Our Staff

  • An experienced staff with over 80 years combined experience. Let us bring your skills to the next level.

  • The Studio 665 staff is made up of friendly, fun and experienced dance instructors who know what it takes to perform and feel confident in your dancing shoes. Whether you’re looking to learn to how to dance for a special event, enrich your life with the culture of dance or just pick up a new skill, we’ll be able to lead you to success!

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  • Mark & Dawna Nocera

    Owners & Head Instructors

    Mark and Dawna Nocera are highly accomplished professional competitors. Some of their titles include: North American 10-Dance Champions, United States Vice-Champions, and Semi-Finalists at the World 10 Dance Championships held in Maastrict, Netherlands. They are currently registered as World-Class Adjudicators with both the National Dance Council of America and the World Dance and Dancesport Council and have been invited to adjudicate at many prestigious international events. They have been seen numerous times performing and teaching on network and cable television. Mark is also a National Examiner for DVIDA. They operated Studio 665 in Woburn for the past 30 years. They are co-organizers of the Eastern US Dancesport Championship, which takes place in February, and the Massachusetts Dancesport Challenge, taking place in August. They spend their free time enjoying life with their two beautiful daughters Charisse and Miranda.

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  • Ashan Samarasinghe

    Instructor

    Ashan, a Standard champion in Australia and New Zealand, is a seasoned and accomplished instructor and competitor. He trained and taught Australian National champions at the prestigious Dancespace 383 of Wollongong, Australia and joined the Studio 665 staff in January 2014.  Over the years, Ashan has honed his skills as a fierce competitor with many accomplishments such as, 4 times New Zealand national champion that includes an open to the world title. In the recent years, he has won over 25 regional championships as well as being placed in the top 3 at Australian regional championships. Additionally, Ashan founded a not-for-profit organization in New Zealand called “Boost It Productions” which offers underprivileged dancers the opportunity to train with world class dance instructors.  This organization also provides scholarships for dancers to attend dance competitions and events at reduced costs. Ashan specializes in working with beginners as well as competitive standard dancers to reach new levels of excellence.  If Standard is his first love, Argentine Tango is not far behind!

 

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  • Kim Vanaman

    Instructor

    Kim is an Independent Dance Professional and Hustle specialist with extensive credits at all national Hustle events. Her expertise in technique and styling, as well as her warm, positive teaching style places her in demand as an instructor, choreographer, performer and judge. She continues to be a major force for keeping Hustle happening in the New England area. In addition, she is trained in American Style Ballroom Dance with an extensive focus on East Coast Swing, Jazz and Tap dancing. Kim has been teaching at Studio 665 for 6 years. In addition to numerous other awards, Kim most recently received The Arte Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award 2012.

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  • Jennifer Bettano

    Instructor In Training

    Jennifer has been a student of ballroom dance at Studio 665 for over six years.  She is a Gold-level dancer, having competed successfully in her favorite style, Latin, across New England and Canada.  Jenn began training as an instructor in the spring of 2013, with a focus on teaching social dancing. When not dancing, Jenn works at the Sports Club LA, Boston. Her passions are cooking and painting.