Our Faculty

All of our courses are taught by our professionally trained and experienced faculty members and never by student teachers or minors. In addition, all of our faculty has been C.O.R.I. checked so you can rest assured of a safe environment.

Deborah Stanton-Bianca – Owner/Artistic Director
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap

Ms. Bianca is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer with over a decade of teaching experience. A former student of the Boston Ballet, Deborah has studied classical dance under the direction of E. Virginia Williams, Violette Verdy, James Capp, and Bruce Wells. She appeared in five seasons of the Nutcracker Suite with the Boston Ballet and performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem. As a scholarship student and apprentice, Deborah won a soloist role in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre II’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” and also toured extensively with the company.

An accomplished vocalist and triple threat, Deborah has performed as a singer/dancer in Theater-by-the-Sea’s Show Boat. She is a former member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, in Boston, Massachusetts, Carnegie Hall, in New York City, and at the orchestra’s summer residence in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Deborah is currently a Master Teacher for The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s summer dance program. She is a former Artist in Residence for the Sage School, where she co-founded the Arts Department and served as co-director of its summer theater program. Before opening her own school, Ms. Bianca taught for the New England Dance Academy and MJT Dance Company where she served “at-risk” children in Boston Public Schools.

Lauren Norton – Master Teacher/Choreographer
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Lauren is a skilled professional whose choreography and teaching ability has poised her to become a significant creative force in the industry. She holds countless National titles and honors in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical Jazz, and Contemporary Dance and Acrobatics. Lauren has a passion for teaching and constantly strives to bring her students to new technical heights. A graduate of Dean College with a BFA in Dance, Lauren teaches master classes throughout the state. Her choreography has received top honors regionally and nationally.
Erin Fort – Master Teacher/Choreographer
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Erin comes to Dance Theater of England after the completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Buffalo. As a child Erin started her dance training at New England Dance Academy, where she won numerous regional and national awards for excellence in performance. While attending the University of Buffalo, Erin was a member of the Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and Dance Company. She returns to Dance Theater of New England as Director of our Teen Dance Company and Master Choreographer.
Kim DeCost – Master Teacher/Choreographer
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater

Kim grew up dancing for the late Carole Miller in Taunton, MA. She graduated from Bridgewater State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Theater and Dance. She also attended Dean College, where she auditioned for and was accepted into the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. She has performed in many shows, including, The Pajama Game, A Chorus Line and Anything Goes. Since graduation, Kim has taught at several local studios at both the recreational and competitive levels, holding positions as choreographer, instructor and Assistant Artistic Director. She continues to teach master classes locally in Musical Theater, Jazz and Ballet. Her choreography has been recognized at both the regional and national levels, winning numerous high score, choreography, judge’s choice, and costume awards. Kim’s personal favorite piece, “Violence,” won top honors nationally winning Dance On in the production category. Several of her pieces have also been invited to be a part of the United States Dance Team and be a part of the World Championships. Kim is a professional, passionate instructor and choreographer that believes anything can be achieved with a little hard work and passion!
Kaitlynn Briggs – Instructor
Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatics, Pre-School

Kaitlynn graduated with a BA in Dance Education from Bridgewater State University in 2013. She has danced since she was 3 and spent her high school years dancing at Dance Theater of New England where she is now a choreographer. Kaitlynn was on the Bridgewater State University Dance Company and performed in many shows including Winterdance 2009, 2010, and 2011, Kaleidoscope 2010, and POPS! 2010 and 2011 and other fundraisers and benefit shows.  Her choreography has won both regional and national awards including her small group routine “School’s Out” which placed in the top ten at Nationals in 2015.  Miss Katie, as she is known to her beloved students, brings a fresh, and enthusiastic approach to her classes. We are pleased to have her back this season.
Rodney Gore – Instructor
Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Modern, Pom Squad

Originally from Tabor City, North Carolina, Rodney started his dance training at Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts in Chadbourn, North Carolina at the age of 12.  He was a national champion competitive cheerleader, and has performed with several dance groups, including Bridgewater State University’s Dance Company.  Rodney has received his tumbling certification from The United States All Star Federation. He is part of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and currently trains at Ballet Prestige in Barrington, Rhode Island.  His choreography has received many overall high scores on the regional and national competitive level.  Rodney brings an uplifting and fresh approach to his dance teaching style. To quote Rodney, “Aubrey Lynch stated, ‘To Touch, To Move, To Inspire, This is the true gift of dance.’ My passion for dance inspires me to teach other how to move their bodies and connect with the feelings and souls of others.”
Lindsey Klein - Master Teacher/Choreographer
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary
 
Lindsey graduated with her BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  She has worked and performed with companies and artists such as Roni Koresh/Koresh Dance, Michael Susten and Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Philadanco.  Other work has included numerous TV/Film and print work credits for networks including ABC, NBC, and TLC as well as Walt Disney World Resorts and Toronto School for Circus Arts where she became certified in Aerial gymnastics.  Most recently, Lindsey has traveled to Europe, South America and Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines where she served as dance captain, performing in shows created by directors such as Rachelle "SAS" Rak and Tiger Martina.  She is known throughout New England for her Contemporary and Jazz master classes and her students and choreography have received national level recognition as she continues to share her passion for dance with her students.
 

 

 

Sheila Gallant –
Office Manager/ Company Manager, sheila@dancetheaterofnewengland.com

Lynda Ellison – Account Manager

 

Dance Theater of New England : 25 Scotland Blvd : Bridgewater, MA 02324 : (508) 697-5255 : Email
Deborah Stanton-Bianca – Artistic Director