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!

Kristen Russell

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Kristen has been building young dancers for thirty years, instilling in her students a love of dance, balanced with proper technique. She received her training at the Boston Ballet School, including their highly competitive summer dance programs, where she studied with Bruce Marks, Anna Marie Holmes, Laura Young and Kristen Beckwith. She trained and performed extensively with Donna Miceli, as a member of the Youth Dance Company and Dance Ensemble and assisted with master classes for Dance Teachers Club of Maine. Additionally she studied with Roseanne Ridings and Adrienne Hawkins. Kristen was a valued member of the DMDC faculty for over twenty years, where as a senior faculty member, she was responsible for teacher training.

Kristen has enjoyed choreographing and directing for high schools and for local musical theatre companies, has cross-trained local gymnasts and skaters and has shared her love of dance through daycare and preschool programs. She is proud that many of her students have become professional dancers, teachers and studio owners, themselves. She has taught at dance studios throughout New England and is thrilled to be joining the faculty of Crystal Joyce. Miss Kristen has an early childhood background and believes that the educational process in the classroom is equally important as the finished product we enjoy on the stage.

Brittany Lincoln

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Miss Brittany started dancing at age five at LeAnne Leslie’s School of Theatrical Dance in Lynn. Her dance education included Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. At age 9, she found her creative passion when taking her first Hip Hop class. Brittany continued her love for Hip Hop throughout high school at Beat ConnXtionz Dance Studio in Saugus, MA. Eventually, she auditioned to become a member of their traveling Hip Hop group. This group traveled all around Massachusetts and performed for numerous charity events as well as a few college shows/competitions yearly. Miss Brittany later became a Teacher’s Assistant and built her experience in teaching classes as well.

Miss Brittany has been teaching Hip Hop at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy since 2012.

When Miss Brittany is not working at CJDA, you can find her working as a Veterinary Technician at The Animal Hospital of Lynnfield. Brittany graduated in 2014 from North Shore Community College with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She continued her education at Salem State University and in 2017 Miss Brittany graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

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. This will be Courtney’s third year teaching dance. Courtney is very excited to share her love of dance at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy!

Nicole Ware

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Nicole has experience dancing for the last 20 years. She started dancing when she was 5 years old at Alden Harrison Dance Center in Seekonk, Mass. She competed in various competitions throughout her years. While in High School, Nicole was part of the musical theater program and continued her studies into college years. Some of her credits include: Guys and Dolls as well as Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to teaching dance, Nicole teaches middle school math at the Charter School of Lowell. She is involved in various extra curricular activities including running the Charter School Dance Club with her colleague and CJDA’s very own Courtney Connors!

Diane Killion

Bookkeeper/Office Manager

Diane is the bookkeeper and shares office managerial duties at CJDA.  Diane is the proud parent of the owner, Crystal Joyce, and has been employed at CJDA since its opening in September 2011.  The camaraderie and positive environment make it an enjoyable and pleasant place to work at.

In addition to working at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy, Diane also volunteers for the American Red Cross and creates “Keepsake” teddy bears and pillows from loved one’s favorite articles of clothing or blankets for Merrimack Valley Hospice.