Raquelle's Dance Studio

Rachel Buffer

Rachel Buffer hails from North Brunswick, NJ and began her dance training at the School of the Arts Dance Center. She has recently completed a dgree in fashion Merchandising at Mount Ada College. Rachel has been dancing with Boston-based Tribe, the Dance Company since 2008 serving as rehearsal diector this past season.  In addition to dancing with Tribe, Rachel is also a member of the Unyted Stylz Crew under the direction of Ricardo Foster, Jr. As a choreographer, Rachel has created full-length pieces for Tribe as well as choreography for various youth troupes throughout New England and in the tri-state area.  Rachel is a passionate teacher and has instructed master classes all over Massachusetts including a promotional master class for Tribe, the Dance Company's "Tribe Vibe 8" show.  Miss Buffer has served as a faculty member at Boston University, School of the Arts in North Brunswick, NJ and many other professional studios in New England. Rachel has been on the Faculty of Raquelle's Dance Studio since 2010. We are excited to welcome her back for another great year!

Kenzie Finn

(Sagamore Beach, MA) Kenzie began her dance training at Center Stage Dance Academy in Plymouth, MA. At fourteen, she transferred out of her local high school to pursue her dance training at the Boston Arts Academy. At the BAA she had the opportunity to work with professionals such as Ina Hahn, and Sean Curran while also broadening her range of dance styles and uderstanding of movement concepts. After graduating, Ms. Finn began work on her B.F.A. in dance choreography at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus. While in New York, Kenzie also became on of the Inaugural members of the Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre in Manhattan. Since returning to Boston, Kenzie performed with Tribe, The Dance Company from 2005-2012, serving as the organization's operations assistant and coordinator of Tribe's workshop and masterclass series.  Kenzie has also erfofrmed with Six One Seven Dance Collective under the direction of Kendra Heithoff, and is currently performing as a member of Sasso & Company uner the direction of Lacey Sasso.  Kenzie is the founder and artistic director of Project 31, Boston's isceral contemporary dance company.  Through Project 31, Mis Finn is explorint the boundaries of contemporary and American jazz dance focusing on creating movement that is free-form, fluid, and for all eyes.  Kenzie Finn is a passionate dance educator and choreographer. Her dancers have won top awards and scholarships to summer dance programs and universities.  kenzie is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor as wwll as a former Leap N' Learn master teacher.  She has served as a faculty member at Center Stage Dance Academy, South Shore School of Performing Arts, Sandwich Dance Academy, and the Dance Zone at Tumble Time Gymnastics.  She has been a guest instructor at North Quincy High School's Renaissance Dance Program, The Dance Company, and New England Movement Arts.  Kenzie has been on the faculty at Raquelle's Dance Studio since 2015 and is looking forward to another great season.

Stacey Melvoen

Stacey has been dancing almost all of her life and loves teaching. She received her training at The Cambridge School of Weston, the Boston Ballet and the Boston Conservatory. She has taught for various studios throughout the South Shore as well as run her own dance program at the Mass Gymnastics Center. As a mother of 4, she splits her time between her family and her love of dance. Stacey has been a faculty member at Raquelle's Dance since 2014 and we are thrilled to have her back for another exciting year.

Lacey Sasso

Lacey attended missouri State University where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company.  She has recentl been on faculty at Boston Unversity teaching contemporary jaz.  Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) where she served not only as the Jazz Captain, but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist.  Her choreography was presented in the annual New ork Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival.  In Boston, Lacey was a member and featured choreographer for Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. In 2015 Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Lacey spent 2 years living in the United Kingdom.  She has been on staff with the Royal Academy of Dance's Step into Dance, Montage Theatre ARts, Kew DAnce ARts, and SOTO Dane. Since returning to Boston,, Lacey has been on the faculty of South Shore Ballet Theater and Raquelle's Dance Company and she continues her work as Artistic Director of Sasso & Company.

Katrina Dianne Lumbert

Katrina began dancing at Raquelle's when she was 3 yrs. old. At age 11 she began assisting with teaching and administrative duties. Her junior year she participated in a studio internship where she assisted in classes as well as teaching and choreographing her own sections.Katrina has participated in many competitions and received many awards including the Dance America "Most likely to perform" and Dance Olympus summer VIP.  Katrina is presently employed as an administrative assistant while recovering from injuries. She hopes to return to the classroom soon.