Meet our Faculty
The talented faculty at Sereda DanceWorks are carefully chosen for their passion and commitment to their field. Their fresh approach and breadth of experience combine to create a complete range of classes structured to help you reach your dance and fitness goals.
Carol Schneider-Sereda – Founder & Teacher
A dancer since the age of nine, Carol Schneider-Sereda quickly took to dance technique under the tutelage of Alfredo Corvino, a Cecchetti ballet master from Julliard. After Ms. Schneider-Sereda danced as a soloist for Corvino’s New Jersey Dance Theater Guild, she studied in New York at Steps and on scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has since danced with many companies and toured internationally as a contemporary and modern dancer with The Dance Company of Lisbon and Paula Josa-Jones.
Once a resident of Boston, Carol quickly established herself as a dynamic and motivating teacher. She has developed curriculum for youth to adult dancers for The Boston Ballet School, The Newton Arts Center, and Walnut Hill School. Sereda DanceWorks was originally housed at The Center for Arts in Natick, but is now entering its’ 15th year located in the studio and performance space on Washington Avenue in Natick.
Nathan Francis Bentley – Guest Choreographer – Contemporary Hip-Hop and Tap
Nathan teaches and choreographs his brand of lyrical-hip-hop achieving high marks and admiration with numerous competition judges across New England. Nathan has a genuine focus and energy for his students. They have fun and grow to become stronger and fierce hip-hop dancers! Nathan is a dynamic dancer and choreographer, and will be entering his third year with SDW.
Elaine Hom – Adult Broadway Jazz – Jazz Team
Elaine first stepped onstage as a dancer at age three, but was bitten by the musical theater bug at age 7 in a production of Oklahoma! Having studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, plus a number of ballroom styles since then, Elaine has choreographed and dance-captained a number of musicals for local theater companies. Elaine also performs locally as a singer/dancer and has been teaching theater and Broadway jazz to all ages at Sereda Dance Works since 2011.
Kelsie Crowley – Step, Hip-Hop, Tap, Lyrical & Competition Team
Kelsie has studied dance for 16 years under Christine Proia at the “Christine Proia’s Dance Academy” in Saugus, Massachusetts. She has trained in numerous styles of dance including tap, ballet, and jazz, and loves performing in hip-hop and contemporary. Ms. Crowley has been teaching all styles of dance to children ages 2-18 for over 5 years.
Kelsie is currently a Senior at Dean College earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Ms. Crowley is Captain of Dean College’s Step and Hip-Hop Dance Team, which recently took a First Place and was honored as Grand Champions. Kelsie is a dynamo of a teacher and full of energy and fierce hip-hop FUN and dance !
Jennifer Markham-Martin received her early training from Judi Drozd at Terpsichore Dance Center, and with Madeline Cantarella Culpo, Deirdre Duffin Swindlehurst and Nancy Ropelewski King at the Cantarella School of Dance/School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She danced with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and toured throughout New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Ms. Markham has appeared in A Dancer’s Christmas with the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble and has performed with CreationDance as well as Margot Parsons Dance Company/DanceVisions. With Margot Parsons, she was privileged to have new works created for her using both live and recorded music, in classical and contemporary forms. Ms. Markham holds a BA in Political Science and History, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Emmanuel College and an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Nathalia Neves – Jazz, Pre-Ballet and Ballet I
Nathalia hails her early training in Ballet, Jazz and Modern from the Dancing Arts Center in MA. She continued her studies abroad where she added Jazz, Brazilian Ballroom and Urban Dance to her repertoire along with her degree in Physical Education. Ms. Neves returns to us from Brazil, where she taught Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz and beginner Hip Hop in both private and public schools as well as churches and social projects.
Welcome, Nathalia! We are happy to have you at SDW!
Callie Chapman – Contemporary, Improv, Partnering
Choreographer, freelance designer, and studio owner, Callie graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in dance in 2002. She has been a member of Prometheus Dance for the past fourteen years, and in addition to dancing with the company, Callie is the artistic director of Zoé Dance and has presented her work throughout the greater Boston area in festivals, self-produced concerts, shared concerts and has toured with Zoe internationally. Callie has received numerous grants and awards from the Somerville Arts Council, and was recently awarded a choreography residency at the Boston Center for the Arts. In 2016 Callie founded Studio@550, an artist exchange center located in the heart of Central Square Cambridge which promotes the interchange between art disciplines.
We are excited and looking forward to Callie Chapman bringing us new work and her unique style to inspire our dancers!
Evan Hall– Hip-Hop
Evan Mitak Hall originates from Holland and moved to the United States at age 5. He discovered a passion for Hip-Hop at age 12 and has been developing his repertoire ever since. Evan studied with local choreographer, Kelly Peters, a professional break dancer, where he joined the KPD crew and toured the East and West coasts. Evan has also studied music and is a 2016 graduate from Berklee College of Music. He is excited to join the staff at Sereda DanceWorks.
Pamela Powers – Tap
Pamela has an extensive background as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Pamela started tap dancing at the age of three and has had the privilege of studying over the years with many of the legendary tap greats. Pamela also studied privately in New York for eight years with the renowned Broadway choreographer, Charles Hughes. She has taught in the US, England and Germany. She is a versatile tap dancer, and draws from many dance forms to create interesting choreography. She has a wonderful rapport with her students and a life-long passion for the Art of Tap Dancing.
Yelisse Sanchez – Youth Tap
Yelisse Jaramillo Sanchez is a seasoned teen dancer and originally from Panama. She began dancing when she was 2 years old then moved to the Natick Massachusetts at the age of 5. She continued dancing at Broadway Bound Dance Center recreationally then competitively for 2 years. Yelisse is now onto her 4th year dancing competitively with Sereda Dance Works studying Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Technique. She has recently joined Walnut Hill School of the Arts for ballet training, and has been admitted to the Aurora Borealis Dance Company for Contemporary training. The past summers she has been accepted to dance intensives with Boston Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. On weekends she attends dance conventions and competitions such as NUVO with Travis Walls. During vacations she enjoys taking extra dance classes with companies like Urbanity Dance in Boston and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. With lots of sweat, smiles and hard work Yelisse is a aspiring professional dancer. She is always looking for more opportunities to dance in addition to sharing her love and knowledge of the art. We are glad to welcome her on staff for our young tappers!