Meet The Staff

Our Staff


Erica Limoncelli- Famador

Artistic Director

Erica holds her BA in Dance from Dean College where she graduated in 2006 with high honors. She has extensive training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop as well as dance history, pedagogy, creative movement, musical theater, and dance composition. She is a former member of Dean Dance Company, Rainbow Tribe, Kelly Donovan and Dancers, and Disney Cruise Lines. Erica currently performs with Velocity Dance Elite. Erica has over fifteen years of teaching experience with the Quincy Public School System and private studios. Having started her passion for dance with Holly Rendle at the Atlantic Middle School Dance Theatre, Erica continued on as a graduate of the North Quincy High Schools Renaissance Dance Program under the direction of Maria D’Arcangelo. She was also selected to perform in the Millennium Day Parade in London.

She is the former Renaissance Dance Director at North Quincy High School, has worked at The Germantown Neighborhood Center, Beechwood Knoll Elementary School, Broad Meadows Middle School, The Fall and Winter Institute, The Performing Arts Program, and has choreographed for the North Quincy High School’s Show Choir. She also taught Hip Hop at Quincy College, and D.A.R.E Dance, a national program to help students with drug and alcohol awareness, at Sterling Middle School. Erica is very well known and respected in the dance community, in the City of Quincy, and was recently nominated in the Patriot Ledger Education Program ,”Thanks to a Teacher” recognition. Erica was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and received numerous Performing Art Scholarships at Dean College. Erica has taken part in many dance teacher workshops such as the New York City Dance Alliance and the Broadway Dance Teacher Workshops. Most importantly, Erica is very active with charity foundations and the local community. Erica is proud to be back at her roots teaching in the city of Quincy.


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Vincent Famador

Director

Vincent Famador is the Owner and Director of Velocity Dance Company. He began dancing and acting at an early age in Southern California. He specializes in Hip Hop, Martial Arts, and Street Funk, and is known for his unique and creative choreography style. Vincent was a three time National Champion in Martial Arts and was selected to represent the United States. Vincent also performed with one of the openers in Anaheim California for No Doubt during the early stages of Gwen Stefani’s career. He performed in Bruce Lee’s Anniversary Show Performance and was in the Hollywood film, Hiroshima, that starred Pat Morita from Karate Kid. In his latest accomplishments, Velocity Dance Company was invited to dance at the Russell Bowl in Orlando Florida. There Vincent worked with Mandy Moore, the four time Emmy nominated choreographer from So You Think You Can Dance and creative producer of Dancing with the Stars. His dancers performed with pop artist, Nico & Vinz singing their popular song, Am I Wrong.

In his early adulthood, he worked for the top fortune 500 companies in Business Management and Marketing and continued to dance and choreograph. Wanting to start his own business nothing made more sense then opening a dance studio with his wife, Erica. The dynamic duo was the first in the South Shore to start a “Not Your Average Wedding Dance” and the first studio in Quincy to start a Performing Group that performs professionally, for local charities, schools, and community events. Currently, Vincent is teaching multiple Hip Hop classes and Musical Theatre at Velocity Dance Company. Vincent also runs the Hip Hop and Musical Theatre program at MSE, a Milton Summer Enrichment Program.


Vince Bio

Katy Esper

Dance Instructor

Katy Esper found her style training primarily in classical ballet, contemporary and Horton-based jazz in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she danced for fifteen years as part of the Hopkins Youth Ballet in addition to participating in a wide variety of commercial dance projects. After graduating high school she traveled to the Pioneer Valley where she studied postmodern and improvisational techniques and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Mount Holyoke College. Through the Five College Consortium she was able to perform repertoire works from companies such as Delfos Danza Contemporanea, Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Katy enjoys an eclectic spread of styles and influences in her works and enjoys expanding the movement vocabularies of young dancers.



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Lisa Carpenter

Dance Instructor

Lisa Carpenter has been teaching dance for the past 11 years, specializing in Tap and Jazz instruction for all age groups. She began her training at the age of three with Beverly Carella in West Hartford, CT. As a teen, she assisted with class instruction and choreographed solo performances. She later studied at the Alyce Carella Dance Centre in West Hartford, CT. During her years at Clark University, Lisa participated in and served as co-director of the Variant Dance Troupe. Since then she has taught many forms of dance at local studios including the Acton Boxborough Dance Center and the Newton Boys & Girls Club. Lisa participates in community performances with Velocity.



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Melissa A. Webster

Dance Instructor

Melissa A. Webster began her love for dance and teaching north of Boston where she now teaches numerous Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tap, and Jazz classes. She is a former member of Tribe The Dance Company where she has had five pieces produced in their annual shows as well as had her work performed at the Hatch Shell. Melissa also participated in the Shared Choreographer’s Concert where her choreography went through two rounds before being accepted in the final show. Melissa also has enjoyed the opportunity to teach D.A.R.E Dance as well as other outreach programs in the inner city. She is currently fulfilling her passion of hip hop dance in the company Unyted Stylz Crew where she continues to perform all over Boston. Melissa’s passion for dance has inspired her students to not only dance after high school recreationally, but some have also pursued dance professionally.



Melissa Bio

Christina Sawyer

Dance Instructor

Christina Sawyer has been dancing since she was three years old. She started with Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, then branched out learning Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pom, and Pointe. Christina has enjoyed being a part of several dance companies including Contemporarily Out of Order, Velocity Elite, The Brockton Roxie’s, and Militia Semi Pro Cheerleaders. Christina graduated in 2013 with a degree in Exercise Science and is an AFAA certified Personal Trainer. Currently, she works as a Physical Therapy aide, although her true passion is teaching and sharing her love of dance.



Christina Bio

Stacey Hassan

Dance Instructor

Stacey Hassan began her love of dance at the age of four when she took tap, jazz and ballet at Peggy McGlone Dance Studio in Waltham, MA. During her adolescent years, she transitioned to the Studio of Creative Movement in Waltham, MA where she discovered her true passion for Tap and Hip Hop. Stacey loves performing and was active in dance and drama during her time at Waltham High School. She performed several dances each year in her school’s production of “Dance Theater”, and was a Masters of Ceremonies during her last year in the Senior Review production of “Cinema Adventure”. Her love for dance continued while attending Lasell College, when she became a member of the Creative Movement Dance Company and performed with them for several years. As her dance career evolved, she began attending master classes through The Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston. Stacey has taught several classes in Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop for all ages at The Dance Connection in Stoughton, MA (formerly Judy’s School of Dance); The Dance Shop in Holbrook, MA; Duval Dance Studio in Scituate, MA; as well as a competitive dance team for Scalzi School of Dance in Watertown, MA. Stacey has an effervescent personality and truly loves to share her passion for dance with her students.



Stacey Bio