Tricia Apicelli

Office Manager of

Artistry Dance Center

Tricia has been the Office/Accounts Manager for The Putnam Dance Center for 8 years, and part of the PDC family for over 20 years. She will be continuing her position at the studio as the Office Manager of Artistry Dance Center! Tricia handles the financial aspect of family accounts and can help assist with any questions you may have regarding your account.  She enjoys taking the Adult classes offered at the studio, bringing back the wonderful memories of dancing when she was younger.  In her free time, she loves to make edible creations with her kids!  Tricia is looking forward to another fabulous year at the studio.


Kelsey Rioux

Owner/Director of

Artistry Dance Center

2021-2022 Classes:

Acro Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Tap/Jazz, Jazz, Modern, Styles

2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Modern

Kelsey Rioux, born and raised in Killingly, CT, began her dance education at The Putnam Dance Center where she danced for 15 years. While teaching and choreographing at the studio, she continued her studies at Rhode Island College located in Providence, RI. Here she received a B.A. in Dance Performance and a minor in Mathematics, and graduated summa cum laude with a four-year talent, and presidential scholarship. While at Rhode Island College, Kelsey has had the pleasure of working with her professors Angelica Vessella and Jessica Pearson, and also guest artists such as Bob Boross, William Evans, Jennifer Archibald, Keigwin+Company, and David Parker. Recently, she has performed with the RIC Dance Company and

Boston Community Dance Project in several areas throughout New England, and a few performances in New York City. Post graduation, Kelsey became the Assistant Director, and the Co-Director of The Putnam Dance Center. As of June 2021, she became the Owner and Director of the studio, now renamed to Artistry Dance Center.

In furthering her education, Kelsey attends a major convention, or participates in a certification program each year, and every opportunity she can get! She has been certified in the Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) Safety & Wellness Course, which includes a verified background check, and certification in Adult & Pediatrics First Aid/CPR/AED. She is also a member of Dance Masters of America (DMNE) Ch. 5, and is certified with an international Acro Dance organization for Acrobatic Arts Module 1 and 2. 


Kelsey has been a teacher and choreographer for over 10 years, and is looking forward to working with her students at Artistry Dance Center this year!


Annette Hebard

Previous Owner/Director of

The Putnam Dance Center

2021-2022 Classes:

Ballet Foundations, Tap/Jazz Foundations, Preschool, Wiggles n Giggles, Dance Inspirations


Annette began dance lessons at the age of 12 in her hometown of Derby, CT. She was also a student at the Muriel Grossfield School of Gymnastics in the mid 70’s and was among the Top 10 Gymnasts in the state of Connecticut in 1975. She graduated from Bennett College in Millbrook, New York in 1977 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Dance. From 1978 to 1983 she was a member of The Jeanette Niell Dancers and The Beverly Richards Dancers in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1982, Annette was a member of The Heartbreakers, a professional cheerleading squad for the Boston Breakers of the USFL. She has also performed in industrial shows for Thom McCann and Kendell Pharmaceuticals. Annette was a former faculty member of the Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, the Sally McDermott Dance Studio in Auburn, Massachusetts, and the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Westboro and Worcester, Massachusetts before opening The Putnam Dance Center in 1996. She has choreographed musicals at The Bradley Playhouse and the Swamp Meadow Community Theatre in Foster, RI, coached high school and college cheerleading squads. 

Annette teaches the 2.5-9 year old students and continues her dance teaching education through numerous conventions and workshops in order to learn and pass on as much as she can to her wonderful young students.

