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LLDS Faculty

Michele Nawazelski

Michele has studied dance for more than 35 years. She has over 26 years of professional teaching and choreography experience and is an active member of the Greater Brockton Dance Teachers Association. Michele began her training with the Sherry Gold Dance Studio, in Brockton, MA. From there, she went on to study all genres of dance including classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop with Easton Dance Academy and later at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston. She was the dance team leader at EDA for 4 years.  Michele performed in the spring and winter repertory shows at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio for more than 7 years.


Michele is a graduate of Chamberlayne School of Art and Design at Mt. Ida College and has her Bachelor’s degree  of Science. Before this, she attended Springfield College for a year where she minored in dance. There, she choreographed and performed in their spring and winter repertory shows and studied with many dance professionals. Throughout her school years, Michele competed in yearly dance and cheerleading competitions. She went on to coach and choreograph for many local youth teams in both dance and cheer.  During this time, her love for musical theater found her choreographing local variety shows as well. She worked as lead choreographer for the Quincy Dinner Theatre’s annual Christmas Production two years in a row. She has also trained with many well-known dance choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Kelly Peters, Debbie Allen, Russell Chambers and Ann Reinking!


Currently, Michele continues her dance education with master classes in Boston, NYC and local ballet studios on the South Shore.  She is a Certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance Instructor and is Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED certified. She also holds many continuing education certifications from the Dance Life Retreat Center and the Dance Life Conference under the direction of Rhee Gold in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Creative Movement and various business owner courses.  Throughout her entire teaching career, she has choreographed many high level, award winning dance routines. Michele’s passion lies in sharing her knowledge and love of dance through teaching students of all ages. She enjoys working with children and seeing them find confidence and success in the dance world. She shares her positive attitude and love of dance everyday with the children she instructs. Michele is proud to offer her students an opportunity to experience the power of dance and hopes to make a difference along their journey through life. She lives with her husband and 4 children in Hanson, MA.

Isabelle Darcy

Isabelle began her dancing career at Stephanie Dineen Dance Studio (now Live, Love, Dance Studio) in Carver, MA at the age of four.  She continued dancing with the studio for fourteen years until graduation. During that time, she participated in all disciplines of dance. Her favorite was always and continues to be ballet. She performed with her dance team in many elite competitions during this time, including the Youth America Grand Prix with ballet and modern, and has achieved many high score awards.


Isabelle graduated high school in 2021 and is currently attending Bridgewater State University attaining a double major in Management and Finance. To keep involved with dance and keep her passion alive she is excited to be teaching at the studio. She hopes to help spark a lifelong love for dancing in her students. 

Madie DeOliveira

Hello my name is Madie and I am 24 years old. I started dancing when I was 3 and never

looked back! I graduated from Dean college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Dance, getting to

explore all types of styles. During the week I am also a toddler teacher and I love it so much. I’m

an auntie of 6 and it’s my passion to watch young ones learn new things as they grow and

develop! I love to sing and play, I can’t wait to dance with you!!

Meredith Emery

Meredith’s goal is to create a fun and developmentally appropriate atmosphere that will allow her students to gain creativity, confidence and a love of dance. Meredith has been dancing since she can remember.  She began at Patricia Brosnihan Dance Studio and enjoyed four years on the Wheaton College dance company in Norton, MA. She has performed with the Tides Dance company at “Adam in Chatham” Studio on Cape Cod.   She is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on exercise as well as a certified Rhythm Works Special Needs Dance Instructor.  She also has a certification to teach the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus. Meredith currently teaches Acro, Contemporary and Hip-Hop.  Although, she loves all styles from Ballet to impromptu dance parties with her two boys.  Her experience also includes: choreography, stage management, and fitness instructor.  She holds a Masters of Science in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College. She has worked in preschools and elementary schools and with early intervention. Meredith is now looking forward to another great year teaching with us at Live, Love, Dance Studio. 

Giana Gualda

Giana Rose Gualda graduated from Stonehill College with a Performing Arts Degree and she is continuing her career in choreographing, teaching, and performing. She started her training in dance at The King Centre for the Performing Arts in Wanaque, New Jersey. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics. Giana competed in dance competitions for the King Centre's Acro Company and Dance Company. Her highest achievement was placing 5th overall and winning a platinum performance metal.  Giana performed as Mother Ginger in The King Centre's rendition of The Nutcracker. At Stonehill College, Giana performed and choreographed for the Stoneworks Dance Company where she learned how to run a successful dance classroom with a positive learning environment! Giana is very excited to help students explore their talents and to learn new skills. 

Kimberly Harvey

 Kimberly has studied dance for more than 20 years. She grew up in Plympton and started her training at local dance studios on the South Shore, studying ballet, tap, jazz and modern. During this time she attended multiple summer intensives at Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, and was also part of the Silver Lake High School Dance Team for 3 years. 


Kimberly is a graduate of Roger Williams University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Dance in Performance studies. She was part of RWU Dance Theatre Spring and Fall performances during all 4 years. Kimberly then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2018. During this time she created an injury prevention workshop specifically for dancers, which she now presents to studios in the area. 


Currently, Kimberly lives in Lakeville with her boyfriend and their dog, Romy. She owns a Holistic Physical Therapy Practice, Vella Strength & Healing in Carver, Ma where she focuses on orthopedic issues, dance medicine, stress management and Reiki. Her passion for the art form of dance, as well as the dancer's themselves is what facilitated her interest in going to school for Physical Therapy. Now she is happy to share her knowledge with her students and help them sustain overall wellness as they study this wonderful art form! 

