OUR TEAM

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NICOLE PURTELL

CEO/Studio Director

Nicole Purtell has been dancing since the age of 3 and began dancing competitively at the age of 8.  She always knew she wanted to be a dance teacher and began student teaching at the age of 12.  Nicole studied dance in the Renaissance Arts Program at North Quincy High School.  She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical theatre.

 

Nicole holds certifications through CLI Studios, as well as USA Gymnastics Preschool Program and Acrobatique. She is currently a member of the accessibility committee for Liberate Artists ensuring inclusive, accessible dance experiences regardless of economic boundaries.

 

In addition, she holds several certifications working with children with special needs. Nicole has experience working at the Bridge Center and Home for Little Wanderers. She has been teaching dance for the Town of Plymouth Recreation Department for 11 years. Nicole has a wonderful reputation for building long-lasting relationships with her dance families and offering unique opportunities to her students. Nicole is excited to begin her 12th season as one of the most affordable and accepting studios in Plymouth, MA. 

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BRITTANY PURTELL

Studio Assistant Director

Brittany has been dancing since the age of 2, receiving training from Lisa’s Dance Studio in Quincy MA, and Paula Coffey Dance Center in Bridgewater MA. Brittany has competed in hip-hop, tap, pom, and jazz, as well as learned skills in ballet, lyrical, and pointe. Brittany joined the OSS team in 2014 and instructs elite teams, holds technique workshops throughout the year, teaches adult drop-in classes, manages social media, and other day-to-day tasks for the studio.

 

When she’s not at the studio, Brittany is a social worker and therapist. Through this education, she applies a trauma-informed approach to each of her classes. Brittany has choreographed a viral concept video on Buzzfeed, received a a grant to teach hip-hop to underprivileged children, and was featured in the July 2018 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine for her work. Brittany has received choreography awards for her concept pieces and is CLI Certified. 

PATRICIA HALL LORING

Ballet Technique Instructor

Patricia Hall Loring studied as a scholarship student with Boston Ballet under the direction of E Virginia Williams and also performed many musical theatre kids roles in summer stock and on early Boston television.  Ms. Loring studied early childhood education and special needs  at Cazenovia College and Lesley University. She was the Associate Director of the Children’s Ballet Workshop in Hingham MA (Nan Cogswell Keating, Director) from 1982 -1998 which later merged with the Boston Ballet School at its Norwell location. 

 

Ms. Loring became a full time faculty member of the Boston Ballet School from to 1999 -2011, specializing in Elementary Technique, Summer Intensives , Children’s Program, Citidance, and Adaptive Dance with yearly onstage choreography. Ms. Loring partnered with acclaimed ballet pianist, Steven Mitchell to produce a CD/DVD, “On You Mark, Get Set, Dance!” that is geared for teachers introducing dance to new students. It is distributed though Danceables.com and iTunes.

 

Ms. Loring has been instructing ballet at the studio for the last 4 years and our students have benefited greatly! She is excited for the upcoming season and we are so grateful for her expertise and guidance at Open Space!

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AMY BOUCHER

Youth/Hip Hop Instructor

Amy is beginning her 10th season with Open Space Studio! Amy has been singing, acting, and dancing most of her life. She has a unique background as she is the lead singer of a local band and interpreter at the Plymouth Plantation. She has been the AFAA Certified Group Exercise instructor since 2013 and enjoys teaching dance fitness and strength training. 

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DANIELLE SAVOY

Preschool and Kinderdance Instructor

Danielle is beginning her fourth year of teaching at Open Space Studio! She began performing at the age of six, going on to perform in local productions of The Nutcracker. Danielle earned an Associates degree in dance education from Deans College in Franklin, MA. She also has a minor in dance from Bridgewater State University. Danielle’s wonderful daughters also dance at the studio. She instructs the preschool and Kinderdance students. Danielle’s students adore her and we are so lucky to have her educating the littles!   

