Deanna Carpinteri

Deanna Richardson Carpinteri has been a dance educator for over twenty-nine years. J&D Dance Academy was established 20 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. In her spare time, together with her seventeen-year-old daughter Talia, she trains as a competitive ballroom dancer which she enjoys very much!

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.

Talia Carpinteri

Dancing since birth basically, Talia is proud to have made the transition from "Ms. Deanna's daughter" & student at J&D to faculty member! Talia grew up in the studio attending classes, competing, and assistant teaching. Talia loves and excels in all styles of dance; however, a huge passion for her is Ballroom. She is the United States Amateur Rhythm Champion for 2016 & 2017 and was undefeated on the college circuit. She currently attends Bentley University and is a Professional Major League Lacrosse Dancer for the Boston Cannons. Talia teaches dance at LifeTime Athletic in Burlington and is the Head Dance Director/ Choreographer at Boston Children's Chorus. Some of Talia's most recent work includes dancing for New Balance's line reveal, and demonstrating for Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev on ABC's DWTS season 24. We are excited to welcome Talia to the faculty!

Marisa Garcia

Marisa has been dancing for 25 years. She returns to J & D where she previously taught and took classes for nearly 15 years. Dancing since the age of three, Marisa began her teaching career as an assistant instructor at J & D when she was 15. She graduated from the "Dance Teachers Club of Boston - Teacher Training Program" in 2007. Throughout her adult life Marisa has continued to dance ballet, tap, and contemporary. Marisa has her Masters degree in Elementary Education and taught Kindergarten in Boston Public Schools for four years where she worked to instill movement, dance, and joy into the everyday classroom. Her recent career switch to a curriculum designer for primary grades has allowed for more flexibility in her schedule, and thus a return to the studio. Marisa is thrilled and excited to rejoin J & D, a place that is like a second home.

Erica Ligeski Schroder

Erica Ligeski 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 Global Web Operations Manager at Bowers & Wilkins. 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.

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!