Our Teachers

Jafar Manselle and Students
Jafar Manselle and Students

KATIE DEALY has taught dance and creative movement to children in the Boston/Cambridge area for many years. She holds a Masters in Education from Simmons College and a Masters in Dance Education from George Washington University. In addition to teaching for CPP, Katie teaches at Green Street Studios and several area pre-schools. Katie likes to use props and create story dances in her energetic and imaginative classes.

KATE BRESEE is a dedicated dance educator and working with children is her specialty. After graduating from Bennington College with a BA in dance, Kate lived and worked in Europe for 20 years as a professional modern dancer, choreographer and educator. She founded and directed Bresee Dance Kompani, based in Oslo, Norway and was commissioned to choreograph Oslo’s 1000th birthday celebration in 2000. Kate teaches at BU, the Dancing Arts Center, Newton Montessori School and is a Dancing in the Schools dance artist.

GABRIEL FIELD is a professional actor who has worked in and around Boston since 2000. He has worked in plays, commercials, films and “day time” theater working with kids on Kidstage at the Childrens Museum and with City Stage. Gabriel taught Pre-K to 3rd grade in Boston. He enjoys working with all ages, using acting to help educate and bring joy to all children.

CAITLIN GREEN is a theater education graduate from Emerson College with an MA in Theater from Lesley University. Caitlin’s classes are infused with theater games, personal expression and good stories. She has created “Storybook Action Drama” and “Creative Yoga-tastics”, classes where kids learn and practice concentration and story development but also have fun expressing characters and animals.

MOLLY HESS is a Cambridge based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She graduated with a BA in dance from St.Olaf College in MN. Molly began teaching for Cambridge Performance Project in 2012 and is also a member of the Board. Molly is a company member of Back Pocket Dancers, who perform mainly for elder audiences. During the summer she directs Bearnstow Day Camp.

JASON JEDRUSIAK graduated with honors in Visual Arts/ Photography from Northeastern. He is the co-director of Rebels Without Applauze, and artistic managing director of Laughing Matter, both groups which perform for local communities. He enjoys improv, meditation and working as a youth mentor in Boston.

JONATHAN LANG is an actor who has been actively involved in the Greater Boston small theater scene, directing, writing and acting. He also loves Break Dancing and Hip Hop and has performed in several music videos.

JAFAR MANSELLE, percussionist and CPP teacher for more than 20 years, also teaches at Very Special Arts. He performs frequently with his classes in the Boston area and as an accompanist. He especially enjoys his work with children.

KATIE McGRAIL graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in sociology and minor in dance. She has performed with both Kelly Donovan and Dancers and 1,000 VirtuesDance.   Katie currently works with Luminarium Dance and also teaches pre-ballet classes at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

SIOBHAN O’BRIEN studied Classical Ballet on Cape Cod, performing with the Mid-Cape Ballet and teaching at the Barnstable and Falmouth Conservatory.   She also trained in play therapy for children who have experienced trauma. Siobhan founded Forrest Grace, a non-profit arts organization and dance program tailored to build self-esteem, develop imagination and greater cooperation. In addition to teaching for CPP, Siobhan teaches at the Roxbury and Dorchester YMCA.

ERICA SIGAL has taught Creative Movement/Dance to children and families through out the Boston area for over 15 years. Erica trained with Anne Green Gilbert at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Tufts University and University of Utah. She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, Israeli and swing dance. Erica coordinates the annual Cambridge Dance in the Schools and is on the Children’s Dance Festival Committee.

ALLISON STAMIRIS has been studying percussion for the past 20 years and is currently performing and teaching in the Boston area with Moussa Traore, Joh Camara and Sory Diabate from Mali and with Nani Agbeli from Ghana. Allison is devoted to learning the tribal rhythms of West Africa from the master drummers who reside in our local community. She has travelled to Mali, Ghana and Guinea on several occasions to enrich her knowledge of the West African culture and rhythms.

RAMIRO VAUGHAN is a hip hop dancer of diverse styles, including krump, poppin, gliding, miming and animation. Ramiro trained at the “Reach Program” at Boston University, at Ballet Arts Centre in Winchester, Green Street Studios and the SDW dance academy in Natick. Ramior’s future plans include opening a youth center, which he’ll call “Be Urself Youth”, where young people can express themselves through art.

MATTHEW WOELLERT is a puppeteer, visual artist and musician. He is the head designer/head puppeteer and co-writer for Woellert and Clark, a shadow puppet company based in Jamaica Plain. He also works closely with the Showplace Theatre in Brookline. Matthew believes that working with children is a wonderful way to maintain a creative outlook on life.

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