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!

  • Ashan Samarasinghe

    Owner and Head 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!

  • Nicole Harrington

    Instructor

    Nicole has had over 17 years of training in New Zealand and Europe. She spent the last 9 years living in Italy studying with world champions and teaching people as young as 3 to as old as 93. Nicole represented New Zealand in 3 world championships and participated in numerous other competitions around Europe with her partner, Fabio. They were the New Zealand Closed Professional Latin Champion in 2016, and hold many other titles in major competitions in Europe. Nicole just finished competing as a professional on New Zealand’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She is excited to move to America, even if New England a bit colder compared to New Zealand!

  • Fabio Coco

    Instructor

    Fabio is an Italian native with over 19 years of national and international competition experience. He holds many European titles with his partner, Nicole. They were the New Zealand Closed Professional Latin Champions in 2016, and hold many other titles in major competitions in Europe. He was a part of the Sicilian dance team on the Italian TV show “Mattina in Famiglia” (Morning with the Family). Fabio is a fun-loving person who, while hardworking and dedicated to his craft, always finds a way to have a good time dancing. An avid football (soccer to us Americans) fan, he’s always up to date on the latest game. He specializes in Latin dancing and loves any chance to get on the floor.

     

     

  • Charisse Nocera

    Instructor

    Charisse Nocera began dancing at Studio 665 when she was 3 years old. She vividly remembers her parents, Mark and Dawna Nocera, twirling her around the room to all kinds of ballroom music. This early exposure to music and dance started her on a passionate journey in competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing. She is currently an open level dancer specializing in American Rhythm. In 2017, she was crowned the NDCA Open to the World Amateur American Rhythm Champion with her partner Aniket Gad. Charisse loves teaching and watching her students grow and improve their dancing. She is currently studying Piano Performance at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

  • Mark Nocera

    Instructor

    Mark Nocera is a World Class Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America and the World Dancesport Council. He is an organizer of the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships held in Boston each February and the Massachusetts Dancesport Challenge held in Nahant each August. He is a former North American Champion, United States Vice-Champion, and Semi-Finalist at the World 10 Dance Championships, and he has performed and taught on network and cable television. He is a National Examiner for DVIDA and has served as the head coach of the Tufts Ballroom Dance Team for over 16 years. He is currently a co-head coach of the UMass Lowell, and TUFTS Ballroom Dance Teams.

  • Soumaya MaRose

    Eastern Dance (Belly Dance) Instructor

    Since arriving in Boston in January 2014, she has dedicated her life to dance. In June 2015 Soumaya has won the 2nd place in the folk dance competition at Rakass Istanbul International Festival. She currently performs and plays music with Atlas Soul (North African music), Club Mediteranee (Arabic and Balkan music) and gives solo performances by Raqs Sharki and Moroccan folk dance at weddings and events around New England. She has taught classes, workshops, and hosted discussions throughout New England on Moroccan dance styles, Raks Sharqi, and Arabic culture. Soumaya regularly performs at the Boston area and travels to New York to teach and perform at workshops. One of her main partners is Boujemaa Razgui, a versatile musician with whom she has thought collaborated and produced for the first time in Boston.

     

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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.

  • Bethany Bond

    Office Assistant

    Bethany started dancing at age 14 to spite her mother after being ordered to choose a hobby (never thinking she would find ballroom dancing classes). She danced constantly throughout her time in high-school with her partner/future husband and his family going to social dances weekly. Bethany and her future brother-in-law competed in the Seacoast Classic in 2005 and won for their age group. She took a break from dancing during college to earn a degree in English from Northeastern University. After getting married Bethany and her husband, Stephen, hosted a Ball as a reception, including a dance lesson for all the guests. Bethany has worked as an administrative assistant in several fields and loves the different challenges each provides. She is an Excel wizard and will make a spreadsheet to solve nearly every problem. She’s always up for a chat (stop by her office!) and loves that she can combine her love of dancing with her career.

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  • Jennifer Bettano

    Office Assistant

    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. When not dancing, Jenn works at the Sports Club LA, Boston. Her passions are cooking and painting.