The Conservatory School for the Performing Arts
dance studios for children in MA

FACULTY

The Conservatory's staff of trained dance and performing arts professionals truly cares about every student, and makes sure each student is properly placed and is reaching their full potential.

Take a few minutes to get acquainted with our wonderful faculty:

 

Erika Frank-Cooney
OWNER | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Erika Frank Cooney

ERIKA FRANK-COONEY started her dance career at the age of eleven dancing in The Ballet Theatre of Boston’s production of The Nutcracker. She has worked on major motion films and on television including, The Teen Nick Halo Award Show, Taking Woodstock, Going the Distance, and The Forger starring John Travolta.

Erika is a graduate of Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and is also a graduate of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston’s Teachers Training Program. She is a degreed active member in good standing with Dance Masters of America (certified to teach ballet, modern, jazz and tap), and is a professional member of the National Dance Educators Organization. Erika has worked as a judge and master class teacher for the On Point National Dance Competition where she adjudicates performers in all dance genres/levels, and has taught musical theatre master classes for competitive dancers.

Miss Frank has a decade of teaching experience working with children in diverse ages, levels, and genres. Many of her students have gone on to study dance on a collegiate level, and have made names for themselves as performers, choreographers, and teachers in the dance community. Along with dancing and performing, Erika continues to share her passion through teaching and choreographing for students throughout Massachusetts. Her choreography has won numerous awards at both regional and national dance competitions, and her students have been recognized in the competitive circa through high adjudications and as top scoring soloists. Erika has worked as a choreographer in the musical theatre community for over ten years choreographing musicals such as CHICAGO, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, and LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL (LTOS.)

In 2017, Miss Frank was awaded Best Studio Director at the Access Broadway Competition. She was also named one of the South Shore's Stars Top 40 Under 40 for her excellence in leadership, community development, and entreneurial skills. Erika is very thankful and humbled by the opportunity to give back to her native town of Stoughton through the arts, and looks forward to working with the great talents of Stoughton and surrounding towns.

 

Sarah Flanagan
VOCAL & ACTING INSTRUCTOR - RECREATIONAL | INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL

Sarah

SARAH FLANAGAN is a Stoughton native and a graduate of New York University's Masters program in educational theater.  She had been involved in many aspects of theater since she was young, and has performed with community and professional theaters since her start.  Sarah received her bachelor of science from Suffolk University in theater performance. During her time at Suffolk, Sarah studied dramatic arts and musical theater history at Regents College in London.

After college, she received her masters from New York University. Sarah spent a semester in Dublin, Ireland taking part in a community engaged theater outreach program.  During her time in New York, she worked as a production assistant for the Broadway World web series " Submissions Only".  In addition to teaching, Sarah has performed on stage in original musical and dramatic works in both New York City and Ireland, as well as many mainstream musicals in the Boston area.

Sarah is on the board of directors for Little Theater of Stoughton and is currently the performing arts director and director of development at St. John the Evangelist school in Canton.

 

Kevin Fortin
VOCAL INSTRUCTOR - RECREATIONAL | INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL

Kevin

KEVIN FORTIN is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Since graduating, he has performed in many musicals at local community theatres.

Kevin started singing and performing in musicals at the age of 9, and participated in regional, state, and national choruses through- out high school. A licensed music teacher in Massachusetts, he looks forward to inspiring his students through his passion for singing and helping them grow as musicians.

 

Liam Fitzpatrick
BALLET & JAZZ INSTRUCTOR - INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL

Liam

LIAM FITZPATRICK is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from the Boston area. Liam holds a B.A. in Dance Performance with a concentration in Pedagogy from Mercyhurst University.

During his training, Liam has been honored to work with artists from the New York City Ballet, Ballet West, Pilobolus, MOMIX!, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Forsythe Company, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He has also studied heavily in commercial styles.

Liam is also the co-founder and resident choreographer of 5124 Productions, a production company focused specifically on the creation of cinematic dance works

 

Jeryl Pilapil

HIP HOP & CONTEMPORARY INSTRUCTOR - RECREATIONAL | INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL
Jeryl

JERYL PILAPIL graduated from Dean College earning her B.A. degree as a dance major.

Jeryl is currently a member of a Boston-based hip hop crew StreetHyPE. She has also performed with companies such as Unyted Stylz Crew, Spunk and Company, Anna Meyer and Dancers and Impact Dance Company.

As a member of these groups, Jeryl had the opportunity to perform in various shows throughout New England as well as doing video work for Erika Van Pelt and other independent and upcoming artists. She has also worked with Gaspard&Dancers, based in North Carolina.

 

Christopher Phillips

BALLET INSTRUCTOR - RECREATIONAL | INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL
Christopher

CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS is originally from the sandy shores of Cape Cod. He graduated from SUNY: Purchase with a BFA in Performance and Choreography, and from Springfield Technical Community College with an Associates in Science: Automotive Technology.

In addition, he has trained with some of the best teachers from around the world which include: Peter Pawylshyn, Gianni Di Marco, Donna Silva, Jacqueline Akhmedova, Ilya Kuznetsov, Misha Tchoupakov and Sueann Townsend.

Christopher’s dancing has led him to perform for companies such as City Ballet of Boston, North Atlantic Dance Theater, Commonwealth Ballet Company, Vacanti Ballets, International Ballet Company of Norwell, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Amherst Ballet, and the Cape Cod Dance Festival.

 

Susan Chopourian

TAP INSTRUCTOR - RECREATIONAL | INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL - OFFICE MANAGER
Susan

SUSAN CHOPOURIAN is a dance teacher and choreographer with over 25 years of teaching experience. She has studied with such greats as: Beverly Fletcher, Tommy Relabate, and Sherry Gold, to name a few. Her extensive background includes performing, competing, teaching, and judging along the length of the East Coast.

Susan was born into a dancing family. Her mothe, Helan, was a professional dancer and award-winning costume maker. Her father, Georga, was a ballroom instructor and an audio technician.

Currently residing on the South Shore, Ms Chopourian enjoys teaching all subjects, but has a special affinity for the multi-faceted world of tap dance.

 

Mckhelen Alcindor

HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR - RECREATIONAL | INTENSIVE | PRE-PROFESSIONAL
Mckhelen

MCKHELEN ALCINDOR is a South Shore-based dancer currently dancing with Boston dance group The Concept Artists. At the age of 4, Mckhelen was inspired by the dance moves of Michael Jackson shown on television. In 2012, Mckhelen pursued dance training in hip hop and contemporary styles at Jeannette Neill’s Dance studio under the mastery of SarahKatarina Clarke, Static Noyze, Sean Bjerke, Tarikh Campbell, and various other artists. Mckhelen was later granted a chance to dance with various dance teams like Boston Community Dance Project, INC, and currently The Concept Artists.