LINX Camps Director of Dance Programs
Heather brings valuable talent to her role as Dance Director. She has a Bachelor's in Dance from Adelphi, a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and has years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, yoga and many more. She has worked with unbelievably talented choreographers like Frank Augustyn, Leda Merdeith and David Parsons. Heather holds many regional and national awards in dance and has performed professionally across the country. Her expertise is unmatched and she is the perfect leader for Dance programs here at LINX.
Assistant Dance Director
Specialties: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical
Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in business. She has studied dance for over 20 years training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern and Irish Step. Jessica competed as well as performed in local community and charity events throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. In 2005 Jessica completed the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course and has been teaching ever since. Jessica currently teaches at local dance studios, summer camps, workshops, and afterschool programs. She also served as the Dance Coordinator at the Old Colony YMCA in Taunton. Jessica has had the opportunity to take classes from renowned teachers and choreographers such as: Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Chris Judd, Tyce Diorio and Wade Robson to a name a few. Jessica has choreographed award winning competitive dance routines on a regional and national level. She received an outstanding choreography award for her work in 2014. She has judged for TL5 productions. Jessica is currently a dancer in the Larkspur Dance Company and continues her dance education through instructor workshops in Boston, New York City, and Orlando. She is excited to be a part of the LINX staff.
Specialties: Tumbling, Jazz
Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 3 at a studio in North Chelmsford. She was a member of her school Dance Team. She started training with competitive faculty to become a better dancer and choreographer. She started as a teachers assistant and has evolved into a well rounded teacher. Alyssa took to the training and fast became a beautiful performer and technician. She has a bubbly and fun personality, which makes her a great teacher. She understands the struggle of learning proper technique a little later in her career and brings this understanding into the studio! She is always working to improve and gain more knowledge, which makes her an amazing staff member! She is balancing nursing school and teaching!
Specialties: Ballet, Pointe
Valerie is originally from NY where she completed a professional training program with Eglevsky School of Ballet. She went on to dance professionally with several Boston and New England based dance companies, primarily Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI. Before joining LINX, she taught at Boston Ballet and its City Dance Program, directed the ballet program at Tony Williams Dance Center and served as Ballet Mistress for the Urban Nutcracker Youth Cast. Valerie is dedicated to bringing high quality dance education to all of her students, and has extensive experience teaching dance and designing arts programs in public school settings. Valerie holds a B.S. Dance, Skidmore College and M.S. Management, Lesley University.
Specialties: Hip Hop, Breakdancing
Isiah (Zay) is a Dance Instructor who works with dance teams, specializing in hip hop. Zay is known for his exceptional performance skills, his knowledge of choreography and involvement with the Phunk Phenomenon group. He earned 3rd place in the US at Hip Hop International, and has done freestyle work for Xbox's Dance Central 2 and 3. He has even participated in events such as First Night Boston, The Urban Nutcracker, the Boston Marathon, Disney World and the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. His experience in all realms of dance is unparalleled and his contributions to the LINX collective are always inventive.
Specialties: Jazz, Lyrical
Ashleigh is a dance instructor who has trained at New England Dance Academy. Her passion is dance and ballet; she has performed in numerous Nutcracker plays and was an American Dance Awards "Dancer of the Year" runner up. She has a college degree's in both Dance and Special Education, and is currently a first grade special education teacher for a charter school in Boston. She can't wait to share her love of dance and skills as an educator with the LINX campers.
Faith graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in Theatre Arts with a Dance concentration. She has years of training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Faith has had the opportunity to study at both the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Queensland Ballet of Australia.
Faith is excited to join LINX as a full-time team member working in both the dance and customer service departments.
Kaely is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. In her four years at FSU, Kaely participated in and performed at ACDA Nationals in Washington D.C and has worked in dance studios throughout Florida teaching ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and modern technique and choreography to a wide variety of age groups.
Kaely has participated in many competitions including Dance Masters of America, JUMP, and Onstage America. After living in Florida throughout her entire life, Kaely has just made the big move to Massachusetts to join LINX. Kaely will be working full time as a dance instructor and in the customer service department.
A native New Yorker, Stephen James trained at School of American Ballet in New York City and American Dance Theater in Herricks, NY. He studied at Ailey School as a fellowship student and graduated from State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Purchase College in White Plains, NY with a B.F.A. in Dance.
Stephen spent summers training with Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Dance International New York in Spain and New York. He performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, apprenticed with Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett in Nürnberg, Germany and danced as a member of the second company at Ballet Hispanico “BHdos”. Stephen has also performed with the Eglevsky Ballet, RG Dance Project, and company dancer with Verb Ballets of Cleveland, OH, and company dancer with Ballet Nebraska of Omaha, NE.
Rebecca graduated from Pace University in New York City with BFA in Commercial Dance. While there she gained even more knowledge of other styles and aspects of dance and teaching and also fell in love with aerial arts. Rebecca also had some experience with theater, performing in a few musicals and shows in her hometown, but always stayed busy with jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, acro, contemporary and pointe.
