Our Dance Instructors and Support Team
Let our team of Professional Dance Instructors help you have the time of your life. Come enjoy all the benefits that Ballroom, Country, Latin, Swing Dance & Zumba have to offer. Most important…it’s fun!
It’s good to know that you’re in good hands at The Dancing Feeling. Our professional instructors:
- Are patient and kind
- Make learning fun and easy
- Love teaching wedding couples
Among our staff, your will find teachers who have or are currently:
- Competing locally, nationally and internationally
- Coach other teachers nationally and internationally
- Appear on television
- Choreographed for Disney World
- Train teachers for professional exams
- Certified judges who have officiated at regional, national and world events
- Taught on cruise ships
- Serve as Chairman of Judges at competitions
- Create Professional competitive choreography
- Receive top teacher awards at various competitions
- Have students who have won world titles
- and the list goes on!
Join us and see how fun learning to dance can be!
Meet our Staff:
Kathy St Jean is the co-director of The Dancing Feeling.
Randy Deats is Co-Director of the The Dancing Feeling.
Rachael Capodanno has been on Staff of The Dancing Feeling for many years! Her expertise and knowledge of Ballroom and Country dance is impressive. She enjoys helping her students grow through showcase performances. In addition to teaching private and group lessons she competes with her students at many dance competitions. Her students consistently place in the top of their field including at the World Championships. She is the recipient of many top teacher awards. Rachael is currently an active Professional competitor competing across the United States and Canada with her partner Josh Morgenstein. They are proud to have placed 5th at the World Championships. Rachael and her partner Josh are available for performances.
Rachael is the Head Coach for the Roger Williams Ballroom Club. The club focuses on both social and competitive ballroom dancing.
Each year Rachael partakes in the “Dancing With The Stars of Mentoring” Fundraiser. She has coached numerous gentlemen, who have had a blast learning to dance while raising money for this great cause. Rachael also has performed at the Samsung “Dancing with the Stars Road Tour Pre-Show” at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rachael often DJ’s for The Dancing Feeling music productions at various ballroom competitions.
Josh Morgenstein has been teaching at The Dancing Feeling for quite some time. He is a sought after teacher both for social and competitive lessons. He competes professionally across the United States with his partner Rachael Capodanno. Their dancing is dynamic and such a pleasure to watch. In January 2015 he and his partner Rachael placed 5th in the World Championships.
Josh travels to many competitions where his students consistently place at the top of the fields. This occurs at both regional and world competitions. He has been the recipient of many top teacher awards throughout the United States. Prior to turning Professional Josh competed as an Amateur and earned four World Titles to his credit. This is in addition to winning numerous competitions throughout the United States.
Josh also enjoys dancing at studio showcases where he helps his students display their talents with fun and creative choreography. Josh donates his services for the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership “Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring” Fundraiser. Josh and his partner Rachael are also available for performances. Josh can be seen hosting The Dancing Feeling social dances. He also coaches the Rhode Island College ballroom team.
Maureen Ford joined The Dancing Feeling staff with a tremendous background in education. For many years she was a school teacher specializing in Physical Education. Her love and appreciation of the benefits of dance led her to incorporate ballroom dance lessons into her curriculum for high school students. Maureen enjoys performing with her students at studio showcases. Prior to turning Professional she enjoyed many successful ballroom competitions as an Amateur with focus on American Rhythm and American Smooth.
Maureen teachers our Sunday Class series and offers each class a great mix of technique and fun! Maureen enjoys teaching as she hopes to inspire her students to learn and love dance as she does.
Deborah O’Donnell has been involved in dance since an early age. As a young girl she studied the performing arts. She also has strong roots in club salsa and hustle. The Dancing Feeling is privileged to have Debbie as one of our qualified staff for over twenty-five years. She has her certification from Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. Debbie enjoys performing showcases with her students. In addition, Deborah has danced, taught and performed for various events such as: Newport Preservation Society, Festival Ballet Fundraiser, Waterfire in Providence, Swarovski National Corporate Gala and many more.
Debbie teaches not only ballroom classes and private lessons but also teaches our Zumba classes. She is an excellent certified instructor! She is one of the few Zumba teachers that actually knows how to dance and teach the various dances that Zumba embraces. Come join one of her classes – they are filled with energy!
Debbie is a proud contributor to the “Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring” since its inception 9 years ago. Debbie has coached Sammy Morris of the New England Patriots who competed in the fundraiser to a perfect score victory! What a hot performance! This is one of a few “stars” she has coached to win an award. Debbie is full of excitement and high energy and her classes are packed with fun! Can you say “fun”?!
Briana Crowley began ballroom dancing many years ago during college. Her love for dancing was so strong she decided teaching ballroom was only natural. She incorporates her many years of performing arts training into her teaching style. She teaches high energy group classes as well as one-on-one private lessons where she helps the dancer to become the best he or she can be. She loves teaching social ballroom, wedding couples and children! She has a warm nurturing way about her teaching style which is sure to help you relax and help you to learn.
Briana also donates her time each year to mentor a star for the “Dancing With The Stars of Mentoring” fundraiser. Her “stars always provide a great show under her instruction.
Anthony Scalzi began ballroom dancing in 2009 while attending Rhode Island College. He joined the Rhode Island College Ballroom Club and Team where he became passionate about ballroom dancing. As member of the ballroom dance team Anthony enjoyed competing with great success! Anthony held the position of President of the Rhode Island College Ballroom Dance Club. During his tenure he was influential in increasing the number of student dancers. Anthony was instrumental in initiating the Rhode Island College Annual Collegiate Ballroom Competition held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
Anthony enjoys teaching group classes and private lessons. He frequently can be seen competing with his students at an NDCA competition where they enjoyed top placement in all divisions.
Anthony donates his time for the charity fundraiser “Dancing With The Stars of Mentoring”. He has performed in numerous opening numbers and has appeared as a Professional Instructor mentoring a “Star”. In 2014 he and his “Star” Shameen from Amica Insurance won the people’s choice award. A proud accomplishment!
Elyse started dancing with Kathy in the performing arts when she was a child. Today you can find her greeting students, dealing with web based projects and marketing. Elyse still enjoys dancing and competing in both Ballroom and West Coast Swing!
Carol is one of the friendly faces you see behind the desk! Carol is a former Country Western dance competitor. She and her husband Arnold competed for many years and still love dancing. Today they enjoy both ballroom and country. Carol loves working at the studio as it is such a “FUN” job!