Kelly Larsen

Hey there dancers! My name is Kelly Larsen. I'm a Plymouth Ma native. I'm married and have two beautiful girls named Evelyn and Ruth, they are my everything!

I have been in love with dance and performing since the age of 3. Started dancing @ Manomet school of Dance where I competed, later switched to Pembroke School of performing Arts where I also competed. Took my training and education to Dean College School Of Dance. Graduated with a BA in dance and performance in 2008, in all genres. I am also Acrobatic Arts Certified! 

Danced professionally in Perceptions modern dance company, and Boston Cannons dancers. I have taught and shared my knowledge and passion for dance at many dance studios in the surrounding towns.I have been certified In Zumba for 9 years with a very dedicated following. With teachings at several locations locally. Dance is my life and my heart cannot function without music and performing. I love watching children learn and grow into there own dancer. They all have there own beat! There is nothing better to watch than a dancer who smiles and fights for the spotlight, even if they are going the wrong way! It's all about the process. 5, 6, 7, 8 ......Let's dance shall we!

Kerri Mazerall

Kerri began dancing at the age of 2 at the Gold Studio in Brockton. She continued her dancing education there for 17 years.  She competed across the United States on their competition team winning various awards and titles, while taking master classes and scholarship classes to further her education. She spent her summers participating in their summer intensive program as well as traveling to Dance Masters of America’s National convention each year. At the age of 8 she was selected to perform with the Philadelphia Ballet Company’s New England Performance of the Nutcracker. Kerri performed across New England doing many shows and benefits including the Jerry Lewis Telethon and dancing for the clothing store, the GAP. She also traveled to Disneyland in California where she performed inside the park as well as took classes with their choreographers for Disney Music Days. When she was 15, she got the opportunity to perform in Washington D.C. at The White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.


In her twenties Kerri was a member of the Boston based Rainbow Tribe Dance Company performing at a variety of venues throughout New England. She was also the Sugar Plum fairy for two years in the Middleboro Youth Ballet production of the Nutcracker.


Kerri started her teaching career at the Gold Studio and continued to teach at various studios in Massachusetts. She has worked with competition dancers that have won high score awards and titles and has taught Master Classes at multiple studios. She taught ballet to state competitive gymnasts and also worked on their floor and beam routines. Kerri also contributed her time to run the Carver High School Dance team at the for one year.


Kerri’s passion for dance and performing is something that has always played an important role in her life. Now, she loves to teach and inspire young dancers, assisting them in learning the fundamentals of dance as well as helping them grow their passion.

Kassi Weston

Kassi Weston is a South Shore, Massachusetts based dancer and dance educator. She recently graduated from Dean College with her BFA in Dance, with a concentration in performance of all styles, specifically Ballet. She has been dancing since the age of 3, with her favorites being ballet and hip hop. She started her training in Carver, MA at Live Love Dance Studio for 15 years (formally Stephanie Dineen Dance Studio) where she both competed in all styles of dance and was heavily trained in ballet under Ballet RI (formally Festival Ballet Providence) company dancers. In high school, Kassi had the opportunity to compete at YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) in Worcester, MA. 

During Kassi’s time at Dean, she performed in dance showcases, concerts, club's and was a member of both the school’s step team and Society of Leadership and Success. She was fortunate to intern with Ballet RI, assisting with both admin and front of house for performances. She was chosen by the head of Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, Joan Palladino herself, to become a published author of her own book, “But Dance Was Always There!”. Kassi also received a recognition award from the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and was the first student at Dean College to receive Honors Scholar for all eight semesters. Since graduating, Kassi has been on the teaching faculty at Live Love Dance Studio, while also auditioning for performance opportunities in the contemporary/ballet styles. While teaching, Kassi combines her passion and love for dance, with her knowledge from world renowned artists/choreographers. She was fortunate to train under Luciano Aimar, head of Boston Ballet School’s Children’s Program in creative movement and Jill Silverman, Associate Professor of Dance at the Palladino School of Dance, in ballet pedagogy. Kassi hopes to continue sharing her love for the art through both performance and teaching.

Meaghan McCarthy
Instructor and Assistant

Meaghan McCarthy is a 22-year old woman who has been a dancer for 19 years since age 3. Dance is her passion and her life! She loves all styles of dance, but if she had to choose a favorite, it would be contemporary. During the 19 years she has been dancing, Meaghan has been at the same studio (Live Love Dance Studio) in Carver, MA. Five years ago, Meaghan began working as an assistant teacher at the studio for the 3-5 year old class. Two years ago, Meaghan was part of developing the First “Tiny Tots” class, for 2 and 3 year olds, along with the studio owner, Michele. Meaghan has been assisting Michele in this class since then along with the 3-5 year old class. 

Meaghan is also a Certified Rhythm Works Instructor. She co-teaches The Gott Dance! special needs dance classes with Miss Michele.

Meaghan was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when she was 8 months old, which was a direct result of a stroke she had on the right side of her brain during her mother’s pregnancy. This has resulted in hemiparesis on the left side of her body, learning difficulties, developmental difficulties, orthopedic difficulties, tendency for muscle contractures and a seizure disorder. Her mother was told that Meaghan probably would not walk, and she would have difficulty speaking and swallowing. But Meaghan would not be stopped. Not only does she walk, but she dances. Speaking has not been a problem, and she loves to talk! Next to dance, the thing she loves most is dogs!

Reese Nawazelski
Guest Instructor
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