Who's Who at Impulse . . .


LuAnn

LUANN C. PAGELLA is the Owner/Director of Impulse Dance Center, which is celebrating 31 years of dance education. Additionally, she is the founder of The Connecting Point Dance Company based at Impulse. This performance ensemble can be seen in the Metrowest and Boston area sharing the art of dance. She received her dance training from Lillian Schovall of Connecticut, The School of the Hartford Ballet, also in Connecticut and Vergari Dance Center, of Ohio. She holds several certificates in Dance Education and is a member of The Boston Dance Alliance and Dance Educators of America. LuAnn also has a degree in business.

She has done work in children's theatre, was the resident choreographer for The Cambridge Performing Arts Theatre in Ohio, directed a dance ensemble affiliated with that Theatre and choreographed two televised telethons for the American Cancer Society. LuAnn's "Interactive Nutcracker" is a highlight of the Holiday Season and is enjoyed by children in schools and community events as well as at Impuse. LuAnn teaches the Ballet, Tap, Jazz Combo, Ballet I/IB, Ballet Barre and Pre-Pointe.


Karen

KAREN KROLAK is the Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse, a nationally/internationally touring, professional dance theatre company, and has been teaching at Impulse since 1996. Although most of the students only know her as the woman who developed the Modern program at Impulse or the Advanced & Repertory Teen Jazz Instructor, Karen also has extensive training in Ballet, Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Circus Arts and Pilates. She specializes in working with teens and her idiosyncratic classes encourage individual artistic expression and promote healthy technical training.

In 2000, Karen was commissioned by Dance Umbrella to create a residency program for at-risk-teens at the Germaine Lawrence School. She has also choreographed for six Dover Sherborn High School musicals, twice been a Guest Artist at Northwestern University, been a guest choreographer for the Latin School in Chicago, IL, taught at the National High School Institute in Evanston, IL and worked at Actors Gymnasium in Evanston, IL. Her work has been presented in theater, film, and concert dance productions in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Winnipeg and Jackson Hole.


Amanda

AMANDA MASTROIANNI received her initial training right here at Impulse Dance Center and went on to receive her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. Amanda assisted choreographer, Karla Wolfangle at Barnard University, New School University, Stockton College and the American Ballet Theatre's Summer Program.

Amanda's teaching credits include Joffrey Ballet's Summer Intensive, Adelphi University, Peridance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. Amanda is a versatile, experienced dance educator that will be teaching a broad spectrum of dance levels of Ballet, Pointe and Lyrical at Impulse.

 


Kim Pagella

Kim Pagella started out her dance training right here at Impulse at a young age of 3 years old. She continued her dance training until her high school graduation in 2009. Kim attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology as well as Elementary Education. She just received her Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling in June 2018.

Kim has been and continues to be a positive influence to children of many ages. Kim currently works at a middle school, grades 6-8, in the Special Education department. She specializes in differentiating instruction in a way that is beneficial to each individual student. Kim has now been teaching at Impulse for 4 years. For 2018/2019 Kim will be focusing on dancers at the Pre-school/Kindergarten level.


Keon Hill

Keon Hill is entering his third year as Impulse's Hip Hop instructor. Hailing from Boston, MA. Keon has been dancing for over 20 years, specializing but not limited to hip hop dance. Keon performs all over the east coast displaying his talents in countless staged events, competitions, and theatrical productions. Performing and featured in shows such as Prelude Dance Competition, World Of Dance, Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, the Boston AIDS walk, and many many more. Keon is now apart of Unyted Stylz Productions as one of it's dance companies performers, as well as a trained dance instructor. With his emphatically positive personality Keon brings energy, fun and enthusiasm to every class leaving all his students always excited for more.


Capri Howard

Capri Howard is a hip hop dancer and stepper from Framingham, MA. At the age of 13, she had the drive and motivation to choreograph her first dance/step routine for her middle school’s talent show. The likes of Missy Elliott and Ciara became her dance inspirations. As the years went by, she developed incredible skill to later become the captain of one of 3 dance teams at Framingham High School from freshman to senior year. In college, she belonged to the Generation X Step Team from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she performed at numerous events around campus. After auditioning and making the cut out of 25 members, she along with 11 of her fellow step mates were filmed and featured in the 2008 NCAA Fall Championship Recap Show that aired nationwide on CBS Sports. Capri has continued to show her gifts as a stepper and dancer from teaching at Framingham State University to the Impulse Dance Center. Capri will be teaming up with Keon Hill to bring STEP into his Hip Hop classes.


