Faculty

Amanda Narciso                                  
Director
Instructor: Jazz, Tap, Contemporary

Amanda is a graduate of Salve Regina University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minored in dance. She was a member and choreographer for Extensions Dance Company as well as senior captain of Salve's largest student run organization, SRU Dance. 

Amanda fused her passions for dance and advocacy for the special needs population when she began coordinating for the Let Loose Dance Troupe, an integrated dance class for children with and without special needs. She implemented this program with teens in Massachusetts, and this past year, all over Westchester, New York with adults. 

A lifelong lover of pageantry, Amanda is an active member of the Miss America Organization. The first crown she wore was that of Miss Taunton 2008, which sealed her passion for competitive pageantry. She went on to win four other local titles, competing at the state level until becoming Miss Massachusetts 2013. She is proud to have represented the Commonwealth at the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in its first year returning to Atlantic City. 

Amanda is a Spotlight Dance Studio alumnus and completed 13 years of training here. She is now director of Spotlight Dance Studio and is excited to share her enthusiasm for the arts with all students. 

Laurie Sweeney
Early Childhood Director
Instructor: Early Childhood Program, Hip Hop, Acrobatics

Laurie is an honors graduate from Northeastern University's Associate Program where she majored in Business Administration. She has been an active member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston since 2003 in addition to obtaining her Aerobics Certification through the Attleboro YMCA in 2005. She first began her dance training at age 11 at Cindy's School of Dance in Mansfield and later at DeLutis School of Dance and American Academy. Her teaching career began in 1983 and she has taught throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to continuing her dance training, she is also certified in Child Development through Project Connect of Attleboro as well as various teaching courses offered throughout New England including Rosemarie Boyden's Pre-Primary Age Program. She developed a love for teaching young children early on and specializes in pre-Primary age students at Spotlight where she has been an Instructor since 1993.

KAREN WHITE
Instructor: Musical Theater

A native of Taunton, Karen trained at local studios and the Boston Conservatory, and today has more than 30 years of experience as a dance instructor. With a lifelong love of theater, she has choreographed musicals for school drama clubs, summer theater camps, and professional corporate events, and appeared in almost two dozen musicals such as “A Chorus Line,” “42nd Street,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Oklahoma!” While at Dance Express in Easton, Karen’s musical theater competition numbers captured several first and second place overalls at Spirit of Dance Nationals, and she received a Choreography Award this past season at a US Tournament of Dance regionals. Karen is very happy to be returning to Spotlight Dance Studio, where she previously taught for over a decade and founded the studio’s popular musical theater program. An associate editor and writer for Dance Studio Life magazine, during her journalism career Karen has interviewed such luminaries as Broadway stars Ben Vereen and Tommy Tune, Chet Walker (choreographer of the recent Pippin revival), and ballerina Leslie Browne (of The Turning Point). 

Cayley Christoforou
InstructorModern/Contemporary

Cayley Christoforou is a New England based choreographer and a 2015 graduate of Salve Regina University dance program and completed her MBA during the summer of 2016. Currently, she choreographs and teaches at dance studios in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is an assistant of the Salve dance program. Upon graduation from Salve, Cayley received the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance: Dance Award 2015.  Her works have been performed at the 2014 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, where she was the youngest invited choreographer, and at the 2015 Southern Vermont Dance Festival. 

During her time at Salve she was a dancer and choreographer for Extensions Dance Company, the PR Coordinator for SRU Dance, and the first student to direct Salve’s Student Choreography Showcase.  Her choreography represented the dance program at American College Dance Festival in 2014 and 2015.  She was selected to participate in the highly selective Urbanity Dance Intensive in 2013 and 2014 and Pantos Project Summer Intensive 2014.  Cayley has performed in pieces by prominent dance figures, such as Ellenore Scott, Lindsay Guarino, Christen Quattlebaum and several other national artists.
Haley Andrews
Instructor

 Hayley Andrews of Middleboro, MA is an English Communications major accompanied by a dance minor at Salve Regina University. Haley is entering her fourth year on Extensions Dance Company, Salve Regina's contemporary concert dance company. She holds the title of assistant to the artistic director and performs arts administrative work for the company. Haley's choreography has been showcased in two Extensions Dance Company concerts thus far, and even in upstate NY at American College Dance Association last season. Not only has she traveled to show choreography at ACDA, but Haley has performed in their adjudicated concert as well. On a more recreational note, Haley holds the Captain title of SRU Dance, Sale Regina's recreational dance club. Prior to now she held the Public Relations Coordinator position. When Haley isn't at school or in rehearsals she teaches and choreographs at multiple studios local to her hometown. Haley would like to thank Lindsay Guarino and Cayley Christoforou for the endless opportunities they supply as well as their constant support. 



Kiley Baker
Instructor: Ballet Technique

Kiley, originally from Danbury, CT, is currently earning a dual degree at Dean College in Dance and Athletic Training (expected in December of 2017). She was part of the prestigious Dean College Dance Company of 2017, was the youngest intern at the Performing Arts Athletic Training Clinic, and is also a published author. She has trained with a heavy focus in Ballet, but has also studied Jazz, Pointe, Modern (Bartinnief and Horton Techniques), Hip Hop, Tap, and Contemporary for many years. She has done many performances from the ballets Coppelia, Paquita, and Giselle, to dancing at the NFL Patriots Home Opener, as well as debuting her own work on the Dean College Stage in 2016. She now teaches at Spotlight Dance Studio as the In the Spotlight Company’s Ballet Technique Teacher, where she has been since 2016.
Caitlynn Pia
Instructor: Ballet

Caitlynn Pia is a sophomore Dance major at Dean College in Franklin, MA. She has been dancing for 16 years, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. She has taught at studios including her home studio, Lori's Center Stage, as well as Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet, both in Southern Connecticut. She studied with the Connecticut Ballet under Brett Raphael, Oksana Maslova, and Eve Chan after being awarded the school's Khalda Logan Dance Scholarship. She has performed original pieces with the Connecticut Ballet, and has danced at the NFL Patriots Opening Game at Gillette Stadium. She currently works for Turn It Up Dance Challenge, touring with them as a crew member and an almuni competitor. She is studying with a concentration in Studio Management for a Bachelor of Arts, and is currently working on her own choreography to be in shows. 

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