Bryan Steele ~ Owner / Director
Bryan's passion for performing and dance came at a very young age. His aunts, uncles, mother and grandmother would roll up the living room rug in his hometown of Windham, NH and teach him ballroom dance. He learned everything from the Cha-Cha to the Waltz. After his family light a passion in him, he followed his heart and became involved in community, and school theatre programs. During his sophomore year he was cast as a lead and had to learn a few dances, the choreographer asked how many years he had studied. When Bryan told her he had never taken a class she immediately invited him to attend her school. In his junior year of High School he attended the Studio of Dance Arts in Methuen, MA where he studied with Linda Tracy, Sam Fiorello and Dee Keri. The three of them started something that hasn't stopped. Dee pushed Bryan to go to Boston and start training at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio.
The moment he stepped into the JNDS his life forever changed. Bryan trained with many of the top teachers in the country, Jeannette Neill, Diane Noya, Tommy Neblett, Jim Viera, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson and many more. Using all his training and knowledge Bryan started teaching. He has taught for such programs as Boston Ballet Summer Dance, Walnut Hill School, both Summer and Yearly programs, and across the New England Area at many dance schools. He has also had the honor to teach throughout North America, South America, Germany, France and Spain.
Bryan has had an extensive performing career from industrial shows, to commercials to concert dance companies. Bryan has had the privilege to dance with The Body Language Dancers, Island Moving Company, Impulse, Ariel Dance Theatre and for 16 years he was company member, rehearsal director and even set dances on Prometheus Dance Company. It was Prometheus that truly shaped Bryan as a technician, performer, teacher and person. Diane Noya and Tommy Neblett are the two masterminds behind Prometheus and Bryan can not give them enough credit for all they did.
In the last several years Bryan has begun to share his knowledge, passion and expertise in the competition world as a judge. He has worked for many of the outstanding competitions such as CanDance, StarQuest and Bravo.
Bryan takes everything he has experienced and brings it to his dream, Razr Dance Academy.
Erin Walsh ~ Studio Manager
Erin started her dance journey at the age of two. She attended Dance New England in North Chelmsford where she immediately fell in love with everything dance had to offer. After training at DNE for several years she made the decision to increase her training and get more serious about dance in general and the role it would play in her life. That is when she found Bryan at the age of nine. After starting her training with Bryan she quickly wanted to go the next level and join the competition company at APA.
Falling more in love with all dance had to offer she made the choice to persue a BFA in Dance, and that is just what she did. Like many amazing local studio owners, teachers and performers, Erin choose to attend Dean College in Franklin, MA. Here she excelled in her dance training working with some of the countries top teachers and choreographers. Erin also received her BFA in Business in 2017.
Erin has been teaching for the last few years and has grown to love working with all levels in all genres of dance. Her particular favorite class is the Progressive Class. Erin not only brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom but her fun and funny personality make her a favorite among the students of Razr Dance Academy.
Erin's relaxed personality makes her a wonderful addition to the administration staff as well. She is training with Bryan as Studio Manager to help him grow Razr Dance Academy into the area #1 Dance and Theatre training program.
Jamie Benavidez ~ Hip Hop
Ruby Collins ~ Mini & Jr. Programs
Ruby is 15 years old and began her dance training at the age of three. In her twelve years of training under the direction of Bryan, she has studied many genres of dance, including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Tap and Hip Hop. At twelve Ruby began her training as a teacher in addition to focusing on her dance education. Throughout her years of assisting and teaching she has worked with a wide range of ages, abilities and genres The classes she worked in included Creative Movement, Dancing Dynamics and Junior level Ballet and Jazz classes.
Outside the studio, Ruby is a sophomore attending Chelmsford High School where she is a member of the Chelmsford High Dance Team. Ruby also participates in the Student Council and maintains great grade all while juggling her dance education, teaching and being a member of the Razr Dance Company.
Connor Frugoli ~ Boys, Theatre Dance Programs
Emily Gilstrap ~ Ballet
Emily began her training at Professional Ballet School and The Academy of Ballet in San Fransisco, CA. She performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre and directed a dance program at Palo Alto Family YMCA.
She received a BA in Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz where she also performed as a featured dancer and assistant choreographer with Cabrillo Stage Musical Theatre, and taught Ballet at Western Ballet in Mountain View. Emily completed a Masters of Science degree in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, UK.
