Cheryl Dalessio

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Cheryl Dalessio has been teaching the art of dance for over 35 years. She received her training in Tap, Jazz and Lyrical dance from Adjudicator, Bill Fowler and also from Tap Extraordinarie, Julia Boynton. She studied her passion for Classical Ballet and Pointe with the founder of the Boston Ballet, E. Virginia Williams.

For 15 years Cheryl owned and operated a fully staffed dance studio named Cheryl Lomas Dance Studio in Melrose, MA. Several of her students participated in the most reputable dance competitions and were awarded several medals for their performances. Accomplishing this took years of hard work, dedication and teamwork. Together they received many special awards for concept, originality, etc. In addition to previously owning her own a studio, Cheryl has also choreographed many musicals and revues within the community such as Annie, West Side Story, A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Nunsense to name a few.

Her mission has always been and will continue to be for her students to have a fun-learning experience- it’s as simple as that! Cheryl teaches confidence and comraderie which she feels is very important to keep in mind; especially since she is a role model for children and teens.

Linda Vieira

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Linda Vieira began her dance life at the age of 2 at Dance Class in Salem, MA.  Since then she has had the opportunity to train at several local dance studios as well as The Gene Murray School, Salem State University and Boston Ballet.  Linda trained at Dance Enthusiasm for 10+ years where she was an original member of their Dance Company and began her dance teaching career.

Miss Linda began teaching dance in 1994 and in 2004 opened Just For Kicks School of Dance; after many wonderful years she sold her studio to focus on her family.

She received her Bachelor’s in History from Salem State with a minor in Educational Studies. While at Salem State Linda participated in the Repertory Dance Theater as a choreographer and dancer.

Over the course of her dance career she has attended numerous master classes in dance and dance education.  Linda has received many awards for her choreography at both the local and national level.

Linda began teaching at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy in 2015 and is thrilled to be teaching at such a wonderful studio!

Emily Nelson

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Emily started her dance training at the age of two at a local Massachusetts, studio. She continued her training as a competitive student at Kathy Medina’s Studio of Dance where she found a family, and a true passion for dance. During high school Emily was encouraged and pushed to reach her potential while dancing for Erica’s Dance Academy where she earned many awards in national competitions. Working to broaden her horizon, and improve her artistry Emily studied at a modern intensive at Columbia College Chicago. In addition, she has attended workshops across the country and internationally.

After dancing for the RPI dance club throughout her college career Emily started teaching in the northern Massachusetts area. She shares her love of dance and the movement arts through teaching all ages and all styles, including Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern. Emily encourages dancers to learn the joy of dance, self-esteem, perseverance, and to work hard to achieve.

Courtney Connors

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Courtney has been dancing for 19 years. She began her training at Broadway Dance Academy in Tewksbury, MA where she was a member of the competitive program and trained in various styles until graduating from high school. Miss Courtney went on to attended Westfield State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education in May 2017. While at Westfield, she was a member of the competitive Jazz and Hip Hop dance team for four years; she was elected captain her junior and senior years. Courtney competed at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida all four years on the dance team where they placed 6th in the Nation for Open Hip Hop for 3 of those years. She was also a part of the teams 10th consecutive win for the New England Championships. Courtney is very excited to share her love of dance at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy!

Angie Hogue

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Angie began her dance training at the age of 12 right here at CJDA, where she was a member of our dance and competitive teams. Her dance education included Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary. In 2015 she became an assistant dance teacher for Miss Crystal. She is currently an Early Childhood Education Major at Salem State University, and absolutely adores working with kids. When she’s not teaching at CJDA, you can find her working at a daycare! In her free time she loves to read, enjoys Harry Potter and Disney movies, listens to music, and spends time with family and friends. Miss Angie will be teaching Creative Movement and Preschool Combo, along with working the front desk. This is Angie’s 3rd year teaching at CJDA!

Sarina Ste. Croix

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Sarina has been dancing for over 30 years and has been teaching since she was 14 years old. She was the captain of her high school dance team, and was asked to perform lyrical solos at The World’s Fair and Mayfair in Cambridge, MA. When she was 21 years old she took over The Dance Center of Waltham as the owner and artistic director. After deciding to move on from that studio, she has been teaching and choreographing for recreational and competitive students across Massachusetts for all ages. More recently she has been specializing in teaching the youngest of dancers, focusing on caregiver/child and preschool dance classes as well as the lead singer of the Rock-A-Baby music classes in Newton, MA. When Sarina is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and new baby girl. This is Sarina’s 2nd year teaching at CJDA!

Maria Tenaglia

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Maria began dancing at the age of two under the tutelage of Helene Chapman. Through many years of formal dance training, she discovered her passion for teaching dance. With a degree in communication disorders, Maria is able to combine academic knowledge with her love for teaching dance. She is certified to teach classes for all ages including programs specific to individuals with unique abilities, inclusive programs, and classes for neurotypical dancers. Her specialties include tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and musical theater, among others. Maria regularly choreographs for both recreational and competitive students in various settings including schools and studios. Her work has been highly awarded in both regional and national settings. Maria sincerely believes that every person should have access to self-expression through dance, and is passionate about ensuring this opportunity is available to everyone, regardless of ability. This is Maria’s 2nd year teaching at CJDA!