Meet Our Instructors
Kathy Coughlin, Artistic Director
Director, Kathy Coughlin founded Centerstage Dance Academy and its company (The Centerstage Dancers) in 1991. Her goal is to provide the training that will nurture both the potential artist as well as the dance student who studies for the inherent rewards. Kathy inspires young dancers to dance from their hearts and enjoy the experience along the way. Through her extensive training she has developed a curriculum with up to date techniques and innovative teaching methods. Her students have enjoyed acceptance into the most prestigious dance colleges and dance companies in the United States. She received her formative training from E. Virginia Bowser and subsequently with The Boston School of Ballet, The Joy of Movement Center and Boston State College. She also spends her time in New York studying with various Master Teachers. Kathy received her teaching credentials through The Dance Teachers Club of Boston where she was the recipient of the Carwood Ballet Scholarship. She is an active member of Dance Masters of America and The Dance Teachers Club of Boston where she is now on the Board of Directors serves as the Dance Education Training Program Chair. The Dance Education Training Program is designed to offer structure and guidance to dancers who have aspirations of becoming dance educators themselves.
Mrs. Coughlin has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has been a guest teacher throughout the U.S. and Russia and has served as a master teacher for dance organizations and colleges. As an independent, award winning choreographer she has staged a wide variety of musicals and has been commissioned to choreograph routines that have been performed in such places as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, and Disneyworld. She has performed in television, industrials and commercials. She recently choreographed and appeared in (along with The Centerstage Dancers) the video for "First Night 2000" in Boston.
Kathy received her judges credentials from The National Dance Council of America and is also the Treasurer of the Tyngsborough Arts Council.
Kathy and the Centerstage studio have been featured in two episodes of MTV's MADE.
Allyson Bird, Studio Manager
Allyson has a passion for dance and the performing arts and grew up dancing at Centerstage. She has been trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and various styles of tap. She was a member of the Centerstage Dance Company and earned many regional and national titles for performances in competitions. She was also a class assistant and an associate teacher during her years at Centerstage and is a graduate of the Dance Education Training program provided by the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston.
During her college career, Allyson earned a degree in Public Relations and Marketing at Quinnipiac University. She was also a member of the Dance Company in which she both performed and choreographed for.
Upon graduating college, she relocated and began teaching and choreographing for a dance studio along the Shoreline of Connecticut. She taught at this studio and choreographed for their competition dance team for eight years. Currently, Allyson is an active member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and is a certified Acro instructor through Acrobatic Arts.
Growing up, Mikaela danced at Centerstage Dance Academy and then moved on to study dance at college. She recently graduated from Springfield College in May 2014, with a Bachelors degree in Dance. While at Springfield, she was able to study under many notable choreographers in order to continue her dance education, while learning many valuable teaching skills. Mikaela has been teaching dance since 2009 in both dance studios, and public schools. Trained in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance, Mikaela is always interested in learning more about these styles while sharing her current knowledge with other dancers.
Melanie Coughlin, Acrobatics Director
Melanie is a versatile performer with an impressive array of talents. She has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, breaking and gymnastics. Combined with her enthusiasm for the art and her positive attitude towards her children, Melanie loves to share her knowledge of dance through teaching. She started dancing at five years old, and her training continued throughout college where she attended the University of New Hampshire.
During her college career Melanie earned a BA in Business and filled her extra classes with Theatre and Dance courses that ranged from "Theatre and Dance III (Adv Jazz and Tap)" to "Dance Pedagogy" so she could continue to broaden her knowledge of the art. Melanie was also a member of the UNH Dance Team for four years, where she competed at NDA/NCA Regional and National Competitions. Melanie is a graduate of the Dance Education Training Program provided by the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, where she graduated in the top of her class. Melanie is a certified acro instructor through Acrobatic Arts.
A dancer for more than twenty years, she has earned many regional and national titles for performances and choreography and she continues to takes classes throughout the Boston Area to strengthen her knowledge of the art and to keep fresh ideas flowing into Centerstage.
Brittany is a graduate of Dean College School of Dance 2011. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Dance and a minor in Psychology. She is trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern. While at Dean she took classes in choreography, staging and lighting, and pedagogy. Her choreography has been selected to be performed in student choreographed shows at Dean, as well as, showcases. She has also received numerous awards for her choreography in competitions around the New England area. Brittany has also trained for the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards and Received Golds in 6 levels.
Brittany has been performing through her entire dance career all around the New England area. Brittany continuously takes master classes with teachers at Alvin Ailey Studios and Broadway Dance Center in NYC, other master teachers around the New England area, and guest teachers from all over the country. At Dean she trained in all styles with her focal point being tap. While at Dean she worked and trained with Kelly Peters, a hip-hop choreographer from NYC, along with Nailah Bellinger, Jill Silverman, and Charles Holbrook and many other highly qualified faculty at the school. She has been teaching and working with children, teens, and adults for many years passing on her passion for the art to aspiring dancers. Brittany is an active member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and is a certified acro instructor through Acrobatic Arts.
