We are a fun, friendly, professional, talented, creative, caring ,diverse, educated united, supportive and sometimes ... silly group!
Debra holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Dean College. Debra was professionally trained through the certificate program at The Ailey School in NYC. Prior to opening Alegria, Debra was employed as the Dance Program Director for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College where she also taught modern dance, directed productions, advised the Dance Team and choreographed the musical Hairspray. Prior to moving to Western, MA, Debra was the co-owner and artistic director of Art in Motion Dance Company in North Kingstown, RI. Throughout Debra’s career she has taught at many New England Dance schools, won high awards for her choreography in the competition circuit, worked with the RI arts learning network the create the state dance proficiency protocols, choreographed for community theatre, performed on MTV, worked for the Ailey Camp NYC and managed the Capezio Dance shop on West 51st Street NYC. Throughout her training and professional career she has had the pleasure and privilege of working and dancing with some of the dance industries finest including Kelly Peters, Arcell Cabuag, Tracy Inman, Olivia Bowman- Jackson. In addition to her dance training Debra was also a licensed massage therapist in NY and RI for 8 years. Movement, dance and fitness is the key to a happy life. Debra is a ZIN member licensed to teach many of the Zumba® programs. Mrs. Nunes finds passion in sharing her dance and anatomical knowledge with her students, young and old, while encouraging them to explore their emotional and creative freedom. Sharing her passion for dance is her way of giving and showing love.
Alegria Dance Owner, Director, Instructor
– Deb Nunes
Miss Nickie Fuller is a mother of 2 boys, with over 17 years of experience teaching dance to children and adults of all ages. She started her dance training at age 4 and loved it so much she continued into competitive dance and teaching. After graduating high school she started teaching dance full time at many Massachusetts studios, and auditioning for professional shows. Nickie spent many years as a Performer at Six Flags New England where she also climbed the ranks to Head Choreographer and Director of many shows during her 11 year employment. Her professional experience led her to many other performing opportunities such as; The Cher Extravaganza, Rip the Mic Burn The Floor, NCAA Division II Halftime Show, and Eclipse Dance Company. Most recently, she has established herself as a "Lady Gaga Tribute Artist", performing all over New England singing Gaga's greatest hits with her backup dancers "The Gagettes".
Alegria Dance faculty – Nickie Fuller
Meghan is an enthusiastic and energetic choreographer, teacher and performer. Meghan began studying dance at the early age of two and graduated at the top of her class from Dean College, earning her bachelor’s degree in dance with a minor in psychology. Meghan has studied numerous styles of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, modern, and tap under the direction of teachers such as Jill Silverman, Marcus Schulkind, Lorraine Chapman, Nailiah Randall Bellinger and many more. Meghan has worked first hand with top choreographers such as So You Think You Can Dance’s Sonya Tayeh and Ellenore Scott. As a dancer Meghan has received numerous honors, awards and scholarships, including the Al Gilbert Scholarship for excellence in dance, and her choreography has been recognized for its originality and creativity.
Meghan is currently a dancer for Urbanity Dance’s professional company. Since joining the company in 2012, Meghan has been featured as a soloist and has been selected to perform at such prestigious theatres as Jordan Hall and the Paramount Theatre in Boston, MA and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NYC. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Betsi Graves, Meghan continues to grow as an artist and performer, allowing her to bring firsthand experience and the latest in dance to all of her students.
Meghan prides herself on providing high energy, challenging and creative classes within a safe and nurturing classroom. Meghan currently teaches throughout Massachusetts, including serving as an artistic associate for Urbanity Dance and well as Urbanity Dance’s Youth Company Director and Junior Apprentice Program Director and Summer Intensive Co-director. She has appeared as a guest artist and teacher providing master classes throughout New England, including a residency at Plymouth State University where she assisted Betsi Graves in setting repertoire on a group of college level dancers. Meghan’s own choreography has been featured in numerous performances throughout Massachusetts. She has been selected to choreograph for Emerson College, Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, and Boston’s Children’s Museum in collaboration with Boston Children’s Chorus. Her original choreography has also been featured in numerous Urbanity Dance shows such as “The Sun Queen” and “Urbanity NeXt” and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Her experiences as a dancer and performer allow Meghan to prepare her students for their own futures as professional level dancers. Her charismatic personality and teaching style encourages her students to be themselves and to take pride in their own spirit and accomplishments in and out of the studio.
