Meet Our Staff

Ashley Driscoll
Owner & Artistic Director

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.

Carrie DeCosta

Carrie started studying dance at the age of 3. She studied tap, jazz & ballet at Dance Arts Centre in Fitchburg, MA under the direction of Jim Caisse, Leslie Caisse Lothrop & Raynor Mayor. At the age of 8, Carrie became an elite competition dancer winning multiple national & regional competitions, as well as scholarships to summer intensive programs. At those programs she studied under many professional dancers/choreographers including Mia Michaels, Savion Glover, Debbie Allen, Debbie Dee & Gus Giordano to name a few. Carrie has also won the highest title awarded at a national competition, The Presidents Cup, with a large group tap number scoring 299 out of 300.

At the age of 13, Carrie changed studios to broaden her dance education as well as focus on extensive ballet training, studying at Performing Arts Theatre (now Paula Meolas Performing Arts) in Sterling, MA. Here she studied under the direction of Lisa Hughes, Paula Meola & Jennie Membrino. 

Carrie added modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop & pointe to her training, giving her a vast knowledge of all forms of dance. While at PAT, Carrie performed annually over 4 years in the studio production of The Nutcracker, cast in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Continuing her elite competition career, Carrie received gold medals, high score awards & countless special awards for her pointe solos including "poetry in pointe shoes". When she was 16, Carrie became an original member of the professional modern company, Jennie & Company, as well as began her teaching career. At the age of 17, she auditioned for the Boston Ballet & was accepted into the company. Although she was accepted into the Boston Ballet, her love for teaching & sharing her passion made her dance career choice very clear. She has taught at a variety of studios in the Leominster/Fitchburg area & has taught all ages & levels. Carrie is excited to join the Nashoba Valley Movement team & looks forward to sharing her love & passion for dance.

Theresa Kniaz

Theresa discovered her love for ballet at age ten, and started her training with Cathy Fallon in Hopkinton. She attended summer ballet intensives at American Ballet Theatre in NYC, Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, and Boston Ballet School in Boston. By age sixteen, she was enrolled as a full-time student at the Boston Ballet School. After graduating high-school, Theresa spent a full year as a student at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she trained under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. During her ten years of training, she performed extensively in corps de ballet and solo roles in The Nutcracker, Peer Gynt, Alice and Wonderland, and Snow White, as well as annual Spring showcases. In the spring of 2015, during college, Theresa performed contemporary ballet work by David Sun in his company, SundanceX. 

In 2017, Theresa graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMass Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. While working fulltime as a business analyst at a fast paced financial company, Theresa was invited to join the faculty of Amazing Grace Christian Dance School in Hopkinton as a contemporary dance teacher. There she quickly renewed her passion for dance and discovered her love for teaching.  In addition to her faculty positions, Theresa continues her own dance instruction, attending ballet and contemporary classes and workshops in the Greater Boston area, and is studying to obtain a certification in personal fitness training.

Macy Woodard

Macy has been dancing for over 20 years and has been teaching dance for 7 years. Growing up she attended many local dance studios including The Dance Center and Paula Meola’s Dance and Performing Arts. Following her high school graduation she attended Fitchburg State University where she was President of the Dance Club and taught the Broadway and Lyrical classes. She also was a guest choreographer for the university’s event “Dancing with the Staff,” a fun spin off of Dancing with the Stars.

 

Macy was an instructor and competition choreographer at the Academy of Dance Arts in Leominster for four years until the studio closed in 2017. She taught jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, Broadway, Adult classes, and children’s combo classes while working there.

Macy  has performed in and choreographed for the Nutcracker, performed in Disney World, competed nationally with studios, and has performed many solos. During the day Macy is an elementary school teacher in Fitchburg. She loves working with children and enjoys helping kids see and reach their full potential through support, guidance, and encouragement. Dance has been an incredible outlet for her growing up and she loves sharing her love for the art with dancers of all ages. She is so excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of NVM’s staff this year!

J'Quan Oliver

J'Quan started dancing before he could remember. Rhythms, beats, and the art of movement were all interests to him growing up. Originally learning off the streets of Boston, he also trained as a martial artist since he was six years old. Since then, he's had extensive training in hip hop, break-dancing, lyrical, tricking & parkour, and eventually expanded his training into tap and contemporary. As J'Quan progressed, he looked into different genres of art and dance from all cultures to further expand his knowledge and understanding of dance, which lead him to develop his own unique style. J'Quan attended Becker College in Worcester, MA for Game Design with a minor in Psychology. During this time, he was an integral part of creating the Becker College Dance Program, and soon became captain of the team and president for their club. He also joined Dance Company Worcester as a guest choreographer and dancer for four years. Currently he is a member of one of the most influential hip hop crews in Boston known as Phunk Phenomenon.

Living the "Artist Life" he lives and breathes art every day. In his free time, J'Quan practices multiple forms of art such as photography, digital paint and traditional drawing. In dance, he fuses musicality and story telling combined with fast, intricate movements of a martial arts and acrobatics to create his own style. J'Quan is excited to join the team at NVM and to share his philosophy of training yourself and your mind everyday. "It's not always about the movement of your body, but the movement of your mind. Don't think outside of the box: Because there is no box. Your mind is unlimited so you must keep it creative and free."

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