Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Celebrating 43 years of dance education
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Greenville, RI
Winner BEST Dance Studio and Dance School in RI
Summer Intensive Staff

Katie Kozul

​Katie Kozul began her dance training at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold and her mother, Kathy Kozul. She attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and later went on to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. Kozul joined Hubbard Street 2 of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as an apprentice in September 2012 and was promoted to company member in August 2013. She had the opportunity to perform works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Robyn Mineko Williams, Terence Marling, Ihsan Rustem, Bryan Arias, Loni Landon, Norbert De la Cruz, Alex Soares, and Gregroy Dolbashian. Katie is currently on faculty at The Gold School, Walnut Hill School of the Arts, Northeast School of Ballet, and has been invited to guest teach at several arts organizations in the area.

Kirsten Evans

​Originally from Massachusetts, Ms. Evans began training in the Festival Ballet Program School at age 11. She performed as a member of FBP's Junior Company for 5 years before joining the main company as a trainee in 2010. Ms. Evans has attended summer intensives with Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Nutmeg Conservatory, and was a member of the Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival in 2009. Ms. Evans was a two-time finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York City, where she was awarded several scholarships as well as a traineeship with Ballet West in Utah. Previous roles with FBP include Cinderella in Winthrop Corey’s Cinderella, Wendy in Jorden Morris' Peter Pan, pas de trois, Big Swans, and Cygnets in Swan Lake, Princess Tsarevna in The Firebird, the roles of Sugarplum Fairy, Clara, Spanish and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, principal in Etudes, as well as principal roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Apollo, Agon, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Kirsten has also been featured in contemporary works by Viktor Plotnikov, Dominic Walsh, Ilya Kozadayev, Joseph Morrissey, and others. Kirsten is also pursuing a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts/Journalism at Providence College.

Jenna Colozzi

 Jenna Colozzi has been dancing since the age of three.  Training at Atwood Performing Arts Center in Cranston RI, Jenna has a wealth of experience in varied dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop.  She furthered her dance education at Dean College in Franklin, MA where she received her B.A. in Dance in May 2012.  There, Jenna was a member of several companies including tap, modern, jazz and ballet.  She performed and choreographed pieces in Cabaret, Choreographers Showcase and Dance Composition shows during all four years at Dean.  As a choreographer, Jenna has extensive experience with dancers of all ages, creating pieces and instructing classes throughout her high school and college years.  

            During her last two years in college, Jenna was chosen to lead the Dean College Dance Team in the role of President.  She was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award for the class of 2012.  She was an active member of a contemporary jazz company, Impact, of Cambridge, MA. and is presently Assistant Director, dance instructor and choreographer at The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions in Newton, MA.  Jenna is a judge for Take Center Stage Dance Challenge and teaches conventions for the circuit as well as throughout New England.  She has also been a guest choreographer for numerous college dance teams.  Jenna is thrilled to be building her career in dance and dance education, obtaining extraordinary experience to continue to progress as a choreographer, instructor and administrator.

Andrew Turteltaub

​Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Andrew started his performing career at the early age of 17 dancing for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a “Kid of the Kingdom” as well as a dancer in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He then continued on to perform for Royal Caribbean, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC and Branson, MO), as well as numerous industrials, television commercials, movies and episodes of SNL. Andrew was also an original member of Mia Michael’s dance company R.A.W.(Reality At Work). Other performing credits include A FEW GOOD MEN… DANCIN’, FAME (Off-Broadway/National Tour), A CHORUS LINE (Lenape PAC), CARNIVALE (Radio City Music Hall), original company member of the American premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Las Vegas and the role of “Chistery” in WICKED (Chicago).
Choreography credits include FAME (Capital Playhouse), commercial’s for the Japanese Chocolate Company GLICO, TROJAN brand company, TENA, Bud Light Super Bowl commercial, BREAK OUT IN SONG “Anything Goes” starring Katie Thompson and the workshop of CATY BRIDGEWATER, a new musical by Bobby Cronin. Andrew was the co-choreographer of FAME (Macau International Music Festival) and has been the Associate on HAIRSPRAY, FOREVER PLAID, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (New Theatre), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Capitol Repertory Theatre), A CHORUS LINE (Lenape PAC), DANCEBREAK (Alvin Ailey Theatre), SWEET CHARITY (NYC workshop), ORPHEUS (NYC Opera) and CARNIVALE (Radio City Music Hall).
His award winning and nationally recognized choreography can be seen showcased throughout the country as well as in Canada at many local dance studios, dance companies and college dance teams.

