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Learn more about the amazing people behind Jazziak’s Dance School in Boylston, MA. Take the time to read the biographies of our talented and dedicated dance teachers!

Jessica Bourque

Owner and Lead Instructor

Jessica Jasiak Bourque began dancing with Dawn's School of Dance in Northborough at the age of 4. During her 14-year stay there, she acquired skills in jazz, tap, ballet, and lyrical dance. She also served as the captain of the jazz company for 3 years. In addition, she also competed in several local and national competitions including Showstoppers in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Jessica continued to study dance at Jo-Anne Warren Studios in Worcester and New England Dance Quarters in Amherst, MA. She further gained skills in salsa dance and studied intensively with the dance majors at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in the fall of 2001. In December of 2003, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance School Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Today, Jessica continues to be active in the community, having choreographed for the Boylston/West Boylston Pop Warner Cheerleading as well as serving as choreographer for the Berlin/Boylston Regional Acting and Voice Organization (BBRAVO) since 2011.

Alyson Avoglia

Alyson began dancing at the age of 3 and trained with the Cathy Taylor School of Dance for 14 years. She has competed locally and nationally in competitions such as Dance Masters of America, Headliners, Starpower, and American Dance Spectrum. She was a lyrical dance soloist for 6 years and also performed with the Indianapolis Ballet Company's production of the Nutcracker.

Alyson then went to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Bentley College, where she was a member of the Bently Dance Club. She has continued taking classes throughout the area in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and yoga.

Colleen Burkhardt

Irish Program Director

Colleen Burkhardt learned to dance from Michael Smith at the Michael Smith Academy of Boston. She started dancing at the age of 5, but she did not learn Irish step dancing until she was 12. This brought the opportunity for Colleen, along with her brother and sisters, to compete at the Irish festivals "Feis" and "Oireachtas."

When Michael Smith relocated his dance school back to Boston, Colleen began her training with Mary McInerney. When her daughter Shannon was born, Colleen took a break from dancing until Shannon was 4 years old. When Shannon was 4 years old, she also started taking lessons from Miss McInerney. This gave Colleen the chance to help with her daughter's Irish step classes and the many programs they participated in including the March Madness.

Heather Christensen

Heather began dancing at a small studio in New Jersey when she was 4 . At the age of 5 she began her lessons with Joan Sheary, where she continued to dance throughout Elementary and High School. During those years she danced with a company that trained intensively in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Lyrical dance. This also brought opportunities for her to compete in local and national competitions such as Dance Masters of America and Star Power, and to participate in dance workshops in New York City, Boston and Orlando. In 2001 Heather graduated from Nichols College with a degree in Psychology. She has since taught preschool as well as youngster dance classes at a local studio. 

Marissa Ferron

Marissa began her gymnastics training at the age of 4, training at Gymnastics Learning Center in Shrewsbury. She competed for many years and was offered the opportunity to become a member of the Junior Olympics in 2002. Marissa also studied many dance disciplines at Greendale Dance Academy and competed in various competitions throughout New England.

In high school, Marissa was a varsity cheerleader and competed at the national level. Currently, Marissa is a student at Worcester State University where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Andrew Howarth

Andrew loves to exhibit his artistry through dancing and choreography. He has won numerous high-score awards, scholarships, and titles such as "Teen Mr. Dancer's Inc – 2010" at the Dancer's Inc. Nationals.

Andrew began his desire for dance at age 6 with the Mary McInerney School of Irish Step Dance, where he studied for 5 years. He then chose to pursue training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theater at the Jo Ann Warren Studio in Worcester, MA. Andrew then trained with Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center in Franklin, MA, where he received training in Vaganova Russian Ballet.

Some of Andrew's performance credits include Steps off Broadway Productions Inc., Charter TV3, Festival Ballet Providence, and the non-profit dance company Stylized Movement. He was also a principal dancer/choreographer with the dance company Shadows-Dance Art Experience. 

Andrew recently danced with the Project Movement Dance Company in the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra's "Holiday Pops" concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

As a dance instructor and choreographer, Andrew and his students have won numerous choreography, overall, and high-score awards at the regional and national competition levels. He enjoys passing on his love for dance and is a positive influence in the dance education of his students.

Patricia McIntosh

Patricia Murphy McIntosh started dancing at the age of 3 at Dawn's School of Dance in Northborough, where she took classes for 15 years. She also attended Charlotte Klein Dance Center for 2 years. She is experienced in ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. For 12 years, Tricia also studied Irish step dancing under the instruction of Bernadette VanArsdalen.

