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.
Ashleigh began dancing at the age of three at The Gold School under the direction of Rennie Gold. She spent most of her 15 years at TGS performing and training with what is now known as, Project Moves Dance Company. She was taught by many prominent and respected teachers – most of whom are still Gold School faculty today. One of Ashleigh’s major dance achievements was as a member of the USA Dance Team. She competed in Germany with her team and they went on to win the gold medal and title of the “2002 Junior World Tap Champions”.
In addition to her own training, Ashleigh spent many years assisting in the classroom. She quickly fell in love with the idea of sharing her passion with younger generations. While in college, she continued to teach and assist at various studios while studying Public Relations with a minor in dance at Hofstra University.
As a faculty member at The Gold School, she is endlessly excited to be teaching dancers of all ages. She incorporates a little bit of every teacher she’s learned from into her own teaching style. This allows her to educate with passion, structure and excitement in a rather productive environment. She even uses the same techniques taught to her while in the first years of her own Creative Movement classes. Ashleigh aims to not only instill knowledge in growing students but also a love for dance.
Katie Kozul began her dance training at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold and her mother, Kathy Kozul. She attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and later went on to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham Univeristy BFA program. At Fordham, she had the opportunity to perform works by Francesca Harper, Jennifer Archibald, and Malcolm Lowe. Kozul joined Hubbard Street 2 as an apprentice in September 2012 and was promoted to company member in August 2013.
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.
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.
Debi Cocco began her training in the basement of Sherry Gold’s home in the 1960’s. She is an active member of both professional teacher organizations, dance teachers club of Boston and dance masters of America. She is a former studio owner that teaches at many studios throughout New England. She has been on faculty at many conventions and workshops including dance teacher live conference. She not only has judged competitions but her students continually achieved many overall and high score awards. She has taught at many dance intensives throughout mass and New Hampshire. She continues her education by attending seminars, classes, and conventions in New York, Vegas, and California. Debi is excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance with her students!
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.
Kaitlynn graduated with a BA in Dance Education from Bridgewater State University in 2013. She has danced since she was 3 and spent her high school years dancing at Dance Theater of New England where she is now a choreographer. Kaitlynn was on the Bridgewater State University Dance Company and performed in many shows including Winterdance 2009, 2010, and 2011, Kaleidoscope 2010, and POPS! 2010 and 2011 and other fundraisers and benefit shows. Her choreography has won both regional and national awards. Miss Katie, as she is known to her beloved students, brings a fresh, and enthusiastic approach to her classes. We are pleased to have her join TGS this season.
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.