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.
A 23 year old professional dancer from Boston, Massachusetts, currently dancing on Unyted Stylez Hip Hop crew run by Ricardo Foster Jr. Having trained and studied in numerous forms of dance since an early age and is a recent graduate of Joanne Palladio School of Dance at Dean College.
Though not limited to, she is known for her Hip Hop choreography and performing such as concerts and music videos.
Kelsie is invested in her students she teaches and has been teaching numerous styles of dance including Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Ballet, Technique, Stretch and Strengthening. She has been teaching for the last eight years and her classes range in ages to include children and adults. She has a love and passion for teaching and strives in advancing dancers.
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.
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!
J’Quan Oliver– Hip-Hop
Rhythms, beats and the art of movement were all interests to J’Quan growing up. Originally learning off the streets of Boston, he also trained as a martial artist since he was 6 years old. He’s had extensive training in hip-hop, break dancing, lyrical, tricking and parkour and eventually expanded into tap and contemporary. J’Quan attended Becker College; where he was an integral part in developing the Becker College Dance Program. He was captain of the team and president of the club. He has done guest choreography for Dance Company Worcester for four years and was a member of the influential hip-hop crew, Phunk Phenomenon.
Welcome, J’Quan! We are excited for you to share your many years of training with our students at SDW!
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!
Joey Talbert – Youth Dramas
Joey Talbert earned her bachelor degree in Early Childhood education with a minor in Theatre from UNH. After teaching preschool for several years, she earned her M.ED in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley. She has been teaching drama to children age 2-13 for over 20 years, and considers herself very lucky to have such an awesome job! Joey is also a professional storyteller and has 2 children. Her son, Nick, is 28 and her daughter, Renee is 12.