Faculty

Cathy Taylor
Owner
Cathy Taylor Giuliana established the Cathy Taylor School of Dance more than 35 years ago.  She has guided hundreds of young dancers as they learn to express themselves through movement and appreciate the joy of dance. 
Cathy began dancing and performing as a young child.  She was awarded scholarships to study at the Boston Ballet School, the National Ballet Company in Washington ,D.C., the Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival, and received the Miss Worcester Scholarship Award.  She has performed with the Movement Laboratory Dance Theatre of Boston, the Jacob's Pillow Modern Dance Co., and danced featured roles in productions of Swan Lake, Firebird, La Boutique Fantastique,Remember There is Love and L'Habenera. Cathy graduated Magna cum laude from The Boston Conservatory of Music with a major in dance, and received her graduate degree from Boston University's School of of Education with a concentration in Special Education. While doing her graduate studies she worked closely with Norma Canner, author of "....and a Time to Dance;” a book about  movement and music for children with "special needs.”  She also worked at the Fernald State School in Waltham, Ma.and explored" communication through movement" at the Kennedy Shriver Center for children with developmental disabilities. Cathy has taught dance at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Northeastern University, the Beacon Hill Community Club, and the Vincent Club of Boston. Cathy is a dance specialist for Worcester Public Schools and teaches dance at the Worcester Arts Magnet School and  choreographs for the elementary school "show choir.”  She is also a certified aerobics instructor. Cathy has  studied with tap legends Stanley Brown, Diane Walker and Brenda Buffalino.  She was also fortunate to study under the direction of E. Virginia Williams, Finis Jhung, Norman Walker and Ted Shawn.  She keeps her dance knowledge current by attending conventions and seminars across the country. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, and has judged dance competitions for Headliners and American Dance Awards. Ms. Taylor has received numerous awards for outstanding choreography, staging, and creativity. Her students have been invited to perform in the Shanghai  International Arts Festival in China, the World Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Former students can be seen performing on Broadway, television, on cruise lines, in commercials and print ads, at Radio City Music Hall and with national touring companies.  Cathy appreciates the many families who choose C.T.S.O.D. for their child's dance education and values the many children who enrich her life daily. Cathy Taylor Giuliana established the Cathy Taylor School of Dance more than 35 years ago.  She has guided hundreds of young dancers as they learn to express themselves through movement and appreciate the joy of dance.  Cathy began dancing and performing as a young child.  She was awarded scholarships to study at the Boston Ballet School, the National Ballet Company in Washington ,D.C., the Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival, and received the Miss Worcester Scholarship Award.  She has performed with the Movement Laboratory Dance Theatre of Boston, the Jacob's Pillow Modern Dance Co., and danced featured roles in productions of Swan Lake, Firebird, La Boutique Fantastique,Remember There is Love and L'Habenera. Cathy graduated Magna cum laude from The Boston Conservatory of Music with a major in dance, and received her graduate degree from Boston University's School of of Education with a concentration in Special Education. While doing her graduate studies she worked closely with Norma Canner, author of "....and a Time to Dance;” a book about  movement and music for children with "special needs.”  She also worked at the Fernald State School in Waltham, Ma.and explored" communication through movement" at the Kennedy Shriver Center for children with developmental disabilities. Cathy has taught dance at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Northeastern University, the Beacon Hill Community Club, and the Vincent Club of Boston. Cathy is a dance specialist for Worcester Public Schools and teaches dance at the Worcester Arts Magnet School and  choreographs for the elementary school "show choir.”  She is also a certified aerobics instructor. Cathy has  studied with tap legends Stanley Brown, Diane Walker and Brenda Buffalino.  She was also fortunate to study under the direction of E. Virginia Williams, Finis Jhung, Norman Walker and Ted Shawn.  She keeps her dance knowledge current by attending conventions and seminars across the country. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, and has judged dance competitions for Headliners and American Dance Awards. Ms. Taylor has received numerous awards for outstanding choreography, staging, and creativity. Her students have been invited to perform in the Shanghai  International Arts Festival in China, the World Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Former students can be seen performing on Broadway, television, on cruise lines, in commercials and print ads, at Radio City Music Hall and with national touring companies.  Cathy appreciates the many families who choose C.T.S.O.D. for their child's dance education and values the many children who enrich her life daily.
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Javin Catherine Hammond
Assistant Director
Javin has been an instructor of jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, ballet and tap dance for 17 years. As a young dancer, she trained at the Cathy Taylor School of Dance and went on to further her studies at Oklahoma City University’s School for American Dance and Arts Management. While in Oklahoma, she was a member of the OCU Pep Dancers Squad and a member of the American Spirit Dance Company.
