Kathleen is a contemporary ballet teacher and a member of the Performing Arts and Health and Fitness faculty at Brookline High School. As a recipient of the Massachusetts and the Eastern USA Dance Instructor Award, she was also recognized as one of four teachers honored by the National Dance Association's Dance Educator Award. Kathleen has been featured as "Best of Boston" in Boston Magazine for jazz dance instruction.
Kathleen has an extensive performing, coaching and choreographic career and having been a veteran soloist with Impulse Dance Co., she has also performed with DanceWorks, DanceVisions and other companies. She directed her own company Legggs, and has appeared on internationally televised celebrity specials and commercials. She has modeled for corporate campaigns and national ads and has brought the performance coaches eye to Olympic competitive gymnastics and ice dance teams.
Marjorie is a health and skin care enthusiast with a passion for dance. She is an UMass Amherst Alumnae with a degree in Microbiology. Marjorie’s dance journey began at an early age where she turned to Hip Hop as a way of self expression. In the most recent years, Marjorie has learned about 7 different cultural dances with a specific passion for salsa dancing. She believes that dancing is a great way to not only learn about different cultures but also great for personal development and a healthy lifestyle.
As a first generation Latina to graduate from college in her family, she will not only be teaching Latin dance to Aashka's youngsters, she will also serve as an academic mentor and Public Health educator.
Shanell performed with En Motion Dance Company in Cambridge, MA. She danced Hip Hop for about 4 years. In college, she created her own dance team called Divine Expression. They performed at various events on and off campus, with the last performance dancing as back up for Ne-Yo's opening act, Henry Smith.
Lucie is the co-founder and instructor/choreographer at Aashka Dance Company. She has over 10 years of experience teaching dance. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and continued this trajectory getting trained in many different dance styles. Her dance specialty is Latin.
Lucie has performed in the U.S. and Europe with Divine Dancers for three years. She has and continues to train at different dance schools such as Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet Urbanity and Fred Astaire.
Eva studied physics at UMass Amherst. Always having a passion about helping people and especially young individuals, she has volunteered in various committees. Currently she is working for Upward Bound and she is volunteering as a Playspace Activity Leader in a shelter for homeless families. She wants to provide children with as many experiences as possible that will expand their horizons and motivate them to pursue their ambitions.
She will be an in house tutor and will offer our dance students assistance with homework prior to their dance classes on Saturday.
Noel is a Dorchester native and a 1987 graduate of Emerson College holding a B.S. in Children's Theatre and a minor in Dance. Sis. Noel's formal training started at age 11 at The Billie Pope School of Dance in Roxbury followed by The Boston Conservatory of Music, The Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and The Art of Black Dance and Music.
She performed for the 1990 Nelson Mandela visit to Boston, She received the 1995 Commomwealth Award with A.B.D.M., She also performed in Senegal West Africa at the Sorano Theatre for the President of Senegal under the direction of her Teacher, Ibrahima Camara.
Sister Noel, has been teaching and performing in the community and abroad for the past 30 years. Sis. Noel practices Martial Arts and Healing Arts Tai Chi, Wing Chun and Qi Gong.
Chezvaun has always been attracted to street-style dance. His inspiration came from watching music videos of Michael Jackson to trying out dance moves from movies like "You Got Served" and "Stomp The Yard."
In his first pursuits of dance he started out with break dancing, then basic hip-hop through different dance clubs in middle & high school as well as college. He became instantly addicted to a rugged, emotional and expressive street dance called Krump. After dealing with bullying in grade school, he used Krump to express himself. His goal is to inspire others to express themselves in a positive, energetic & healthy fashion though the medium of dance.
Mayolina is the co-founder and administrator at Aashka Company. She is a youth engagement professional with 10+ years of program management and development and educational instruction. She is recognized for developing and executing innovative programs that create social awareness, promote self-esteem, and build a sense of community in the Boston area.