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.
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 for 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. In addition to being a member of Mackapella, Stephanie serves on the executive board as the group's treasurer.
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. At the BRDC, Stephanie teaches all ages at both the recreational and competitive levels. Stephanie loves creating a healthy and fun learning environment for all of her students. 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 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 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."