Founded under the name Dance New England in 1996 by Lynn Webster Makiej. DNE School of Dance is devoted to creating the best possible environment for dance instruction and social ballroom dancing. Lynn is a strong believer that one of the most important elements in a successful dance experience is to simply have fun & enjoy ones' self.
The studio is located in a rennovated North Chelmsford mill building and boasts a over 8000 square feet of studio & ballroom space over two levels. Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions about DNE - we'd love to talk with you.
We are located at 51 Middlesex Street, Suite 123, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. The entrance is off of Princeton St. which runs parallel to Middlesex St. GPS - Use 66 Princeton St.
Our Location is in the Chelmsford Mills which is in the Chelmsford Mills across the street from the European Restaurant on Princeton Street. Princeton Street is parallel to Middlesex Street. The studio is a mile north of the Route 3 & the Rt. 4 Rotary.
Take Route 3 North from either Rte. 128 or 495 to Exit 32 for North Chelmsford, Westford. Take the 2nd turn off the rotary (sign reads Route 4 North...this is also known as Princeton Street).
Proceed through two traffic lights (at 2nd light, there will be a gas station on your right). Continue straight and you will see a sign for the European Restaurant on your left. Go approximately 100 yards and there will be a large brown arched sign on your right for "Chelmsford Mills." Take a right into the parking lot at that sign, look to your right for DNE School of Dance sign on the brick and a green awning over the door that reads DNE School of Dance. . .we occupy the entire wing. The Ballroom Cafe entrance is located to the left of the Main Entrance...green awning that will read Ballroom Cafe.
Lynn Makiej is currently enjoying the position of Executive Director after opening the doors of DNE School of Dance in 1996. She fell in love with dance while taking classes at a local dance school as a child. By the age of 13, she was studying Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical in Boston, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie, Rhee & Sherry Gold. She was also fortunate enough to study under Rosanne Ridings & Jose Mateo. She was soon performing in many Boston area productions and fashion shows.
While still in high school, she was given the opportunity to dance with Jean Ann Ryan Productions. After high school, she began her professional dance career by dancing Broadway and Las Vegas-style review shows on the Queen Elizabeth II and M.S. Sagafjord. This exciting journey took her from South Africa to Alaska.
Lynn has performed & competed professionally in many national ballroom competitions and since 1992, began to focus on teaching American Style Ballroom.
In 1996, she opened the doors to Dance New England to share & offer her love of dance to everyone. DNE continues to grow in popularity with each passing year - Lynn is thrilled to be a part of one of Greater Boston's premier dance environments. She has currently taken the position of Executive Director as she is now sharing ownership of DNE with Mandra Biscornet as Artistic Director and Susan Webster as Financial Director. She continues to inspire the art of dance to all ages and is loving every minute of it.
Mandra Riley Biscornet studied ballet and jazz at Bay State Ballet Theater School & the Madelon Curtis Dance Studio. Her performance experience includes Dance Prism, a Feast of Friends Productions, Bay State Ballet Theater Company, and the Madelon Curtis Dancers. At the University of Virginia, Mandra performed & choreographed for the Virginia Dance Company, serving as Artistic Director of the Company in her 4th year. She also worked with University administrators to help grow the performing arts program on campus. Mandra holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She enjoys working with children and families both in the field of social work and in the performing arts.
Her passion for teaching dance has spanned over 15 years, and she continues to enjoy shaping young dancers & watching them grow. As the Artistic Director of DNE, Mandra is able to share her love of dance and performing with many children and families, and be part of a wonderful team of instructors.
Sue Webster is our Financial Director and is sharing ownership with Lynn Makiej and Mandra Biscornet. Sue has been on the administrative side of companies for her entire career at various levels. Prior to joining DNE on a full-time basis, she spent the ten years' as an Administrative Assistant to the President and Vice President of an environmental engineering firm in Concord. She has especially enjoyed working for small business owners where she feels she can assist in the growth of the Company. Since DNE opened in 1996, she has worked part-time in the office helping with the growth of the studio as much as she could. In October 2001, Sue became a full-time employee at DNE taking care of student records and assisting at all of our special events throughout the year and much more. She has enjoyed learning the process of operating a small business and looks forward to continuing the growth of DNE.