Amber LaBerge is a local native of Massachusetts and started her dance training at age 5 at Academy of Movement. Later, she joined Acton School of Ballet which then lead her to Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet. All the while, studying tap privately with Susie Michaud at Toe Tappers. She decided to further her Ballet training, and attended the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. for two years in high school. She returned home for her last two years of high school and commuted into Boston to study Jazz and Modern at Jeanette Neill’s Dance Studio under the Boston Youth Moves program. Amber attended The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance with a double major in Jazz dance and Pedagogy. Amber recently located to New Hampshire. She stays busy teaching dance, choreographing for musical theater productions, and is also a Jazzercise instructor!
Stacey Rancourt, Dance Company Director
Stacey Rancourt has been a faculty member at Centerstage since 2003, after receiving her BA in Dance and Performance from Roger Williams University. She was awarded the Dance Theatre scholarship her junior year and the "Most Outstanding Achievement in Dance" award upon graduation. Stacey has studied in Boston, Providence, and London, and has been a member of Kelley Donovan and Dancers and Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, both based in Boston. She became a member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston in 2006, a member of Dance Masters of America in 2008 and is Acrobatic Arts Certified. In 2016 she received a Massachusetts state licensure in dance for all levels pre-k through 12.
Stacey has choreographed "Oklahoma!", "Godspell", and "Little Shop of Horrors" for Roger Williams University and iwas the resident choreographer at the Richardson Middle School in Dracut from 2006-2016 and choreographed "The Little Mermaid" at Dracut High School in 2018. Stacey was also a faculty member of Bristol Community College's Theatre and Dance Department in 2008. Other credits include featured dancer in Turtle Lane Playhouse's "George M!", ensemble in ACT's "Spotlight on Broadway", swan/featured dancer and contributing choreographer in Gary Shoreâ€™s film adaptation of Swan Lake: "Ode", and featured dancer/Tammy in Gary Shore's original film "Children of Providence": winner of the Best Feature Award at The Rob Knox Film Festival, London (2010).
Morgan Soucy, a former student at Centerstage Dance Academy is now back teaching and doing what she loves. Morgan attended Roger Williams University where she completed two majors in Media Communications and Dance/Performance, earning her Bachelor of Arts. During her time at Roger Williams, she studied and trained with professors and guest choreographers including Christina Robson, Sean Curran, Takejiro Ueyama, Fritha Pengelly, Paula Josa Jones, Jenny Rocha, and Heather Ahern. During her junior year she took a semester abroad and participated in the London Dance Program offering her a multicultural dance experience. Morgan choreographed for the dance club as well as the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre her senior year.
Upon graduation, Morgan attended Boston University College of Communication earning her Master’s of Science in Television Management and Producing. After interning at HBO and working in LA, Morgan is back on the east coast working as a webinar producer for IBM.
Morgan is a certified dance teacher through Dance Teacher's Club of Boston. She is trained in Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Musical Theater.
Alexandra Townsend grew up dancing at Centerstage Dance Academy before attending Roger Williams University for college. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Throughout her four years at Roger Williams University she worked closely with numerous professors and guest choreographers including Christina Robson, Sean Curran, Takejiro Ueyama, Fritha Pengelly, Paula Josa Jones, Jenny Rocha, and Heather Ahern. During her freshman year, she performed with the Dance Theatre at Water Fire in Providence, RI. Alexandra also presented choreography in the Roger Williams University's Dance Theatre both her junior and senior year.
During the fall semester of her junior year at Roger Williams University, she studied dance, choreography, and theater in London working with closely with Katie Lusby, Jorge Crecis, Jean Abreu, and Freddie Opoku-Addaie.
Alexandra is a certified dance teacher through Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and Acro certified through Acrobatic Arts. She is trained in Modern, Contemporary, Acro, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Musical Theater.
Rebecca danced at Centerstage Dance Academy before attending University of Massachusetts Lowell. She graduates in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. While at UMass Lowell, Rebecca was part of the Ballroom Dance Team. She studied Latin and Standard dance under Mark Nocera, Ashan Samarasinghe, and Eleanor van der Zwan. Rebecca competed in collegiate ballroom competitions in Gold level Latin and Silver level Standard. She was Treasurer of the Ballroom Dance Team for one semester and President for two years. She also participated in Dancing with the Lowell House Stars where she danced with Lowell Superintendent William M. Taylor.
Rebecca is a certified dance teacher through the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and has been a member since 2014. She is continuing her education at UMass Lowell and is pursuing her Masters of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics.
Originally from Amherst, New Hampshire, Elisabeth received the majority of her dance training from Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater under Patricia Lavoie and Classical Ballet Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota under Andrew and Cheryl Rist. Her classical repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Pas de Quatre, La Bayadere, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She has also performed other contemporary works including those choreographed by George Balanchine, Lisa de Ribere, Gerard Arpino, Jeremy Collins, Lynn Cote, Patricia Lavoie, Douglas Davis, Tauna Hunter, and more. She received the majority of her early performing experience with the Regional Dance America dance festivals where she received several scholarships including the Barbara Weisberger Founders Award for Excellence in a Classical Ballet Performance and an invitation to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle, Washington. Elisabeth is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and History. Elisabeth is excited to be joining the faculty of Centerstage Dance Academy for the Fall of 2014.