Patricia was a high school cheerleader and competed in local cheerleading competitions as well as local and national talent competitions. She is a graduate of Westfield State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She has been a member of the Jazziak's faculty since 2008.

Barbara Barry Ostromecky

Barbara Barry Ostromecky holds a BFA degree in dance from the Boston Conservatory, where she won several scholarships. She has performed on television, in theme parks, and dance companies in Boston and Dallas.

Barbara has also run successful dance programs at several high schools. Moreover, she choreographed many shows and musicals for Worcester County Light Opera as well as other local theater companies and local high schools.

She recently taught and performed at the Majestic Theatre in Boston for the TD Bank Wow Awards and can be seen in the JCPenney Catalog. Additionally, her "Jazz It Up" dance team performed in Disney World for Magic Music Days. Barbara has been teaching and choreographing in the Worcester area for more than 20 years.

Brea Purdue

Brea has trained with and assisted some of the top teachers and choreographers in the country, including Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, John Crutchman, Dee Caspary, and Doug Caldwell at his Broadway Dance Center, NYC, Intensives. Touring with regional ballet companies and performing with choreographer Dan Karaty (N'Sync and So You Think You Can Dance), Brea is well versed in all forms of dance. She has established a name for herself as a highly skilled dancer.

Brea appeared in the off-Broadway show "Break the Floor" and was also a semi-finalist on Season 2 of FOX's hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance". In addition, Brea has performed in numerous parades and shows at Walt Disney World.

Her unique choreography keeps Brea in high demand throughout the country, where she teaches workshops and dance intensives, and also choreographs for dance companies throughout the U.S. Brea also adjudicates regional and national competitions throughout the country as well as in Canada.

Suzanne Perdue

Suzanne trained and danced professionally in Boston, NYC, and LA, studying with some of the top teachers in the country, including Adrienne Hawkins and Danny Sloan in Boston; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham School, Luigi, Lyn Simonsen in NYC and Doug Caldwell, Joe Tremaine & Hama in LA. Suzanne's credits include MICHAEL JACKSON, PAULA ABDUL, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, DISNEYLAND, Dance Captain for the LA production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, television, videos and concert dance companies on both coasts.

Artistic Director of Suzanne Perdue's DANCERS EDGE for nearly 20 years, her students can be seen on Broadway and teaching and choreographing throughout the country. Her studio was voted one of the Top 50 Studios on the Move in the U.S. and was featured on NBC Dateline in the segment "Shyness and Kids" and was named a Resident Teaching Artist for Citicenter Wang Theater in Boston. She was honored to be named "Hometown Hero" by the Metrowest Daily News for her work with special needs kids in dance. Her passion for and love of dance is obvious and she feels it is important to pass dance traditions, knowledge, dance history through her experiences on to the next generation.

Suzanne has been recognized for her choreography and is in demand as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator for dance studios as well as regional and national dance competitions throughout the country and Canada.

Sarah Richardson

Sarah started her passion for dance at the age of 2 with Diane Kelley Studios in West Boylston, MA, where she participated in jazz, tap, ballet, and, modern dance at the recreational and competitive level. Sarah also spent 11 years cheering with Pop Warner and served as Varsity Cheer Captain at Wachusett Regional High School in 2003, where she led her team to win many championships.

After high school, Sarah started coaching and choreographing for Pop Warner as well as middle and high school cheer teams. Sarah continued taking dance lessons with CCS Dance Academy in Holden, MA. She also trained with some amazing choreographers from Monsters of Hip-hop, SHOCK intensive, and Nappy Tabs.

In 2009, Sarah began dancing with Dance Company Worcester, where she was named DCW Choreographer. In 2012, Sarah became the choreographer and creative director for the new dance company, Twisted Techniques. Sarah continues to choreograph with many local dance schools, high schools, and fitness facilities.

Heidi Verock

Heidi Verock started dancing at the age of 3, learning tap and ballet from Mrs. Healy's Dance School in Boylston. At the age of 9, she began Irish step dancing under the direction of Michael Smith of the Michael Smith Academy in Worcester. Here, she studied reels, jigs, slips, hornpipes, and ceili dances.

At the age of 13, Heidi, along with her sister Colleen, won the privileges to compete in the Oireachtas with a chance to compete in Ireland. When the Michael Smith Academy relocated back to Boston, Heidi continued studying through private lessons with the Mary McInerney School of Irish Dance. She has competed and performed in many shows and feiseanna throughout the states of MA, RI, and ME.

If you wish to learn more about our seasoned instructors, call us today at 508-869-0026!