Erin is a contemporary dance artist and educator. A Boston University graduate, Erin most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with distinction in July 2016. Performance credits include work with Bethan Peters and Will Aitchison (2016), Kairos Dance Theatre (Principal, 2011-2015), Kelley Donovan & Dancers (2013-2015), and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works (2012). A dedicated teacher, Erin has taught for the Trinity Laban children’s programme, Providence College Dance Company, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Cambridge Performance Project. Erin is also a Teaching Artist with the Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives.
Leanne Smith grew up dancing at The Dancing Center Unlimited in Chelmsford, MA. She went on to college and graduated with a BA in Dance and Performance Art from Roger Williams University in 2012. During her studies, she worked with artists A'Keitha Carey, Elizabeth Spatz, Lida Winfield, Hilary Easton, Jenny Rocha, and Kelley Donovan. During her senior year she was honored with the KWD award as well as a dance scholarship her sophomore year. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Built on Stilts at Martha's Vineyard, the Dragons Egg CT and many others. Leanne received a grant to co-create and perform a physical-comedy show, performing in various locations across New England. The same piece was accepted and performed in the NYC Fringe Festival summer of 2014. After college, Leanne moved to New York City and began dancing with choreographers Jenny Rocha, Emily Carver, and Shawn T Bible. Recently moving back to Massachusetts she is continuing her passion for dancing and teaching.
Kristen was raised in Massachusetts and received her early training from Bill Fowler, and then later, from Boston Youth Moves. While training at BYM she was honored to work with master choreographers including Hope Boykin, Kirven Boyd, Chet Walker and Richard Havey. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received the Chancellors Talent Award. While attending the University, she performed works by Camille A. Brown, Adrienne Hawkins and Billbob Brown at the Massachusetts Dance Festival and on tour with University Dancers. While in the process of receiving her BFA, Kristen taught dance classes to non-major students, and was the Stage Manager for their largest dance performance of the year, University Dancers. After graduating, she became a company member of Hyperbole Dance Company under the direction of Nikki Sell, and a dance teacher at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. She has also performed with Jazz Inc., a Boston based dance company under the direction of Stephanie Heroux, at the Massachusetts Dance Festival (2011). Kristen joined The Boston Conservatory in 2014 and is a jazz dance instructor in the Musical Theater Department. She is also a current member of BoSoma Dance Company and is excited to begin teaching at LINX.
Dannea is originally from Connecticut where she grew up dancing and competing with her hometown dance studio. She took her passion with her to college at Eastern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. During her time at ECSU she danced and was captain of the ECSU Competitive Dance Team. She also danced and choreographed professionally for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team.
After graduating, she continued to dance with DanceWorks Boston and choreographed for their annual workshop. She is a current member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team. Dannea is excited to be working at LINX as a full time dance instructor!
Family Music Makers, LINX Dance Instructor and LINX Theater Instructor
Specialties: Family Music Makers, Kidservatory, Tumbling, and Cheer
Carrie has a Master's degree in Music and Musical Theater and has been teaching children for over twelve years. Early in her teaching career, she discovered the magic of Family Music Makers (FMM). Using the FMM platform in the LINX Enrichment Club, Carrie incorporates her knowledge of theater and performance to create a unique musical experience for children of all ages. As the LINX Theater program has grown, Carrie applied her dedication, expertise, high energy and love of everything singing and dance to the classes of our young LINX actors. Carrie also has an extensive history coaching High School Cheering and Tumbling which she brings with her unbridled enthusiasm to the LINX Dance Studio.
Specialties: Tumbling, Ballet, Contemporary
Katelyn Murphy spent her childhood traveling the world with her family until her teen years. Upon arrival back to the US, she began pursuing acting and dance, discovering her love for performing. She began competing locally and then nationally, receiving many high score and judges awards for her eccentric performances. In 2006, Katelyn discovered that her true passion was teaching, pushing her students to meet their goals. Katelyn received a certification in Ballet from Dance Masters of America and has trained with former Boston Ballet members Karen Brown and Rainore Mayor. Katelyn attended Brian Friedman's intensive in New York City where she had the opportunity to perform in Times Square. Katelyn has choreographed on professional dancers who have worked with and for Nike, Adidas, Gwen Stefani, 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards and AMA's, Adam Lambert, and Kelly Clarkson. Some of Katelyn's most recent accomplishments include receiving two XCalibur Awards at Dance Xplosion Competition, being nominated for Video of the Week at KAR Dance Competition, and winning the "Excellence in Open Category" at a National Event at Foxwoods Casino. Katelyn is currently on faculty for Diva Dance Competition and Convention where she works as a judge and convention teacher.
Owner and Founder
Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. He is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and has his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. Joe believes that he has found a way to bring together his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests. Through LINX, Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment 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.
Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. Melissa has her BS from Babson College in Business and Marketing. She has spent the past 7 years developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Along with her unmatched attention to detail, Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders.
Lisa is an integral figure in the LINX community; she is a Class Director that has worked with younger children and their caregivers in discussion groups for over twelve years. She has directed child development programs at Isis Parenting, worked as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's hospital, and graduated Weelock College with a Bachelor's in Human Growth and Development. Lisa's knowledge and passion for child development is unparalleled and she brings this passion directly to the LINX campers every day.
Megan graduated from Boston College in the Spring of 2016 double majoring in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development. She will complete her Masters of Education from BC in the Spring of 2017. She is so excited to be a part of the dance department for her fourth year at LINX.