Faculty & Staff

Kelly Clark
I have had such a strong passion for dance throughout my life.  I came to Paulette’s when I was eight years old and I have never left!  I joined the faculty in 2000, when I was still a student with Paulette.  I continued to dance with Paulette through Emmanuel College, where I was a member of their competitive dance team and through my graduate studies at Boston College where I received my Master’s Degree.  I have recently choreographed two musicals for the Dover Foundation and performed as a dancer  in “It’s Christmas Time” with the Reagle Players in Waltham.  When I am not in the studio, I am a special education teacher for children with Autism in the Boston Public School system.  I love being part of such a strong dancing family for over 20 years!
Taylor Gough
I can’t imagine my life without dance. My stress relief, my creative outlet, my first true love. I started with Paulette at the age of three. I can vividly remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to make it to my ballet class in studio B. I thought the studio to be like a wonderland, and found Paulette absolutely enchanting. I can’t remember ever not dancing. I assisted Paulette as a high school student, and have been teaching as a professional faculty member for over ten years now. Not a lot of people are able to say that they do what they love, and are able to share their enthusiam and passion for it with others. I feel so lucky to work with such an amazing group of women and consider it a blessing each and every day! .
Naomi Harrington, Newton Studio Manager
My basic job is to help Paulette with whatever she needs! These days I basically work all Saturdays – taking attendance, answering the phone, help the dancers and their parents and try to keep everything going smoothly so that Paulette can worry about the important things – teaching! At various times during the season there are plenty of other things to do – fit and sew costumes, help with mailings and generate various documents to keep track of all the costumes. Perhaps one of my biggest responsibilities comes during concert time. My job is to be backstage at the rehearsals and performances to manage the flow of the dancers. I need to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time – and take care of any unexpected emergencies with safety pins, tape and a pair of hands!I cannot explain what I feel about Paulette’s, except to say (as so many others have) that it is my second home. I adore watching the dancers learn and grow. I have learned more about dancing and LIFE than I ever expected when I enrolled Laura in 1991. Simply put, I love being a part of Paulette’s world.
Sue Horton
I have loved to dance for as long as I can remember. I started dancing with Paulette when I was eight years old. I loved everything about Paulette and the studio: the fun we had in class, the different styles and techniques we learned, the performance experiences, the amazing costumes Paulette designed and the friends made through a shared passion for dance. I continued dancing at Skidmore College, where I graduated with a degree in Business/Math. I joined Paulette’s faculty in 1994. I feel so fortunate to be on the faculty and to work with Paulette. I have a “day job” as a Finance Director at Partners HealthCare, but working with Paulette is the best job!
Laura Lagman
I’ve been dancing at Paulette’s since I was four and I have loved every minute of it. The studio has always been like a second home to me, and everyone at the studio was a second family for me. That’s why when I graduated from high school, I couldn’t just leave the studio behind. Being on the Faculty has been such a rewarding experience, as dance has taught me so much about life and even about myself. I couldn’t imagine not being a part of Paulette’s Ballet Studio.
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I began dancing with Paulette around the age of five and immediately fell in love with the art. While ballet and pointe remained my focus, I expanded my repertoire to include many different forms of dance over my 13 year career with Paulette. I enjoyed student teaching under her guidance, and continued to pursue my love of dance while studying at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Ma. I had an unofficial minor in ballet and served as the President of the Holy Cross Dance Ensemble. Upon graduation I was thrilled to return to Paulette’s to join the faculty. After a short break to have my now 3 year old twins and 2 year old daughter, I am excited to return and join Paulette and her wonderful faculty in its 53rd season! I am thrilled that my own daughters will now study ballet at Paulette’s and hopefully be inspired as I was and continue to be!
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I began dancing with Paulette when I was four, and never quite realized what an impact it would have on me. Growing up spending every night at the studio gave me not only confidence and a love for dance, but a community of people where I could be myself and be supported every day. Upon graduating from Paulette’s in 2011, I knew I couldn’t stop there. I continued on to the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I pursued my degree in Communication and Spanish Language. Throughout my four years there I was also a member of the dance team, where I got to meet some amazing people, practice daily, and travel to compete with dancers from around the country. I graduated on a high note placing fourth in the nation for the highest division. Our success was product of hard work and perseverance, something I learned a long time ago at Paulette’s. I am honored to join the talented faculty that helped establish me as a dancer, and am excited to be able to work with these students and hopefully share what I have taken away from dance with them. Couldn’t keep me away from Paulette’s for too long!