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ALYSSA DORE

CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL INSTRUCTOR

Alyssa is so excited for her second year with Open Space! She has a Bachelors degree from Bridgewater State University specializing in Dance education and Musical Theatre Performance. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and was lucky enough to begin competitive dance at the age of 9. At the age of 15, Alyssa had begun teaching dance in the public and private sector and has even choreographed for Whitman-Hanson’s High Frequency show choir and the Medway high school production of Anything Goes! She has been in numerous productions such as Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Newsies, Fame!, and more.

 

Alyssa has taught numerous master classes over the years and is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization. She was even invited to teach an integrated dance curriculum at The Sage School for gifted children. Although she is well versed in genres such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Lyrical, and Contemporary, she specializes in acrobatics, and is acrobatic arts certified. She is so excited to be taking on a larger role at the studio, and can not wait to get back into the studio for the new dance season!

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CHRISTOPHER PURTELL

OFFICE MANAGER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Purtell has been the office manager for Open Space for over a decade. Chris designs the website to be easy to use while capturing the important highlights of the day-to-day happenings and major events at the studio. Additionally, Chris creatively designs the programs and recital tickets each year without fail! He also assists with important tasks in and out of the studio and on show days. Chris’ hilarious sense of humor and friendly demeanor make our dance families feel comfortable! We are so lucky to have him on our team, there is no better fit in our studio!

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MADDIE MCWHIRK

ASSISTANT TEACHER/ALUMNI

Maddie has been part of the Open Space family for many years. She was a member of the senior elite competition team, during which time she won numerous awards for her technique and skills. She additionally assisted in the teaching of other classes before graduating from Plymouth South High School in 2020. Before graduating, she was a member of the Plymouth South Dance Team, and had the opportunity of being a captain for both the fall and winter season of her senior year.

Maddie is now a sophomore attending Bridgewater State University studying Elementary Education and Sociology, and is continuing dancing on the BSU dance team. She is so excited to be back at Open Space Studio to hopefully give the students the same love for dance that the teachers she had gave to her.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

STUDENT TEACHERS

MIRANDA

Miranda Coleman has been dancing at Open Space for 6 years, but dancing since two years old. Miranda has always been a helping hand around the studio, and In the past years he assisted in teaching preschoolers to 5th graders. Miranda has been a member of the senior team for two years, and will be assisting the Intermediate team! Miranda is starting her senior year at Plymouth North high school and is currently one of the captains of the Plymouth North dance team!

LAUREN

Lauren graduated from Plymouth South High School and will be attending Fordham University in the fall. Lauren has been dancing at Open Space for 3 years and competed with the Senior Elite Team. She was also apart of the Plymouth South Dance Team. Lauren has assisted with the Intermediate Team for 2 years and has choreographed numerous solos. Lauren has taken part in organizing fun studio fundraisers and is very creative with her choreo. Lauren is a fantastic role model in and out of the studio with her amazing flexibility and positive attitude! We are so excited to have her choreographing for our dancers!

DELYLA

Delyla has been dancing for 6 years at Open Space. She has been a member of the hip hop team for 4 years and is a senior at Plymouth North High School. Delyla has experience with choreographing trios for recital and has been student teaching for 4 years. Her energy is amazing and her dance team students love working with her!

MORGAN

Amy is beginning her 10th season with Open Space Studio! Amy has been singing, acting, and dancing most of her life. She has a unique background as she is the lead singer of a local band and interpreter at the Plymouth Plantation. She has been the AFAA Certified Group Exercise instructor since 2013 and enjoys teaching dance fitness and strength training. 

EMMA

Emma is a senior at Plymouth South High School and has been a member of the senior team for 3 years. Emma recently received a full-ride scholarship award for her solo performance! Along with Open Space, Emma is also the captain of the Plymouth South Varsity Dance Team. She teaches the Leaps, Jumps, and Turns class and assists the Teen Elite competition Team. She is excited to start teaching this season and compete for her last year.