Brenda Fariole began studying ballet, tap and Jazz at the age of 4. At the age of 8 she began training with Mary Flynn Murphy, Kathy Kozul and Bill McLaughlin adding Pointe and Lyrical dance to her repertoire. By the age of 14 she was studying dance under the direction of Sherry, Rennie and Rhee Gold as well as Ballet Mistress Roseann Ridings, at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts. There she began competing and performing dance throughout the United States. In her early twenties she began training and teaching American Style Ballroom and Latin dance.
She has been a staff member at DNE School of Dance for the last 13 years, and continues to teach Ballet, Tap Jazz and Lyrical dance, as well as Adult Ballroom. As DNE's Studio Manager she has the opportunity to interact with both families and staff and looks forward to continuing sharing her love of dance with students of all ages!
Celtic Dance has been Christine Morrison's passion and hobby since the young age of 4. She began her step-dancing journey at that age in Boston, Mass. and hasn't stopped dancing since! Traveling all over New England, Eastern Canada, and Scotland with a quartet of step dancers known as "Four on The Floor", Christine and the foursome entertained many with their rhythmic presentation of steps that left their audiences demanding more! They made their way to the stage with notable and grammy nominated musician, Natalie MacMaster, which lead to many more invitations to Irish and Celtic Festivals and Concerts.
Now as a dance teacher, Christine incorporates her love of Irish Step Dancing and Cape Breton(Scottish) Step Dancing into her classes to create the perfect "Celtic Combo" for her students. Christine's high energy classes, focus on "keeping the tradition" of step-dancing alive, and to promote the love of dance. You can expect traditional steps as well as new and innovative movements that the Irish and Scottish dance worlds are diving into!
Christine holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has worked with children and teens with all abilities and has dedicated most of her adult life to work with children. She continues to do this through dance, and her style of teaching shows it!
Matthew is a master teacher, coach, and choreographer throughout the New England area, where he has trained dancers for many years. He is also an adjudicator for several national dance competitions where he is able to share his knowledge and passion for dance with dancers and teachers across the country. His classes focus on building strong technique, strength, and flexibility, by building a solid core and teaching proper body alignment with energy and excitement. His intricate choreography fuses all techniques and styes of dance, to create cohesive, beautiful, and challenging choreography. His class structure and choreography extend from the philosophy that dance is truly art in motion; therefore he not only focuses on training strong technicians but also on building artists and well-rounded performers.
Matthew trained under the mentorship of Nicole DiCicco-Cavalloro, Paula Meola, and Joan Phelps Palladino and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dean College's Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. He has worked with teachers and choreographers such as Michelle DaSilva-Ball, David Drummond, Jay T. Jenkins, Stacey McIntyre, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Jill Silverman, and Bryan Steele. He was also a company member with the Dean College Dance Company, under the direction of Jill Silverman and Jennie & Company, a modern/jazz company directed by Jennie Membrino-Nano.
His choreography has been performed in college performances, competitions, and recreational performances throughout the New England area. Matthew’s pieces have received high acclaim from studio directors, professionals, and audiences. His students have been accepted to some of the countries top summer programs including the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, the ABT Summer Intensive, the New England Summer Dance Intensive, and the Urbanity Summer Dance Intensive. Matthew is on staff at several New England studios where he teaches jazz, modern, contemporary, and ballet.
Sara DiCenso (Torpey) began dancing at the age of 3 at Ellen’s School of Dance, where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pointe. She was also a part of their competition team and would travel all over to compete as well as take classes at conventions. After high school she then went on to study dance education at Bridgewater State College (now BSU). There she was a member of their dance team, dance company, and dance ensemble performing in many shows on and off campus. She also choreographed a few pieces and produced her own show with a couple of her fellow dancers. Since graduating in 2008, she has been a proud member of the DNE Family and is thrilled to share her knowledge and passion for dance with her students.
