Sally Gould has been sharing her talent, love and gift of dance with many children and families since she founded the Sally Gould Dance Center in 1975. She started the studio giving lessons out of her home basement that has now grown into the successful studio at 321 Boston Road in Billerica, MA. Sally is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and The Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston. She started her early training with the Metropolitan Civic Ballet Company and Boston University. Sally’s students have gone on to become Professional Dancers as well as Teachers and Directors around the New England area.
Debbi Gould has been around the dance industry for numerous years. Debbi started as a dancer at the SGDC then transitioned into a teacher/choreographer and is currently the Director of the Sally Gould Dance Center, following in her mother’s footsteps. Her duties at SGDC include recruitment of faculty, development of the curriculum, master scheduling of classes, direction and production of all performances and shows as well as teaching her own classes. Her dancing and choreography has won top awards in several New England dance competitions. She is certified to teach by Dance Masters of America as well as Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston and was also on scholarship at the Tremaine Dance Center in Los Angeles. Debbi currently studies in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City, NY where she trains with top Choreographers. Her other credits include; MTV Video, industrial shows including Reebok, stage performance in LA dancing for “A Gypsies Heart”, Boston Celtic games and New England Patriot Cheerleader for three years.
Debbi started her own dancewear collection called “D Style,” available for children and adults and holds her D-Style Workshop once a year bringing in choreographers from around the country to inspire dancers and teachers in the New England area. She also teaches several Master Classes and Workshops throughout the year and has been a guest teacher at Dance Masters of New England.
Melissa Bistany Melissa began her dance training at the age of 10 and has competed locally and nationally winning multiple titles include: American Dance Awards “Dancer of the Year”. She has also won many single, yearlong and national scholarships at conventions such as Jump, New York City Dance Alliance and West Coast Dance Explosion. She continues to regularly attend such conventions to stay current and up to date with the ever-changing styles of dance. Melissa also performed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and is certified in dance teachers training by the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston. She is currently teaching in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acro. Along with being a dancer, Melissa also studied Martial Arts for 5 years earning a black belt. This has helped her bring strength, conditioning and discipline to her dance classes.
Angela Carter Angela was born in Norfolk, VA. Her formal dance education began at the age of six in Jacksonville, FL. Ms. Carter’s professional dance career began at the age of 14 when she appeared with the Houston Ballet. She has danced and toured with the Ballet Concert, Ballet Galaxy, Milwaukee Ballet and Atlantic Ballet. She has been a Company Member, Ballet Mistress, Principal Dancer, Company Instructor, School Director and 2006 Artistic Director of the Nutcracker, for Ballet New England. Ms. Carter is a member of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America – NE Chapter 5.
Emily Cue Emily has been a part of the SGDC Company for over 16 years and trained as an assistant for all styles from children through adult. She has competed with the SGDC Company as a young dancer and continues her training attending conventions and workshops yearly. She has become part of our faculty teaching all ages sharing her love and passion for dance. Emily is a graduate of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston teacher-training program and continues to train in all styles of dance with the SGDC.
Leticia Guerrero was a principal dancer with the Rhode Island Festival Ballet. She is a native of Venezuela and studied dance extensively in Caracas with teachers from England, Russia, Cuba and North America. She has danced a variety of principal roles including Black Swan from “Swan Lake”, the Sugar Plum Fairy from “The Nutcracker” and Romeo and Juliet just to name a few.
Sarah Hardy has been part of the studio for over 20 years. She was a member of the SGDC Company, under the direction of Debbi Gould and trained as an assistant for many classes/styles before she started teaching. As a competitive dancer, Sarah has won numerous awards including “Miss Dance Xplosion” as well as receiving an invitation to perform in Germany at the World Of Dance Championships. She has performed in the Ballet Theatre of Boston’s Nutcracker and is a graduate of Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston where she was the recipient of the Audree Wilson Scholarship for excellence in dance and has also received her AFAA Group Fitness Certification.