Annette is certified in Acrobatic Arts Module 1, and is a member of Dance Masters of America (DMNE); Chapter 5


Ailiegh Galante

Ailiegh has been dancing for almost 20 years training in various styles such as tap, hip hop, jazz, modern, ballet and contemporary. She had trained with Alyson’s School of Dance for 15 years dancing on their competitive team for 8 years competing with both groups and as a soloist at competitions. Ailiegh Danced on the Connecticut Sun Kids dance team for the WNBA Connecticut Sun Basketball team for 5 years, later on dancing for their professional dance team Solar Power for 2 years. During her career so far, she was given the chance to compete with the American Tap Company for two years representing the United States of America at the IDO World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany competing against 30 plus countries and is still currently a part of the team. Ailiegh was also given the opportunity to dance and compete at World of Dance Boston with her Hip-Hop Crew, Mobbin Pretty, for 3 years. Ailiegh has also been working as a paid professional dancer and actress with the DFX Entertainment company performing at various different events each year. She has been a dance instructor for 6 years now. Ailiegh recently graduated from Dean College with a BA in dance and an AS in Early Childhood Education.

2021-2022 Classes:



Aly Nault

Aly began taking Acrobatics at the age of 6 with Wendy’s Dance Studio in Webster, MA. She also attended Giguere’s School of Gymnastics for six years. From 1996 until she graduated high school in 1999, Aly took Acrobatics here at The Putnam Dance Center, quickly mastering her side arial and back handsprings. Aly was a devoted student and worked very hard, so much so that she became an assistant for three years in her time here at The PDC. Aly received her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2003 and is currently the Children’s Co-Director at Valley Chapel in Uxbridge, MA. She also works full-time as an Applied Behavior Analyst at Douglas Elementary School. Aly has been back at the studio as part of our Adult Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip-Hop classes for the past 9 years. Her love for dance and Acrobatics has never waned even while raising four children with her husband Scott. Aly is so happy as she continues teaching at the studio for her 5th year. 

2021-2022 Classes:

Acro Dance


Amanda Farley

Amanda Farley started her dance career as a youngster with the Burrillville RI Parks and Recreation dance program and then moved on to dance with the American Ballet Company in Pascoag, RI. Following those experiences, she danced for 20+ years, in all genres, with Physical Attitude in Pascoag, RI. She was a member of the competition team at Physical Attitude. She began as an assistant teacher at Physical Attitude in 1993 and shortly after began to teach her own classes. Amanda graduated from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston’s (DTCB) training program and has been a member of DTCB. By day, Amanda is a speech-language pathologist in the public schools in Massachusetts. She works with children from three years old

through fourth grade. Amanda resides in Rhode Island with her two children,

Keighan and Wesley, and her husband, Jared.  Amanda is excited to be part of

the ADC family and to share her love of dance!


2021-2022 Classes:

Hip Hop


Caitlyn Sward

Caitlyn Sward is a certified personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise (ACE) and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In addition to 15 year of experience as a dancer, this will be Caitlyn’s third year teaching strength and conditioning to young adults and adolescents. This class will focus on minimizing injuries in young dancers, as well as increasing strength, endurance, proprioception, balance and athleticism. Caitlyn is also certified as a youth exercise specialist and cancer exercise specialist through ACE and an MMA conditioning specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). In her spare time she loves to travel and is a devoted dog mom to Ellie and Marzipan.


2021-2022 Classes:



Danielle Montville

Danielle Montville has been in and out of the dance community since the age of 11, when she studied dance at Aprilles Danceprints. There, she competed in advanced Tap and completed advanced Jazz and Ballet training. This is her seventh year teaching at the studio. Recently she has advanced her movement education by completing a 250 hour Yoga Instructor Certification as well as a certification specific to Chakra work which she obtained through Aura Wellness Center out of North Attleboro, MA. Danielle has a passion for dance and believes that dance should be rooted from love, with an emphasis of technique and of course, always fun!  She lives in Killingly with her extremely supportive husband Trevor and her fun-loving, nine year old daughter Evelyn, who has been dancing at the studio for 7 years herself!