Stephanie Imbornone was born in Boston where she started dancing at a very young age with The Dance Company under Don Bigger. She attended Dean College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. There she was a member of the Dean Dance Company and C.E.O./Choreographer of the Dance Team. She has been in many companies including Bryce Dance Company, The Gray Area Dance Project, Unyted Stylz Entertainment under Ricardo Foster Jr., Bassline in Motion under Adrienne Hawkins, and Arc en Ciel Dance Troupe Inc., a Haitian Folkloric dance company. Stephanie has also had her own company, JsXtention with partner Jeffrey Louizia. Stephanie has taught dance at many establishments including Dance Studio of Braintree, Berkshire Dance Theatre, Dance New England, and Spotlight Dance Studio. She has been a College Intern as well as Professional Dancer for Boston University’s summer outreach dance program REACH.
Stephanie moved to Los Angeles in 2009 where she was performing and choreographing many projects. She has danced in many music videos such as Storm Deisel’s “New Son of R&B,” Reason Feat, Sarah Winters “Bright Lights” and Reason “Celebrate,” as well as a dancer in Director Dave Bluefield’s “The Perfect Pitch” musical. She has performed at the Legacy Awards honoring Adam Shankman at the Directors Guild of America, Choreographers Carnival with Choreographer Clarys Biagi at the Avalon in Hollywood as well as a featured dancer in European artist Kuba-KA’s “Party in the Streets” music video. She recently filmed her first movie, “Hollaback,” a Lions Gate Film, directed by H.M. Coakley. She is a part of the Alto Nido Arts Collective in Hollywood and a company member of Brockus Dance Project Company, a contemporary/modern company under the direction of Deborah Brockus. She is also an active member of Answers4Dancers as well as supportive member of Dancers Alliance.
A two-time Israeli National Champion, Yulia Bobovik brings a genuine warmth, passion, and enthusiasm to dance. She has trained and taught in Israel, Moscow, and Italy; additionally, Yulia has earned top Pro-Am titles in the United States.
Yulia began dancing in Israel at age 15. After training there for two years, she moved to Italy and became one of the nation’s top 10. She then moved to Moscow to train and compete; finally, she returned to competing for Israel, and became a two-time National Champion.
Teaching is truly one of Yulia’s passions; she believes that dancing is about more than just developing technique – it’s also about building trust, respect, and confidence. Yulia is driven to help her students reach their highest goals. She feels that dancing is both an art and a sport, and takes ultimate pride in cultivating not only her students’ dancing ability, but their overall development as well. Yulia finds that the more she teaches, the more she learns about herself and her students; one of the aspects she loves most are the new discoveries she continues to make daily as a teacher. Her unwavering drive to improve and achieve is well recognized among her students, who have been ranked among the nation’s top competitors.
Shaylyn started dancing Irish Step at DNE School of Dance in 2001 and has never looked back. Working her way to our Advanced Celtic & Advanced Hard Shoe Classes she then became an assistant then apprentice teacher. She also performed in our Celtic Company for many years. She is now an instructor at DNE School of Dance sharing her passion & love for Irish Step with all of her students.
Jenny Oliver (GUEST TEACHER)
Graduating magna cum laude with a BA Dance degree from Dean College, and graduating from The School at Jacob's Pillow, receiving the Excellence in Achievement Award, Jenny Oliver has been teaching throughout New England for many years. Most recently, her talents have taken her to Haiti where she was a faculty member at the Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute located in Port-Au-Prince. She is the Principal dancer for Jean Appolon Expressions, a Contemporary Modern & Haitian Folkloric-infused dance company based in Boston. In addition to humanitarian work and performing, she also adjudicates for Elite Dance Challenge Dance Competition. Her choreography has been showcased at many FSPA events including Dance Company, Project Dance, Ballet Program Performances and Electric Youth. Jenny is excited about sharing her knowledge of dance and art with all FSPA community.