The school's core faculty is below. In addition, we bring in guest faculty for style workshops, choreography, and company class.
Gretchen Adams is a senior at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts where she is studying to receive her BFA in Dance and AA in Business. During her training at Dean, she has had the privilege of studying under and learning from Joanie Palladino, Ryan Kasprzak, Kristina Berger, Shaina Schwartz, Todd Shanks, and many more renowned teachers. During the fall semester of 2020, Gretchen spent much of her time writing her now published book Looking Back to Push Forward: What Modern Dance Legends of the Past Have Taught Us. With the guidance and mentorship of Joanie Palladino, Gretchen writes about the importance of our modern dance ancestors in the classroom today. Bringing light to the historical significance of movement in every dance space is a passion of Gretchen’s that she is excited to share with the dancers at Fusionworks.
Laura Bennett is Dancing Legacy's co-director and operations manager and has worked with the organization since the late 1990s, staging Repertory Etudes and performing with the Ensemble across the USA. Laura has been dancing since she was in her mother’s womb and had her choreographic debut at age 11, when she got her gym teachers to give up their physical education periods for her to create a dance on her classmates. A Brown University graduate, she has studied, performed, and taught techniques and repertory of the 20th century American concert dance lineage, beginning with her early training at the Harlem Dance Studio, led by her mother Julie Adams Strandberg and her aunt Carolyn Adams. Laura is a former member of Fusionworks Dance Company and holds a dance education certificate from New York City’s 92nd Street Y. She has taught dance and theater in community centers, schools, private studios, and summer programs, including 33 years at the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance where she is associate artistic director. Outside of dance, Bennett enjoys spending time with her treasured nephews, studying the Bible, following sports, and watching TiVo in high definition. She learned much about living a creative life from her paternal grandmother, Harriet Bennett Strandberg (1914-1991), a painter who brought the spirit of the artist to everything she touched; the name Bennett was taken as a public tribute to a private legacy.
Hayley Kenney is Dancing Legacy's co-director. She has worked with the organization since 2013 and performs and teaches with the Ensemble. A Florida native, Hayley holds a BFA in dance from Florida State University. She has studied with a wide variety of teachers including Carolyn Adams, Lynda Davis, Laura Glenn, Rebecca Lazier, Anthony Morgan, Julie Adams Strandberg, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. She has performed with BoSoma Dance Company and Sokolow Now! and in works by Robert Battle, Colin Connor, Danny Grossman, David Parsons, Anna Sokolow, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, among others. She believes in educating dancers not only to be performers but to be dance patrons and advocates. Hayley is a former faculty member at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Dean College, and private studios in the Boston-metro area including four years as the lead modern dance teacher at the Dancing Arts Center in Holliston. Hayley also has a deep interest in bringing anatomical depth to dance practice and is a certified Pilates instructor with 15 years of teaching experience and has extensively studied Laban Movement Analysis. She resides in North Attleboro with her husband and their three children. She is a mid-century style enthusiast, having purchased a time capsule 1956 ranch home; she and her husband collect pieces and do all renovations in the style of the home, using authentic materials whenever possible.
Sheramy Keegan-Turcotte was born and raised in Massachusetts. She holds an MSc in Dance Science with Merit from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, and also holds an AA in dance from Dean College. While living in New York she had the pleasure of performing with artists including Jana Hicks, Noemie LaFrance's SENS Production, Isabel Gotskowsky and Dancers, Avila/Weeks Dance, Cornfield Dance, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater and Silver Brown Dance among others. She has also performed nationally and internationally with the Next Stage Project and has performed in works by Kevin Wynn, Oliver Steele, Doug Elkins and Jane Franklin. She danced with Fusionworks Dance Company from 2007-2018, and was a member of their educational team which worked to bring curriculum-based modern dance into the public school system. Sheramy is also a certified Pilates instructor, and has worked extensively as a dance researcher, grant writer and arts administrator. Her award winning research has been presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference, and has been published in the Medical Journal of the Performing Arts. Sheramy is currently an adjunct professor of Dance at Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts. Sheramy has been on faculty with Dancing Legacy since 2019.
Dina Ternullo Melley
Dina Ternullo Melley received a BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory and received additional training from the Joffrey School in San Antonio and Gus Giordano in Chicago. Dina has performed masterworks by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Donald McKayle and has toured and conducted workshops nationally and internationally with the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble. Dina has had the pleasure of both choreographing works for and performing with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, Of Moving Colors, the Louisiana State University College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Desert Dance Theatre, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s State of LA Danse. She was the choreographer for the LSU Opera production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and has choreographed and performed for the Arizona State University season-opening Gala Concert. She has also performed in the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre program, Ballet for Children, as well as AZDance Group, and Colleen Cavanaugh and Dancers. Dina has been on faculty at Boston College, Regis College, Louisiana State University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she was also the artistic director of the Dance Guild at UL Lafayette. Dina is currently on the faculty at Dean College and began working with Dancing Legacy in 2019. She is very excited to be taking on new responsibilities within the organization and leading the School @ Fusionworks Studio. Dina’s most treasured time is spent with her husband and son. She also loves hiking, biking, kayaking, and enjoying all the beauty New England has to offer.
Stephen Ursprung holds an MFA in dance from Smith College and a BA in economics and Italian studies from Brown University. As a performer, he has had the honor of performing works by Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Monica Bill Barnes, Robert Battle, Danny Buraczeski, David Parsons, Ruth Andrien, and Danny Grossman. In addition to his work in concert dance, he is an experienced musical theater performer, a tapper, and performed as a principal dancer in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women produced by Sony Pictures. He is an assistant professor of dance studies at Dean College and is a member of Dancing Legacy's Ensemble. As a choreographer, Stephen is the co-director of two dance collectives: NilsSprung Dance Project and Reject Dance Theatre.