She spent two years as Ballet Mistress and Director of Development with Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company and School. After teaching a year at Brookline Ballet School, Emily moved her family to Westford, MA. She is now a science teacher at Valley Collaborative Elementary and loves sharing her passion for dance with the Razr Dance family.
Mariclare Hamel ~ Musical Theatre
Married to Paul Hamel a Lawrence Firefighter and a mom of four girls, Mariclare is a 6th grade ELA/ Social Studies teachers at Parker Middle School in Chelmsford, MA. Her heart is with her students and her love of seeing the world through the eyes of our children is her biggest joy. Mariclare's passion has always been in the dance world. She has been a teacher and company choreographer for the last 18 years in studios in the New England area. She has been a judge and master teacher for Step Up 2 Dance competition and worked with The Pulse on Tour. She currently runs the Innovation Academy Dance Team, where she has been an award-winning choreographer for the last ten years. Mariclare's strengths lie within knowing her students on a personal level and making it her job to showcase each student's passion and to discover their true talents and bring them to life on the stage! She enjoys Musical Theatre with her dance and acting background and loves to see her students combine their love of dance with the highest performance level they can achieve. Mariclare is beyond excited to work again with her friend of MANY years, Bryan and watch Razr Dance Academy soar to new heights in the dance world... GO BLUE WAVE!
Bets Kalalau ~ Ballet
Bethany "Bets" is originally from Belize Central America where she began her dance training at the age of 13. She continued her training at the Vista Dance Company, Belize City and Dramatic Force International, Belmopan until she relocated to West Virginia at the age of 18. Bets has been teaching consistently for 15+ years along with persuing her dance education. Her dance education includes: American Ballet Theatre Certified, Acrobatic Arts Certified, Progressive Ballet Technique Certified and a member of National Dance Education Organization, NDEO.
She recently traveled to Ghana, Africa as the lead Ballet instructor for a two week intensive at Vivi's Dance Factory where she trained teachers and students. As a choreographer, her dancers and dances have achieved overall high score, choreography awards, and performance invitationals.
Bets has a background that makes her an amazing teacher. She understands the challenges that each young student faces and because of this she connects well with her students, making them want to push and achieve a greater knowledge in the arts.
Alycia Miner ~ Tap
Alycia is a native of southern New Hampshire where she has been training since the age of three. She has studied Modern, Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Tap. She specializes in teaching Tap to all ages as well as choreographing for local competition companies.
Alycia's dances have received numerous top placements, special awards and choreography recognition. Alycia is a company member of Toche' Taps, a professional educational tap company under the direction of Shaina Schwartz. She has had the opportunity to perform in large and small groups, solos and duo / trios. As a company member she has had the opportunity to travel and perform in the New England area at numerous dance venues including the nationally know tap event Beantown Tap Festival and Jersey Tap Festival. In addition to Touche' Taps Alycia studies under Thelma Goldberg and is a member of her advanced adult ensemble " About Time Tappers". When not at the dance studio,
Alycia is continuing her education at Southern New Hampshire University. She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and is continuing her education bu pursuing her Masters of Science in Data Analytics.
Jemma Pecchia ~ Mini & Jr. Programs
Jemma is a senior at Chelmsford High School and is currently on her fourteenth year dancing. She enjoys teaching Dancing Dynamics and Junior level classes at Razr Dance Academy. Jemma also enjoys choreographing for both the recital and competitive programs for her young performers. She incorporates fun and games in her rigorous classes, so her students can enjoy the learning process. Jemma's experience in both the classroom and on stage have made her an understanding and supportive teacher. She makes sure her students have a strong foundation on which to build. She understands the struggles and joys of the dance world.
Jon Swift ~ Theatre Tech
Jon has been involved in theatre and singing since he was in grade school in Maine. He went to Emerson College, majoring in Theatre Education, followed by his Masters in Elementary Education for Leslie University. Jon has performed and worked with multiple groups in Maine and Boston, including Johnson Hall, Emerson's NoteWorthy, Boston Choral Ensemble, Small & Casual Productions, Littleton Performing Arts Center and in various churches and weddings though the years.
Currently, Jon works with the nonprofit community theatre organization the he created in Dunstable, MA called Dunstable Theatre Collaborative. Jon is president of the board of directors and an active member in their productions. Jon also worked with Peter Twoney Youth Center and Swallow Union Elementary School directing the yearly 4th grade musical. Jon has a passion for theatre and singing and is excited to share this passion in the classroom with the up-and-coming performers at Razr Dance Academy.
