DONNA TELLIER, Executive Director

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.

AUBREY TELLIER, Executive Administrator

Aubrey is a Johnston Senior High School Alumna with a bachelor’s degree in IT with a concentration in Software Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has been involved with J-DAPA since its start and is the designer of our official logos! Aubrey runs our Instagram and other social media, oversees the J-DAPA website along with Matthew, sets up all ticketing through Tututix, and is the face behind most of the responses to emails, messages and other forms of customer service. She is also responsible for all of our video and audio editing as well as the graphic design of J-DAPA’s signs, playbills, and other promotional materials.

Teachers

BRIEANNA TELLIER

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.

AUBREY DION

Aubrey is so excited to be teaching her first classes at J-DAPA! She is a proud Graduate of both Providence College and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she earned her BA and MFA in Acting respectively. Aubrey has performed across New England and in New York City. Her favorite types of performance are interactive and children’s theatre.

Dave Sackal

DAVE SACKAL

Dave is thrilled to be back teaching acting at J-DAPA, his first theatre home going back 15 years! He has performed in theatre’s around Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida, and New York. Dave is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Theatre Performance.

JENNIFER TILLEY FREEMAN

Jennifer is a Rhode Island native, currently working as a dance educator and musical theatre director with various organizations. She began her dance training as a young child and grew up performing in showcases and competitions. Since completing the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course in 2003, Jen has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students. She continued her training at Rhode Island College and was fortunate to work with talented artists and choreographers while performing with the college’s dance company and in musical theatre productions. Professional performances include Providence’s Modern Movement Festival, “Up to Speed” choreographed by Nathan Andary, Open for Dancing’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” choreographed by John-Mark Owen and “In Full Flight” with Heather Ahern’s Aerplaye. “Parasite/gHost,” a collaborative project that combined body prosthetics, music, dance, and video, was performed in 2016. Jen is a veteran dance instructor with experience teaching all ages at schools and studios in RI and MA, including Dance with Energy, Riverside Dance Center, the Portsmouth Abbey School, Rocky Hill School, St. Philomena’s School, Just Dance!, Twinkle Toes Dance Studio, and RI Dance Alliance’s Chance to Dance. Since 2013 she has been part of the creative team at Arts Alive! Barrington. She has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing many shows including Lion King, Seussical, Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Shrek, and Pinocchio. In 2014 she was a dance artist in residence at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts. She has received awards for her jazz, contemporary, and tap choreography. Jen is passionate about her craft and is fortunate to share it with young performers. 

KYLE WEAVER

Kyle is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Music. He has been teaching hip hop professionally throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts since 2004. Over the years he has coached hundreds of students that have gone to regional and national competitions, and Kyle’s choreography and his dancers have won many top awards including the Young Choreography award in 2005 at ADA, as well as numerous 1st and 2nd place highest overall score awards regionally and nationally. Kyle enjoys guest teaching master classes and dance intensives and is currently teaching hip hop at several studios where he shares his passion, unique perspective and intricate style with many aspiring dancers, teachers, and choreographers.

Behind the Scenes

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MATTHEW EISEMANN, Technical Director

Matt is a Communication and Computer Science major at Rhode Island College. Matt began working with J-DAPA in 2015 and performed in his first musical, Seussical, in Spring 2016. Matt took over the company web site in 2018 and now maintains it along with Aubrey. He has served as the lighting designer for J-DAPA’s productions of Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and Matilda as well as all dance recitals since May 2019.

ALEXIS GUGLIELMO, Social Media Director

Alexis has a BA in Mass Media & Communication, and is currently working toward a second degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology & General Science. She has been with J-DAPA since she was 16 years old! Alexis is currently in charge of content creation as well as running J-DAPA’s social media accounts alongside Aubrey. Fun fact: Alexis is the artist that painted the giant murals in our studio!

Support Staff

MARLA TELLIER, Mascot

Marla is J-DAPA’s doggy mascot! She is a ten-year-old Standard Poodle. When she isn’t spending time at the new studio, Marla loves playing fetch, frisbee, and snuggling her stuffed animals!

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