Her professional credits include Six Flags Illusion Quest (dancer/swing), the WNBA Connecticut Sun Solar Power Dance Team (member/captain), NBA-TV’s Dreaming Green—a reality television feature (dance contestant), Weird Al Yankovick's Poodle Hat Tour (back-up dancer), and Norwegian Cruise Lines Runnin’ Wild and Sea Legs Cirque (singer/dancer/ aerial) aboard the Pride of Aloha in Hawaii with Jean Ann Ryan Productions. She has served as a competition judge for Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Aspiring Dreams, and On Stage America Dance Competitions. Javin is currently the Assistant Director of the Cathy Taylor School of Dance. Outside studio instruction at CTSOD, Javin also instructs and choreographs at Paula Meola Dance & Performing Arts (Sterling, MA). She is a certified member of Dance Masters of America Regional Chapter #5. Javin’s choreography has been nationally recognized and appeared on television & live webcast specials. At the Starquest Talent Competition National Finals in Virginia Beach, VA (July 2017) her junior routine The Aviator won 1st Place in the Quest For The Best Dance-Off. She is currently the proud solo choreographer for Amanda Healey (Dance Masters Of America Miss Dance of New England), Kristin Tagg (2018 ADA Dancer Of The Year, 2018 National Miss WCTE), and Ava Giorgi (2018 National Junior Miss Headliner). She was honored by Elite Dance Challenge as the 2018 12 & Under Top Choreographer for Adventures In Your Own Backyard and recipient of the 12 & Under Entertainment Award for Peanut Vendor. Javin also received two of the prestigious Diamond Choreography awards given by American Dance Awards for her small group Through The Eyes of A Child and for the team production Swingin’ Soiree. At the 2018 WCTE Finals in Mystic, CT, Javin proudly accepted the honor of National Choreographer of the Year - a very special and unforgettable memory. Javin is very thankful that teaching has given her the ability to travel the world! In 2007, she accompanied her students to Shanghai, China to perform in the Shanghai International Arts Festival. For three years she was a team coach for the United States Showdance Team that competed at the World Championships in Riesa, Germany. Javin also had the honor of accompanying students to Dallas, Texas in the summer of 2011 by invite-only as the choreographer for a jazz group that was 1 of 10 routines selected nationwide to compete in the FDC World Dance Championships. Javin and her husband Tom reside in Worcester and are the proud parents of three sons — Paxton Blayne (4), Wesley Knox (3), and Quinn Thomas (1).
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Brittany Alexis
Instructor of Lyric, Jazz & Hip Hop
Brittany Alexis Ashlaw has ten years of professional experience as a dance educator, choreographer, and performer on both the east and west coasts. She received her early training from the Cathy Taylor School of Dance and went on to attain her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Dean College (2009).
Brittany's choreography was showcased in several student performances at Dean and she was chosen as one of the elite company members in the genres of tap, modern, jazz and hip hop. She was also a member and captain of the WNBA Connecticut Sun "Solar Power Dance Team" for four consecutive seasons. As a Boston Celtics Dancer Finalist, Brittany, and her sister Javin, performed at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino and were featured dancers on the ESPN reality television series "Dreaming Green." Additional performance credits include: WTNH Early Morning Show ("Solar Power Dance Team"), IDO World ShowDance Championships (Reisa, Germany), and the Rascal Flatts "Bob That Head" Concert Tour. In 2011, Brittany traveled to Los Angeles, California to work as a hip hop dance instructor for Sky High Dance Inc. and trained with choreographers such as Nicco O'Connor, Kyle Hanagami, and Kevin Maher. While in California, she became inspired by hip hop culture and returned to Massachusetts with a renewed passion for the style. She has since developed the "Fresh Kix" after school hip hop dance enrichment program for Worcester Public Schools and surrounding areas. Brittany is in her third season as a choreographer for DanceWorks Boston; an elite dance company for adults post college. She teaches tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop & modern at the studio, and choreographs solos & group routines for our competition dancers.
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Valerie O'Brien
Instructor of Tap, Jazz & Children's Programs
Valerie trained for 15 years at the Cathy Taylor School of Dance and for five years at The Performing Arts School of Worcester. She graduated from the Cathy Taylor School of Dance in 2007.
