Deanna Carpinteri

Deanna Richardson Carpinteri has been a dance educator for over twenty-nine years. J&D Dance Academy was established 23 years ago by Deanna-'D' and her sister Jodi-'J'. Together the sisters created a wonderful studio for dance in the beautiful town of Reading. As the establishment rapidly grew to include all-star cheerleading teams, Jodi became the owner of J&D Cheer & Dance of Woburn and Billerica. Deanna became the owner of J&D Dance Academy of Reading. Dancing since the age of three, Deanna began her teaching career at the young age of sixteen. She graduated from the “Dance Teachers Club of Boston-Teacher Training Program” in 1994 and has since been on the faculties of many area dance studios teaching ages three to adult, beginners up to the more advanced dancers. Deanna believes that the balance of structure, discipline and fun as well as the quality of training presented in each class makes J & D Dance Academy of Reading an enjoyable place for both students and their parents. Deanna continues to train and provide fresh new techniques for her students.

Jamie Bergin

Jamie Bergin, a native of Quincy MA. Jamie has been dancing since the age of five , training at Danceworks Studio, Quincy MA, North Shore Preforming Arts Center, Ipswich MA, and Landmark Performing Arts Department, Beverly MA. A former Winthrop University Dance Team Dancer. Jamie is excited to start her career as a dance teacher and has been guided and molded by our very own Ms. Kelli! She is ready to expand her dance experience and continue to do what she loves, dancing. We are excited to welcome Jamie back as part of the J & D staff, she will be teaching classes and choreographing for our Companies.

Kayla Costa

Kayla began dancing at 3 years old at the Hazel Boone Dance studio in Canton, MA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College with a Bachelors degree in Dance and an Associates Degree in Business. While at Dean, Kayla was a member of the Dean College Dance Company all four years, performing pieces choreographed by Todd Shanks and William Evans. She was also the president of Dean College’s tap team. Kayla completed the Dance Education Training course hosted by Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston in 2012, receiving high score awards for performance and test scores as well as a scholarship to attend Dean College. She was a member of the Boston Tap Company from 2014-2015, as well as an intern for Jersey Tap Festival during the summer of 2016 where she assisted and took class from master teachers such as Anthony Morigerato, Jason Samuels Smith, and Ayodele Casel. In 2017, she was a teacher/judge for the Dance Masters of New England scholarship auditions. Kayla has been teaching for 8 years and has won numerous high score awards for her competition tap choreography. Additionally, Kayla is a certified group fitness instructor at Life Time Athletic through the Athletic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is so excited to be joining such an amazing faculty at J&D Dance Academy and can’t wait to work with her new students!

Jodi Richardson

Jodi Richardson will join us once again as our resident Hip-Hop and Jazz instructor! Jodi is a former New England Patriot's Cheerleader for many years and Ms. Deanna's sister! Ms. Jodi has been very busy the last twenty years developing and training competitive all-star cheerleading teams as well as hip-hop and dance teams. Her dancers and choreography have been quite successful. We are so glad to have her back this year and are sure you will enjoy her classes!

Erica Schroder

Erica Schroder is a Boston-based choreographer, performer and teacher. Erica has performed in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and all over New England with various companies including Urbanity Dance, a contemporary dance company rated Best of Boston 2012 by the Improper Bostonian. Erica is a founding member of Company Four, and recently choreographed and performed works in the Shared Choreographers Concert, Third Life Series, Parallel Lines and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Previous to dancing with Urbanity and Company Four, Erica performed with Forty Steps, a modern dance company in Nahant, MA. Before moving to the Boston area, Erica owned Stardancer Studios in Newport, NH for three years; her students received numerous high score awards, special judges awards and titles. Erica received five awards for Best Choreography and her studio received the Overall Studio Excellence Award from Omega Dance Challenge. In addition to teaching in private studios, Erica served as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Colby-Sawyer College. She has been a guest performer and teacher at the Vermont Annual High School Dance Festival and for the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education. Erica has a BFA in Dance with Teaching Certification from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Erica is the Director/Resident Choreography for the Dance Companies at J & D Dance Academy of Reading and is the Web Strategist for Buildium, a property management software company. Erica is proud to be a member of Dance Masters of New England Chapter 5, and Dance Masters of America. She serves as a Board Member for Dancers at Heart.