Dance Instruction

Dance Teachers

Dance with Energy’s experienced, award-winning teachers offer the highest-quality instruction to beginner and experienced dancers.

Elizabeth Jones, Director of Dance with Energy

Elizabeth became Director of Dance with Energy in 2014. She teaches Discovery Dance, Creative Movement, Kinder Combo, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Performing Company classes.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in dance and secondary education from Roger Williams University, graduating summa cum laude. She holds a teaching certificate in dance, grades pre-K to 12.

Elizabeth has taught and managed dance programs extensively in both the public and private sectors. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and serves as the State Affiliate for the Rhode Island Dance Alliance. In 2014, Elizabeth was honored as “Dance Teacher of the Year” by the Rhode Island Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Kellie Brito

Kellie started with Dance with Energy in 2008. She teaches Discovery Dance, Creative Movement, Kinder Combo, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro and Performing Company classes.

Kellie received her B.A. in dance performance and education from Dean College School of Dance in 2007. There she performed as a featured dancer under Maurice Hines and as a part of the Elite Dance Company. While at Dean, Kellie focused her training on pedagogy, composition and creative movement. Kellie was also accepted into Alvin Ailey’s Independent Study Program in New York City. She has received numerous awards for her choreography at Dance with Energy.

Kristyn Grattan

Kristyn started teaching at Dance with Energy in 2012 and teaches Irish Step.

She is finishing up her degree in exercise and health sciences at Bridgewater State University. She has been dancing since the age of 6. Her talents in Irish dance have earned her numerous awards at the regional, national and world championship level competitions. In 2012, Kristyn was ranked one of the top 20 Irish dancers in her age group in the world. Kristyn has danced in London, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

Jennifer Tilley

Jennifer started teaching with Dance with Energy in 2016. She teaches Discovery Dance, Creative Movement, Kinder Combo, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater.

She received her B.A. in dance performance from Rhode Island College (RIC). In 2003, she completed the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s dance education training course and has since had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students. During her four years at RIC, she was fortunate to work with many talented artists and choreographers while performing with the college’s dance company and in musical theatre productions, including Tommy, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees. In 2013, she worked with Daniel McCusker and performed with talented local dancers in Providence’s Modern Movement Festival. Also in 2013, she performed “Up to Speed,” choreographed by Nathan Andary, and participated in Open for Dancing’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” choreographed by John-Mark Owen. In 2014, she was a guest dancer with Heather Ahern’s Aerplaye performance of “In Full Flight.”

Kathy Lyon

Kathy started teaching with Dance with Energy in 2017. She teaches Hip Hop and Creative Movement. She also teaches Zumba and Barre classes at Weymouth Club.

Kathy studied at UMass Boston, holding a minor in dance. She has been dancing since the age of 3. She has studied Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Kathy also performed with numerous award-winning competition teams.  

Jaclyn Sanford

Jaclyn received her ballet training from Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as a student of the Young Dancers Program and YouthWorks, JMBT’s pre-professional performance group. She also received training from the Boston Ballet School. As a student, she performed the role of “Clara” in JMBT’s The Nutcracker, as well as the Company role of “Snowflake.”

In 2008, Jaclyn joined JMBT’s professional company as an Apprentice and was promoted to Company Member the following year. She has performed in numerous works of original choreography by Jose Mateo, including featured roles in Mr. Mateo’s Back to Bach, Circles, Covens, Danzones Balleticos, The Last Circus, and Mozart Provoked, as well as the principal roles of  “Dew Drop Fairy” and “Snow Queen” in The Nutcracker. She is also a member of the teaching faculty at JMBT. In 2014, Jaclyn graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in English, Extension Studies. While performing with JMBT, she is also currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree in English at Harvard University. Jaclyn teaches Ballet.