Jacqueline Baligian

​Jacqueline Briar Baligian is a dance educator/choreographer/producer with over 25 years of experience. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Jacqueline moved to L.A after graduating high school, to attend California State University majoring in Theatre Arts & Dance. From there she was on to NYC where she became a scholarship student at the Broadway Dance Center. While studying at BDC Jacqueline was hired to co-direct the children's dance program. Since then, Jacqueline has taught around the world including England, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Her students have appeared in commercials, at Disney World , on Broadway, numerous television shows , and as Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. Also a performer, Jacqueline has danced in live industrials for Suave shampoo with the star of Modern Family, Sofia Vergara and Allabouteyes.com . Jacqueline also recently performed on the Rachael Ray Halloween Special with Rachael Ray, Pee Wee Herman, and magicians Penn & Teller and on the Regis and Kelly Show with Kelly Ripa and Nick Lachey.  

Currently Jacqueline travels all across the country as a master class teacher, choreographer, and competition judge. Her choreography has won numerous awards and cash prizes. Jacqueline assisted teacher/choreographer, Sheila Barker on a show starring tap legend Savion Glover, entitled “Invitations to a Dancer”. She recently choreographed the opening number, starring Jerry O’Connell for the Rachael Ray show’s first episode  of the 6th season and was thrilled to be asked back to choreograph Rachael Ray’s 1,000th episode with Regis Philbin and Rosie O’Donnell. As a producer, Jacqueline has assisted on dance segments for Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Food Network, and many more. Jacqueline was voted one of the most popular judges/instructors by “Dance Spirit Magazine”. One accomplishment that Jacqueline is especially proud of is the creation of "Dance Dice", a unique game/teaching tool for teachers to use in class with their students. In 2011, Jacqueline made her debut as a Broadway Producer, being one of the producers of Broadway revival of “Godspell.”

Rhythm Room

​The Rhythm Room interweaves the energy and power of percussion with dynamic vocals to create an explosive, captivating show that sticks with the audience long after it’s over.
Integrating world percussion, horns, drums, guitars, piano, and keyboard, the Rhythm Room creates a rich, full flavored melodic sound that provides a visually-stimulating experience for audiences of all ages.
The Rhythm Room is ready to energize your next event and bring you on a unique journey through music.

Todd Shanks

​Todd Shanks has been featured in Dance, Dance Spirit, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines. As a performer Todd has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, “The Electric Company”, Kimberly Clark, “The View”, Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley’s, Paramount Pictures, “Good Day NY”, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant. His choreography was seen in a commercial for BIC "Soleil" Razors and on ice for the opening number of “Stars, Stripes and Skates” staring 3- time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir.

His choreography has also been featured on “The View”, ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC’s Carnival, Steps on Broadway’s Faculty in Performance, Dean College: 50 Years of Gold, Yankee FanFest and “The Game is in Us” (a Nike spec commercial). Todd was on Faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC for over a decade. He has been a guest teacher at the University of Florida, Boston University, Skidmore College, ACDFA New England, the Ailey Extension, Ballet Hispanico, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Dance Masters of America, Dance New Amsterdam, Florida Dance Masters and many private dance studios throughout the United States.

He is currently an artist in residence at Dean College and is teaching on tour with Manhattan Dance Project and Top 10 Dance Challenge.

For more information please visit, www.toddshanks.com 

Diana Young

​Diana is an IB Theatre Teacher at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA, where she teaches freshmen thru seniors and recently directed Antigone and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  She has also taught with Trinity Repertory Company, the Gamm Theatre, South Shore School of Theatre and Triboro Youth Theatre.   She holds a B.A.S. in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education from Salve Regina University, and recently received her master's degree in Theatre Education at Emerson College.  Diana loves branching out during the summer and is excited to be returning to Summer Dance Camp and also to be choreographing CATS! with South Shore School of Theatre in Quincy, MA.