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MEET OUR STAFF

Ashley Driscoll
Owner & Artistic Director
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At three-years- old, Ashley Driscoll began her dance career at the Dance Slipper in Southwick, MA, under the direction of Brenda Barna—an award-winning dancer and choreographer. At the Dance Slipper, Ashley was fortunate to be cultivated by Brenda, as well as many other talented teachers and choreographers including Alicia Monaco, Derrick Yanford, and Laura Halzack.

For fifteen years, Ashley studied every style of dance within reach—ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, acrobat, pointe, hip-hop, and contemporary—each providing a fresh challenge and outlet for self-expression. Ashley danced competitively on a regional and national level, in group and solo routines, at American Dance Awards, Kids for Kids, Candance, and more, repeatedly receiving top scores—including the Sherry Gold Memorial Award of $5,000 at the American Dance Awards.

In between her own dedicated practice, Ashley spent her free time teaching and sharing her passion. She became an assistant teacher at the Dance Slipper at ten-years- old, and ran her own class by fourteen. Ashley taught a variety of dance styles and ages, and immersed herself in choreography—a passion that she shared with her hometown school system and carried to her college dance group.

Ashley graduated from Boston University, summa cum laude, with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Spanish. After years working in the financial field, Ashley felt void of her roots. She sought the expression of dance, and soon discovered new forms of movement. She loved the diligence and tranquility of yoga, and the vivacity of a cardio class. More so, she loved how all forms of movement integrated, and she craved the positive energy of movement not only for herself, but for others.

Ashley is humbled and delighted to share this energy through the opening of Nashoba Valley Movement. In a modern world that’s too easily wrought with pressures, stress, and self-consciousness, Ashley wants to help kids, adults, and families, find joy, ease, and balance. She aims to create a family-friendly

environment that offers a class for all ages and inclinations to enjoy—so everyone has the opportunity to live their best life and explore the freedom of movement.

Whatever moves you, Ashley hopes you’ll find it at Nashoba Valley Movement.

Abbie LaFalam
Instructor, Social Media
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Abbie grew up as a competitive dancer at Paula Meola’s in Sterling. She began dancing at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love with it. Abbie had the privilege of being in a number of Nutcracker Ballets, Youth Ballets, as well as many other performances over the years. In 2012, she performed in “Another Impression III” at SymphonySpace on Broadway in NYC, alongside Amelia Lowe of So You Think You Can Dance season 9 and Chaz Buzan of Joffrey Ballet, who is also a protégé dancer for Mia Michaels. Abbie started dancing professionally this season with Project31 Dance Company out of Boston where she trains and performs in the styles of modern, jazz, contemporary and tap.

 

Her passion for teaching dance began at age 17, while she was still in high school. Abbie teaches weekly classes in the styles tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop and also choreographs for our competition team. She is so passionate about dancing and this translates in her teaching. Abbie is grateful to be part of the NVM family and have the privilege of watching her students grow as dancers and people.

Hayley Robichaud
Instructor
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Hayley is a New England based dancer, educator, and choreographer. She graduated from Salve Regina University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education and a minor in Dance. As a former company member with Extensions Dance Company, she has had the opportunity to work with and perform in pieces by artists such as Kat Pantos, Betsi Graves, Mike Esperanza, and Joshua Blake Carter. While at Salve she performed at American College Dance Association’s adjudicated concerts, as well as the National Dance Education Organization’s Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches in Practice Conference. In 2018 Hayley’s choreography was accepted into the Southern Vermont Dance Festival and performed at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Since then she has been teaching children's dance at various studios throughout Massachusetts. Hayley is excited to be joining Nashoba Valley Movement this year!

Pamela Casavoy
Instructor
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For over 30 years, Pamela has followed her passion for dance, learning from instructors such as Jim Caisse, Michelle Goodwin, and Carol Seretto. While she’s dabbled in almost every style, Jazz, Tap, and Ballet are her favorites. Through her career, she’s danced in community theatre productions with New Players Theater Guild, Theatre at the Mount, and Stratton Players; choreographed such shows as Dance in the Desert and The Three Trees; and performed her own choreography in the Thayer (now New England) Symphony Orchestra’s production of Amal and the Night Visitor.

The only thing Pamela loves more than dance is sharing her love for dance with others. For 15 years, she’s been sharing her experience through organizations such as Danceworks and Acton Community Education, teaching Jazz and Jazz Hip-Hop.  She can occasionally be found giving lessons in turns to her two year old granddaughter, who seems more than eager to follow in her footsteps. Pamela is excited and looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with NVM.

Alexis Renaud
Instructor
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Alexis is a 21 year old dance teacher and nutrition coach. Dance and fitness are both big parts of her life. Ever since she was just 3 years old, she's been dancing away and hasn't stopped since! She's danced competitively in the style of hip hop for many years. She loves teaching others about the style and showing them the love and passion she has for it. Since dance and fitness go hand in hand, she recently got into weightlifting and nutrition. Alexis is currently a certified nutritionist as well as a personal trainer which has always been a dream of hers. She is currently studying business administration at SNHU and will receive her bachelors in hopes of opening her own studio one day! It’s been a lifelong goal of hers and she's so excited to see what the future holds. 

Julia Parenteau
Instructor
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Julia is a 16 year old high school student at Clinton Regional High School as well as a dancer at Nashoba Valley Movement. She is class president of Clinton High's freshman class and is very involved in both her school and dance community. She began her dance training at the young age of 2. She grew up dancing at Dance Education Center (DRDC) for 10 years until recently when she came to Nashoba Valley Movement. She has been with us for 3 years now and we're so lucky to have her. In 2017, Julia and her dance team were invited to Broadway Dreams Tour with their lyrical routine entitled “We Build” choreographed by Shelly Scesney. This week long tour in NYC included musicals, tours, and master classes from Broadway stars which ended with a flashmob.

 

Julia says that when she came to Nashoba Valley Movement she knew it was where she belonged. Julia trains in the styles of ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap and is a dancer on the Nashoba Valley Movement Competition Team. She has assisted many dance classes throughout her time at NVM and this is her first year with a class of her own. She not only inspires her own students, but she is a role model for many young dancers at the studio and even her peers. We are so lucky to have Julia at NVM!

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