ABOUT OUR TEACHERS
All our teachers are Jean DeLuca graduates, have participated in master classes and have won numerous competition awards for performing and choreography.
an accomplished lawyer by day - dynamic dance teacher choreographer by night. Her passion is Jazz - Ballet - Lyrical. Early ballet training with Festival Ballet took her to the stage as "Clara" in the "Nutcracker".
She studied extensively with Clint Hamblin of Boston and appeared professionally as a principle soloist with his company and most notably as his "adagio partner". Kris also danced with the "Shery Gold Dancers in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. her performances and student choreography are recipients of many competitive awards.
We are very blessed to have her on our staff for more then 25 years.
passion is Ballet. Her many years of training and teaching experiences, and her creativity and musicality consistently gives her students the gift of wonderful original choreography that always produces "beautiful pictures".
Lori began classes with Jean at 4 years old and for several years danced with Festival Ballet Company' During her college years, she studied dance at Hofstra and competed in National competitions while also training at the Long Island Dance Conservatory.
Graduate studies for occupational therapy at Springfield College gave her the opportunity to dance with the Longmeadow Conservatory and perform with the Springfield Symphony.
Married to Mike Pitocchi with two beautiful and talented little girls, Lori continues to (Her Quote)"Love Teaching ballet at our school and grateful that my daughters have the opportunity to learn and love dance with Jean".
has been studying and teaching with us for more than 30 years. Her passion is tap. She has enjoyed many master classes with Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Dianne Walker, Josh Hilberman, Buster Brown and our own Joe Pizzi.
As a performer and a choreographer, her routines in competitions produced many special awards and Gold metals.
Jackie Grossi began dancing with us at age three and quickly progressed to being a highly competitive dancer. Winning many special awards and Gold Medals. Through more than 20 years of training, she studied with Jean, Donna Rodriguez, Alesia Payne, Kris Marotti and has also enjoyed master classes with Servion glover Dianne Walker, Joe Pizzi, Clint Hamblin and more. The last years brought her to U.R.I. to pursue a C.P.A. masters and she has been a wonderful addition to our Wakefield Staff.
Kristin Capaldo Kristin has been dancing since the age of three, studying jazz, ballet, and tap with Kris Marotti, Alesia Payne, and Donna Rodriguez. She has attended numerous master classes with Clint Hamblin and Dante Sciarra, and won numerous awards at dance competitions in her younger years. In reecent years she has started teaching jazz and tap for the junior and senior companies.
Elena Donahue- Elena started dancing with Jean at age 3 and it has been her passion for over 25 years. Over the years, she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and pointe with Jean De Luca, Donna Rodriguez, Kris Marotti, Lori Barrone, and Alesia Payne. She also attended various Master Classes with Joe Pizzi, Clint Hamblin, Dante Sciarra, and others, and has won numerous awards with her dance group in her younger years. She instructs children in tap, jazz and ballet ranging from ages 2-adult. Elena graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Music Education.
Amy Squillace-Cipriano Amy began dancing with Jean Deluca and her sisters Norma and Linda at the age of three and continued until graduating from high school. While attending Franklin Pierce College, she joined the modern dance company there. This afforded her the opportunity to be exposed to many different styles of dance through numerous workshops and master classes. After experiencing an African dance class, she was hooked and later pursued this genre with Seydou and Michelle Coulibaly in Providence. During this time, she also became interested in hip hop dance and began taking classes at Fusionworks , with Cindy Klenk. Shortly after, she was chosen to perform with a hip hop singing group touring RI, Boston, and NY.
In 2000, Amy got married and one year later, she had her daughter, Andolina.
When Andolina was two and a half, Amy enrolled her at Jean Deluca Dance. In typical Jean Deluca form, Jean welcomed them both with open arms and soon recruited Amy to help teach Andolina’s class. Eleven years later, Amy and Andolina continue to share a passion for dance and the performing arts.
By day, Amy is a behavioral specialist and certified life coach and by night, she teaches hip hop classes for children and adults along with attending adult jazz classes at the Jean Deluca Dance Studio.
Lori Badessa- Jaiswal
started dancing with us when she was 3 1/2 years old. As a teenager she assisted Donna Rodriguez in dance classes for various elementary schools in Cranston, RI. As an adult, her job to her to California where she married, had a beautiful daughter and, as luck would have it, moved back to Rhode Island in time for our 50th studio anniversary. She enrolled her daughter Sydney in our Pre-School classes and began enjoying dance again with our Adult Company. I am thrilled to be teaching Sydney, and to have Lori as my assistant.
began her training with us at age 13, with a very obvious passion to perform and to teach. She soon spent many hours by my side as a teachers' assistant. Taking all master classes available, studying at Jeannette Neil's and Leon Collins in Boston, and her own innate talents have brought her to a place of awesome expertise in choreography.
Donna finds time to choreograph for local teacher groups, Mount Hope High School and Kaleidoscope theatre. She is an elementary school teacher by day, an exciting dance teacher by night.