Our Outstanding Faculty

Becky Garlicki

Becky was trained and certified by the American Society of Russian Style Ballet in the Legat Technique and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College.   She has taught for the ASRSB at the Anna Roje School in Boston, as well as their International Ballet School in Croatia, The Pontine Movement Theater in New Hampshire and Brookline Music School in Brookline, Massachusetts; along with many others.   Becky has performed with companies including Copley Square Ballet, Pontine Movement Theater, and the American Society of Russian Style Dance.   Becky brings her extensive knowledge, experience, warmth, and love of dance to all her classes.

Rhiannon Gresty

Rhiannon Gresty started her dance career at the Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance at the age of 6 and has been dancing for over 25 years. Rhiannon has studied with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps On Broadway in New York City. She has performed professionally as a Tap Girl for Anita Mann Productions in Tunica, MS, Busch Gardens Theme Park, Sesame Street Live, and the Scotia Prince Cruise Line, where she was dance captain and choreographer.

Jill Hoffman

Jill received her Pilates certification ten years ago through the Pilates Institute, based in NYC. She has also studied privately with Mary Bowen who was a student of Joseph Pilates. Jill continues to take classes in NYC and Boston. She is also a certified and Licensed Massage Therapist who has had her own private practice for 13 years.

Lucy Jacek

Lucy was born to be a dance teacher and she has been proudly pursuing that dream for over 15 years. As a 2013 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lucy holds degrees in both Dance Education and Kinesiology. During her tutelage she studied ballet, jazz, modern, pedagogy, composition, exercise science, anatomy & physiology, personal training, and more all under wonderful professors such as Paul Dennis, Tom Vacanti, and Judi LaBranche. In school she also taught college level ballet courses, choreographed on numerous occasions for dance concerts, and founded and directed the UMass Dance Company. During those same years, Lucy was mentored by Donna Lindgren and Betty Gundersen at Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance in all aspects of dance education and running a successful studio, giving her invaluable hands on experience. After graduation, Lucy became a full-time teacher, choreographer, and office administer for Betty Gundersen.  Lucy’s passion for teaching dance has continued to grow as she continues to pursue her own dance and teacher training regularly at Broadway Dance Center, Jeannette Neils, Dance Life Retreat Center, and the Boston Ballet School. Lucy has recently participated in numerous classes and conventions with world renowned teachers such Thelma Goldberg, Rhee Gold, Melissa Hoffman, Rennie Gold, Derrick Schrader, Jackie Sleight, Scott Fowler, and Eileen Juric. Currently, Lucy teaches and choreographs throughout New England in both dance studios and outreach programs such as libraries, nursing homes, senior centers, and summer camps.  Lucy’s philosophy is to foster a child’s individual love of dance with great technique and safe kinetic principles in a fun and loving manner. 

Donna Lindgren

Donna received her dance degree from Sullins College and received her early training at the New Jersey School of Ballet and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has studied with many masters including Gus Giordano, David Howard, Finish Jung and Luigi. As a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Donna continues to study and work with many professionals in the dance field. A versatile teacher and choreographer in Massachusetts and New Jersey for 33 years, Donna’s work with the competition team has earned many distinguished choreography awards and has led the team to earn numerous top awards for group dancers and soloists.

Jennifer Paquette

Jennifer is an alumna of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated with a BFA in Dance with concentration in Jazz Dance Performance. Here she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and African. She received the Dance Program's performance scholarship for three years. Jennifer has participated in numerous classes and conventions with world renowned teachers such as Joe Lanteri, Joe Tramaine, Denise Wall, Sonya Tayah, Frank Hatchett, Mia Micheals, Gus Giordano, and Luigi. After returning from New York, where she studied at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, she continued her training at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston. Jennifer has choreographed and modeled for Paul Mitchell Professional Haircare Systems and choreographed the winning routines for Teen Miss Dance of New England and second runner up to Teen Miss Dance of America. Her choreography has earned her 1st and 2nd Overall High Scores, as well as, the Sherry Gold Memorial Award for outstanding choreography. Jenn most recently performed for the Red Sox World Series Kick Off Party at Fenway and the New York Jazz Choreography Project. She has appeared on HGTV and is dance company member of Jazz Inc. from Boston. She is very excited to be a part of the BGSD Family!

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