2021-2022 Classes:

Dance Inspirations

2020-2021 Competition Choreography:



Deanna Costa

Deanna started dancing at 2 1/2 years old at "Dotty's School of Dance" in Plainfield, CT, where she danced for 16 years.  She performed and competed in all genres including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop.  As a young adult, in her junior and senior year, she was choreographing her own routines and independently teaching classes while also attending intensives at the Dance Masters of America training school in NY in 1998 & 1999.  Deanna has also participated in musical theatre from a young age.  She has performed in several productions at "Break-A-Leg" & "The Bradley Theatre".  While in high school, she was an ensemble member and the assistant choreographer in the dance routines of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" & "West Side Story" performed at Woodstock Academy.  Deanna is currently employed as a Registered Nurse at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI.  She has been a labor and delivery nurse for 18 years and loves coaching moms through their labor process and teaching them about the body's endless strengths.  Deanna lives in Canterbury with her husband and three children.  Her two daughters love dancing at ADC! Deanna is so excited to start this third year of teaching and have the opportunity to share her love of movement and her passion for dance expression with all of her students!!!

2021-2022 Classes:

Creative Movement, Tap/Jazz Foundations, Intro to Modern

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Erin Canty

Erin holds a Degree in Dance from Dean College. While at Dean, Erin performed with the Dean Dance Company, in musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Anything Goes,” and student dance showcases. College accreditations include “Phi Theta Kappa” inductee, “Martin Dance” scholarship, “Rosco Woodward” scholarship, and the “Beryl Martin Memorial Award in Dance and Theatre”. After graduating Dean, Erin furthered her education at the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City, under the direction of Judith Jamison. While there, she studied modern techniques, Horton, Dunham, Limon, Graham, as well as Jazz, Ballet, and African dance. She took class at “Broadway Dance Center” and “Steps On Broadway” with renowned teachers and choreographers: Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo” Nappy Tabs”, Chris Judd, Stacey Tookey and the late and great, Frank Hatchett. Erin performed various roles in “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland” with Dance Prism Ballet Company’s touring cast.

In 2000, Erin established Canty Dance Centre. Five years later, her studio was named “50 Studios on the Move” by Dance Teacher/Dance Spirit Magazine. For 13 years, her studio was awarded the “Golden Torch Award”. She has been involved in community fundraisers and events to raise money for foundations close to her heart, such as Little Hearts, Inc., Special Olympics, and The American Cancer Society.

Erin adjudicated for the Miss Plymouth and Miss Middleboro pageants in 2013. For the past 7 seasons, she adjudicates for Step Up 2 Dance Talent Competition and is a master teacher for Step Up 2 annual dance Convention.  Erin has over 25 years’ experience, teaching dance education. She has worked for some of the area’s most prestigious studios, teaching various styles, all ages from recreational to competitive. Erin has won numerous awards for her “innovative choreography” and “story telling”. She draws inspiration from other members of the dance community and takes every opportunity to share her love of the arts with her peers and students. Recently, Erin joined the respected organization, Dance Masters of America NE Chapter 5. She is honored to share this privilege with other dance educators.  

Erin is excited to be teaching at Artistry Dance Center this fall. Erin has been married for 23 years to her supportive husband, Rick and a proud mom of 3, daughters Savannah and Delaney,

and son Zachary.


2021-2022 Classes:

Jazz, Modern/Ballet, Tap, Ballet, Modern, and Adult Classes (Hip Hop, Tap, & Lyrical/Jazz)

2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz


Idrissa McCallum

2021-2022 Classes:

Hip Hop

2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Idrissa McCallum is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts with many years of dance experience, including having studied at the Alvin Ailey School, JoAnn Warren Studio, and with the Boston Youth Moves (Jeannette Neill). She was fortunate to attend Point Park University for three years where she was a dance major with a concentration in jazz. Idrissa is an experienced dance teacher who has taught at several dance studios in Central Massachusetts. Additionally, Idrissa has assisted some of the industry's most talented dancers from the television series, So You Think You Can Dance.


