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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  • Ashan Samarasinghe

    Owner

    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!

  • 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 also the head coach of the UMass Lowell Ballroom Dance Team.

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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.

 

  • Susan Desmarais

    Yoga Instructor

    Susan Desmarais was brought up as a Buddhist by her mother, which gave her an immediate spiritual connection to yoga.  She started practicing yoga in 1981, took her first teacher training in the Sivananda tradition in 2000, and began teaching in 2001 in Toronto.  Susan went on to teach full time in Rome, Italy for several years and is now in the Boston area. Her teaching style has developed from numerous trainings and classes with primarily Iyengar trained teachers over the years, with an emphasis on alignment and therapeutics.  By using props in her classes, Susan makes the work accessible at a deeper level, giving the student a clear understanding of energetic use of the body.   Her aim is to have each individual come away from class feeling integrated, invigorated and replenished from their practice.  Susan’s teaching style is known to have humor and a light touch.  Susan is currently studying Nutritional Endocrinology, and she coaches individuals on how to balance their health at an optimal level.  She teaches a “Yoga for Hormone Balance” series twice a year in the Boston area.
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  • Soumaya MaRose

    Belly Dancing Instructor

    Soumaya’s experience with Moroccan music and Raks Sharqi started very young when she begged her mother to take her to Moroccan weddings. As an adult, Soumaya began to study Raks sharki with international Turkish male orientale dancer Serkan Tutar. She has trained with many international teachers and has taken many workshops throughout Europe and the U.S. Since arriving in Boston in January 2014, Soumaya has dedicated her life to dance. In June 2015, she won 2nd place in the folk-dance competition at Rakass Istanbul International Festival. She has taught classes, workshops, and hosted discussions throughout New England on Moroccan dance styles, Raks Sharqi, and Arabic culture. Soumaya regularly performs at venues in the Boston area and travels to New York to teach and perform at workshops.