Faculty

Michele Nawazelski
Owner/Instructor

Michele has studied dance more than 35 years. She has over 23 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 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.

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Kailee Felix
Instructor

Kailee Felix grew up in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina where she started her career at Swansboro Dance Studio. At the age of 10, she performed with Carolina Ballet in their productions of Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La Sylphide. In 2013, Kailee continued her training at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, where she performed a variety of classical repertory. In 2016 when she joined Festival Ballet Providence as a trainee. This is Kailee’s fifth year with Festival Ballet Providence, and her first season as a Company Dancer. 

Kailee's goal is to bring a fresh perspective and new life to this art form. She hopes to give the students room to grow and explore movement without fear of failure or judgement while maintaining the structure that is needed for their technique to thrive.

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Brenna
DiFrancesco
Instructor

Brenna DiFrancesco was born in Seekonk, Massachusetts where she began her training at The State Ballet of Rhode Island, under the guidance of Herci Marsden before joining Festival Ballet as a Junior Company member at age 17. She has trained with The Nutmeg Conservatory, Orlando ballet, The School of American Ballet and also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix competition placing second and then first for two consecutive years. Brenna joined the company as a Trainee in 2010 and has since performed many roles with the company, including Arabian, Spanish, Lead Snow, and Lead Flower in The Nutcracker, Gretal in Ilya Kozadaevs Hansel & Gretal, Cygnets in Swan Lake, Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux, the La Corsaire pas de deux, and featured rolls in Christopher wheeledons, “The American”, and “Morphoses” and several Balanchine ballets. She has also worked with many contemporary artists including Victor Plotnikov, Yury Yanowsky, Ilya kozadaev,  Dominique Walsh, and others.

Laurie Vernazzaro
Instructor

Laurie has been dancing since the age of five. She began her dance career at Stephanie Dineen Dance Studio (now, Live Love Dance Studio) in Carver, MA.

Laurie danced competitively studying  ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical. In 2006, Laurie performed in Jose Mateo's Ballet Theater production of the Nutcracker. Since 2011, Laurie has been teaching creative movement at Live Love Dance Studio under the direction of Michelle Nawazelski. In the summer of 2013, Laurie had the privilege of attending the Burklyn Ballet Theater intensive under the direction of John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, principal dancers from American Ballet Theater. In 2014, Laurie attended the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City where she was privileged to dance with master teachers from around the world. Since 2013, She has studied under Kristy and David Dubois honing her ballet and modern dance skills.

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Meredith Emery
Instructor

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.  She also has a certification to teach the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus. She also teaches 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. 

Kelly Larsen
Instructor

Hey there dancers! My name is Kelly Larsen. I'm a Plymouth Ma native. I'm married and have two beautiful baby 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
Instructor

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.

Meaghan McCarthy
Instructor

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!

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Janel Randolph
Instructor

Janel Randolph is a Bridgewater State University Alumni where she studied for her bachelors degree in Dance Education. She was a member of the Bridgewater State University Dance Company and dance team D’Afrique also at Bridgewater State University. She started dancing at 4 years old at Stage Door Academy of Dance & Performing Arts in Berkley MA, where she trained in Ballet and Tap. As the Years went on she began training in Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Musical Theatre,  Acrobats, and Hip-Hop. At the age of 9 she joined Stage Door’s competition team, competing in all styles. At the age of 13 she began training at Motion the Dance Studio. For one year she was a recreational dancer, then she joined Motion’s competition team. After graduating high school she attended Bristol Community College for two years earning her Associates degree in Liberal Arts. Since graduating from Bridgewater State University one year ago she has continued to take recreational dance classes at numerous studios all around Massachusetts.

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Instructor
Reese Nawazelski
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Giana Gualda
Instructor

Giana Rose Gualda is studying Performing Arts at Stonehill College 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 performs and choreographs in 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. 

Isabelle Darcy
Instructor