Teachers

 

Sharon Parillo (Owner/Co-Director)
Sharon has been the owner and director of the MFM Dance Studio since 2000.  She took over as director when her mom Mary Flynn Murphy retired after owning and running the studio for over 40 years.  Sharon has over 25 years of experience teaching children to dance.  She started dancing at the age of 3 right here at the MFM dance studio.  As a young dancer she studied for several years with the Boston School of Ballet.  She also studied with Harriett Hoctor, Gene Murry, and Madame Rojue.  Sharon performed for several years 

with Boston Ballets Nutcracker. Sharon was also chosen to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet when they brought their version of Ballet School to the United States.  
Sharon’s students have won numerous awards on bot h the national and regional level.  She has also been

recognized for her outstanding choreography with children.  Sharon’s students have gone on to be successful dance teachers, open their own dance studio, perform abroad, and dance on cruise ships. Many have also gone on to prestigious dance colleges on dance scholarships.



Danielle McCabe (Co-Owner)
Danielle, granddaughter of Mary Murphy, has studied intensively with Kathy Kozul, Sharon Parillo, Deidre Mahoney, Barbara Marks, and Mary Flynn Murphy.   Danielle is the third generation female to teach here at the MFM Dance Studio.  She started dancing at the age of 2 with her mother Sharon Parillo.  As a dancer, she won several high scoring medals in both group and solo performances.  She also won several overall medals as well as being awarded Performer of The Year in a national dance competition.  Danielle was a member of the New England Repertory Dancers, a local dance company under the direction of Kathy Kozul for several years. She greatly enjoyed performed in their annual production of the “Nutcracker”.  
Danielle has been teaching here at the MFM Dance Studio for over 12 years.  She teaches both the recreational level as well as the competition level.  She specializes in teaching the 12 & under program.  Her choreography has won several high scoring medals on both the national and regional level.  She has also been awarded many special awards for outstanding choreography as well as her students being picked to perform at a special concert at Merrimack College, where she graduated from in 2004.  Danielle greatly enjoys sharing her love of dance with boys and girls of all ages.  She hopes to be a positive influence on all the students she teaches.  


Michelle Andrade Bonos

Michelle started teaching Open tumbling classes at MFM in 2008. She received her dance training at Dance/Arts Studios Dance & Gymnastics Center in Somerville where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Tumbling. She was a member and captain of the Horizons Unlimited Dance Company. Michelle has been teaching all forms of dance and tumbling for over 20 years. She has coached competitive dance teams to several regional and national competitions throughout New England. Michelle has continued to share her love of dance by teaching Acrobatic Tumbling to children of all ages.  Michelle started teaching the competitive Junior and Senior Jazz classes at MFM in 2014. She continues her dance education by attending Dance Teacher Intensive Programs.

Michelle is a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor; Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance in both Modules One and Two (Levels Primary through Pre-Professional 3).  Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balance development, are stronger, flexible and fearless. Michelle’s objective is to provide a safe, confidence-building, and FUN experience for every student.  



Charlene Oliva
Charlene began dancing at the age of 3 at Kerry Smith's Academy of Dance Arts in Norwood, MA.  She has studied extensively in ballet, lyric, tap, jazz and modern.  She won numerous awards competing in regional and national competitions.  She started teaching when she was 16. Charlene began teaching at Mary Flynn Murphy's in 2001.  She teaches children from the age of 3 to Sr. Company.  She has choreographed many award winning solos and group routines over the years.  Charlene expects maximum effort from her students in the hopes of training them to become technical, athletic dancers building their confidence as performers and young adults.

 


Jen Brody

Jen began dancing at the age of 3 and studied under Kerry Smith at the Academy of Dance Arts in Norwood, MA. Performing on TV shows such as Community Auditions, Ready to Go, and Dave Maynard’s Talent Showcase, to name a few, was a sign at an early age that the stage was where she loved to be. Jen went on to perform in Disney World and locally at Boston’s Opera House. Her favorite performance included tap dancing on stage with Gregory Hines at the Apollo Theater in NYC in the “New Tap Generation” choreographed by Savion Glover (the man behind the “feet” in the movie Happy Feet). A former New England Patriots Cheerleader, Jen performed at Gillette Stadium, Fort Hood in Texas, on the JFK Aircraft Carrier in the Arabian Sea and at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. Jen has always loved to perform and passes on her love of dance and performance to all her students.