Evelyn Szafran Lally ~ Mini & Jr. Programs
Evelyn has trained under and competed for Bryan for sixteen years, studying Contemporary, Ballet, Modern, Tap Jazz, Improv and Hip Hop. Evelyn has recently graduated from Lowell High School where she was enrolled in a Fine Arts pathway in their dance program with a concentration in Contemporary and Choreography. During her tenure there she served as Dance Team Captain and received the 2019 Dedication to Dance Award .
Evelyn began her teacher training nine years ago and enjoys fostering a love for dance in a positive environment for young dancers. She adores working with the mini & Junior age groups and finds tremendous reward in choreographing competition pieces, watching her students grow and shine on stage.
Evelyn attends Merrimack College and is perusing a degree in trauma therapy with the intention of earning a master degree in dance therapy. She is additionally employed as a supervisor for the City of Lowell Parks & Recreation Department as well as clerk for the Election Commission. She recently became involved as a volunteer with the Best Buddies and Special Olympics programs and continues to volunteer as a foster and trainer for Diamond Dog Rescue.
Jenna Trovato ~ Stretch & Strengthen
Jenna started her dance training at the age of three. She trained for years in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and other styles, continuing dance through High School. She performed and competed in numerous, state, and national competitions during her adolescent and teen years, winning multiple first place titles. While in High School Jenna began her extensive career in Cheering as a freshman on the varsity team. Her team won multiple state championships.
Jenna started coaching for Champion Cheer Center in Methuen, MA in 1999. She continued as a dance major at Montclair State University in NJ. In addition to college classes Jenna continued her training in New York City taking advanced level class.
Jenna just recently wrapped up nearly two decades as a cheer coach, ending with East Celebrity Elite in Tewksbury, MA. where she was USASF certified. Her team has won multiple national titles. Jenna specialized in Stretch & Strength and tumbling classes while at the gym.
Jenna has taken barre class for several years under Cally Wickson, where she recently was certified in C_Method, a trademarked fitness method which incorporates multiple disciplines and enables positive body image and a healthy lifestyle. She is also certified in CPR, first aid, and AED.
Jenna lives in Pelham, NH with her husband and two children. She is excited to share her love of Barre, Stretch. and fitness to the students of Razr Dance Academy.
Lynda Vernalia ~ Theatre Tech
Lynda has been teaching acting for over a decade, in addition to writing original scripts for her students to perform . Her classes are dedicated to stage basics and vocals; creating characters and telling stories. A 30+ year veteran of the stage, Lynda has numerous credits in Christian, community, and regional theatre. She has performed on Lowell cable and in two local short films, has had numerous original plays and song parodies produced. She has participated in arts festivals, sung with a Harvard A Capella Choir, toured MA with a children's story theatre troupe and appeared as an extra in an ABC After School Special.
A play write and actor-in-residence for the Merrimack Valley Performing Arts (Theatre, Musical Theatre and Voice) from Bradford College, a certificate in writing for Children and Teens from the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. All of this experience is what Lynda brings to the students of Razr Dance Academy.
Andrea Walsh ~ Progressive Program
Andrea has been teaching a Progressive Dance Class for Bryan for two years. She has been the driving force behind the Program and together they are looking forward to developing and growing the program over the next several years.
Andrea brings her love for children and her belief in inclusion to every class she teaches.
Andrea was a para educator at Boutwell Early Childhood Center for 12 years working as a 1:1 para with children with special needs. She currently works as an ABA Therapist in a NECC Partner Program Classroom at Swallow Union in Groton, MA.
She tremendously enjoys the students she works with and loves to see the growth the exhibit with movement and positive interactions. Andrea is thrilled to be part of the Razr family and can't wait for the upcoming season.
Sydney Walsh ~ Contemporary
Sydney has trained under Bryan for nine years and has been assistant and student teaching for six years. Sydney has trained in most genres of dance including; Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet and Musical Theatre since the young age of three.
She has made a name for herself in the competition world with many top scores, placements and special awards. Recently Sydney was recognized and received a scholarship for her Tapping at a National Level. She brings to the stage clean technique and a passion to perform.
Sydney is a senior at Groton Dunstable High School. Sydney is involved in school programs as well as a big part of The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, donating her time for an amazing cause.
Sydney brings a fun and bubbly personality to her classroom, where she loves to challenge and educate the students. Her teacher training has really paid off and she loves every moment of dance.