Faculty Bios

Michelle DelOrfano

Director/Owner

Michelle is a native of Stoneham, MA and has been teaching and dancing for many years. She began dancing at an early age locally with Dance Studio of Wakefield and finished with Kelly Kerr of Dance Track. Michelle graduated with a B.A. in Dance and Minor in Business from Dean College in Franklin, MA. Extensive dance studies included Pedagogy, Kinesiology & Anatomy, Dance Composition, Music Theory, and Dance Film & History. During her time at Dean she trained with professional faculty members such as Jill Silverman, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Kelly Peters, Jean Wenzel, Jil Matrisciano, and Bob Thomas to name a few. She directed Dean’s “Coffeehouse Cabaret” performance, performed in musical theatre’s “My Favorite Year” and was a member of the Elite College Dance Company and Dance Performance Team. She was also Producer for Boston’s Dance Complex show “Shared Choreographer’s Concert” in Cambridge, MA.


Since founding ECDC in 2009, Michelle gets to share her passion of dance everyday with the community and new generations of the future! She teaches all class levels and ages beginner through advanced of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Pointe, Kindermoves, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Boys, and beginner Hip Hop. She is CPR/First Aid Certified. Her certifications include Mat Pilates for adults, Children’s Yoga through age 13, as well as the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, and Dance Masters of New England teacher organizations. She attends multiple continued education trainings every single year including DanceLife Teacher Conference, Dance Teacher Summit, and visits NYC regularly to take class with the industry’s top teachers at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. The faculty and dancers here at ECDC have built an amazing family atmosphere where students flourish and leave with life long skills obtained through dance!

Lauren Abbondanzio

Lauren is from Wakefield, MA and has been dancing since the age of 3. She started her training at Susan Woods Dance Center of Stoneham, and finished her dance training under the direction of Kelly Kerr of Dance Track. This where Lauren and Michelle danced together for many years and became best friends!


Lauren received an A.A. in Dance from Dean College in Franklin, MA and continued on to a B.S. in Psychology from Salem State University. While at Dean, Lauren trained in all genres of dance from Ballet with Jill Silverman, Modern with Nailah-Randall Belinger, Tap with Jean Wenzel, Joan Palladino, and Jil Matrisciano to name a few. She furthered her studies with a focus on Pedagogy, Dance Composition, and Creative Movement.


Miss Lauren loves to attend training seminars and conferences to further her dance education and she hopes through her love and knowledge of dance to motivate and inspire all of her students! Faculty member since 2012, Miss Lauren is CPR/First Aid certified.

Melanie Burnell

Melanie has been dancing since the age of 2. She trained at LaPierre School of Dance in Reading, MA. She later joined J&D Dance Academy of Reading where she became a member of their Hip Hop dance team. Their team performed all over including Orlando, FL. In 2005, Melanie became Director of the Hip Hop program at Candy’s Dance Academy in Beverly, MA where she taught a variety of ages through 2010. Melanie has taken many master classes over the years through Monsters of Hip Hop conventions and teacher training workshops such as Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. Melanie has her Associates degree in Business from Middlesex Community College, and is CPR/First Aid certified. Melanie also stays current by training at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, learning from the industry’s best.


Miss Melanie has been on faculty with ECDC since 2012 and runs a fantastic Hip Hop program for ages 7 & up! She choreographs both recreational and competitive pieces as well as Adult Hip Hop.

Alexa DeLuca

Alexa is from Reading, MA. She is a graduate of Keene State College in NH, where she received a B.A. in Dance Education Specialization. She began dancing at an early age at LaPierre School of Dance in Reading, where she trained in all styles of dance. She continued her passion for dance in college by participating in “An Evening of Dance” for three years, the competitive Hip Hop KSC Dance Team. In 2016, her choreography was chosen to perform at this “Evening of Dance” which was an honor. She also served on their Executive Board for two years, and ACDA (American Collegiate Dance Association.) Alexa also competed with the Keene State Dance Team all four years at UDA Nationals in Orlando, FL. Alexa was also a member of the 2015 Lowell Spinners Dance Team. She is CPR/First Aid certified.


Alexa currently trains and performs with Dance Works Boston, a local based dance company! On ECDC faculty since 2017, Alexa runs all levels of classes including Creative Movement through high school. Miss Alexa says “Teaching at East Coast Dance is an amazing experience! I can’t wait to continue to watch our students grow each season!”

Sarah DiTonno

Sarah began her training at the age of 3 in Wakefield, MA and hasn’t stopped since! Her training includes Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical. Sarah was a Class Assistant at the age of 14 and found her love of teaching dance to younger children. After high school, Sarah began four years of training at Keene State College in theatre and dance. She graduated with a degree in Dance and Theatre with a specialization in Dance Education. She also completed her degree in Elementary Education leading her to teach full time in Wakefield Public Schools.


Sarah’s second passion besides dance, is Musical Theatre. This lead her to choreograph for Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre where her work was nominated for a Dash Award on Disney’s: My Son Pinocchio. Sarah is CPR/First Aid certified. On ECDC faculty since 2018, miss Sarah teaches all levels from Creative Movement through high school. She is overjoyed to be in a dance studio where she can spread her knowledge of dance to the new generation of children!

Nicolette Webber

Nicolette from Wilmington, MA, has been dancing for over 16 years. She is trained in dance styles from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, to Pointe. At an early age she fell in love with dance at The Dance Company in Wilmington. She was a part of their advanced team and received numerous awards at competition. Nicolette performed locally with Melrose Youth Ballet’s annual Nutcracker performance as well! She continued to pursue her passion in dance at Keene State College where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance Education. She performed and choreographed for their competitive program “An Evening of Dance” and ACDA with miss Alexa.


Miss Nicolette is CPR/First Aid certified. She currently trains and performs with Dance Works Boston, a local based dance company! On faculty with ECDC since 2018, miss Niki loves teaching age 2 through high school.

Juliann Landers

Juliann is a resident of Stoneham, MA and has three fast growing boys! She spent her childhood and teen years training in Ballet & Pointe, as well as beginner Tap. Her absolute favorite style is Pointe! She co-assists and leads Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement classes with Michelle here at ECDC and is CPR/First Aid certified. Miss Juliann has been on faculty since 2015, and we love having her!

Alysse Schneider

Alysse Schneider is a Danvers, MA native and has been dancing since she was 4. She began training at Joyce Sartorelli’s Broadway Studio of Performing Arts in Chelsea, MA and attended various studios over the years while continuing to dance at the collegiate level. She has background in jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, ballet, gymnastics, and pom with a certification from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. Alysse was a member and 2-year captain of the nationally-ranked Hofstra University Dance Team and competed in jazz, pom, and hip hop. Alysse has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hofstra University and has built a Marketing career with companies such as Toys”R”Us and Nickelodeon.


Alysse has shared her passion of creativity and dance and taught at various studios over the years, judged competitions, and was a UDA staff member. One of the biggest moments in her career was being a backup dancer for Usher during an NFL performance. Her favorite style of dance is hip hop and she is over the moon to join the ECDC staff and inspire the future generation of dancers.

Ali Limpert

Ali is ECDC’s Office Assistant! She is a North Andover native. She has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She trained at North Andover School of Dance and Just Dance Academy. Ali graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Political Science and minor in Education. During her time at UMass, Ali performed with their Stage Crew Dance Team for four years where she also served as Secretary! She is excited to be a part of the ECDC family.


If you have any questions regarding the dance programs here, or your account or tuition please email eastcoastdancecenter@gmail.com.