Melenie Diarbekirian hails from Maynard, MA. She began her formal training at the Acton School of Ballet under the artistic direction of founder Kathryn Anderson and Chip Morris, where she was also a member of the Commonwealth Ballet Company. In following her passion, she attended the Boston Conservatory and graduated cum laude in May 2011 with a BFA in Dance. Throughout her dance career, Melenie has had the privilege to perform works by José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Alwin Nikolais, Gianni DiMarco, Jim Viera, Thang Dao, Olivier Besson, Larry Keigwin, Jaclyn Walsh, Ellenore Scott, Andy Noble and currently dances professionally for Pantos Project, and Luminarium Dance Company. She has performed in recognizable venues like The Boston Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Inside-Out Stage, and the ICA/Boston. Melenie enjoys being able to share her love and passion for dance with her students, in hopes that they will find that same happiness and joy.
Mackenzie is from Westerly, Rhode Island where she began dancing at the age of 3. She graduated from Dean College with her BA in Dance and Minor in Psychology. Mackenzie has trained under many Modern choreographers such as Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp and Julianne O’Brien Pederson to learn and perfect her craft in Modern and Contemporary dance. She is also trained in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, and contact improv. Mackenzie danced with the Williams Evans Dance Company for his 2015-2016 , 75th anniversary tour where she traveled along New England performing “Colony”. Mackenzie recently danced with Impact for their 5th season. She is also certified in the Pure Barre technique and Sculptworks, which helps her to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As teaching is one of her passions, she is so grateful that she is able to share her love and knowledge for dance and to create art everyday.
Katelin was born and raised in New York and trained at the Pulse Performing Arts Studio in Bedford Hills, NY. She had the opportunity to perform in Disney World, Universal Studios, the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival, and Paris. Katelin attended Rutgers University in New Jersey and joined Rutgers Performing Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer. Some of her training experiences include the Rockette Experience Intensive and Broadway Dance Center Summer Intern Program where she choreographed a piece for the student showcase. Katelin is currently dancing with DanceWorks Boston and training at Urbanity in Boston and is excited to teach at JLDC!
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Adriana Ray has been performing professionally, choreographing, and teaching since 2007. In 2010, Adriana became a member of Tapestry Dance Company directed by Acia Gray performing both locally and internationally over 3 seasons. Credits include the shows Voices of Rhythm, Time, April Fools, and The Souls of Our Feet- A Celebration of American Tap Dance China Tour among others. She has also performed with Tri-Contemporary and as a soloist. Adriana has taught and choreographed for a number of studios in the San Antonio and Austin areas as well as for the Space City Tap Fest (Houston), The Beat Convention, and the Tap Love Tour. She has showcased choreography at festivals around the country, including Third Coast Rhythm Project (San Antonio), Soul2Sole (Austin), Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World, and the LA Tap Fest and continues her training at various festivals and workshops. Adriana holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, and has attended the Tap Program directed by Dianne Walker at the School at Jacob’s Pillow. She is currently attending Boston University as a graduate student studying Arts Administration.
Kaylee “Impavido” Millis hails from Kingston, MA. She began dancing at the young age of eight years old at Pembroke School of Performing Arts, a small town studio in Pembroke, MA. She has trained in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She is currently a Pulse On Tour protege and a Monsters of Hip Hop Nominee. Impavido has been a member of Concept Artists and Pictures In Concrete (PIC), while dancing in the Boston dance scene. She is currently traveling with JUMP Convention Tour as a VIP. Impavido has previously trained at The Gold School Dance Art Company for classical dance training, and since that time has been choreographing and teaching. Lastly, she currently works at Artistic Dance Studio in Fall River Mass, and is a brand ambassador for CLI studios.