Meghan will be teaching Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, combo classes as well as choreograph for our Competitive team
Alegria Dance faculty – Meghan Anderson
Alyssa is a Massachusetts native, who grew up dancing and traveling to compete all over the United States and as far as Germany. Her studio and teacher credits share some of the regions greatest, resulting with her being well-rounded in all styles of dance. Growing up, Alyssa danced along side her childhood friend and world-renowned Teddy Forance, one of the founders of the “Shaping Sound Dance Company” as well as many well known dancers within the industry. She was accepted, received scholarships to, and attended multiple ballet programs including Kirov Academy of Ballet and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for multiple years, where she was honored to be placed in their highest level of technical training. While competing, she had received many high scores, prestigious awards, and scholarships at both regional and national levels. Alyssa later went on to be a dancer at Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, VA, which then led her to work with Stiletto Entertainment, on Holland America Line’s MS Statendam.
Upon returning to land, she began teaching many styles of dance, at various studios throughout New England, with contemporary being her main focus. She has now been sharing her passion with students for over a decade. She has been recognized, and received multiple awards, for her outstanding choreography. Alyssa has taught at various studios around New England, being most recognized for her artistry in Contemporary, her grueling stretches, leaps, jumps and turns classes, and the instilling of technique in her students. Alyssa had previously been a company dancer for the acclaimed “Boston Dance Company” and also a member, choreographer, and Assistant Director for a Massachusetts based non-profit organization. She Co-Founded, and was Artistic Director, and Principal Dancer for “Shadows – Dance Art Experience”, which she has since resigned to continue her focus on her teaching career.
Alyssa wants to continue sharing her passion of dance with young dancers, hoping to make a difference, as well as inspiring her peers. Her goal is to make them their own artist, dancer, and person. Each dancer has a special style and element that they bring to the table and as a teacher she tries to help them find that inside their heart and soul. She pushes each dancer to see that they are stronger than they even thought and that anything is possible with hard work and, of course, a little sweat and determination.
Alyssa will be teaching Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Turns/Leaps/Tricks, Acro and choreographing for our Competitive team
Alegria Dance faculty – Alyssa Zak
Nate hails from West Springfield MA, and has studied dance and acrobatics from the young age of four at The Hackworth School of Performing Arts. Under the instruction of Alison and Teddy Forance, Lisa Anthony, Lisa Heath, and the rest of the HSPA staff, he learned styles like Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Acrobatics. Through his time at HSPA, he won various awards and titles along his competition journey. Later into his high school career, he transferred from his public high school to Pioneer Valley Performing Arts where he gained instruction from Jen Pollins, Ann Biddle, Jodi Falk, and James Morrow. He had the opportunity to choreograph original works with the Catalyst Dance Company, the schools pre-professional company from 2012-2014. He worked with guest artists such as Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Abraham In Motion, and Summation Dance Company. Nate also co-directed a Senior Thesis show that sold out for every performance. Nate has also performed and auditioned at various high school dance festivals, in which he received numerous scholarships for Universities and Conservatories, most notably UArts and CalArts. He also received many invitations to summer dance festivals and workshops such as Jacobs Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and American Dance Festival. After Nate graduated high school, he joined James Morrow at Salem State University as a guest artist, where Nate and James created work to be performed around Eastern MA, as well as perform a repertoire piece with his company James Morrow/ THE MOVEMENT. Nate proceeded to make the move to Los Angeles, where he joined two contemporary dance companies, SIZA and Psychopomp Dance Theater. After being with them for a year, he signed with Go 2 Talent Agency and performed in an off Broadway version of the Broadway show “Newsies” where he played the role of Sniper. He also danced in the music video for the song “A Place Called Us” by Alex Mackey, which is part of the “Too Many Bodies” movement. After moving back to MA, Nate auditioned dancers and directed a show composed of only original choreography called "Carpe Diem," which sold out. After his successful first go at directing, he decided to move his focus and efforts into teaching. Nate's mission is to help dancers grow and find their voice within, and to test their limits on artistry and movement.
Nate teaches Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre, as well as Adult classes.
Alegria Dance faculty – Nate Odell