During Valerie's time at the studio she was a high scoring soloist, receiving special awards for the control, strength and technique she exhibited in her performances. She was the recipient of multiple scholarships in both pointe and ballet from Dance Masters of America and was the 4th runner up at Dance Masters of New England's Teen Miss Dance pageant. She traveled with StarPower National Dance Competition to San Antonio, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada in 2002 and received a Shock Intensive Scholarship in 2004. After graduating from the Cathy Taylor School of Dance, Valerie furthered her dance training at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she attended dance major classes in ballet and modern. Valerie is currently in her fourth year of teaching at the studio, where she instructs ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop classes to students of varying ages. Additionally, she choreographs solo and group competition pieces that are performed throughout the dance season. Valerie is in her third year as a senior company dancer for Shadows - Dance Art Experience, where she continues to perform throughout the New England area. Valerie graduated Cum Laude from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders. She is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist Assistant and is in her fourth year of educating children with Cochlear Implants and hearing impairments through an auditory-oral approach in the "Young Voices" program for Worcester Public Schools. Valerie continues to further her education by enrolling in graduate level courses and professional development opportunities to advance her career in the field of education.
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Olivia Londregan
Instructor of Acrobatics, Adult Fitness, Hip-Hop & Children's Programs
Olivia Londregan is a graduate of the Cathy Taylor school of Dance and has been dancing for over 19 years. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Jeanette Neill's Studio of Dance, and The Pulse just to name a few.
In 2007, she traveled to Shanghai, China to perform in various parades and performances in the International Cultural Festival. In 2008 and 2009, she was part of the Team USA Showdance Team. In 2008, she took home the small formation, Bronze medal. In 2012, Olivia was picked from over hundreds of dancers to be a part of the Boston Urbanity Summer Intensive in which she continued her contemporary/modern dance training. She has also been a part of the Boston Community Dance Project; directed by Sarah- Katarina Jerome. The summer of 2014, Olivia danced for the Solar Power Dance team, where she danced for the WNBA Connecticut Sun Basketball team at Mohegan Sun. She is now working as a Registered Nurse on the Oncology floor at Saint Vincent Hospital. Olivia is an instructor of children’s dance, lyrical and is a strong asset to our team of creative competition choreographers.
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Charlie Holbrook
Instructor of Tap
Charles (Charlie) Holbrook has been a Dance Educator for many years. He is a faculty member at Dean College and several dance studios in MA. and R.I.
He has taught Master Classes for Dance Masters of America, Beantown Tap Festival, The Greater Brockton Dance Alliance, and more. Charlie has performed in Las Vegas, on numerous TV shows and has choreographed many Regional Musicals.
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Kelly Kaleta
Instructor of Tap
Kelly Kaleta began her training in Western MA and started teaching while she was attending Boston University. Focusing on tap, she has taught up and down the east coast and Canada, choreographing, judging, and performing in many different venues.
She is a cast member of “Transitions,” a show created and directed by her former student Ryan Casey. You can also see her and her choreography in the award winning movie “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” directed by Damien Chazelle. In 2006, she was featured in Dance Spirit magazine with the cast of “Imagine Tap,” created and choreographed by Derick Grant and Aaron Tolson. She has been a faculty member and judge for Tap 2 You , Dance Masters, and Tapademics. She has taught at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance in NYC. Other past performances include Break the Floor, directed by Gil Stroming; Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker, performing with Drika Overton, Josh Hilberman, and Brenda Buffalino; Tapestry, produced by Dance Inn Productions; and others.
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Brett Leigh
Instructor of Ballet & Pointe
Brett Leigh studied classical Ballet technique under the guidance of Wayne Stewarte and Stephanie Moy. His training began with English/French styles. Brett Leigh studied extensive barre technique for the dancer honing his skills before leaving for the International Broadway tour of 'West Side Story’.
Brett Leigh played both the roles of Riff and Action. During these years he also continued his study of classical ballet technique in major companies throughout the world including Tokyo, Singapore, Paris, Rotterdam, Dresden, Berlin, and Switzerland. As a dancer he has appeared for the Ana Sokolow Foundation while, in other performances, has danced roles in ‘Coppelia,' The Nutcracker,' ‘Cinderella.' He played Mungojerrie in a Chicago run of “CATS” and other musicals across the United States. Brett Leigh is a member of both the Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. Brett Leigh has played roles in major motion pictures “The Social Network” (Academy Nominated, Golden Globe), “Gone Girl”, and smaller independent films showing across the globe. He has appeared on numerous television shows and has directed a few films. His film “Shadow” premiered at the Guggenheim museum exhibit Whitebox while “Festival” won such awards as ‘Best of Fest,' ‘Best Comedy,' and ‘Best Direction.' While working in film & television, Brett Leigh returns to ballet teaching privately and coaching for various Ballet competitions such as Youth American Grande Prix. He has a distinct passion for teaching classical ballet technique to younger dancers hoping to attend professional ballet programs.
