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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. She trained at Gymnastics Learning Center in Shrewsbury MA and was a member of the Junior Olympics team. At 12 years old Marissa decided to pursue dance. She competed with a local dance studio in various styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, hip hop and acro. In high school, Marissa was a varsity cheerleader and went on to compete at the national level.

After graduating high school, Marissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Worcester State University, then went on to receive her Masters of Education in School Guidance from Cambridge College. Marissa has trained under many dance professionals including Rhee Gold, Julie Kay Stallcup, and Pam Simpson.

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.

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.

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.

Kimberly Mann

Kimberly Mann began dancing at the age of four at Dance Progression’s in Worcester Massachusetts, where she took ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and pointe. Growing up she competed in both regional and national competitions.

Kim attended Worcester State University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in both occupational therapy and psychology. During this time Kim was chosen to be on the Worcester State Dance Team where she performed in competitions, including one at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. During her time in college she also taught dance at Dance Progressions for four years. After college she taught Judy A Herman’s School of Dance, and Creative Edge Dance Academy.

Kim has experience in teaching ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and lyrical. Kim has taught kids from ages three to eighteen. She also has experience in teaching adult classes. Kim is extremely passionate about dance and loves teaching it to others.

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