Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Celebrating 43 years of dance education
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Greenville, RI
Staff Bios
Business Manager/Development Director:
Blair-Victoria Dutra
has been with the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio from the womb, and is a former CDDS Company Member, dance captain, and Southern RI Youth Ballet Company Member.   She is the Studio Manager, Co-Director of Dance For Art, Inc. and a member of the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Alliance. Blair-Victoria pursued her educational career receiving a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from Roger Williams University.  She is certified as a  RYS 200 hour Yoga Instructor and Karma Kids Yoga Instructor.   Blair-Victoria is the proud daughter of Miss Carolyn and honored to be a bigger part of the family business. 

Juliette de Roxas is the Director of Operations for the three Carolyn Dutra Dance Studios and has been teaching dance for 20 years.  Juliette is a Certified Instructor with Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. RWID provides inclusive dance classes created specifically for kids and adults with individual learning differences and other special needs. She is a former Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio Company Member and Southern RI Youth Ballet Company Soloist.  Juliette is a Certified Coach and Evaluator for Dance Proficiency Requirements for RI High Schools, Graduate of Providence College & Former Captain of the Providence College Dance Team.  Juliette is a member of, and certified to teach by, the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, has attended the Dance Teacher Conference in NYC and the DanceLife Retreat Center Conferences in Massachusetts.

Amanda Delvecchio has been with the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio for 30 years.  She was a former CDDS Company Member and Southern Rhode Island Youth Ballet Soloist. Amanda is a Graduate of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston Dance Education Training Course, Graduate of Dean College with her Performing Art Degree,  and was a Member of Dean Dance Company and Rhode Island State Ballet.  She teaches all levels at the studio as well as company choreography and classes. .

Shane Farrell
​Shane Farrell is a native of Rhode Island and his dancing has taken him to such places as New York City all the way to Los Angeles, CA. At the age of seven he began taking acrobatics classes and eventually furthered his training in all areas of dance.  Shane has trained with the Brae Crest School of Ballet and has danced with the State Ballet of Rhode Island where he had the opportunity to perform in such ballets as Coppelia, Walpurgis Night, The Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle.

He is a graduate and scholarship recipient from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and has also appeared on several TV shows including MTV's MADE, as well as being a semi-finalist in Las Vegas for the hit FOX TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2007.  Shane can also be seen dancing alongside Richard Gere in the film Hachi. Aside from performing, Shane is also a choreographer. Some of his choreographic works include Island Moving Company, America's Junior Miss Pageant, Providence College Dance Team, as well as various dance studios and ballet schools throughout New England. Currently, he is a company member with the Island Moving Company in Newport, RI.​

Christie Staudt has been with the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio for over 20 years!    A teacher for the past 10 years, she is a former CDDS Company Member and Southern Rhode Island Youth Ballet Soloist.  She is a former Member of the WNBA Solar Power Dance Team, performed on stage for Rascal Flatts and is Graduate of CCRI.  Christie is a versatile teacher, instructing all levels from pre-school to adult!

Chryssa Mitchell  is a Certified Instructor with Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. RWID provides inclusive dance classes created specifically for kids and adults with individual learning differences and other special needs. She an instructor at the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio, a former Carolyn Dutra Company Member, former member and soloist with the Southern Rhode Island Youth Ballet Company, and was accepted into the prestigious Pennsylvania Ballet School Summer Program. She has successfully completed the Dance Teachers Club of Boston’s certified dance instructor program and received the award for highest Ballet scores, written and performance, in her graduating class. She is an Early Childhood Educator with a bachelors degree from Wheelock College, Boston, MA and has completed coursework in the Special Education Masters program at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. In continuing her dance education, Chryssa has also attended the “8 and under curriculum” and “ballet intensive” workshops at the DanceLife Retreat Center, Norton, MA.   

