Meet Our Faculty
Miss Samantha Aucello
"She wants to be able to share her passion with others and can’t wait to show her love of dance to the world."
Samantha Aucello has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She received her degree in Dance from Salem State University in May of 2018. While studying at
Salem State, Samantha studied with Meghan McLyman, Betsy Miller, James Morrow, as well as performed in pieces choreographed by William (Bill) Evans and Nateli Ruiz. Samantha was a choreographer for Salem State University’s Repertory Dance Theatre as well as Salem Dance Ensemble. She created numerous tap, contemporary, and jazz pieces. She was a two-time Presidential Arts Scholarship winner as well as the recipient of the Meaghan Noel Scholarship for Dance.
Over the years, she has danced in many recitals, competed in numerous competitions, and performed in full length shows such as The Nutcracker. As a competitive dancer, she has won many high score and special awards in both groups and solo performances.
Samantha has taught lyrical, ballet, tap, jazz, acro, and hip hop classes to students of all ages at many different levels. Her choreography has been performed at both the competitive and recreational levels. She graduated from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and the American Society’s Dance Education Training Course as the valedictorian of the class, receiving the Lila Frances Viles Award. Her passion for dance really shows whether she is on stage performing or teaching in a classroom. She wants to be able to share her passion with others and can’t wait to show her love of dance to the world.
Ms. Courtney Carey
Ms. Courtney from Revere started dancing when she was 4 years old. Beginning at
NZDA, Ms. Courtney trained in ballet and tap for 10 years. Today, Ms. Courtney is
educated in various types of dance styles, but specializes in teaching Hip-Hop.
At age 13, Ms. Courtney began taking Hip-Hop style dancing and it stuck with her
ever since. After joining the North Shore Hip Hop Crew, Beat Connxtionz, Ms.
Courtney stayed with the crew until they opened up a new studio in Saugus MA.
There, she was one of the first students of Beat ConnXtionz Dance Studio.
In high school, she was a part of the St. Mary’s Lynn Cheerleading and Dance Teams. Both of which were run by none other than Mrs. Buckley herself. Ms. Courtney quickly
became a leader in the St. Mary’s community and worked very closely with Mrs.
Buckley in other events such as student council and many volunteer services. Mrs.
Buckley was one of Ms. Courtney’s greatest mentors at St. Mary’s. During Ms.
Courtney’s time on the Cheering team, they had won many titles including 4th place
at States in 2011 and then advancing to regionals.
After graduating from St. Mary’s, Ms. Courtney attended Saint Joseph’s College of
Maine. There she joined their Dance Club and after one year was voted as SJC Dance
Club Vice President. The SJC Dance Club performed at all home basketball games,
traveled to Orlando Florida to perform in Downtown Disney during Spring Break, and competed in a few competitions such as StepUp2Dance.
After graduating from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2015, Ms. Courtney traveled
then eventually returned home in Boston. Today, Ms. Courtney is a dance teacher at
Beat ConnXtionz, Saugus. She also remains attending dance classes herself, to
constantly learn more and remain active in the art of dance. Including attending
Dance Conventions such as Monsters.
Ms. Courtney loves to dance and loves, even more, to share her passion with students
of all ages. She is extremely excited to be joining Beverly Richards Dance Center.
"Ms. Courtney loves to dance and loves, even more, to share her passion with students of all ages. She is extremely excited to be joining Beverly Richards Dance Center."
Miss Alyssa McGrath
"Alyssa is a senior at Dean College earning her BFA in dance performance with a concentration in jazz."
Alyssa McGrath is a 21-year old dancer, born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. She lives with her mom, dad, and little sister Ashley. She was influenced by her older cousin to start taking dance lessons. When Alyssa turned seven, she joined Beverly Richards Dance Center in Orient Heights, East Boston. She has been on the competition team since the age of nine.
A pivotal moment in her career was in 2014 at a national competition where she received a special award for her solo. This meant a lot to her and this moment was when she realized she wanted to go to college and pursue dance professionally.
At the age of sixteen, Alyssa became a graduate of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston Dance Education Training course and auditioned and received the Dean Scholarship, a $20,000.00 four year renewable scholarship award. While taking this course she studied under Tom Ralabate, E Laura Hausmann, and Diane Gudat. Currently, Alyssa is a senior at Dean College earning her BFA in dance performance with a concentration in jazz.
Alyssa attends Dean College with their Dean College $20,000 a year renewable scholarship as a senior in their dance program. Upon graduating, Alyssa wants to perform for the Walt Disney Company. Besides performing, she also has an interest in fitness, dance therapy, and education.
Miss Stephanie Aucello
Stephanie Aucello has always loved performing. Stephanie attended St Mary's High School in Lynn, MA where she was a member of the Dance Team under the direction of Beverly Richards Buckley. Throughout her years dancing, Stephanie has trained under Lisa Liston, Beverly Richards Buckley, and her sister Samantha Aucello. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Acrobatics. She has competed both regionally and nationally in group performances receiving both special awards and overall high score awards and has also performed both dance and vocal solos at both the national and regional levels, earning multiple overall high score awards. Vocally, Stephanie has trained under Lacy Kay of Lacy Kay and the Righteous Liars.
Stephanie's competitive achievements include being a titleholder at Step Up 2 Dance Competition two consecutive years in a row and the Overall High Scoring Soloist in the Advanced Category at Platinum Performing Arts Competition. Stephanie has also performed in full-length productions such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella as well as countless recitals and showcases with both dance and vocal performances.
Stephanie is studying Human Development and Human Services at Merrimack College, where she is a recipient of the renewable President's Scholarship. At Merrimack, Stephanie is a member of "Mackapella", Merrimack's first co-ed Acapella group. As a member of Mackapella, Stephanie serves on the e-board as the group's choreographer.
Both dancing and singing have been staples in Stephanie's life from a very young age. She enjoys spreading joy through both dance and music, whether it be with competing, teaching, or performing. As a teacher, Stephanie can not wait to share her love and passion for performing with her students.
"She enjoys spreading joy through both dance and music, whether it be with competing, teaching, or performing."
Miss Caroline Ball
Caroline Ball, a native of Lynn, is an 18-year-old, freshman, honors student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently double majoring in Computer Science and Dance and hopes to pursue a career in the field of bioinformatics. Caroline is a recent 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. 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.
"Caroline loves to learn new things and expressing herself through dance is just one of her passions."
Miss Ashley McGrath
Ashley McGrath has been dancing since she was three years old. She is currently a member of the senior class at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. At St. Mary's, Ashley is the captain of the St. Mary’s Dance Team and is the current co-president of the St. Mary’s Student Council.
While attending Beverly Richards Dance Center, she has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, contemporary, acro and musical theatre. She has also been a member of the Beverly Richards Dance Center Competition Team since she was seven years old.
Ashley has performed both in regional competitions as well as national competitions, receiving numerous high score overall achievements in both group and solo routines. She enjoys all things dance and has recently found a love for teaching dance.
"She enjoys all things dance and has recently found a love for teaching dance."