarship to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a minor in Child Development.  While in college Ms. Crystal trained with many well known dance artists and received Honorable Recognition Awards for her student choreography and performance.  Ms. Crystal trained and performed with School of Ballet Arizona for 8 years and in the Centerdance Modern Dance Professional Company for 3 years.  Ms. Crystal has fitness certifications in Zumba, PiYo (Pilates Yoga), Turbokick (kickboxing) and Barre and continues to teach at gyms and fitness centers all over our area.  Ms. Crystal is also certified in secondary education and worked as a middle/high school lead dance teacher with a program of over 200 students.

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Erika LaPierre

Ms. Erika is a native of Quincy and began dancing at Center Stage at the age of 4. She attended Dean College in Franklin MA where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education.  She has studied under world renowned choreographers and teachers such as Joan Phelps Palladino and William Evans. Her favorite genre of dance is tap! During her time at Dean, Erika published a book about the important foundation a child needs to succeed in later life. Erika is a member of Kinetic Synergy Dance Company and has been on the faculty at Center Stage since graduating from Dean in 2017.

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Molly O'Toole

Molly began dancing at the age of 3 and is a Braintree native. While also attending Center Stage as a student, she was also a member and captain of the Braintree High School Dance Team, where she and her team won 8 championships. Molly had the opportunity to attend the Rockette's Summer Intensive Program in New York City three years in a row, and even auditioned to be a Rockette in 2017. She continued her studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she studied and performed Jazz, Tap, and Ariel Dance. Molly graduated in 2020 with a Psychology major and a Dance minor. Molly is now apart of our faculty and we are happy to have her home!

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Rachel Tobin

Originally from England, Rachel trained professionally at The Urdang Academy in London's West End in Professional Dance (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and pas de deux). After graduating Rachel enjoyed her career as a Professional dancer on Cruises, and worked her way up to Dance Captain with Lead roles such as Flash dance, Dirty Dancing and special Adagio couple. Alongside this Rachel had the honor of training with the Radio City Rockettes for two years in the invitation only Summer Training and had the honor of performing in London's O2 arena with artists such as Post modern jukebox. Alongside teaching Dance, Rachel also instructs Barre and Cardio classes, loves to run and walk her Beagle puppy Benny (with husband too!)
Rachel joined the  Center stage family in 2019.  She enjoys sharing her passion for dance and working closely with these amazing young pre-professional dancers. 'I'm excited to watch and encourage each child flourish and grow at Center Stage!

Guest Faculty Members

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Tim Fournier

Tim is originally from Attleboro, MA.  After getting his start in Tap Dance with Gloria Dorais, Tim trained with the Gold Family (Sherry, Rhee & Rennie Gold).  Tim’s professional career started at the early age of 9 with a performance on “Star Search" television show.  He continued training with masters like David Howard and Laurie Kenyok in New York and in Los Angeles found his love for Hip Hop while dancing with Wade Robson.  Performed worldwide including New York City, Los Angeles, Caribbean Islands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, China and Japan.
Performances include Feature Films “Boy’s & Girls,” starring Freddie Prince Jr, “Cinderelmo,” Jerry Lewis Telethon, Goodwill Games Opening Ceremonies with Natalie Cole choreographed by Marguerite Derricks, “Peter Pan Broadway Tour" choreographed by Patti Columbo, Radio City Music Hall, Tokyo Disneyland, West Side Story (European Tour), Crazy For You, Sea Doo, Reebok, Compac, Intel, Walt Disney Worlds Beauty & the Beast and Tap Soloist at Epcot Center. Performed with Artists Debbie Gibson, Brandy, Linda Eder, Bebe & Cece Winnans, Seiko Matsuda, Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers),  All 4 One, Cathy Rigby and more… Music Artists trained by Tim include Golf-Mike, Chin, Knes, Storm, C-Quint, Bie The Star and more..
Tim has taught for numerous organizations including Dance Masters of America, Dance Olympus and American Dance Awards to name a few. Tim has also performed in numerous Commercials and Films internationally and most recently for LG Korea and Cadbury throughout Asia.  Recently Tim has co founded a Dance School and Events company in Thailand called Footloose.  He created and choreographed a dance concert to the score from “The Greatest Showman” and also a Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show for the schools first year review.

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Julia Mayo

Julia Mayo is the newest addition to our faculty, and we could not be happier to be able to work with her again. She began her dance career with us at the age of 10 and is still continuing her education at the University of Massachussets Amherst. Julia is currently a senior, studying Dance Theropy and Education, while also balancing being the President of the UMass Dance Company. Julia plans to continue her education with a Master's degree in Dance/ Movement Theropy. Center Stage was lucky to have Julia run our Summer Dance Program this past summer!