FABULOUS FACULTY

JENNIFER COUGHLIN

Creative Director & Choreographer | 23 years

FAVORITE: JAZZ
Jennifer has been sharing her love and passion for dance since she opened her doors in 1999. She has performed professionally all over the world but found that her true calling was nurturing and inspiring young dancers here in Dracut, Massachusetts. Over the years, her students have won hundreds of awards for technique, choreography, expression, and sportsmanship and have placed in over-alls and title awards. Many of her alumni have become professional dancers and teachers/choreographers. Jens love for dance is proven daily through her teaching, faculty, and students and she always means it when she says you are part of her "Dance Family." 

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CHRISTINA DECKER

Choreographer | 19 years

FAVORITE: TAP
Christina has been with 5-6-7-8 for many years as a student and teacher. She is our most advanced tap instructor and choreographer, and it's no surprise since she ventures to New York to update her training monthly. She has even choreographed multiple Acapella pieces where the only music was the sounds made by her students tapping. Her bright and beautiful smile lights up her elementary classroom during the day, and our studio at night during her classes!

NICOLE DIGIORGIO

Choreographer | 12 years

FAVORITE: JAZZ
Nicole is an extremely detail oriented dancer and choreographer and it is showcased in her award-winning pieces. She comes to 5-6-7-8 with an expansive background in many styles and a 4-year Certification from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. As an educator Nicole strives to provide a positive learning environment for her students. 

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ELIZABETH L'HEUREUX

Choreographer & Social Media Manager | 16 years

FAVORITE: CONTEMPORARY
Elizabeth is one of the founding students of 5-6-7-8 Dance Studio. She has been a part of every show, performance and competition since our doors opened in 1999. Her uniquely styled choreography has won numerous awards and she is constantly impressing others with her creative concepts. Elizabeth has also been a featured dancer in many movies and music videos, as well as modeling for large brands and fashion shows. 

SAMANTHA CHARETTE

Choreographer & Marketing Manager | 16 years

FAVORITE: JAZZ
'Miss Sam' started her career with 5-6-7-8 as an Assistant and quickly moved into a Teacher and Dance Team Choreographer role. She has taught all over New England, has appeared in movies, was the President of her college dance club, and walked in Boston Fashion Week. Sam is also a skilled Marketing Professional and has helped bring the business side of  5-6-7-8 to the next level.

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ASHLEY DESMARAIS

Choreographer | 11 years

FAVORITE: LYRICAL
Get ready to be dazzled by the grace and flawless movements of Ashley. She specializes in Lyrical, but can teach every style to any age student. Ashley was also the captain of the UMASS Lowell Dance Team and as well as the Spinners Dance Team.

AMANDA UNTRACHT

Choreographer | 2 years

FAVORITE: MODERN & CONTEMPORARY

Amanda is a dedicated performer and choreographer.  She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management.  Over the past few years she has performed and choreographed for productions in the Boston and New York City area.  Currently, Amanda is working remotely for West Virginia Dance Company as a special project dancer and is looking forward to her first year with 5-6-7-8!

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MELISSA JOHNSON

Choreographer | 2 years

FAVORITE: LYRICAL

Melissa started her dance career at the young age of 2 and has continued dancing into the college level. Joining the 5678 Dance team at the age of 14 she has won several regional and national placements, along with titles. She was honored the title of Elite Dancer at Excel in Motion, assisting SYTYCD winner Lauren Froderman and Aaron Turner. Melissa was also a member of the UMass Lowell Dance Team and dance team choreographer. 

JULIE COUGHLIN

Choreographer | 3 years

FAVORITE: CONTEMPORARY

Julie has been dancing since the age of 2. She was inspired to be a teacher after growing up at 5-6-7-8 with so many role models around. Julie is also a competitive dancer and has trained with professionals from all over the world. She has won numerous awards at competitions including 1st place overall, title, special judge's awards and most photogenic!

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Instructor | 2 years

FAVORITE: BALLET

More to come about Miss Marilyn, the newest member of our fabulous faculty!

GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

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Suzanne Shaw

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Rae-Ann Thomas

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Craig Dionne

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Impavido

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Liam Fitzpatrick

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Sadie Winer

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Alexa Luke

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Kai Holmes

APPRENTICE TEACHERS & ASSISTANTS

We believe in the power of passing our love for dance on to others. Our Apprentice Teacher Program allows our advanced dancers to learn the process of becoming a dance teacher and choreographer.

Kiera Andre

Carmella Brunelle

Ella Deschenes

Jada Coughlin

MaKenna Dangiaso

Jamie Febres

Brooklyn O'Connor

Kailey Rego

Isabella Rocha