Who's Who at Impulse . . .


LuAnn

LUANN C. PAGELLA is the Owner/Director of Impulse Dance Center, which is celebrating 29 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.


Shannon

KELVIN SANCHEZ is a breakdancer ("bboy") from Lynn, MA. He has been training as a bboy since thirteen years old and has developed incredible skill. He belongs to the reputable Boston breakdance crew, Lords of Illusions (L.O.I), with whom he battles and performs with around the Boston area. Kelvin has performed with Phunk Phenomenon during the Boston Celtics games and has enjoyed the opportunity to judge as well as compete in numerous battles in both Boston and NYC with his crew L.O.I! Kelvin has graciously shares his expertise with Impulse.


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.

 


Ryan-Casey

RYAN P. CASEY, the "improbably tall tap fave" known for his "rocketing rhythms and stylish moves" (The Boston Globe), trained under Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta with the Legacy Dance Company of The Dance Inn in Lexington, MA. He was dance captain of Aaron Tolson's New England Tap Ensemble, a founding member of Michelle Dorrance's Dorrance Dance, and a guest artist with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. You may have seen him on So You Think You Can Dance or read one of his articles for Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, BroadwayWorld.com, or Dance Studio Life, in which he was featured. The recipient of a 2014 choreography grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, he has worked with studios, colleges, festivals, and youth companies across North America, presenting work with his company, Ryan P. Casey & Dancers, at such venues as the Inside/Out series at Jacob's Pillow, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and David Parker's "Soaking WET" series. Currently teaching at Boston University and choreographing for the University of Connecticut Tap Team, Ryan is a proud alumnus of NYU's Gallatin School, The National YoungArts Foundation, and The School at Jacob's Pillow. www.ryanpcasey.com We welcome Ryan to the Impulse faculty where in addition to teaching Tap he will be taking over as Artistic Director for the TAProject.


Natalie Miccile

NATALIE MICCILE graduated last year from the university of Connecticut with her Doctorate of Pharmacology, PharmD.  She is currently an intern at CVS pharmacy and hopes to pursue a residency or fellowship to further grow in her profession after graduation. Natalie began her dance career here at Impulse Dance Center fifteen years ago and continues to pursue dance as her passion. 

She has danced with a number of reputable companies including, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew 3rd place contestant, Phunk Phenomenon, and the highly regarded break dance crew, Lords of Illusion (L.O.I.).  She has also taken numerous classes with well renowned industry choreographers including, but not limited to, Beyonce’s choreographer James Alsop, Justin Bieber’s choreographer Nick Demoura, and Britney Spears’s choreographer, Brian Friedman. Natalie is the Artistic Director of Extreme Crew at Impulse.


Natalie Miccile

RICARDO FOSTER, JR. Born and raised in Boston, Ricardo has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 10 years. Using his special talents as a dancer, choreographer, performer, actor, comedian, and model, he has single-handedly made a name for himself amongst many of today’s popular artists. Working and performing with artists ranging from Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, NSYNC, En-vogue, Uncle Cracker, and Beyonce to old school classics like Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang clan, and RUN DMC, he has seen it all. Recently he has been focusing his talents on ventures behind the scenes, choreographing for various artists, guest choreographing for major dance companies and crews and producing onstage performances through his production company Unyted Stylz Entertainment. He has also fashioned Unyted Stylz to be an entertainment umbrella housing performers, teachers, and dance groups of different disciplines, styles, and backgrounds to help enrich and broaden the dance community. Ricardo is also proudly one of the main choreographers and developers for the Xbox Kinect video game franchise “Dance Central”. Due to his involvement with these projects and his works showcased on different platforms of entertainment Ricardo has been recently dubbed a world renowned choreographer. All while being a devoted teacher at Dean College for both Jazz and Hip-Hop, as well as constantly doing workshops, master classes, and lectures on the performing arts as a whole.

With an outstanding personality, he has a way with audiences, students, and his peers alike. By using comedy, simple physical analogies, and a story-like premise behind all of his dance movements, he looks to have people understand and enjoy his performances, choreography, and classes. All while trying to help people find a new appreciation and love of dance and themselves. Known as a master teacher, an exceptional performer, and an international choreographer Ricardo strives to live up to the standard of “…..not necessarily being the best, just everyone’s personal favorite.” We welcome Ricardo to the Impulse faculty where he will teach Jazz, Lyrical and take over as Artistic Director for The Connecting Point Dance Company.


Natalie Miccile

Kim Pagella started out dancing at a young age of 3 years-old right here at Impulse Dance Center. She continued her dance training at Impulse until her high school graduation in 2009.  Kim started assisting children's class at the age of 12 and was a positive role model for those young dancers. She was a valued member of the Connecting Pointe Dance Company, and she was one of the first members of the TAProject.

Kim attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology as well as Elementary Education in May of 2013. She specializes in working with younger children to help them use their imaginations to experience the wonderful world of dance.