A School can only be as good as its’ teachers….
Trudy Macero / Artistic Director
Founder and Artistic Director Trudy Macero, began her dance career at the age of eight in the Boston area. She also studied voice during that time and traveled throughout the Boston area for her classes. Ten years later, upon graduation from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, Trudy entered the professional world as a vocalist and Dancer. As a performer she worked for the New York based William Morris Agency and toured the U.S. and Canada for several years as the opening act for various big names. After touring for several years she returned home to the Boston area where she opened the doors to the Winthrop School of Performing Arts. Her dream was to consolidate the various genres under one roof so students could easily access a variety of programs without having to travel to different locations. Macero believes in giving back to the Community through the Arts and offers her talent and time to all.
Jaime Bingham – Dance Instructor
Jaime Bingham began dancing at age 3 in Rhode Island at the “Dance Connection” and the “Pointe of Performing Arts”. Her teaching career began at 15 yrs. of age when her teachers realized she was not only an exceptional dancer but also a strong instructor with a natural ability to communicate with students. She attended the” Teacher’s Academy” at Mount Pleasant High School and graduated in the top ten of her senior class. She then went on to receive her degree in Arts and Secondary Education at “Rhode Island College”. Jaime made it through several rounds of the “So You Think You Can Dance” auditions and performs on weekends for Siagal Productions. She is happy to have found a home at the Winthrop School of Performing Arts where she teaches Ballet, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, lyrical and jazz. Jaime is also Zumba licensed.
Sarah Byrne-Martelli – Voice Coach
Sarah Byrne-Martelli has returned to the Boston area and to WSPA after living in NYC and the San Francisco Bay area for four years. She is now offering voice lessons with a focus on “Broadway Performance Skills.” Sarah’s vocal students have played leading roles on Broadway and in national tours some of which include Annie, Gypsy, High School Musical 1 & 2 and The Lion King. She has a huge library of Broadway and pop tunes, and she will help you develop vocal technique, gain confidence and learn the best songs for your voice. Sarah played piano for her first show as a senior in high school, and since then has served as musical director and pianist for over 25 shows in Boston and New York. She is happy to be back at WSPA.
Tara Centofani-Leary – Dance Instructor
Tara Centofanti-Leary joins us with over twenty five years of dance experience. She received her formal training in Tap, Jazz, Lyric and hip-hop for most of her dance career with Beverly Richards, where she studied under the direction of Susan Chopourian. Tara has performed at lucrative destinations such as Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and through her extensive dance career, received multiple titles and gold medals from numerous regional and national competitions and pageants. She is certified by test to instruct dance through the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, choreographs for theatres in her spare time and has been an instructor with WSPA for the last 8 yrs.
Jaime Montesano – Dance Instructor
Jaime has been studying dance since the age of 3 and started teaching at WSPA when she was 16 years old. She is a graduate of The Dance teacher’s Club of Boston and specializes in jazz, tap, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Jaime is also a choreographer for theatres, schools and colleges throughout the Boston area. Jaime was the instructor of “Dance Jams”& “Theatre Dance” at the Wheelock Family Theatre for 2 years. She is also the Office Manager and Founding Drama Teacher at the Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Biology from Suffolk University. She is an actress and singer who performs in her spare time.
Melyssa Perkins – Dance Instructor
Melyssa Perkins has been teaching dance for 17 years. She is trained in all forms of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics, and musical theater. She has completed the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston Teacher Training Course and is a member of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. Melyssa has never stopped studying modern dance trends and expanding her dance knowledge and experience. She has studied with the top choreographers in the dance world today and continues to take class herself and participate in various conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse. She loves to share her passion for the art of dance with her students and hopes to inspire each and every one of them.
Alicia Januario – Dance Instructor
Alicia Januario has been dancing since she was two years old. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop in the Boston and New York area. She began her teaching career at the age of 19 and is licensed by The Dance Teachers Club of Boston where in 2005 she received the highest award for tap education from that Organization. Alicia has worked with multiple after school programs educating children in musical theater and hip hop dance. She also collaborated with Stoneham Theatre in the production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Alicia is constantly attending dance education seminars and numerous conventions throughout the year. She specializes in creative movement and loves to make her students smile!
Christine Jankowiak- Guitar
Christine Jankowiak is currently employed as a general elementary music specialist in the town of Saugus and has been teaching grades K through 5 since 1993. She has taught guitar ( acoustic, electric, and bass) at the Winthrop School of Performing Arts for fifteen years. Christine has been playing electric bass guitar for 40 years and plays professionally in a three piece band. She embraces all styles of music and tailors her lessons to fit each individual student in conjunction with teaching them the necessary basics including note reading, tablature, chord charts, and scales.
Katherine Houstle – Piano/Voice
Katherine Houstle is a graduate of Wheelock college with an MS in “Integrated Elementary and Special Education” as well as a “BA in Child Development and Music” from Tufts University. Katy offers private music lessons in piano and voice instruction for the Winthrop School of Performing Arts. Her patient, encouraging demeanor as a teacher, is why her students love her. She is also an accomplished Musical Director and Piano Accompianist for a number of high schools and colleges in the Boston area.
Betsy Gynn – Piano
Betsy began studying piano at 8 years old. By the time she was in high school she was accompanying vocalists, playing in bands and musically directing shows. She then went on to Berklee School of Music where she studied Piano and Voice and graduated with a concentration in “Jazz Composition’ and Arranging”. Betsy is marking her 7th year with WSPA as of 2016 and connects on many levels with her students. She instructs with an eye towards making the most of each students musical interests whether it be classical, jazz, blues, ragtime, pop, musicals and music from Anime and video games. Betsy believes that challenging her students is a good way to build skills but also believes in accommodating their styles to heighten interest in music. She offers a recital each June to showcase each student’s talents and abilities.