Donna is the Founder and Director of J-DAPA. She has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, acro, hip hop, and ballroom, starting at the age of 8 years old. Donna comes from a large family and her love of dance and acting often proved too great of an expense for her parents. Because of this, she was often forced to quit her performance classes as a child. Donna vowed that one day she would offer affordable dance classes so that children with family financial hardships would have the opportunity to experience the art of dance, singing, and acting. Donna has studied with Theresa Landry, Fran Golombiewski, Jeremy Anderson, Elaine Colenieri as well as many master classes from various artists over the years. When she isn’t teaching dance she enjoys directing and doing choreography for J-DAPA’s musical plays.


Brieanna is a jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, and hip hop teacher as well as the choreographer for J-DAPA’s musical productions. She has been dancing for over 25 years. Brieanna began as a dance teacher’s assistant around the age of 8 before moving on to take over her own classes around age 14. Brieanna is a graduate of Johnston Senior High School and holds a bachelor's degree from Rhode Island College in Elementary and Special Education. When she isn’t teaching or performing with J-DAPA you can find Brieanna working as a competition choreographer and elementary school teacher in Johnston, RI.


Nicole is a ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical choreographer and instructor. She has been teaching dance with J-DAPA for six years and has been dancing and performing with J-DAPA for almost 20 years! When Nicole is not teaching dance, she is also an attorney. She graduated from Providence College in 2015 with a BA in English and certificate in Business Studies where she was also a member of the Providence College Dance Club and took jazz and ballet classes as part of her curriculum. In 2018, Nicole received her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law.



Justina is a Music Major at Rhode Island college. She has been dancing since the age of three and has been in love ever since. She loves inspiring others through movement and is a social butterfly! She currently teaches the pre-peewees, middle to high school hip hop, and beginner acro.



Alexis has been a member of J-DAPA since it began in 2007. She began teaching when she was 16 and has continued to teach and help with different things over the past ten years. She has been dancing for 24 years and loves to tap! She also performs in all of J-DAPA’s musicals and cabarets, as well as creating sets, doing makeup, and running J-DAPA’s social media. Alexis co-teaches beginner tap and jazz to elementary school students and teaches the high school to adult tap and jazz class.