Meet our Teaching Staff
Erin began gymnastics at age 5 and started competing 2 years later. She was a competitive gymnast throughout her childhood, including a few years on her high school gymnastics team. Erin started teaching gymnastics in 1993. She graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Psychology. Erin coached competitive gymnastics at the Greenfield YMCA for 5 years before coming to Kaleidoscope in 2004. In her 16 years at Kaleidoscope, Erin has coached gymnasts of all abilities and ages to success in J.O., Xcel and Group Gym programs. Erin lives in Plymouth with her husband. She enjoys sports, football, tie dye and Star Wars!
Cameron Decas graduated from Salem State University with a B.S. in Sports and Movement Science and a double major in Dance. He was a member of Salem Dance Ensemble and Repertory Dance Theatre from 2016 to 2020. While at Salem State, Cameron attended the American College Dance Association Conference in 2017, 2018, and 2019 performing works by James Morrow, Kelsey Blanchette, and Aysha Upchurch. Cameron was awarded the Presidential Arts Scholarship as well as the Summer Artistic Development Grant. With this grant, he was given the opportunity to have his new solo Astral Projection choreographed by Jenna Pollack. He had the privilege of being cast in residencies at Salem State, working with Bill Evans, Nateli Ruiz, Hollis Bartlett, and Jeannette Neil. Cameron had the pleasure of dancing alongside Bill Evans at The Dance Complex for his show titled “Bill Evans 78!”. He has performed as a solo dancer with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and recently in “The Beatles” as well as at the Salem Arts Festival in 2018 and 2019. Cameron plans on pursuing his Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in the near future. He attended Kaleidoscope from 1999 to 2016 and is thrilled to be back teaching at his home away from home!
Brooke DiFrancesco was born in Rhode Island where she currently resides. She received her early ballet training at the Brae Crest School of Ballet and later at the Boston Ballet School. Brooke furthered her ballet education by attending many prestigious summer programs such as, American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Boston Ballet. Beginning in the summer of 2009, Brooke began dancing professionally with the Island Moving Company in Newport, Rhode Island where she is currently a company dancer. While dancing with IMC, Brooke has been given the opportunity to tour with the company to many places throughout the US, as well as their most recent international tour. She has been featured in many leading roles with IMC, including “Lucy” in Dracula, “Wendy” in Peter Pan and one of her favorites, the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in the Nutcracker. Brooke is also the Director of Education, Director of the IMC’s Jr Company and a faculty member for IMC’s ballet school, Newport Academy of Ballet. Additionally, she teaches in many dance schools throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This is Brooke’s 9th season teaching for KODG.
Mckayla’s love for dance began at the age of three when her parents enrolled her in her first dance class. Since then she has expanded on her dance repertoire by enrolling in every available dance class offered at her towns local studio. When she decided that dance was her passion and what she wanted to pursue, she declared Dance as her major at Bridgewater State University. During her college career she participated in various clubs, teams, and companies dedicated to dance.
While studying Creative Dance for a Child and Dance Methodology, she was given knowledge to better students in both school and studio settings. She was offered the opportunity to take part in the National Dance Education Organization in Washington, DC and the American College Dance Association in Potsdam, New York.
Since graduating Bridgewater State University McKayla has worked at Kaleidoscope of Dance and Gymnastics for three years and improves her knowledge and skills in dance through local workshops and classes.
In May 2019, Mckayla become a certified Yoga teacher and in September 2019 Mckayla also became FeetUp Yoga certified Teacher. She has taught Power Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, and FeetUp Yoga classes and workshops at various locations.
Janine Hart has had performance experience with Dance Prism's touring cast of the Nutcracker, and competed with the United States dance team in Germany at the International Dance Organizations Showdance Competition. She also was offered employment with Busch Gardens through auditions with Headliners Performing Arts Competition. Janine has been teaching dance classes for over 16 years in the styles of Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Tap. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and implements mindfulness techniques she learned through her education in her dance classes. She has received recognition for her choreography at competitions such as: Headliners, American Dance Awards, Elite Performance Challenge and others. She began judging with Dance Ovations Performing Arts competition in January 2016, and has taught master classes for several teachers throughout Massachusetts.
Raised in Rochester, I have been a gymnast my entire life. Besides competing at local gymnastics meets through high school, I began teaching the sport to younger recreational students by 14 years old. I believe that every kid should cartwheel! Sharing my love of gymnastics with every child is an amazing experience.
It was eight years ago that I found a new home at Kaleidoscope. A place filled with eager young children excited to learn through play. Attending a yearly U.S. Gymnastics Congress has vastly increased my knowledge of the many levels of the sport. Challenging the young preschool age body with basic gymnastics skills that include jumping, rolling, and running is not only amazing for the body, but also for the mind. Conquering fears, developing cognitive thought processes, and laughing while doing so is what makes gymnastics an incredible sport. Whether looking for a future on our competitive team, or just enjoying tumbling around, gymnastics teaches children that hard work leads to individual success.
Besides gymnastics, I have also had a lifelong passion for books. This led me to become a Literature major at Syracuse University in the early 90’s. I spent the next decade playing and raising my two girls and two boys; now whom are all young adults. Missing the young days, Kaleidoscope has given me the opportunity to use my Early Education Teaching Certificate to direct a Kinder Camp program. Using gymnastics, stories, songs and crafts I am able to successfully bridge the precarious gap between home and school. My goal is to instill a lifelong love of school and learning. Focusing on social development, I encourage tolerance, responsibility and self-pride. Playing a role in the success of a child, whether in the gym or a classroom makes MY life AMAZING!