Founded in 1985 under the direction of Marlene & Kelly Russell-Kerr. Dance Track is now celebrating its 37th Season. "We Offer quality dance training in a friendly relaxed atmosphere where learning is a great experience".
We have a safe high quality studio environment where our students learn confidence, team work and the skills needed for dance. Dance Track has developed a curriculum that offers well-rounded dance education. Our highly trained staff teaches classes for all ages and levels. Starting with our 6- Week 2 & 3 year old Sessions.... We also have Recreational dance as well as competitive Dance Teams with students that want to take dance to the next level.
Welcome to the Dance Track Family!
Owner/Director Kelly Russell -Kerr started dancing at the age of 2 at her mothers dance studio "Russell School of Baton and Dance" in Malden Mass. Kelly was also a competitive gymnast. She studied Ballet at the E. Virginia Williams school of Dance and at The Boston Ballet School performing in the Nutcracker for eight years. She trained at the Sherry Golds Dance Unlimited and Rhee & Rennie Gold and became a Gold Dance Company Member. She started teaching at the E. Virginia Williams School of dance and was also the Director/Teacher for Creative Arts for Kids in Reading. Taking a short break from teaching to pursue a professional career Kelly received the Joe Tremane scholarship to dance at their studio in LA. Moved to N.Y.C and became a dancer for the Singer Mark Anthony & Crissy Ieiss. She also Performed in Dinner Theater in Chicago Illinois in the Marriot Lincolnshire's production of "Funny Girl" and also performed in "Singing in the Rain" at Druary Lane Theater. Performed at Walt Disney's Worlds Pleasure Island as a dancer for six years and competed on the Television show Star Search. Kelly is a certified member of The Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Dance Masters of America & Actors Equity. Dance Track Studio is a member of the Melrose & Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. I am so proud of our Dance Track dancers accomplishments over the years dancing at such venues as Walt Disney World, Radio City Music Hall, Boston Garden, Fenway Park, Canobie Lake Park, Topsfield Fair and more.
Elizabeth Grande, a native of Dalton, Massachusetts, began dancing at the age of three. Her first professional training experience was with the Bossov Ballet Theatre in Pittsfield, Maine where she studied for three consecutive summers. She has also completed summer training with American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. In 2007, she was accepted as a dance major at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. There she performed a variety of roles in numerous works, including the lead in Raymonda, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and also roles in Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Bolero, Steps in the Street, and Dark Elegies. In May 2011, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy. Elizabeth then began her professional career, dancing three seasons with Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM), as well as two seasons with the Charlottesville Ballet. Elizabeth has also performed as a guest artist and freelancer with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and Stavna Ballet, and she continues to freelance today. Alongside her performance career, Elizabeth has worked extensively as a dance teacher for the past 13 years. Elizabeth spent three years on faculty for BTM and six years as a faculty member and dance administrator for the Charlottesville Ballet Academy. She is also the author of a dance blog entitled “The J.O.D. Blog – The Joy Of Dance”. Elizabeth is thrilled to continue her teaching career in the Boston area and eager to share the “joy of dance” with her new students.
Jessie Jeanne Stinnett is a dance teacher, choreographer, and co-artistic director of Boston Dance Theater with veteran Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. Most notably Jessie has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain (UK), Prometheus Dance, Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), The Boston Baroque Opera, and Bard College’s SummerScape Festival. Her choreographic work has been described by Hannah Chanatry of WBUR as “conceptually driven performance that unpacks the complexities of being female, and pushes the academic boundaries of choreography” and has been sustained in part by grants from The Boston Foundation with support from The Barr Foundation in 2016 & 2021, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, New England Foundation for the Arts, Assets4Artists at MASS MoCA, and Fidelity Charitable. Some of Jessie’s recent teaching and choreography credits include: TEDxCambridge, Boston Ballet School, Dean College Dance Department, Keene State University Dance Department, Providence College Dance Division, Endicott College, Goethe-Institute Boston, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Jewish Arts Collaborative, and Emmanuel Music. She is the recipient of the 2020 Boston Dancemakers Residency grant award and was the 2020 Choreographer in Residence at Boston Center for the Arts and Boston Dance Alliance.
Miss Nicole has been dancing since the age of 4. She started with a ballet class, and went on over the years to take classes in tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, and breakdancing. At age 13, Nicole become an assistant dance teacher in tap, jazz, and hip hop classes. She continued dancing and assisting classes until she graduated from Melrose High School in 2013. At this point, she went on to the University of Hartford to study Elementary and Special Education. Determined to keep dance in her life, Nicole danced on her college's hip hop dance team. Here she had the opportunity to choreograph and teach dance routines to her peers. Over the years Nicole has participated in several dance conventions, including Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse, taking classes from well known choreographers in order to better herself as a dancer. Nicole graduated from college in May of 2017, and is now working as a Special Education teacher in an elementary school in Lynn. She continues to take dance classes every week because she just can’t get enough of dance in her life! Nicole is beyond excited to be a part of Dance Track!
Miss Jennafa’s love of dance began at the age of 2. She entered the competitive dance world and never looked back. Her technique is on point! She has held many Regional and National Dance titles including Modeling. Top Soloist won her the honor of dancing in her first televised appearance. She also, was selected to attend Boston Ballet School of Dance on a free scholarship. She has judged many
Regional Dance Competitions, was the head instructor for several years choreographing the opening and closing numbers, along with pursuing her dream of becoming an NBA Dancer for several years. She’s had the privilege of experiencing what it was like to be part of a World Championship Team. All while staying HUMBLE! Her passion in life is not only to educate, but share every aspect that comes along with dance.
To enhance every child’s full potential to become their own artists. Her end goal is to have each child be confident, treat their fellow teammates with respect and to push them to be proud of who they are and what life means to them. To never give up, as life will throw you many curve balls, you will always have your dance education to fall back on. Not every child is born to be a star – however giving your best is all that is asked and this education cannot be taken from you. Though her nick name may be MINI, she stands tall in the dance world and her love for the art of dance does not fall short of anything but mighty. She looks forward to this new season full of fresh new faces and sharing her dance creativity with all of you! May God Bless you with this new experience….
Miss Brianna is a Fordham University graduate student, currently finishing up her science prerequisite classes at the Northeastern University Post Baccalaureate program in pursuit of a Medical Degree. Brianna danced at Dance Track for 12 years, seven of which she spent competing with her beloved Yellow Team. After graduating high school in 2014, she decided she wanted to continue her pursuit of dance. During her freshman year in college, Brianna auditioned for Fordham’s only elite hip-hop dance crew, Fordham Flava, and booked a spot on the team. She worked as both a choreographer and dancer for Fordham Flava. Her dance crew performed all over Fordham’s campus, in many dance videos on YouTube, for numerous charity events like B+ Foundation, and at each annual Spring Showcase. Her favorite part about living in New York was being able to attend numerous dance workshop classes with renowned choreographers. One of the team’s biggest achievements was being asked to perform at Madison Square Garden for the 2017 2K Basketball championship game. After experiencing numerous years of training from the Dance Track Faculty, she has been inspired to journey back to her routes and explore teaching. She is extremely excited to be welcomed back to Dance Track and is looking forward to the new year!
Julia Kerr has been dancing at Dance Track since the age of 3. She competed in many dance Competitions and performed at the Boston Garden & Fenway park. Julia received a four year Dance Scholarship to Roger Williams University and spent her freshman year there. She went on to the University of Massachusetts Amherst receiving a Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree in Dance. She studied Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Dance History, Kinesiology, along with classes in Stage, Production & Choreography. Julia is excited to be back and work with the students at Dance Track!