Jess grew up dancing at TDS and has been teaching for 25 years. She is a graduate of the Dance Educator's Training Course and a member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston. Recently, Jess received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).
After graduating from Wilmington High, Jess earned degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education from Regis College and co-founded and choreographed for the dance club. She was also certified in teaching English Language Arts and Special Education. After teaching Special Ed in Reading for 10 years, she decided to focus on teaching dance and raising a family.
She has a 13 year-old daughter and 10 year-old son who help keep her busy. Jess enjoys teaching students of all ages and many different genres.
Jenn, a graduate of NRHS, has over 20 years of teaching experience at TDS. She specializes in our youngest dancers, especially in our Wiggles and KinderDance programs. In addition to her training at TDS, Jenn also graduated from DETC, and continued taking classes at Jeannette Neils in Boston. Recently, Jenn has become a certified acrobatics teacher through Acrobatics Arts. Jenn hopes that TDS becomes a home away from home for her students as it was for her. Jenn has received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). When Jenn isn't at the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family including her 18 year-old son and 15 year-old daughter.
Kerry also called TDS her second home growing up. She is a DETC graduate and member teacher of Dance Teacher's Club of Boston. She has taken classes from a variety of master teachers through DTCB conventions. Kerry earned her MS in Physical Therapy from Springfield College. While at Springfield, she was a member dancer and choreographer of SC Dancers. Kerry is a PT at Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists in North Andover and is well-educated in the science of movement. She has taught at TDS for over 20 years and specializes in Jazz and Musical Theater dance as well as injury prevention with our older students. Recently, Kerry received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Kerry has two sons, ages 14 and 10 who keep her on her toes.
Alicia Twohig Oliver
Alicia is a TDS alum who was a teacher's assistant before she graduated from NRHS and has been back teaching for over 10 years. She also runs the TDS competition teams. Alicia has competed all over the country with East Elite. During the summers, she has trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and other intensives. In addition to attending numerous area dance conventions, Alicia has been a member of several dance teams including the Boston Cannons, Bostons Blazers, and Lowell Spinners. She has taught at various local studios and choreographed and coached the Peabody High School Dance Team. Alicia has also received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Alicia loves the family atmosphere at TDS and works hard to continue the traditions and values that she grew up with at the studio. She has two young daughters at home.
Jessy Twohig Wong
Jessy is another TDS and NRHS alum who has recently returned as a teacher. She has also competed with East Elite, attended many area dance conventions, and studied dance at Middlesex College and UMass Lowell. Jessy was also a member of the Boston Cannons and Lowel Spinners dance teams. She is an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher and has taken several classes and courses in acro. In addition to acro, Jessy specializes in ballet, pointe, and lyrical and loves seeing her students' excitement when they gain a new skill. When she's not busy with her two young sons (ages 7 and 5), Jessy is our resident queen of crafting!
Melissa (Perrotta) DeFriesse
Ashley Taylor Mestone