Kerry Holden has been with the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio for 10 years.  She has been a dance teacher of all levels for the past 7 years and is also the Studio Bookkeeper.  Kerry is a Graduate of University of Rhode Island with a BA in Mathematics, Minor in Business and is currently a Mathematics teacher at Lincoln High School and getting her Masters in Education from the University of Rhode Island!

Kimberly Calore-Sedlak  returns to beautiful Rhode Island after having an extensive career in both stage and film.  She is a CDDS alum and is thrilled to be on staff as a recreational & company teacher.  In addition, she is a Professor of Jazz dance at Salve Regina University, a guest teaching artist at both Providence College & Rhode Island College, and is a technical adjudicator for several leading talent competitions/conventions. Kimberly is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization, AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGVA was a scholarship recipient of The Dance Teacher's Club of Boston.  She has served on the creative team as an Instructor/Choreographer for Broadway Dance Center's: The Broadway Experience, The Rockette Experience & The Rockette Summer Intensive as well as Disney's Magic Music Days' Master Class series in Walt Disney World.  She was on faculty for the theatre program at NYC's Steps, Broadway Dance Center, New Dance Group and has served as a national spokesperson for New York Offstage, Madison Square Garden’s Cheering For Children, & Career Transitions For Dancers.

Some of Kimberly’s favorite performing credits include: Radio City Rockette (Asst. Choreographer & Dance Captain of 13 years), The Producers, Contact, Crazy For You, 42nd Street, Beauty and The Beast, The Tony Awards, A Christmas Carol, PBS Special~Broadway: The American Musical, When In Rome, The Stepford Wives, several Las Vegas Productions and numerous commercials.  She was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, The Oprah Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and in the newly published book, "The Radio City Rockettes: A Dance Through Time-75th Celebration Edition”, and the DVD series “Rockettes Kick Into Fitness" & “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular". 

Megan Amalfitano has been a CDDS dancer for 18 years, and staff member for 5 years. She is a former Company Member and Southern Rhode Island Youth Ballet Soloist.  She graduated from the prestigious Dance Teachers Club of Boston Teacher's Training Course and has attended the Hip Hop Intensive at the DanceLife Retreat Center.  Megan is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Youth and Development and teacher at Immaculate Conception School.

Nate Ferdman has been involved with gymnastics for 27 years. He has 18 years of coaching experience and has qualified athletes to compete at the national level. He has also taught tumbling for cheer for 15 years and has worked with three cheerleaders that went on to cheer in the NFL. He has black belts in taekwondo and kenpo and has 10 years experience teaching martial arts, and has been teaching acro for 8 years at various dance studios.​

Rachel Ferrara is a member and scholarship recipient of National Dance Education Association (NDEO) and Rhode Island Dance Alliance.  Rachel is a graduate of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Dance Education Training Course, received an award for the Greatest Aptitude for teaching dance, and the Caitlin Ledwell award as Faculty Choice.  She is a former CDDS Company Member and Southern RI Youth Ballet Member.  She is a student at Rhode Island College studying Youth Development. Rachel was the recipient of the Paulette Harwood Ballet Scholarship at the 2015 DETC, the highest written and performance scores in Ballet.  Most recently, Miss Rachel received her Acrobatic Arts Certification Primary-Level 6.  She received a perfect score on her written exam!

Lauren Wade is a former CDDS Company Member and Soloist for the Southern Rhode Island Youth Ballet.  During her time at CDDS, she received numerous awards, including First Overall High Score Soloist.  She is a graduate of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston Dance Education Training Course.  Lauren has trained at Broadway Dance Center and has studied with Nick Anthony, Sheila Barker, Nailah Bellinger and Rory Freeman.  She currently attends Rhode Island College majoring in Social Work.​

​Kristen MacTavish has over 15 years of experience teaching all forms of dance, and is best known for her Acrobatic Gymnastic Instruction.  She is a versatile and accomplished instructor motivating her students and sharing her vast knowledge with excitement and passion.  She has received numerous awards for her choreography, attends various dance conventions throughout the U.S., and has been quoted in Dance Teacher Magazine.
2015-2016 Staff
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