LaPierre School of Dance    75 Pearl Street Reading, MA 781.944.7039

Kayla Luoma

Kayla Luoma has been dancing and performing since the age of 2 and competed since the age of 6. She trained under the direction of her grandfather, Jim Caisse, and mother, Melissa Caisse. She formerly co-directed their family owned dance studio alongside her mother that ran successfully for 56 years. Kayla has also studied with Juan Sanzhez, Joe Melchiona, Paul Franklin, Sarah Jo Fazio, Raymond Lukens of ABT, Rhapsody, Geo, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Nappy Tabs, and has assisted for dancer/ choreographer Cris Judd. Kayla has attended and premiered on the FOX Network television show “SYTYCD” Seasons 8 and 10 auditions making it to the top 50 girls both times. Kayla also trained at the Ballet Seminar at UNLV for four years. She has done guest performances and choreography for MIMO Theater group in Florida as well as many dance conventions and performances abroad such as representing the U.S. in Bermuda at the Goombay Festival, Norwegian Cruiseline, Mexico, Las Vegas, and N.Y.C. Although Kayla’s roots are in tap, jazz, and ballet, her main focus is in contemporary, hip hop, fusion, and jazz. As she is a true believer in being a well-rounded performer she keeps busy by taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and attending annual workshops and continuing to train in all genres. She is a graduate of Dean College with an AA in dance. She has assisted and worked with the Boston University dance team and is a member of the Boston Community Dance Project contemporary company based in Boston M.A. in which she opened for singer/ songwriter Erene, performed in NYC Carnival Choreographers Ball, and Brickhouse’s “Openhouse” showcase in Times Square NYC. You can find Kayla teaching classes in Boston Massachusetts along with studios across the east coast. She is currently an adjudicator and choreographer for DanZa Intensive, High Demand Dance competition, and Sheer Elite Talent Ltd. Kayla has an undying passion and desire for dance, which she endlessly enjoys passing on in her classes.

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts was born into a musical family, his father a singer/guitarist and grandfather in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, so it was inevitable that he’d follow suit and pursue his dream of performing onstage for the masses. He began working professionally at age 10 and went on to further his education, receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. After following his dreams of moving to NYC he made his Broadway debut in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Adam has also been seen in Pippin on Broadway, the National tour of Dirty Dancing, Off Broadway in Standard Time. and harmonizing with his own singing group, Apollo Link. 

Ian Berg

Ian Berg is a tap dancer from Chicago, Illinois. Ian has been dancing since an early age and has training and performance experience in tap dance, ballet, modern dance, jazz, contact improvisation and a variety of other styles and approaches. In high school, Ian trained at the Joffrey Academy in Chicago while also dancing with the renowned Chicago based tap company MADD Rhythms, of which he is still a member.
Ian is also a musician as well as a composer and arranger of music. He is currently living in Boston, Massachusetts after graduation from The Boston Conservatory. He also works as director and choreographer for Subject:Matter, a small ensemble of tap dancers aimed at presenting new and cutting edge tap dance work primarily in the Boston area.

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn grew up in the studio dance world outside of Boston, MA; studying, performing, competing, teaching. It wasn’t until entering her dance minor at heavily contemporary/experimental based Dance Department at UVM that she began to view movement and choreography in completely new ways. Graduation brought travels, and over the last year she has studied and performed in Norway and Australia, gathering new techniques, concepts, and curiosities that she continues to explore in and out of the studio, on paper, in whatever negative space is available. Her current interest is in giving oneself and others permission to move with a focus on the sensation, not appearance, with the intention of finding pleasure in momentary discoveries.

Guest Faculty 2018

Kat Pantos
Pantos received her BS in Dance Performance and Management from Plymouth State University. At the start of her career Pantos was a touring member with Urbanity Dance Company, (2008-2011) performing at various venues throughout New England, New York, and Texas. Pantos moved into roles including Associate Director, Choreographer, and Summer Intensive Director. As a founding member of Tributary Dance, Pantos joined the Manchester Choral Society in collaboration for, Carmina Burana. In 2014 Pantos founded Pantos Project Dance, a project based professional contemporary dance company in Boston. Pantos’s work with the company has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Dixon Place, Hanaway Theater, The Actors Fund Arts Center, and more. Plymouth State University featured Pantos as an 'Alumni in the Arts' commissioning Pantos Project to create and perform an evening length show at the Silver Center for the Arts. Pantos has had the pleasure of performing works by Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, Hani Abaza, Amanda Whitworth, Lorraine Chapman, amongst others. Most recently Pantos became an adjunct faculty member and commissioned choreographer at Salve Regina University. Pantos is a highly sought after contemporary dance educator, well known for inspiring dancers to advance both technically and creatively.
Pic: Lois Greenfield

Alyssa Vernet

Born and raised a New England based artist, Alyssa began her training as a student of Melissa Hoffman Dance Center where she grew up learning and performing around the New England area.  In addition to training at the studio, she explored her training through festivals and intensives, one including Summer Stages Dance Festival where she was fortunate enough to be discovered by David Parker and the Bang Group and was given the opportunity to be a guest artist for “Nut-Cracked” an annual company show.  After graduating from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in performance dance, she moved back to the New England area and is currently dancing with four Boston-based contemporary companies,  Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, Boston Community Dance Project, with whom she’s performed around the Boston area and New York City, and most recently, apprenticing for Pantos Project as well as apprenticing for KAIROS Dance Theatre where she has had the opportunity to perform at the Annual Boston Center for the Arts Ball and at the Isabella Stuart Gardner museum with the company.  In addition to performing,  Alyssa enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for dance through teaching and guest teaching around New England as well as adjudicating with Dance Masters of America.

Matthew Ortner

Matthew attended the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Dance, he had the opportunity to perform master works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolias, Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, Ohad Narahin and Danielle Agamie. Other credits include Springboard Dance Montreal where he worked with Victor Quijada and Alanna Kraaijeveld, as well as Movement Invention Project with Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, and Jill Johnson. Following graduation Matthew resides in NYC, having worked with MOMIX, LoudhoundMovement, Touch Performance Art, and The People Movers

He most recently finished co-directing and choreographing Broadway Backwards and is heading to Westchester Broadway this summer to play Rooster in Annie.