Nicole Harris

Nicole Harris has been part of Impulse since its beginning in 1987. She has been a student, faculty, the Artistic Director of the Connecting Point Dance Company, founder of TAProject and most recently, co-teacher for Karen's modern and jazz classes. Nicole is also the Engagement Coordinator for Monkeyhouse, is part of the theatre and dance faculty at Groton School in Groton, MA and is the Tour Coordinator for Luminarium Dance. Besides her almost 20 year collaboration with Karen, Nicole has studied extensively with Derick K. Grant (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Imagine Tap) and Lynn Schwab (Rhumba Tap). She has performed across the United States and in Canada, having her own choreography presented in New York City when she was only 19 years old.

Since surviving a series of strokes in 2011 Nicole has expanded beyond performance to include a series of community engagement art projects. In 2016 she created #BusyIsTheNewBlack, a project which took her to Europe for six weeks in collaboration with 29 other artists across the US. In 2017 she kicked off Love Letters from Boston, a series of events encouraging the spread of gratitude through hand crafted cards and letters. Since 2016 Nicole has been Artist in Residence at Bits and Pieces on the Hill in Malden, MA Nicole will be bringing her expertise to our Advanced and Repertory Level Tap students at Impulse.


Julie Joseph

Julie Joseph is currently a contributing member of DrumatiX, a tap dance and drumming company, Boston Tap Company, and Sasso and Company, a modern dance company. She has worked as a choreographer for OnStage Dance Company during their thirteenth season. A recent graduate of Brandeis University, where Julie majored in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Additionally, she was the artistic director, dancer, and choreographer for Dance Ensemble, an executive board member, dancer, and choreographer for the Adagio Dance Company. Julie was the artistic director and founder of the Tap Ensemble as well as an executive board member of Brandeis's tap club, Hooked On Tap. She has been a choreographer, vice president and stage manager for the Liquid Latex Festival at Brandeis, where she choreographed the piece “In My Head,” which was written about in the New York Times. She has preformed as a back-up dancer for SNL comedian Hannibal Buress as a part of his college tour. She has also worked with North End Music Production Company as a choreographer for their summer camp. She is excited to be joining the Impulse family, and to bring her contemporary and jazz choreography to the studio and we are excited to have her!


Sarah Friswell Cotton

Sarah Friswell Cotton began her dance career at age 6 at Impulse Dance Center. Although she was very scared to come to class at first, she soon realized how much she loved to dance and hasn't stopped dancing since. Sarah attended the University of Tampa where she graduated in 2011 with a BA in Sociology and two minors in dance performance and dance pedagogy. She earned a Masters of Education for middle school science from Cambridge College in 2014.

Sarah currently teaches 6th grade science at Wilson Middle School in Natick. She also choreographs the musicals at both Wilson and Kennedy Middle School in Natick. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and taking dance based exercise classes, gardening, spending time outdoors, and snuggling her two cats. Sarah is returning to Impulse this year to teach Tap I, II, and III.


Susan Fenwick

Susan Fenwick received her early ballet and jazz training in San Francisco and New York and settled in Boston to train in jazz dance with the faculty at the Jeannette Neill Studio and at the Boston Repertory Ballet school, with Sam Kurkjian. Susan’s jazz style has been inspired by her training in Master class intensives with: ‘Alvin Ailey’ company members, Deb Leamy of ‘FOSSE’, Danny Buraczeski of ‘Jazzdance’, and with Alan Johnson; creator of the innovative ‘GAP’ commercials. She has completed intensive dance programs at Harvard University and Bates College.

She has taught jazz and ballet at the Boston Ballet School in Newton, the summer program at Walnut Hill School, Acton School of Ballet, the Winchester Ballet Conservatory and others. She has received accolades for her choreography and has instructed a college course in Jazz Dance history. We welcome Susan to the Impulse faculty to teach different levels of Jazz.