David's photo.jpgDavid Pichadze Music Director, Piano Accompanist
Mr. Pichadze is held in the highest esteem by the musical world. He has garnered great international press acclaim and has earned the respect of the artistic community in and around Boston, Israel and the former Soviet Union.Mr. Pichadze is described as an artist and educator with unique communicative gifts and an orchestra conductor of extraordinary ability, which has been demonstrated by sustained international acclaim. His performance, characterized as an unusual, moving and a memorable experience, is the direct result of his very rare ability to communicate to an audience at a concert, the superb architecture and varying subtleties within the music, causing the music to be the main experience.Through his exceptional musical talents and entrepreneurial skills, Mr. Pichadze has enriched the cultural life of the larger community and the lives of many students, musicians and audiences both young and old.A native of Tbilisi, Georgia (former soviet republic), Mr. Pichadze is the founding director of Concerto Ensemble and the Acton Chamber Orchestra. Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra are among the distinguished guests and soloists who have collaborated with maestro Pichadze.Mr. Pichadze has also conducted and worked with the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Newton Symphony, Longy Youth Symphony, Just In Time Composers, Brookline Symphony and Goettinger Symphonie Orchester in Germany.Mr. Pichadze studied conducting with Maestro Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux school for advanced conductors in Hancock, Maine, USA. Other conducting teachers and coaches include: Gustav Meier, Murray Sidlin, Jorge Mester, Pascal Verrot, Jeffrey Rink, Ronald Knudsen, Michael Jinbo and David Callahan.
Mr. Pichadze is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, Film Scoring major (BA).
Alicia Reilly Santamaria
Alicia “grew up” at Paulette’s Ballet Studio. She danced professionally while still in high school at the “Chateau de Ville.” After graduating she went on to choreograph and perform in musical productions at the College of the Holy Cross, and subsequently performed with several small Boston dance troupes. She returned to PBS to direct the adult dance program around 1990, and later joined her sister Penny to take over the jazz and tap program at the Medfield studio.
Gemma Santamaria
Paulette’s Ballet Studio has proved, and still proves to be one of the most distinctive attributes of my growth as a dancer, and as a person. The beauty and discipline created in this studio not only provide crucial dance education, but confidence in your everyday life as well. Dancing has fed so much of my happiness, and I’m thankful that I can pass that inspiration and knowledge onto students of my own at Paulette’s. It is a joy, and a privilege to continue my passion for dance here.
VictoriaVictoria Stavropoulos
Paulette’s Ballet Studio has been a part of my life since age six. Not only did Paulette help me in finding my passion for dance but she also provided a second family for me. Through Paulette’s I became the person I am today. After recently graduating high school in 2012 I began my college education Suffolk University. Through my freshman year of college I taught Ballet at Agnes Strecker Dance studio through the referral of Paulette. Teaching for Agnes Strecker was an amazing experienced, although I found myself envying the dancers opportunity to take class everyday of the week. Half way through the year I decided my life was incomplete without continuing my own personal dance training so I began a search to complete my life’s puzzle. At this point I decided to audition for Marymount Manhatten’s dance program in New York. After a rigorous audition process I was pleased to make it into the program. I later decided that leaving Suffolk University was not the best option for my personal career goals so I decided to find something more local. In June of 2013 I made the Boston Celtics Dancers and am currently fulfilling my first season as a rookie. I could not be more excited to work with Paulette’s dancers this year and hopefully for many years to come! Happy Dancing!
Katie Tunney
At the age of 9, I started dance classes at Paulette’s Ballet Studio. From then on, the world of dance became a major part of my life. Through Paulette, I became a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. While earning my B.S. in education at the University of Maine, I was a member and choreographer with the Dance Department. I taught elementary school in the City of Boston while I earned my Master’s Degree from Lesley University. Having earned my Administration credentials from Northeastern University, I am now a principal in one of the City of Boston’s Pilot Schools. I became a member of Paulette’s faculty upon my return from college and have taught at both the Newton and Medfield studios. Not only were my sister and I taught dance at Paulette’s, but being taught dancing at Paulette’s has become generational–my cousins, my nieces and my own children.

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