Meet the LINX Dance Studio Faculty
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.
Vice President/Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer CampsJosh serves as the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps. With over 20 years of experience managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive. His responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of a varied program that serves our community and families. Josh prides himself on his ability to assemble a team that puts children first. Josh’s staff training and character development programs have received national recognition. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics and Business.
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 after school 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 and is a certified Zumba® Fitness instructor. 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 join the LINX staff.
Valerie brings many years of professional dance experience to LINX and enjoys working with children of all ages. She enjoys training LINX dancers in Ballet, Pointe and Production work. She has taught extensively in the greater Boston area including Boston Ballet, and before that enjoyed a 10 year professional dance career with Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI. Val is involved with local community based arts organizations and has worked with BalletRox for many years, in both artistic and administrative capacities, to help make dance accessible to Boston inner-city youth. She holds a BS Dance, Skidmore College and MS Arts Administration, Lesley College. With extensive experience in theatre and dance, Val is excited to work with LINX dancers and campers.
Ashleigh grew up dancing under the direction of Stephanie P. Kemp of New England Dance Academy. Her love of dance took her to University at Buffalo where she completed her B.A in Dance. When she returned back home from college she began teaching dance and dancing professionally with Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, Enigmatic Dance Company and Embrace of Rainbow Tribe Dance. She graduated from Regis College with a Masters in Special Education. Ashleigh is a Kindergarten teacher in a Boston charter school and teaches dance year round at LINX.
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 proud to be a member of the LINX team and is excited to share her passion for dance through teaching!
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's dance career started at the young age of three years old, graduating from both BAK Middle School of the Arts and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Kaely has also 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 and is so excited to be a new member of the LINX Family!!
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 the 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. This is Stephen's second season with José Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Erin McNulty is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist and educator. A 2011 Boston University graduate, she most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with Distinction in 2016 and was the recipient of the Audrey Wethered Award. Erin was a principal dancer with Kairos Dance Theater from 2011-2015, and has also performed in projects with Kelley Donovan & Dancers and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works. Her own choreographic work has been produced by Trinity Laban, NACHMO Boston (National Choreography Month), RAW Artists, MergeArts Boston, Providence College Dance Company, and the Third Life Studio Choreographer Series. She has continued her professional and artistic development through many local classes and workshops as well as the 2017 Gaga/Batsheva Summer Intensive at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York. A dedicated educator and community practitioner, Erin has taught youth classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, and improvisation/composition at such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Arts at the Armory, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Cambridge Performance Project. She is currently a Teaching Artist with the Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives.
Kristen was raised in Massachusetts and received her early training from Bill Fowler, and then later, from Jeannette Neill’s teen program, 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, Kristen 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.
Dannea is originally from Connecticut where she grew up dancing and competing with her home town 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 ESCU Competitive Dance Team. She lead her team during sporting events and to NDA and UDA nationals around the country. While a full-time student and dance captain, she also danced and choreographed professionally for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team. After school, 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 and is excited to bring her experience and passion to LINX. Dannea cannot wait to expand her education with dance and help kids grow as dancers!
Miss Carrie has been actively teaching for the past 15 years. She received Masters of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with an emphasis in Theatre and Dance. She expertly incorporates all of the elements of music, movement and theatricality to create a magical musical experience for everyone! "I cannot say enough about Carrie...there needs to be a rating higher than "excellent" because she exudes everything you want in your child's music teacher. You can just see how much she's enjoying what she does & it makes for a wonderful, welcoming, energized environment. You can tell she has a great command of music knowledge, and her pep & energy are infectious and rare. She literally glows when she teaches." ~Maria D., mother of two
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, 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. She quickly became known for her ability to create energetic and entertaining hip hop routines, leading her teams through perfect seasons. Katelyn has a certificate in Ballet from Dance Masters of America and has trained with former Boston Ballet members Karen Brown and Rainore Mayor, Keenan Cooks, Hannah Frederick, and many celebrity choreographers such as NappyTabs, Jamal Sims, and Kenny Wormald. 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, Drake SNL, Glee, and Justin Bieber Purpose Tour. Some of Katelyn's most memorable accomplishments include receiving multiple XCalibur Awards at Dance Xplosion Competition, being nominated for Video of The Week at KAR Dance Competiton, the "Excellence in Open Category" at a National Event at Foxwoods Casino, and presenting choreography at the Boston Celtics game. Katelyn is currently on staff at Diva Dance Competition where she is a judge and master convention teacher.
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 2016 with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development. In May 2017, she earned her Master's Degree from BC as well, in the Curriculum and Instruction Program. She is excited to return for her 5th summer at LINX as the Freedom Supervisor. Megan also works year round at LINX in the Camp and Dance Departments.