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Faculty

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Ellen Peterson
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Teacher

Born in Melrose, MA, Ellen started taking tap class at Miss Cathy’s Studio of the Dance there at the age of 9. Her teacher soon suggested that Ellen add ballet and then later jazz and the rest is history! She started teaching when she was 15 and hasn’t stopped studying and teaching!
Ellen earned a B.A. in Theater Arts from Umass/Boston and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University. While an elementary school teacher at St. Mary’s in Melrose, Ellen continued to teach dance in the afternoons and on Saturdays. In addition to Cathy’s studio, where she taught for over 20 years, Ellen was on the faculty of Jeannette Neill’s Studio in Boston for 9 years, teaching ballet, tap, and jazz to pre-schoolers through adults.
Always passionate about performing, Ellen has shared the joy while directing and choreographing in education programs for various professional theaters ... the North Shore Music Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Co., Reagle Music Theatre, and at the Melrose YMCA. She worked as a choreographer for the spring musical for Waltham’s Gann Academy from 2014 - 2019. In addition, Ellen has taught adult tap at the North Shore Music Theatre since 2017.
Also a professional dancer, singer, actor, Ellen has had the thrill of performing in musicals and plays at many theaters in the Boston area ... North Shore Music Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Co., Worcester’s Hanover Theatre, Theatre-By-the-Sea (Rhode Island), Boston Playwright’s Theatre, the Huntington Theatre Co., Lyric Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, New Rep, and Greater Boston Stage Co. Favorite roles include Tess in Crazy For You at Reagle Music Theatre, Mrs. Brill/Bird Woman in Disney’s Mary Poppins at NSMT, and Sister Mary Martin-of-Torres in Sister Act at TBTS.
Ellen is delighted to have the opportunity to share her knowledge, experience, and love for dance and performance at Refine Dance Studio this year!

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Emily Yuu
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Business Development Intern, Teacher

Emily Yuu, from Peabody, Massachusetts, is an undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and with a minor in Graphic Design, at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. She started dancing at the tender age of four at Expressions in Dance in her hometown. At Expressions, she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. She was an assistant and substitute teacher with many classes in all styles of dance since she was 16 years old. Emily is an Apprentice for the Refine Dance Company. She is certified in CPR and AED by the American Red Cross. Emily is so thrilled to join the Refine Team and is excited to grow as a dancer and business professional.

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Jordan Celli
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Teacher

A recent graduate from the American Music and Dramatic Academy of New York City, Jordan Celli has studied dance theatre, vocal technique, and acting. Jordan has performed onstage in the Fulton Theatre’s Production of Peter Pan and the opening act for the Radio City Rockettes at the Wang Theatre. Jordan is a current member of Refine’s very own dance company and is thrilled to now be on staff for the studio. Aside from performing professionally, Jordan began her teaching career as an assistant at Encore Dance Academy in Reading, Massachusetts. She has continued to teach and choreograph in styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, jazz-funk, and lyrical in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Jordan is a powerhouse of a dancer and is extremely humbled and grateful to be a part of the Refine family! 

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Kayla Ostrowski

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Teacher

Kayla Ostrowski is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and visual artist. In 2015, she moved to New York City to study at Marymount Manhattan College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Photography. During this time, she was also fortunate to have trained with many respected educators including Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, Teddy Tedholm, Marcus Schulkind, Jenn Freeman, and David Parsons. Kayla has set her own choreography on Marymount Manhattan students, as well as on the company dancers of the Boston Community Dance Project, with whom she trained under the direction of Sarah-Katarina ‘SKooJ’ Clark as a company member beginning in 2013 and continues to work with as a guest artist. She has performed at the Park Avenue Armory, Dixon Place, Steps on Broadway, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, Museum of Ice Cream, Liberty Hotel Boston, and as a part of the Table of Silence Project at Lincoln Center. At the start of the 2020 pandemic, Kayla returned to Massachusetts where she originally began her training at the age of three. Over this past year, she has enjoyed teaching and choreographing for various local studios, assisting remote technique classes for her alma mater, performing with Refine Dance Company, and keeping up with her own movement practice. Though she misses the stage, Kayla is grateful for time spent educating the next generation. A forever student with an unmatched dedication to dance, she strives to always continue learning and sharing.