Meet the LINX Dance Studio Faculty

 

Joe Kahn

Owner and Founder

Joe is the owner and founder of LINX, LLC. Before starting LINX, Joe worked as a financial consultant for KCI (acquired by FTI) and worked for McKinsey & Co in Boston; he was the COO/CFO of an eldercare startup and did some turnaround work as well. Drawing on his business experience, his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests, in LINX Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment of classes and camps in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX. Joe is a board member of Camp Casco, which provides free camp experiences for children with cancer. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S.in Management, with a minor in Computer Science, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Joe is married and the proud father of two daughters.


 

Heather Emley

Heather is the Dance Director at LINX and the Director of Dance Programs at LINX Camps. Her unmatched expertise and training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, yoga, and award-winning performances across the country make her the perfect leader for Dance programs here at LINX. Heather has a bachelor's in Dance and a bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Adelphi.


 

Lisa Gatto

Lisa is a Class Director at LINX. Before coming to LINX, Lisa worked with younger children and their caregivers in discussion groups, directed child development programs at Isis Parenting, and worked as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's hospital. Lisa graduated from Wheelock College with a bachelor's in Human Growth and Development.


 

Michelle Farrell

Michelle is on the Customer Service Team at LINX. Before coming to LINX, Michelle worked as a nanny. She also aided in the opening of a children's gym and indoor playground and designed a kid-fit program for the gym, and was an assistant general manager at a children's gymnastics studio. Michelle is a graduate of Framingham State College.


 

Melissa Habersaat

Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. She has extensive experience developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders. She has a B.S. from Babson College in Business and Marketing.


 

Jessica Tibbetts

Jessica is a Dance Instructor at LINX. Before coming to LINX she competed and performed in local community and charity events throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, and choreographed award-winning competitive dance routines on a regional and national level. Jessica served as Dance Coordinator at the Old Colony YMCA in Taunton. She currently teaches at local dance studios, summer camps, workshops, and after-school programs, and is a dancer in the Larkspur Dance Company and continues her dance education through instructor workshops in Boston, New York City, and Orlando. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business.


 

Dannea Reali

Dannea is a Dance Instructor at LINX. Before coming to LINX, she was the captain of her college’s Competitive Dance Team and has danced and choreographed professionally, including for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team. Dannea is a current member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.


 

Kaely Schuh

Kaely is a Dance Instructor and part of the Customer Service Team at LINX. Before coming to LINX, Kaely participated in many competitions, including at ACDA Nationals in Washington D.C and has worked in dance studios throughout Florida. She is a graduate of BAK Middle School of the Arts and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Kaely is a graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Dance.


 

Val Maio

Val is a Dance Instructor at LINX. She taught dance in the greater Boston area, including Boston Ballet, and danced professionally with Island Moving Co. in Newport, Rhode Island. She is involved with community based arts organizations and has worked with BalletRox. Val has a BS in Dance from Skidmore College and MS in Arts Administration from Lesley College.


 

Stephen Behan

Stephen is a Dance Instructor at LINX. He has performed with Kazuko Hirabavashi Dance Theater and danced as a member of the second company at Ballet Hispanico “BHdos.” Stephen has a BFA in Dance from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Purchase College in White Plains, New York.


 

Katie Grenier

Katie is a Dance Instructor at LINX. She has worked closely with artists and choreographers and has participated in competitions locally and nationally. Katie is a student at Dean College working on her bachelor’s degree in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography and a minor in Psychology Studies.


 

Carrie Klimeczko

Carrie is an Instructor at LINX where she incorporates the elements of music, movement and theatricality to create a magical musical experience for children. She received a Masters of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with an emphasis in Theatre and Dance.


 

Isiah Beasley

Isiah (Zay) is a Dance Instructor at LINX. He is known for his exceptional performance skills, knowledge of choreography and involvement with the Phunk Phenomenon group.


 

Erin McNulty

Erin is a year-round Dance Instructor at LINX. She is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist and educator who has extensive performance, choreography, and teaching experience. She is a Teaching Artist with the Boston Ballet’s Education & Community Initiatives. Erin is a graduate of Boston University. She most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with Distinction.


 

Flora Kim

Flora is a year-round Dance Instructor at LINX. She is a performer, choreographer, and a faculty member of the Boston Ballet School teaching ballet and modern dance. She also teaches at local dance studios and public schools. Flora earned her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


 

Darnell Brown

Darnell is a Dance Instructor at LINX. As a dancer, he won awards and performed at institutions such as Suffolk University, M.I.T, Framingham State, Northeastern University, and Wellesley College. He did company work with Urbanity Dance, Anna Myers & Dancers Dance Company, and Pictures in Concrete. Darnell actively teaches and attends workshops and classes in and outside the Boston area. Darnell has a BA in Arts and Entertainment/Business Management in the Performing Arts from Dean College.


 

Bryana Cruz

Bryana is a Dance Instructor at LINX. She has been a lifelong dancer, winning many awards. She has been an Assistant Teacher at Rising Stars in New Jersey, and through her collegiate studies, she substituted and ran summer camps, and taught and inspired young recreational and competitive dancers. While attending Quinnipiac University, where she graduated with a BS in Health Sciences, Bryana danced with their Dance Company and served on the executive board. She was a part of the staff at Cheshire Performing Arts Academy in Connecticut. Bryana is a student at Lesley University, working on her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Dance Movement Therapy.


 

Ashleigh Buckley

Ashleigh is a year-round Dance Instructor at LINX. Before coming to LINX, she taught dance and danced professionally with Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, Enigmatic Dance Company and Embrace of Rainbow Tribe Dance. She is a Kindergarten teacher in Boston charter school. Ashleigh is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a B.A. in Dance, and a graduate of Regis College with a Master’s in Special Education.