Nailah Randall-Bellinger has been a dance educator for over 30 years. She has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, including national and regional conventions for Dance Masters of America and American Dance Awards.
In addition, Nailah has taught dance at Harvard University, the University of California in Northridge, CA, Goddard College, and the University of Buffalo.
At the University of Buffalo, she was a resident artist, commissioned to choreograph for their dance department’s 2012 performing company. She is currently on the dance faculty of The Gold School, Harvard University and the Cambridge School of Weston. Nailah’s most joyful moments are during the creative process where movement is shared and explored in its true authentic sense.
Rennie Gold was born into a show business family. His father, Al Gold, was a Vaudeville performer and, later, a theatrical agent. Rennie’s mom, Sherry Gold, was a professional dancer and, later, the founder of The Gold School. Rennie began dancing with his twin brother Rhee at the age of 3 in his mother’s basement dance studio. At age 11, he received his Actor’s Equity card and began performing professionally, touring the country in musicals in dinner theaters and with the Sherry Gold Dance Company throughout high school.
Rennie continued his career working as a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer throughout the ’80s. In 1992, he became resident choreographer at Walt Disney World, creating and directing work for the Magic Kingdom, Pleasure Island, and more.
In 1996, Rennie returned to The GOLD School as director, upholding his mother Sherry Gold’s legacy of excellent dance education while pursuing groundbreaking new programs with the Project Moves Dance Company. Rennie’s students have performed at the White House, at the World Tap Championships, the Joyce Theater in New York City, on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and at Dancers Responding to AIDS’ Fire Island Dance Festival. His alumni have gone on to have successful careers in movies, on Broadway, and in world-renowned dance companies.
Rennie continues to believe that he and his kids can change the world through dance.
Kellie Grant trained for 15 years at The GOLD School under the direction of Rennie Gold, performing in the early stages of the Project Moves Dance Company throughout the United States and Germany, before joining The GOLD School/Project Moves Dance Company faculty in 2006.
Kellie assisted and trained as a teacher and choreographer with Rennie Gold while working on her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a minor in Hearing and Deafness at Emerson College. Kellie is a two-time nominee for the Evvy Award in Outstanding Choreography and is a three-time recipient of American Dance Awards’ Young Choreographer of the Year award. In June 2011, she was featured at the Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York City. Her work has been performed at the Joyce Theater in New York City, Symphony Space in New York City, The Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in Boston, and numerous theaters and schools in the Boston area. She is immensely proud to be with Project Moves Dance Company and The Gold School.
Alissa Marshall began dancing at age three. She went on to become a dance major at Adelphi University in New York. She has performed professionally for Prescott Park Arts Festival’s summer stock production of West Side Story, The Flamingo Club in Tokyo, Japan and The Sands Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
She has also worked on several industrials while appearing in television commercials. She has done extra work on films as well as the daytime soap opera, Loving. While between jobs, Alissa enjoyed taking classes with Roseanne Ridings in Boston, The Hubbard Street School of Dance and at the Gus Giordano school in Chicago as well as with many amazing and inspirational artists at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. She has taught all ages of dance at various levels and finds teaching to be far more rewarding than any applause she has received on stage. When Alissa is not dancing, her favorite thing to do is to look for seashells on the beach with her three daughters. She is thrilled to be a part of The Gold School family.
Larry Sousa has directed, choreographed, and designed musicals at professional theatres from coast to coast. In Boston, Larry’s work has appeared on the stages of Reagle Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Boston Children’s Theatre, and many more.Â Larry is the recipient of the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, The L.A. Ovation Award, and he is a 2-time winner of the American Dance Awards Choreographer of the Year prize.
Larry has performed in numerous Broadway companies, TV sitcoms, films and commercials. He teaches at The Boston Conservatory, Bridgewater State University, and is an alumnus and longtime faculty member here at The Gold School. Larry is the choreographer of the upcoming Broadway musical Merry Go Round starring Florence Henderson.
Kathy Kozul is a former member of Boston Ballet and Boston Repertory Ballet, where she also served as ballet mistress and faculty member. She has danced leading roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Concerto Borocco, Allegro Brillante, and Tarantella.
She has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Merce Cunningham, and Choo San Goh. She is currently on the faculty at Walnut Hill School for The Arts where she also served as Associate Director for 5 years. She’s been on the faculty of The Gold School for 20 years. When she’s not teaching ballet, Kathy enjoys spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren, Avery and Colby.
Joy Abdon has been part of The Gold School family for 17 years now. Throughout the years Joy was trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. In 2002, Joy was a member of the USA Tap Dance Team where she traveled to Riesa, Germany to compete in the World Tap Dance Championships; she and the team took home the 1st place Gold medal.
She graduated high school in 2004 and was further accepted to Roger Williams University. Throughout her 4 years at RWU, she was part of and performed with the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre each semester. Joy graduated college in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Minor in Dance. Joy also loves taking Zumba classes at her gym.
Jen Conidi started taking dance lesson at the age of 3. It wasn’t until she was 7 that she started taking ballet with Kathy Kozul. She knew from the very first class that she loved it. During high school, she continued dancing and started competing in numerous dance competitions where she won many awards such as the Gus Giordano Award for Excellence in Ballet and 3rd runner-up Miss Junior Dance of New England. Jen continued her dance training in college at The University of Missouri.
During her freshman year in college she was asked to travel to Albany, New York to perform in The Nutcracker for the Albany Berkshire Ballet Company—it was the first year they ever asked a freshman to go. She graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Jen moved back to Boston after graduation and started teaching at numerous dance studios in New England. She began teaching at The Gold School in September of 2005 and has loved every minute of it. When she’s not teaching and taking care of her two sons, Jen loves to read and watch reality TV. She also has an addiction to buying expensive shampoo.
Gillian Haley danced for 15 years at The Gold School, starting at the age of 3. During her time there, she became a member of The Project Moves Dance Company, performed all over the United States in competitions and concerts, and trained as an assistant teacher. In 2011, her senior year, she became a very active member in the “Accept Me” bullying campaign by leading projects with the students and helping to run the social media page, won the American Dance Award’s Young Choreographer of the Year Award at the regionals competition, and was nominated for Young Choreographer of the Year at Nationals.
Gillian has been a teacher at The Gold School since graduating high school in 2011 and is now majoring in Public Relations at Suffolk University where she is a member of the W!cked Hip Hop Dance Crew. She has found teaching to be her newly found passion and such a rewarding experience to see her students learn and grow through dance!
Twenty-year-old Mariano Figueroa was born in Brockton, Massachusetts where he currently lives and works as a hip-hop instructor. At the age of 10 Mariano started off B-boying with his cousin and friends. In 2008 Mariano discovered his love for dancing when he first saw the Jabbawockeez on America’s Best Dance Crew.
What he liked most about the Jabbawockeez is how they could manipulate movement to the music and tell their own story. God and his family are his source of support. His dancing idols are Phi Nguyen, Shaun Evaristo, Mike Song, and the Jabbawockeez. He is always looking for new videos of hip hop dance pieces to draw inspiration from on YouTube or dance shows on TV. Aside from dancing, Mariano enjoys drawing anime characters and learning how to play the guitar. Mariano finds that after spending prayer time with God, he is blessed with some of his best choreography.
Jean Amos has been instructing group exercise and personal training for over 25 years. Jean holds numerous certifications in the field, including AFAA and ACE. She has recently received her license to teach Zumba. Jean’s favorite pastime is watching comedies and eating dark chocolate.