FACULTY AND STAFF
Our friendly staff and talented Dance Instructors can help you realize your dance goals – and you’ll have lots of fun doing it! All of our instructors are experts in the genres they teach, with real industry experience, so your dancer will receive the best education and skilled instruction available in the area. Browse this page to meet our team of certified Dance Professionals and learn about their qualifications and experience, then call us, and get started today!
Hayley Cloud is a native of Ascunsion, Paraguay, and was raised in Westfield, Massachusetts. Her training started at two years old at New England Dance Centers. After she graduated, she was asked to become a full time dance teacher. During this time, she auditioned, and was a featured dancer and made it to Vegas twice on “So You Think You Can Dance.” (Seasons 6 & 8) Soon, she realized her true passion was teaching dance. For over a decade, this has been her career. Today, Hayley is a nationally acclaimed choreographer, with awards and honors for contemporary, acrobatic, contortion, and jazz routines. She has trained students who went on to appear on the national tour of the Broadway show Newsies, CATS, Cinderella and many NFL and NBA dancers and cheerleaders. Hayley trained two students who have appeared on the Lifetime Network television show, “Dance Moms.” She is also a judge for many dance competitions such as Starpower and Elite Performance Challenge here nationally and internationally.
Ashley Williams is one of the current directors at New England Dance Centers. She specializes in a variety of styles and works with dancers of all ages. Her choreography has earned numerous national titles and she has had the opportunity to train dancers who have gone on to professional careers in the dance industry. Ashley is a graduate of Pace University with a dual BA in Commercial Dance and Psychology. She has choreographed for New York Fashion Week and an off-Broadway production of “Queens Boulevard” through Pace University. When she’s not teaching, she loves to make costumes and craft!
Jade began her dance training at NEDC when she was two years old. During her sixteen years of training, she won many awards such as Teen Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA and 1st Place Contemporary at YAGP. Some of her proudest moments were when she became a cast member on the Lifetime television show Dance Moms Season 4 and 4.5, along with the opportunity to travel to Bucharest, Romania to dance in the film High Strung: Free Dance. Jade is thrilled to share her love of dance with the next generation!
Miss Gina has been a dance Instructor for over 40 years, she specializes in Recreational Dance. She is the former cheerleading coach at St. Mary’s High School and a graduate of Holyoke Community College.
Mr. Harvey grew up in Longmeadow and competed on the Longmeadow High school Gymnastics Team for 4 years, he competed on pummel hoarse and rings. He owned Stoney Hill Gymnastics Gym for 13 years and had gymnasts on the Junior Olympic team as well as compete for UCLA mens gymnastics team. He was assistant women’s gymnastics coach at West Springfield High School for one year, women’s gymnastics coach at Longmeadow High School for 17 years and women’s gymnastics coach at Westfield State College for 2 years. He was assistant director of Springfield College gymnastics camp for 3 years. He has been the gymnastics coach at Somersault Gymnastics Gym for 2 years and has been at NEDC for 21 years as an Acro Coach.
Ballet Mistress Karina grew up in a theater family, and she fell in love with ballet at a very young age and performed in professional ballet productions since age of 5. She studied classical ballet, character dance, choreography, piano and music history at Lithuanian National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art and graduated from Ukrainian L’viv State Choreographic School. As part of her studies she performed in classical ballet productions of “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, “Nutcracker” in Vilnius and L’viv Ballet Theaters. After graduation she performed as a principal dancer at Odessa Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy where she danced solos and ensemble for classical operettas such as “The Merry Widow”, “Die Flittermouse”, “Die Bajadere”, “The Csárdás Princess”, “The Gypsy Baron” as well as contemporary musical favorites like “My Fair Lady”, “Pinocchio” and others. After moving to US Karina performed with Sonia Plumb Dance Company in the production of “Letting Go” and taught classical ballet by the Method of Vaganova (Russian School), point, modern and jazz at multiple dance studios and schools of New England. She has been a resident Ballet Mistress at New England Dance and Gymnastics Center since 1997, choreographed and trained many national winning routines and champions. Miss Karina is an active certified member of Dance Educators of America since 2001. She lives in Simsbury, CT with her husband, daughter and two cats, and when she is not teaching dance she works as a Software Quality Engineer.
Brianna Roland is a professional dancer & choreographer, originally from Avon, CT. Brianna began her dance training at New England Dance Center in Westfield, MA, She received her BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace School of Performing Arts in New York City. There she trained under Rhonda Miller, Lauren, Gaul, Scott Jovovich, Mandy Moore, Dee Caspary, Jess Hendricks, and more. Brianna’s performance credits include a "Ruelle" music video, The Young Choreographer’s Festival, the off Broadway show “Bridesmaids”, The “Today” Show, and many more. Brianna is now a NBA dancer for the Celtics Dance Team in Boston, MA.
Leena started her dancing journey at the age of two at New England Dance Centers. Throughout her years of training, she was a part of many nationally recognized dance routines in various styles like contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and acrobatics. Leena continued her dance training on Sacred Heart University’s dance company on their Professional Track. When she’s not teaching, you’ll find her behind the camera with her photography business.
Jessica Winter is a professional dancer and choreographer who began her training at NEDC, graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in dance, and then continued her love of movement by completing a doctorate in occupational therapy from Western New England University. She has performed works by esteemed professionals including Jim Cooney, Ron Tassone, Heather Carpenter, Ori Flomin, Nicholas Petrov, and Douglas Bentz. In addition, Jessica has traveled the world performing in over 10 different shows on cruise ships, dancing in modern works with Eclipse Dance Company, as well as performing in musical theater pieces and shows with Mark Milovats, Exit 7 Players, and K and E Theater group. She has an endless desire to learn and engage with students, which has led her to complete an adaptive dance teacher training provided by the Boston Ballet School in 2021. When not dancing, teaching or in therapy with clients, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, her cute pup named Yoda and her 3 little guinea pigs.
Gennaro Della Ragione
Gennaro is a professional dancer from Naples, Italy. His teachers included Carmela Pirozzi, Margherita Veneruso, and Ferdinando Arenella in Italy. Gennaro studied in Germany at the official school of the Semperoper Theater. He was chosen as a solo dancer for the show Una Voce for Padre Pio, a prime-time show on Italian TV. In the US, Gennaro has been Principal dancer for Sonia Plumb Dance Company as well as Dimensional Dance. He is currently dancing with Ballet Theater Company in West Hartford. He also performed as a principal dancer in La Bayadere with Centro Danza Sheherazade, at the Teatro Mediterraneo in Naples. Gennaro also apprenticed with the Mystic Ballet company directed by Goran Subotic.
Barb has been a part of the NEDC family since she can remember, she danced with Loree Cloud and Miss Gina when they were young. Her daughter Kenzie is now an NEDC alumni and she started dancing when she was 2 years old. Barb has worked behind the front desk at NEDC since 1999, but she does so much more than that! Barb can answer (almost!) all of your questions about the studio and helps keep things running smoothly from day-to-day. She does so much behind the scenes and we wouldn't be NEDC without her!
Meet our assistant teachers! We are so thankful for all of their hard work at NEDC.
They add so much to our classes. We are so grateful that they share their talents and kind hearts with our students.