Meghan Hight trained at SDGC as an assistant and a member of our Dance Company for 12 years under the direction of Debbi Gould. She was a competitive dancer for many years and was awarded “Miss Dance Xplosion” for her performance of Dream On as a soloist. Meghan is a graduate of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston where and was awarded the Jean Paige Ballet Scholarship along with a Ballet Instruction Award. She has traveled to numerous cities assisting with Advanced Classes along side Debbi Gould as well as many Master Classes and Workshops.
Jennifer Lentini started dancing at the age of 3 at a local dance studio in Stoneham, MA where she studied all styles of dance. She competed in regional and national competitions, receiving numerous high level awards. She was invited by the dance team at St. Joseph’s College and the Stoneham High School cheerleaders to choreograph routines for competitions. Jenn has been on the SGDC faculty for many years and continues to share her love of dance with her students.
Christine Lewis began her early training in the New England Area studying both teaching and choreography. She has danced has been a faculty member at the Sally Gould Dance Center for several years. She is a graduate of Dance Educator’s of America. Christine’s love and excitement for dance is contagious amongst her students at the dance center.
Renee O’Brien has been dancing at the studio since 1982 and has been a member of our faculty since 1994. She has performed with our dance company in Disney World and was presented the Eastern Dance Awards “Love of Dance Scholarship”. She has been the recipient of numerous high scoring medals and special awards at several competitions throughout New England. Renee has had roles in both the Ballet Theatre of Boston and the Granite State Nutcracker. She is a graduate of Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston. She also has worked with competitive gymnasts on Ballet techniques to enhance their training. Renee teaches children through adult in all genres of dance, and has choreographed multiple competition numbers for the SGDC Performing Group.
Ashley O’Donnell studied dance at the New Hampshire School of Ballet and danced in many lead roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, the Black Swan in Swan Lake and the Dew Drop Fairy in the Waltz of the Flowers. She held regional titles as Dancer of the Year in 2003 and Miss Headliner in 2002. In 2007 she graduated with a BFA in Dance Teaching from the University of Harvard. After college she danced with the Bare Bones Dance Theatre in Ridgefield, CT and studied more extensive Ballet training in New York City.
Michele Ramirez has a broad background in all areas of dance and fitness. She danced throughout Cancun, Mexico for four years. She performed in International Shows and was certified in dance and fitness in Mexico City. She was also a nationally ranked gymnast and competitive body builder in which dance played an important role. Michelle is currently still dancing at the SGDC and has been on faculty for many years.
Robyn Vaglica is a dedicated and compassionate pre-school teacher and has been part of the SGDC faculty since 2000. She taught dance at the Joy of Movement Center and was a member of their Dance Academy. She has won numerous competitions and performed at many local shows throughout the New England area, as well as local and national television.
Brenda Lavin has an extensive background in musical theatre having performed with the Concord Players and the Reagle Players since 1999. Her credits include “Annie Get Your Gun”, “The Music Man”, and “My Fair Lady” just to name a few. Brenda is an innovative teacher who is currently performing as a soloist with the Dance Prism. She has over 27 years of dance training and has been a dance instructor since 2001.
Scott Ranagan comes to the SGDC from Canyon Concert Ballet where he was the artistic director for three years and continues to serve as a guest choreographer. Locally, Mr. Ranagan served for 14 years as co-founding director of Dance Prism as well as Ballet Master at New England Ballet. He has developed a reputation for his contemporary works as well as his full-length ballets. He has danced professionally with numerous ballet companies including Boston Ballet, Granite State Ballet, North Atlantic Ballet and Washington Ballet.
Tatiana O’Beso is a native of Peru and a Kennedy Fellowship of the America’s award winner! Her training includes the National School of Ballet in Peru and Boston Ballet. In addition, Tatiana is a former lead dancer with Margot Parsen Dance Company and the National Ballet of Peru. She also performed for Pope John Paul II at the World Youth Day in Toronto Canada.
Tiffany Moore is a former member of the Sally Gould Dance Company. She performed at Walt Disney World, and is a former cheerleader for the Granite State Warriors – New Hampshire’s premier football team. She has also studied at Tremaine’s Dance Center in Los Angeles and New York. Tiffany is the recipient of numerous awards and gold medals and special awards at various competitions throughout New England. She is a graduate of Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston and has been a faculty member since 1995.