Beverly Richards Dance Center
*Celebrating 40 Years!*
Meet Our Faculty
Miss Melissa Carter
"Melissa is excited to bring her love of competing, performing, and teaching to the students of the BRDC."
Melissa Carter began dancing at the Beverly Richards Dance Center under Mrs. Beverly Buckley at the age of five. Melissa was a dedicated member of the BRDC competition team, training in many areas of dance: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, and Acro.
Melissa currently attends the University of Massachusetts Boston studying both Criminal Justice and Dance. Over the years, Melissa has danced in many recitals and has competed in numerous competitions on both the national and regional levels. As a competitive dancer, she has won many high score and special awards in both groups and solo performances. Melissa has competed at highly prestigious dance competitions in the area, including the American Dance Awards (ADA) and Dance Masters of America competitions.
Melissa is excited to bring her love of competing, performing, and teaching to the students of the BRDC.
Miss Caroline Ball
"Caroline loves to learn new things and expressing herself through dance is just one of her passions."
Caroline Ball, a native of Lynn, is an 20 year-old, junior, honors student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently double majoring in Sociology and Dance and hopes to pursue a career in research and public policy. Caroline is a graduate of St. Mary's
High School, where she was Dance Team Captain. She began her dance career at Leanne Leslie’s School of Theatrical Dance. When she was 6 years old she participated in her first production of Northeast Youth Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ as a mouse. She continued to train in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap.
In the 5th grade, Caroline began her journey as a competitive dancer. Caroline furthered her ballet training with the Northeast School of Ballet, and beginning in her Freshman Year of High School, she had trained exclusively in their Trainee Program. Under the leadership of Denise Cecere, Caroline added ballroom dance to her training, competing at the Eastern Dancesport Championships and the Yankee Classic achieving first place for her performances. Caroline’s training includes participation in Charlotte Ballet’s 5-week summer intensive in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In October 2017, Caroline made her choreographic debut co-directing and performing her contemporary group dance, “Sirens,” in the production of Convoluted Conceptions: Greek Mythology with Wendy O’Byrne of Contemporarily Out of Order. In 2023, Caroline will present work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in their Junior Choreography Show. Throughout her career, Caroline has choreographed many different pieces including solos and group dances for a variety of ages in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Caroline loves to learn new things, and expressing herself through dance is just one of her passions.