Over the years, Jen has received numerous 1st place awards at local and national competitions for her dancing/performing and for her choreography. Jen loves teaching students of all ages in a variety of different styles of dance. She encourages her students to embrace their talent and build confidence as they learn and find their greatest potential. She inspires her students to believe in themselves and never give up. Dance is an art that can be interpreted in so many different ways, and with Jen’s guidance and leadership the students learn to find within themselves their own personal expression and their own true desire to be the best they can be.

Alyssa Yenowskas

Alyssa began dancing at the age of 4 and continued her dance education until she graduated in 2016.  Alyssa studied under Sharon Parillo, Danielle McCabe, Charlene Oliva, Stephanie Hurley, Michelle Bonos, and many more. She started dancing competitively at the age of 7 where she participated in many high scoring and award winning dances. Alyssa was also chosen to dance for the Mayor of Somerville where she and her teammates performed their award winning tap routine, 'Sister Act'.  In 2015 Alyssa and her senior team won the Xcalibur award for their tap routine, 'Seventh Inning Stretch'.  This award is for the highest scoring routine in the entire competition.  Ms. Alyssa has been training alongside Sharon Parillo and Danielle McCabe since the age of 12.  During our 2016 dance season Alyssa excelled in her first year long teach experience.  

While Alyssa has achieved great things in the world of dance, she has also achieved great things in all aspects of her life.  Alyssa was both Senior Class President as well as National Honor Society President.  She was coach of the Elementary School Pep Squad for three year and was captain of the cheering team for five years.  After graduating valedictorian of her senior class, Alyssa will be pursuing a career as Doctor of Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences University in the fall.  Alyssa has always considered MFM to be her second home and feel privileged to be part of our teaching staff.  She aspires to be the type of teacher her students can look up to as she has looked up to her own!

 

Kelsey O'Keefe

Kelsey began dancing at Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio at the age of 2 and continued her dance education here until she graduated in 2015. Kelsey began competing with MFM at the age of 9 in several styles of dance, including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and lyrical. She also performed in large production numbers, solos, and duets at competitions, winning several judges awards, placing in the top of her age divisions, and scholarships to attend Nationals each year. Kelsey went on to study at Endicott College, where she auditioned to be a member of their nationally ranked Division III Dance Team. Kelsey performed jazz, pom, and hip hop routines at all home football and basketball games, campus promotional events, traveled regionally and nationally with her dance team, along with participating in/performing at many other smaller events in her 4 years on the team. Kelsey was recognized on several occasions by the College's Athletics Department for her leadership and philanthropy on the team. She was named Captain her senior year and lead her team to place 4th in the nation in Open Pom and 5th in the nation in Open Jazz at the UDA College Dance Team Nationals at ESPN in Orlando, Florida; as well as the teams 9th straight regional title claiming 1st place in both Open Pom and Open Jazz at the UDA New England Regional Competition.

 

Katie Madden

Starting at a young age, dance has always played a significant role in her life. Katie trained at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studio in North Andover, MA, where she had the opportunity to perform and compete nationally and internationally. She competed at the IDO’s World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany in 2004, during which her team was awarded both gold and silver medals. Katie has performed in Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida as a member of the Nancy Chippendale Dance Company, and in Valetta, Malta as part of the Tap Reloaded 2 Tour in 2011. Katie received a degree in Communication with minors in Spanish and Dance from the University of New Hampshire and was a member of the UNH Dance Company from 2008-2012. During her time at UNH, Katie studied a variety of styles and techniques, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and aerial dance. Upon graduating from UNH, Katie moved to Boston to pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University. She is currently working as a speech-language pathologist at the elementary level and continuing to pursue her love of dance through teaching and attending classes. More recently, Katie has taught and choreographed for Artbarn Community Theater’s summer program, Summer at the Barn, in Brookline, MA. She has also taught classes at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham, MA, and choreographed for the Arts in Reach TheatreWorks program in Portsmouth, NH. Katie is overjoyed to be able to share her passion and love for dance with her students.

Kathleen Morgan

Kathleen Morgan is a dedicated teacher and choreographer from the Boston area. She started her training at four years old at a local studio, there she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, modern and contemporary. Through her years of training she decided to continue her studies at Dean College’s Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. There she dedicated her time to courses such as: pedagogy, dance composition, kinesiology, as well as technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018 and received her Bachelors of Arts. During her time at Dean, Kathleen began her professional teaching career in 2016, since then she has been teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical, and creative movement and creating choreographic works for those styles. This is Kathleen’s first year at Mary Flynn Murphy’s and she can’t wait to start working and sharing her passion with her new students!