Jennifer Paquette

Jennifer is an alumnus from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Jazz Dance Performance. There she received the Dance Program’s Performance Scholarship Award for all four years and the University’s Academic Scholarship for three years. She is a former dance company member at the Charlotte Klein Dance Center in Worcester, MA and has participated in numerous classes and conventions with Mia Michaels, Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Denise Wall, Mandy Moore, and Sonya Tayeh. She was a featured dancer in productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Chicago,” and “Dames at Sea.” After returning from Brooklyn, NY, where she extended her studies at The Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, she continued to take classes at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, MA. Jenn has been teaching in the New England area for the past 17 years. Her choreography has earned her 1st place overall high scores as well as the winning routines for Miss Dance of New England, 2nd runner up to Miss Dance of America, Miss Headliners, ADA Dancer of the Year, and Mr. CanDance. She choreographed and modeled for “Giving Back in Black” at the R.I. Convention Center for Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Care Systems and has been involved with multiple professional photo shoots. She has appeared on HGTV, PBS, and performed at Fenway Park for the Red Sox World Series kickoff party. She was the recipient of the Sherry Gold Memorial Award for Outstanding Choreography, 13 and over Outstanding Choreography from Legacy Dance Championships, as well as the title of America’s Choreographer of the year. Jenn belongs to Jazz Inc., a Boston based Jazz dance company. She is so excited to have been a part of the studio family for the past 17 years


2021-2022 Classes:


2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Contemporary, Jazz


Lisa Trottier

Lisa received her earliest training from Sue Scheffler-Savage in Auburn, MA, later on studying with Shirley Benjamin – former director of the Performing Arts School of Worcester, Lucy Johnson-Fitzgerald and Eleanor Thompson.  She continued her studies with Sydney Leonard and E. Virginia Williams, founder and director of the Boston Ballet Company.  She has appeared with the Boston Ballet in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.  She studied with such well-known artists as Mark Morris, Jean Pierre-Bonnefeus, and Robert Barnet.  Lisa has been a member of The Dance Prism and has danced the leading roles of the Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, as well as the leading role of Cinderella.  She has performed in contemporary ballets with the Dance Prism as well.  Lisa is certified to teach through a testing procedure by Dance Masters of America and is a member of the National Dance Teachers Association.  She has also been a judge for several seasons of dance competitions for Olympic “Miss Dance.”  Lisa and her husband Mike live in Thompson with their two sons, Jon Michael and Jesse, and their daughter, Kendralyn. Lisa is very excited to start her 14th year of teaching at the studio!

2021-2022 Classes:

Ballet Foundations, Jazz, Dance Inspirations, Tap/Jazz Foundations, Ballet Technique


Guest Competition Choreographers


Janelle Charron

Janelle Charron is going into her freshman year at Rhode Island College, having just completed her 11th year dancing at the studio. She has also been a competition team member for 6 years. Over the years, Janelle has won many judges awards and overalls for her routines. She was also a recipient of The PDC Outstanding Student Award at the studio, and has received other studio scholarships. Janelle is so happy to be teaching again this year as she joins us as a competition team choreographer.

2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Jazz, Musical Theatre


Jessica Rose Flynn

2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Jazz, Musical Theatre, Modern

Jessica Rose Flynn, born and raised in Massachusetts, received her early dance training at the North Reading School of Ballet in Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical under the direction of Lisa Pulver. In high school, Jessica was also accepted into the Junior Apprentice program with Urbanity Dance Company and added Contemporary dance and Improvisation to her repertoire. While with Urbanity, Jessica Rose trained with mentors and choreographers such as Betsi Graves, Ellenore Scott, Jackie Nowicki, and Tucker Knox who have all impacted her movement and way of teaching. Through Urbanity, she has performed in the spring and fall showcases each year, at Outside the Box Multi-Arts Festival, and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival to name a few. After departing from NRSB and Urbanity in 2016, Jessica Rose jumped straight into a professional career by joining Bosoma Dance Company under the direction of Katherine Hooper. So far with Bosoma, she has performed at the Peabody Essex Museum as living art in the exhibit Rodin: Transforming Sculpture, various festivals, and in their annual fall and spring shows. In 2017, Jessica Rose joined Boston Community Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Kay “SKooJ CorE-O” and started training in Fusion movement. So far with BCDP, now rebranded as BCDP GLOBAL, Jessica Rose has performed in shows such as New York City’s Choreographers’ Carnival at the Highline Ballroom, the NYC Dance Parade, Openhouse NYC in Times Square presented by Brickhouse NYC, New York City's Dixon Place, various festivals, and BCDP's annual summer benefit show. Jessica has also been given many opportunities to educate pre-professional dancers and also choreograph on the company. In late 2019, Jessica joined Celebrity Cruises and performed in Eden on the Celebrity Edge until April 2020. Jessica Rose also shares her love of teaching and passion for the creative process with many dancers in the area. She choreographs in styles including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, and Improvisational dance. She has taught and choreographed for Aurora Borealis Dance Company, Urbanity Dance Company, Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP GLOBAL), and various other studios throughout the NorthEast.