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Meryl Gendreau
Instructor of Hip Hop
Meryl began dancing at the age of three, but really began her journey in 1999 when her mother, Mary Gendreau, opened The Loft Dance and Movement Studio. With her focus in Modern dance, at the age of seven Meryl began training and performing.
In 2002 she performed Parsons Etude at the Newport Flight of Steps Festival with dancers from Island Moving Company, Providence Ballet, Arabella Dance Company, and Fusionworks. The choreography was taught by Robert Battle of the David Parson’s Dance Company, now director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. During this time Meryl also studied under Julie Adams Strandberg of Brown University and co-founder of the American Dance Legacy Institute. Meryl discovered her love for Hip Hop when she began working and training at The Talent Factory Performing Arts Centre in 2008. From there she began to travel and study independently at conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse, Jump Dance, and NYCDA, and attended two months at Urban Dance Camp in Lörrach, Germany, and one month at The Beat Camp in Novalja, Croatia. While in Croatia, she was selected by choreographer, Duki Tran, to perform in a concept video alongside him. Currently Meryl is directing, training, and choreographing for three competitive Hip Hop Crews and traveling to studios around New England to teach workshops. She is also working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance on a performing arts scholarship at Roger Williams University.
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Becky Garlicki
Instructor of Ballet & Pointe
From an early age Becky Garlicki was privileged to study with many inspiring teachers. Among those credited with her formation are Neta Barker, Adrienne Hawkins, Ina Hahn, Marie Paquette, James Truitte, Oskar Harmos, Dame Patricia Gray, and the renowned prima ballerina and protege of Nicholas Legat, Madame Ana Roje.
Madame Roje chose her as part of a small group, specially trained in the Legat system of classical ballet, to pass on this powerful method of training dancers. She went on to receive her teacher certification from the American Society of Russian Style Ballet, performed in their company and served on the board of directors. Becky taught in Madame Roje’s schools in both Boston MA and Primosten, Croatia; as well as in many other Boston and New Hampshire Seacoast area schools, including The Brookline Music School and Pontine Movement Theater. She has been a guest teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts on Cape Cod, The Dance Complex in Cambridge, The Brenda Hotard School of Dance in Georgia, Nikki Wilford Studio in Maine, Cheryl Berman Dance Studio in New Hampshire and Ballet Arts Boxford for Mimi Ferrell. She more recently taught for Diane Kelley Dance in W. Boylston and for The Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance in West Brookfield MA, where she has taught ballet since 2006. Academic teaching credits include: St. Thomas Aquinas School, grade K-4 teacher, Magnificat Academy and Choir School teaching assistant in both Language Arts and Physical Education, Quaboag Regional School District substitute, and homeschool teacher for 5 Garlicki children. She is an accredited stager and created Domain Re-Deux staging and interiors, and works with the elderly to provide end of life care. Becky received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Gordon College.
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Joey Andrade
Instructor of Acting
Joey teaches Creative Drama to children in grades K-12. He is a local favorite who can be seen performing for many local theatre companies including Worcester County Light Opera Co., Theatre at the Mount in Gardner, and Sterling’s own community theatre group.
He has acted, sang, and played guitar locally for over 40 years. Joey has performed lead roles in Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wedding Singer, and most recently in Chicago, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and The Producers at The Mount. Joey continues to entertain our audiences as emcee of our annual year-end performances.
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Megan Norton
Instructor's Assistant
Meg Norton trained at the Cathy Taylor School of Dance for sixteen years. She was a class assistant, a top scoring tap soloist, and a member of the competition team.
She has held the title of Teen Miss Headliner and received tap scholarships from Dance Masters of America. She has returned to the studio to assist the competition tap classes for the past four years. Meg is currently a senior mathematics major at the College of the Holy Cross. She recently completed her student teaching at Doherty Memorial High School and is currently a long term substitute at Marlborough High School. She has continued dancing as a member of the Holy Cross Dance Ensemble, where she has choreographed for the tap and jazz classes and also been a member of the contemporary class and Game Dancer team.
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Katie Brophy
Instructor's Assistant
Katie Brophy graduated from the Cathy Taylor school of Dance in 2016, after training there for 15 years. During her time at the studio she was a class assistant for 6 years and a consistent high-scoring soloist on the competition team.
In 2013 she was crowned "National Teen Miss OnStage America" in Cape May, New Jersey. She was selected to be a "Headliners Dancer" through an auditioning process at the Headliners National dance competition in 2014. She has received special judges awards for her authenticity and powerful performances. In 2015 and 2016 she received scholarships from Dance Masters of New England for excellence in tap and jazz. She is currently studying at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Mathematics.
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