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Sarah-Katarina (SKooJ CorE-O) brings her knowledge and talents to the Performing Arts with experience in performance, choreography, instruction, and adjudication. SKooJ’s organic approach toward movement created the Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a professional collective expressing their passion of story telling through contemporary and fusion movements. BCDP’s work can be seen at NYC Dance Week, NYC Carnival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and our annual BCDP show every August! SKooJ is also the Former Artistic Director of the Boston-based Static Noyze Dance Company (World Of Dance:NYC/NJ Champions and 5x Best Theme  Winner), whom are a Theatrical Hip Hop Company that have guest performed for Former Governor Devaul Patrick, Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition, and for colleges throughout the country.

Her choreography and direction has also been featured on the HGTV series “Spontaneous Construction”, NESN, The Dr. Oz Show! and on the most recent Commercials as well as MTV’s new show PROMPOSAL! Her  talents have also paired up with TedEX Boston/Philadelphia, New Balance, Broadway in Boston, LA’s own Club Jete, and Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Anniversary Show!


SKooJ is also part of the adjudication world being on the judges panel for Prelude Urban Dance Competitions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Kids Artistic Revue (KAR), Elite Dance Challenge, and Diva Dance Competitions. She also travels the country and teaches at their conventions and nationals locations setting productions on their selected elite dancers throughout the season! Most recently, SKooJ is on faculty of the new craze Artistic Dance Exchange and has started assisting Brian Friedman at his RADIX Dance Convention classes!

SKooJ CorE-O entered the Music Video scene with choreographing for International Pop Artist Tamara Rodriguez, Pop/R&B Artist Erene, and Lucia Marie’s House of Blues Tour! Other credits include “Digital Love” by Makio, “Dance With You” by Bad Rabbits ft. Clinton Sparks, “Stay With Me” Cover by Keith London “Medicine” by Jack Newsome and her own dance concept videos with McCarthy Visuals, Moonculture Films, 4ward Productions, and Kuto Films. Most recently catch SKooJ choreographing for Ari B and featured in Pineapple Citi’s newest video “Rose Colored”.

Lastly, SKooJ partnered up with Salty Bovine Films with setting artistry for their past three short films ADONIS, MOSDEN, and TRENT while most recently showcasing her acting talent in movies Basic Math starring Cameron Diaz, TED2 with Mark Wahlberg, and Patriots Day!

Sarah-Katarina (SKooJ CorE-O) has gathered all her adventures, journeys, and experiences to inspire thousands of movers around the world. Her heart will continue to mentor the next generation, build the industry, and spread movement to all. Make sure to check out her work and #FollowTheArtistry

Check out some of her work!



@skoojcoreo     |    @BCDPAtristry


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2020-2021 Competition Choreography:

Hip Hop



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Yvie Bessette

Yvie is a sophomore at Rhode Island College. Growing up, she was very active in the musical and chorus programs both at The Woodstock Academy as well as Rectory School where she played “Belle” in “Beauty and The Beast” and Gertrude in “Seussical.” Yvie danced at The Putnam Dance Center for 15 years, and was also a member of the Competition Team. This is Yvie’s 4th year teaching at the studio, and 2nd year choreographing for the competition team. She would like to thank Annette and Kelsey for the opportunity to teach, and is looking forward to this year!

2021-2022 Competition Choreography:

Musical Theatre, Jazz